Children of Men (2006) – Alfonso Cuaron

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list comes to an end with Children of Men, and I honestly couldn’t think of a better film to end it on. Director Alfonso Cuaron brings an adaptation of P.D. James novel to life in a vivid way, combining all that is the best of humanity, our callousness, our greed, our…

The Host (2006) – Joon-ho Bong

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies is coming to an end, and it was a lot of fun revisiting this highly enjoyable film from South Korea. The Host is a monster movie that balances thrills and laughs, and some great moments. Park Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) is a little slow, loves a nap, and can’t really be bothered…

I, Robot (2004) – Alex Proyas

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list is coming to an end, only a couple of titles left. Alex Proyas, the director of The Crow and Dark City work off of Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman’s screenplay that was inspired by Isaac Asimov’s writing, and incorporates his 3 Laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or,…

Primer (2004) – Shane Carruth

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies let me settle in and re-watch and re-examine the convoluted, interweaving story that comprises the time-travelling conundrum that is Primer. This one isn’t one for a mindless afternoon on the couch, you need to pay attention, keep threads straight in your head, and try to follow the technically thick dialogue, even…

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – Michel Gondry

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brings me this fantastic film to revisit, and what a beautiful film. I’m not always a big Jim Carrey fan, but it’s films like this, that show me that he really does have some acting chops, and isn’t just a physical comedian. With a script by Charlie Kaufman, for which he…

Code 46 (2003) – Michael Winterbottom

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brought me this little film that is set in the not too distant future, where DNA is monitored, travel is tightly controlled, and those without cover are forced to live outside cities as non-citizens. Tim Robbins plays an investigator, William Geld, who is on the trail of a forger of papelles….

Signs (2002) – M. Night Shyamalan

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list is drawing to an end, and it allowed me to rewatch M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs with Mel Gibson. It’s easy to jump right to the end, and complain about the idea that if these aliens were so afraid of water, apparently it can kill them… why take a chance on…

Galaxy Quest (1999) – Dean Parisot

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list (can you believe I’m almost done with this one?!?) brings me this brilliant science fiction comedy starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and Sam Rockwell. Airing in the late 70s early 80s the show Galaxy Quest garnered a huge fanbase (in a clear homage to Star Trek). The…

The Matrix (1999) – The Wachowski Brothers

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brings me a chance to rewatch a film that perfectly combined science fiction and kung-fu action in one big mind-blowing blockbuster. Sure Keanu Reeves still isn’t my favorite actor, and his delivery is as monotone as ever, but he and the entire cast worked their ass off to make this film…

Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) (1997) – Alejandro Amenabar

Reimagined as Vanilla Sky in North America, the original film is a wonderfully crafted imagining and a welcome addition to the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Cesar (Eduardo Noriega) is rich, handsome, and a bit of a womanizer. When he has problems ditching his latest fling Nuria (Najwa Nimri), he chats up Sofia (Penelope Cruz) the potential girlfriend…

Pi (1999) – Darren Aronofsky

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brings another mess with your mind film, this time from Darren Aronofsky. Shot in a gritty black and white, subjective style, the film follows a brilliant mathematician, Max Cohen (Sean Gullette) as he becomes obsessed with tracking down the pattern of the universe. He’s convinced that the entire realm of existence…

Starship Troopers (1997) – Paul Verhoeven

Verhoeven returns to the 101 Sci-Fi Movies with this loud, violent and gory action film that sees humanity at war with a race of insects in a distant system. Based loosely on Robert Heinlein’s original novel, the tale follows a group of high school graduates, barely two-dimensional characters in their creation, as they sign up…