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Jeff C.
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My favorite movie of all time is Braveheart, which I've seen about 25-30 times.

After that, I'd go with:

Star Trek 2: the Wrath of Kahn
Batman Begins
Stranger than Fiction
Old School
Serenity
V for Vendetta


What about the rest of you?

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Here are a few -

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The Shining
2001: A Space Odyssey
Snatch (anything by Guy Ritchie really)
The Darjeeling Limited (favorite Wes Anderson)
Shutter Island (favorite Scorsese)
Inglorious Basterds (favorite Tarintino)
No Country For Old Men
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
East of Eden
The Blues Brothers
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Alien
Gattaca
Fight Club
Star Wars: Original Trilogy
Constantine
Romeo and Juliet(1995)
Labyrinth

Movie I hate -

Juno

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SteveRogers
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My top 15 in order:

1. Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
2. Network
3. WALL-E
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. High Fidelity
6. The Royal Tennebaums
7. Howl's Moving Castle
8. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
9. The Princess Bride
10. Saving Private Ryan
11. Raising Arizona
12. Fargo
13. The Big Lebowski
14. Fantastic Mr. Fox
15. Inglorious Basterds

Honorable mentions: Super 8, There Will Be Blood, Buck Privates, The Kid, The Shawshank Redemption, I Love You Man, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Tropic Thunder, Watchmen, The Muppet Movie, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, My Neighbor Totoro, In Bruges, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Shining, The Usual Suspects, 12 Monkeys, The Fisher King, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Rushmore, Blade Runner, No Country for Old Men, Get Him To The Greek

I like lots of movies obviously.

[ January 15, 2012, 09:51 PM: Message edited by: SteveRogers ]

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In no particular order:

The Philadelphia Story
Michael Collins
Bringing Up Baby
Duck Soup
Natural Born Killers
Labyrinth
Pretty in Pink
Finding Nemo
Wall-E
Cooley High
Sin City
Kill Bill vol. 1
Fantastic Planet
Benny and Joon
Cabaret
My Fair Lady
Singin' In the Rain
The Quiet Man
Moulin Rouge
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The Breakfast Club
Sixteen Candles
What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
Citizen Kane
Willow
The Big Lebowski

'K, I'll stop now, but there are more....

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SteveRogers
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Ooh, Labyrinth is a good one which I forgot to mention in my own list.
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My uhh...trimmed dynamic list as of now (because that's really the only way I can answer this question):

Amelie
American Beauty
American History X
Clerks I & II
The Dark Knight
District 9
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Donnie Darko
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Fight Club
Funny People
Garden State
Gattaca
Good Night, and Good Luck
Hot Fuzz
Inglorious Basterds
Juno
Kick-Ass
Kill Bill (I & II)
The King's Speech
The Land Before Time
Lord of the Rings
Matchstick Men
Memento
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Napoleon Dynamite
The Never Ending Story
Pan's Labyrinth
Primer
The Savages
Seven
Sideways
The Shawshank Redemption
Star Trek (the reboot)
Super Troopers
Tropic Thunder
V for Vendetta
Watchmen
Where the Wild Things Are

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LargeTuna
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my top 10 in no particular order:

Back to the Future
Blade Runner
Attack the Block
Snatch
Pan's Labyrinth
The Sting
The Damned United
Hero
The Princess Bride
Fight Club

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capaxinfiniti
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quote:
My uhh...trimmed dynamic list as of now (because that's really the only way I can answer this question)
That's how I feel too. I started off by deciding to not be exhaustive and yet my list continues to grow..

