Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been very vocal about his problems with the scientific inaccuracies of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity”. Recently speaking with The LA Times, he was asked for a list of his ten favorite sci-fi films.
There’s the original versions of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Planet of the Apes,” Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” James Cameron’s “The Terminator” and the 1985 New Zealand sci-fi film “The Quiet Earth”.
The other five were more recent: “Contact,” “The Matrix,” “Watchmen,” and surprisingly “Deep Impact” and “The Island”. Tyson offers explanations for each of his choices here and adds “Blade Runner” as a runner-up, sayingL “This story was simultaneously deep and scary. But I never warmed to it the way so many lovers of the genre have. Which makes this comment more of a confession than a review.”