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Puffy Treat
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Mine is Dark City. I'm glad that instead of being forgotten, it's obtained a fairly strong cult status among all those who like their SF tinged with noir and a healthy dose of style.

There are other reasons I love it, but they might spoil parts of the movie. *ahem*

(View the Director's Cut. It fixes certain ham-fisted spoilers the studio forced into the theatrical version.)

What's your favorite SF film?

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I've always been fond of Bladerunner. Mostly because it's one of the few movies that actually is science fiction, as apposed to pulp action/fantasy with futuristic trappings.
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Aliens, of course!
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Does WALL•E count as SF?
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I'm still a fan of Serenity.

But then, my movie choices often tend to the goofy or campy. I also love The Last Starfighter and Star Trek IV. But also up there are The Iron Giant and WALL-E

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Serenity (even though I was a bit disappointed) and Gattaca.
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ooooh Gattaca was great!

What about Star Wars?

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Face/Off!

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I don't know about favorite, but I'm awfully fond of 12 Monkeys.

Also, as long as no one else has mentioned it yet, I can never get enough 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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I'm not one much for Science Fiction movies, but I second Serenity, Iron Giant, and Wall-E.

I'd also like to add Galaxy Quest.

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Independance Day!
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Let's see if I can narrow them down to a top 5 (the criteria being if someone asked me if I'd want to watch any of these right now I would almost always say yes). In no particular order:

1. Contact
2. Bladerunner
3. Star Trek: First Contact
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
5. Brazil

These are the ones that affected me the most.

But there are other, campy ones. Galaxy Quest is pretty awesome. Soylent Green is cheesy but also, IMHO, a pretty good story. And you have to include TV series. Firefly and Serenity, of course. Babylon 5. Star Trek: the Next Generation.

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I used to have a list of top sci fi movies that I had painstakingly prioritized. I can't remember what's on it anymore. Two that haven't been mentioned are The Matrix and Terminator 2.
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I don't know about my favorite, but I sure do think Hatrack has some great taste in Sci-fi movies(excluding T:man...sorry dude...unless you're being ironic or something).

I'll throw Primer into the mix.

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Dr. Strangelove. Does that count?


I think Groundhog Day should count, too.

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I know my least favorite: "Lathe of Heaven". *shudder*

Two favorites: "Matrix" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".

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I guess the ones I like aren't as mainstream...

Bicentennial Man
Deep Impact
Minority Report

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I'm going to go with Evolution on this one. Head & Shoulders saves the world!
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quote:
Originally posted by Shanna:
I'd also like to add Galaxy Quest.

It's the best Star Trek movie ever made.
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quote:
I know my least favorite: "Lathe of Heaven". *shudder*
I didn't even know they made a movie out of that. I really liked the story when I read it.
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I don't think Groundhog Day counts. If it did, it would be my favorite, but it falls more into the realm of fantasy for me. But it depends a lot on why you think he is time looping. Like, if The Secret is considered science, it could be a sci fi movie. But I'm totally interested in hearing your reasons for why it should be considered such.

I could buy Sliding Doors as sci fi, as it more clearly stems from a quantum event.

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Does Clockwork Orange count as sci-fi?
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I don't see why not... Dystopian/social scenarios should count as well as technological ones.

Dark City is an interesting choice. It was the first DVD I ever purchased, coincidentally.

I have a lingering fondness for Dark Star, in all its quirky, low-budget goodness.

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The Matrix and I, Robot

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It's the best Star Trek movie ever made.
LOL, better than Kahn or First Contact? Those were stellar! Though I must say, Galaxy Quest was just awesome. When I was at Texas Tech, they had a college channel where they played new or really good older movies all month, and one month, they played Galaxy Quest. We must have watched that movie 25 times, and it never got old.

And I must be in the minority but all six Star Wars are in my top 20.

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All six Star Wars are in my top 20. The original three are all in my top 10, with Star Trek: First Contact and even Star Trek Generations.

If Indiana Jones counts as sci-fi, Raiders and Last Crusade are in my top ten.

Independence Day is up there too.

I'd have to see a big list of sci-fi movies, as I'm bad at coming up with them offhand like this.

Anything Michael Bay has done recently would NOT be on my list.

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quote:
Originally posted by The White Whale:


1. Contact
2. Bladerunner
3. Star Trek: First Contact
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
5. Brazil

Those would certainly be part of my choices. Although I can't ignore 2010, Matrix, The Fifth Element (yeah, a comedy/parody, but a great one nonetheless), Gattaca and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

If I'd have to chose a favorite, it would be a hard choice between Contact and Bladerunner. Probably Contact.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:


Anything Michael Bay has done recently would NOT be on my list.

Now, now Lyrhawn. We must not hate fun. [Wink]
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quote:
I'm going to go with Evolution on this one. Head & Shoulders saves the world!
Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing but love for Evolution. But there's no selenium in Head and Shoulders. They mixed it up with Selsun Blue.

And for some twisted reason, that makes it even funnier to me.

