Rolling Stone's Top 40 Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century

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Rolling Stone's Top 40 Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century

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An older list, but one I refer back to every now and then, thought I'd share.
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1. Children of Men (2006)
2. Ex Machina (2015)
3. Under the Skin (2014)
4. Arrival (2016)
5. Inception (2010)
6. WALL·E (2008)
7. Gravity (2013)
8. 28 Days Later (2002)
9. The Martian (2015)
10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
11. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
12. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
13. District 9 (2009)
14. Serenity (2005)
15. Looper (2012)
16. Snowpiercer (2013)
17. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
18. Her (2013)
19. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
20. The Host (2006)
21. Midnight Special (2016)
22. The World's End (2013)
23. Moon (2009)
24. Minority Report (2002)
25. Primer (2004)
26. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
27. Cloverfield (2008)
28. Attack the Block (2011)
29. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
30. Reign of Fire (2002)
31. Monsters (2010)
32. 2046 (2004)
33. Donnie Darko (2001)
34. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
35. Sunshine (2007)
36. Pacific Rim
37. The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)
38. Source Code (2011)
39. Another Earth (2011)
40. The One I Love (2014)
I've seen all but Scanner Darkly, 2046, The Girl With All the Gifts and The One I Love.

I've included the list challenge if you prefer that...
https://www.listchallenges.com/top-40-s ... st-century

Plus, the actual article.
https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/mov ... ury-28134/

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thanks for sharing. I’ve seen all except Another Earth.

It’s an odd list in that there are some distinctly mediocre films on there, both with critics and the public so not sure how they ended up on the list. Although off the top of my head I can’t think of anything to replace them with!!

Edit: Where is Interstellar?!!

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I've only seen 12 of them (not really a sci-fi fan) but most of those 12 have been excellent. I think District 9 might be my favorite from the list.

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I've seen 25.

Was it just me but at the end of Gravity
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was anyone expecting a crocodile to eat Sandra Bullock
World's End I didn't enjoy, Minority Report should be higher and yeah where is Interstellar?

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DomsBeard wrote:
May 12th, 2020, 9:10 am
I've seen 25.

Was it just me but at the end of Gravity
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was anyone expecting a crocodile to eat Sandra Bullock
World's End I didn't enjoy, Minority Report should be higher and yeah where is Interstellar?
Yeah I really didn’t get on with World’s end either so didn’t really see it making the list but when i looked at other similar lists it is on them as well!

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Just watched A Scanner Darkly. I liked it!

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Some absolutely blinding films on that list. I've seen 24 of them. Also, every time I'm reminded of Arrival I want to watch it again.

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I love sci-fi and I've seen every single one of them (a good portion of them have been on circulation via Netflix which helps). Plenty on that list are what I'd consider modern classics of the genre and some that I still enjoy even if the consensus was they were actually kinda crap (Reign of Fire).

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Wow, there have been some great Sci-Fi films this century! I've seen the majority of these, somehow I still haven't gotten to Gravity (I know).

I never take issue with what ends up on these lists but just going to take this opportunity to shout out Coherence, it'd probably be in my top 10.

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Its strange how different people will classify genre; to me, I'd never consider Reign of Fire Sci-fi, nor Guardians of the Galaxy or even Star Wars.

I've seen 25 of these, but in terms of "Harder" sci-fi I'm surprised Annihilation isn't on here. I'd also personally have included Upgrade and DREDD, and the whole new Planet of the Apes trilogy (one of the best trilogies ever?)

As for films with Sci-Fi elements, shout outs to Turbo Kid, Interstella 5555 and Speed Racer, and I'd put Paul over Worlds End any day.

Also, Treasure Planet would definetly be in a personal top 40.

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I would agree that GotG and Star Wars are definitely more space fantasy than sci-fi, but I wouldn’t really class as Dredd as sci-fi either. Genre definitions are always indistinct.

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Fairly disappointed not to see Hot Tub Time Machine on there.

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Don't forget, the list came out in early 2017. I'd be shocked if an updated list didn't have Annihilation or Upgrade.

I'm a bit annoyed to see Star Wars as well, but not everyone is as strict about that stuff.

I think cheaper costs for decent effects have helped lower budget scifi films feel just as polished and expansive as their big budget kin.

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So this thread reminded me I had been meaning to get around to a low-budget Spanish sci-fi called Time Crimes. Ignore the name, I know it sounds like an 80s B movie but it's pretty great lol.

It's no where near as convuluted but if you've seen stuff like Dark or Primer you'll have some idea what you're in for. It's a real tight script and thoroughly entertaining to watch how things play out even if you predict where it will end up.

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Caligulas Horse wrote:
May 15th, 2020, 6:28 pm
So this thread reminded me I had been meaning to get around to a low-budget Spanish sci-fi called Time Crimes. Ignore the name, I know it sounds like an 80s B movie but it's pretty great lol.

It's no where near as convuluted but if you've seen stuff like Dark or Primer you'll have some idea what you're in for. It's a real tight script and thoroughly entertaining to watch how things play out even if you predict where it will end up.
Absolutely love TimeCrimes. One of the best films I’ve ever seen. I’d recommend it too.

I’m not entirely sure which film came first but it reminded me of Triangle when I saw it. I remember seeing both and those who “got it” loved it and the others thought it was utter dross! Very interesting trying to convince the dissenters to see any positives.

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Annihilation would be a must for an updated list! That is a great film, visually just an absolute treat. One of the few things on Netflix where I remember waiting for it to drop then scrambling back from work to settle in and watch it immediately.

I also like Reign of Fire, I've seen it I think twice over the years. I can't say no to a solid beer-chugging B-movie like that.

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Simonsloth wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 11:23 pm
Caligulas Horse wrote:
May 15th, 2020, 6:28 pm
So this thread reminded me I had been meaning to get around to a low-budget Spanish sci-fi called Time Crimes. Ignore the name, I know it sounds like an 80s B movie but it's pretty great lol.

It's no where near as convuluted but if you've seen stuff like Dark or Primer you'll have some idea what you're in for. It's a real tight script and thoroughly entertaining to watch how things play out even if you predict where it will end up.
Absolutely love TimeCrimes. One of the best films I’ve ever seen. I’d recommend it too.

I’m not entirely sure which film came first but it reminded me of Triangle when I saw it. I remember seeing both and those who “got it” loved it and the others thought it was utter dross! Very interesting trying to convince the dissenters to see any positives.
Aha, you've just given me another reminder there. Triangle was on the same list that recommended Time Crimes, I remember having trouble finding it online but looks like it's available to rent for a quid on Prime so I'll definitely get on that this week, cheers!

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Amazing. I’m really looking forward to hearing what you thought.

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