Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Best Animated & SF Films

I ran across this today and thought I'd share.  I can pretty much agree with it, though I might rank the animated films a bit differently if at all.  In fact I'd have a hard time ranking them due to my mood for which ever day I might view them.  What I will say is that it's a good list, and I haven't seen everything on it yet either.  I do like #5 and #7 a lot.  I like Kung Fu Panda a lot too and How To Train Your Dragon.  I probably would have Big Hero 6 on my personal list along with Howl's Moving Castle, and probably Shrek.   I think they were going  more diversification, and that's cool.    Here's the list.  
The same is true for their SF list.  I haven't seen them all, but I've seen a great many of them.  Most of them I agree with, some aren't my cup of tea, but that's par normal.  I've seen the movie Monsters, and it's low budget, I guess they did it fairly, but it was a bit forgettable as are a few others.   That's the way that most list go, however, I commend them for making both list, and generally agree with them.  Here's the SF list. 


At 9:48 AM, Blogger Richard Bellush said...

All such lists are idiosyncratic. They tell more about the person assembling it than about the items on the list. That said, when the same movies keep turning up in different lists it’s safe to say they speak to something broadly human – rather than just to the guy or gal waving the list. I’ve seen only about a dozen on each list. While my rankings would be a lot different, most of them would make the cut. I’d rate “Brave” more highly. I’d have left off “Signs” and “Melancholia” (which struck me as a bore) but I give credit for the inclusion of “A Scanner Darkly,” which often gets overlooked. It’s always interesting to see how someone else rates things.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger El Vox said...

Yes, I'd agree. I thought the animation list fared better than the SF one actually. The SF list had too many low budget/independent films on it for my taste anyway. I'd seen many of the films on both list, but not everything. I have not seen Brave yet. One exclusion left off the animation list, which I liked is Fantastic Planet. But it did have some, like The Illusionist & The Triplets of Belleville I might have overlooked if I were to compose my own list. I love animation, so it's nice to see quite a few I can look forward to watching and it was a list that was fairly broad in its appeal.

The SF list is a different story. I think maybe the composer of the list stretched things to reach his 50. Some of the movies he listed I'd seen, but not all. I probably would not have recommended Monsters. It was okay. I did not find it a bore per se, but it didn't impress me that much either. I saw Signs too, and again it doesn't have the huge box office funding, so coming from a smaller perspective I thought it was okay, but not something I would want to recommend to a novice fan of the genre. I've steered clear of Melancholia for the reasons you listed. As I've gotten older I sort of know what I like and don't like in that genre, and tend to like things more larger or that have more action involved.

I didn't care for Cloverfield (hate shaky cam), but I did enjoy 10 Cloverfield Lane. I would not have included The Prestige because I don't think it fits the genre. I would have substituted The Hunger Games for Battle Royale. A lot of people enjoyed Sunshine, and I like parts of it, but overall it didn't wow me. He listed some honorable mentions that probably would have made my list: Pacific Rim, Avatar, The Road, Vanilla Sky, Lucy, War of the World remake, Grabbers, and Super 8. He didn't mention the prequels of The Thing or Prometheus. I don't believe The Signal was mentioned, but might have made my honorable mention list.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Roman J. Martel said...

Great to see Miyazaki on the list and "Spirited Away" at the top. That remains my favorite of his films (although I have yet to see "The Wind Rises"). I'm also so so pleased to see the work of Satoshi Kon on that animation list. The guy made some amazing films and it is a shame he died so young. He could have given us so much more to enjoy. I really recommend you check out "Millennium Actress" at the very least. It is his most effective film with great emotions, some very funny moments and actually gets me to choke up by the end. It also give you a taste of Kon's effective use of editing and point of view. Great stuff.

Also happy to see "Secret of the Kells" on there. I really liked that movie and more folks need to check it out.

Some good picks for the american animation on there too. Pixar of course, but "How to Train Your Dragon" is excellent, "Kung Fu Panda" is a ton of fun and Disney's "Zootopia" was surprisingly good, and held up very well with a the rematch.

At 10:08 AM, Blogger El Vox said...

I started to watch Millennium Actress the other night as I ran across it on Roku. It was a bit too late so didn't start it, though it's still something I want to see. I wish Roku had some kind of bookmark feature. They may that feature on the higher priced models, I don't know, but it sure would be handy to have a queue or someway to bookmark titles you'd want to see, rather than having to scroll thru all the channels again, to try and find it. Or maybe even just add a search feature (which they may have--I just haven't gotten used to the device yet). Yes Secret of the Kells I'd started one night but didn't finish, and need too.

I have not seen Zootopia yet either, but looks fun.


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