Quick Meme: 2013 SciFi Films

2013 is a hot year for science fiction films: Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim, Oblivion, Ender’s Game, World War Z, and many more.

Here’s a simple 7-question meme, mostly about 2013 SciFi films.

Paste these questions in the comments and tell us your answers…

  • 1. The best SciFi film I saw this year was:
  • 2. The worst SciFi film I saw this year was:
  • 3. The SciFi film I most want to see this year is:
  • 4. The SciFi film you couldn’t pay me to watch is:
  • 5. A SciFi film that deserves a reboot is:
  • 6. The worst SciFi film I ever sat through was:
  • 7. Some of my personal top 10 SciFi films include:

11 thoughts on “Quick Meme: 2013 SciFi Films”

  1. 1. The best SciFi film I saw this year was: Primer. Obscure-ish 2004 Indie film about time travel. Slow, and mostly dialog filled, but well done.

    2. The worst SciFi film I saw this year was: I really try not to watch bad science fiction. Probably Iron Man 3. It was a good popcorn flick, but was little more than action porn and snarky lines when you get right down to brass tacks.

    3. The SciFi film I most want to see this year is: Ender’s Game. It won’t follow the book closely, but it looks like it will do justice to a great, great book.

    4. The SciFi film you couldn’t pay me to watch is: The Host. Heard horrible reviews even before I saw it was essentially Twilight from Outer Space.

    5. A SciFi film that deserves a reboot is: Nineteen Eighty-Four. Timing is perfect, and an updated version with perhaps a modern technology infusion would be chillingly awesome. Fahrenheit 451 would be another one that’s past due that could turn out well.

    6. The worst SciFi film I ever sat through was: Tough call, although if pressed, I’d guess many of them had the MST3000 guys silhouetted at the bottom. Non-MST3000 movies would include Armageddon, King Kong, and that steaming pile of hank that masqueraded as Star Wars I, II, & III. There have been a lot of really bad, cheesy science fiction films made over the years.

    7. Some of my personal top 10 SciFi films include: A Scanner Darkly, Blade Runner, Alien, Nineteen Eighty-Four, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Soylent Green, Terminator, Back to the Future, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Matrix, Serenity, and Total Recall are all top contenders.

  2. 1. The best SciFi film I saw this year was:
    Year is not over, but so far, Iron Man 3.

    2. The worst SciFi film I saw this year was:
    Star Trek: Into Darkness. It was offensively bad.

    3. The SciFi film I most want to see this year is:
    Pacific Rim. So far, it looks like the only one worth the admission price.

    4. The SciFi film you couldn’t pay me to watch is:
    Ender’s Game.

    5. A SciFi film that deserves a reboot is:
    How about something original for a change? No sequels, no reboots.

    6. The worst SciFi film I ever sat through was:
    The second Matrix film. ST:ID is a very close second.

    7. Some of my personal top 10 SciFi films include:
    In no particular order
    Gattaca
    District Nine
    Serenity
    Empire Strikes Back
    Alien
    Iron Man
    Tron
    The Dark Knight
    Dredd
    9

  3. 1. The best SciFi film I saw this year was: The Power (1968). Hadn’t seen it since I was a kid. Picked it up on DVD the other day. Great stuff.

    2. The worst SciFi film I saw this year was: Can’t think of anything for this year. I mostly see films on TV or on DVDs I buy so I usually only see things I’m pretty sure I’ll like.

    3. The SciFi film I most want to see this year is: Pacific Rim. I’m planning to brave a theater for this.

    4. The SciFi film you couldn’t pay me to watch is: I guess I’d give anything a try if it showed up on TV. Generally I don’t have strong negative feelings about something I haven’t seen.

    5. A SciFi film that deserves a reboot is: I’d just as soon they concentrate on new things. But if you twist my arm, how about Them! (1954)?

    6. The worst SciFi film I ever sat through was: Star Pilot. An Italian flick from the 60’s released in the US after Star Wars came out. We were so stunned by its awfulness that we were unable to leave our seats.

