in yet another scifi magazine bladerunner was voted the greatest scifi film ever, now i really do like bladerunner but i dont quite think its the greatest one ever and to be honest i cant think of one thats miles ahead of everything else. ive had a good think about this and cant decide, now ive gone from star wars to tron and from forbidden planet to attack of the fifty foot woman. anybody got any ideas???????
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I think Avatar's right up there - Blade Runner's a great film (and better in some respects than the book which is quite rare as generally it's the other way around).
Philip Dick wasn't to know about the enormity of global warning back in '68, so the bleak LA of the film has a lot more resonance for modern audiences and the 'environmentals' are what made Avatar for me as well and of course that didn't have an excellent book to compete with at all. Star Wars is great but really it's not in the same class in that it's more fantasy and not really that adult either which is not something you could accuse BR of. My other nominee for best sci-fi for sheer impact is Alien - just the first one, the later ones were crap in comparison, but that was seriously serious as well as scary as hell way back then I can't really make up my mind between the three but BR's not aged as well as Alien and Avatar's a really great effort at a really original conceptual alien planet with a smidge of a nod at Roger Dean of course...
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The Andromeda Strain,Silent Running,The Thing(great music as always with John Carpenter),Westworld,Tron,The Ice Pirates(for comic SF),The Hidden,Predator(1&2),Event Horizon.
All good ones,as indeed are the Alien-series and the Star Trek movies of course. Blade Runner is up there,but i also probably would not pick it as the best of all time. Then again,i'm not sure i can give a best... As with other things,it varies according to mood,recently having seen,etc.,etc..
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The special edition mind, not the theatrical version. You know, the one where the cute little watery aliens nearly wipe out humanity, but because of the love of one man merely decide to enslave us instead?
When I first saw the SE as an adult after having grown up with with the theatrical version I was like "Wait, what?! ... DUDE!"
Greatest science fiction film ever? Well, that's very subjective. If we're talking influential, none can have more influence than Metropolis. Without that, no Star Wars, no Blade Runner.
But what do I think is the greatest science fiction film of all time? This will take some thought...
There are two that I would nominate: Back to the Future, and The Matrix. Believe it or not, I got onto Back to the Future long before I got onto Doctor Who, and it perhaps established more of my interest in time travel and science fiction than any other work. And The Matrix, while derivative of Blade Runner and anime films, is nonetheless in a league of its own.
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Blade Runner has Rutger Hauer in it, I'll vote for that but my favourite sci-fi of all time is Star Trek - movies/series whatever, especially the original series and first movies. I don't think they've made "the best sci-fi of all time" yet. Not until they make an Iain M Banks or China Mieville movie really really really well.
Solaris and Contact are another two i would add, despite both being polarizing (IE people hate them or love them)
And you can't leave out animated films. Akira is a beautiful mind **** of a movie. Ghost in the Shell has its followers. There's another one but i don't know if it can be called Sci-fi. Called Night On The Galactic Railroad. very trippy, very deep, and very emotional. And the trippyness isn't there for it's own sake, there is a point to it, and not a metophorical one either (Yeah, i'm looking at you Utena journey into womanhood my ass).