April 21: This Day in Sci-Fi History

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Apr 21, 2017

First, a happy birthday to Mr. James McAvoy. Born in Scotland, McAvoy began acting in 1995 and has since portrayed the young Professor X in those X-Men movies everyone’s so crazy about. McAvoy has also played a faun in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and most recently won a lot of acclaim for his role in M. Night Shamalan’s Split. The actor turns 38 today.

Today is known in some social media circles as “high-five day.” Owing to a tradition that began at the Univeristy of Virginia in 2002, the event is now recognized as a fundraiser for kids experiencing chronic pain. We here at Syfy Wire are marking the occasion with a viewing of The Fifth Element because every so often, rewatching it is great. Also this video of Jane Zhang singing the Diva’s aria made the rounds recently.

To keep a good riff on this high five thing, we came up with a list of movie series with five or more that you should consider. It’s not every day that a movie gets a fifth sequel. But some research into this yielded a list of some of our favorite movies. Technically the second film made, The Empire Strikes Back is the fifth and arguably best chapter in the Star Wars saga. Star Trek Five: The Final Frontier is possibly not the greatest of the series, but nonetheless features Captain Kirk climbing Yosemite’s Half-Dome. Others fifth sequels worth revisiting:

-A Good Day to Die Hard. Yep. They made five of those.

-Final Destination 5 was released in 2011, featuring more awesome ways to die.

-Space Battleship Yamato

-Terminator: Genisys – the fifth, yes fifth in the Terminator series.