Monday, February 1, 2010

Best Films on Technology

If you know me, you know I love movies.
I also dig technology. Technology is also my job and it pays me.

Movies + Technology = Sci-Fi Movies

Presented here for your viewing pleasure is a list of Sci-Fi movies that needs attention and some others you need not bother. This list has gone through rigorous discussions with other avid movie people and tech geeks.....and as expected, there is no real consensus. But its still a big list and can be used at least for reference.

(Note - If something is not on the list, it means I didn't care about it or I have I not had the opportunity.)

Favorites - Does not need explaining
Close to the Top - Some of the very best; Probably on others' favorites.
Also Very Good - Well made and worth the time.
Didn't Like em as Much- People thought it was good, but it was missing something for me
Duds - Wasted my money, time, and brain cells
Have Not Seen - but might see it soon

(Click on Categories below for more details)

Close to the top
Also very good

1) 2001: A Space Odyssey
2) Terminator 2
3) Gattaca
4) The Matrix (ONLY the first one)
5) Mad Max - Road Warrior
6) Back To The Future (I)
7) Akira
Aliens (I, II)
Blade Runner
Children of Men
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
District 9
Escape from New York
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ironman (2008)
Jurassic Park
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Predator (1987)
Star Trek (2009)
Star Wars (IV, V, VI)
Young Frankenstein

Clockwork Orange
Dark City
Fifth Element
Iron Giant
Repo Man
Scanner Darkly
Starship Troopers
Strange Days
Terminator (1984)
Tetsuo: Iron Man (1989)
The City of Lost Children
The Fly (1986)
THX 1138
Total Recall
Transformers (the first one only)
Twelve Monkeys

Didn't like em
as much as
others did
Duds Have not seen

Donnie Darko
Fahrenheit 457
(read the book, instead)
I am Legend
Minority Report
The Abyss
Truman show
V for Vendetta
(Read the Book)
Aeon Flux
Alien III
Alien vs. Predator
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Independence Day
Matrix (II, III)
Star Wars (I, II, III)

Moon (2009)
Rollerball (1975)
Ghost in the Shell
The Road (2009)
Solaris (1972)
Sleeper (1973)
Stalker (1979)
Logans Run (1976)

Contact me:
Sujan Manandhar
Technology Integration Specialist,
Foreign Language Center
Ohio State University


  1. I agree with some.

    Logan's Run was great.
    Another great oldie is Forbidden Planet (1950's).

    I really liked Dune, The Abyss, and Ghostbusters.

    I think Star Wars IV, V, and VI should be at the top of the list.

    It's fun to think about this though.


  2. Eternal Sunshine and Blade Runner should be on top. Agree that Minority Report and V for Vendetta were over-rated. All Aliens after 2 were terrible.
    Good work with the list. You are missing a few, but don't know if you need to include them all.

  3. I don't know if Eternal Sunshine & Children of Men are sci-fi flicks, and I would put Transformers on the dud list.

    Donnie Darko I liked a lot. Minority report gets better after repeated viewings, but it's definitely not in the "tops" list.

    Truman Show & Pleasantville also not sci-fi to me. Neither was Clockwork Orange.

    "Moon" was excellent. Star Trek 2009 was also excellent. And Contact. They Live is a great B-movie.

    Otherwise I think we're on the same page.

  4. I agree about Donnie Darko. It didn't grab me the way it did others. What's Pleasantville doing in this conversation? Contact was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Despite my avoidance of most Tom Cruise movies, I did like Minority Report. I also really liked most of A.I.