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Pansenmann #1 Posted 07 August 2016 - 11:34 PM

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Hi all,

 

I'll make a start here.

 

Place 1

Blade Runner(1982, Ridley Scott)

- I really liked that movie and it made me look up on the works of Philip K. D ick ( [edited] censorship forum software *$"?!%.. ) ,

which was a really astonishing writer. Many of his works are becoming reality now which is actually quite disturbing.

 

Place 2

Stalker (1979, Andrei Tarkovski)

- I had to watch it like 5 or 10 times until I finally understood it. Can't summarize it. you have to watch it yourself.

 

Place 3

Dark City (1998, Alexis Proyas)

- pretty awesome if you ask me

 

Place 4

Logan's Run (1967, Michael Anderson)

- Great theme, must have seen

 

Place 5

The Man from Earth (2007, Richard Schenkman)

- just mind boggling. really loved that movie. also very gf compatible

 

Place 6 to 10:

Interstellar, Star Trek 6 (the best of all so far), 2001, Alien, Dark Star

 

 

*edit: spelling and added links for the movies, also moved a different movie to place 5 ;)


Edited by Pansenmann, 12 August 2016 - 09:25 PM.


IamAimingAtYou #2 Posted 07 August 2016 - 11:43 PM

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If you can stand chinese cartoons you should definitely check out the ghost in the shell movie. More transhumanism than sci fi, but still great.

 

As for actual sci fi, I liked interstellar for the visuals and premise rather than the very flimsy plot and power of love [edited](even though it explained how he found that specific room he had to get to).

 

District 9 is one I really liked for using sci fi premises to criticize real world situations, while also being very amusing.

 

Elysium for having exosuits.

 

Transcendence for being a great drama

 

And Ex Machina for being robot waifu: the movie.



basin79 #3 Posted 08 August 2016 - 10:16 AM

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No particular order. Alien, Event Horizon, Terminator, Star Wars and The Matrix.

I haven't seen 2001 A space odyssey (criminal) To be honest there are loads and loads and my list would probably change on a different day. Robocop, The Thing, West World, Jurassic Park, Predator, Aliens, Star Wars 5&6,Terminator 2.............

Pansenmann #4 Posted 08 August 2016 - 07:46 PM

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I personally would not count Jurassic park in, as it is not set in the (distant) future, also it was only great because of the SFX - which were ground breaking of course.

but the story lacks the greatness of the book.

Terminator 2 - well, great action movie - and Star Wars is definately not science-fiction - it's a fairy tale :)

 

I would really love to see a movie adaptation of the "neuromancer" trilogy,

but many ideas have already been used in "johnny mnemonic", matrix and so on...

Who should be the voice of "wintermute"?

 

PS: I can't wait for Rogue One to be released :)

PPS: I should have changed the thread title to "science-fiction" movies ...

PPPS: I Robot - great short stories but horrible action movie.

 

 

 


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View PostPansenmann, on 08 August 2016 - 06:46 PM, said:

I personally would not count Jurassic park in, as it is not set in the (distant) future, also it was only great because of the SFX - which were ground breaking of course.

but the story lacks the greatness of the book.

Terminator 2 - well, great action movie - and Star Wars is definately not science-fiction - it's a fairy tale :)

 

I would really love to see a movie adaptation of the "neuromancer" trilogy,

but many ideas have already been used in "johnny mnemonic", matrix and so on...

Who should be the voice of "wintermute"?

 

PS: I can't wait for Rogue One to be released :)

PPS: I should have changed the thread title to "science-fiction" movies ...

PPPS: I Robot - great short stories but horrible action movie.

 

 

 

Well JP is a Sci fi on IMDb so it's on the list. 



Ulfhedinn_ #6 Posted 08 August 2016 - 11:08 PM

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Star Wars (cuz it took over my life in 1977, maybe first film I saw at the Cinema)

Silent Running (epic)

Forbidden Planet (B&W films have great atmosphere and I love the Tempest anyway)

Clockwork Orange (I used to be nicknamed Alex out of CwO lol) - probably favourite overall.

most recently Dredd (absolutely awesome but PSI Judge Anderson wasn't cute enough). The first Judge Dredd movie was good too, especially the ABC Warrior droid.

 

But so many and lots I'll have forgotten. And stuff like Blade Runner, Alien, The Thing all obviously ace, Serenity was cool too. Not sure you can have favourites as many are so good in their own right. Original BattleStar Galactica was great too, the remake was awesome (nukes as ship to ship missiles) but the series got lost, just like the original series. edit - and the original Blob! Gave me nightmares and everything. And Logan's Run too, good shout. And original Planet of the Apes etc etc.

 

In fact in tribute to the Clockwork Orange...

 


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TrailApe #7 Posted 09 August 2016 - 12:29 PM

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Unfortunately I love science fiction books so much that often Films don't match up to the books and I'm often disapointed

 

 

Having said that a few really translate across well. I like Ridley Scotts work so obviously Bladerunner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) is up at the top. Funnily enough it's not really like the book, probably why I liked the film, although the brooding atmosphere and scriptwriting would probably make it stand out even if it closely mirrored the book.

Thinking about it my favourite films are ones where I have not read the book - Alien(s), Matrix, Dark Star and Terminator(s) and the films I really hate are those that 'dumb' down the books. Starship Troopers is well up there on the list.


