25 Classic Sci-Fi Movies…

List of movies that a website (io9 – http://io9.com/5619137/25-classic-science-fiction-movies-that-everybody-must-watch) feels everyone must see…

  1. Metropolis (1927, dir. Fritz Lang)
  2. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise)
  3. Forbidden Planet (1956, dir. Fred M. Wilcox)
  4. Planet Of The Apes (1968, dir. Franklin J. Schaffner)
  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  6. Alien (1979, dir. Ridley Scott)
  7. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980, dir. Irvin Kerschner)
  8. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981, dir. George Miller)
  9. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982, dir. Nicholas Meyer)
  10. Blade Runner (1982, dir. Ridley Scott)
  11. E.T. (1982, dir. Steven Spielberg)
  12. Tron (1982, dir. Steven Lisberger)
  13. Back To The Future (1985, dir. Robert Zemeckis)
  14. Brazil (1985, dir. Terry Gilliam)
  15. RoboCop (1987, dir. Paul Verhoeven)
  16. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, dir. James Cameron)
  17. Ghost In The Shell (1995, dir. Mamoru Oshii)
  18. The Matrix (1999, dir. the Wachowskis)
  19. Primer (2004, dir. Shane Carruth)
  20. The Incredibles (2004, dir. Brad Bird)
  21. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004, dir. Michel Gondry)
  22. Children Of Men (2006, dir. Alfonso CuarĂ³n)
  23. Moon (2009, dir. Duncan Jones)
  24. District 9 (2009, dir. Neill Blomkamp)
  25. Inception (2010, dir. Christopher Nolan

I think there are some missing…

  • Gattaca
  • Dune
  • Dark City
  • Contact
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Battle Royale (maybe not technically Sci-Fi, but still!)
  • The Black Hole
  • Logan’s Run (so so on this one)

Anyhoo, out of the original list I have seen 18 of the 25… anyone better than number?

Colorado 2010

Finally… we got away for a vacation. First one this year, and our first real vacation where we had no timetable, no restrictions, and the freedom to do what we wanted, or what the Pickle Pie wanted, for a full week. The week started at 3am on a Friday, and ended around midnight this past Friday. We spent the week up in the Rockies, in Fraser Colorado, near the Winter Park ski resort, and a relatively short drive from the Rocky Mountain National Park.

After a lift to the airport, a flight (where Pickles did really well, except for being a little scared when we were coming in for landing), a little train ride in the Denver airport, a bus ride to the car rental facility, and then a good drive up into the Mountains, we hung around Fraser for a couple of hours until we could get into the unit. During that time we picked flowers (see below), bought an incredibly hard puzzle (and a ball), and played in the grass outside the unit, before finally checking in.

From Colorado – August 2010
From Colorado – August 2010

The rest of the week was spent taking hikes, going into town to see the Chooo Chooo, and driving around the Rocky Mountain National Park.

From Colorado – August 2010
From Colorado – August 2010
From Colorado – August 2010
From Colorado – August 2010
From Colorado – August 2010
From Colorado – August 2010

On the way back to the airport, we drove all the way through the National Park, on our way to Boulder to see a friend, and then onwards to the airport for a long trip back.

We are now back in Houston, and ready to start work, which I am not looking forward to, but such is the life. The trip was a very enjoyable one, and we are looking forward to our next vacation later this year when we get to see some very close friends up in Boston. Here is the link to the rest of the photos from the trip. I had been lucky enough to get a wide angle lens for my birthday and made very good use of it. I loved taking the photos, as did Nora, and hopefully everyone agrees that they did as well. We saw lots of wildlife, including Moose, Foxes, Birds, Chipmunks, Squirrels, and Bats (plus more).

Colorado – August 2010