I live in that weird Venn diagram overlap between mainstream, traditionally ‘blokey’ things like being a Chelsea season ticket holder and being really into traditionally geeky stuff like videogames, sci fi and board games. It’s the latter part of me that a few years ago decided to watch every science fiction film ever made.
I document the project too, which I’ve creatively called Every Sci Fi.
As a genre it is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of cinema, but there is also a lot of trash of there.
I’m gonna watch it all anyway.
The further back you go, the thicker the stream of garbage – the 1950s and 1960s witnessed an awful lot of plop. For that reason, my list only includes movies made after 1970, with a couple of exceptions to cater for 1960s classics.
I’ve rated every film I’ve watch out of 10. For some, I’ve even written a quick review about them. For context, my average grade is almost exactly 5.5 out of 10 – the exact midpoint. That means a 6/10 score is above average, and an 8/10 is exceptional. 10 is reserved for the very best. Though by no means perfect, only 2% of the films on the list have got this score.
I’m sure I have plenty of irritating biases and influences, though I try to keep them to a minimum. The type of films I like are titles that provoke thinking and explore new ideas. I also like creativity, experimentation and stunning visuals. I don’t like mindless action or movies that push the realms of logic too far, which is why you might notice the scores of Independence Day and 2012 are so low.
Well, it is what it is. I hope it is of at least marginal interest to you.