Since Korg posted that visual history of science fiction the other day, I ran across a few other links that I found interesting relating to science fiction. Primarily Sci-Fi movies. The first is a top 25 list of the best science fiction movies and the second is a list of 12 essential science fiction movies for newbies to the genre.
I think they did a pretty good job in compiling both lists, for the most part. I would however have never picked 12 Monkeys as being both one of the best 25 Sci-Fi movies and an essential one to introduce people to the genre. I would take this movie starring Bruce Willis off of both lists and replace it on the best 25 list with another Willis’ movie The Fifth Element. I’d also replace Terminator 2 on the best 25 list with The Running Man. Oh, and I never liked that remake of The Thing with Kurt Russell so I never would have placed it anywhere on the top 100 Sci-Fi movies list let alone the top 25.
I also would’ve placed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan much higher on the top 25 list. And now that I think of it, why in the world isn’t The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the list of top 25 best? It’s a travesty!! Oh well, at least the two lists nailed it with Blade Runner.
What are your thoughts on the two lists? Anything you would’ve added or left off? What are some of your favorite Sci-Fi movies, whether they’re on the lists or not?
Another quick Sci-Fi link, the 2011 Hall of Fame finalists for the Prometheus Awards have been announced. While I recognize all the authors on the list and have read various works by all of them, the only two finalist books I’ve read are The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster and Animal Farm by George Orwell. Frankly, I can’t see how this won’t be a slam dunk for Animal Farm. I mean, all science fiction books are equal but some are more equal than others. 🙂
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