Monday, December 04, 2006
I was reading my own comment for "Fantastic Voyage" and I was so pithy that I inspired myself to write a post.
If you had to create a list of your seminal science fiction and fantasy films, what would they be? Here are my top ten, in no special order:
1)2001: A Space Oddysey (this film made a statement that science fiction could be more than guys in space suits and bad special effects running around zapping BEM ...and if I have to explain what a BEM is, you shouldn't be on this blog.
2)Star Wars: (I can hear Crunchy grinding her teeth. Star Wars was a phenomenon. It stretched the bounds of what film makers could do in the genre. Unfortunately, it also gave birth to the original Battlestar Galactica and the disaster that was Buck Rogers.
3)Superman, The Movie (this movie, complete with a blonde Marlon Brando, is the granddaddy of superhero films. It is dated and features an embaressing poem-song by Margot Kidder, but still worth being in your collection)
4)King Kong (I shouldn't have to qualify that I am NOT referring to the Peter Jackson film. This child of the depression era influenced so many writers and film makers in fantasy and science fiction that we should have a national holiday dedicated to it's initial release)
5)Frankenstein (I am submitting this as sciencefiction film here and not as a horror film, although it certainly is that...this film is the ultimate statement for the theme: there are some things that man were best to leave alone)
6)Lord of the Rings (all of them...I think in the next thirty years, film critics will look back and debate but recognize it as the legitimization of fantasy as dramatic spectacle...sort of like taking Shakespeare and adding faeries. Oh wait. Never mind.)
7)Godzilla (or Gojira, for the purists. This is a cold war film that would echo the fears of those who felt the terror of the nuclear threat. Now I'm talking about the original here, but I'm willing to discuss the rest of the franchise. I am also willing to talk about Godzilla's son, who in one of the film drives a car....I sh*t you not)
8)Metropolis/Shape of Things To Come (yes, I am including these as one entry. They deserve to stand alone. Shape of Things To Come was an astonishing vision, given us by none other than H.G. Wells himself. Metropolis by Fritz Lang was beautiful to behold and a dark social commentary. BRAVO.)
9) The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy, Toto and the Wicked Witch...spectacle and imagination writ large that has bridged the generations for ...well....generations)
10)Toy Story (I thought of throwing Shrek in here, but Toy Story was the first...computer animation which would establish Pixar as a giant and set the trend that continues today with such filmfare as Cars, and Ice Age II)
You'll notice you will not find Conan The Barbarian, The Matrix, The Terminator, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Krull, The Last Starfighter, Barbarella, and Men in Black on this list. Their omission is deliberate.