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What is your favorite sci-fi movie?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 8, 2009

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“I’ve got to say ‘Transformers.’ It was pretty crazy.”

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“Probably ‘Ironman’ because I like the whole idea of humans being super-human even though he’s not.”

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Aeon Flux’ because of the (concept of) the female being the badass.”

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“’Star Wars.’ I refused to watch it until a couple of months ago … but I decided to watch all three originals and I was very pleased with them.”


RoeDapple 9 years ago

'Alien' series 'Terminator' series 'Predator' series

Chris Ogle 9 years ago

I need a Nanny, by Lorelei Jordon

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

The Thing from Another World (1951 version)

slowplay 9 years ago

Logan's Run. Return to Mars. Children of the Damned.

schula 9 years ago

Hey Multi -- we are having thunderstorms in Lawrence, too.

9 years ago

'Enemy Mine'

If you haven't seen this one, watch it!

jumpin_catfish 9 years ago

  1. The Day The Earth Stood Still
  2. Star Trek: Vovage Home
  3. Forbidden Planet

dajudge 9 years ago

Stargate, and then the series.

Ralph Reed 9 years ago

"2001: A Space Odyssey" The original, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (Read the book also) "Things to Come" (1936) "Metropolis"

Note to Tom. I assume you class "An Inconvenient Truth" as Sci Fi simply because of the vast amount of hot air eminating from parts of Linwood. You probably haven't noticed any change in the climate. grin

cthulhu_4_president 9 years ago

Andromeda Strain

War of the Worlds (orig).

When Worlds Collide

Plan 9 From Outer Space

Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers

Forbidden Planet

The Abyss

Star Trek: _ (insert series/movie title here)


hawklet21 9 years ago

Alien v. Predator! I didn't really get in to the second one though. Is Equilibrium sci-fi? I really liked that one, too.

trinity 9 years ago

hakwlet lives!!! :)

the matrix movies, yeah. hence the name!!! :)

trinity 9 years ago

lmfbo-h-a-W-k-l-e-t, not hakwlet!!! i tried to catch it but it got away before i could edit! :)

slang4d 9 years ago

Transformers? Ironman? Someone get these folks Netflix subscriptions ASAP.

Blade Runner Twelve Monkeys Brazil Children of Men Gattaca

schula 9 years ago

It has stopped raining here and the sun is trying to shine. I can see blue sky out my window.

Mary Darst 9 years ago

just talked to autie. first, his favorite sci-fi is The 10 Commandments and his computer system is down. the storms at auties were not as bad as they were to the north, east, and southeast. alot of power lines down in those areas. P.S. I never really liked Sci-Fi's.

schula 9 years ago

Thanks for the update on autie. Good to know he is ok.

beatrice 9 years ago

Several of these have been mentioned, but surprisingly some haven't. My list, in no particular order:

The Quiet Earth Brazil Blade Runner Planet of the Apes Night of the Living Dead / Day of the Dead (both versions) 28 Days Later Shaun of the Dead Grindhouse Gattaca The Matrix Back to the Future Young Frankenstein Serenity Metropolis Close Encounters of the Third Kind E.T.

Linda Aikins 9 years ago

Multi, I just watched Working Girl lately. Do you remember the 80s hairstyles and the huge bug-eye glasses they wore? It looked alien to me.

earline james 9 years ago

The Brother from another Planet (and several others allready mentioned)

beatrice 9 years ago

Brother from Another Planet -- great one! An early John Sayle's film.

More great SF films: Rocky Horror Picture Show Repo Man The Fly (either version) And lets not forget Jurassic Park.

Under the not great SF films category: Earth Girls Are Easy

gontek 9 years ago

agree with many on list. Must add - The Fifth Element.

beatrice 9 years ago

logicsound, who said we need just a top ten? You are clearly a film buff, and there are just too many great films that are worthy of mention that would never make such a short list, such as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, or Omega Man, or even Barbarella.

Given the abundance of breast enhancement surgery and little blue pills, I guess you could say any adult film made in the past decade qualifies as science fiction.

beatrice 9 years ago

Time Bandits Westworld eXistenZ Slaughterhouse Five A Clockwork Orange Galaxy Quest

(What can I say, I'm a bit of a junkie when it comes to SF films. I'll be back.)

Music_Girl 9 years ago

Star Wars The Matrix Lord of the Rings (all 3) (kinda fantasy-ish but I'll count it haha)

schula 9 years ago

Autie: How bad was Fredonia hit? I have an uncle that lives there. Glad to hear you are ok.

lawrence_kansas_usa 9 years ago

Jason and the Argonauts

(It's not really sci-fi per se...but I like it.)

preebo 9 years ago

Whom ever said THX 1138 or Logan's Run...

you're OK in my book.

