The great blog SFSignal.com has an interesting piece up this week that poses a simple question to some not-so-simple people, "Which films do you think are good examples of Intelligent SciFi?" The selected panelists range from a "Stargate: Atlantis" producer to a normal geek enthusiast to several award winning authors and responses range from the obvious (Blade Runner, 2001, Contact) to the obscure (The Wings of Honneamise, La Mort en Direct).
It's interesting to read what those involved in the field think makes for intelligent cinema, but I must admit I'm disappointed that not a single person mentioned what would have been one of the first titles off of my tongue, The Man From Earth. I'm always amazed at how few people have seen Richard Schenkman's wonderful film, but if there would be one group I'd expect to champion it, it'd have to be award winning authors and sci-fi TV show creators.
If you haven't seen The Man From Earth, you'd do well to tuck it into a mental back pocket. It's a heart-heavy and thought provoking exploration of the implications of immortality made all the more bittersweet considering Jerome Bixby penned it on his death bed. Surely I'm not the only one blown away by the last thing ever written by the long time "Twilight Zone" and "Star Trek" staff writer and creator of It! The Terror From Beyond Space as well as the soon-to-be-remade Fantastic Voyage.
What else is missing from SF Signal panelist picks? Any titles you're glad made it? Any you wish hadn't?