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02:06 pm - These are not the essential SF films you are looking for
Martin at everything is nice lists Time Out's top 75 essential SF films, which is a very strange collection. They decided to leave out dystopian SF (why?) so the list is marked by its glaring omissions such as Blade Runner (and not-so-dystopian films such as Aliens, and Terminator and... suffice to say it is a peculiar list).

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The Abyss (1989)
Alien (1979)

Batteries Not Included (1987)
Cocoon (1985)
Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
Battlefield Earth (2000)
The Black Hole (1979)
Cherry 2000 (1987)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
ET: The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

Contact (1997)
Sphere (1998)
Critters (1986)
Dark Star (1974)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Dune (1984)
Earth vs The Flying Saucers (1956)

Enemy Mine (1985)
Event Horizon (1997)
Explorers (1985)
The Fifth Element (1997)
Sunshine (2007)

Flash Gordon (1980)
Flesh Gordon (1974)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
The Fountain (2006)
Howard the Duck (1986)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

The Hidden (1987)
The Last Starfighter (1984)
The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
Mars Attacks! (1996)

Metropolis (1927)
Morons from Outer Space (1985)
Pitch Black (2000)
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
Red Planet (2000)
Mission to Mars (2000)
Repo Man (1984)
Brother From Another Planet (1984)
Serenity (2005)

Silent Running (1972)
Solaris (1972)
Solaris (2002)

Soylent Green (1973)
Spaceballs (1987)
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)
Ice Pirates (1984)
Solarbabies (1986)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek Generations (1994)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Star Trek Nemesis (2002)
Star Trek (2009)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Supernova (2000)
The Thing (1982)

Things To Come (1936)
This Island Earth (1955)
Total Recall
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

War of the Worlds (1953)
War of the Worlds (2005)
Independence Day (1996)

Zardoz (1974)

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Date:May 15th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
You haven't seen Flash Gordon! When I was a kid in seemed like it was on every other weekend. It's not great, obviously, but it is really good fun.

I think Sphere is under-rated and worth a watch too.
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Date:May 15th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
The book Sphere by Michael Crichton was a bit crap I thought, which put me off seeing the film.
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Date:May 15th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
I adored Flash Gordon. It achieves exactly what it sets out to achieve. And it is enormous fun.
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Date:May 15th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Strangely I was just thinking of such a list on my way back from lunch, weird, eh? The SF films that you should at least be familiar with in order to carry on a good fannish conversation, though I then expanded it to other films that you'd want to have in your conversational arsenal (from Marx Bros and Casablanca, to Road to Wellville and Pleasantville)

I make it 46 films on that list I've seen. Interesting that *all* of the Trek films are there but only one Star Wars film.

And is Highlander SF or not?
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Date:May 15th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, now that's a list that would be worth compiling. This one, just too peculiar - the omission of films like Star Wars A New Hope, and the inclusion of Battlefield Earth - well, words fail.
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Date:May 15th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Wot no Star Wars? And half of those Trek films need culling.
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Date:May 15th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
They have The Empire Strikes Back, admittedly the best, but buried in there amongst the entire Star Trek canon. I personally prefer ST to SW, but that's just odd.
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Date:May 15th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
It is a bizarre list, including a truly amazing number of absolute turkeys. Of course I'd include Serenity among the absolute turkeys, so we may not have the same tastes!
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Date:May 15th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
mmm, turkey
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Date:May 15th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
I am pretty sure my grandma (if she were still with us) could have put together a better list. My dad, who is in his seventies definitely could. I'm tempted to ask him.
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Date:May 15th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Tsk, you need more crap in your cinematic diet. ;-p
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Date:May 15th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Also "The Fountain" is awesome despite what every single person on earth says. Hmph.
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Date:May 15th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I'd have gone to see it if it had been on in our area - but I haven't even noticed it in the TV schedules
Date:May 17th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
No dystopias, but they left in Soyent Green, Things To Come, Metropolis? Very strange.

And wow, just noticed that every single Star Trek film is on there. Presumably this list was put together by an expert panel of one.
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Date:May 17th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Since I posted vilakins has discovered the original list of 50, which someone has expanded to 75 by unpacking all the composite entries like 'the star trek films'. For some reason. Not that it makes much more sense as a list of 50.

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