sf film canon

The list is from “The Science Fiction Film Canon”:http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/003785.html, from the book “The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies”:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1843535203/103-9758806-6427829?v=glance&n=283155&s=books&v=glance by “John Scalzi”:http://www.scalzi.com/. He describes it as “Reviews and commentary on the 50 science fiction films you have to see before you die”…

I’ve bolded the ones I’ve seen, and marked the (two) that I own. 31/50; Not too bad…

*The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!*
*Akira Kaneda!*
*Back to the Future* *
*Blade Runner* *
Bride of Frankenstein
Brother From Another Planet
A Clockwork Orange
*Close Encounters of the Third Kind*
The Damned
Destination Moon
*The Day The Earth Stood Still*
*Escape From New York*
*ET: The Extraterrestrial*
Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers (serial)
*The Fly (1985 version)*
*Forbidden Planet*
*Ghost in the Shell*
*The Incredibles*
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version)
*Jurassic Park*
*Mad Max 2*
*The Matrix*
Metropolis (Extended version)
On the Beach
*Planet of the Apes (1968 version)*
Solaris (1972 version)
*Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan*
*Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope*
*Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back*
The Stepford Wives
*Terminator 2: Judgement Day*
The Thing From Another World
Things to Come
*12 Monkeys*
28 Days Later
*20,000 Leagues Under the Sea*
*2001: A Space Odyssey*
La Voyage Dans la Lune
*War of the Worlds (1953 version)*

posted at 9:14 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2005 in Movies, Personal | Comments (5)


  1. Reid says:

    Wow, the only ones I have NOT seen in that list are:

    The Damned
    Destination Moon
    The Thing From Another World

    Btw, I assume you mean the 1936 version of “Things to Come” with Raymond Massey in it . I haven’t seen the later versions.

  2. Harald Koch says:

    I bow to thee, O Alpha Geek :-)

  3. David Brake says:

    I have seen Alphaville and Delicatessen (the latter is definitely worth seeing). Also Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version) which I didn’t find as scary as the later version with Sutherland but then I saw it later. On the other hand I have never seen Ghost in the Shell.

  4. Greg says:

    What, T2 made it, but not T_original? Bah…

  5. Jeff K says:

    I could entirely do without Delicatessen, “ET”, Mad Max 2, Tron and Godizilla. Most folks don’t “get” Alphaville or Clockwork Orange, I don’t think. I own about 40 DVDs on that list. The list looks suspiciously popular to me, missing the Road Warrior, Matrix Reloaded, Time Bandits, Andromeda Strain, and some others on my shelves.

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