Sci-fi movie fest! #RRSciFiMonth


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is :

Movie Freebie


Given that November is Sci Fi Month (organised by Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow this is a fun event that celebrates sci fi) I’m going with science fiction movies and here are ten that I always enjoy:

1. Alien – I love this film.  It’s dark and downright scary.  I recall years ago watching a documentary about the making of the film and one story stood out to me – which was about the shooting of the ‘chest burster’ scene where the alien breaks out of Kane’s chest.  Apparently the other actors – although they knew that the alien would be, literally, bursting out, they weren’t aware of all the special effects in terms of the blood and viscera.  The scene was a one take effort and the stunned surprise that you witness was real as opposed to actual acting!  I think that’s a great story.  I have no idea if it’s true but the scene is brilliant!


2. Star Wars – and I’m talking about the first film now (as I refuse to call it No4).  No funny story as such but a whole bunch of quotes – guess the character:

“You don’t need to see his identification … These aren’t the droids you’re looking for … He can go about his business … Move along.”

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

“Boring conversation anyway. Luke, we’re gonna have company!”

“Into the garbage chute, flyboy!”

“What a piece of junk!”

3. Jurassic Park.  I thought maybe a little bit of useless (or incredibly useful depending on your pov) info about the main star – the T-rex.  One of the largest built animatronics.  20 feet tall and weighing 17,500 pounds (which, wow!)  The roar was a combination of a baby elephant, tiger and alligator.  The breath was a whale’s blow and the sounds of the T-rex tearing apart a Gallimimus were created by recording a dog attacking a rope toy!


4. Avatar.  Production originally began in 1994 and yet the film didn’t premiere until 2009!  This film may have cost A LOT to produce but it surely must be one of the most visually stunning pieces of work ever and here’s the original trailer if you want to have a gander:


5. Matrix – maybe not everyone’s cup of tea but I loved this and it certainly set the bar for action scenes with the invention of Bullet Time (not to mention a lot of spoofs)!  I love all the references in the film, e.g. Morpheus (Greek God of dreams).  But I particularly like the Alice in Wonderland reference.  ‘follow the white rabbit’.


6. Terminator 2 – great film – and surely has some of the best quotes ever!  Well, you might not really ever have need of them but I like them – here are a few:

‘I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle.’ 

‘Come with me if you want to live!’

‘Say… That’s a nice bike…’

‘Did you call *moi* a dipshit?’

7. 12 Monkeys – time travelling, post apocalyptic, neo noir – what’s not to love?  In fairness though, I didn’t love this the first time I saw it!  But then it just grew on me – like a mutated fungus!!!


8. The Fifth Element – funnily enough this is another Bruce Willis film (see above) and was also another film that took a little while to grow on me (yet more fungus – just call me a truffle!).

Leeloo: Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass. 

Korben Dallas: Yeah. 

Leeloo: Mul-ti-pass. 

Korben Dallas: Yeah, multipass, she knows it's a multipass. Leeloo Dallas. This is my wife. 

Leeloo: Mul-ti-pass. 

Korben Dallas: We're newlyweds. Just met. You know how it is. We bumped  into each other, sparks happen... 

Leeloo: Mul-ti-pass. 

Korben Dallas: Yes, she knows it's a multipass. Anyway, we're in love.

And here:  ‘Big Bada Boom!’

9. Interstellar – I think this film is fantastic.  I definitely needed to watch it more than once though I will admit!  Very clever and some mind bending scenes!


10.  Finally, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  The movie trailer (plus bonus points for spotting the Potter character):



56 Responses to “Sci-fi movie fest! #RRSciFiMonth”

  1. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    The Fifth Element!!! One of my favorites. Jurassic Park and Avatar are also high up on my list. Great selections!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – there were quite a few more I could have had on here but I drew a line under it.
      Lynn 😀

  2. sjhigbee

    I love ALLL of the above:). Also Moon, Gravity and Gattaca…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, yes, I could definitely have added more – I just ran out of room!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Genki Jason

    I like that story from Alien as well. I also like that Ridley Scott’s hand was the facehugger that got Kane.

