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BSFME Extra: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Madeline Barnicle doesn't watch enough scifi movies for her to feel like she should really nominate a contestant for our poll, but she did want to weigh in with her thoughts about why Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the best of the Star Wars movies.

Star Wars III: Revenge of the SithMy shortlist of contenders for favorite science fiction movies is rather short for various reasons, such as my general preference for books over movies. With this caveat, announcing that Revenge of the Sith my favorite movie of the Star Wars series, never mind science fiction overall might raise some eyebrows. I'm not quite sure how much of this unusual preference is due to the circumstances under which I saw Episode III, and how much is due to Episode IV being a victim of its own success.

Revenge of the Sith was the only Star Wars film I saw in a movie theater. I was blown away by Obi-Wan's dramatic escape from Order 66 on the back of a huge dinosaur...thing, and appreciated the final musical segue. Although I had already seen some of the other films on the small screen, perhaps the scope of the big screen gave "Revenge" first place on any subsequent list I could make of the different episodes.


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.


Location, location, location: A Review of Amanda Hemingway's Sangreal Trilogy

The Greenstone GrailA few weekends ago, I went camping in a state park that contained the ruins of an abandoned sandstone quarry.  After hiking around the park in the morning, I relaxed at the campsite in the afternoon, taking the quiet time to start a fantasy trilogy that I'd never read before--Amanda Hemingway's Sangreal Trilogy.  The first book in the series, The Greenstone Grail, starts with a prologue about a boy named Nathan who discovers the ruins of an ancient chapel, deep in the woods.

Although I soon learned that the series is takes place in England, rather than the midwestern United States, the initial connection made by the similarity between the book's setting and my own was hard to shake.  For the rest of the camping trip, the thought lingered in the back of my mind that perhaps there was more to the old buildings I was seeing than meets the eye, and as I continued reading The Greenstone Grail, I was drawn into the narrative more quickly because of the familiar feeling of the opening chapter.  This reading experience was fascinating for me, and made me think of how our own settings while we read can help us to more fully experience the setting of what we are reading. 


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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