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Top Ten Science-Based Movies (that won’t insult your intelligence too much, even if you’re a scientist!)

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

I’m giving a university talk today “Science in the Movies.”   I decided I wanted to be able to leave the audience with a list of good science-based movies to watch, whether science fiction or not.   I not only want the science as good as possible, I want to see a realistic and generally positive portrayal […]

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Is Inception the Best Science Fiction Movie of All Time?

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Better than Star Wars?   Better than Blade Runner?   Better than Back to the Future?   Better than Alien?   Better than the Matrix?   Better than 2001? I don’t think so, even though I enjoyed the movie very much, but the reviewers at IMDB disagree. Top Rated “Sci-Fi” Titles Rank Rating Title Votes 1. 9.0 Inception (2010) 200,923 […]

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Ten Mainstream TV Shows or Movies that are Science Fiction or Fantasy “Light”

Friday, June 18th, 2010

A few days ago I blogged about mainstream stories that I thought could be categorized as light versions of fantasy or science fiction.   To qualify, the stories had to fail to reflect reality in some fundamental way without being obviously science fiction or fantasy.   When that failure was over-the-top and great liberties are taken with […]

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Mainstream Stories and a Metaphorical Science Fiction/Fantasy Dichotomy

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

I was thinking about the movie 300,  Nnedi Okorafor’a detractors, and this recent blog post and comments therein.   Thoughtful people get upset by art, whether it is a book, movie, or just about anything.   I think there are good reasons and bad reasons to get upset.   A good reason is when you’re disappointed because something had […]

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Ten Actors Who Look Like Aliens

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Maybe this is in bad taste.   I don’t know.   I don’t care too much.   There are some weird looking actors out there who have gotten a lot of work over the years.   They’re not ugly.   They’re “Hollywood Ugly” which means you don’t scream when you see them and there’s something about the way they look […]

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The Best Movie Villains of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

I’m participating in another Mind-Meld over at sfsignal.com, this time on the best movie villains of sf/f/h.   Many common choices (e.g., Heath Ledger’s Joker) yet still a lot of diversity.   Here was my entry: Science Fiction Terminator Alien Predator Darth Vader (in the original 3 films, not the prequels) The Borg (Queen) Martians from War […]

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The Ten Best “Silly” Science Fiction Movies

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

I’m not really sure how to categorize these films except as “silly,” but they’re all very good and quite fun.   Some are comedies, but others are action films.   The science is usually wrong or non-existent, but it’s clear from context that this is not an important point and that’s fine, even by me!   I really […]

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The Ten Scariest Science Fiction Movies (Including Poll)

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

I’ve always been a fan of horror.   I loved monster movies — the old Universal movie classics — as far back as Star Trek at least.   Maybe longer.   A lot of my early science fiction sales were stories with horror elements.   Even today I like horror movies and my favorites tend to be science fiction […]

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Ten of the Dumbest Things in Science Fiction Film

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I’ve been involved in a few discussions recently where some instances of really dumb things in science fiction movies came up.   I’m not talking science here so much (my usual issue to harp on) as just things that are so astoundingly dumb you got to wonder what people were thinking, or if they were thinking […]

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Top Ten Science Movies

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I went looking online for lists of science movies.   I found one from a chemist at about.com: 1.  Weird Science 2.  Dr. Strangelove 3.  Real Genius 4.  The Atomic Cafe 5.  The Absent-Minded Professor 6.  The Andromeda Strain 7.  Love Potion #9 8.  Prince of Darkness 9.  Project X 10.  Manhattan Project Now, a few of these are good choices and I will keep them, […]

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Iconic Charleton Heston Science Fiction Scenes

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

I feel bad I didn’t put any of these into the top ten classic science fiction scenes.   At least two of them should arguably be there.   Big spoilers in these as they are toward the end, so don’t watch if you haven’t seen the movies and don’t want to spoil them.   Enjoy! Astronaut Charleton Heston […]

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Ten of the Most Classic Science Fiction Movie Scenes

Monday, June 8th, 2009

More movie scenes today. The ten that I consider the most famous and iconic for science fiction. While some of these are iconic, some are revelations and can be considered spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie. So, be careful. Otherwise, enjoy reliving these with me. 10. I’ll start off with one from the top […]

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