Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Serenity poll

This is very squee-worthy... SFX magazine has just published the results of a poll of science fiction fans for Best Science Fiction Movie of All Time... and Serenity won. Woot!!! Take that Star Wars! How'd you like them apples?

Quoted in today's MX newsgossip-paper, SFX editor Dave Bradley said,

The TV show may have been cancelled, yet the Serenity universe clearly struck a chord with fans, thanks to its likable characters, witty dialogue and amazing special effects.

The poll wasn't an open-ended poll: the ten movies were pre-selected by SFX, and naturally no Internet poll can be trusted as reliable. But even so, we have to take our little victories for good taste and sense however we find them.

The SFX top 10 movies are:

  1. Serenity (2005)

  2. Star Wars (1977)

  3. Blade Runner (1982)

  4. Planet of the Apes (1968)

  5. The Matrix (1999)

  6. Alien (1979)

  7. Forbidden Planet (1956)

  8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

  9. The Terminator (1984)

  10. Back To The Future (1985)

Putting my serious hat on for a moment, these polls are, by their very nature, biased towards recent and well-known movies. But then, I would hope that recent movies build upon old movies, giving them better ideas, better scripts, better acting, better effects... the alternative is that modern movies are going backwards and getting worse rather than better.

Actually... I'm not at all sure that we can say that recent movies are generally better than their forerunners. Looking at that list, it is obvious that the great bulk of the best SF movies are decades old. I'll have more to say about those ten movies shortly.

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