    7. Some of my personal top 10 SciFi films include: Hard to pick a top ten. In no particular order here’s a handful that I really like that come to mind: Aliens, Star Wars, 2010, Spider-Man 2, On the Beach (1959), Jurassic Park, Dark City, The Time Machine (1960), Forbidden Planet, John Carter.

    Mike

  4. 1. The best SF movie I saw this year was The Cloud Atlas-Flawed but at least adult in concept.
    2. The worst SF movie I saw this year was Iron Man 3-noisy, juvenile and annoying. I would have loved it at 10 but am a long way from 10 now.
    3. The SF film I most want to see this year is Fury Road-the 4th Mad Max film from George Miller.
    4. The SF film you couldn’t pay me to watch:Man of Steel(always thought Superman a bore and silly to the max) or any Transformers movie.
    5. A SF film that deserves a reboot: quit rebooting or remaking things and try for some originality.
    6.The worst SF film I have watched.Battlefield Earth
    7. Some of my personal faves:Bladerunner, Dark City, Alien, Aliens, Road Warrior, Jurassic Park, A Clockwork Orange, 2001

  5. 1. The best SciFi film I saw this year was:

    Unlike several of the comments thus far, I’ve enjoyed many of the SF offerings thus far including Into Darkness and Iron Man 3. My favorite of the new stuff this year has been Oblivion. Really enjoyed all the design elements and enjoyed the story despite it being a combination of elements from other sources.

    2. The worst SciFi film I saw this year was:

    Have yet to be really disappointed by this year’s offerings. So none, yet.

    3. The SciFi film I most want to see this year is:

    It was Into Darkness and Oblivion. Would like to see Trek one more time before it leaves theaters.

    4. The SciFi film you couldn’t pay me to watch is:

    I’ll be honest, you can pay me to watch almost anything. If it was just buying me a ticket though, The Host is one I would give a pass to, and will even when it comes out on DVD or makes its way eventually to free television.

    5. A SciFi film that deserves a reboot is:

    I would much rather see something new rather than any reboot. Any films I am passionate about (Star Wars original trilogy, Bladerunner, Alien/Aliens) remain great for me today. Don’t need to see them rebooted.

    6. The worst SciFi film I ever sat through was:

    Aeon Flux. Even Charlize in leather couldn’t make that one palatable. Ditto for the latest Underworld film with Kate Beckinsale.

    7. Some of my personal top 10 SciFi films include:

    Moon
    Serenity (but that includes the Firefly series as a package deal)
    The City of Lost Children
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Bladerunner

  6. None of those 7 films makes 2013 hot or interesting for me. If the 7 were these, I’d be intrigued:

    Infinity Beach by Jack McDevitt
    The Mote In God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
    The Prefect by Alistair Reynolds
    The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
    Palace by Mark Krieghbaum and Katherine Kerr
    In Conquest Born by C.S. Friedman
    Witch World by Andre Norton

    Medieval axes and magic with robot birds, aliens and submarines and weird jets in the fog. Witch World would be a rockin’ sockin’ winner worth a dozen Oblivions.

  7. 1. The best SciFi film I saw this year was:
    Oblivion edged out Star Trek but not by much. I liked that Oblivion was different. I had some nitpicky things about Star Trek that still bother me slightly.

    2. The worst SciFi film I saw this year was:
    I haven’t seen anything I would describe as bad.

    3. The SciFi film I most want to see this year is:
    I’m excited for Man of Steel, and Gravity

    4. The SciFi film you couldn’t pay me to watch is:
    I’m up for anything, though if its more towards the horror genre count me out.

    5. A SciFi film that deserves a reboot is:
    THX 1138 might be a good candidate. I would rather see new stuff though.

    6. The worst SciFi film I ever sat through was:
    A tie between Assult Girls (a live action Japanese scifi film that I fell asleep during, which never happens) and Beyond the Black Rainbow. WTF.

