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    Default Yout Top 10 Science Fiction Films

    1) 2001: A Space Odyssey


    2) Bladerunner


    3) Metropolis (original silent film)


    4) Serenity


    5) Zardoz


    6) THX 1138


    7) Planet of the Apes (original)


    8) SW: Empire Strikes Back


    9) Fantastic Planet

    10) Enemy Mine
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    Default Re: Yout Top 10 Science Fiction Films

    Including Zardoz was quite brave (although justified I think).
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    Here are some more I liked...

    • Harrison Bergeron (I prefer the Sean Astin / Christopher Plummer version).
    • Solaris (the Soderbergh version for its emotional intensity, though I like the Tarkovsky too)
    • Moon
    • GATTACA
    • The Thing
    • Dark City
    • Minority Report
    • A Scanner Darkly
    • Silent Running
    • Event Horizon
    • District 9
    • Outland
    • Brainstorm
    • Android
    • Fifth Element
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    District 9 was quite good, Juvenal.
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    Default Re: Yout Top 10 Science Fiction Films

    In no particular order...

    Planet of the Apes (1968)
    THX 1138
    Children of Men
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Alien
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Brazil

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    I want to watch more sci-fi, especially the good older(ish) stuff. So far my list's short and not in order of favorites...

    1. Star Trek (the latest one, haven't watched the series/other films much)
    2. Original Star Wars trilogy
    3. Aliens/AvP
    4. 2001 (assuming it's as good as people says, since I've only read the book, so this sorta counts)
    5. Star Trek: First Contact (only other ST film I've seen, vaguely remember it 'cause it was a few years ago)
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    Star wars
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    Alien
    Alien 2
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    Aliens
    Predator
    Predator 2
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    What's the one made by Al Gore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTZ View Post
    What's the one made by Al Gore?
    You mean the one that every scientist on Earth who doesn't work for a petrochemical company says , if anything, is an underestimate of what will likely happen should greenhouse gas emissions not be swiftly brought under control?

    That one?



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    If we have THX 1138 then we ought to have it's inspiration: Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    I thought A.I. was very well done. People have criticised the last segment (calling it sentimental) but I thought it was poignant and also important to our understanding of the difference between the protagonist and a real child.

    Paycheck was quite intriguing (yet another movie based on a Philip K Dick short story)

    Also Surrogates.

    The Time Traveller's Wife might be suitable for the more emotionally aware amongst us.

    I enjoyed I, Robot although I suspect Asimov probably wouldn't.
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    1984 was outstanding--The Richard Burton one, correct? I am hesitant to call it a science fiction film though--it's really more of a social novel as are a lot of the "five-minutes in the future" style films and books that seem to be scifi by default. Gattica is another one like this that comes to mind.

    I liked A.I. for the most part but I felt the last half-hour could have been lopped-off and it would have been a much stronger film for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJStoner View Post
    1984 was outstanding--The Richard Burton one, correct?
    Yes, well mostly John Hurt actually. Of course he did get his own back, reappearing in V for Vendetta as Big Brother himself!

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    I liked AI for the most part but I felt the last half-hour could have been lopped-off and it would have been a much stronger film for it.
    I disagree. I think the final part was essential. We had just spent the preceding hour and a half being encouraged to think of the David character as being like an idealised child, if only the evil and prejudiced society could accept him as such. But then at the very end, the way that he is given his heart's desire forcefully shows us that his appearance of humanity is actually just a shell over something very alien indeed.
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    It was a little to "wish upon a star" for my tastes--like Walt Disney had been brought in to finish an incomplete Kafka novel. I guess I saw David a little differently; to me it was more about his inability to let go of a delusion--the taint of a false hope built into him by the solipsism of his makers. I think I could have swallowed it a bit easier if he had "died" at the end, went off to sleep next to his "mother" and never woken up again.

    V for Vendetta I loved. Films that stylized usually go awry and collapse under their own weight but V pulled it off in a spectacular way despite a few questionable plot devices regarding his available resources and how exactly he would have accomplished everything he did single-handed. A shadowy network of accomplishes that his love interest could have butted heads with would have been nice but, given the constraints of a feature film, I was willing to let that slide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJStoner View Post
    It was a little to "wish upon a star" for my tastes--like Walt Disney had been brought in to finish an incomplete Kafka novel. I guess I saw David a little differently; to me it was more about his inability to let go of a delusion--the taint of a false hope built into him by the solipsism of his makers. I think I could have swallowed it a bit easier if he had "died" at the end, went off to sleep next to his "mother" and never woken up again.
    Um, my understanding was that he did "die" at the end (or at least shut himself down permanently). Had he gone on, the ending would have been much weaker and I would have found myself agreeing with you.

    The granting of David's driving desire (to be loved) finally brought us face-to-face with his non-human nature, it forced us (well me at least) to revise all those anthropomorphic feelings of sympathy (and hope) for David we had built up during the rest of the story.

    It was having my nose rubbed (figuratively) in David's non-humanity that made the ending so powerful for me. Spielberg had created a happy ending for David that when viewed from a human perspective was really a tragedy.

    Quote Originally Posted by AJStoner View Post
    V for Vendetta I loved. Films that stylized usually go awry and collapse under their own weight but V pulled it off in a spectacular way despite a few questionable plot devices regarding his available resources and how exactly he would have accomplished everything he did single-handed. A shadowy network of accomplishes that his love interest could have butted heads with would have been nice but, given the constraints of a feature film, I was willing to let that slide.
    I enjoyed V for Vendetta, but it never convinced me emotionally. I found that the emotional impact was always second-hand, i.e. a scene would act as a reference to things elsewhere that I have found moving. I suppose this is an inevitable consequence of stylization, but it does have the advantage that you can enjoy the intricacies of the plot and the eloquence of Hugo Weaving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJStoner View Post
    You mean the one that every scientist on Earth who doesn't work for a petrochemical company says , if anything, is an underestimate of what will likely happen should greenhouse gas emissions not be swiftly brought under control?

    That one?

    Are you making a movie about humour and hyperbole? Should be good.


    Oh, great sig by the way. You gotta love a guy who threatens to burn people to death with napalm if they don't do what he says; and all in the name of freedom and democracy no less. That really does take a pair, kudos...

    Ummm...didn't you just send me a "friend request"? Dude.
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