Others have mentioned more of my favorites but here are a few more -

Blow
Sleepy Hollow
Silent Hill
25th Hour
Bandits
Time Bandits
Can't Buy Me Love
Better Off Dead
Requiem for a Dream
Good Will Hunting
Rounders
Lucky Number Slevin
Poolhall Junkies
Sunshine
Event Horizon

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SteveRogers
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I've been really interested in seeing Lucky Number Slevin but have never had an opportunity.
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SLC Punk
Lo
Sunshine
Clerks 2
Punch Drunk Love
Moon
Up
Jarhead
The Longest Yard (Sandler version)
Smart People
Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior
Gran Torino
Rhythm & Flow
What Dreams May Come
The Lookout (Joseph Gordon Levitt, great role with him playing a tourettes character)
Dirty Filthy Love (another good portrayal of TS and OCD)
It Might Get Loud
Small Town Gay Bar
Matchstick Men
8MM
Pan's Labyrinth
Dark City
The Fifth Element
The Story of O

Edit to add.

The Seventh Cross, this film means a lot to me.
Seven Samurai, because I had the word seven on my mind.

[ January 16, 2012, 02:06 PM: Message edited by: AchillesHeel ]

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It's very interesting to see a list of films like this because it gives a real sense of the kind of person people are.
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Hmm... Off the top of my head and in no particular order:

Princess Bride
Fellowship of the Ring
Dr. Strangelove (surprise surprise)
Pan's Labyrinth
Twelve Angry Men
Harvey
Wall-E
A Knight's Tale

There are a lot more I'm sure, but nothing else immediately comes to mind.

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Back to the Future - Trilogy
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Princess Bride
5th Element
Knight's Tale
Shawshank Redemption
Braveheart
Gladiator
Garden State
Juno
Brick
Cruel Intentions
Dances with Wolves
Down Periscope
Serenity
Jurassic Park
Kung Fu Panda (1)
Terminator 1-3
Dark Knight
The Usual Suspects
The Sixth Sense
Rad
Brain Candy
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Die Hard 3
American Beauty
Forest Gump
Fight Club
The Matrix (1)
Memento
Se7en
Star Trek 4 and 6
The Professional
Saving Private Ryan
American History X
L.A. Confidential
Amadeus
Unforgiven
Indiana Jones 1 & 3
Galaxy Quest
The Incredibles
Aladdin

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Oh yea, I forgot:

Willow
Hook
The Last Samurai
The Hunt for Red October
Courage Under Fire
Glory

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Aros
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Only 1 mention each of Scott Pilgrim and Shaun of the Dead? You're awesome, SteveRogers!

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned either The Fall or The Fountain.

My current list:
- The Fall
- Shaun of the Dead
- Braveheart
- A New Hope
- Scott Pilgrim Versus the World
- The Science of Sleep
- Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Mind
- Back to the Future
- The Muppets
- Primer
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
- Twelve Monkeys
- Shoot 'Em Up
- Star Trek (Abrams version)
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Fincher)
- The Fountain
- Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Added after edit:
- Moulin Rouge
- SLC Punk
- Super

[ January 16, 2012, 10:17 PM: Message edited by: Aros ]

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I'm sure I'll add to this list as others post. Most everyone's list reminds me of a movie I've forgotten.

The hard part for me is the cut-off. I like Forrest Gump and Sixth Sense a lot, but are they list-worthy?

I've put them in chronological order for my own curiosity:

1974 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
1978 Star Wars
1980 Empire Strikes Back
1983 Return of the Jedi
1986 Aliens
1989 Dead Poets Society
1991 Terminator 2
1993 Jurassic Park
1994 Shawshank Redemption
1995 Braveheart
1998 Saving Private Ryan
1999 Fight Club
1999 The Matrix
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2001 Fellowship of the Ring
2001 Donnie Darko
2002 Whale Rider
2002 The Two Towers
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2004 Garden State
2006 Pan's Labyrinth
2006 Children of Men

I'm surprised no one else has the original trilogy of Star Wars.

Sadly nothing from the last 5 years has made the list. My wife might include Inception, but while I liked it a lot (and it was me who pushed us seeing it) it wasn't one I'd add to my favorites. Avatar was a great "movie experience" with the 3D, but the film itself was pretty mediocre. Maybe the last two Harry Potter movies, but I think while I enjoyed them, they probably don't make the final cut.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xavier:

I'm surprised no one else has the original trilogy of Star Wars.

