may 16

future schlock

Wired magazine, which I've been saying here has suddenly gotten good again, has a forgettable Spielberg cover-story this month (Minority Report is out June 21). A sidebar element has a list of the Wired Sci-Fi Top 20 Movies, made in conjunction with They are:

  1. Blade Runner
  2. Gattaca
  3. The Matrix
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  5. Brazil
  6. A Clockwork Orange
  7. Alien
  8. The Boys From Brazil
  9. Jurassic Park
  10. Star Wars
  11. The Road Warrior
  12. Tron
  13. The Terminator
  14. Sleeper
  15. Soylent Green
  16. Robocop
  17. Planet of the Apes
  18. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  19. Akira
  20. Barbarella

I'm pleased Gattaca is so high, and that Barbarella made it.

By contrast, the new issue of Facets is also out. If I can recommend anything to wannabe cineastes, it's Facets, which is basically an in-house film catalogue-cum-magazine out of Chicago (more info, but not the actual magazine, here). The new issue has its own list, the Top 25 Essential Horror/Sci-Fi Films on DVD. They are:

  1. Dracula
  2. Frankenstein
  3. Psycho
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  5. Blade Runner
  6. Night of the Living Dead
  7. A Clockwork Orange
  8. Bride of Frankenstein
  9. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  10. The Shining
  11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  12. The Exorcist
  13. The Birds
  14. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
  15. Alien
  16. Planet of the Apes
  17. The Vanishing
  18. Fantastic Planet
  19. Darkman
  20. Dark City
  21. The Mummy
  22. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  23. Forbidden Planet
  24. When Worlds Collide
  25. The Blob

Sure, they're at a disadvantage with the "DVD" delimiter, but, c'mon, Darkman and Dark City?

And just cuz I can, I'd like to give a shout-out to a forgotten classic, Fantastic Planet.

In other futuristic news, the FCC, which has to test all communication devices before they hit the market, accidentally leaked photos and information about the new Handspring Treo 270. See it here.

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