Whoa, That’s Some Canon.

ScalzimovieIt’s a new week and so Scalzi has a new book out (I kid because I love, it’s not like he’s caught up with the award-winning Scott or anything), The Rough Guide to Science Fiction Movies. Therein lies a list of movies referred to reverentially as The Canon. Bold the ones you’ve seen, etc. List after the cut. I should confess that I took a science fiction film genre course in The College Days.

Also, I wish Them! had made it. I love me some giant ants.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! (And I won’t even count the times I’ve read on the couch while Mr. Rowe watched this fine film.)
  Alphaville (On the netflix list)
  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 (I heart Snake Pliskin.)

  ET: The Extraterrestrial
  Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers (serial)
  The Fly (1985 version)
  Forbidden Planet

  Ghost in the Shell
  Gojira/Godzilla (Honestly, I’m not sure, so I’m not claiming this one. Seen a lot of them though. TBS after school, holla!)
  The Incredibles
  Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version)
  Jurassic Park
  Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior

  The Matrix
(Extended version rawk!)
  On the Beach
  Planet of the Apes (1968 version)

  Solaris (1972 version)
  Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (I don’t really have the ST love, but they did show us this movie in fourth grade as a treat. Yeah, I’m still puzzling over that one.)
  Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (George Lucas: Not a novelist.)
  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)

5 thoughts on “Whoa, That’s Some Canon.”

  1. I thought I saw Gataca named the best sci-fi movie EVER a few years ago. Not even on this list… #1 being debatable, I think you could safely swap out Robocop for it, though….
    Jude Law is a damn fine actor

  2. Whoopsie — I have seen it (and will go in and edit thus confusing future visitors to these comments). It was late and I thought this was some sort of a bone to the later/earlier movies, which I can’t claim to have seen except for about twenty minutes of the first one before I fell asleep. And hey, I actually read the terrible “novel” of New Hope and wrote a comparison paper about how George Lucas is Not A Novelist on it for my class.
    There’s definitely some of my own faves not on here, Tito, but I think it’s a solid list in terms of most influential or representative SF films.

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