My lovely hubby has started compiling lists of his top five… things. All sorts of things, really, but he’s kick started it with his top five sci-fi films, so as I love making lists, I thought I’d join in the fun and share my own list to see whether we have any the same or if they’re wildly different. I get the feeling this will be a regular feature on his blog, so stay tuned and join in if you feel like it – just don’t forget to link back to him at Smurfin’ the Web.
5. WarGames (1983)
Starring Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood
A young computer enthusiast hacks into a top secret facility and inadvertently almost starts World War III when the computer asks him “Would you like to play a game?” and he chooses Global Thermonuclear War. And this is supposed to be a smart kid! *Facepalm* More than a little dated now as when you look at the computers they look like they’re built out of breeze blocks, but the fresh-faced Broderick is superb as the lad who has to try and put everything right by outsmarting a super computer. It’s a brilliant piece of storytelling that holds up despite the dated technology.
4. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick
The sequel to Terminator (1984), it holds up a little better in terms of special effects than its notable predecessor. The introduction of the super-cool mighty-morphin’ T-1000 was a stroke of genius, and never have the words, “Have you seen this boy?” sounded so menacing as when uttered by Robert Patrick when hunting down Furlong as the teenaged John Connor. Although missing the delicious Michael Biehn, the sequel out-kabooms the original with all-out action and high-octane chases from start to finish. It has a killer soundtrack too! It’s the best in the series.
3. Back to the Future (1985)
Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
I really want to put the entire trilogy here, but I know hubby would kick my butt and cry “cop-out!” if I did, so I’ll place the first in the series, and give the two sequels very honorable mentions. The ever-youthful Fox jumps into what is possibly the coolest time machine ever invented (I discount the T.A.R.D.I.S as that’s a time and space machine!), a sooped-up DeLorean MC12, and almost negates his own existence when his mother starts falling in love with him. I know, it’s a bit icky with the incestuousness, but it works, trust me. Paradox problems abound, but it doesn’t matter, because it’s such a great movie – a real popcorn guzzler! Incidentally, future day is 21st October NEXT YEAR!!! That’s right, between now and then, we should expect hoverboards and flying cars that run on garbage.
2. Tron Legacy (2010)
Starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde
Hubby and I actually went to an IMAX cinema to see this in 3D and it was well worth the trip to Glasgow from Aberdeen to do so! The special effects are amazing and the storyline follows on very nicely from the original movie with nice little touches that hark back to the first film (such as when Flynn Jr switches on the power at the arcade that has been closed for years, the music starts up with the closing track from the first film, Separate Ways by Journey). It’s a kick-ass film that is visually spectacular and has one of the best soundtracks ever created (kudos to Daft Punk!). Tadpole loves this film too.
1. Tron (1982)
Starring Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner
It had to be, really, didn’t it? The effects are slightly dated now, but at the time of release, they were state of the art and nobody had ever seen anything like the computer inner-scape presented by this, my number one sci-fi flick. It’s a classic good versus evil moral tale with great characters, and it introduced us to the concept of a world within computers where programmes resemble their users and worship them as deities while riding light cycles all over the circuit boards. It’s sheer brilliance and a must-see for all sci-fi fans, whether or not they class themselves as geeks. And yes, Tadpole loves this one as well.
So, those are my top five science fiction films. I’d love to know what yours are, so if you make a list, leave a comment below and remember to link back up to my hubby over at Smurfin’ the Web, because I know he’d love to see your lists too!