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I wanna try and catch this this weekend, my kid saw it and said it was fantastic. Unreleased 70 mm footage. Maybe not sci fi, but definitely sci.


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I wanna try and catch this this weekend, my kid saw it and said it was fantastic. Unreleased 70 mm footage. Maybe not sci fi, but definitely sci.


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Very punny. Was George even involved in the new SWs?

Rented this to watch after Force Awakens...



Actually I should say "borrowed" since this also from the library, and fee free.
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Haven't seen the new Riddick, so also want to check this out sometime soon.



I enjoyed the first two in the series (Pitch Black and Chronicles.)
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Haven't seen the new Riddick, so also want to check this out sometime soon.



I enjoyed the first two in the series (Pitch Black and Chronicles.)
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Preview of Disney's new Star Wars attraction. If you're planning to go, you may not want to watch this, as it contains a fair amount of spoilers.


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Haven't seen the new Riddick, so also want to check this out sometime soon.



I enjoyed the first two in the series (Pitch Black and Chronicles.)
I enjoyed the whole ride including Dark Fury. Though I prefer the Director's Cut of Chronicles over the theatrical version.
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Here's another one that's pretty poorly rated that I enjoyed. There's definitely some reasons for the low rating, but I liked the tone and the idea for the story.



The Signal 2014



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Preview of Disney's new Star Wars attraction. If you're planning to go, you may not want to watch this, as it contains a fair amount of spoilers.

https://youtu.be/KMJPWpOK-fI

https://youtu.be/IrRiVOufPuU
Admittedly not a big Star Wars fan, but that new exhibit looks bossin'; will have to go down and check it out when it comes to FL (non-peak season, of course)...
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If you like Hammer Films, they have some surprises in their non-horror catalog.

I have a review and thumbnails of this little film here: Four Sided Triangle (1953).



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If you like Hammer Films, they have some surprises in their non-horror catalog.

I have a review and thumbnails of this little film here: Four Sided Triangle (1953).



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Also from Hammer on July 30th Quatermass and the Pit and The Quatermass Experiment courtesy of Scream Factory .
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If you like Hammer Films, they have some surprises in their non-horror catalog.

I have a review and thumbnails of this little film here: Four Sided Triangle (1953).



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Another interesting choice, Bill. Still have this on a double disc DVD with X The Unknown. Another pretty good Hammer sci-fier (that I suspect you also know), which is sort of like a British Blob.


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Also from Hammer on July 30th Quatermass and the Pit and The Quatermass Experiment courtesy of Scream Factory .
A couple of my favorites. I could be wrong, but I think Shout/Scream Factory is doing Pit, and Quatermass 2. The Quatermass Xperiment (previously titled The Creeping Unknown in the US) is already available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

The chronology of the films goes...

1. Quatermass Xperiment/The Creeping Unknown
2. Quatermass 2/Enemy from Space
3. Quatermass and the Pit/Five Million Years to Earth

I recommend all the above, particularly 1 and 3. These should not be confused with the similarly titled TV serials on which the movies are based, which can be found here. There was also a kind of a fun little TV serial which continued the franchise into the 1970's, called simply "Quatermass", or "The Quatermass Conclusion" in the US. More details on that can be found here.

X The Unknown also has a very Quatermass-ish feel to it. Though I do not believe Nigel Kneale, author of the other Quatermass stories, was involved in the production.
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Other Hammer films in the SF genre that might, or might not be worth a look depending on your POV, include the Frankenstein films, which begin with the 1957 Curse of Frankenstein, with Chris Lee as the monster. (I won't bother naming all the others here.)



The caveman films, which include One Million Years B.C., When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Creatures the World Forgot, and Slave Girls/Prehistoric Women.



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The Jekyll/Hyde films, which include The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde. And the similarly themed The Man Who Could Cheat Death.

The hippy/dippy/trippy space fantasy Moon Zero Two, and Spaceways. The Sargasso Sea drama The Lost Continent. The H. Rider Haggard inspired She with Ursula Andress, and The Vengeance of She. And a thriller called The Damned or These Are the Damned with Ollie Reed and some other folks.

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Other non-Hammer British films in a similar vein include The Day the Earth Caught Fire, Village of the Damned (1960 version) and it's semi-sequel Children of the Damned, and The Crawling Eye/Trollenberg Terror.



