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June 26, 2008

Post 1991 SciFi Classics?

John Scalzi is asking What Are the New SciFi Classics? over at SciFi Scanner. ie. post 1991 SF films, that are classics. His suggestions are:

  • The Matrix
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • The Incredibles
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Which sounds like a good list, although I still haven't seen Ghost In The Shell or 12 Monkeys.

The only obvious film I can think of that is missing and should be in there at the expense of another is Primer, which is, as you may know, mind-blowingly awesome.


Twelve Monkeys is well worth watching. Lots of odd Gillamy-goodness.

Totally agree about Primer.

Though surely the correct answer to the question is "wait a couple of weeks and io9 will have an exhaustive list of them... the lazy bastards" ;-)

I love Primer. A very complex film that's well worth watching more than once.

Others that spring to mind for me are The Prestige and Minority Report.

Good day. I'm Don and I'm on an intrepid mission to find the mythical source of the 123 meme. I'm just passing through. TA

You're right about Minority Report - great film but not a classic. But then Blade Runner - sourced from the same stock – is undoubtedly a classic, although pre-91. Perhaps controversially I would suggest that the concept that underpins Minority Report - pre-crime - is a classic one, more so than the idea behind Blade Runner. The difference, therefore, seems to be in the execution, the delivery of the concept.

The Prestige... I'm not sure I agree with you on that one. The film and the book are very different, although telling the same story.

Donnie Darko, however, is a classic among classics. (But is it SF?)

I think Donnie Darko qualifies as SF, yes!