It’s not secret that we love science fiction over at the Geeked Gods. And if you’ve ever read anything from this site, there’s a pretty good chance that you do, as well. Believe it or not, there may come a time where you’d rather watch something other than Star Wars. I know this to be true because, admittedly, this has happened to me once or two. And while I generally steer clear of lists – I like to be able to get more in-depth with the films I write about – there are simply too many great science fiction films that go unnoticed or forgotten entirely. There are other films which are so overwhelmingly ridiculous that, while they will never become cinema classics, they are worth watching because of just how ridiculous they are.
You will find all of this in the coming list, and maybe a little bit more. Let’s get to it.
One of the most brain-boggling films I’ve ever seen, Primer is truly unique. Made with a budget of only $7,000, Shane Carruth (Writer, director, producer, lead actor) proves that you don’t need dazzling visuals and bombastic scores to create something that will truly blow your mind. It’s time travel on a small scale, and though the implications are some of the most important in human history, the story stays on an individual level. Quiet, understated, and more confusing than I’d like to admit, Primer is in a league of its own.
Based on a work of fiction by the heralded Carl Sagan, Contact is simply one of the best science fiction movies ever made. Yet, nearly twenty years later, it’s been all but forgotten. Jodie Foster delivers one of her finest roles as Dr. Ellie Arroway, a researcher who has finally found conclusive evidence of extraterrestrial life. With this newfound discovery comes new questions of religion, faith, and our place in the universe as a whole. It’s an emotional journey from start to finish. Contact is nothing short of awe-inspiring, and if there is one film that you take away from this whole article, let it be this one. For your convenience, at the time of this being published, it is available to stream on Netflix.
Much like Primer, this indie flick is a low-budget headscratcher. However, as opposed to the first title on this list, Coherence is a science fiction thriller that’s sure to get your blood pumping. While at a dinner party, a group of friends experience the effects of a passing comet. We’ll just leave it at that. Anything else would be spoiling the fun. It’s one of the most interesting and original sci-fi movies of the past decade, and yet, it’s barely even been given a chance at glory. If you’re not part of the solution, you are a part of the problem. Watch it!
In the future, your genetics determine your future. Everything you do; everything you are is predetermined from birth by your genetic makeup. But for Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), this is something that he will not accept. He is going to journey to the stars, despite his weak heart forcing him into a life of janitorial services. The best works of science fiction are ones that explore humanity at its core. There are a number of questions raised here in this film, and after seeing it, you may be thinking about the ideas more than the actual film itself. A great, entertaining thought piece. The key word here is “ethics”.
Yes, Zardoz. Also known as “Rapist Sean Connery and His Mankini”. This film is so bizarre and strange that there are only one of two truths possible about the film. The first is that John Boorman was seriously, seriously high on psychoactive substances throughout the entire ordeal. The second, and more likely, is that it’s a highly-ambitious film that just missed the mark on more than one occasion. To understand Zardoz, you must take into account the time period; this was, as you know, two years before Star Wars came on the scene and changed the motion picture forever. In the early nineteenth century up until George Lucas unleashed his masterpiece, the changing world had no real frameworks on which to stand. Thus, before Star Wars, many of these ideas seemed completely insane.
This is not to say that they aren’t indeed insane. I’m simply saying that, for all the insanity contained in this film, there is a bit of understanding to be had about the cause of the insanity. With straight-faced chants such as “The gun is good, the penis is evil”, Zardoz needs to be seen to be believed. While certainly not the most competent of any of these films, it may just be the most entertaining for many of you sick freaks.
Ex Machina (2015)
Most recently, Ex Machina, featuring two cast members of The Force Awakens (2015) is one of the most compelling science fiction dramas ever made. You’re going to have to trust me on this one and simply watch it. Don’t read or look into Ex Machina; let it grab you on its own. At the very least, I can say that it’s a more modern take on Frankenstein than one might realize on the surface. I cannot praise the film enough. Outstanding. Stop reading this. Find this movie and watch it right this instant.