Thursday, May 30, 2013

Reader Top Ten Science Fiction Films: Robert

A regular reader of the blog, Robert, makes his list, our first for today, and it is filled with intriguing and unconventional choices.  

Check it out:

"Robert’s Top Ten Science Fiction Movies
(in alphabetical order)
Back to the Future (1985): Still as fun and exciting as it was in 1985. 
The Black Hole (1979): Crap science but stunning production design and a creepy, Gothic atmosphere. It's almost like a haunted house movie in space.  And don't forget that insane ending.
Children of Men (2006): An incredibly powerful, deeply moving film.  An allegory of our times.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977): Up there with Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark as Spielberg's best.  All those faces looking up in wonder.  Spellbinding.
Flash Gordon (1980): Hail Flash!
Planet of the Apes (1968): Best twist ending ever.  A movie featured twice this season on Mad Men!
Starman (1984): Poignant and soulful.  I love the scene in the truck-stop parking lot where Jeff Bridges's alien resurrects the deer strapped to the back of the car.

They Live (1988): An indictment of the Reagan era that still resonates today.              

Time After Time (1979): A great cat-and-mouse chase across time.
The Time Machine (1960): Fascinating in that most of the action takes place in a man's back garden--over a period of 800, 000 years." 
I just want to say I give serious kudos to a list that includes two dramatically underrated John Carpenter films (Starman, They Live), and pays respect to two incredibly popular films from my generation, Flash Gordon and The Black Hole.  Well-done!


  1. Yay for BACK TO THE FUTURE and THEY LIVE making a list!

  2. Anonymous6:45 PM

    Great choices BK2FUT(1985) and Flash Gordon(1980).


  3. "Back To the Future" is a great choice. It easily makes my top ten for favorite sci-fi flicks. One of my favorite time travel films, and the trilogy as a whole is still a lot of fun.


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