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Science Fiction Face-Offs

Introduction to the Sci-Fi Face-Off: 

Science fiction is perhaps the most broadly engaging movie genre because it can do what every other genre does and even elevate the types of stories and plots which emerge naturally from those genres. For example, a science fiction pretext can easily facilitate and justify the most spectacular of action bonanzas as in the case of AliensThe TerminatorMad MaxThe Road warrior, The Matrix, or Predator. The concepts which science fiction teases apart, extrapolates, and hypothesise around are intrinsically exciting to behold and so many a thriller (e.g., Total RecallThe Running Man, etc) has had its ability to thrill bolstered even before the plot begins to emerge. Science Fiction provides the context for some of the best horror stories because it intuitively works on a primal, visceral, and/or unconscious level. Thus, thanks to sci-fi, we have AlienThe ThingThe Fly and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 & 1978). Even the conventions which inform the fantasy and adventure genres are core conventions of science fiction and so some of the very best fantasy (The Empire Strikes Back, Brazil) and adventure (Planet of the Apes) have naturally arisen out straight-shooting sci-fi premises. Of course, the absurd has always prompted and even necessitated laughter and so far-flung science fiction can facilitate great comedy. No surprise then that some of our most sophisticated comedies like Repo Man and Brazil have hailed from the science fiction quarter. For similar reasons, sci-fi and satire make great bedfellows as one informs the other. RoboCopEscape From New York, and They Live are testament to this. Even the most straight-laced genre, the drama, offers a platform on which social and political issues (Gattaca) and subjective, personal, and human themes (Moon) can be laid out, decontextualised, and explored from a more objective standpoint. Finally, not only does science fiction provide the basis for some of the best visceral and emotional engagement but it seems unrivaled in its ability to intellectually engage. Films like 2001: A Space OdysseyDark City, Solaris (1972), and Blade Runner have stimulated and framed the most profound philosophical, existential, and conceptual contemplation and have, therefore, substantially helped the cinematic medium to compete with any other art form.

Science fiction is, therefore, as varied a genre as there is because its scope bridges the full range of cinematic story telling. However, with so much scope and variety, the question arises as to what feature of science fiction we value the most. Films like 2001: A Space Odyssey may be peerless in their construction and ability to affect us on an intellectual level but does that really rival the visceral thrills of Alien or The Road Warrior? I for one couldn’t possibly say which type of science fiction I prefer or value the most, at least not explicitly. However, a base level of preference does reveal itself when it comes to choosing one movie over the other.

This is the question that I hope the sci-fi face off will help answer. By getting people to cut through the different kinds of values we attribute to the various films of the genre and tap that most essential quality of preference.

Note: I have omitted certain films such as Dark City, Ghost in the Shell, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Metropolis, PrimerA Scanner Darkly, & Solaris (1972) because I feel not enough people have seen them. Including them would preclude a lot of visitors from contributing to their Face-Offs.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) vs Planet of the Apes

            

Invasion of the Body Snatchers vs Planet of the Apes

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The Road Warrior vs The Thing

            

The Road Warrior vs The Thing

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Alien vs The Fly

          

Alien vs The Fly

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John Carpenter’s Escape From New York vs Mad Max

                 

Escape From New York vs Mad Max

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Blade Runner vs RoboCop

               

Blade Runner vs RoboCop

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2001: A Space Odyssey vs Moon

              

2001: A Space Odyssey vs Moon

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John Carpenter’s Escape From New York vs Predator

              

Escape From New York vs Predator

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2001: A Space Odyssey vs Blade Runner

           

2001: A Space Odyssey vs Blade Runner

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The Empire Strikes Back vs Planet of the Apes

             

The Empire Strikes Back vs Planet of the Apes

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Alien vs John Carpenter’s The Thing

          

Alien vs John Carpenter's The Thing

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RoboCop vs The Terminator

                 

RoboCop vs The Thing (Desert Island Scenario)

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Planet of the Apes vs Predator

           

Planet of the Apes vs Predator (Desert Island Scenario)

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The Matrix vs Moon

                     

The Matrix vs Moon (Desert Island Scenario)

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Mad Max vs Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

               

Mad Max vs Mad Max 2 (Desert Island Scenario)

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Gattaca vs Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

            

Gattaca vs Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Desert Island Scenario)

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John Carpenter’s Escape From New York vs The Fly

         

Escape From New York vs The Fly (Desert Island Scenario)

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Brazil vs The Empire Strikes Back

             

Brazil vs The Empire Strikes Back (Desert Island Scenario)

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Alien vs Blade Runner

           

Alien vs Blade Runner (Desert Island Scenario)

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2001: A Space Odyssey vs Aliens

           

2001 vs Aliens (Desert Island Scenario)

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The Terminator vs John Carpenter’s The Thing

             

The Terminator vs The Thing (Desert Island Scenario)

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Predator vs RoboCop

               

Predator vs RoboCop (Desert Island Scenario)

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Moon vs Planet of the Apes

              

Moon vs Planet of the Apes (Desert Island Scenario)

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Mad Max 2: The Road warrior vs The Matrix

                    

The Road Warrior vs The Matrix (Desert Island Scenario)

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) vs Mad Max

             

Invasion of the Body Snatchers vs Mad Max (Desert Island Scenario)

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The Fly vs Gattaca

         

The Fly vs Gattaca (Desert Island Scenario)

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The Empire Strikes Back vs Escape From New York

                

The Empire Strikes Back vs Escape From New York

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Blade Runner vs Brazil

            

Blade Runner vs Brazil (Desert Island Scenario)

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 2001: A Space Odyssey vs Alien

          

2001 vs Alien (Desert Island Scenario)

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Aliens vs The Terminator

              

Aliens vs The Terminator (Desert Island Scenario)

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Sci-Fi Genre Set – Provisionally Ranked After 2 Rounds of Face-Offs

(note: these provisional rankings merely show the trend in voting after the first 2 rounds. As these rankings are the result of only a partial cross-comparison (2 rounds), they are not indicative of what the final rankings will be. For instance, some films will have had 2 difficult face-offs & some will have had 2 easy face-offs. Furthermore, all the face-offs opened in the first 2 rounds will remain open until every film has been faced-off with every other film, so even these provisional scores will continue to change. So keep voting!)

John Carpenter’s The Thing – 280

The Empire Strikes Back – 266

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior – 264

Moon – 250

Alien v- 210

John Carpenter’s Escape From New York – 207

Blade Runner -193

Planet of the Apes – 170

2001: A Space Odyssey – 168

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) – 167

Mad Max – 152

Predator – 148

Aliens – 142

The Fly – 139

The Terminator – 82

Gattaca – 74

RoboCop – 72

The Matrix – 58

Brazil – 57

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