The Best Science Fiction Films

THE VERY BEST (not in any certain order):

1.2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - grand cosmic film, superbly directed; is slow, though, and one really must read novel to fully comprehend (OK, this is my very favorite science fiction film)

2.Sleeper (1973) - this Woody Allen film is a hilarious spoof of SF concepts(cliches?)

3.Forbidden Planet (1956) - quite a "deep" movie about a super(?) civilization; looks great; Robby the Robot still the ultimate SF robot; script does occasionally falter, though, especially the maudlin romance

4.Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version) - fast-paced, well-done alien invasion story; put "pod people" in the English language; best of the "paranoia" films of the 1950s

5.Fahrenheit 451 (1966) - not as consistently good as the Ray Bradbury novel, but still packs a punch; Julie Christie always great

6.Doctor Strangelove (1964) - Kubrick film is the ultimate, over-the-top black comedy on nuclear war, yet some may see as too farcical; Peter Sellers in three roles is awesome as usual

7.The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) - classic message film of human violence and the mild-mannered alien who warns us to stop or else; well-made, though conclusion is quite authoritarian in its prescription

(More films are described on next page, "More Cool Costumes")