Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Top 50 Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Comic Book Movies of All Time: Part 9

10. A Clockwork Orange – This Stanley Kubrick classic may not have won any Oscars, but its vision, controversy, and creepiness will live on movie history forever. Starring Malcolm McDowell, who many may know better from his role as Dr. Loomis in the Halloween series, A Clockwork Orange is the story of a delinquent who, in a futuristic Britain, decides to be subjected to aversion therapy, to help solve society’s problems, but not all goes according to the plan. This movie is simply one of the best movies ever made, on any list. The story fluctuates between charisma, disturbing images, and this futuristic world, but with Stanley Kubrick’s visions, we can see clearly the message he was trying to display, and the magnificent world he created.

9. Star Wars – Another hint here, but this wasn’t even the best Star Wars film in my opinion, but it still was a thrilling ride that launched a movie revolution unlike any other before it or since. The story of how young Luke Skywalker learns the force, and helps save the Rebellion against The Emperor, Darth Vader, and the Empire, is an awe-inspiring visual treat, that paved the way for today’s hits like Avatar. George Lucas, with this film created an entire world that no one since had been able to top, and the characters that we met in this first go around became forever engrained in our hearts. It simply changed the face of movie making forever.

8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day – By far, the best Jim Cameron movie he ever made (even with the Arnold), and a huge improvement on an already fantastic predecessor. This time, the Terminator must protect the son of the woman he had tried to kill from an even more dangerous cyborg. This movie won four Oscars, and like all good James Cameron movies, continued to improve the technical aspects of movie making. But this wasn’t just a visual treat. This is a thrilling science-fiction adventure that ranks as a 90’s classic that will be watched for generations to come.

7. Alien – Ridley Scott has made some incredible movies throughout his career, but none got much better than this. This bloodbath of sorts, about a crew landing on a distant planet inhabited by deathly aliens, who leave only one survivor, who else by Alice Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). Like its sequel, this is an ass-kicking good time, blending science fiction, action, and horror effortlessly in a movie that in 1979, helped continue the movement that Star Wars had started, in making sci-fi movies big, mainstream, and more importantly, really good movies.

6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – No one in their right mind thought that The Lord of the Rings could be made into a movie. Then a hobbit-looking man named Peter Jackson somehow got the backing and faith of New Line Cinema, and did the impossible. I prefer this one to its longer and more battle-heavy sequels because of the story. Here we see where it all begins, where the magic truly came to life. Jackson’s career after this trilogy has not held up as well. Maybe it’s because he lost so much weight, or maybe it is because he did something so incredible here that nothing will ever quite compare.

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