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Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Sci-Fi Movie? 1222

Many say it's the golden age of science fiction cinema. And rightly so, every month, we have a couple of movies that bend the rules of science to explore possibilities that sometimes make us seriously consider if things we see on the big screen could actually be true. The advances in graphics, and thanks to ever-so-increasing video resolution, we're increasingly leaving the theaters with visually appealing memories. That said, there are plenty of movies made back in the day that are far from ever getting displaced by the reboots spree that the Hollywood is currently embarking. With readers suggesting us this question every week, we think it's time we finally asked, what's your favorite science-fiction movie? Also, what are some other sci-fi movies that you have really enjoyed but think they have not received enough praises or even much acknowledgement?

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Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Sci-Fi Movie?

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  • Bladerunner... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:23AM (#54248785)

    Bladerunner. The original with the overdubbing.

    • Re:Bladerunner... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by fwarren ( 579763 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:39AM (#54248971) Homepage

      Agreed. I don't care that the movie is darker and more brooding and implies Deckard is replicant without the overdubbing. I don't care that Harrison Ford thought it was stupid to do the voice over and did it in the most passive aggressive monotone voice he could manage. Since the movie is shot in the film noir style, the monotone hardened detective voice over is perfect.

    • Re:Bladerunner... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by gordguide ( 307383 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @12:05PM (#54249273)

      Clearly.

      Like other great Sci-Fi (Fritz Lang's Metropolis, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Westworld (the original), etc) it remains entertaining to this day. Aside from being a great movie, the thing I find most remarkable about BladeRunner is that it is almost 30 years old but if you didn't know that, you might think it was made last year.

  • The Fifth Element (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:27AM (#54248803)

    Corny, but a classic to enjoy for all time.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:28AM (#54248807)

    Starship Troopers. We can end all discussion now. It's about the greatest movie ever made. Anyone who disagree is a bug lover.

    • by DontBeAMoran ( 4843879 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:34AM (#54248913)

      I would like to know more.

  • It's a toss-up (Score:5, Interesting)

    by dugancent ( 2616577 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:29AM (#54248829)

    Metropolis (1927) or The Fifth Element.

  • Oldie but Goodie (Score:5, Interesting)

    by s.petry ( 762400 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:29AM (#54248837)
    2001 Space Odyssey. "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."
  • Serenity (Score:5, Insightful)

    by JohnM4 ( 1709336 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:29AM (#54248839)

    Serenity

  • total recall (Score:5, Interesting)

    by avandesande ( 143899 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:30AM (#54248845) Journal
    It's one of the few movies that has actually become more though provoking over time. Sure it's full of cheese and an-old but great story.
  • Silent Running... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by creimer ( 824291 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:30AM (#54248847) Homepage

    "Silent Running" has never been my favorite movie (it would probably "Outland" with Sean Connery). But it has more science fiction than a lot of science fiction movies that came before or after. It fit the 1970's environmental theme quite well.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Running [wikipedia.org]

  • Moon (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Altus ( 1034 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:30AM (#54248853) Homepage

    If only for kevin spacey's voice paired with emoji

  • by Type44Q ( 1233630 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:31AM (#54248857)
    Better yet, why don't you tell us yours,/I> msmash... but can you make it as entertaining as this line from your summary??

    ...that are far from ever getting displaced by the reboots spree that the Hollywood is currently embarking.

    Did you have to run that through a translator a couple times to get the desired effect? ;)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:32AM (#54248865)

    Based on HEINLEIN's work: PREDESTINATION - Starring Ethan Hawke (gives NEW meaning to the phrase "Go fuck yourself", lol).

    * It is truly awesome...

    APK

    P.S.=> A friend of mine brought it home & the SECOND I saw Robert Heinlein on it, I just knew it had to be great (it didn't disappoint)... apk

  • Still the best (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mrlinux11 ( 3713713 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:32AM (#54248869)
    Forbidden Planet
    • by CODiNE ( 27417 )

      SPOILER ALERT:

      I've spotted other movies with the same basic plot element... humans given god-like powers, but the subconscious ruins everything.

      Sphere is one I can remember. The others, I've forgotten...
      I think watching Legion (TV Series) had me thinking about this again. Everything could be a product of his own mind.

      I'd love to have a list of these.

    • Forbidden Planet

      I popped in Forbidden Planet during a movie night once and all of the other guys kept saying "That's just like ", and I had to remind them that Forbidden Planet was done decades before those other movies with which they were familiar.

    • Leslie Nielsen being all serious. Theme music played on a theremin. Robbie the Robot. God, what a great movie.

