Off-Topic: Favorite 10 SciFi Films (Part1)

I used to read a lot of science fiction as a kid. Although most people associate sci fi with mainstream stuff like Star Wars and Star Trek (both of which I enjoy as well), there are other sci fi movies that also incorporate a lot meaning, mythology and social commentary. Most "sci fi" films are just crappy action/horror films with horrible special effects masquerading as science fiction films.

Here are 10 films (other than Star Wars, Star Trek and the Matrix) that show a lot of depth and complexity, as well as kick ass. The first 5 films involve future cops and/or a lot of action. The latter 5 films (posted here at the Alpha Asian blog) are much truer to the spirit of science fiction, which involves social commentary through the writer's imagined but fully realized universe.

1) Minority Report: Of all the Phillip K. Dick movie adaptations (Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Paycheck), Minority Report is the best. Although Blade Runner is a notable runner up and Total Recall is a complex and entertaining third. Thanks to Steven Spielberg and his futurist consultants, the world of Minority Report seems incredibly real, likely and relevant.

2) Blade Runner: This next Phillip K. Dick adaptation explores what happens in a world where we have "disposable people." How do we treat others who we consider property?

3) Robocop: This was a surprisingly great satire from Director Paul Verhoeven. Peter Weller also does a great job of bringing back humanity from a cop violently transformed into a cyborg.

4) Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: Usually, films in a trilogy start off great and get progressively worse with each sequel. With the Mad Max films, it's the exact opposite. The films get better with each sequel, and of the 3 Mad Max films, this is the most polished. Mad Max gives you the template to survive a post-apocalyptic world: Have gun. Have wheels. Will travel.

5) Starship Troopers: Again, intelligent satire from Director Paul Verhoeven. This adaptation of Robert Heinlein's story manages to both glorify and mock war and war hawks. Best line in the movie: "An enemy who cannot utilize his hand, cannot press a button!"

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