My Top 20 SF Films-2-Blade Runner

I’ve recently dived into doing ”best of’ lists, so as I’ve explained, I’ve decided to do my top 20 SF films. This is my personal list, so feel free to disagree with it and of course, you’ll be horribly wrong.

Previously at # 20, The Matrix19, Seconds, 18A Boy and His Dog17Sunshine16Dark Star15Rollerball14 Altered States13, Close Encounters of the Third Kind ,12Forbidden Planet11The Star Wars Trilogy10The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension9Dark City, 812 Monkeys, 7, Starship Troopers6The Day the Earth Stood Still ,5, Videodrome, 42001: A Space Odyssey and 3, Alien/Aliens.

At number two it’s another Ridley Scott film, Blade Runner.



This is simply a classic in any genre. It’s one of Harrison Ford’s best films and it changed not only how films look after it was released, but other aspects of modern society including how we build cars and design buildings. I struggle to think of any other film of the last 30 years that’s had such an impact, and of course it’s still the best version of a Philip K. Dick story you’ll see.

What makes Blade Runner what it is, is a perfect storm so Scott is the perfect director, the designers are astonishing, the effects stand up miles better than anything CGI can vomit up and the performances are some of the best Scott got out of his actors, especially Rutger Hauer’s tortured Roy Batty.

This is a film I wore out two VHS copies from watching it too much. My spiffy DVD box-set of every version ever made is still going strong but then again, this is supposed to last longer so I expect it to have turned into dust by 2017.

As a piece of SF it’s essential. It deals with big ideas about humanity, our future and how we deal with machines who might become smarter than we are. In 1982 that seemed far- fetched even for SF, but now it’s becoming more and more prescient the more we see artificial intelligence becoming more advanced, while robotics  and computing leaps forward in such advances on an almost daily basis. This film speaks about the future we live in now which is extraordinary though sadly, we don’t have pleasure bots or live Off-World.


By 2019 I demand pleasure bots and life Off-World.

And here we are. Next blog in this series is my favourite ever SF film. Anyone got a clue what it is?

My Top 20 SF Films-20-The Matrix

I’ve done my top 20 horror films in October, so as I’ve explained, I’ve decided to do my top 20 SF films. This is my personal list, so feel free to disagree with it and of course, you’ll be horribly wrong….

Diving right in at #20 is The Matrix.


The Matrix came at a time when SF and films itself was being dominated by the first of the Star Wars prequels, so when it arrived it served as an alternative to what ended up being a horrible, horrible series of films.

What was great about The Matrix was that for those people unfamiliar with it’s sources (anime, Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles, Hong Kong action films, Philip K Dick) it all seemed new and fresh, while for those of us who noticed the influences still thought it fresh and exciting because it tried to give the viewer something different. OK, Keanu Reeves is wooden, some of the Aussie supporting cast are dreadful, and the posing in leather coats gets a bit tiresome at times, but it’s a solid, exciting SF action film that does everything it sets out to be. Unlike a lot of the films which followed it, this at least tries to say something about the state of humanity before diving feet first into the kicking arse and shooting people.

The first time I saw the film I was blown away by it as partly because I had such low expectations, but because it was this film that tried to do more than just be an action film. I’ve seen this film so many times but that’s because I can enjoy it each time, even if some of it does now start to look amazingly dated for a film only 14 years old. That’s progress for you!

Sadly, there were two sequels. Let’s not talk about them…

Next time, want to start a new life?