Lists

BRYAN'S LISTS

IMPORTANT MODERN MYTHS:

  1. The New Hero (Supes, Bats, Wonder)
  2. The Monster (Universal monster movies)
  3. The Alien Myth (Roswell, Area 51, abductions)
  4. The Perfect Future (Star Trek) 
  5. The Modern Answer (the Lovecraft mythos, the Black Mailbox)
  6. The Great One Fallen (JFK, MLK, X., K.) 
  7. The Beast Within (Freud, Jung, Kong, Bruce Banner)
  8. The Land of Unlikeness (Bermuda Triangle, Atlantis, name your Eden)
  9. The Dark Stranger (vampires, werewolves)
  10. The Dark Future (zombies, apocalypse, Baptists)
  11. The New Monster (serial killers)
  12. The Great Endeavor (Apollo missions, Mars Direct)
  13. The Liminal Throwback (Bigfoot & Nessie)
  14. The Secret Society (Illuminati, Masons)
  15. The Cult Leader (Manson, Jones, Koresh)
  16. The Cult (name your pudding) 
  17. The Genius (Einstein, Hawking)
  18. The Failed Artist (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Van Gogh, Poe)
  19. The Great Man (John Wayne, the Governor of California)
  20. The Great Woman (Mother Theresa, Catherine Hepburn)
  21. The Princess (Princess Diana)
  22. The Easy Answer (Creationism, No Child Left Behind)
  23. The Geek Hero (Spiderman)
  24. The Gangster or Gunslinger (Scarface, Shane, Beowulf)
  25. The Pied Piper (Elvis)

 BEST HORROR FILMS:

  1. Eraserhead
  2. The Shining
  3. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  4. Alien
  5. The Exorcist
  6. Psycho (1960)
  7. Halloween (1978)
  8. The Thing (1982)
  9. The Fly (1986)
  10. The Innocents
  11. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  12. Rosemary's Baby
  13. Silence of the Lambs
  14. Suspiria
  15. Beloved
  16. Frankenstein (1931)
  17. The Descent
  18. Jennifer's Body
  19. Blair Witch Project
  20. The Rapture
  21. Nosferatu (1922)
  22. Ringu
  23. Donnie Darko
  24. King Kong (1933)
  25. The Sixth Sense
  26. Jacob's Ladder
  27. Session 9

BEST SCIENCE FICTION FILMS:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. Bladerunner
  3. Forbidden Planet
  4. Alien
  5. Dune
  6. Moon
  7. A Boy and His Dog
  8. The Matrix
  9. The Incredible Shrinking Man
  10. Solaris (1972, 2002)
  11. Metropolis
  12. Bride of Frankenstein
  13. Pi
  14. Things to Come
  15. THX 1138
  16. The Prestige
  17. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  18. Twelve Monkeys
  19. Brazil
  20. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  21. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  22. Escape from New York
  23. A Clockwork Orange
  24. Gattaca
  25. Star Wars (original serials)
  26. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  27. Sunshine

(Runners Up:  Minority Report, A.I., Mad Max III, Predator, The Quiet Earth, Pitch Black, Dr. Strangelove, The Fountain, Terminator, The Mist, Videodrome, 1984) 

(Guilty Pleasures:  Starship Troopers, Total Recall, They Live, Barbarella)

BEST COMIC BOOK FILMS:

  1. Watchmen (Director's Cut)
  2. The Hulk (2003)
  3. Batman Returns
  4. Batman: Dark Knight
  5. Batman Begins
  6. Batman (1989)
  7. V for Vendetta
  8. Akira 
  9. X Men II
  10. Spiderman II
  11. Superman II
  12. Persepolis
  13. Kick Ass
  14. Hancock
  15. 300
  16. Sin City
  17. Unbreakable
  18. Blade
  19. Daredevil (Director's Cut)
  20. Iron Man
  21. Superman (1978)
  22. Constantine
  23. The Crow
  24. Heavy Metal
  25. The Incredibles
  26. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

BEST GRAPHIC NOVELS:

  1. Watchmen
  2. Dark Knight Returns
  3. Arkham Asylum
  4. The Killing Joke
  5. Sandman
  6. Powers
  7. Lucifer
  8. Marvels
  9. Kingdom Come
  10. Maus
  11. Superman: Red Son
  12. Promethea
  13. Electra Assassin
  14. Supreme Power
  15. Sin City
  16. Cerebus
  17. Elf Quest
  18. A Contract With God
  19. Fun Home
  20. V For Vendetta
  21. From Hell
  22. Persepolis
  23. American Flagg
  24. Love and Rockets
  25. Concrete

(Runners Up:  American Splendor, Miracleman, Strangers in Paradise, Swamp Thing, Unstable Molecules, Y: The Last Man)

BEST FANTASY FILMS:

