Midweek Mouth-off: Your Sci-five

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With the death this past weekend of moon-walking astronaut Neil Armstrong, today we’re thinking “To infinity and beyond!”

What is your favourite science fiction film of all time? If that’s too hard, give us your Top 5. And at the same time, what’s the biggest genre dud in your opinion?

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Last Updated: August 29, 2012

Noelle Adams

Sometime Tomb Raider. Full-time Pop Culture fanatic and Geekaissance Woman. Most often spotted outputting Pop Culture opinion pieces, writing fanfic and original genre fare, cosplaying and bringing the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu smackdown. Editor of the Comics and Toys section.

  • 1. 2001 A Space odyssey (obviously)
    2. Blade Runner
    3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    4. Terminator
    5. Alien

  • Wayne Bossenger

    Back to the future.
    that is all…

  • Bloody hell, this would be a tough list for me. I’m gonna need some serious time to think about it.
    I can tell you what’s definitely in the top spot though: 2001 A Space Odyssey

  • Erwin Kempff

    As long as its a good SciFi, I’m sold.
    SciFi ftw!

  • The Matrix
    T2
    Predator
    Aliens
    Back To the Future

  • WernerE

    In no particular order:Gattaca
    Dark City
    Star Wars IV – VI
    Moon
    … and for the arty scifi lover; Stalker

    • I’m of the school that argues Star Wars is not Sci-Fi, but Fantasy.

      • You and me both! Glad to meet someone who agrees with me. The driving force if you will is not the science as much as it is the force – the same role that magic plays in a fantasy film.
        edit : glad to see Blade Runner in your list – not sure what ‘cube’ is doing there though…

        • Cube has to be one of the best mind-bending ‘puzzle’ movies ever made. It in fact pretty much started that genre. And the concept was genuinely sci-fi…

      • WernerE

        hmm… you (as well as @facebook-100002325722170:disqus ) make an interesting point. I would like to know what makes a film a true scifi? I would like to hear more.

      • I’m in two minds about this. Structurally, it certainly follows more the more fantasy quest tropes than sci-fi, but then you have the advanced tech which is definitely more sci. And there’s the fact that it’s in a galaxy a long, long time ago, which goes against conventional science fiction which is usually set in the present or future.

        But it’s precisely this kind of confusion that results in sci-fi and fantasy often being bundled together. In fact, a lot of modern fantasy authors who have eschewed the template laid down by Tolkien, very often merge the 2 genres in their works. For example, China Mieville’s work definitely falls under both camps.

        • Star Wars never struck me as sci-fi. It’s essentially swords and sorcery, just with a different location and some mild flirting with space-ships. I don’t regard things like Flash Gordon as Sci-Fi either.

  • Cube
    Dark City
    Solaris
    Blade Runner
    Robocop

  • Event Horizon
    The Fifth Element
    Dark City
    Stargate
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Serenity
    Starship Troopers
    Donnie Darko
    The Thing
    The Fly

    Sorry, I couldn’t cut the list more than that I am pretty sure I am missing a heap. As a genre though, I prefer sci-fi as a series.

  • Ok giving it some thought, here’s a top ten of my favourites:

    1. 2001 A Space Odyssey
    2. Empire Strikes Back
    3. Planet of the Apes (original)
    4. Alien
    5. Back to the Future

    6. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

    7. Close Encounters of The Third Kind
    8. Brazil
    9. Blade Runner
    10.Jurassic Park

  • Favourite Sci-Fi books & TV series, I could easily name, Sci-Fi movies are more difficult.

  • Noelle Adams

    I have a long list of runners-up but these are my personal best of the best (in no particular order):

    1) Aliens
    2) The Matrix
    3) Terminator
    4) Terminator 2
    5) Event Horizon

    Runners-up:
    District 9, Total Recall, RoboCop 2, Brazil, Back to the Future trilogy, Butterfly Effect, WALL-E, Starship Troopers, Children of Men, E.T., Jurassic Park, Alien.

    Worst/Most disappointing (in recent years):
    Splice

  • This is too hard:

    Jurassic Park,
    Starship Troopers
    Independence Day
    Blade Runner
    District 9

    There are loads more. Don’t make me choose!

  • How the hell did I leave Children of Men and Stargate off my list? Stupid Kervyn!

  • After seeing it last night, I also want to add Iron Sky…

    • Hendrik Cordier

      Iron Sky was awesome. Nazis from the dark side of the moon and space zeppelins! It is without a doubt my favourite Finnish-German-Australian movie of all time:)

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