4 easy ways to introduce Sci-Fi to your friends Part 3

4 easy ways to introduce Sci-Fi to your friends Part 3

This is the third installment in the series “4 easy ways to introduce Sci-Fi to your friends”. One of the easiest ways to get someone into science fiction is with an invitation to watch movies at home or in the theater:

Movie night? Yay!

Movie Marathon? Even Better!

Science Fiction has been somewhat stereotyped into the space and horror sub-genres by many people. It is true that these are the most popular in the genre but they are not the only options.

In the recent years many sub-genres of science fiction have resurfaced proving that the genre is not only about Monsters and Aliens. This does not take from their popularity as classic themes of science fiction.

4 easy ways to introduce Sci-Fi to your friends Part 3People have different reasons to go to the movies. The first reason is to watch a good content film and the other reason is to get good entertainment. Here are a few options for each category:

Another favorite is organizing movie nights with Sci-Fi themes. There are so many Sci-Fi variations today that everyone will get a favorite at some point. If you want some “serious” films to watch here are a few titles for you choose from:

Children of Men” (2006) Sci-Fi Biopunk

Children of Men based on P.D. James’ novel is set in a world where no children have been born in two decades, and society has collapsed as humanity waits to die out. Theo (Clive Owen) is entrusted with transporting a young pregnant immigrant woman (Claire-Hope Ashitey) who is the first person in a generation to be so (1).

The cast includes Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Peter Mullan, and Danny Huston. The movie is funny, sad, exciting, political, and inventive (1).

Even though many critics dismissed it on release as being too bleak “Children Of Men” is a film about hope, and hope is what the world needs (1). It also shows that sometimes you have to take your chances and experience the movie for yourself (have your own opinion) instead of blindly going after what critics say. You may miss something great.

“Her” (2013) Sci-Fi Romance

Proving once again that some of the greatest sci-fi happens when the genre crosses with another, or several others, Spike Jonze’s lovely, intimate film “Her” is just as much an indie love story and a journey of self-discovery as it is a traditional sci-fi movie (1).

Starring a Joaquin Phoenix in one of the finest performances of an already stellar career, it also features voice acting work from Scarlett Johansson that is so evocative we remember the Operating System she plays (Samantha) as being as real as she is to Phoenix’s Theodore, one of the only times a voice-only performance was considered as potentially awards-worthy (1).

It’s a film marked out by its unusual grace in recognizing how, in the face of our growing dependence on technology, we are somehow more human than ever (1).

Snowpiercer” (2014) Sci-Fi Climate

In these days when the phrase “based on a comic book” has more or less become a guarantee of a plasticky, soulless “product” rather than a film, it helps to remember that it also describes Bong Joon-ho’s magnificently weird “Snowpiercer”(1).

As was its French-language source (“Transpierceneige“), the film shows the class struggle as the survivors of a ruined civilization live aboard a train speeding through a dystopian land of snow, the rich literally separated from the poor.

Featuring a great cast consisting of Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, and Tilda Swinton in its large international ensemble, the film is one of the most original sci-fi films ever to see the inside of a multiplex, however briefly.

It had a rough time in the theater, but as the visionary Bong’s biggest film to date, the tales of its troubled journey to a  undersold release in theaters feel like they will only contribute to the film’s growing status as an under seen classic (1).

“Timecrimes” (2007)  Sci-Fi Time Travel

Timecrimes: a devious, tightly plotted, and frequently surprising little picture with a sly sense of humor. The set-up sees Héctor (Karra Elajalde) go out to investigate a nude neighbor when his wife leaves the house, only to be stabbed by a mysterious bandaged figure, and then discovering that a scientist has built a time machine that can send him an hour back in time (1).

In its low-budget ingenuity, it follows not just something like “Primer,” but also films like “Memento,” “Pi,” and even “Dark Star,” giving the film a scope and scale that belies its limited setting and cast (1).


 

 Want to know more about time travel?

Your Time Travel Experience


 

Sometimes you just want good entertainment to forget about your stressful day (sounds familiar?). If you want entertainment and fun here are some movie titles for you:

“The Running Man” (1987) Sci-Fi Social

Running_Man_Theatrical_PosterFollowing the eponymous novel by Stephen King, the plot tells the story of the wrongly convicted for a massacre Ben Richards who is forced to participate in a highly popular reality show on TV, called “The Running man”.

In this show, convicted criminals are given the opportunity to fight for their freedom. In order to achieve that, they must face different “stalkers”-men who hunt them all over the city with various deadly weapons.

One must admit that the director has put successful efforts in his desire to recreate the futuristic, catastrophic and totalitarian society, developed by Stephen King.

“Total Recall” (1990) Sci-Fi Mystery

Total Recall (1990)Total Recall takes place in 2084. It tells the story of the ordinary worker Douglas Quaid who has dreams about going to Mars. His hot wife Lori (look how sporty Sharon Stone is) makes everything possible to dissuade him.

Douglas ends up in a company called “Recall” that sells memory implants for virtual vacations and he purchases a trip to Mars.

Once the memories are inserted in his muscular head, he remembers that he is a secret agent with a mission to the red planet, fighting against an evil dictator. From this moment, the action begins and Douglas goes to Mars on a brave endeavor and faces a lot of troubles.

