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#1 kalexia

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 07:17 AM

What would you recommend as a great/awful sci-fi movie?
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Posted 19 March 2008 - 08:24 AM

Good:

Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn
2001: A Space Odyssey (RIP ACC)
Solaris
etc. etc.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 09:12 AM

Great SF Movies:
This Island Earth (first SF movie in Technicolor)
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Robinsoe Crusoe on Mars (starring a very young Adam West!)
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Posted 19 March 2008 - 09:15 AM

I've been missing out! I haven't seen any of the suggested so far! For me, terrible film: Slipstream - it's supposed to be sci-fi but it's not if you ask me.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 03:34 PM

aren't all sci-fi films flops?

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 03:41 PM

aren't all sci-fi films flops?


What craziness do you speak? Surely you can't dislike Star Wars? ( the original 3 I mean-not so keen on the newer trilogy).

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 03:55 PM

Oh where to begin...I love sci-fi movies but I can't stand the trashy stuff (I still watch it though...). :QuestionM

Bad (just a few examples):
Outland with Sean Connery. Wow that was BAD
Event Horizon
Absolutely every single episode of Battlestar Galactica ;)
2010 The year we make contact
Chronicles of Riddick (hopelessly, shamefully bad)
Stargate (the series)

Good:
Alien
Solaris (both the original and remake, IMHO)
AI
2001
Contact
ET
RoboCop (gotta love 'em)
Blade Runner
Pitch Black
Stargate (the movie)
Primer (indie low budget, bloody brilliant)
Hitch-hiker's guide to the galaxy

Good-ish:
Sunshine
Firefly (the series - fun if you have nothing else to do and is bored in San Francisco)
Some of the Star Trek movies

Dislike:
All Star Wars (loved them each and all when they came out, can't see them twice)
Most of the Star Trek movies

Oh, where to continue...I see to much stuff...

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 04:04 PM

I liked the stargate tv series when it first came out. I don't like E.T. as aliens creep me out. (I can't believe people think he's cute. When he gets ill and looks like he's covered in flour - really creepy! No?)

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 04:07 PM

ET is a cute alien! :QuestionM

Another really bad move was Species. There you have an ugly alien...

Which brings up fresh memories...

Good: Invasion of the body snatchers (original, haven't seen the remake), The Blob, Independence day, Mars Attacks, Ghosts of Mars, Red Planet

Bad: Alien Nation (movie and series), Mission to Mars

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 04:12 PM

Alien Nation - yeh really bad. Mars Attacks is the worst I've ever seen. Independence Day good vis effects.

I don't know if that new 'Jumper' film is any good. (Not such a cool title in the UK, what with it being an item of clothing)

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 04:44 PM

Bad:
Signs
Starship Troopers (Once again proving that a great book can be made into a crappy movie in the right hands.)
Laserblast
Battle Beyond the Stars

So bad its good:
Galaxina

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 12:11 PM

Alien Nation - yeh really bad. Mars Attacks is the worst I've ever seen. Independence Day good vis effects.

I don't know if that new 'Jumper' film is any good. (Not such a cool title in the UK, what with it being an item of clothing)


Mars Attacks was supposed to be bad! It's hilarious! It's a spoof of every ___[fill in the blank]___ Attacks Earth movie ever made.

Jumper is about the WORST SF movie I've seen in 20 years. It has no plot. I mean NO PLOT AT ALL. There's just these few folks who can "jump" instantly from one place to another, as long as they have seen the destination in person or in a picture. Then there's this ancient organization, Palladins, who for a 1000 years or more have been killing the jumpers. HOW they did this in 1255 A.D. is left unanswered because you can [supposedly] only catch a jumper with electrical shocks. Why the Palladins and the jumpers never carry guns is left unanswered. Why only the Palladins carry a knife (ONE knife!) ILU. How the Palladins tracked jumpers before global internet ILU. How come the jumpers don't use their talent to track down and kill Palladins ILU. How it all started ILU. Where it all ends up ILU. Why they made this pathetic movie ILU.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 12:14 PM

I love Mars Attacks!!! One of the top movies ever. :)

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 02:09 PM

I love Mars Attacks!!! One of the top movies ever. :cup:

I will second that opinion: I even bought a Slim Whitman album because of that movie: I play it when I'm driving down the highway late at night....

