The heap Presents: The 30 Most Influential Sci Fi Movies (2-3)

Finally, the next segment of the list is here. It’s been a long weekend of celebration as the Rays finally wrapped up the AL East crown. And thanks to avid the heap. reader Michael Rodriguez, I may have a ticket to Game 5 of the ALDS. Let’s hope it doesn’t get there.

Anyway! The here are 5 more honorable mention films and the next 2 on the list!

Honorable Mention Films

Independence Day Will Smith seems to always pop up. Great call for world unity against extraterrestrial extermination. Bill Pullman might be the most badass prez of all time.

Solaris (1972) Another alternative reality movie… this time we follow the adventures of psychologist Kris Kelvin and his own interaction with this strange realm in space…

Contact Apparently, intelligent life also uses radio waves as a means of communications. They also really, really want to talk to us. Maybe we’re the aliens!

Galaxy Quest Simply Hilarious. A nice little spoof on cult sci fi series a la Star Trek and Star Wars. Actors having to really play a space traveling crew? Tim Allen pulls it off… perhaps one og his best films

Starship Troopers Paul Verhoeven has had a strong showing on the list. ST could have easily made it… but we had to chose. A disturbing commentary on current state of affairs, and an equally frightening view of a totalitarian militaristic future.

3. Minority Report (2002)

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In 2054, murder has been virtually eliminated in Washington D.C. thanks to the implementation of the “Pre-crime” unit. So basically, agents such as Tom Cruise’s character John Anderton work quickly to create a case against the foretold perpetrators as well as actually determining the location of the uncommitted crime. He believes in the system, and is a huge promoter of it going national, because it could have prevented the kidnapping of his son in the past. The of course, things change when it is he who is predicted to murder a man he doesn’t even know, yet. What ensues is a frantic attempt to escape the judicial prophecy of the “Precogs” and a action packed effort to change his slated fate. what makes the film so applicable is the way it comments on the post 9/11 hysteria of citizens as well as government, as obvious invasions of citizen privacy were being mulled. IMDB: 7.7 Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

2. E.T.: The Extraterrestrial (1982)

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Spielberg’s E.T. might be one of the most powerful existential epics of all time, and certainly the most notable in the Sci Fi genre. ET is left behind after his spaceship leaves unexpectedly. He is eventually found and taken in by Eliot and his siblings. ET becomes their secret, as they try to keep him safe from the real world, the world of possible exploitation and science- a world of adults. He wants to return to his planet, as we are constantly reminded by “ET phone home.” But during his time with the earthlings, he is able to preach a message of love, compassion, and understanding, as his emotions start to become synonymous with those of Eliot and visa versa. Also, Spielberg creates a dynamic contrast between the innocent stage of being a kid, full of imagination and the dull pessimistic reality of adult life. The most memorable scene (thanks in part to John Williams’ delectable musical arrangement) is when Eliot is able to fly on his bike with ET in the basket, the ultimate tribute to fantastical possibility and unhindered imagination… much like the film itself. IMDB: 7.9 Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

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Some Thoughts: Purdue @ Notre Dame

I’ve been having a hard time finding pictures from the game online. Usually ESPN has a nice gallery of pictures from the game. Today I only found one: you know, your typical Jimmy Clausen picture, basking in pass protection glory, where he is about to throw the ball. I guess we’ll have to put it up.

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Notice the lack of luscious locks. I’m torn. But I have to admit, that buzz cut gets the job done.

And Clausen certainly got the job done this week against a challenging defense, going 20/35 for 275 yards and throwing 3 TDs. That’s over that crucial 50% mark we talked about in the preview, especially f the running game proved to be ineffective. Clausen’s success is also the offensive line’s success, surrendering only 1 sack, and giving Clausen plenty of time to throw.

As opposed to the Michigan State game, the o-line provided an effective and dominant running attack this week! Could the Purdue game be considered Armando Allen’s coming out party? The boys pounded 201 yards on the ground… the most since who knows when… and 134 of those belonging to Allen on 17 attempts- a punishing average of almost 8 a carry. We’ll need continued success on the ground to post expected victories against Stanford and the Washington Willinghams.

While after the first quarter the offense was firing on all cylinders, the defense also played a phenomenal game. Countering that Purdue spread, the boys used the nickel defense for most of the afternoon, which came armed with a vast array of confusing blitzes and coverage packages. While the D didn’t register a sack, they had Purdue QB Curtis Painter on the ground most of the game. The pressure certainly affected his overall effectiveness. It was bend but don’t break, as we surrendered 360 passing yards, but the D made the stops when they had to be made.

The return game was good again, as Allen almost broke a few kickoff returns for TDs. Nevertheless, Notre Dame often had excellent starting field position. Maust only had to punt twice, but he averaged 46.5. That’s excellent. One of the punts pinned Purdue inside the 20. Walker was perfect on extra points, but he did miss one close FG. Good thing it didn’t matter. He made one of 41 yards. Keep it goin’ Irish. We’ve matched the win total from last year. We can only continue to go up! Half way to bowl eligibility!

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