Sci-Fi November: Hard Sci-Fi Film Classics - From Tor.com

Contemplate Your Place in the Universe with Hard Sci-Fi Film Classics! | Tor.com.

Earlier this week, sci-fi/fantasy publisher, Tor, released this list of must-watch hard sci-fi films. Among its selections are Danny Boyle's Sunshine, Contact, with Jodie Foster, and the recently released Interstellar.

I've missed out on a few of their choices, particularly Moon, which I actually blind-bought on Blu-ray but have yet to watch. Nor have I seen the original 1972 version of Solaris. I've been wanting to give the George Clooney remake a second viewing, though, as it's been a few years since I last saw it and I remember enjoying it a bit. I think Sunshine merits another watch, as well, particularly given the close involvement of Professor Brian Cox. And, of course, 2001 is an immortal classic and has pretty well set the standard for space movies. I'm hankering to rewatch Contact, a film that I know I saw, but which I cannot remember a single damn thing about.

As far as dislikes go, I was completely underwhelmed by Gravity. I found that one to be too repetitive, dull, and the film wasn't able to convince me that Sandra Bullock's character ever should have been cleared to leave Earth.

I also dislike that none of these films are available on Netflix!

I haven't caught up with Interstellar yet, and will likely wait until it hits Apple TV. I know Phil Plait has knocked the science in this film, and Lee Billings wrote, for Scientific American, that "some of the science in Interstellar is laughably wrong." I typically don't have a problem with suspension of disbelief, and I typically love Christopher Nolan's films, so I'm not terribly bothered by the scientific inaccuracies (and it sound like there is a lot!) so long as I can enjoy the story.

So, what does Tor consider to be the best? Here's the quick run-down, but be sure to check out the link up top for the details.

Interstellar (2014)

Contact (1997)

Gravity (2013)

Gattaca (1997)

Silent Running (1972)

Dark Star (1974)

Solaris (1972)

Sunshine (2007)

Moon (2009)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

What are your thoughts on Tor.com's list? Any you would add or take-away? Let's hear it!

Michael Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.


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