I am a big fan of the science fiction genre and it seems I have been breathing sci-fi these last few days. Definitely overdosing on a sci-fi high.
This afternoon, I went to watch the movie “Prometheus”. This was a movie that had me shivering with anticipation. In 1979, Ridley Scott gave us the first Alien movie which was a masterpiece of tension-building and directorial economy. The next movie, “Aliens” was also a masterpiece but a completely different animal – it was more of a war movie. The later movies in the series, all by different directors, were a long fall from the standard established by the first two movies. But how would Ridley Scott revisit this franchise after 33 years and how would he handle this prequel?
Well, he did great. The storyline does develop the overall story-verse further and in a rather imaginative and different way than the earlier movies. He was also able to keep it fresh even though he had to follow some concepts already well known to fans of the series. It did not disappoint although, in my opinion, it still did not come close to the excellence of Alien and Aliens.
Yesterday, I noted that Ray Bradbury passed away at the age of 91. Ray Bradbury was a science fiction, fantasy and horror story writer and it was reading his stories when I was a youth that got me started with my fascination with science fiction. I was particularly enthralled by “The Martian Chronicles” and by the short story “All Summer in a Day“. Reading the many tributes to him in the media, many famous authors also shared that he had been a major influence on their writing. Certainly, his stories will continue to inspire many others.
Finally, the day before, the British magazine SFX published the results of a poll they carried out. More than 10,000 sci-fi fans voted to determine the Top 100 science fiction, fantasy and horror movies of all time. I was pretty pleased that most of my favorite movies of the genre also did well on the poll.
Below are my choice of top 10 movies of the genre. The equivalent ranking in the SFX poll is given in brackets.
- Blade Runner (1)
- Aliens (3)
- Star Wars: A New Hope (4)
- The Thing (17)
- Serenity (7)
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (2)
- Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (5)
- The Fifth Element (15)
- Alien (8)
- Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (12)
In the SFX poll, 6th place was “The Matrix”, 9th place was “Back to the Future” and 10th place was “The Dark Knight”.
What are your favorites?