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The last good SF film I saw was:

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Posted on Apr 28, 2012 2:25:39 AM PDT
D. J. Bowler says:
Pitch Black: The bang-to-buck ratio was sky-high. The first eight minutes of crash-landing was a great hook (Rayna Wilson earned cred as an action-type). During the rest of the film, Vin mainstreamed himself by making his character work as well as he did.

I found the sci-fi scenario engaging: cryopods were necessary for interstellar travel and there were diverse cultures, economic resources & motivations. Space-flight seemed to be sub-light in this installment - which is more interesting than loading up script-kiddies in the hyperdrive-equiped interstellar SUV, and cruising off to somebodies idea of 'adventure-planet' . It also makes it plausible to get seriously marooned and eaten by the local fauna...

It demonstrated what is possible, even when bracketed by a tight budget.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2012 11:16:12 AM PDT
Dragongod: every little bit helps. Some you mentioned I haven't seen like Ergo Proxy and Gunslinger Girl. I'll have to see if NF has them. I'm an Alien fan as well, and either own or watched them all even the Predator one. I enjoy them to various degress. I prefer the first two, and high anticipate Prometheus by Ridley Scott. I might have to see that in 3D. :)

There are two similar films with similar titles: Battle of Los Angeles, which is pretty cheesy and very low budget, but some of the ideas in it I enjoyed watching. I caught it off the Syfy channel. So lower any type of expectations. :)

Battle: Los Angeles--the large budget film, I haven't seen.

Zombieland--I've seen a couple of times, I enjoyed it more the first time, though I get tired of the genre. That said though I'm a fan of the TV series: The Walking Dead and the comic series by Robert Kirkman.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 11:20:35 AM PDT
Pitch Black--I saw at the Cinema, and enjoyed, a fun alien space opera romp. I agree with your review, thanks. To a lessor degree I enjoyed the sequel to Pitch Black, called The Chronicles of Riddick. The Diesel is back kicking ass and asking questions later. The story isn't quite as good, sometimes there are story problems, but I enjoyed the look of it, which reminded me of something out of Heavy Metal magazine.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 11:25:33 AM PDT
I started watching the anime, Spirited Away, which my interest vary on pretty quite a bit. A lot of people enjoy this film, but I didn't care for it very much. It's by Disney and Miyazaki and more fantasy than SF. It sort of reminded me of something like The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland.

I found a cheap used copy of The Iron Giant, another animated film, in a pawn shop. This one is more to my liking. It's a throw back to old 50's SF, giant robots, old Superman comics, alien invasion, duck and cover warnings about the bomb, etc. I like this film.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2012 12:00:05 PM PDT
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D. J. Bowler says:
@ThreeDollarbill: The production crew on 'The Chronicles' were first-rate. They created an entire culture - the 'Necromongers' - that was not obviously derivative and was internally consistent. Armor, clothing, weapons, architecture, each item was visually stimulating and seemed to be loaded with subtext... Quite an achievement.

OTOH, the plot void[s] were deep enough to stash a battalion of dead 'mercs'. In the bigger picture that just didn't matter. The story-arc held, Vin built cred, Thandie Newton looked sharper than coffin-nails (opposite a noticeably virile Karl Urban) and Colm Fiore had gravitas... Worth paying to see on the big screen.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 12:35:21 PM PDT
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D. J. Bowler says:
Minority Report: One fine Spielberg film no "shakey-cam" - for those who prefer their movies presented with a more Mid-20th Century feel.

The movie did more than provide a vehicle for hi-tech eye-candy. It asked the right questions, which is refreshing.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2012 1:23:45 PM PDT
I am also extremely excited for Prometheus. I've never seen Walking Dead but everyone talks about it. I saw the SyFy movie Battle Los Angeles and it was HORRIBLE. I never want to see that again. I prefer the 2011 large budget film.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 5:10:07 PM PDT
A. Salazar says:
Moon, Skyline, Pandorum, Paul, Cowboys and Aliens, Attack the Block. All very different movies. I also like the shaky-cam heavy Fourth Kind.

