Sci-Fi Fodder

Best Sci-Fi Movie of the Year

I been getting ready for Christmas lately (thus my lack of posting!). My family is big into getting DVDs for each other. So, as I shopped around and picked up some movies for the kids, I got to thinking - what was the best Sci-Fi movie this year?

At the start of the year, I posted a list of 2008 Sci-Fi movies. In the post, I made some predictions about the performance and quality of the then-upcoming big releases. Here's what I said:

If I had to pick a top three, I would have to go with "Iron Man", followed by "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and "The Dark Knight". Honorable mentions would go to "Star Trek" and "Speed Racer", which really won me over with the trailer I saw this weekend. The big disappointments are going to be "Cloverfield" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still".

In retrospect, I did pretty well. In my opinion, "Iron Man" and "The Dark Knight" should be on every best Sci-Fi movie list - heck, scratch that. They should be on every best *movie* list, period. And, they are - both made the prestigious AFI top ten movie list. They have elevated the superhero movie genre into legitimate consideration for an Academy Award, and that's really saying something.

I think I also was right on the mark when I said that "The Day the Earth Stood Still" would be a disappointment. Sure, people are seeing it, but no one actually seems to like it! At least, that's what most of the reviews are saying right now.

My other predictions were not as stellar. Indy was decent, but really doesn't belong in any category that includes "Iron Man" or "The Dark Knight". And, of course, I really missed the boat on "Speed Racer". It was OK...and I am being really, really generous. But, overall, I did pretty well.

There is one movie that I mentioned briefly in my earlier posts that could dethrone one of the superhero movies as my top choice (for the record, my number one would be "Iron Man"). That movie is '"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".

"Button" is already garnering Academy attention, and I predict they give Brad Pitt his Oscar for this film. The story is based on a 1922 short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who ages backwards. Everything that I have seen or read say that this might be the best overall movie of the year.

I can't wait to see it. And, I hope I find an "Iron Man" DVD under my tree this Christmas. That would be a great holiday!