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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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by gralfus In reply to What he said...

Fifth Element is great. I can watch it repeatedly and not be bored. Still haven't seen Minority Report, something to look forward to I guess.

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by ITgirli In reply to ahem...

have you seen cube squared?

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by jkaras In reply to cube

I saw a review on (great site btw for movie reviews, upincomings, rumors and dvds. Their reviews and interviews are really funny and quite accurate if you might like a certain film.)about it and it said it ws ok. I did unfortunately saw Hypercube, man that blew. Interesting idea just got rather silly having the the guy from Forever Knight turn into a cannibal in under 24 hours eating all of his past selves. It should not have been produced by SciFi channel. What did you think of squared? I cant find it at my local Blockbuster and I dont have Netflix and dont want to open an account just for a few movies. I defintely wont buy it sight unseen, but I am curious.

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I wasn't overly impressed

by ITgirli In reply to No

I mean, really, how much can they do with it? I would just wait until it comes on SciFi. usually at 3 or 4 a.m.

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Original cube

by gralfus In reply to cube

I thought the original cube movie was very interesting, though the one guy that went mad did so pretty easily. The other cube movie had an interesting premise, but wasn't nearly as intriguing as the original.

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Dune? NO WAY!

by neilb@uk In reply to ahem...

Absolute shite! As an adaptation of a classic book it was criminal and as a movie in its own right it was pathetic. The only thing that was mildly OK was the baroque styling but that palled after a while.

It so missed the point of the book.

You might want to rethink MM Thunderdome as well? Matrix was OK - good FX - but Matrix Bollocks and Matrix Balls? Gah!


Mars Attacks? Sublime! When I'm calling you-ou-ou-ou[Splat!]-ou.

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by jkaras In reply to Dune? NO WAY!

Dune was pretty good for special effects and the idea of the story. It was confusing to understand all the political intrique in that version. When I saw the SciFi channel's made for tv movie it explained the hows and the whys better. I did want to read the books but their are soo many and the story it appears from people that I know say it will never end. I am frustrated with a series already called The Wheel of Time which is a medival version of Dune. I might pick up the books but doubt it. Books have an advantage over movies to properly explain everything, that will never change, I just look to see if they get the visual aspect correct and the proper ending. Can you think of any book made to a movie that got it right? Jaws was different, Fight Club was different, I am sure there are more I just cant think of any more titles becase most books that I have read havent been made into movies.

Thunderdome was entertaining and had some great one liners. I am a big fan of Mel even if he has recently gone off the deep end. He isnt the greatest actor, but very charasmatic in just about anything he does. Was it a masterpiece? No, but it had some really good parts. My favorite was the speech from the MC in Thunder dome "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dying times here." Man that guy nailed that speech, it was cool and scary. I actually caught The Road Warrior on the other night and I was laughing at how low budget it looked. WHen I saw that movie for the first time I thought it was the coolest thing I ever saw. I will always love the movie because of the nostalgia remembering where and when and whom I have seen that movie with that I no longer am in contact with.

The Matrix had a great idea of reality and the showing the prison of life that many experience today. The scene where Mr. Anderson is in a sterile white cubicle basically chained to a desk forced into conformity like a drone depressed then gets to live life hit home with many people. It wasnt all special effects it appealed to the dreamers. Cypher wanting to back into the womb afraid to face the reality of life wanting a storybook ending rather than hardship. Hope verses despair in a world gone crazy. I think it was very well written and should have stopped the story there leaving imagination to the people to determine everyone's fate. The special effects were amazing, the story unfortunately had to take a backseat in the sequels.

I am suprised that you not being American wouldnt find Mars Attack really funnny? The whole movie poked fun at our superficial flaws, greed, stupidity at times, and our politics. It had sick humor and really neat props that is Tim Burtons signature in all his movies. Tell me you didnt laugh at the Washington Monument being knocked over to crush a boyscout group? Slim Witman's music killing the aliens? The Kennedy room at the White House? The first lady only caring about the Nancy Reagan chandelier? The mother saying as she loaded teh shotgun that the aliens wouldnt get her small junky tv in a mobile home? His props always have a blend of old time trickets fused with futuristic qualities, its an omage to classic movies that he grew up wanting to be a director. If you pay attention to the little things you like his style more despite the genre of his odd movies. The only movie by him that I didnt like so far was Big Fish, I never saw Monkeybone and doubt I will, but Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Batman, Sleepy Hallow, Edward Sissorhands, in my book were quite decent.

Lastly I love your avatar who is that guy? Everytime I see it I roll.

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by neilb@uk In reply to Huh?

Hilary Briss, the Butcher of Royston Vasey - ask for the Special Stuff.

"Fear is the best insurance money can buy"

This is perhaps the most imaginative comedy in the UK in recent years. Hilary is - by far and away - not the weirdest character. All of the main characters are played by three actors. There are bits of the comedy that I find quite wonderfully sinister...

Check out: for the characters and for the scripts.

Series One is available in region 1 DVD should you like the look of it.

Back to the subject. Books to films? The one I thought that they'd never do - The Lord of the Rings - was a pretty good try!

In Dune, the Movie, they missed most of the significant stuff that was the point of the story! It was, and is, one of my favourite books and I thought the TV series of Dune&Messiah&Children was much better.

Seems like we agree on Matrix.

Thunderdome? I just couldn't take TinaT seriously!

Mars Attacks. We do get exposed to enough American culture over here that I got enough of the jokes to make that movie priceless. I've seen it twice and it gets better.

Neil :)

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Many across the pond don't get Mars Attacks?

by jmgarvin In reply to My avatar

From your comment I would guess the folks "over there" don't get Mars Attacks? Is it the American humor or the pokes a pop culture/cold war culture?

I love that movie...Man, it was dead on on so many levels!

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Quite the reverse!

by neilb@uk In reply to Many across the pond don' ...

What I said was that we get exposed to enough American culture for Mars Attacks to come over as funny.

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