2011, Here We Come . . .

Coming up to a close on 2010 . . . the serious goals of this year, like lose thirty pounds and find the meaning of life . . . yeah, they weren’t so successful. However, I did watch a good bunch of horror movies and create a blog devoted mostly to my increasingly lengthy reviews about them, so I’ll consider that a win.

Next year, however, I’m switching my focus from horror to science fiction movies. Of course, I still have a ton of horror movies that I need to see (I completely failed to watch both Let The Right One in and Let Me In, for shame) but for being a hyper geek pretty much since I fell out of the womb, I really haven’t watched that many sci fi movies—I’ve recently discovered that I lean heavily towards sci fi TV (Farscape, Fringe, Firefly, BSG, TNG, etc. etc.) rather than sci fi films. (And my sci fi lit, Jesus. I haven’t even read Dune. Honestly, I bring shame to my people.)

So I’ve put together a list of 25 sci fi movies that I plan to watch and review in the year of 2011. Knowing me, I won’t actually get all these done because I’m easily distracted by flashy pieces of megaviolence, but it’s a goal.

And so, the List:

25 Sci Fi Movies To Watch In The Year of Our Lord (Joss Whedon) 2010

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. Planet of the Apes
  3. Solaris
  4. Close of Encounters of the Third Kind
  5. Forbidden Planet
  6. Brazil
  7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  8. Total Recall
  9. RoboCop
  10. Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1978)
  11. A Clockwork Orange
  12. The Fly
  13. Mad Max: The Road Warrior
  14. Dark Star
  15. The Omega Man
  16. Escape From New York
  17. Godzilla
  18. Logan’s Run
  19. A Boy and His Dog
  20. Soylent Green
  21. Moon
  22. Barbarella
  23. Event Horizon
  24. The Stepford Wives
  25. District 9


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4 Responses to 2011, Here We Come . . .

  1. Kirsten says:

    Okay…

    -Close of Encounters of the Third Kind – I love this movie. This was made back when it was okay for there to be scenes that have little-to-no dialogue and characters could say awkward lines like people actually would. Sort of like ET… have you braved ET yet?

    -Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Khan is one angry mofo. There’s a reason people tend to like this one better than the first.

    -Total Recall – Really? You haven’t seen this? Or just not recently enough to remember? Completely enjoyable bloody violent movie!

    -Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1978) – My favorite of the three versions I’ve seen. Granted, it’s been YEARS since I watched it, but the end scene broke my fucking heart!

  2. No, I left ET off the list. I know that’s bad, but there were a lot of films that didn’t quite make the cut, and I just couldn’t work up the interest when stacked up against awesome looking things, like Barbarella.

    I’ve seen many parts of Wrath of Khan including the end, but I don’t think I’ve ever watched it all the way through. My online Trek friends would be horrified.

    We rented Total Recall when I was . . . seven, maybe? It scared me, and I went in my room and played with my dolls before even half an hour was through.

    I watched the 50’s version of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers in high school, and I enjoyed it a lot, but everyone was very adamant that this was the version to watch, so I added it. Besides, I enjoy Donald Sutherland, whether he’s doing something wonderful, like Pride and Prejudice, or something campy and awesome, like Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Ooh, or Outbreak.

  3. Fatpie42 says:

    My views on these:

    1. 2001: A Space Oddessey

    Have a book with you. Seriously, I decided to watch this again to see if I was wrong about it. HAL, the artificial intelligence thingy, is great. Everything else is utterly stupid, dull or both. It looks pretty, but that qualifies it as a good source of screensaver material – not as a classic movie. While I was re-watching it my gf couldn’t believe how slow, daft and pretentious the whole thing was.

    2. Planet of the Apes – YAY!

    4. Close of Encounters of the Third Kind – I’ve written a review for this myself. The other commenter asked whether you’d seen ET. If you have you’ll remember the bit where the government turns up. That bit made no sense to me and the same goes for this movie where it plays a much bigger part. Are the government afraid of the aliens or desperate to cover up their existence – and surely the two together would be a massive contradiction?

    7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Don’t just see one Star Trek movie on its own. Movies 2, 3 and 4 are essentially one long story and they need to be seen together. Re-watched 3 recently and it’s a lot better than I remembered. It has whatsisname-Doc-from-BackToTheFuture…. Christopher Lloyd – as a Klingon!

    8. Total Recall
    9. RoboCop
    19. A Boy and His Dog
    21. Moon
    All of those ZOMG awesome! Awesome!

    10. Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1978)
    See the 50s version first if you haven’t already.

    11. A Clockwork Orange
    You’ll probably like this better if you haven’t read the book first. I read the book first. Kubrick seems to change serious characters into comedic figures. It’s almost as if he thinks the made-up language is a source of amusement rather than the author’s idea of how everyday language might have shifted in the future.

    12. The Fly
    Which one? In any case watch both, not least since they are both great and they are very different movies.

    16. Escape From New York
    Watch Escape From LA straight afterwards since it spoofs the first movie and is absolutely great fun.

    17. Godzilla
    You presumably mean the original Gojira rather than the awful movie starring Matthew Broderick, right?

    18. Logan’s Run
    Very dated. Not saying it isn’t work watching, but it’s VERY dated. (Funnily enough it won awards for those effects.)

    20. Soylent Green
    You’ve probably heard the famous line by now. I’m afraid you’ll probably be cursing that the ending was ruined for you because to be honest that’s the best thing about the movie.

    23. Event Horizon
    The only really decent movie Paul W.S. Anderson has ever made. Makes you wonder what the hell was going on with Resident Evil 4 to be honest…

  4. Fatpie42 says:

    Ooooh btw, my list of favourite sci-fi movies:
    http://www.imdb.com/list/H8c9aU9xbQQ/

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