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Favorite Sci-Fi Films

By gralfus ·
Most of these are the old ones that the Sci-Fi channel won't show (in favor of their own tripe like "Python", "Anaconda", "Python vs Anaconda", etc.), but many of us grew up with. I'm sure there are some I've overlooked.

Most of these are available on Amazon.

War of the Worlds
This Island Earth
The Thing
Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers
The Crawling Eye
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Forbidden Planet
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original)
Quartermass and the Pit (aka "Five Million Years to Earth")
The Day the Earth Caught Fire
The Blob
Fiend Without a Face
The Monolith Monsters
Island of Terror
The Brain from Planet Arous
The Power (hard to find this George Hamilton flick from 196

The Terminator (1 & 2, 3 was a joke)
The Matrix (only the first)

I saw one years ago called "The Flesh Eaters", which was a B&W about a nazi scientist who develops sparkly little creatures that live in water and consume all flesh. Can't seem to locate it anywhere.

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Star Wars, hands down

by J J K In reply to Favorite Sci-Fi Films

The creation of an entire space'fairy tale', the invention of concepts,technologies and worlds just like Jules Verne did many years before, the development of special effects used in the films,and,finally the ability to have squillions of people anticipating the next release of the saga over a period of almost thirty years and multiple generations, all puts Star Wars into a league of its own.

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Stars Wars is about

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Star Wars, hands down

the worst science fiction I've ever come across. The first film was excellent though. I still remember, queuing outside the local cinema for the first screening in our town. Empire Strikes Back was better in some ways, except for those stupid furry things. The rest of them, absolutely pathetic.

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My sentiments precisely ....

by jardinier In reply to Stars Wars is about

My opinion is that the Star Wars series was aimed at children under 10 years of age.

Because I find the previews so boring and infantile, I have never felt inclined to endure a whole movie in this series.

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Well I was a very young chap

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to My sentiments precisely . ...

when it first came out, in fact it was the first time I ever went to the cinema by myself.
Cinematically Star Wars the film was a masterpiece, in terms of sci-fi it sucked big time.

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Julian!!!!!

by jkaras In reply to My sentiments precisely . ...

Hey I thought you were gone. I havent seen a post from you in ages, or at least the threads that I have been participating in at least. Glad to see you still kicking.

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Hello again

by jardinier In reply to Julian!!!!!

Thanks for the welcome back. I guess I just got so sick of the bad blood that erupted in certain discussions that I felt I needed a break.

I have been using the extra free time developing my new website: www.gardening4pleasure.com

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A bit harsh

by jkaras In reply to Stars Wars is about

They were great movies that captured people's imagination that you could be more in a hard world/universe, a coming of age that was it's message. It always was aimed at kids, even the kid at heart in most adults.

There is no way of telling what is or isnt scientifically correct. Most of our knowledge about space/time is all theory, not 100% accurate, until we actually set foot on another planet, or develop true space exploration, or actually time travel it's just entertainment. Sci fi is so important to our evolution that people dont really understand it's impact. Every gadget we have today was inspired by some kid who saw it in a movie and made it a reality later in life.

We know there isnt really any sound in space due to a vacuum. ME, I want sound in my movies during a fight scene. Imagine how lame the fights would be just seeing lasers and people screaming, wait no sound just mouths agape. I'm sure the mime community would love the opprotunity for work. I liked the fact that shields took a beating, Destroyers couldnt steer fast, military tactics, just to name a few. It was space samuri's against gun toting technology! The old ways were better, rather than progress being superior.

What I do hate in sci fi movies is messing up time paradoxs like Paycheck. I hate a whole movie about the fagility of messing with time only to have the "hero" at the end cheat to advance their desires without any consequences for some odd reason. The character caused the downfall of man through his invention, had to sacrifice his fortune to get the things he needed to right the wrongs, get the girl, cheat death, and oh yeah got his fortune back by buying a lottery ticket that equaled the fortune he should of gotten for his invention, yeah that blew dog. There are other movies without a doubt that infringe on this travesty, but you get my gist.

I go to a movie to be entertained, not learn life's lessons, that's my job or my parents, an $8.50 movie ticket just isnt going to make it happen. I try to suspend disbelief and look at a picture overall, I'm not looking for absolute true life, just imagining a different reality that could be reality if I lived in that environment. I admit I pick apart a movie afterwards on the "holes" witnessed, but only bag on it if the ending blew. A movie could be mediocre through most of it, but if it nails the ending, then its a keeper. Some have the idea so perfect, but horrible "hollywood" ending that they made from their focus groups. This is what kills movies, they need to stick with the ending that was written originally. The problem is that it is big business, not art, and the more happy people the more successful it will be. I want movie magic, that's what I'm paying for, I want the hero to win, but there always should be a price to be paid (a death/loss of money), and unfortunately todays movies are missing that vital componant

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Sound in space

by neilb@uk In reply to A bit harsh

<rant>
Yet 2001 was absolutely stunning because Clarke wouldn't allow sound. As no one else has had the balls to follow his example we get whoosh crash bang wallop zip zap bdoyyyng in every film.

You might like it but there are those of us who wince at what Hollywood does to good stories to satisfy the lowest common denominator. Put your popcorn down and use your BRAIN!
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(Not personally aimed at you, j)

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Could n't agree more

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to A bit harsh

Time travel into the past does me in completely. Ok it's a grate basis for some plot lines, but it's utterly stupid, sot of a Marty McFly idea on a bad day.

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My List of Favorites

by BFilmFan In reply to Favorite Sci-Fi Films

Being a B movie fanatic, I've developed a very ecletic list.

12:01 PM (30 minute short)

Myron Castleman (Kurtwood Smith, who is on That 70's Show as Red) is stuck living in the same 59 minute loop of time. Absolutely unnerving lil gem of terror.

The Quiet Earth

Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) wakes up alone, as the last man in the world. The film has generated a large amount of contoversy over the exact meaning of the end of the film, which has generated reams of messages in the sci fi flick oriented discussion groups about the net.

Blade Runner

'Nuff said on this one all over the net.

The Andromeda Strain

While starting to look a bit dated, this one is a masterpiece at the study of the interaction of characters in a pressure cooker situation.

Primer

What happens when you play God abd you are but mortal.

Primer won several awards at Sundance this year, and though it is a new film, it is a definite keeper.

You can see a trailer for the film here:

http://www.primermovie.com/trailer-Large.html

2001

'Nuff said on this one too!

A Clockwork Orange

I am torn on deciding if this film is science fiction or a horror movie in science fiction trappings or social commentary wearing horror and science fiction cloaks. One of the classics.

A Boy and His Dog

Vic and Blood have interesting adventures in Harlan Ellison's very dark look at post-nuclear America.

Donnie Darko

This is one really strange mind-bending look at what passes for reality in one teenager's head.

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