Monday, August 10, 2009

Countdown To "District 9"--Some Other Good Sci-Fi

The high profile low budget science fiction film "District 9" opens this Friday, and what better way to get ready than to watch some other great science fiction films with similar themes?
Here are some of my favorites, listed in no particular order.

"Alien"--the 1979 Ridley Scott classic about a group who stumbles upon an alien life form that makes, well, quite an entrance, may be 30 years old, but still holds its own. A great cast, and moments that will make you jump out of your chair are just two of the reasons to revisit this one. Don't watch it alone. Remember, in space, no one can hear you scream.

"Blade Runner"--now while we may not be dealing with extraterrestrials here, we are talking about an alien life form--robots that look so much like humans they could fool you. They sure got to Harrison Ford. Another excellent piece of work from, once again, director Ridley Scott. Another terrific cast here. Be sure to look out for Edward James Olmos as a detective with a penchant for oragami, along with the always fantastic M. Emmet Walsh.

"The Day The Earth Stood Still"--I'm talking about the original film from 1951 here, not the recent remake. A wonderful film with a powerful message that holds up very well even now.

"E.T."--okay, I'm a sucker for this one. But who doesn't love "E.T."?? Another tale of an alien who comes in peace, only to be manipulated by the government. Be sure to watch it with a box of tissues. You'll need 'em. Steven Spielberg brings out great performances by young Henry Thomas and an even younger Drew Barrymore.

"Close Encounters Of The Third Kind"--aliens spotted all around the globe. What's happening? Leave it to Richard Dreyfuss and company to find out. Spielberg strikes again. Featuring Teri Garr as Dreyfuss' wife, who just can't understand why he needs all those mashed potatoes... French filmmaker Francois Truffaut and the great Bob Balaban round out the cast as alien hunters.

"Starman"--Jeff Bridges comes to earth in the form of Karen Allen's dead husband in this one. A solid story with another top notch cast. Charles Martin Smith is one of the men trying to find Bridges to see just what he's up to.

Just a few recommendations for you. Enjoy! And remember to catch "District 9" in theatres this Friday.

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