In honor of the late Arthur C. Clarke (see Richard von Busack's obit here), Popular Mechanics has a great piece called "The 10 Most Prophetic Sci-Fi Movies Ever," discussing the movies whose predictions of the future turned out to be eerily accurate. (They also note what the films got wrong -- at least so far). The winner? Gattaca, whose vision of a world dominated by genetic profiling has gone from a far-fetched nightmare to (according to the magazine) a very real possibility.

The article puts a strange amount of emphasis on reality television -- The Running Man and The Truman Show both made the list thanks to their prediction of a culture obsessed with voyeurism and sensationalist "real-life" entertainment. But it's still a great read, often with a delightfully wry sense of humor. (For Soylent Green: "Hits: climate change; Misses: industrial cannibalism." Misses, indeed.) Be sure to take a look at their take on Minority Report, which has some great insights into changing computer interfaces (though I have to insist that swinging your arms around to use a computer would get tiring very quickly). Moreover, I can't think of many films they missed. Maybe I'd add the Terminator series for its Sky Net concept, even if an actual cyborg revolution is, I hope, still a ways off. Anything else? They did leave off Planet of the Apes...