Saturday, August 31, 2013
Reader Top Ten Greatest Science Fiction Films Circa 2000 - 2013: Roman J. Martel of Roman's Reviews and Musings
My friend, Roman Martel -- the excellent blogger at Roman’s Reviews and Musings --starts off Saturday afternoon right with his list of the top ten greatest science fiction films circa 2000 – 2013.
“Wow John, this is a tough one. As I started going over my list I realized more and more that I hadn't seen a lot of the films that other folks were mentioning. The ones I did see usually only received one viewing and in many cases didn't make much of an impression. I think I know what the disconnect is. I've been having a good time delving into the past, seeing some great films and delving deep into old favorites. I've been abandoning the newer flicks. But seeing all these lists has inspired me to check out a few of these films that others like so much.
What I'm trying to say in this rambling preamble is that I haven't seen quite a few films from this era, so my list is limited to what I have seen and what has made an impression. I reserve the right to modify the list upon seeing some new films or revisiting some of the movies on this list.
In this case, I'm focusing more on if the film entertained me and if the film made me think beyond its initial viewing. A good film does both. I still think we may be a bit too close to some of these to really see if they are great films. Give me another five years. :)
10. Serenity (2005) - A great ending to one of the most entertaining sci-fi series to ever reach the small screen. Lots of fun (even with the sad end for some of our favorite characters).
9. Minority Report (2002) - An impressive turn by both the star and the director creates an intense film with brisk pacing and a musing on fate versus choice.
8. Wall-E (2008) - Amazing animation from Pixar combined with a wonderful set of characters, and injection of fun and a message.
7. Prometheus (2012) - So many great ideas crammed into one movie, but saddled with being tied to the Alien franchise, visually impressive
6. Donnie Darko (2001) - Teen angst meets time travel meets the surreal, somehow manages to be creepy and yet darkly entertaining all at once
5. Avalon (2001) - Methodical and overly stylized, and yet you can't stop watching. An interesting twist on virtual worlds and gaming.
4. Children of Men (2006) - gritty, in your face and moving. Hard to watch but even harder to forget.
3. Paprika (2006) - A tour de force of animation delving into the weird and wonderful of dreams, entertaining and also provides a nice meditation on perception.
2. District 9 (2009) - Great lead performance, potent social commentary, and an intensity that doesn't let the viewer go.
1. Moon (2009) - Great lead performance, an affecting story and one that made you think after it was over.
Honorable mention, "Super 8", "Tron: Legacy", "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence". "Source Code."
Whew, that was difficult. Looking forward to seeing the final list!”
Roman, your list is incredible, and we share a lot of top ten films in common. Your concise description of Children of Men -- “hard to watch but even harder to forget” is absolutely perfect. Glad to see you are also a fan of Donnie Darko (2001), a film I keep returning to, and keep loving.
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