  • Gattaca (Score:5, Interesting)

    I saw it four times in the movie theater and it was the first DVD I ever bought.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt01... [imdb.com]

  • 2001 (Score:5, Interesting)

    by k6mfw ( 1182893 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:32AM (#54248877)
    Because Kubrick did meticulous research from flat screen displays and glass cockpits. Also had all actors be boring just like the characters they portrayed, i.e. people that do space are not expressive like most actors (compare 2001 to 2010). Of course Kubrick missed a few things, like Pan Am no longer exist, we ignored the Moon after 1972. But then I'm old enough to remember seeing this movie in 1968 shown at Century theatres on Winchester Blvd, a time when it seemed only obvious because soon we will have men walked the surface of the Moon. And many people were around to remember reading the news of first flight of Wright Bros and Lindbergh's transatlantic flight. By the time they were retirement age, they can ride an airplane that comfortably flies across continents or oceans. Hey when I'll be their age, I can do the same with space travel. But no, still waiting to see who will walk the surface of the Moon again, still waiting for my flying car (oh wait there's roadable airplanes I cannot afford). However, we got computers to enable me to rant on the forums (can't do that with a HAL9000).
    • Because Kubrick did meticulous research from flat screen displays and glass cockpits. Also had all actors be boring just like the characters they portrayed, i.e. people that do space are not expressive like most actors (compare 2001 to 2010). Of course Kubrick missed a few things, like Pan Am no longer exist, we ignored the Moon after 1972. But then I'm old enough to remember seeing this movie in 1968 shown at Century theatres on Winchester Blvd, a time when it seemed only obvious because soon we will have men walked the surface of the Moon. And many people were around to remember reading the news of first flight of Wright Bros and Lindbergh's transatlantic flight. By the time they were retirement age, they can ride an airplane that comfortably flies across continents or oceans. Hey when I'll be their age, I can do the same with space travel. But no, still waiting to see who will walk the surface of the Moon again, still waiting for my flying car (oh wait there's roadable airplanes I cannot afford). However, we got computers to enable me to rant on the forums (can't do that with a HAL9000).

      The actors were not boring because space, they were boring because all humans were bored. They had mastered the solar system and apparently weren't concerned with war or poverty any more. They were waiting to evolve, so to speak.

  • Dune (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:34AM (#54248909)

    He who controls the spice controls the universe!

  • by turkeydance ( 1266624 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:35AM (#54248921)
    first VHS movie i bought
  • Enemy Mine (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Unknown User ( 4795349 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:36AM (#54248933)
    Because of the story it is based on, which I had read before. Westworld (1973) was also pretty good. Unfortunately, there are not so many good Science Fiction movies, although there are quite a few. I don't remember any good recent ones, even though I watch all of them. Metropolis with live classical piano accompaniment was also very good. They Live is also fantastic, and I also liked Solaris (1972). Many more, of course, but I'll stop there.
  • Spaceballs (Score:5, Funny)

    by Vegan Cyclist ( 1650427 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:37AM (#54248945) Homepage

    Not a 'great' movie, but for sure one of my favourites. =)

  • by kfh227 ( 1219898 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:38AM (#54248955)
    Night Watch (Russian: , Nochnoy dozor) is a 2004 Russian urban fantasy supernatural thriller film written and directed by Timur Bekmambetov. It is loosely based on the novel The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, and is the first part of a duology, followed by Day Watch. You have to watch both movies to get the complete narrative and it is friggin awesome! This is one of the best sci-fi/fantasy movies I have ever seen!
  • Primer - 6000$ one (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:39AM (#54248967)

    Primer
    As far as I know, it's the only one that involves time-travelling without inconsistencies, although I may have missed several.

    • by Anubis IV ( 1279820 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @02:36PM (#54250691)

      Came here just to say this. After seeing it mentioned in the xkcd: Movie Narrative Charts [xkcd.com] several years ago, I thought it seemed out of place sitting next to the rest of those films, so I wanted to see what had warranted its inclusion.

      When it finally showed up on Netflix a few years later, it blew me away.

      It's the only movie that I have ever finished and then immediately rewatched. It's the only one that I even wanted to immediately rewatch, since normally I either want a break or want to let things percolate. But with Primer? Not so much. Every time I felt like I had a grasp on it, something would happen that would show me otherwise, but never in a frustrating way. After multiple viewings it holds up beautifully, with each viewing revealing just a bit more about how the world of the movie works and how the characters interact with each other. And with it being so short, it never overstays its welcome.

      Well worth watching. And I believe it was even re-added to Netflix just a few months ago...