 

I think we probably all have a list of books that would (if done properly) make amazing films but it's a bit like your Real World favourite Tank making it into the WOT techtree - you just know you are going to be disappointed if the film was made (especially a Hollywood style film with perfect teeth, big hair and no story line). Probably a European animation studio would be a good conduit - at least the characters would look real.


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Nishi_Kinuyo #8 Posted 09 August 2016 - 01:46 PM

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Hm... Сталкер is quite a good film imo, as is Солярис, Event Horizon, A Clockwork Orange and Soylent Green. No particular order for those though.

I don't really watch many films, tbh.



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Yeah, actually everything from Philip K. D i c k  (stupid forums) and Strugazki brothers that was made into a movie came out good.

 

A Scanner Darkly for example - great movie with interesting visuals.

when it comes to series, yes the remake of battlestar galactica was quite nice, as was "defying gravity" and serenity


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Ulfhedinn_ #10 Posted 09 August 2016 - 07:17 PM

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Yes Serenity was ace, Firefly series had great potential but they ditched it?! Thought Firefly series was better than Farscape and that ran for quite a while. And the new BattleStar Galactica had some spin offs, there was a mini film with a different Battlestar which was ace, and the spin off prequel series Caprica was absolutely awesome, and cuz of course this is precisely what the living machine brain / soul of Cylons really looks like...

 

Spoiler

 

I wonder if this is true for WOT's bots too?


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Pansenmann #11 Posted 09 August 2016 - 07:28 PM

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farscape? lel,

tho I liked how the actors reappeared at star gate atlantis :)

 

LEXX was also a great series.

 

 

Spoiler

 


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I rarely watch Sci-Fi, but I can list two:

-Her, for multiple reasons.
-A Clockwork orange, because reasons.

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View PostPansenmann, on 07 August 2016 - 11:34 PM, said:

Place 5

Interstellar (2014, Christoper Nolan)

- yep, hard science :)

I REALLY wanted to like Interstellar, and after hearing that Kip Thorne was an adviser I expected the 'science' to be exceptional.

 

Then I saw it and was disappointed, especially in Prof. Thorne.

**

The 'matrix' thing inside the Black Hole notwithstanding... (poetic licence can be excused in areas where real hard science is incomplete)

 

... I'm afraid I cannot forgive the errors regarding time dilation and the gravitational effects caused outside the black hole.

The principle was right, but the effect was GROSSLY exaggerated.

To cause time dilation to the extremes in the movie, the planet would need to be so close to the black hole that it would have been torn apart.

 

And even if you can forgive that howler, and suspend belief to allow a solid planet in a stable orbit... a planet that close to such a huge gravitational well, would HAVE TO be tidally locked - there would be no rotation relative to the BH, and so you would never get the huge tide that almost washes them away.

There would be a big difference in water depth between one side of the planet and the other (an enormous tidal bulge towards the BH), but it would NOT move relative to the surface of the planet. Ergo.. no tide to threaten to wash them away.

 

I'm sure Prof. Thorne would never make such mistakes, so can only assume he deliberately let it slide in order to drive the movie plot.

With someone like Thorne on the payroll, a plot could... and should, have been devised to fit the REAL physics.

Shame on you Kip.

 

** I'm a physics/astrophysics student, so I'm familiar with the science involved

Maybe I was being super-critical because it was hyped as 'accurate science', and then it wasn't... but that did spoil it for me.

Sorry - just MHO

 

 

Personal top 5 Sci-Fi movies...

1) Alien

Opening 'wake-up' scenes, and the landing... FANTASTIC!

 

Plus - any 4 from these:

Silent Running - Blade Runner - 2001 - Soylent Green - Close Encounters - Solaris

Oh - and I'm not usually a fan of Vin Diesel, but I did enjoy 'Pitch Black'

 

 


Edited by Cassie_b, 09 August 2016 - 09:55 PM.


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1-Bladerunner

2-Alien

3- Tron

4- War Of The Worlds ( 1952 )

5-Metropolis

honorable mentions: Matrix, The Terminator, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Star Wars



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bladerunner

 

space above +beyond - only tv unfortunately

serenity

matrix

star wars


 

want to say 5th element too

 



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View PostPansenmann, on 09 August 2016 - 06:28 AM, said:

farscape? lel,

tho I liked how the actors reappeared at star gate atlantis :)

 

LEXX was also a great series.

 

 

Spoiler

 

 

lool my clans boss is "stanleytweedle" hes an honorary dinger I think

farscape :) chiana or erin?



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I notice no one mentioned....

Cleopatra 2525


 

wouldn't mind being under a sarge like that


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1) Gremlins (i didn't sleep alone after looking that) 

2) Vanilla Sky awww TC <3

3) Equilibrium

4) Underworld

5) The Hunger Games

 

ps.i don't like terminator...



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Underworld is fantasy/vampire/magic stuff, that doesn't really count.

in that case, Blade (the first movie) beats it by miles - but the CGI sucks.

 

we could start the sci-fi and "science fiction" battle if you like?


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View PostPansenmann, on 09 August 2016 - 07:28 PM, said:

farscape? lel,

tho I liked how the actors reappeared at star gate atlantis :)

 

LEXX was also a great series.

 

 

Spoiler

 

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