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I haven't seen it yet, but "A Boy and His Dog" is already my favorite.
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2001: A Space Odyssey is probably my favorite. A few others that I unhealthily love ... Dark City, Children of Men, THX-1138. A lot of people don't care much for THX, but I do. It's a work of art. [Smile]
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THX-1138 may be a work of art but I don't think I'll ever want to watch it a second time.

2001, on the other hand, I'll watch anytime. I've even seen in on the big screen! (Thank you, George Eastman House)

Has anyone here seen the 'Brother from Another Planet?' I thought that was really good, esp. given the minuscule budget that they had.

Oh, and the Russian Solyaris (72) was really good. I just wish it had the music and the look of the 2002 Solaris. But I wish that the rest of the 2002 Solaris didn't exist.

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quote:
I didn't even know they made a movie out of that. I really liked the story when I read it.
Now that I've looked it up, it appears that what I saw was a made-for-tv movie or something to that effect, and it had Lisa Bonet in it. It turns out there was an honest-to-goodness movie made as well. That one might be better.

ETA: Hey! It has Bruce Davidson in it! Maybe I'll check it out.

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quote:
Originally posted by The White Whale:
Oh, and the Russian Solyaris (72) was really good. I just wish it had the music and the look of the 2002 Solaris. But I wish that the rest of the 2002 Solaris didn't exist.

Agreed. [Smile]

Stalker was also pretty good, but veeery weird. I thought the book was better.

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Oh, Stalker! I loved the movie. I got to see that on the big screen too (Thank you again George Eastman House!) I should read the book.
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Who are you, The White Whale? My American long lost twin? [Big Grin]

By the way, the book on which Stalker was based is Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, in case you didn't know. [Smile]

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Curse you Corwin. Now I have to add another to my list of books that must be read. It was fine when I just knew that Stalker was based on a book. I could keep myself in ignorance of the actual name of the book. But know that you've gone out and given me the name, I have to get it.

[Big Grin]

I'll ask my mom if she knows of a lost sibling in France. [Wink]

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2001 and The Sixth Sense.

But Galaxy Quest was a lot of fun. I saw it with my kid, and it was a hoot.

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How do you consider Sixth Sense to be science fiction?
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2001
Gattaca
Alien
Star Wars (the whole series)

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quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
How do you consider Sixth Sense to be science fiction?

Isn't it about some sort of paranormal perception?
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quote:
Originally posted by PSI Teleport:
quote:
I didn't even know they made a movie out of that. I really liked the story when I read it.
Now that I've looked it up, it appears that what I saw was a made-for-tv movie or something to that effect, and it had Lisa Bonet in it. It turns out there was an honest-to-goodness movie made as well. That one might be better.

ETA: Hey! It has Bruce Davidson in it! Maybe I'll check it out.

I've seen it. It's much more faithful than the Lukas Haas, Lisa Bonet movie, but the budget was quite thin. Normally I don't mind thin budgets (in fact, I would say I prefer them to mega-huge budgets because they lead to more care and precision), but in this case they didn't accommodate the constraints well; they attempted some ill-advised affects, and the writing was pretty poorly adapted. For me, it was a let down (but not as big a let down as the A&E version).

As to my favorite: Empire Strikes Back, followed by (in no particular order) 12 Monkeys, Artificial Intelligence:AI, The Iron Giant, Star Wars and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (haha, just kidding).

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Anyone for Back to the Future?

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure?

Planet of the Apes?

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quote:
Originally posted by Tante Shvester:
quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
How do you consider Sixth Sense to be science fiction?

Isn't it about some sort of paranormal perception?
It's a ghost story.
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I am so ashamed that I forgot about "Planet of the Apes." Its one of my favorite movies. I guess it just doesn't factor into my usual vision of science fiction (space ships and so forth.)
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quote:
Originally posted by SenojRetep:
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (haha, just kidding).

As bad as that movie may have been, the special features disc on the Collectors Edition DVD is one of the highlights of my collection.
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quote:
Planet of the Apes?
God, I hope you're talking about the original...

I forgot about AI: Artificial Intelligence.

And, man, I'd do almost anything to see 2001 on a big screen. That kind of thing just doesn't happen here in Miami.

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I've read the book several times, but I've never been able to stay awake all through that film.
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2001: A space Odyssey
Metropolis (as much for historical context as anything, though I did get to see a re-edited version that included as much extant film as is known to exist, and it is an interesting story)
Bladerunner
Gattaca
Soylent Green
Matrix (as cliched as that is seen to be, these days)
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
Dr. Strangelove (which is borderline)

I know, not original.

-Bok

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Oh, I forgot about Gattaca. We're lucky that so many awesome sci-fi movies have come out in the last few years. I think that's why they seem cliché; they're newer and popular. But that doesn't mean they aren't awesome. I also loved "Equilibrium" even though it had that cheesy gunkata. It was great considering they had the bulk of their budget cut right before filming.

Ultraviolet, not so great.

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The Empire Strikes Back is my favorite, since I'm defining "favorite" as "one I can watch whenever, wherever." There are a bunch of wonderful ones, most of which have already been mentioned, but Empire just wins in my book. [Smile]
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