  • 2010 (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Weaselmancer ( 533834 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:41AM (#54248999)

    Not a popular movie, but it's my favorite. It accomplishes the almost impossible task of thoroughly explaining 2001, for a start.

    Other things I like about it? HAL 9000 redeems himself. We find out what his problem was and who was responsible. Then HAL sacrifices himself to save lives.

    Another nice bit - the science in this movie is just about 100%. The zero gravity, the air brake scene, the actual 3d environment of space where the Discovery is simply tumbling. Space ships aren't moving around like flat horizontal pieces on a chess board. The only flaw I can find is when Jupiter ignites there is a sound, which of course there wouldn't be. But that's about it.

    It's a great story and it's told very well.

    • The only flaw I can find is when Jupiter ignites there is a sound, which of course there wouldn't be.

      This is one of the most ridiculous memes ever. Sound is a mechanical vibration, and Jupiter probably vibrates like hell after it ignites.

      What people mean is that there is no direct transmission of physical sound waves through the vacuum of space.

      Snooping Through Walls with Microwaves [slashdot.org]
      Laser microphone [wikipedia.org]

      On 25 August 2009, U.S. Patent 7,580,533 was issued for a device that uses a laser beam and smoke or vapor to

  • The red pill (Score:5, Interesting)

    by cahuenga ( 3493791 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:41AM (#54249001)
    Loved the fist Matrix movie. Philosophy, virtual reality, crazy new visual effects. I remember walking out of that movie and there was silence from the audience. Many were still processing the meaning and some were discovering brand-new ideas for the first time.
  • by imatter ( 2749965 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:42AM (#54249005)

    Colossus: The Forbin Project

    So many others,
    A Boy and His Dog
    Quintet
    Zazrdoz

    Oh yeah and I forgot, The Ice Pirates, fucking Robert Urich.

  • Dark City (Score:4, Informative)

    by rey2 ( 4925673 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:42AM (#54249007)
    Maybe considered sci-fi/fantasy but hands down my favorite movie ever. I prefer the director's cut since it excludes some of the hand-holding voice-overs. The story is great, it was shot "film noir" style, has great sound track and an excellent cast. I think "Richard O'Brien" played a perfectly creepy stranger. I like how they cast Jennifer Connelly as the caring wife of her homely husband (Rufus Sewell). William Hurt played a great contemplative Det. Bumstead. I could go on.
  • by emho24 ( 2531820 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:46AM (#54249067)
    I find that there are few movies that I can watch more than once, but I've seen The Thing many times and will watch again. The paranoia and fear among the characters is palpable, and there is no lame CGI.
  • by King_TJ ( 85913 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:51AM (#54249109) Journal

    As you as you start talking about "all times favorites", I think the well known movies like Star Wars come to mind for most of us. I agree with another poster that the first Matrix movie was also top-notch. That one bothers me though, only because the sequels derailed some of the things I liked best about the original. Basically, they took the story to different places I didn't think benefited it and I would have been happier if parts 2 and 3 were never made at all.

    One of the low budget sci-fi flicks I really enjoyed, though, was "The Cube". In fact, the limited resources and "unknowns" used as actors and actresses add to the enjoyment because IMO, the whole cast did an amazing job and it's intriguing how so much suspense could be created with a backdrop that's typically just empty white rooms.

  • by Deadstick ( 535032 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:54AM (#54249151)

    ...for its thoughtful resolution of the time travel causality paradox.

  • Without a doubt... (Score:5, Informative)

    by andrewa ( 18630 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:55AM (#54249159)

    Dark Star!

  • Ringworld (Score:5, Insightful)

    by KlomDark ( 6370 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:56AM (#54249173) Homepage Journal

    Oh wait, James Cameron's been sitting on the rights for that for almost two decades so he can waste our time with giant blue aliens encounter generic military stereotypes.

    Either use your rights, or give them to someone else already, John. My opinion of you has gone from top-notch to meh about you over the years. Shit or get off the pot.

  • Easy choice (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rholtzjr ( 928771 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:57AM (#54249181) Journal

    Fifth Element. Just like in real life, you know you have an arch nemesis out there, you just may never meet them. Your actions are always in direct conflict with theirs even if you never come face to face with them.

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @11:58AM (#54249189)
    n/t
  • by Oswald McWeany ( 2428506 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @12:10PM (#54249315)

    I'm surprised Howard The Duck hasn't been mentioned yet, I would have thought that was everyone's favourite sci-fi. Or are people not mentioning it because they see it more as a drama?

