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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[DISCLAIMER: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS]
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).

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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.

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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. 

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Review: Super 8

Super 8Super 8 is exactly what you think it will be: Steven Spielberg + aliens=predictable. You know what you are going to leave the movie thinking or saying. For me it was, “Oh Spielberg and his alien movies.” The movie is very nostalgic for those (myself included) who grew up with the kids of the Goonies and Stand By Me to see a similar group of scrappy adolescents being kids in an increasing real, adult world. I’m sure there are lots of others my age that spent summers biking around and fantasizing about making movies--that alone and accuracy of period makes the movie worth seeing. [mild spoilers after the jump]

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Review: X-Men First Class

 X-MenIt became redundant to whine about comic book movies not following the comic around the time The Watchmen came out, so I will refrain from pointing out the numerous inconsistencies sprinkled throughout X-Men First Class. One big reason: anyone who is familiar with X-Men will know there are many parallel universes that exist, which makes highlighting inconsistencies pointless.  There is no caption in the movie that states which one of the multi-universe (explored or unexplored) the movie takes place in.  For example, the comics are in Earth-616, our reality is Earth-1218, and I believe the Avengers movie takes place in Earth-199999 (which will explain why Magneto won't show up to fight Iron Man).  Sometimes it is good to stray from the comics; in this movie, for example (without giving any major spoilers away), it isn't an alien scout named Lucifer disguised as the Devil who cripples Xavier, which leaves room for a pretty good story that explains what did happen. [spoilers after the jump]

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