Today is National Science Fiction Day! This holiday is always celebrated on January 2nd because the famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov claimed it as his birthday (the actual date is unknown). Though I definitely have some appreciation for this genre, I have never considered myself a particularly big science fiction fan. So I was a little surprised when I found that I’d seen 30 of IMDB’s 50 top rated Sci Fi titles to Chris’s 19. And not only that, but most of them are stories I thoroughly enjoyed!
After yesterday’s exciting but exhausting activities, Chris and I agree that today’s celebration has been a welcome change of pace. We spent virtually the entire day on the couch watching science fiction movies, stopping only to load the washing machine and give our dogs some much deserved snuggling. Having slept in until late morning, we decided an undertaking of three movies was reasoable and consulted our Netflix instant download list to see what was available.
Our marathon started with Enemy Mine, a 1985 movie starring Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr. I had seen this film as a child but had only a little memory of it — enough that I was pretty sure Chris would like it. There were a few times we laughed at the now-dated special effects, but in spite of its sometimes campy nature the story of two enemies, one alien and one human, overcoming their prejuducies to befriend and help each other is really a universal theme.
Next we watched 1984′s Starman, with Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen. I’d also seen this when I was little, but Chris had never seen the tale about an alien come to Earth for just a short time only to find love and have to return home. I really enjoyed this movie the second time around, with its many funny and also touching moments. It was a little strange seeing Jeff Bridges as a younger man though, and not finding him entirely unattractive…it kind of made me feel like I was in my own science fiction story.
After these two dramatic movies we ended our spree with Bicentennial Man, a 1999 movie starring Robin Williams, and based on a short story by none other than Isaac Asimov himself. Chris had seen parts of this before, but it was a first for me…