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My Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies: #4 – Jurassic Park

August 5, 2010 1 comment

#4 – Jurassic Park (1993)

In a science fiction top 10 list, you knew there had to be a couple Spielberg movies in the mix. So now I’ve given you two in a row.

When I was in the 4th grade, I literally watched this movie every single day for about a month. The special effects were incredible (for the time) and they hold up pretty well today as well.

And of course, like every nerdy 4th grade kid, I was pretty into dinosaurs at the time. I think this movie was a major factor in my decision to study science in my future.

The pacing of the movie is perfect, the characters are real and interesting, and the story line actually made it seem plausible that dinosaurs could be genetically engineered.

And the metaphor of losing control of our creation is what I think gives this movie a timeless quality. Its a story that will always be relevant to our daily lives, and thats one of the reasons I think it resonates with a large audience.

“We’ve made living biological attractions so astounding that they’ll capture the imagination of the entire planet.”

 

Full List:

#10 – The Terminator (1984)

#9 – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

#8 – The Fifth Element (1997)

#7 – Aliens (1986)

#6 – Blade Runner (1982)

#5 – E.T. (1982)

#4 – Jurassic Park (1993)

#3 – V for Vendetta (2005)

#2 – Star Wars Trilogy (1977 – 1983)

#1 – Back to the Future (1985)

My Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies: #5 – E.T.

August 4, 2010 1 comment

#5 – E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

So I’ll share a secret with you guys. When I was about 5 years old my parents sat me down to watch this movie with them. They loved it, so they figured I would.

Well I got through most of it just fine. I enjoyed the antics of E.T. and Elliott, even though I didn’t quite understand why E.T. was acting “funny” when he drank beer.

But when it got to the part where E.T. got sick, and they found him in a ditch extremely pale and dying, I RAN out of the living room, into my bedroom and slammed the door.

I didn’t watch the movie again for 15 years.

When I finally did watch it again I actually made it through the whole thing, and of course it was awesome. I was still quite worried that E.T. might die, but I powered through right to the final scene.

And WHAT a final scene. I don’t think there is a single image more recognizable in movies that Elliott on his bike with E.T. flying across the moon. Great stuff Spielberg!

So this story of an alien who gets left behind on Earth and befriends a young boy gets #5 on my spot. Only more great movies to come people…

Elliot: He’s a man from outer space and we’re taking him to his spaceship.
Greg: Well, can’t he just beam up?
Elliot: This is *reality*, Greg.

Full List:

#10 – The Terminator (1984)

#9 – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

#8 – The Fifth Element (1997)

#7 – Aliens (1986)

#6 – Blade Runner (1982)

#5 – E.T. (1982)

#4 – Jurassic Park (1993)

#3 – V for Vendetta (2005)

#2 – Star Wars Trilogy (1977 – 1983)

#1 – Back to the Future (1985)