Keanu Reeves in THE MATRIX
Its not an art film in the way Blade Runner is, but my favorite has to be Star Wars. I have 2 young kids (6 & 4) and they both still love watching the original. And I can watch it with them, over and over again. Anything that holds up that well after nearly 40 years has to be good.
I agree with Neal. Matrix is higher concept Sci-fi without being too cerebral.
I loved Fantastic Voyage when it came out–I don’t know how it would hold up now, with all the machines that peek inside you. It was a great anatomy lesson. I would love to see it again.
2001: A Space Odyssey, a groundbreaking piece in the film industry that holds many mysteries and creates a thought provoking realm for the average movie-goer
Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” and “Fahrenheit 451″ are my two favorites. “The Day The Earth Stood Still” and (the original) “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” as the best of the red-scare S/F. I’d also add to the list “The Day of the Triffids”; “The Tenth Victim” (with Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress – a film we never see on TV); “Seconds” (with Rock Hudson), and “Avatar.”
I’m a big fan of looper (keanu Reeves) because the time warp concept is cerebral masking as a classic gangster plot. It was an overlooked release. From the list, however, I’d go with close encounters of the third kind.
The original “Star Wars” trilogy, and I’m thrilled that Disney is now going to complete the third trilogy. After that, I’d say that “The Day The Earth Stood Still” was my next favorite.