I had included the first movie. I loved the others (and to a lesser degree the new trilogy), but I felt that each had their flaws.
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In no particular order:

Faraway, So Close!
You Can't Take it with You
Henry Fool
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Say Anything...
Lawrence of Arabia
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Big Kahuna
Punch-Drunk Love
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
The Evil Dead II
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Aliens
The Big Lebowski
Brazil
Sneakers
The Fifth Element
Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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Aros
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It's odd. This list doesn't really have a high correlation with my favorite filmmakers. I think many of them have streaks of movies that I enjoy a lot but don't necessarily love.

Some of my favorite filmmakers include Steven Soderbergh, Michel Gondry, Wes Anderson, JJ Abrams, George Clooney, Tarsem Singh, Edgar Wright, Duncan Jones, Stanley Kubrick, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher.

[ January 16, 2012, 01:52 PM: Message edited by: Aros ]

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In no particular order (though you might see how certain movies triggered other movies to come to mind), and very incomplete:

Princess Bride
12 Angry Men
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Harvey
Rope
American Psycho
American History X
Kramer v. Kramer
The Graduate
All the President's Men
The Paper Chase
SLC Punk
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
To Sir, With Love
Big
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Cool Runnings
Monty Python's Life of Brian
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Hugo
Superman II
The Trotsky
You Can't Take it With You
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Pan's Labyrinth
A Knight's Tale
Moulin Rouge


There are many others and if I had to make a short list, it would be very similar to Dr Strangelove's.


Edit: As for The Fall and the original Star Wars trilogy, both are enjoyable but The Fall is overstylized and Star Wars is clearly a product of its day. Plus the acting just makes it too hard to think of as a great movie.

Edit2: Charlton Heston counts as a movie.

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Aros
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quote:
Originally posted by JonHecht:


Edit: As for The Fall and the original Star Wars trilogy, both are enjoyable but The Fall is overstylized and Star Wars is clearly a product of its day. Plus the acting just makes it too hard to think of as a great movie.

Perspective says a lot, doesn't it? IMHO some of the greatest works of art can be severely flawed in some aspects and still be masterpieces. Several movies in my list aren't great pieces of art by any stretch of the imagination, but they're so gosh darn entertaining that they exceed the sum of their parts (Bill and Ted, The Muppets, Shoot 'Em Up, etc).

In my list I can have a place for the most well acted and visually beautiful movie of all time (The Fall), even if it is a little boring. And if I can't find a spot for the greatest science fiction movie ever made just because the acting and effects are hokey (A New Hope), then I might as well trade in my movie-lover badge for that of a professional film critic.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xavier:
Sadly nothing from the last 5 years has made the list.

I included There Will Be Blood, which I believe was released in 2007, on my list of honorable mentions. Another great movie from that year, which was stylistically similar to There Will Be Blood actually, was No Country for Old Men, which should also be on my list of honorable mentions.

Admittedly, "favorite" movie is an idea which will vary from person to person and neither of those movies are the sort of thing everyone would love. But there are amazing films from the past five years if you dig deep enough. [Smile]

Also, thank you, Aros! [Big Grin]

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Sorry for the double post, but. . .

quote:
Originally posted by Aros:
And if I can't find a spot for the greatest science fiction movie ever made just because the acting and effects are hokey (A New Hope), then I might as well trade in my movie-lover badge for that of a professional film critic.

I think you'll run into some contention for what movie is the "greatest science-fiction movie ever made". I love Star Wars, but I also know that I, as well as many others, could make a better than decent argument to award "best science-fiction" movie to a variety of other films. [Smile]
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I just wanted to add that for me, "favorite movie" is a movie I recommend without hesitation, own a copy of, watch at least every couple years and will stop and watch no mater where it is in the movie if it is on cable and I'm looking for something to watch.
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quote:
Originally posted by Stone_Wolf_:
I just wanted to add that for me, "favorite movie" is a movie I recommend without hesitation, own a copy of, watch at least every couple years and will stop and watch no mater where it is in the movie if it is on cable and I'm looking for something to watch.

