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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Sandor's Top Ten: Movies

Well, yesterday's post about adoption and abortion really attracted some readers and comments (note to bloggers: if you want to generate comments, blog about abortion). I suspect the conversation / debate will continue on that one for a while yet, and as such I'm going to get back to what I had originally planned to do this week: Fun stuff!

Today it's my top ten list of movies:

10. O Brother, Where Art Thou?

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

7. Quick Change

6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

5. The Shawshank Redemption

4. Star Wars

3. The Empire Strike Back

2. Aliens

1. Contact

Some notes about the top three:

The Empire Strikes Back is, in my opinion, the high point of George Lucas' career. It's flawless science fantasy, the very best the genre has to offer. His franchise rights should be taken away for the last piece of crap he dropped on us though; the two "modern" installments of the Star Wars saga don't even make my top 50.

Aliens is how I like my science fiction: Gritty and realistic. This movie combined horror, sci-fi, and military action like no other before it; it borrowed a little from Heinlien's Starship Troopers (the novel, not Verhooven's crappy film version) but not so much as to constitute a rip-off or anything. Aliens is a movie that I can watch over and over and over ... it just doesn't get old. If only the subsequent films had been anywhere near as good.

I don't want to hear about how badly cheated you felt because you didn't get to see the alien at the end; Contact is a fantastic movie. This is science fiction in the truest sense; an extrapolation of what alien contact might really be like based upon our current understanding of science. If you didn't like Contact you're not a fan of science or sci-fi, you just like action movies with spaceships and lasers. Go watch a Verhooven flick.

Comments, questions, and angry rebuttals are welcomed in the comments section.