The Collectress Picks 5: Favourite SciFi Films

Science-fiction is one of my favourite genres, but it’s also one of the ones I’m pickiest about. Finding a scifi film I enjoy is more difficult than jeans for short girls at Forever 21. If you’re like me and love scifi but have a helluva time finding a good one, here are my five favourite for your perusal.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

An older film, but still compelling, it follows the story of an alien who comes to Earth with a message for humanity. A chilling metaphor for xenophobia, the Cold War, and paranoia, The Day the Earth Stood Still was chosen for preservation by the U.S. National Film Registry in the 1990s.

Also, do yourself a favour: never watch the remake. 

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

I’d be remiss if I didn’t include one Star Trek film. While The Wrath of Khan is arguably the most famous of the original Trek films, TVH remains my favourite because of Leonard Nimoy’s directorial vision. After the emotional rollercoasters of the previous two films, it’s nice to see the Enterprise crew in a more light-hearted light.

Dark City (1998)

From the same director as The Crow (1994), this film is a dark, film-noiresque vision of humanity future. Most often, when I describe this film to people, I describe it as a more cerebral version of The Matrix or a dystopic version of Plato’s “The Cave.”

Sunshine (2007)

This is a film from director Danny Boyle, who did Slumdog Millionaire and 28 Days Later, and it’s my favourite of his. The film follows a group of a spacecraft sent on a mission to restart the sun. The premise may seem simple, but the film is far from an action film, instead choosing to dwell on the psychological journeys of the ensemble of characters.

Lucy (2014)

Directed by French director Luc Besson, who also did The Fifth Element, this film was one that I originally only wanted to see because of ScarJo. The trailers suggested an action flick, and what I saw was cerebral sci-fi centered around a kick ass heroine.

In the words of my favourite realtor: Sold.

-The Collectress

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