Science-fiction movies are often visually dazzling and intellectually riveting…when they first arrive in theaters, that is. Oftentimes, the problem with the genre is that the cool special effects and futuristic plotlines that seem cutting-edge and state-of-the-art today can look dated and even silly a few years later. That’s why a sci-fi flick that stands the test of time is truly a wonder to behold. Consider “Aliens” and “Bladerunner”–movies that are as thrilling now as they were then.
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Over his long and legendary career, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has tackled primeval fears and imaginative fantasy, captured the magic of childhood wonderment and found the human side of stories across almost all genres: literary adaptations, action-adventure, historical films and more. All of that makes whittling down his filmography to only his best nearly impossible, but these 1o movies—all of them found in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die—might be his finest.
Five Favorite Films is an excellent ongoing column at Rotten Tomatoes where a variety of recognizable actors, directors, musicians, comedians, writers, adult film stars, one frog and one Paris Hilton name their five favorite films. It’s not the most easily browsable section, so Metafilter user dgaicun helpfully indexed some of them. With Comic-Con in the works, I thought it’d be relevant to share Stan Lee’s five favorite movies. His tastes are not that of a high-brow aesthete necessarily, but unsurprisingly he does seem to enjoy films that are about entertaining a large audience.