“Cyborg” (1989) Sci-Fi Cyberpunk

Cyborg posterSet in the futuristic world of the 21st century, where the world has been destroyed by a deadly plague, the only hope for the humanity is a mercenary called Gibson Rickenbacker whose family was slaughtered by a gang known as the Pirates, led by the vicious Fender.

Driven by egoistic feelings, Fender kidnaps a cyborg- a young female woman who holds precious information about a potential cure for the plague and sends her from New York to Atlanta, where a group of scientists is expecting her in order to create the cure.

“Universal Soldier” (1992) Sci-Fi Military

Universal Soldier (1992)The year is 1969, wartime. Luc Deveraux and Andrew Scott are American soldiers in the Vietnam War who kill each other in a frantic quarrel, in the heart of the Vietnamese jungle. Their corpses are later cryogenically frozen.

Several decades later, both men’s bodies are genetically regenerated with their memories erased. Now they are GR44 and GR13- half men, half robots who are selected for the “Universal Soldier” program- a government counter- terrorist unit specializing in hostage situations.

True they are old movies but with good entertainment. And I think they are suitable for someone who has never seen a sci-fi film before. Hard to imagine someone who has never seen Terminator but if you haven’t I would recommend that too.


FunnyActionMovies.comThe above 4 films descriptions were courtesy of Funny Action MoviesEnjoy the popcorn! 

Want to check out the previous installments of this series?  Part 1  “Books” &  Part 2 “Video Games


 

What did you think about the recommendations? Do you have a few of your own? Will you consider watching some of these movies or did you already watch them? Feel free to leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.



References/Sources

  1. http://www.indiewire.com/2015/05/the-25-best-sci-fi-films-of-the-21st-century-so-far-264273/

16 thoughts on “4 easy ways to introduce Sci-Fi to your friends Part 3

  1. I agree, sometimes there are days I just want to watch the good old days action movies like Universal soldier and Predator. Heard they are doing a sequel to the original which am looking forward to. Hope to see Arnold as a General or something else who won’t get involved but advice rather. LOL

  2. Now if they didn’t already like Sci-Fi, would they be my friend?

    No-o!

    J.K.

    I must have some friends who are hiding a lack of proper appreciation for the genre. Y’know, just going with the flow. Faking it.

    Hmmm…

    I gotta watch for that. There’s something seriously “normal” about folks who don’t like Sci-fi. Creepy normal. Stepford wife normal.

    Gives me the willies!

    1. Hahahah….you’re very funny Elisabeth! But you’re bringing good points. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you around.

  3. Hey Dira,

    Your list is great.
    If I was to invite someone to a sci-fi movie night, it would definitely be very difficult because of the infinite list of awesome sci-fi movies and sub-genres.
    I must admit that I didn’t like Children of Men, mainly because of Clive Owen, I just can’t stand seeing him on screen.
    I think Snowpiercer was very interesting as well as “Her”.
    Of course, I have huge passion for all Arnold movies, but you know that already 🙂

    1. Hi Asen,

      Thanks for your comments! Just one night? How about making it regularly, then you’ll have a chance to see most of them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be at night if you are at home.
      Hahhaha..yes I know:)

  4. hello there:) .
    Children of men, even if is an old movie looks very good. Every time I visit your site I find out something new. it is strange how many films I didn/t see thinking that I am sci-fi fan:)) But really I love visiting your site because you give me great ideas how to spend my evenings:))) Universal soldier was a really great film:) and also Total Recall. I loved them 🙂 The running man… I love Stephen King and I didn’t know about this movie . really you surprise me every time in a good way 🙂 I will make ready my popcorn for tonight:)
    have a nice dat and i wait for more 😉
    Cristina

    1. Hi Cristina,
      I’m glad you like it. Have you seen timecrimes? I think you will need more popcorn;)
      Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you around.

  5. The last four on your list I have seen with my husband, who is a huge Sci Fi fan. Your review of Children Of Men has intrigued me and I’ll see if my husband hasn’t seen this one. If not, I know what we’re doing this weekend! The actors in these Sci Fi thriller are really A-list and I’m surprised since I still equate Sci Fi with bad acting and cheesy plots.

    1. Hi Linda,

      I know what you mean and that is one of the reasons for this post and my previous one “Don’t hold back your Sci-Fi!”. You’re not the only one who thinks this way and in a way I want to change that perception: Sci-Fi has grown and has more layers for everyone to enjoy. Whether you want simple entertainment or a brain teaser: there is something for everyone!

  6. I don’t think I’m much into sci-fi but I must say that I absolutely loved ‘Her’. Thanks for all the recommendations, Children of Men and Snowpiercer are on my ‘Must watch’ list. My boyfriend is really into his sci fi and I think this is a great list of movies where we’ll both enjoy. Cheers!

  7. So many science fiction movies in the market and I feel sad as I’m a movie freak who missed these excellent sci-fi collections. I will bookmark this page and as per your suggestion gonna invite some people home for this weekend to pick one from your list – Thanks and keep well

    1. Hi Manasir,
      That’s cool. Let me know which one you picked first and what you thought of it. Enjoy the popcorn!

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