Tuesday, November 16, 2010

50 Greatest Science-Fiction Movies of all time compiled by MSN.com

While surfing the internets at work DragonMonkey found the article linked below on MSN.com.  It's a compiled list of the 50 Greatest Science-Fiction Movies of all time.  So I ran through the list, added a few of my own thoughts and comments for some of the movies, as well as marked a few to add to my Have to See List of movies.  The full article gives a summary for each movie as well as a scene from the movie.

50) 'The Quatermass Xperiment' (1955)
49) 'Things to Come' (1936)
48) 'I Married a Monster From Outer Space' (1958)
47) 'Godzilla' (1954)
46) 'Strange Invaders' (1983)
45) 'They Live' (1988) - adding to my Have to See list cause it stars "Rowdy" Roddy Piper44) 'It Came From Outer Space' (1953)
43) 'The Omega Man' (1971) - I'm torn as to if I should see it.  On the one hand it has Charlton Heston.  On the other it has Charlton Heston.42) 'Invaders From Mars' (1953)
41) 'The Andromeda Strain' (1971)
40) 'War of the Worlds' (1953) - another Have to See list addition39) 'War of the Worlds' (2005) - *rolls eyes* really. this version made the list...38) 'When Worlds Collide' (1951)
37) 'The Incredible Shrinking Man' (1957)
36) 'Robinson Crusoe on Mars' (1964)
35) 'Planet of the Vampires' (1965)
34) 'Quatermass and the Pit' (1967)
33) 'Mars Attacks!' (1996) - I was very eh about this movie when it came out.  I was 18 at the time when Tim Burton was all the rage and I felt he hadn't done a good movie since Beetlejuice.  This movie further fueled that feeling.  It was too campy, too over the top, too making fun of itself and not serious enough.  I've watched it since as well as other Tim Burton movies, some of those opinions have changed, just not for this movie.32) 'Solaris' (2002) - *adds to Have to See list*31) 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' (1956) - I remember watching this movie as a child with my Grandmother and my teenage cousin and feeling filled with sadness.  Every turn this movie took, to my child mind, someone lost another loved one to the "pea pods".  I remember a scene towards the end where one of the characters puts the pod outside the sleeping baby's door to initiate the takeover.  I wept inwardly at the cruelty and callousness.  I wanted to scream it's just a baby you leave it alone!  It still cuts to think of that scene and I should find the time to watch it again as an adult.30) 'Alphaville' (1965)
29) 'Moon' (2009)
28) 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' (1976) - Adding to Have to See list because it has David Bowie in all his androgynous awesomeness!27) 'Total Recall' (1990) - Even if you've never seen it I think everyone has scene this movie.  I'm surprised it's this low on the list.  I had figured somewhere in the top 20 at least.  It's been ages since I've seen this movie and I hate to say that it didn't really leave much of an impression on me.  It was good but not very good or even OMG good.  It had it's moments and some interesting special effects and of course the 3 boobed woman.  I really think she's the reason people remember this movie and not cause it stars the Governator.26) 'These Are the Damned' (1963) - I've never heard of this movie and after reading the synopsis given in the article I am adding it to the Have to See list.25) 'Starman' (1984) - I have always loved this movie and it's so much more than a sci-fi movie.  It's a love story, a drama, an action movie, at times a comedy.  This movie taught me the phrase, "Red light stop, green light go, yellow light go very fast."  I have been known to quote it on occasion when in the car when always obeying traffic laws. *sheepish grin*  If you have never seen this movie, please go watch it.  And by they way it should be in the top 10 at least.24) 'Brazil' (1985)
23) 'Serenity' (2005) - *waits for the applause from all the Serenity/Firefly fans to die down before speaking* I know right?  I couldn't believe it either when it popped up next.  This movie made fans cheer and brought new fans to the series.  5 years later and the signal is still going and will probably continue for many years to come.  I am a huge fan of the series and I saw this movie at least 3 times in theatres.  I would have seen it more but I was in NM the majority of the time it was in theatres and we didn't get enough off time.  I picked it up as soon as the DVD came out and I think I own or have owned 3 copies of it with various new material included.  This movie has it all, witty banter, gun fights, space flight, secret government plots, action sequences, horsies, men in leather pants, women in leather pants, I dare you to find something in this movie that doesn't appeal to you on some level.22) 'Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan' (1982) - Oh my Gods I cried so hard at the end of this movie and I'm now wondering why we don't own it.  *writes that down*  This movie is a gem and a must for any Sci-Fi collection.  It may not be your favourite Star Trek movie but you can't deny it's not a well done film with brilliant acting.  If you haven't seen it you simply must.21) 'Earth vs. The Flying Saucers' (1956)
