posted on Aug, 16 2006 @ 01:58 PM
Strange poll -- they missed "Contact" "Signs," and "The Arrival," but included "2001," which is a great film, but not about UFOs or an alien
Personally, I'm conflicted over my choice. My heart votes for "Independence Day" but my brain goes for "Contact." ID4 doesn't get a lot of
respect; it's a sci-fi (as opposed to science fiction) action film, with a kind-of silly climax. Nevertheless, it's a huge amount of fun, and is
actually quite gripping from the beginning up through the invasion sequences. "Contact" seems almost forgotten-about these days, but I've always
enjoyed it for its serious science fiction attitude and aesthetically pleasing SFX photography.
It depends on how you define this type of film: strictly speaking, I'd say a "UFO Film" would be about an alien incursion, rather than an
overt visitation or invasion. Typically, the protagonist of the story would be disbelieved/mocked/thought-to-be-crazy by the authorities, his
friends, etc. while he desperately sought to prove his story and/or come to terms with his experience. "Fire in the Sky" and "The Arrival" are
the best example that come immediately to my mind, as well as a lot of the mythology of "The X-Files" TV show and movie. I wish there were more of
them -- I dig this kind of stuff!
[edit on 8/16/06 by Baack]