YOU ALL KNOW STAR WARS IS ON HERE!
No sci-fi film list would be complete without one of the first films of the genre. The fact that this was made in 1927 always astounds me. The set design and how realistic is seemed - every frame was stunning and beautiful in one respect or another. Metropolis set the standard for all science fiction that followed.
14. Children of Men
A bleak telling of our potential future - with a dash of hope. Children of men is such a thrilling ride and it's use of one take scenes - PHENOMENAL! Most futuristic narratives put humanity in a completely set apart culture and time altogether, Alfonso Cuaron gives us the familiar in the future.
13. THX 1138
There are three films that show the creative freedom and INGENUITY of George Lucas - Star wars: A New Hope, American Graffiti, and THX 1138. A play on popular dystopian novels such as 1984 and A Brave new World - Lucas remixed those narratives and took it to the screen, for his first major debut. If you love Star Wars, this is a must watch.
12. The Matrix
Push the boundaries of cinema - That's what the Wachowski's set out to do. If you could take yourself back to 1999, seeing this trailer for the first time (I was 9, I remember this), you wanted to jump out of your seat and follow Keanu Reeves down that Rabbit hole. This was one of the movies that made me want to be an artist.
11. Super 8
Now some of you might ask, "Why is Super 8 on here and not E.T.?" Well, I'll tell you - I grew up loving E.T., but Super 8 was another level. A love letter to filmmakers. SPIELBERG'S vision, mixed with Hitchcock's Suspense. And a little more depth. That doesn't meant I don't love E.T., but Super 8 just holds so much more meaning for me.
10. Turbo Kid
A much lesser known festival/netflix release, but so much fun. Combine Mad Max with a sweet 80's color palette and a coming of age story = Turbo Kid. What more is there to say, it's just a mash up of amazing stuff.
Chris Nolan - How I love thee!
Not my top writer/Director, but definitely on the top 5 list, Interstellar isn't the last film I'll mention of his. But, the scope of this project is huge - the visuals are cosmically large (pun, definitely intended). Regardless of your cinephile status, I'd be surprised if you haven't seen this film.
8. District 9
Possibly Blomkamp's only success.
The concept of this film is hits me on so many levels. The social commentary is by far some of the best I have ever seen, and If I might confess revealed some of my thinking to be misguided. And doing this through a science fiction lens is just amazing. But, that is more often than not the goal of science fiction - we just don't tend to look deep enough at the art or within ourselves.
7. Donnie Darko
I was into some really dark themed stuff in high school and Donnie Darko scratched a huge itch - strange themes and time travel/other dimensions. You might find out about me that I'm fascinated with the latter of the topics to this day - there are a lot of personal reasons for that (maybe I'll tell that story someday). Anyways, this film was a huge comfort for me during many a storm.
Hey Look at that - Another Nolan Flick!
Man, to this day Inception still blows my mind and every time I go back to watch it, I feel like I find something new. Of course I might just be reading into at this point.
LEO is still in a dream! #dreamconspiracy
5. Midnight Special
I waited an entire year to watch this, owned it for 2 months and still hadn't watched it. Honestly, I was waiting for the right moment and didn't realize it. There was something strange about this movie, even before I saw it, and I still can explain what that is.
However, this movie was a huge shock - it is nothing of what I expected it to be.
I literally never sat back in my seat.
Best. Time. Travel. Movie. Ever. Made. Period.
Rian Johson has quickly become one of my favorite writers and directors - this is before he became the writer and director of The Last Jedi.
And Looper. I have not disliked one thing he wrote or directed. If you haven't seen looper you must, Regardless of your love of the Sci-Fi Genre. It's a storytelling treat!
3. The World's End (Cornetto Trilogy)
Alright, Everyone says Shaun of the Dead is the best of Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy and It is fantastic, along with Hot Fuzz. But, we aren't rating the trilogy, nor do those other 3 fit into the genre we are talking about.
Edgar Wright is by far one of my favorite Writers and Directors (it was really hard deciding if Scott Pilgrim would fit on this list or not, but I didn't include super hero/Comic movies). His use of visual comedy and the way he moves a story is just phenomenal. Cheers to that Mate!
2. Blade Runner
What a magnificent slow burn of a flick!
A lot of people can't get through this one, it's a little slow on the uptick, but I love it. Mixing Science fiction and Noir are two my favorite things and HArrison ford is just a Bad A$$.
1. Empire Strikes Back
(FULL DISCLOSURE, I put the modren take on the trailer because of one word - AWESOME!)
I started this list with saying Star WArs would be here and I hope I didn't disappoint. By far the best movie in the entire series, with the best plot twist in history. This movie holds so much nostalgia for me and I believe that when I sat and watched Empire at the ripe age of four (at least I think that's how old I was) it set me on a path to creating things.