Wiz, Im not saying that Indy Day was the only crappy sci fi movie ever mad. However, when the 50's "B" movies were being shown on TV, they were always shown in a Friday Night "Mystery Horrror Theater" with some local version of the original Comedy host "john Zacherly". Many of those movies were so bad that theuy were broken into by the host doing outrageous things just to let everybody know that the TV station "got it"
There were a number of good sci fis besides 2001,
Indiana Jones(Raiders and Last ADventure only)
American Wrewolf in London
Back to the Future I
Valley of Gwangi
these are just ones that I recall off the top.
Independence Day aint one of those. It was complete corn as Wilso described, and fortunately the phones were available tothe actors to "phone it in" cause I saw no sparkle in anyones eyes except Will Smith, everybody else was dead.
Look wiz, I respect your superior knowledge about film as an industry. I will never be convinced that Indy DAy was anythging but a Plan 9 for today's audience. Itll be a laugher for future generations yetunborn, just as we laughed at Plan 9 and its "curtain" behind the dashboard of the spaceship.
I miss Mystery Science Theater 3000. They had the right attitude
I love Mystery Science Theater but I don't believe they could do much with "Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers" as it was at least sincere in its depiction of aliens who believed we were schit to be exterminated. You know they could have been right considering what a mess we've made on this planet.
I'm not sure I consider "The Manchurian Candidate," "Fail Safe," "Jaws" nor "Ed Wood" as genuine sci-fi fare and "An American Werewolf In London" as horror fantasy was a big yawn for me.
It was Will Smith that sold the movie -- I even liked him in "I, Robot," because he made the character believable.
Your list of great sci-fi movie isn't a definitive list but I can appreciate why you listed them. I was concentrating on typical sci-fi of the 50's and 60's, although previous to those days we had "Things To Come" and "Metropolis," just two of the classics in sci-fi films history. Without looking them up, I don't believe any of your films are in the era where Hollywood was trying to hook people to come back to the movie theater. Maybe I would have listed "It Came From Outer Space" or "The Magnetic Monster" as more sincere attempts at sci-fi, but I do know I missed "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" as one of the era's best.