    7. Some of my personal top 10 SciFi films include:

    Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (favorite movie of all time)
    Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan
    Star Trek First Contact
    Inception
    The Fifth Element
    Independence Day
    Moon
    Dredd
    Jurassic Park
    Alien

  8. 1. The best SciFi film I saw this year was: The Cabin In The Woods
    2. The worst SciFi film I saw this year was: Iron Sky (but still awesome)
    3. The SciFi film I most want to see this year is: Upside Down. Please release it.
    4. The SciFi film you couldn’t pay me to watch is: Thor.
    5. A SciFi film that deserves a reboot is: Instead of a reboot, let’s have some better Asimov adaptations please.
    6. The worst SciFi film I ever sat through was: Babylon A.D.
    7. Some of my personal top 10 SciFi films include: Moon, Alien, 2001, Blade Runner, Hunter Prey, Monsters, The Truman Show

    This meme reminded me that I haven’t seen nearly enough sci-fi this year.

    1. Upside Down was released. It disappeared pretty quickly after poor reviews and weak box office.

  9. Carl Anderson and I seem to be on similar wavelengths.

    1. The best SciFi film I saw this year was: Either Moon or Safety Not Guaranteed. The best sci-fi movie released in 2013 that I have seen was Iron Man 3

    2. The worst SciFi film I saw this year was: Oddly, there don’t seem to have been that many sci-fi movies released yet this year. There are a bunch coming up in the next six months, though. I don’t think I have seen a bad sci-fi film released this year. Prometheus was the worst recently.

    3. The SciFi film I most want to see this year is: As I said there are several coming soon. I really want to see Pacific Rim, but I am sort of expecting to be disappointed. I also really want to see John Dies at the End, but I’m waiting to read the book first. I guess the 2013 sci-fi movie I am most looking forward to is either Despicable Me 2 (the minions are hilarious) or The World’s End.

    4. The SciFi film you couldn’t pay me to watch is: As Carl said, you could probably pay to watch nearly anything, but the 2013 sci-fi movies I have zero desire to see are The Host and Warm Bodies (if that counts as sci-fi).

    5. A SciFi film that deserves a reboot is: Star Wars; the original, Episode IV: A New Hope. I’m as excited as every other fan to get more Star Wars movies, but what I really want to see is a brand new take on what originally made Star Wars great. They were showing recently on cable and I walked by while Obi-Wan was telling Luke about his father and Obi-Wan’s part in the Clone Wars and I noticed again that I had a completely different idea of the Clone Wars in my head before Lucas made the prequels. I would like to see someone (or maybe several someones with distinctive voices) go back to the original Star Wars storyline and do a completely different movie(s).

    6. The worst SciFi film I ever sat through was: Millennium (1989): Kris Kristofferson contemplating drunken suicide, sterile future humans stealing fertile people from the past just before they die in plane crashes, a set that made the movie look like it was shot in back alley. Everything about this movie was awful. I was 12 when it came out and my dad and brother didn’t let me pick another movie for 10 years.

    7. Some of my personal top 10 SciFi films include: in no particular order

    Superman: The Movie
    Despicable Me
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Galaxy Quest
    Pitch Black
    WarGames
    The City of Lost Children
    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
    The Fifth Element
    The Prestige

  10. 1. For me, best of 2013 so far is “In Time,” which I watched last week.
    2. Worst was the “Total Recall” reboot, which I also watched last week. It was a decent enough film, but the worst of the small number I’ve seen so far this year.
    3. Close tie between “Ender’s Game” and “World War Z.” The former probably edges out since a) better source material and b) not tanking *before* it hits theaters like the latter already seems to be.
    4. “Pacific Rim”
    5. Too much good original material out there to want to see any more reboots.
    6. “Armageddon” was very, very bad.
    7. Ten that come to mind today: “Blade Runner,” “Primer,” STII:WoK, “The Matrix,” “Inception,” “The Fifth Element,” “Alien,” “Close Encounter of the Third Kind,” “Super 8,” and “Zombieland.”

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