  1. Excalibur
  2. The Lord of the Rings (2001-03)
  3. The Lord of the Rings (1978)
  4. Quest for Fire
  5. The Seventh Seal
  6. Flesh and Blood
  7. Wizards
  8. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  9. Princess Mononoke
  10. Conan the Barbarian
  11. The Navigator
  12. Braveheart
  13. Gladiator
  14. Black Orpheus
  15. The 13th Warrior
  16. Dragonslayer
  17. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
  18. Thief of Baghdad (1940)
  19. Legend
  20. The Dark Crystal
  21. Ladyhawke
  22. Jason and the Argonauts
  23. Hero
  24. The Princess Bride
  25. Time Bandits
  26. The Sword and the Sorcerer

(Runner up:  The Last Unicorn)

BEST FANTASTIC FILMS:

  1. Wings of Desire 
  2. Wild At Heart
  3. Raiders of the Lost Ark 
  4. The City of Lost Children
  5. Lost Horizon
  6. Dark City
  7. Pan's Labyrinth
  8. Spirited Away
  9. The Truman Show
  10. Ghost
  11. The Navigator
  12. The Secret of Roan Inish
  13. The Wizard of Oz
  14. Return to Oz
  15. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  16. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  17. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1973)
  18. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  19. Edward Scissorhands
  20. Ghostbusters
  21. Dogma
  22. Army of Darkness
  23. Big Trouble in Little China
  24. The Fisher King
  25. Field of Dreams

 BEST FANTASTIC TV SERIES:

  1. Lost 
  2. Battlestar Galactica (New Series)
  3. Star Trek (TOS)
  4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  5. The Twilight Zone (first two incarnations)
  6. The X-Files
  7. Star Trek (DS9)
  8. Fringe
  9. Dr. Who (any version)
  10. Millennium
  11. Heroes
  12. Lost
  13. Babylon 5
  14. Angel
  15. The Prisoner
  16. Firefly
  17. Xena
  18. Futurama
  19. Science Fiction Theater
  20. Wild, Wild West
  21. The Bionic Woman
  22. Batman (the cartoon)
  23. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
  24. Justice League (the cartoon)
  25. Samurai Jack
  26. Smallville

BEST FILMS

  1. Citizen Kane
  2. Apocalypse Now
  3. The Piano
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  5. Amadeus
  6. Henry Fool
  7. Ran
  8. The Last Temptation of Christ
  9. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover
  10. Moulin Rouge
  11. The Seventh Seal
  12. Eraserhead
  13. Jesus Christ Superstar
  14. Alien
  15. Magnolia
  16. Memento
  17. Casablanca
  18. The Godfather
  19. Lawrence of Arabia
  20. Sunset Boulevard
  21. King Kong
  22. The Bridge on the River Kwai
  23. Psycho
  24. Silence of the Lambs
  25. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  26. Network
  27. Brazil

GREAT SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS     

  1. Stranger in a Strange Land
  2. Dune
  3. More Than Human
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale
  5. The Left Hand of Darkness
  6. The Martian Chronicles
  7. Neuromancer
  8. Ender’s Game (& Speaker For the Dead)
  9. Watchmen
  10. Nova
  11. Patchwork Girl
  12. The Female Man
  13. Engine Summer
  14. City
  15. Xenogenesis
  16. Canopus in Argos: Archives
  17. The Stars My Destination
  18. A Boy & His Dog
  19. Childhood’s End
  20. A Canticle For Liebowitz
  21. The Time Machine
  22. Slaughterhouse Five
  23. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  24. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
  25. 1984
  26. A Wrinkle in Time
  27. Brave New World
  28. Gateway
  29. To Your Scattered Bodies Go
  30. Shadow of the Torturer
  31. Foundation
  32. At the Mountains of Madness
  33. Fool’s Run
  34. Threshold
  35. Brightness Falls From the Air

 GREAT AMERICAN NOVELS 

  1. Moby Dick
  2. The Scarlet Letter
  3. Huckleberry Finn
  4. Beloved
  5. Invisible Man
  6. The Sound and the Fury
  7. The Great Gatsby
  8. Something Wicked This Way Comes
  9. Catch 22
  10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  11. A Canticle for Leibowitz
  12. Lolita
  13. Wise Blood
  14. Gravity’s Rainbow
  15. Ceremony
  16. The Grapes of Wrath
  17. More Than Human
  18. Little, Big
  19. Slaughterhouse Five
  20. All the King’s Men
  21. Misery
  22. House of Leaves
  23. The Haunting of Hill House
  24. At the Mountains of Madness
  25. The Sun Also Rises
  26. The Wings of the Dove
  27. The Riddle Master of Hed
  28. The Left Hand of Darkness
  29. The Jungle
  30. The Executioner’s Song
  31. Tropic of Cancer
  32. House Made of Dawn
  33. Them
  34. Atlas Shrugged
  35. Portnoy’s Complaint
  36. The Catcher in the Rye
  37. Dhalgren
  38. Three Lives
  39. Rabbit, Run
  40. The Robber Bridegroom
  41. The Long Goodbye
  42. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
  43. Naked Lunch  
  44. The Awakening
  45. Fight Club