  4. dvasso

    Awesome list. I love Star Wars and the fifth element!

  5. Carmen

    Great collection of sci-fi movies. I haven’t seen 12 Monkeys or The Fifth Element. I have to remedy that.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh yes, I’d love to see what you make of them both.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I think the Planet of the Apes is an awesome series – I especially enjoy the new ones but the old ones are classics as well. I remember watching Aliens with my Dad. That was one of his favorite movies. In fact, I remember him always telling me if I ever had a daughter, I should name her Ripley. Nice list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ripley is a cool name isn’t it! I never would have thought of using it but it is so good!
      Planet of the Apes is brilliant – including the old classics. I never quite realised how many references the producers had managed to include into the new films that were references to the older movies – until I read up about it on wiki!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Tammy

    Awesome list! I love Alien and The Fifth Element, although it’s so campy, and I’m a big fan of Avatar, even though a lot of “movie” people make fun of it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Alien is just such an excellent movie. I’m going to have to rewatch it this weekend now! Yeah, that whole making fun thing – it’s similar to the ‘serious’ readers, who don’t think you should read fictional works isn’t it. I just like what I like.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Birdie

    The Matrix… man, one of the best movies ever. Such a cult classic.

  9. elenasquareeyes

    These are some great films! I’ve seen them all except Twelve Monkeys (I’ve been meaning to watch it for ages) and Jurassic Park is my favourite on this list 🙂
    The Top Ten Movies I can watch over and over again.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Jurassic Park is so good – I actually watched it again last week and it really has aged very well.
      Lynn 😀

  10. lipsyy

    I love all of these movies – classics! Apart from Interstellar which I haven’t seen yet. I must do that!

    I did 90s movies 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think if you like the others you’d like Interstellar. I admit that I had to watch it twice to fully appreciate it but even so – a really clever film.
      Lynn 😀

      • lipsyy

        I definitely want to. It’s on my rainy day list 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        Let’s face it – we have plenty of rainy days!! Hope you enjoy.
        Lynn 😀

  11. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    That (in)famous scene from Alien still manages to make me jump in fright: no matter how many years have passed, or how many times I’ve seen it, it still terrifies me to the core…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love that story about the scene – it just makes me watch it with a whole new appreciation – planning on a rewatch this weekend and really looking forward to it! Then, Terminator 1 and 2!
      Lynn 😀

  12. jessicabookworm

    Great list!! I love Alien, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, The Matrix and The Fifth Element 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re all so good. They’re the type of film that you can just watch over and over and over!
      Lynn 😀

  13. Lilyn G. (Sci-Fi & Scary)

    Great list! You know I’ve never fully seen Avatar? I watched like 15 minutes of someone’s bootlegged copy, with crappy coloring/visuals to it and completely lost interest. I’m sure seeing a proper version in high def or whatever means it’s absolutely gorgeous.

    I have to admit, I like the last Planet of the Apes movie a lot more than I thought I would!! Thanks for stopping by earlier 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      No worries. The Planet of the Apes films have turned out better than I thought they would tbh. Avatar – you definitely need to get the full colour effects. I don’t suppose the story is anything terribly original but it’s such a beautifully visual film.
      I can’t believe I forgot Predator 2 from my list. I love that film.
      Lynn 😀

      • Lilyn G. (Sci-Fi & Scary)

        did you watch the Predator one with Adrian Brody?

      • @lynnsbooks

        No – I’ve missed that – was it good. I like Adrian Brody.

      • Lilyn G. (Sci-Fi & Scary)

        I don’t remember much of it, so that tells you something. But I remember thinking it wasn’t bad. Not as good as Predator 2 though.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Predator 2 was so good! I didn’t know there had been more films – will definitely have to check that out!

