As promised, it’s a full-spectrum sampling of modern, big-budget sci-fi movies, ranging from the sublime to the urinous:

Aliens (1986), in which the sequel to a reworking of an old 50’s space-monster premise somehow turns into a futuristic take on the Vietnam War…

Independence Day (1996), in which an update of the old 50’s alien-invasion premise somehow turns into a terrible Irwin Allen flick…

RoboCop (1987), in which Paul Verhoeven strkes the perfect balance between satire and exploitation for what sadly seems likely to be the last time in his career…

Transformers (2007), in which Michael Bay succeeds in making me wish I were watching something by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich…

and…

Waterworld (1995), in which Kevin Costner inexplicably convinces Paramount to blow $175 million on a Mad Max movie.



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