top 5 wednesday: favourite science fiction & fantasy in other media

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is a bit different since it has absolutely nothing to do with books (gasp!). The suggested topic of “Favourite Science Fiction and Fantasy in Other Media” was both a surprise and welcomed change of pace for the usual Wednesday topics. As lovely as fantasy is, I’m a huge science fiction fan and will be focusing on five of my favourite science fiction films for this week. Sorry fantasy lovers!

Narrowing down this list ended up being hilariously stressful for me and I thought long and hard about what I wanted to include. It also took everything in me not to include Star Wars. So let’s just pretend the original trilogy is on this list anyways.

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So here are my very carefully selected Top 5 Favourite Science Fiction Films:

Primer (2005)
Directed by: Shane Carruth
Starring: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan

View trailer here. 

Primer is low budget. It has absolutely none of the glitz and glam that the other movies on this list boast. It’s short, stars no one you’ll have ever heard of, and on the surface, it at appears to be one of the most mundane science fiction films you’ll ever watch. But in reality, Primer is the most stressful and mindblowing time travel movie I’ve ever seen. I had just as much fun watching video explanations of this film on Youtube as I did watching the actual film.

Interstellar (2014)
directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine

View trailer here.

Anything with Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan is instantly a favourite of mine. I listen to the score from this movie all the time, especially when I’m reading. The visuals and storytelling are phenomenal. It’s a similar story to 2001: A Space Odyssey which why I think I fell in love with it. If you’ve never seen a Nolan film before and don’t know where to start, watch this one!

Sunshine (2007)
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Hiroyuki Sanada   

View trailer here.

If it wasn’t for the final act, Sunshine would likely be among the greatest science fiction films of all time. But even with the messy finale, Sunshine is easily one of my favourite space travel narratives. Danny Boyle’s films are some of my favourite pieces of modern day cinema and absolutely anything starring Cillian Murphy is going to get an A+ in my books.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, HAL 9000

View trailer here.

When it comes to science fiction you really can’t beat Stanley Kubrick’s classic. The novel of the same name written by Arthur C. Clarke was created simultaneously with the film and is a must-read for any science fiction enthusiast. Out of all the space exploration films I’ve seen, including the Alien trilogy, this one is definitely the creepiest. A combination of the score, the minimal dialogue, and lingering shots give an ambience of dread and hopelessness that isn’t often achieved as successfully in other space travel films.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Starring:  Jim CarreyKate WinsletTom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst

View trailer here

I almost didn’t include the trailer because it’s one of the most misleading advertisements for a film I’ve ever seen. This isn’t a fun romcom, despite starring Jim Carrey. Eternal Sunshine is fairly devastating and I’ve cried many times watching it. Do not watch this film after a breakup, you’ll seriously regret it. Despite this, it’s one of my favourite science fiction films simply because of how different it is from the rest of the genre. And look at that cast! It isn’t very often that an all-star casted film turns out to actually be a good movie.

There you have it! My meticulously curated list of top five science fiction films. So what do you think? Do you love or hate any of my choices? Have any favourites not mentioned on my list? Let me know in the comments! x

14 thoughts on “top 5 wednesday: favourite science fiction & fantasy in other media

    • Ashley says:

      I’m super jealous you had a science-fiction class at uni. And what a great film to watch for it! Talking about Primer is half the fun of getting to watch it! Definitely check out 2001 and Eternal Sunshine. But maybe not in the same night, they’re a bit heavy! 🙂

  1. Kathy @PBTVS says:

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind made me actually like Jim Carrey’s acting for the first time. I love the way it portrays all the ups and downs of a relationship without shying away from any of the ugly stuff. And that last scene where they’re in the flooding house is so so good.
    Primer is the only one I haven’t seen, or heard of, but that trailer looks super interesting!

    • Ashley says:

      I agree, it was Eternal Sunshine and The Truman Show that really made me appreciate his acting abilities. It really is a great portrayal of relationship ups and downs, Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet (who I absolutely love) really nailed their characters! The movie is so stunning, it’s the perfect blend of surrealism and reality. Definitely check Primer out, it’s a really great film! It’s very different from anything I had watched before. Thanks for you comment :).

  2. Vera says:

    Interstellar and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are both brilliant movies.
    I haven’t seen the rest but am keen to check them out now, thanks. 🙂

  3. Birgit says:

    Interstellar is quite a great film and one that must be seen more than once to appreciate its message and how it is delivered. HAL would be proud of you to include 2001…and so would the Ape holding the bone. I still have to see Eternal mind and I haven’t seen the others you mentioned. I would need to add The Day The Earth Stood Still from 1951 starring Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal. Planet of the Apes-1968 with Charlton Heston is another great movie and I have a soft spot for War of the Worlds done, I think, in 1953?? For its time the special effects were great. Now, I love Them! Nothing makes you itch than seeing giant ants and then you have a great amount of really bad flicks that are too good not to pass up like Plan 9 From Outer Space. This film is a riot from Bela lugosi being replaced by the director’s wife’s chiropractor, cars that change colour and make from when they leave one spot to get to another and the moving sets. It is a howl!

    • Ashley says:

      I definitely recommend Eternal Sunshine, it has a really unique concept! Agreed with your other movies, especially the 1968 Planet of the Apes. And War of the Worlds is amazing, I listened to the recording of it with my friend on a record his parent’s had in high school. I admit I love the Tom Cruise remake as well since I love pretty much any movie he’s in. Plan 9 From Outer Space I’ve actually never seen, I REALLY need to watch that!

  4. mahmarino says:

    Loved your movie list!
    Eternal Sunshine is one of my favorite movies, I didn’t think of it as a fantasy or sci-fi… good thinking!! =)

    Now, Intertellar BOGGLED my mind. Every time I watch it I get the same feelings and energy from the first time…

    • Ashley says:

      Glad you love Eternal Sunshine as well! It’s one of those weird movies that could fit into like 5 different genres. I totally agree about Interstellar, I feel super inspired every time I watch it. It’s a good pick-me-up film, even if it is a bit sad at times. 🙂

  5. mervih says:

    Great list! I quite agree with you about Sunshine; I also enjoeyd it a lot except for that last part. I haven’t seen Primer but it sounds very interesting.

    • Ashley says:

      Thank you! It’s a real shame becuase the rest of Sunshine is just SO amazing. I love it so much I’m willing to overlook the final act, but I can’t help but feel a bit bitter about it. Primer is very fascinating, if you enjoy science fiction films with a kind of off-beat approach to filmmaking then I highly recommend it!

    • Ashley says:

      It really is! The visuals and storytelling in Eternal Sunshine are so incredible. I’m glad you love it as well! And do give Primer a shot, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

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