What Are the Top 10 Sci-Fi Films of All-Time?
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
Last week public radio’s On Point called upon a group of experts to discuss the top 10 science fiction films of all time. Included on the show were the NY Times’ film critic AO Scott, iO9 blog editor Analee Newitz, and physics professor/blogger/novelist Mike Brotherton.
The hour long program is a fun and interesting listen. Below I have posted the panel’s respective Top 10.
What do you think of this list? Any films missing? Do you think Inception should be on this list?
I would make the case for the inclusion of Jurassic Park and Boys from Brazil. Also note that only the scientist picked Contact.
A.O. Scott, New York Times:
AI/ET/Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 version)
Metropolis–Fritz Lang version AND Rintaro anime
Spaceballs/ The Empire Strikes Back
Annalee Newitz of io9.com:
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Star Wars: A New Hope AND Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (tie)
Ghost in the Shell (Japanese version)
Teknolust (Lynn Hershman-Leeson)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Honorable Mention: Primer (Shane Carruth)
Mike Brotherton, University of Wyoming:
2001: A Space Odyssey
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