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Top 10 sci-fi movies

16 October 2013 8:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A long time ago, in a land far away... there were no space movies. Luckily, we have lots and the Guardian and Observer's critics have picked the 10 best ever

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Peter Bradshaw on sci-fi

Science fiction has produced some of cinema's boldest and most glorious flights – in every sense. Sometimes patronised as kids' stuff, the genre seeks to look beyond the parochialism of most realist drama: to see other worlds and other existences, and therefore to look with a new, radically alienated eye at our own. Maybe something in the limitless possibilities of cinema itself spawned sci-fi.

George Meliès's A Trip to the Moon (1902) was one of early cinema's biggest hits. In the middle of the 20th century, sci-fi inhabited the B-picture world of monsters and rockets and intuited a "red scare" anxiety about aliens. At the end of the 60s, »

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Why I think Scarlett Johansson could make Oscar history in 'Her'

14 October 2013 8:09 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

No voice-over performance has ever been nominated for an acting Oscar. Could Scarlett Johansson's role as a sentient operating system in "Her" be the first? I think it very well could be; it's unlike other off-screen performances that have come before. Some of the most iconic performances in film have been voice-overs, from Douglas Rain as Hal 9000, to James Earl Jones as Darth Vader, to Robin Williams as Genie. The problem with most of those performances from an awards perspective is that they're usually enhanced by means beyond the actors' control. How much do you credit Darth Vader to Jones as opposed to the physical presence of David Crowse and Oscar-winning costume design by John Mollo. And how do we separate Williams' charismatic voice-acting from the character animators who created Genie? I suspect that's the same reason motion-capture performances haven't broken through at the Oscars. One may be impresse. »

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