  • by Verdatum ( 1257828 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @12:11PM (#54249323)
    Gattaca followed the rules of what Science Fiction should be, from it's traditional meaning, extremely well. It took a scientific premise, and explored how the world would be shaped socially as a result of that premise. The result, forces the viewer to reexamine the current state of society in the present and their feelings about it. I really can't think of all that many films that do a good job of that.

    I love 2001, but many of the key themes are more in the realm of fantasy. I love Forbidden Planet but it's really an adaptation of The Tempest; replacing the sorcery with science. Metropolis is a beautiful film, but it hardly depends on the scientific themes to deliver its message. Same thing with most of the other dystopian films like Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, 1984, or Logan's Run.

    But that's really the tricky part about "best science fiction". You've gotta get everyone to agree on what defines quality science fiction.

  • Contact (Score:4, Insightful)

    by flightmaker ( 1844046 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @12:16PM (#54249367)

    Because it's an almost totally original concept, not relying at all on hyperdrives or laser canons. Maybe the producers got some ideas from "Stargate" which preceded it by three years.
    Because it's suitable for everybody.
    Because it's based on something that we can all participate in, the SETI project.

    I'm wondering if and hoping that there will be a sequel in 2024.

  • by pipingguy ( 566974 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @12:34PM (#54249539)
    Or maybe Plan 9 From Outer Space.
  • by gosand ( 234100 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @12:40PM (#54249607)

    along with Tremors, Terminator/Terminator2, and Back to the Future. All great ones in my book!

  • by McGruber ( 1417641 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @12:49PM (#54249697)
    Children of Men (2006) [imdb.com] It is about civilization collapsing, after 18 years of global human infertility. No spaceships, no aliens, no CGI; just a great story and amazing performances.
    • This is one of those rare movies based on a book where they keep the heart and soul of the book while changing just about every detail that can be changed, almost like an alternate-history version of the book. The acting is just outstanding, you won't find a better A-list cast brought to a SciFi movie. And the camera work! Truly an unforgettable movie.

  • by UpnAtom ( 551727 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @12:51PM (#54249711) Homepage

    Normally, everyone says Bladerunner. The latter is truly great, but it lacks the story and character development of Gattaca.

    The only real competition to Gattaca is Donnie Darko, but few think of it as sci-fi. Amazing they both came out in 2001.

    Matrix clearly superb, as is 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    "Her" is a great little film, the best sci-fi since Gattaca.
    Empire Strikes Back, Terminator (original) and The Thing -- all these are either perfect or borderline perfect.

  • TRON (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Higaran ( 835598 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @12:53PM (#54249729)
    It is easily the first scifi film I remember watching when I was a kid, I remember most of the star wars and stuff but the first one I can remember was TRON. I also vividly remember The Last Star Fighter, and Wargames.
  • Brazil! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by scatbomb ( 1099255 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @01:01PM (#54249805)
    Man, came here looking for Brazil, no mentions so far. I hope everyone takes the time to see this film.
  • by ScuxxletButt ( 758085 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @01:03PM (#54249811)
    Solaris is my favorite, and a very, very close second is 2001.
  • Demolition Man (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Oswald McWeany ( 2428506 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @01:09PM (#54249859)

    I will probably be chastised for this... I always loved Demolition Man. Stallone is a terrible actor, the film isn't particularly artistic or high-brow, but it was a fun film, a sci-fi premise (right down to the morality study of today's society by using an abstract world).

    I liked it... sure, not the artistic appeal or thought provoking ability of Gattica. Perhaps not the commercial draw of Avatar. Still a fun film.

  • by ChrisMaple ( 607946 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @01:12PM (#54249901)
    Not my favorite, but not mentioned yet
    Men in Black
  • by AF_Cheddar_Head ( 1186601 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @01:38PM (#54250145)

    Not much science but using a video game to screen for hidden talents was pretty good. Plus Robert Preston was great as the alien.

  • The Black Hole (Score:5, Interesting)

    by normanjd ( 1290602 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @02:22PM (#54250523) Homepage
    I never did understand why Live Action Disney movies of the past never did well... I really loved The Black Hole... I think I even had a Lunch Box... Other good ones: The Absent-Minded Professor Tron And for a more modern favorite (but not Disney): Stargate
  • Logan's Run (Score:4, Interesting)

    by valley ( 240947 ) on Monday April 17, 2017 @06:04PM (#54252559) Homepage
    Released right before Star Wars upped the game as far as special effects ... great concept, wild sets, including an ice cave patrolled by an insane robot, a domed utopian/dystopian city, and Washington DC covered in vines... wonderful stuff.

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