Moon is not an action movie, more philosophical.
Skyline and Pandorum are just good sci-fi, action, horror romps. I think both movies incorporate a fresh new spins on the genre and have some good plot twists and set-up endings.
Paul is more comedy, Attack the Block is action, horror, dark comedy.
Cowboys and Aliens is good with a comic feel to it. And you thought Westerns and Sci-fi couldn't mix?
Fourth Kind is one of those found footage with re-enactment shots type of movies, like a TV show. Maybe I watch too much of the History Channel, but I like it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2012 5:49:51 PM PDT
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Yog-Sothoth says:
"Apropos of nothing, this would fit in well in a Lovecraftian tale--looks like someone has found a fossilized shoggoth!"

Comparing the descriptions of both the news article, and that of Prof. Lake in "At The Mountains of Madness", it appears to be that of an "Elder Thing", althought the specimen found appears to be a little bigger.

Elder Things' were described as having attributes of both animal and vegetable, and being: "Six feet end to end, three and five-tenths feet central diameter, tapering to one foot at each end. Like a barrel with five bulging ridges in place of staves. Lateral breakages, as of thinnish stalks, are at equator in middle of these ridges. In furrows between ridges are curious growths - combs or wings that fold up and spread out like fans. . . which gives almost seven-foot wing spread. Arrangement reminds one of certain monsters of primal myth, especially fabled Elder Things in the Necronomicon."
-H.P. Lovecraft, 'At the Mountains of Madness'

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 7:28:51 AM PDT
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< a fossilized shoggoth! >

Maybe it eats giant dinosaur eggs :-)

(Both articles seem to need a large dash of salt.)

Oh yes, as to the OT, I'll vote for District 9 also.
And though it's a few years old, Sleep Dealer is another excellent indie.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 9:16:02 AM PDT
I enjoyed Minority Report as well, and own a copy for the vid library. Direct by Spielberg, one of my favorite directors, from a story by Phillip K. Dick, the story still holds up well. There's an eyeball scene when Cruise's character is trying to change his looks, irrc, that reminds me a bit of Bladerunner for some reason. Perhaps the PKD influence ;) It's a good movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 9:24:43 AM PDT
Yes, Battle of Los Angeles was bad, make no mistake, I'm not recommending it. I'm just saying there were some interesting themes in it, for me the way they portrayed telepresence was sort of interesting. It's very comic book-y in design, with Nia Peeples almost looking the part of a female Nick Fury. Most of it was sadly awful, but I found parts of it interesting on some crazy level.

I agree though, I think Prometheus is my #1 anticipated movie release this year that I'm looking forward too. I hope it is good.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 9:29:11 AM PDT
Salazar: you've list some good movies I've seen and own, like Moon. It's a throwback to some of my favorite type movies and TV series like Jerry Anderson's Space: 1999, 2001, and so forth. Since you enjoyed Paul & Cowboys & Aliens I might have to add that to my NF queue. I don't know anything about Fourth Kind, that's new to me, thanks. I don't think I've seen Skyline either come to think of it, but it sounds familiar. I'll add it too, thanks for the recs.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 9:52:31 AM PDT
Saturdays mean SF for me as I used to be in a Dr. Who club many years back, we had members that were also from the Trek club, but the Dr. Who club started out just watching Who videos and gradually we broadened it to include Star Trek, UFO, movies, a bit of horror, and so forth. We'd meet for pizza and chat, and then later went over to someone's house and watch a movie. Since I did that for so many years, I equate SF with Saturdays. I guess it's still with me to a degree, though I've moved, and we all had to go our respective ways in seeking new jobs, towns, etc.