Then I have to add The Punisher, the Thomas Jane movie.
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To varying degrees, that was my definition for it as well; however, I also have an absolutely massive DVD library, so that leaves me a lot of wiggle room to establish "favorites." And film is a major passion of mine, so there are many which I watch regularly and recommend often. [Smile]
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I (for the most part) don't recommend movies anymore unless I know the person really well. Several that I loved and recommended in the past drew ire from co-workers, including Igby Goes Down, Party Monster, and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
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What makes A New Hope the greatest science fiction movie of all time? The acting is bad, the dialogue is terrible, and the effects are cheesy. It was certainly the beginning of an era, but that makes it the first, not the greatest. The story's so-so, but it's not particularly original.

On another note, Igby Goes Down is great.

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quote:
Originally posted by Aros:
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

This is a movie which I often recommend, but I don't think anyone I've recommended it to has watched it.
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quote:
Originally posted by SteveRogers:
Sorry for the double post, but. . .

quote:
Originally posted by Aros:
And if I can't find a spot for the greatest science fiction movie ever made just because the acting and effects are hokey (A New Hope), then I might as well trade in my movie-lover badge for that of a professional film critic.

I think you'll run into some contention for what movie is the "greatest science-fiction movie ever made". I love Star Wars, but I also know that I, as well as many others, could make a better than decent argument to award "best science-fiction" movie to a variety of other films. [Smile]
Especially since a compelling argument can be made that Star Wars isn't even a science fiction film in the first place. It's pretty clearly fantasy.
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Well, you could make that debate about a lot of "science fiction" films.
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You could!

But I think Star Wars is especially egregious.

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quote:
Originally posted by AchillesHeel:
quote:
Originally posted by Stone_Wolf_:
I just wanted to add that for me, "favorite movie" is a movie I recommend without hesitation, own a copy of, watch at least every couple years and will stop and watch no mater where it is in the movie if it is on cable and I'm looking for something to watch.

Then I have to add The Punisher, the Thomas Jane movie.
Hah! Agreed.
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Star Wars pulls too deeply from futuristic, technological things to be 'very clearly not sci-fi' even though its thematic underpinnings are fantasy, it still has spacefights in space and spacetravel between worlds and laser fights with blasters and laser swords and robots everywhere and aliens everywhere and multiple worlds and floating gas-giant mining cities and hoverbikes and shield generators protecting planetary destruction superweapon stations that have to be resolved with space teddy bears and an even largerer spacefight and
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My reference as the "greatest science fiction movie" doesn't mean that it's the best science fiction movie.

A New Hope changed film making. Prior to its release, science fiction wasn't accessible to mainstream viewers. It practically invented the "blockbuster". It established what is arguably the largest movie franchise in history (counting books, video games, merchandising, etc). It is almost universally loved.

From this perspective, Star Wars is to science fiction what Lord of the Rings was to fantasy. It was the prototype. I'll certainly not try to compare the two quality wise, however, but it is the flagship.

Now the best science fiction movie is probably either Back to the Future (mainstream) or Primer (niche).

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Technically, science fiction is considered a sub-genre of fantasy. And the Star Wars series is Space Opera, a sub-genre of science fiction. The confusion is generally between soft science fiction, which can have unrealistic and fantastic elements, and hard science fiction, which typically cannot.

Of course there are fantastic elements in Star Wars. Have you read any other science fiction? Dune maybe? Slaughterhouse-Five? Honor Harrington series?

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quote:
Originally posted by Aros:
Technically, science fiction is considered a sub-genre of fantasy. And the Star Wars series is Space Opera, a sub-genre of science fiction. The confusion is generally between soft science fiction, which can have unrealistic and fantastic elements, and hard science fiction, which typically cannot.

