there's so many possibilities it's not even funny...choosing something from this year (as I am tempted to do with District 9) almost doesn't seem fair. Just because something is fresh in your mind and you enjoyed it doesn't mean it's better than something else...
if you put a gun to my head and told me to pick in 10 seconds or less I'd say District 9.
if i had time to think about it and double-check release dates for various films then I'm sitting here thinking the Lord of the Rings Trilogy unless you don't want to include that as sci-fi in which case I find myself leaning towards 28 Dyas Later, since The Matrix was 1999
I would go with jellydonut here and say D9! No doubt about it in the sci-fi category i.e. While I have also loved Avatar - which is still kind of sci-fi, I would rather categorize it in the epic adventure category. So D9 for sci-fi and Avatar for the latter!
maybe it's because i'm not the world's biggest comic reader, but I didn't think the book was anything TOO special...there were a couple details i liked better in the book, but i thought the climax/ending of the movie made a little more sense than that of the book
i always thought the end of the book was a little ridiculous...
The Watchmen comic series is one of the best ever written. I could go into painful detail as to why that is, but for now I will spare you.
The ending of the book seemed ridiculous because it had to take an event so unbelievable and otherworldly to incite such change, however temporary it may be. The idea that a strange creature was the cause of destruction alleviates the "heroes" of any blame.
I liked that in the book, Ozymandias was portrayed as having a very odd sense of morality. The film version presented what I thought to be a much more two dimensional villainous version of his character, which I personally didn't like.
I really liked District 9, but there are definitely a handful of superiors in the sci fi category for the past decade. I don't think it was even the best of the year (of what I've seen, that title would probably go to Moon).
There were few good movies and I normally would agree with all the others here in this forum, but I just saw the AVATAR. The special effects are spectacular. I am glad that James Cameron waited for the technology to be developed. The plot may seem simple, but the movie is multi-layered and sends some interesting messages to all of us at the end of the first decade of the 21st century.
I mentioned it in my review, but when a movie has "many messages" but they are ALL essentially the same (technology is bad, science is bad, white man is bad, corporate greed is bad - aka essentially EVERYTHING about 21st century America is BAD) is it REALLY multi-layered??
The movie's morals are a JOKE. It's afraid to say ANYTHING in the least little bit controversial. It's popcorn fluff and reading further into it is a waste of time...
District 9 on the other hand...I need to do a proper review of that film soon.
Avatar is not a movie for a shallow mind. A director who is using the most advanced digital technology did not create a movie that denies the technology the right to exist. He is against mindless use of it. In 2154 all resources on Earth have been depleted. This is a vision of a society that did not use or develop alternative technological applications to save the planet, but instead went to steal resources from someone else... Cameron managed to stir controversy. There are two camps now fighting for and against the film and its message.
I would argue the controversy is not from the movie itself. Cameron simply sides with the more popular, less controversial side...
it's so EASY to say, "Imperialism is bad, because all imperialists are evil and want nothing but power" but by just showing us the ONE side of the argument, he's taking the coward's way out. Painting a pretty picture of a perfect world that corporate greed is ruining, YAWN. Been there, done that. BORING - I'm so UTTERLY SICK of seeing a WHITE CORPORATE MALE be the villain...
Like I said, give me a movie like District 9; rather than say, "We aren't THAT different..." (an idea that Cameron takes to utmost extremes by having the different species become physically attracted to each other and begin mating!) Blomkamp's argument is "We have VERY LITTLE in common, but that's no excuse to treat each other like crap"
the reason people are "fighting against" Avatar's message is because it's essentially PROPAGANDA and paints a black and white picture with no shades of gray...one side is EVIL and the other side is 100% INNOCENT, it's tedious and creates no real drama and a vapid absence of character development doesn't help either...
I do think District 9 was a tad overrated, but next to Avatar it seems utterly brilliant.
Supporting your point: District 9 features a storyline in which the protagonist becomes an outsider for "becoming" one of the prawns. Its far more daring than Jake Sully becoming a hero for protecting the Na'vi, which is very Hollywood and overplayed.
I'd have to say Moon and Star Trek, but they're both fresh in my mind since I saw them recently! I loved Sunshine as well to tell you the truth, but I'm not sure too many people would agree with me on that one...I'm finding it difficult to think back more than a couple of years.
Teaser thread! LOL!Seriously. I was just wondering how many people saw District 9and what you thought of it?I just watched it yesterday, and I thought it was one of bestscience fiction movies I have seen in a long time....
Should Christian writers write horror or science fiction?I started writing a book about werewolf who transformed into a Christian. But now I wonder if this too dark of subject for Christian writer...What do think