To mark the final flight of the Space Shuttle, CNN posted its list of the best space movies ever made. Having seen Star Wars 32 times, Close Encounters 16 times, and being able to recite most of Blade Runner from memory (original cut or director’s cut), I read it.
I know that lists are subjective and everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but let’s just say the term “WTF” was created for things like this.
Here’s the list, by CNN’s Josh Lubin:
1. The Right Stuff
Okay, let’s stop here. The Right Stuff? The Right Stuff? — with huge sections of dialogue simply transcribed from the book and with as much energy as a Saturday Night Live skit is Number 1? Let’s swallow and go on.
2. Star Wars
Okay, I’ll buy these. Both had huge impacts on either the future of SF movies, or pop culture in general. So, sure. Numbers 2 and 3.
4. Flash Gordon
I simply don’t know what to say.
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Finally. No one who’s watched space movies on something besides their TV can argue with Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece being in the top 5.
His honorable mentions, which you should read sitting down.
The Last Starfighter
Seriously, SPACECAMP? Even Spaceballs was way better than that.
In the interests of being fair, I’ll present my own list. Not everyone will agree with me, but at least I’ve managed to avoid putting SpaceCamp and 2001 on the same list.
Mark’s best space movies ever:
- Solaris (the American version, directed by Stephen Soderbergh and starring George Clooney)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Star Trek (J.J. Abrams version)
- Star Wars
- HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon ( a mini series, but still…)
- 2010: The Year We Make Contact
- Silent Running
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind (the original cut)
Laugh if you want, Monkey Boy. Or post comments — or better yet, share your own favorites — below.