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Posted on 11/19/2012 7:55:53 PM PST by MNDude
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1. Starman (1984). Still my all-time favorite movie.
2. Aliens (1986). Yes, I like the second in this series best. Great action movie that perfectly continues the story. I’ve seen it many times and it still makes my heart race.
3. It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958). Cheesy 50s sci-fi that still manages to be frightening. Perfect movie for a 10 year-old watching Creature Features.
Check out both SCI FI mini series of both Dune and Children of Dune. The writing and acting in both is superb though the sets in the first can be a little lacking. Much better desert cinematography in the second. The actor that played Xavier in the XMEN prequel movie plays Leto in the Children of Dune(intense acting even then for one so young). The series were shot in High Def and 16:9 and the sound editing in discrete surround(not matrix dolby prologic surround) is a work of art. DTS for Dune and Dolby 5.1 for Children of Dune on the DVD’s and of course the Blue Rays have much higher resolution video and sound!
Another movie that was smushed by the Matrix, The Thirteenth Floor. Seem everyone was doing altered-perceived-reality then.
Yeah Pitch Black is a guilty pleasure. Can’t believe no one mentioned Inception. That was good. Lots mentioned Serenity. I’ve never even heard of it. I’m going to check it out.
Now if we could do a film noir thread I’ve been hooked on them for about 3 months now..thing is they didn’t make many and some of the best reviewed ones Netflix doesn’t Carry.
I wish there was both a big screen series of “Bolos” and “The Man K’zin Wars”.
Bolos being the evolution of the very first AI in a main battle tank, basically a near future Abrams, and then of and beyond a period spanning a thousand years the advancement of the Bolos AI, the hellbore guns, the anti grav tanks and eventually global siege tanks capable of space flight.
The Man K’Zin Wars is about homo sapeons encountering a felinoid race with better technology intent upon interstellar domination.
Now in as such as recent sci-fi I would say one of the most disappointing was Prometheus, the better was Battleship.
And I must bring up Avatar, arguably controversial but fundamentally a masterpiece.
The original David Lynch Dune.
It’s not an easy movie and unless you have an understanding of where it was going before you see it, you’re quite likely to end up confused. Since I had read the book before going to the theater, it made more sense to me.
The SciFi variants were extremely well done and I enjoyed them quite a bit.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Take your pick some of these are so bad they are worth watching lol. We own all of these Public Domain so you can download copy do whatever you want. One of my Favs Rocketship X-M (1950)
Ok...what am I missing...I don't remember any of these being made into movies.
My sentiments exactly...a real snoozefest.
Recent movies...I liked Battle Los Angeles even though it had a lot of flaws. Hated Prometheus. Being a hard SF nut and also being very picky I really can't remember many outstanding SF films. Alien was great, but more of a horror film than SF.
That would be a great movie if done right. I'd also like to see Footfall turned into a movie.
Gattica and Inception were quite good. Avatar lost me with “unobtainium”.
The House on Haunted Hill (original)
The Omega Man
Gojira / Godzilla
Journey to the Center of the Earth (original)
The Thing (original and remake)
Anything Star Trek
A Clockwork Orange
The Amazing Colossal Man
Colossus: The Forbin Project
War of the Worlds (original)
Live action only?
Star Wars - A New Hope
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
You’re all going to laugh, but I actually really liked the first Total Recall.
I would agree that the gal seemed more mobile than I would think, but that isn’t something that sticks in my craw or anything.
But yeah I really liked the captain too, I liked the main girl quite a bit as well. It took a while for her character to develop, but it did. I also liked David tremendously.
When I first saw it in the theater, I liked it alot but I too thought it could have been better. But When I watched it on PPV four times, honestly, I loved it. I couldn’t have watched it four times if it bored or underwhelmed me.
Greatest Sci-Fi ever... would LOVE a series based on that.
Don’t forget Slippery Jim DeGriz also.
Star Wars V “Empire” indeed.
First Men in the Moon with “Cavorite”!
Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai!
Wish they would make a sequel. I totally agree on this one.
I put Men In Black in the same category as Back to the Future...comedies or satires with a science fiction setting. Enjoyable, but not serious SF.
I saw it at the theater in my hometown in SoCal (in Texas now...got here as soon as I could). My sister worked at the boxoffice so I got in to all the movies for free...How great is that for a kid!!??
I am just a few years older than you. I had the same reaction - it scared the crap outta me.
Not precisely Sci-fi, but I love the Tremors movies.
Also liked Dune a lot.
Ahh ... "Dark Star" ... best Sci Fi film almost nobody ever heard of.
"Yes, sir, it's true: The man has no d!(#."
No mention of “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” anywhere.
Akira Kurosawa’s “Colors”.
1. TRON, the original.
2. Starship Troopers, the original.
3. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, just for the effects and not a bad storyline.
4. I, Robot.
5. Star Wars. For 1977 it did well. Corny at times, but it had a lot into that movie.
(I mean who didn’t stand up and cheer when the Martians blew up Congress)
Planet of the Apes (the original 1968 version)
2001: A Space Odyssey
Moon is a great movie. And it was very un-hollywood, which I liked. I also enjoyed it even more the second time around, since it was a little confusing the first time. :)
And 1984 will forever be a legendary movie (and book)... one of the all time greats. My only beef is that the torture scenes make it inappropriate for delicate constitutions, and for that reason I wish it had not gone quite so far in that regard. It’s a movie that needs to be seen by everyone again and again. But I’m sometimes hesitant to show it to some because I’ve seen people become shaken and turned off by the graphic torture.
Have to add ‘Robinson Crusoe on Mars’
I was big of Dino to do all the real work and then give all the credit to his daughter.
Thanks for the tip.
One of the Androids from Omega Doom.
You’re scaring me!
I’m a scary guy.
His hair is almost as long as mine...
Lots mentioned Serenity. Ive never even heard of it. Im going to check it out.
***It was a thread like this that I first heard of it. You’ll be pleased. The original TV series “Firefox” is available from Netflix/rental. I found it excellent.
One of the things that I like about threads like this is to learn about good sci-fi. But if posters are asked to put up only their best 3, that generates very few sci-fi movies to look for. What I would like to see is a thread that starts with the 20 or 30 best sci-fi films, and then asks what OTHERS are there which are worth watching?
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