Rolling Stone magazine did an okay job with their top 20 sci-fi movies of the 21st century list. (Let’s just keep calm, ignore the fact that the 21st century has only had 15 years in it so far, and carry on.)
There’s one obvious thing about the movies that I have to nitpick right off, and it comes in one word:
See, to me, monsters aren’t sci-fi; they are fantasy. Because they are hands-down impossible and/or stupid. And, therefore, have no business in a sci-fi list. Move them to some list that includes ghosts, wizards and hobbits. That means that certain movies should be removed from this list. The biggest offenders are:
- The Host
- Monsters (duh)
- Reign of Fire (a close one, admittedly; but since it’s based on the idea that dragons have always existed, and just recently awoke from hibernation—and no archeologist has yet to find a sleeping dragon or the species’ fossils—I am forced to add this to the fantasy monster list.)
Which leaves us a list of 16 movies. Which is good, because I know just which movies were omitted from the Rolling Stone list that I would add to create a well-rounded 20 monster-free sci-fi movies.