Sunday, May 11, 2008

Countdown to AFI's 10 Top 10: Sci-Fi

"Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not.
In either case the idea is quite staggering."
-- Arthur C. Clarke

Beam aboard as the Movie Dearest countdown to the American Film Institute's 2008 edition of their famed "100 Years" lists, AFI's 10 Top 10, continues with science fiction. Defined as a genre that "marries a scientific or technological premise with imaginative speculation", sci fi films can range from the optimistic to the bleak, and there have been plenty of both recognized by the AFI's lists in years past.

Topping out at six prior mentions apiece are two films that should provide a close race for the top spot on this top ten: Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey. And while the latter can be viewed either way, the former is certainly in the optimistic camp (unlike its not nominated sequel, The Empire Strikes Back), as is the next highest placer, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (five previous listings). However, next up is another Stanley Kubrick masterpiece, A Clockwork Orange (four previous listings), that is certainly of the downer variety.

Three more classics come in next with three prior mentions: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Frankenstein, the oldest movie among the fifty nominees (see the comments section below for the full list). Rounding out the strong possibilities from previous lists are Alien, Blade Runner, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Planet of the Apes (all with two apiece), Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jurassic Park, The Matrix, Soylent Green and The War of the Worlds (all with one previous mention), plus the lone AFI Award winner, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Of the possible newcomers to the list, the one that I would most like to see in the top ten, Children of Men, is also the most recent of the nominees. Other contenders include such popular favorites as Back to the Future, Fantastic Voyage, Forbidden Planet, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Invisible Man, Minority Report, Robocop, Silent Running, The Time Machine and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, representing the entire Trek franchise.

Mark your calendars for June 17, the date the results will be revealed when AFI's 10 Top 10 airs on CBS.

1 comment:

  1. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLEGENCE 2001
    ALIEN 1979
    ALTERED STATES 1980
    THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN 1971
    BACK TO THE FUTURE 1985
    THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS 1953
    BLADE RUNNER 1982
    CHILDREN OF MEN 2006
    A CLOCKWORK ORANGE 1971
    CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND 1977
    COCOON 1985
    CONTACT 1997
    THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL 1951
    DESTINATION MOON 1950
    E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 1982
    ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK 1981
    ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND 2004
    FANTASTIC VOYAGE 1966
    THE FLY 1986
    FORBIDDEN PLANET 1956
    FRANKENSTEIN 1931
    THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN 1957
    INDEPENDENCE DAY 1996
    INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 1956
    THE INVISIBLE MAN 1933
    IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE 1953
    JURASSIC PARK 1993
    MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME 1985
    THE MATRIX 1999
    MEN IN BLACK 1997
    MINORITY REPORT 2002
    PLANET OF THE APES 1968
    REPO MAN 1984
    ROBOCOP 1987
    ROLLERBALL 1975
    SILENT RUNNING 1972
    SOYLENT GREEN 1973
    STARMAN 1984
    STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN 1982
    STAR WARS 1977
    THE STEPFORD WIVES 1975
    TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 1991
    THEM! 1954
    THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD 1951
    THE TIME MACHINE 1960
    TOTAL RECALL 1990
    TRON 1982
    2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 1968
    THE WAR OF THE WORLDS 1953
    WESTWORLD 1973

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