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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:40 pm  Reply with quote



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Not to be confused with Syfy.

Another favorite genre of mine from when I was a wee lad watching Space 1999 and the original Battlestar Galactica as well as Star Wars.

Star Trek came in to compete with Star Wars and comparing the two franchises Trek gives Wars a beat down. Then again I only like 2 Star Wars movies, A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. I don't watch the others. I hate Ewoks. Star Trek on the other hand has some truly excellent films both from TOS and Next Generation. The Wrath of Khan is more enjoyable a watch to me the The Empire Strikes Back these days especially in HD.

So many sci-fi movies and so many I'm going to forget but some of my favorites

Alien
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (despite many people hating it)
Predator (not Predator 2)
Logan's Run
Silent Running
The Black Hole
Sunshine (even though I hate Boyle this was good)
Event Horizon
ET
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
War of the Worlds (both of them)
2001 (truly prophetic)
2010 (A very well made sequel to the great 2001)


So many but my mind is drawing a blank already. Help an old man out.
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Emy
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:05 pm  Reply with quote



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I love:
Alien
Aliens
The Fifth Element
Blade Runner
Natural City
The City of Lost Children
...

I have Chrysalis sitting on the shelf waiting for me to feel like watching it.
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Didn't See It Coming
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:30 pm  Reply with quote



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Star Wars isn't really pure science fiction. It's a fantasy film that just uses a science fiction location. For science fiction to be pure science fiction the science has to propel the fiction so much so that without it, the same story can't be told.

The story in Star Wars can be told in any setting. A boy grows up on a farm, meets an old wizard and sets out to rescue the princess from the evil king in his dark castle. Along the way he meets a motley cast of characters that aide him in his quest. The robots, aliens, lasers and space travel don't impact the themes or the point of the story in any way.

In that regard, Star Trek is true science fiction.

ANYWAY, Science fiction films I like:

Serenity
Minority Report
Blade Runner
Aliens
The Blob
The Thing
The Fly
Terminator
Total Recall
Planet of the Apes
The Last Starfighter
Escape From New York
Doomsday
28 Weeks Later
The Road Warrior
Night of the Comet
Dark City
Brazil
Miracle Mile
Starship Troopers
Akira
Back to the Future
Robocop
The Fifth Element
Jurassic Park
Demolition Man
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Body Snatchers
Strange Days
The Faculty
The Truman Show
Deep Blue Sea
X-Men 1 and 2
Hulk
I, Robot
Watchmen
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resevil80
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:06 pm  Reply with quote



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Not gonna post an entire list here...But The Fifth Element and Dark City are two of my favorite movies of all time....Dark City...Watching that tonight.
I actually watched The Fifth Element last night so....
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Legba
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:24 pm  Reply with quote



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My definition of Sci-fi is pretty encompassing. Anything having to do with space travel/exploration, Aliens, the future, advanced technology or branches of Science.

Science more often than not just functions as escapist fantasy in films, which doesn't really help any greater understanding. The greatest filmic Sci-fi work ever is Sagan's Cosmos. Which I can't recommend highly enough to anyone who has even a vague interest in any of the motifs glossed over in favor of sensationalism in cinema.

Honda is probably my favorite Sci-fi director. His films are microcosms where myth and science collide. Themes relevant now as ever...
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Emy
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:56 pm  Reply with quote



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resevil80 wrote:
Not gonna post an entire list here...But The Fifth Element and Dark City are two of my favorite movies of all time....Dark City...Watching that tonight.
I actually watched The Fifth Element last night so....


I forgot Dark City somehow...

Love it!!!

Also, Donnie Darko.

All our pets at home are named after characters from The Fifth Element.
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resevil80
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:08 pm  Reply with quote



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I never liked Darko...I tried....I have seen it 3 times and just couldn't really get into it..its an ok movie, just not my thing.

The Fifth Element...another Blu-Ray must buy....


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Didn't See It Coming
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:06 pm  Reply with quote



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Donnie Darko is more than a tad overrated. It's a decent film with a great central idea and story, but as a whole, the movie is rather dull.
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resevil80
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:21 pm  Reply with quote



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Yeah...I just didn't think the storytelling was executed very well...cool idea....bad execution.
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Emy
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:11 pm  Reply with quote



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resevil80 wrote:

The Fifth Element...another Blu-Ray must buy....


I do plan on it being one of the first BluRays we'll get once we get a BluRay player.

Here's a dumb question, is there such a thing as "International" BluRay players? Europe is putting out so many great movies on BluRay these days.
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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:12 pm  Reply with quote



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Emy wrote:
resevil80 wrote:

The Fifth Element...another Blu-Ray must buy....


I do plan on it being one of the first BluRays we'll get once we get a BluRay player.

Here's a dumb question, is there such a thing as "International" BluRay players? Europe is putting out so many great movies on BluRay these days.


I've never heard of one or seen one but I am positive that you can get a region free Blu-ray player.
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nonserviam03
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:52 am  Reply with quote



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Hmmm

Bladerunner
Enemy Mine
Alien and Aliens
Terminator and T2
Logan's Run (even if it is INCREDIBLY cheesy)
The Thing
They Live!
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
The Matrix
The Fifth Element
Dark City
The Fly
Escape from New York
Jurassic Park
Children of Men
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Didn't See It Coming
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:14 am  Reply with quote



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Shit...I forgot about Children of Men. Great movie!
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Gus Bjork
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:36 am  Reply with quote



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What I would like to see is Metropolis with the updated soundtrack although I guess it's pretty chopped up. It will be interesting to see what comes of the lost footage they found last year.
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LSD Zombie
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:34 pm  Reply with quote



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Most of the good Sci-Fi films have already been listed. I know of one awful Sci-Fi film that you guys probably haven't seen or heard of. The title of the picture is Leviathan; it was directed by George P. Cosmatos.

Never have I seen such a piss-poor imitation of Alien. There's even a fucking self-destruct sequence at the end! The design of the creature is gut-bustingly hilarious too. I could not believe that the great Stan Winston created such a cheap looking, goofy monster. This monster is akin to something from the Power Rangers show. The ending is one for the books too. Have you ever seen Peter Weller utter the words, "Take that mother fucker!"? Well, you must. It was a really good laugh.
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