Not enough MST3K fans around here: I could go on about "bad" for hours (although I put "This Island Earth" in the good column, the MST version is *priceless*....)

Any one for "Manos, Hands of Fate"? Or if you do not wish to tempt "Fate," how about "Rocket Attack USA?" "Teenagers from Outer Space?" "The Human Duplicators?" "The Amazing Colossal Man?" (head straight for the Valium after that one) "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians?" "The Brain that Wouldn't Die?"Posted Image

Has anyone else here ever been able to sit through "Zardoz" without falling asleep?

Faves: "Clockwork Orange," "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (original with James Mason and Pat Boone), "The Time Machine" (original with Rod Taylor an d Yvette Mimieux), "Five Million Years to Earth" (aka Quatermass and the Pit), "A Boy and His Dog" (aka "A Dog and His Boy" to fans...well, you have to see it...Cute *young* Don Johnson :D , and LQ Jones is brilliant!), "The Fifth Element," "Zachariah" and, lessee one more easy one, "Brazil"....

I've asked Joel if he'd raise the level on my sarcasm sequencer, :)
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 02:32 PM

I tend to be pretty tolerant of Sci-Fi movies so my good list will always be much longer than my bad list. I'm going to brainstorm so they won't be in any particular order.

Good

Star Wars (like 'em all and will watch them over and over again)
Star Trek (like the TV series', particularly Next Gen, and movies)
The Matrix (all three)
Back To The Future (all three)
Alien (all)
Contact
Pitch Black (I like Chronicles of Riddick ok too)
Independence Day
I, Robot
E.T.
The Time Machine (numerous versions)
Close Encounters - Of The Third Kind
Fantastic Voyage
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Total Recall
The Terminator (all)
Jurassic Park (all)
Strange Days
Sphere
Predator (both)
Robocop
Altered States
Escape From New York
Mad Max (all)
The Abyss
Rollerball
Cocoon
Ghostbusters
Dune
Blade Runner
Blade (all)
The Final Countdown
The Planet of the Apes (all)
Westworld
Logan's Run
The Boys from Brazil
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Cell
Men In Black (both)
The Day After Tomorrow
Superman (all)
Spiderman (all)
The War of the Worlds
Flatliners
Minority Report
Deep Impact
Armageddon
Hollow Man
The Rocketeer
Soldier
The Arrival
Mimic
Deep Blue Sea
Outland
Honey I Shrunk the Kids

Bad

Sorry, I guess I just like Sci-Fi. :)

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 05:18 PM

Has anyone else here ever been able to sit through "Zardoz" without falling asleep?

Oddly, now that Buffy ask the question, I realize that despite having watched it several times, and having a pretty good sense of the order of scenes, etc., with the overall plot and various images having made lasting impressions on me, I’ve never managed to stay completely awake through an entire showing of Zardoz.

I actually really like this movie. I suspect only viewing it semi-consciously is much of the reason why.

A recent movie I didn’t think I would like, but did: The Last Mimzy. :hihi: Though toned down and sanitized a bit from its 1940s science fiction roots and cutsied up in the typical movie treatment manner, I still found it engaging and enjoyable.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 08:31 PM

The best 18..Until I can think of some more. :hihi:

Dune
Contact
War Of The Worlds- 1953
Journey to the Center of the Earth
When Worlds Collide
Close Encounters
E.T.
A.I.
2000 Leagues under the Sea
1984
Blade Runner
Aliens
2001: A Space Odyssey
2010
The Matrix
Dr Strangelove
Superman Returns
Equilibrium

Sci-fi is like sex, when its good, its really good, when its bad,... its still pretty good.:)