Hi crew! 👋🏻 I didn’t originally intend for this Sci-Fi Month to be so movie-focused but my brain has run out of book-related ideas so here we go with another movie post!
For last Spooky Month, I listed 10 of my favourite horror movies so I thought I would do the same for my favourite sci-fi movies!
Man of Steel (2013) – I already talked in-depth about why this movie is one of my favourites in my ‘Why Man of Steel is Important to Me’ post, so go give that a read!
Alien (1979) – I truly believe that Alien is a timeless movie and it’s one that can stand on its own feet even if – like me – you ignore the rest of the franchise. I may also be a little biased because Ridley Scott is local to my region but there’s nothing wrong with that.
The Thing (1982) – I could gush about this movie all day because it’s another movie that I think is timeless. The practical effects have aged beautifully and still look better than some CGI and the feeling of paranoia and not being able to trust people is a theme that will always be relevant. There is always the idea that “the remake is never as good as the original” but I firmly think that this version of The Thing is better than The Thing from Another World. Maybe it’s because it’s scarier, maybe it’s because it’s more faithful to the source material, and maybe it’s because the characters don’t talk at 100 mph and I can understand what they’re saying.
Godzilla (1954) – I’ve already talked about this one too in my first Godzilla mini-review post from this month!
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) – The fact that this movie even exists is one of the biggest wins in cinema history. The theatrical version of Justice League was an insulting mess of a movie that just spat in the faces of everyone involved and the fans so no wonder that the fanbase lobbied so hard for this director’s cut to be released. Even after years of people celebrating Snyder losing his daughter to suicide (yes, that really happened) and haters saying that it didn’t exist, we finally got it and it was exactly what we were supposed to get in the first place. When this movie finally dropped in the UK, my parents graciously allowed me to have the TV downstairs so I could watch it in peace and I’m glad they did because I absolutely adore this movie. I own it on Blu-Ray but still have yet to watch it again because this is a movie that you have to either make time for or watch as if it’s a mini-series.
The Terminator (1984) – Here’s a potentially hot take for you: The Terminator is a slasher movie. Not T2 or any of the movies released after, but the first one specifically. I could make an entire post saying why I think that’s the case but that would have to wait until next Sci-Fi Month because I’ve run out of space in my schedule. I’m not a huge fan of James Cameron’s movies, with this and T2 being his only movies that I like, but this is one that never gets old to me. Most people consider the sequel to be the better movie, but I prefer the first one because of its horror elements.
The Matrix (1999) – I first saw this movie at a 20th-anniversary screening and it quickly became a favourite of mine. I’m probably in a minority of people who think that the sequels are just okay if not too philosophical for their own good, but the original is definitely a classic at this point. It revolutionised special effects and fight choreography in Western movies (although the choreography part may be for the worse) and its influence can still be seen to this day. And yes, I will be going to see Resurrections when it comes out next month.
Akira (1988) – This movie is likely the movie I would recommend to people who are starting to get into anime, and that’s for two reasons: one, the story is incredible, and two, the animation is absolutely stunning. Anime is usually produced with the animation being completed first and then the voice track is laid over the top, but Akira was produced in the Western way, which is flipped around: voices first, animation second to match the lip movements with the vocals. I’m not a subtitle snob when it comes to anime, but this is one that you have to watch subtitled if you can. The dubs are fine, but they just don’t compare to the original Japanese audio.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) – I couldn’t have my favourites be all doom and gloom and seriousness so we’re going to end with some comedies. I originally watched the Bill and Ted movies just for Keanu Reeves, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed them. They’re fun lighthearted comedies about time travel that have the dumbest plots but that doesn’t matter because of how funny they are.
Back to the Future (1985) – It’s impossible to argue that the first Back to the Future movie isn’t a classic. This movie wasn’t one of my favourites for a long time, but it has definitely grown on me a lot since I first watched it as a teenager. Time travel isn’t a favourite plot device of mine because of how loosely it works but that doesn’t really matter here because the scenes that take place in the 1950s are so funny. Oh, and the car’s cool, I guess.
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What are some of your favourite sci-fi movies?