Smart Sci-fi Edition
Most movies labelled as science fiction are really futuristic action movies. The movies below are all about ideas and characters. All were relatively low budget.
Made a lot of critic's top ten lists for 2009. Can't say enough good things about Sam Rockwell's performance.
Hasn't aged as well as I'd hoped, but manages to create a world that feels like 1988 (a bland year which shouldn't have a "feel"). The sound track of this movie is very effective.
A Scanner Darkly
Linklater's adaption of Philip K. Dick's paranoia classic is more drug movie than sci-fi. Worth watching to see trippy, roto-scoped Woody Harrelson and Robert Downey Jr.
Shot in Dallas, spare in both length and story, this movie was made for only $7000.