  14. Jamie

    Such great movies!! I especially love the little fun facts you put in. (Avatar started production in 1994?? that’s crazy!) I’ve never heard of 12 Monkeys- but if its got Brad Pitt in it I’ll definitely have to check it out.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Twelve Monkey’s is definitely a mixed up movie – but it’s also good!
      I hope you enjoy.
      Lynn 😀

  15. Diana Prince Reviews

    Interstellar is my boyfriend’s all-time favorite movie, so I’ve seen it about seven times since it came out. It still makes me cry every time. Seriously unparalleled filmmaking skills. I also personally adore The Fifth Element – especially that opera scene! Awesome list overall!

    My TTT

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ohh, thank you! To be honest, I could watch Interstellar again and again. You definitely can’t just watch it just once because I’m sure i spot something different every time.
      The Fifth Element is just excellent – I didn’t think I liked it at first – but that’s simply because i didn’t really give it a chance and watch the whole thing. I love it now.
      Lynn 😀

  16. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Great list! And I have some watching to do. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      This TTT has made me want to rewatch so many films and check out a whole posse that I wasn’t aware of!
      Lynn 😀

  17. Caitlin Stern

    I totally should have put The Fifth Element on my list. Love that movie! So many great characters in it.

  18. imyril

    Awwww, Twelve Monkeys is right up there for me. I do love Terry Gilliam’s obsession with plumbing, and I loved the way this all fitted together in the end. I’m also a big fan of Alien/s (we rewatched the first one at the weekend) and I’m still a bit guilty that it *just* missed out on my list!

    …likewise Interstellar. I really enjoy pretty much everything Nolan does (except Dark Knight Rises – that one was just a bit heavy-handed for me), and we frequently re-watch Interstellar. So many things to talk about, and to feast the eyes on. If you liked this one, I think you’ll love Arrival too.

  19. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    I was going to say I love every single one of these movies (Jurassic Park being my fav), but I’ve never Twelve Monkies. And now that I know it had time-traveling and Brad Pitt in it – it is a must-watch 😛

    • @lynnsbooks

      It seems from the comments that quite a few people have missed Twelve Monkies – I hope you have a chance to watch it and more to the point I hope you enjoy it!
      Lynn 😀

  20. Greg

    Those Star Wars quotes are awesome. And Jurassic Park- another fave. Terminator 2 is great as well, and I’ve never seen 12 Monkeys the movie although I love the ongoing show 12 Monkeys on SciFi.

    • @lynnsbooks

      People not having seen the Twelve Monkeys seems to be a common theme in these comments. It surprises me actually – I’m usually the last with these things!
      Lynn 😀

  21. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Ha ha, I have had a non-stop marathon of Jurassic Park for the entire last week or so, because my four year old daughter can’t stop watching this movie. I remember being pretty frightened of the T-Rex scene at the time, but she couldn’t get enough. Kids these days, they aren’t scared by the animatronics anymore!

    • @lynnsbooks

      High five to your daughter. And, yes, kids these days are definitely not scared of animatronics!
      Lynn 😀

  22. Lauren @ Always Me

    I still need to try 12 Monkeys – it sounds great!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – everyone is saying they need to check out 12 Monkeys – you definitely should give it a go.
      Lynn 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I can’t believe that nearly everyone who has commented hasn’t watched 12 Monkeys! I thought I was usually the last!
      Lynn 😀

  23. beckmank

    Star Wars is my absolute favorite film of all time! I say quotes from it all the time. “Into the garbage chute, flyboy!” is one of my favorites. And “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” And I love that that line is in every Star Wars film. Great list!!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I love it! I’m so into quotes – I’m like a maniac, but usually nobody is on board with it at all! They think I’m just making random noises. High five.
      Lynn 😀

  24. Avada Kedavra

    I loved all the movies on your list, except for 12 months and fifth element which I did not like very much. Most of these movies are my favorites. Nice list Lynn.

    • Avada Kedavra

      12 monkeys*

    • @lynnsbooks

      12 Monkeys was a bit bleak I have to admit. Fifth Element I didn’t like at all when I first watched it – it kind of grew on me!
      Lynn 😀

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