My good friend and author John Kenneth Muir has come up with another of his Reader Top Ten collaborations. This time looking back at more recent times, from the Naughty 00s and beyond.
“Our subject this month is again the science fiction cinema.
But this time I want to know: what are the top ten best science fiction films…from 2000 to present? What are the new classics in your canon?
The reason I want to ask this particular question is that our lists thus far have featured a large helping of sci-fi movies of the 1960s – 1990s, but recent years haven’t been nearly as well-represented.”
I love that John placed three of the most condemned sci-fi films in this stretch, John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars, Chris Carter’s X-Files: I Want to Believe, and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, on his Top Ten. The man has conviction, and smarts — now I would say that because I enjoyed the hell out of those films as time has marched on, as well. Here would be my set of ten for this reader poll:
- Children of Men (2006) – Well, if it made my Top Ten for all-time in this particular category, Alfonso Cuarón‘s film has to sit on top of the heap here. No question.
- WALL•E (2008) – Yes, this was my #1 for Animation pick, yet director Andrew Stanton certainly convinced me his film was still top-tier science-fiction.
- Moon (2009) / Source Code (2011) – I keep going back and forth on Duncan Jones‘s first two films, so I don’t care if this kinda makes it my Top Eleven.
- Avatar (2009) – James Cameron continues to take a lot of heat for producing big, popular action sci-fi fare that has an emotional kick. Yet, I’m remain a fan.
- Minority Report (2002) – Still Steven Spielberg‘s best sci-fi film of the last 13 years — and yes, I’m dissing War of the Worlds (2005) with that statement. So?
- Primer (2004) – Shane Carruth‘s head trip was smart, even on a shoestring budget. Short, but deep. My personal real surprise in this entire list.