When you're 20 to 30 minutes in and you're rage-texting me WTH did I recommend ?!?!, I will respond to just give it a bit longer and it will start to cohere into a story. :D
A friend recommended it, and I was like what is this that I'm watching? But it was pretty solid by the end.
I realized I have watched a scifi movie recently that‘s on disc, and is meant to be thoughtful, rather than action oriented: Predestination. It’s only $10 for the blu-ray. I bought it and ripped it to my HTPC rather than digitally rent it for $4.
I won’t try to describe it, since saying...
Intersteller was good, if maybe a sloppy ending.
The Martian was solid scifi.
Arrival, of course, was great.
Haven't seen Ad Astra, and I recall the reviews putting me off of it.
Some of the best scifi I've found in recent years are low-budget streaming series: Travelers, Dark Matter...
Gravity is one the the best cinematic experiences of my life. I saw it twice in the theater and both times it was deeply moving. I love it. It's of a piece with Children of Men. I don't experience it as a survival movie, but a movie about humanity.
Contact was enjoyable as a scifi thriller, but...