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BSFME Contestant #3: The Empire Strikes Back

We're celebrating "Best Science Fiction Movie Ever" (BSFME) Week this week, and our first two contestants were The Fifth Element and Back to the Future IIToday, S. Miller makes a case for his favorite--The Empire Strikes Back.

The Empire Strikes Back (ESB) is easily the best sci-fi movie ever made. The movie has no weak points. The writing, action, special effects and story are all excellent. Perhaps the most difficult thing for a sci-fi movie to achieve is for all the characters to be believable. The actors are forced to dress up in ridiculous costumes and try to say made-up words as seriously as they can. (I suppose that a person could argue that this is no more difficult than actors following the writing or plot in most “romantic” comedies, but I’ll not get into that).


BSFME Contestant #2: Back to the Future II

This week at Fantasy Matters, we are writing about our favorite science fiction movies of all time.  Yesterday, Matt Rasmusson wrote about The Fifth Element, and today, Nathan Ilten nominates his favorite--Back to the Future II.

When recently asked to write something about my favorite science fiction movie, I realized to my slight chagrin that I wasn't completely sure which movie that may be. So I started thinking, and realized even more embarrassingly that I couldn't even think of that many good science fiction movies. To prod my memory, I headed over to Wikipedia, only to come to the realization that (a) there a very many science fiction movies; and (b) most of them are pretty bad — but this probably holds for any genre you choose. In any case, I had decided to go with my gut instinct: Back to the Future II (BTTF2) is my favorite scifi movie.


And our first contestant is...: The Fifth Element

The Fifth ElementAs we've mentioned, we're celebrating Best Science Fiction Movie Ever (BSFME) Week here at Fantasy Matters.  Each day we'll introduce one or two contestants for the title, and on Friday, we'll have a poll where you get to pick the winner!  Matt Rasmusson kicks things off today with Contestant #1: The Fifth Element.

Picking a favorite science fiction movie is like picking a favorite child, but put a gun to my head and I’ll choose my oldest son and The Fifth Element.  It is possible I have watched other movies more often, but none of them put a smile on my face like this film. 


Fantastically Fun Fridays: June 24, 2011

So as you all might have heard, J.K. Rowling made this big announcement yesterday about Pottermore, a website with 18,000 more words of content about the world of Harry Potter (as well as some interactive game-type things) that is also being described as a collaborative effort between Rowling and her fans.  She also announced that the Harry Potter books will be available as ebooks.  While the idea of a collaborative site sounds intriguing and it's something I'm sure to check out, the whole thing was a bit anticlimactic for me.  Given the popularity of the series to begin with, as well as the way this announcement was hyped, anything less than the announcement of another novel would have been (for me) a letdown.  Chris Wilson over at Slate compares Pottermore to Tolkien's The Silmarillion, which seems like a very appropriate comparison--we all want another novel, but all we get are the leftover crumbs from the series.  What do you all think?  Is this a big deal?  Or is it just a letdown?  Let us know in the comments!

Here are some of the other interesting things we found around the tubes this week: 


If Turkish Delight isn't your thing...

The Turkish Delight that Edmund sells out his siblings for in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is quite possibly one of the most famous specific food-related moments in fantasy and science fiction.  Growing up, I thought it seemed like the world's most wonderful food, and just like Edmund, I would have done a lot just to get a taste.

Turkish DelightThen, when I was in grad school, I had the chance to try some at an end-of-semester party in one of my classes.  It was a huge disappointment.  I think I had been imagining something like baklava (which, incidentally, I would betray almost anyone for), and it ended up being this weird, tasteless, candied jelly that was covered in dry powdered sugar.  Not awesome.  Maybe I just got a bad batch, but my dreams of a fantastic food worth turning evil to get were totally shattered.

Fortunately for me, fantasy and science fiction fans seem to be a culinarily creative bunch, and with a bit of looking, I've found quite a few food-related products with a fantasy/scifi theme...



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