Sunday, 30 June 2013

A Summer Of Sci-Fi

Whilst I suppose you could consider this post a bit of a filler — or Fluffer, if you will — I will comfort you with the knowledge that I have been wanting to write this one for a few months but never felt like I had a good enough excuse to do so.

Well, now I do. I want to squeeze in another post before the end of this month — because you know, quantity before quality — and my only other option was talking about my morning coffee endeavours. And I’m sure you’re all getting pretty sick of that. So instead, I’m giving you a list of 5 Sci-Fi films you should watch if you haven’t already. Trailers included because I’m such a nice guy, right?

Having no idea if you watch Sci-Fi films a lot or not, it’s entirely possible that you have seen all of these. Which is why I’ve added 2 bonus films at the end. And so you won’t have that lingering feeling of “But what if I genuinely would have preferred to read about your coffee endeavours?”, I will put your mind to rest with this quote from the post that almost was;

“With an odd combination of fear and disgust I looked in the back of the cupboard, where I know we keep the instant coffee I bought back when we moved here. The name alone sends shivers down my spine, “Instant Coffee Granules by Sainsbury’s“, oh the intestinal terror.

So I “brewed” myself a cup of instant. Oh [deity] it was so awful, so so very awful. My stomach is still turning and making “I hate you” -noises. I could muster down half the cup before my wife — thankfully — woke up and I could plead to her good nature to let me go out and get a cup of — at this stage really anything else — better coffee.”

But those are the best parts of that post so really — if you think about it — you’re getting the best of both worlds. And without further ado, here are the 5 +2 films you need to watch this summer. I’ll leave it entirely up to you, how you “procure” them.

Gattaca — 1997 — ★ 7.8
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Dark City — 1998 — ★ 7.7
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.

Primer — 2004 — ★ 6.9
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.

ExistenZ — 1999 — ★ 6.8
A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

Sunshine — 2007 — ★ 7.3
A team of astronauts are sent to re-ignite the dying sun 50 years into the future.


Against the recommendation of my wife, who was of the opinion that “both people who like Sci-Fi and people who don’t, would agree that The Butterfly Effect is a not Sci-Fi”, I added it anyway. Why? Because Ashton Kutcher is surprisingly good in it.

The Butterfly Effect — 2004 — ★ 7.7
A young man blocks out harmful memories of significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life.

The other bonus film for those of you who have seen all the other ones I give you a B-grade Sci-Fi starring Peter Weller. Yes, Robocop himself. Your welcome.

Screamers — 1995 — ★ 6.2
On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon.