Friday, June 5, 2009

Top 10?

Back in June of last year, AFI did a "Top Ten Films in 10 Different Genres" list . Here is their list of top 10 SF films as they see it:

SCIENCE FICTION

1 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 1968
2 STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE 1977
3 E.T. - THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL 1982
4 A CLOCKWORK ORANGE 1971
5 THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL 1951
6 BLADE RUNNER 1982
7 ALIEN 1979
8 TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 1991
9 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 1956
10 BACK TO THE FUTURE 1985

Needless to say, I have a very different list. Here's mine:

1. ALIEN 1979
2. BLADERUNNER 1982
3. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL 1951
4. ALIENS 1986 (how on earth does this not make their list?)
5. FORBIDDEN PLANET 1956 (same question)
6. STAR TREK 2: THE WRATH OF KHAN 1982 (same question)
7. SOLARIS 2002 (same question)
8. STARGATE 1994 (same question)
9. D.A.R.Y.L. 1985 (same question)
10. TERMINATOR 1984 (same question)

Some things that are interesting to me now that I see my list (at least the one I'd make at this point in my life) completed:

1. I knew Ridley Scott would be prevalent, but I sort of didn't know how James Cameron-heavy it would be, as well.
2. I'm really quite surprised by the AFI list: as someone who loves the genre of SF film, it very much seems to me that they based their list off of what was most popular, while I based mine off of what was most influential on the films that came afterward (as it seemed to me), or stories that had the most merit in terms of social critical work.
3. I left off the giant monster/insect and post-apocalyptic ends of the spectrum for these choices because (though I realize I might be the only one) I tend to think of those as their own genres.

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