20) 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope' (1977) - You knew a Star Wars movie was coming.  I just didn't expect it to be what I consider the first one to be at slot number 20.  In my opinion you have to see the original 1977 version and not the revamped present version available.  That reminds me I have to find copies of the originals on DVD.  All I ever find are additional footage cause we have the technology now ones. *sighs*  Any way this classic really needs no review.  It speaks for itself, it stands on it's own, and it really should be top 10.19) 'Solaris' (1972) - I will be adding this one to the Have to See list.18) 'Forbidden Planet' (1956)
17) 'The Fly' (1986) - I've seen it.  It was okay.  It just makes me queasy and that's where my dislike of it comes from.  It is a well done story and wonderfully acted but I can't get over the really squeamish and gross parts to truly enjoy it.16) 'Starship Troopers' (1997) - Really guys?  Really?  Starship troops made it to the top 20 and beat out Star Wars... This movie is utter cheese and I don't think it belongs in the top 20 maybe in the bottom 20?  But it does have NPH.15) 'Independence Day' (1996) - I think this was the first time I saw the White House get destroyed in a movie and the first time I was introduced to Adam Baldwin.  But sadly Harry Connick Jr dies in like the first 5 minutes of the movie and Randy Quad saves the day.  I felt this movie was more action and comedy than real sci-fi.  It had it's sci-fi moments but not enough in my feeling.14) 'The Thing' (1982)
13) 'The Terminator' (1984) - Yes I've seen the Terminator and it was good but it was never really my thing.  Don't get me wrong I love Sarah Connor Chronicles but I just never got into the movies.12) 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' (1951)
11) 'Metropolis' (1927)
10) 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (1977) - Another classic and I'm glad it made it to the top 10.  I've seen this movie a few times over the years and I think it's just amazing.  So much of this movie has become part of pop culture and I can't think of a single person that hears the keyboard music and doesn't recognize it.  Plus with Thanksgiving next week it's a perfect time of year to make your mashed potato mountain. :)9) 'E.T. The Extra Terrestrial' (1982) - I can't think of one person my age that didn't see this movie but I can think of plenty of kids today who haven't that should.  This movie wasn't about special effects and Michael Bay bah-splosions.  This movie was about friendship and the child like wonder and innocence of what would you do if you found a new alien friend.  So many kids movies today are all about bright lights and flashing images.  More kids need movies like this.  In fact go get it and make your kids sit and watch it right now.8) 'Aliens' (1986) - I know the plot but I've never seen the movie.  Mostly cause I know it will give me nightmares even at my age.  I'm glad it's in the top 10 where it should be.7) 'The Thing From Another World' aka 'The Thing' (1951) - I think I'll be adding this to the Have to See list as well.6) 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' (1991) - An entire generation said hasta la vista baby about everything in their life.  It was okay but I don't think it deserves top 10 billing especially not above the original.  Maybe knock this one back to top 20?5) 'Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back' (1980) - Ah Yoda.  How we love thee and your odd sentence structure wisdom.  Top 5 for you is still fabulous but I think top 3 would be better.  But you made the list and in single digits no less.  How proud I am. :)4) 'Alien' (1979) - Like Aliens I know the plot but I've never seen the movie. Course I was a wee babe when it came out.  Again I'm glad it's up this high cause I feel it deserves it but I'm still not going to see it.3) 'The Matrix' (1999) - *face palm* The Matrix...at number 3...really?  Yes it used some cool new camera angle tech stuff and yes it had an interesting take on the whole why are we hear and where are we headed idea...but number 3...fine whatever...my list wouldn't have had it this high.2) '2001: A Space Odyssey' (1968) - Another classic and up top where it should be.  I've heard podlings say to their parents "I'm sorry Dave I'm afraid I can't do that." whether or not they know what it's from or not they know it.  Another movie that has become so ingrained in our culture that you know it without ever having seen it.  Bravo!1) 'Blade Runner' (1982) - I know I know I know I need to see Blade Runner and I will.  I promise it's not only on the Have to See list it's also on the Bucket List.  I'll see it I promise.  And I'm glad it's number 1 :D

So that's the list MSN.com compiled along with my thoughts on a few of these movies. What do you think?  Agree?  Disagree?  What would you have added/deleted?
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