Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Sci-Fi Film?

large_forbidden_planet_blu-ray_8Alright, everyone. Inspired by the underwhelming “The Host” this past weekend, I thought it would be a good time to discuss GOOD Science Fiction movies.

Sci-Fi movies have a long lineage, dating all the way back to the earliest days of film, so there should be no shortage of choices for everyone.

It’s also a broad genre, encapsulating movies that seem to be more fantasy films set in space, such as “Star Wars”, or action movies set in space, such as the most recent “Star Trek”, to movies that are based around hardcore science and scientific endeavors. Any type of movie involving an alien is deemed Sci-Fi, from “Close Encounters” to “The Thing”.

So with so much to choose from, what will you choose? “Blade Runner”? “Dark City”? “Total Recall”?

Let me hear it! What’s YOUR Favorite Sci Fi film?!

Daniel Fogarty

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159 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Sci-Fi Film?

  1. Movies like Blade Runner and Back to the Future are easy ones to pick. A couple of my all time favorites are Minority Report and Prometheus. Great question!

    • Back to the Future’s not all that… Science Fiction-ey though, you know? To me at least.

      Of course, Blade Runner’s credentials are unquestionable though ;)

      Minority Report was great, but I’m not the hugest Prometheus fan. I’m more along with these guys

    • Ok, well, glad you were able to dig something out so you could play today, Natasha.

      Though, we’ve got to straighten Google out. I think “Superhero” should be its own genre today, as opposed to lumping them all in as Sci Fi :(

      • Google’s stupid xD superhero should be a genre of its own but they tend to get lumped in with action/sci-fi! I can’t think of a sci-fi film at the minute :S whenever I try to think of favourite films, I suddenly forget every single film I’ve ever watched xD

      • Hmm… I think even if I were to treat superhero as its own genre, I could accept Iron Man as also being sci-fi. I mean, we’re talking about a guy who basically has a robotic suit of armor. RoboCop would be sci-fi, wouldn’t it? So I’m willing to call Iron Man a sci-fi superhero movie, just as Thor is a fantasy superhero movie.

      • Yeah, I know… typically “superhero” is classed as a direct sub-genre of sci-fi. I don’t think it should be though. And Batman is just pure superhero; wouldn’t call it sci-fi or anything else. Can’t even really call it a crime film, since it’s not like he does much detecting in the film…

  2. Carpenters ‘The Thing’ and of course ‘Event Horizon’ — “Where we’re going, we won’t need eyes to see…” NO THANKS!

      • Yea, that movie is so ridiculous. If I ever see Sam Neil in real life I plan on turning and running in the opposite direction. He’s bad news!

  3. This is a hard one, especially since, as you said, it IS such a broad genre. Like, I’m definitely among those who consider something like Star Wars to be more fantasy than sci-fi, so I wouldn’t go with any of those for that reason. Um… I really don’t know, strict sci-fi isn’t my genre, heh. Wall-E maybe? That counts as sci-fi, right?

    • Sure, might as well be, right? The judges are going to wind up having the day off today I think, because Sci Fi is such a catch all genre. 8O

      I allowed “Iron Man” earlier, what does that tell you? LOL :D

  4. 2001, Blade Runner, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., The Terminator, Terminator 2, and The Matrix.

    • K-Pax? For real? Wow. There’s an answer I wouldnt have expected.

      And cmon, lots of movies are better than the books they’re based on. The Godfather, Jaws, Blade Runner (as many people are bringing up today), No Country for Old Men, American Psycho… there are tons of them, those are only the ones off the top of my head!

  5. Wow, I’m a huge Sci-Fi fan, always have been, so this is like choosing among my children. I dont think I can pick one. How about a top 10 list?

    1. Bladerunner
    2. 2001
    3. Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn
    4. Forbidden Planet
    5. Aliens
    6. The Matrix
    7. Moon
    8. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
    9. Donnie Darko
    10. 12 Monkeys

    Honorable Mention: Galaxy Quest, Fifth Element, Brazil, Avatar, Star Trek (2009), T2: Judgement day, Independence day…. um… how do you feel about a top 20 list?

    Note: Star Wars is not Science Fiction at all.

    • LOL! Holy Schmoly, a top 20 list!! Ha!

      Blade Runner and 2001 are duking it out for #1 and #2 AGAIN! (Seeing that a lot today) Glad you clarified which “The Day the Earth Stood Still” LOL. I would have thought of Keanu, naturally. ;) (LOL, NOT)

      I agree about Star Wars, and apparently so do most people here. Surprised at its lack of mentions!

  6. classics are obvious, Alien, Blade runner, 2001. Planet of the Apes is v good and recent year’s best are Looper, moon and source code, best ever? hard to say, probably Blade runner for it’s influence

    • Obvious choice is Obvious? I agree! LOLZ

      Blade Runner is asserting its supremacy here today, I like that. :D Glad to see Planet of the Apes getting a mention, that should be one thats seeing more love than it is, here today!

      Looper and Moon are great choices too. Not sure Source Code is going to withstand the test of time…

  7. “A Clockwork Orange”. It’s a hard choice between Kubricks’ great films, but Clockwork is more prophetic. A world of hard drugs, mind control, gang violence set amid a police state, what’s not to love? The film feels like it was made in 2011, not 1971! I love the language and the look of it. I connect with Alex Delarge the way I connect with Vito Corleone and Tony Soprano, criminals in society or criminals made by society? A cautionary tale ceaselessly entertaining!

    • Been a long time since I’ve seen that one, but I should get on it for an MTESS. That’s an undeniable classic.

      I think, you know, you’ve probably got some personality issues if you take such glee in its dark themes, but hey, who doesnt, right? :D

      • If you could explain why people love, Don Vito, Tony “Ba Da Bing” Soprano, and all the “droogs” so much, you’d be the next Freud. Very Interesting!

    • Event Horizon getting a couple of shout outs today.

      I really need to go back and check that one out again, at the time, I was just angry at how messed up it was… definitely wasn’t what I was expecting at all. :/

      And yes, Total Recall IS pretty awesome. ;)

      • Event Horizon is a tad on the silly side in parts but for the most part, I was entertained and I got really engaged into the movie and that works for me :) But from what I’ve seen last time I checked on the ratings..they aren’t really high from what I remember..haha!

  8. Aliens and The Matrix. These two are masterpieces! I am not sure if Terminator 2 counts as sic-fi but if it does obviously it is on my list too! I have never been a fan of Star Wars or Star Trek, they are way too much for my taste. :)

    • Huh. Neither Star Wars NOR Star Trek, huh? That’s a new one. Typically people choose one or the other at least.

      T2 counts, sure, why not. They have… robots and time travel and stuff. Boom. Sci-Fi, there you go.

      You’re right though, Alien and The Matrix ARE both titans of the genre.

    • I echo Fernando that I like Children of Men and D-9. The ones I don’t mind seeing several times over are Minority Report, The Abyss and The Matrix, they’re the kind of films you get something new every time you watch it, or at least a renewed appreciation.

      • Love Children of Men. Already MTESSed that puppy! D9, too, though I dont think that would ever make my list.

        Minority Report is great, Ruth. Its almost as if you cant MAKE a bad Phillip K Dick adaptation… Even the bad ones are pretty good. And of course, with Cruise and Spielberg, Minority Report is great. ;)

        Not a big fan of Prometheus though, Fernando. I’m with these guys…

      • I’m with you about Prometheus, Fogs. In fact, it was one of my biggest disappointment of last year, too bad as I had such high hopes for it!

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