Got to go with the classics.

labmonkey 9 years ago

Terminator...especially Terminator 2. You cannot hear "You Could be Mine" by GNR on the radio and not drive about 20 mph faster.

Star Trek 2, The Wrath of Khan.

The Fifth Element. Mila Jovavich is so hot with the orange hair.

Mars Attacks. One of the funniest movies ever. We need to make Jack our president. Remember to keep a Slim Whitman CD handy in case the Martians come.

Idiocracy. What the world is really heading toward.

Timeline. Stayed amazingly close to the book.

Rich Noever 9 years ago

A Boy and His Dog Starring a young Don Johnson.

countrygirl 9 years ago

It's not a movie but I loved the Battlestar Galactica series. I'm lost now!

labmonkey 9 years ago


I totally forgot about "The Time Machine." Both versions are pretty good.

gontek 9 years ago

is Idiocracy considered scifi? I like to watch it family style, but right now "Ouch my balls!" is on. Baitin!

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

IMHO, the worst would be Starship Troopers. In it, the human race has solved the problem of interstellar flight, but has forgotten the concepts of crew-served weapons and armored ground vehicles.

beatrice 9 years ago

Surprising omissions thus far:

Rollerball (original) Men in Black Superman (Christopher Reeve, of course) 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea Attack of the 50 Foot Woman Silent Running Death Race 2000 (original with David Carradine)

Snap, the worst -- must must worse than Starship Troopers -- is Battlefield Earth. Classic novel by the Scientoligest L.Ron Hubbard that John Travolta just destroyed. Oh it is bad.

beatrice 9 years ago

autie, I mentioned Jurassic Park. Doesn't that count?

Ceallach 9 years ago

No wonder I keep coming back to OTS!! All y'all are a bunch of twisted sci-fi freaks!! With only a few exceptions I can honestly say "All of the Above." No true scifi freak can only name one :P

dandelion 9 years ago

Well, all of the above for me, but if we are talking TV series, Dr. Who is the best.

shotgun 9 years ago

Excuse me, the question said favorite, not how many can you name. Whats with all of the lists?

Hands Down, Blade Runner!

PS Mr Nancy Boy To You, You are the answer to the question......Whats the matter with Kansas?

Of course having your head buried in the sand may not be such a bad idea, once we have more coal fired power plants spewing more toxins in the air!

beatrice 9 years ago

Shotgun, it is like naming your favorite child when you have more than one. There are just too many great sci fi movies to pick just one. I enjoy seeing peoples' lists because it helps jog my memory about other films.

So here is another list for you:

The Incredibles X-Men Last Night

RedwoodCoast 9 years ago

Does "Passion of the Christ" count?

Really, though, I would say either "Planet of the Apes" or the original "The Day the Earth Stood Still."

Tom McCune 9 years ago

"Metropolis", Fritz Lang, 1927

That's right. The best sci fi movie ever made was a silent movie shot in black-and-white. If you don't believe me, go find it. Somebody made an excellent restored version a few years ago.

maxcrabb 9 years ago

blade runner is where it's at!

(you can find noir in all my favorite movies... chinatown, touch of evil, big lebowski... it goes on and on)

JohnBrown 9 years ago

Independence Day The Day the Earth Stood Still (the original) Forbidden Planet Star Wars Episodes 4-6 The Fifth Element A Boy and His Dog Stargate SG1 Stargate Atlantis Star Trek Voyager Close Encounters Star Trek: The Voyage Home The Matrix 20,000 leagues under the Sea Men in Black AvP

For comic relief: Starship Troopers and Mars Attacks are unsurpassed.

Tom McCune 9 years ago

"Flesh Gordon" -- sci-fi and porno all in one!

dajudge 9 years ago

I guess it's official then, Stargate wins.

ms_canada 9 years ago

Yes, yes, Enemy Mine. I liked the word play on the title. But the film, I think is a classic. I loved Louis Gosset Jr. in this movie. By all means, as St. James says above, go see it. A great love story, IMHO

ms_canada 9 years ago

St. James - yes, yes, Enemy Mine. loved the word play on the title. Louis Gosset was terrrific in this classic film. It is really a great Love story, is it not?

beatrice 9 years ago

Enemy Mine = Brokeback Space Mountain

fastwalker 9 years ago

David Lynch's Dune! Battlefield Earth!

riverdrifter 9 years ago

Silent Running, 1972. Bruce Dern. Also, A Boy & His Dog. Filmed in Topeka, I think?

Tom McCune 9 years ago

"Plan 9 From Outer Space", Ed Wood, 1959. So bad, it's good.

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