Of course there are fantastic elements in Star Wars. Have you read any other science fiction? Dune maybe? Slaughterhouse-Five? Honor Harrington series?

The distinction between soft and hard sci-fi is a sliding scale, and Star Wars has every single level pushed to the maximum "soft" side. There aren't even any attempts at psuedo-science until the prequels.

I dunno, when every single one of the "sci-fi" aspects are 100% unexplained nonsensical soft-science, and the single most thematically significant device (and the only one that does get any level of dissection or examination) is literally magic... Sci-Fi just really seems like a misnomer to me. Where's the Sci?

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I think the greatest sci-fi film is Blade Runner.
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My current list without too much second-guessing:

God of Cookery
King of Comedy
Infernal Affairs
Lord of the Rings (Extended)
Police Story
Comrades, Almost a Love Story
Blade Runner
Once Upon a Time in China II
Dark City
Ashes of Time
Back to the Future

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A couple more additions:

Murder in the First
Kuffs
The Neverending Story
Sleepers
Kingdom of Heaven
Proof of Life

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I'm surprised only two of you chose the Dark Knight. People love that film in a very unnatural way. Personally, I enjoyed Begins a lot more, although the Joker was amazing as well.

Aros, I agree with you about Star Wars. A New Hope may not have been the best movie in the world or had the best script, but it made other scifi films possible and that's what's important. You have to wonder...without Star Wars, would we still be getting an Ender's Game movie? And if so, what would be giving credit to instead of Star Wars?

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I used to list The Dark Knight as one of my favorite films, but I've kinda grown away from it as the years have passed. I still love Heath Ledger's performance, but I think parts of the movie drag a little. In recent viewings, I find I feel the movie to be too long.
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quote:
Originally posted by Dan_Frank:
Sci-Fi just really seems like a misnomer to me. Where's the Sci?

Everywhere. It doesn't focus on the why of the sci, but the sci is everywhere. Just in a run-down world where the workings of everything from junkheap droids in a mobile jawa fortress to gas harvester planetary cities suspended hovering in the breathable areas of atmosphere above a gas giant, is taken as-is, not explained with trappings and dialogue, it's just the environment for fantastical adventures, not a hangup requiring exposition to justify star wars as sci-fi. Pretty standard for space opera.
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quote:
Originally posted by Samprimary:
Pretty standard for space opera.

Firefly is often considered a space opera and science fiction, but they don't go out of their way to explain the science behind everything either. There are levels of science fiction. Not everything needs to be hard sci-fi a la Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke to be considered sci-fi. The science in Ender's Game isn't explained to an exhaustive detail, and it's still called sci-fi. I think it'd be reasonable to say that sci-fi could be called fantasy with a science slant. Space instead of Middle Earth. Science fiction is a pretty broad term. Where the issue might arise is when it comes to establishing subgenres. Is there really one single work which is purely just "science fiction" without having elements of fantasy, mystery, or even Western? Much of the genre is built upon the tropes of previously established genres.
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I'd weigh in about what category Star Wars is, but I honestly don't care. I'm over Star Wars. I'm over Lord of the Rings. I am also over the music Elvis.

All are ground breakers, but since they broke ground, building has continued and the new buildings have in door plumbing!

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I can't believe that I put Kick Ass on my list. I had mistakenly confused the name. I meant Super.

James Gunn is pretty awesome.

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I wasn't terribly impressed with Kick-Ass or Super to be honest.
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All are ground breakers, but since they broke ground, building has continued and the new buildings have in door plumbing!
This is like saying you're over X-Com because you just played Civ V. You heathen.
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One of my friends adamantly insists that space opera and sci-fi are different genres, as opposed to the one being a subset of the other.

But anyway, yeah, I'll concede to you guys. Star Wars is scifi, it's just unrelentingly fantasy as well. In terms of the "Feel" I get from the film, it feels much more like fantasy. Whereas something like Firefly, although obviously first and foremost a western, still feels like a sci-fi western to me.

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