There's a channel on Suddenlink in my town, which I think comes over other networks too as well, called the Me Channel. On Saturdays they start out by showing an old 60's Batman, Adam West/ Burt Ward show, followed by classic Star Trek, and then generally a campy SF/horror presented by a horror host, Svengoolie. Last night, I watched the Trek episode Amok Time, which involved Spock's mating ritual, Pon Farr. I still think the original Trek episodes are well made and mature in their outlook (not made for kiddies), which I appreciate to this day. Svengoolie followed by This Island Earth, a 1955 SF film that also wasn't written for the kiddies mindset, or at least doesn't seem that way looking back on it. It also had pretty good effects for the day. If that wasn't enough I wrapped up my viewing with a few episodes of classic Battlestar Galactica. If you enjoyed Star Wars, these I'd recommend to you. They're very much in that mode or space opera, with good effects and stories for the most part. I watched the episode, The Gun on Ice Planet Zero last night.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 11:23:04 AM PDT
That sounds fun. I don't think I've ever had friends over for pizza and movies, but I've done it a lot with my family.

A friend told me Skyline was terrible, and he's a big SciFi geek. I chose to see Unstoppable with my family members instead of Skyline (which looked interesting) and my friend told me I made a good choice. He said Skyline was terrible. A lot of other people said that, too. I'm still interested in it mainly because it reminds me of Halo 3 and Halo Reach (don't know why).

If you're a SciFi gamer, I can recommend the Redistance series 10 times before anything, and safely recommend Halo as a second choice.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 7:56:08 AM PDT
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Mel Hoppe says:
Blade Runner, Frau im Moon, Farenheit 451, Alphaville.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 11:47:36 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:15:15 PM PDT
I ran across this blog on 1970's SF. It's pretty interesting if you enjoy that era:

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:38:49 PM PDT
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Ada Davis says:
The last SF film I didn't think was dumb: Inception (Two-Disc Edition) [Blu-ray],
and before that: Minority Report [Blu-ray] and Blade Runner: The Final Cut

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 12:35:15 AM PDT
Cowboys & Aliens (Extended Version)

This film works because you believe the cowboys are real.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 1:31:47 AM PDT
D. J. Bowler says:
@ Ada: _Inception_ makes the cut. There was more to this film than slick concept and expensive f/x.

Posted on May 1, 2012 2:19:59 AM PDT
D. J. Bowler says:
Since we seem to be expanding the definition of Sci-Fi film, I have to add 'Youth Without Youth' by F.F. Coppola... There are things about this film that are fan-tastic :)) Cheers!

Posted on May 1, 2012 3:36:29 PM PDT
A. Tsurukame says:
Last good SF film I saw was Pandorum [ Pandorum [Blu-ray] ].

I watched it on Netflix and this movie took me by surprise. I love stories of generational spaceships, and while some standard SF cliches used in here, I liked the effort by the French film director.

I also watched the indie SF movie, Monsters Special Edition + Digital Copy [Blu-ray] , which both surprised me and disappointed me. The special effects were better than I expected from this low-budget movie and there is an eerie sense of being attacked at any moment. The movie has a documentary feel to it as the couple travel through Mexico, and I liked the ending, which I won't spoil, but some action fans may be disappointed. I just didn't find the chemistry between the two actors believable, which is surprising as I think they are married in real life. An interesting film, though.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 8:36:12 PM PDT
What more can you tell me about Youth Without Youth. I've seen the DVD, and would think a movie by Coppola is worth watching, however, I remember reading some reviews about the film, and most of them seemed negative at the time. What did you enjoy?

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 8:41:04 PM PDT
I've seen both Pandorum and Monsters. I enjoyed Pandorum as well. Pandorum had a bit more budget so the scenes and interior of the ship were more realistic looking, and there was a sense of dread or paranoia to the film as well. I enjoyed it a bit more than Monsters, which was ok. You are right, it's not an action film, but sort of interesting in its own way. I didn't know both actors were married however. I enjoyed how the aliens were portrayed as being so large and awesome.
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