Let’s just start by saying we are all way too smart to fall into the trap of top 10, top 50, top 100 lists. They seem to serve more as a argument topic than anything else. Picking the favorite whatever seems not only impossible but wreaks of something a 5 year old would want to talk about. So when I cam across Rotten Tomatoes 100 Best Science Fiction movie list I went in with a skeptic and guarded mind. So with all that in mind, c’mon man, Star Wars Episode III in front of Jedi?!?!? Gattaca at number 87!?!? I don’t think so. Here are my favorite 30. I put the favy fav’s toward the top and less favs toward the bottom, but no #1 to number #50 junk. (And yes the irony of bashing a top 100 list and then creating one is not lost on me.)
2001: A Space Odyssey: When people ask me what my favorite movie is I say this just to keep from saying nothing, which must mean something.
Looper: I’ve watched this movie over and over again.
Empire Strikes Back – The best Star Wars obvs.
Blade Runner – Noir, replicants, dystopian future, what’s not to like.
Back to the Future – Hard to picture an exec reading this script and saying, yeah sure, that would make a good movie.
Star Wars – I mean, it’s Star Wars.
Mad Max: Fury Road was great, but really can I just include the whole franchise here?
Children of Men – I’m starting to think I should just put any Alfonso Curon movie on this list.
Gravity – After I saw this movie in the theater, I think I told someone that that movie was made for people like me, for whatever that’s worth.
Gattaca: I’ve found myself saying “like in Gattaca” when discussing the future more than any other movie.
Ghost in the Shell: So good they almost made a shot for shot remake.
Ex Machina – A deadly AI, Stephen Hawking would be proud.
Primer – Such a good film with such a small budget.
Under the Skin – I didn’t feel this movie got the credit it deserved.
Blade Runner 2049 – It seems a little early to include this in here, but I want it to succeed so…
Akira: Anything that defines a genre should be on the list I figure.
E.T. – The OG stranger things. I recently re-watched this movie and I gotta say, it has stood the test of time.
The Fifth Element – I actually didn’t like this movie the first time I saw it – now it’s one of those movies I re-watch almost every year.
Terminator 2 – What can I say? I don’t think I would like James Cameron in person, but he makes a good action flik.
Serenity: I would like to include the whole TV series here as well, Whedon at his best.
Moon: Would like to see Duncan Jones return to small sci-fi character driven stories.
12 Monkeys: Time travel plot done right.
Her – I can’t wait to have a really bad break up so I can watch this movie an weep.
THX 1138: Lucas before he was LUCAS.
Arrival – Also seems a little early for this one, but making a whole movie about communicating seems much needed now.
War for the Planet of the Apes – A movie that makes you root for the apes instead of the humans. Which is weird because you’re human.
Guardians of the Galaxy – I can’t think of a movie that matches my sense of humor more.
The Matrix: Woah. I can’t believe this movie was made in the 90’s.
Inception: If MC Escher was a movie. I like MC Escher.
District 9 – I like the visuals in this movie a lot. And the acting of the lead role. And the plot. Yup, I guess I liked this movie.