Ars Technic article The most successful movies of the 2016 calendar year are ones that were both made by and about science fiction, including: The Martian: a film that’s more than a sci-fi movie; Jurassic World: the best movie about dinosaurs; Fifty Shades of Grey: the most exciting movie about sex; Gravity: the ultimate story about a space-faring civilization.
But in a strange twist, the best films from the year also starred stars people from science fiction’s past: Jaws was directed by Jaws creator and sci-fier Robert Altman; Alien was directed and produced by Ridley Scott; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was directed, produced, and co-written by Gene Roddenberry.
The best sci-fiction films from 2016 have some very different approaches to science fiction than the original sci-tech genre movies of decades past.
The first film, The Voyage home, was shot entirely in black-and-white, with the only colour coming from a bright red light.
This approach, called “color blindness,” was one of the first scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century, and the first to offer a clear-cut example of how color can distort a film’s visual effects.
The film’s director, the cinematographer James Cameron, was forced to redo it for the sequel, Jawbreaker, after it was criticized by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for its use of a bright, unnatural, and over-bright lighting.
In 2015, director Michael Bay said the film was inspired by his own childhood experiences.
In 2016, the film received a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival.
But the real test of a film is its reception by science fiction fans and critics.
In this article, we take a look at the best sci