We really do live in the generation of people that can’t remember what they had for breakfast. Call me a crotchetty old bastard (go on, I don’t care), but it seems like people really have no memory for the greats and classics any more.
Take this as an example. It’s a fairly safe bet that Yahoo! users are largely Gen-Y and younger. It’s fair enough to assume that people of that age would be the most likely to fill in a Yahoo! poll. They would certainly make up the majority in any case, thereby skewing the results. So, when Yahoo (I refuse to type it with an exclamation mark any more) wanted a list of the top 30 science fiction movies of all time, we should have known not to expect much.
However, even at my most cynical I would never have expected this:
29. X-Men -The Last Stand
28. I Am Legend
27. Donnie Darko
26. X2 – X-Men United
24. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
22. V for Vendetta
17. Star Wars III – Revenge of the Sith
14. Jurassic Park
13. Terminator 2 – Judgement Day
12. The Incredibles
11. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
10. The Day the Earth Stood Still
8. The Matrix
7. Back to the Future
5. Star Wars VI – Return of the Jedi
4. Star Wars V – Empire Strikes Back
2. Star Wars IV – New Hope
(Funky Yahoo list with pictures here.)
I mean, seriously. Ironman the number one science fiction movie of all time? Did these people take too much Ritalin that day?
There’s some hope with a classic like The Day The Earth Stood Still on there, but that’s the oldest film on the list. There are also some genuinely awesome movies listed – Serenity, Star Wars, Alien and so on – but it’s largely a pop candy list. And where are the real classics? Where’s Blade Runner, the greatest movie of all time? Where’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the movie that redefined the genre?
However, if we take the time to look a little closer, there is some hope. My optimism always struggles to get through. The original Star Wars movies are, quite rightly, ranked very highly and only one of the truly awful prequels made the list. Otherwise, the original movies on the list largely rank lower than their sequels, which is a real shame. Aliens should never beat Alien, T2 should never beat Terminator. But, at least those originals are on there and not just the sequels. Still, there you go. That’s what happens when you let kids loose on the internet. Bah, humbug, grumble.
However, along with seeing Star Wars rank justifiably high in that terrible top 30, S F Signal is asking the question, Is This the End of George Lucas’s Reign of Terror? It would seem that the latest installment in the Star Wars merchandise advertising series, The Clone Wars, had a pretty shocking opening weekend. It took only US$14,611,273. Only fourteen million dollars is a truly bizarre thing to say, but in Hollywood terms that’s cheese money. It’s the lowest opening weekend for any Star Wars movie yet. So, perhaps there’s hope for all those Gen-Yers after all.
And the critics have been no kinder:
“George Lucas is turning into the enemy of fun.” – Entertainment Weekly
“…a mechanical attempt to milk the kids for every last dime.” – Chicago Reader
“Story is entirely insignificant in The Clone Wars.” – Austin Chronicle
“At what point might animators be arrested for doing work so ugly it causes aesthetic blindness in millions of younglings?” – Chicago Tribune
” Unfolds with all the entertainment value of watching somebody else play a video game.” – Washington Post
“The whole thing feels like a continuation of Lucas’ experiments to see how much shit his dwindling supporters will take before finally saying “enough” and moving on to adult pursuits.” – Film Threat
Ha! Take that, Lucas! That’ll teach you for trying to palm off that midichlorian bullshit on us.