What Are Your Favourite Sci-Fi Movies?

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  1. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    It's a harsh judgement to make.
     
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    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

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    Good science fiction is thoughtful or thought-provoking - meaning some measure of thought is expected of the reader / audience.

    Modern movies increasingly emphasize style or action over dialogue / discussion, so as to progressively reduce the incidence and depth of thought necessary to enjoy a film.

    On a related note ...

    Good science fiction requires imagination on the part of the reader / audience. Advances in special effects have almost eliminated the requirement for viewers to exercise imagination to engage or appreciate settings and plots. However, this hasn't reduced the imagination required to 'connect the dots' and correlate SF films' plots and angles with the sort of deeper themes SF writers engage in print.

    IMHO individual imagination is the single mental faculty that has eroded the most over the last few decades. Modern - especially younger - viewers are progressively ill-equipped to deal with subtleties, nuances, and even basic mental visualization.

    If it's not blatantly 'in your face' it seems it's destined to be 'over your head'.
     
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  3. Shady

    Shady WHOOOOOOO ARE YOU?

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    Also enjoyed them both
     
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  4. dr wu

    dr wu Doctor Prog

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    I'm a fan of Firefly series and the Serenity film.
    I even have a toy figurine of Captain Malcolm Reynolds

    :D
     
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    dr wu Doctor Prog

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    I read the novel before the film ever came out....wasn't that a Colin Wilson book...?
     
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    Shady WHOOOOOOO ARE YOU?

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    Obviously a man of great taste :D
    I think it was based on his book
     
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    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    Yes. I can't remember if I read the book before the film.
     
  8. skinny

    skinny Antediluvian

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    Honorable mentions:

    Until the End of the World
    The Truman Show
     
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  9. Dinobot

    Dinobot Justified & Ancient

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    Plan 9 From Outer Space.
    The Bride Of Frankenstein
     
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    Heckler The unspeakable mass

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    Ooh yes good call, another movie with a troubled history.
     
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    Timble2 Imaginary Person

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    I got the feeling that there was a better film in there but it got hacked to pieces in the editing suite by studio exec.
     
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  12. gerhard1

    gerhard1 Abominable Snowman

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    World Without End (1956) a cheapo sci-fi flick from Allied Artists, is one of my all-time favorites. Te special effects are laughable by today's standards but the cast, plot and script were quite good. It concerns the first US flight to Mars (in 1957) and what happens on the way back to earth.

    The acting and the story were very good and this is one of Rod Taylor's (The Birds) first films.
     
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    jimv1 Analogue Boy

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    For me, it’s Soylent Green. As distopian as futures get, Charlton Heston and Edward G Robinson eke out a living in a polluted, overpopulated US where the rich have it all and the starving poor are shovelled off the streets into trucks. The euthansia clinic scene alone is brilliant.
     
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    James_H And I like to roam the land

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    Having only encountered it as a running joke in stuff like Futurama, I was surprised by how good (and horrifying) the movie actually is.
     
  15. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    The most shocking scene was when the bulldozers came in and picked people up.
     
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    Yes! Great scenes.
     

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