And also Planet Film Productions' Night of the Big Heat, and Island of Terror.
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Got Replicas out of Redbox a few months ago; found it interesting at best. With a good director and tighter script, it could've been really good.
The movie really skirts around the subject matter by raising some very timely and interesting ethical questions, but doesn't spend any time exploring them. This is not a movie that holds up under any scrutiny, and is best watched without thinking deeply about it. It's too bad, since the premise has been done before with different and similar technologies, but it never aims to be anything more than just a by-the-numbers science/action movie, but lacking in both. And some of the characters' decisions are just unbelievably stupid to the point of distraction.

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Two lesser-known "last people on Earth" films of the 1950s:

Five (1951)

The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)



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The movie really skirts around the subject matter by raising some very timely and interesting ethical questions, but doesn't spend any time exploring them. This is not a movie that holds up under any scrutiny, and is best watched without thinking deeply about it. It's too bad, since the premise has been done before with different and similar technologies, but it never aims to be anything more than just a by-the-numbers science/action movie, but lacking in both. And some of the characters' decisions are just unbelievably stupid to the point of distraction.

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I found it fairly tensionless, and no creep-factor at all.
I agree, and after watching it, I have no idea what feeling the director was going after. It's not creepy, scary, suspenseful, insightful, or involving. Perhaps the best way to describe it would be soulless, and considering the subject matter that may be an appropriate description, but certainly not what the filmmaker intended. Kinda like the last Jurassic Park movie, but without dinosaurs, production values, or scope. Not that I would have rated that movie much higher, either.

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Well maybe I'll just skip it. Too bad, pretty ripe subject matter.
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Here's another one that's pretty poorly rated that I enjoyed. There's definitely some reasons for the low rating, but I liked the tone and the idea for the story.



The Signal 2014



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It's like David Lynch making a Sci-fi movie.
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The Signal is pretty good for a SF movie on a budget of 4 million dollar.
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What I always find is that, relative to how many sci-fi movies get made, how many of them that I consider to be quite good is quite low. I think my average rating of sci-fi movies on the whole might be lower than any other genre, despite the fact that I love sci-fi. Or maybe it's because I love sci-fi and have higher expectations, I dunno.

A lot of them are OK, and I don't mind having spent the time to watch them, but they are nothing to brag about. And so many of them are just stupid to me. And it's not because of being un-scientific. I really enjoy sci-fi that is really about exploring the human condition or the psychology of dealing with what's 'out there'. Stuff like "Europa Report" or "Another Earth" or "Solaris" I think are very good, though it's nice to have something like The Martian as well (which still fell factually short in a number of obvious ways.) And there are CGI-fests I love, like The Matrix, and completely non-CGI stuff I love, like Gattica or Primer. So it's not because I'm disliking some whole area of the genre really. Well, there's a lot of sci-fi-terror, and I don't like terror much. Real life is scary enough for me. Though I will give a pass to Alien/Aliens I guess.

But so much of it is empty CGI, or silly slash super-hero stuff, or has one idea and milks it to death, or are just OK despite being very good in some specific respect. Some are just so-so in terms of story, but have something really interesting. Like Oblivion, which I think is just average good overall, but absolutely gorgeous design-wise, and it has some good story moments. A lot have a lot of promise but end up falling a bit short, like Edge of Tomorrow.

I addition to the above... In terms of big budge CGI stuff, Inception I think is very good, and highly re-watchable. The recently done Planet of the Apes trilogy I thought was very well done, surprisingly so. Of course Terminator and T2. Looper I liked a lot. Limitless is excellent. Cloud Atlas a lot of folks didn't like, but I think it's very good though not a frequent re-watcher. Elysium was pretty good. The Martian as mentioned already. Interstellar had some really good moments but went stupid at the end. I think Minority Report is excellent.

On the lower budget side, Moon is excellent. 12 Monkeys I think is an uber-classic. I loved Arrival. Deep Impact is a big favorite. A.I. I really love, though a lot of folks didn't. Melancholia was challenging but good. Source Code was very good. Ex Machina is incredibly good.


But that's out of hundreds of sci-fi movies that came out just in the last couple decades from which most of the above hail.
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Mostly agree with your sentiment/tastes, but I have to make an exception for The Thing, though I don't care much for Horror/Terror either. And while I mostly like what Marvel (Disney) has done, I wouldn't classify them as Sci-Fi. To me it's more like Action/Fantasy.
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Yeh, it's probably not totally fair to classify some of that super-hero stuff as sci-fi, though some obviously have some sci-fi elements.
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What has always been problem with Sci-fi if you do it right the book orientated fans love it, the critics hate it, and the public is well... It's always been a balancing act. The internet just amplifies the conflict that started long ago.
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What I always find is that, relative to how many sci-fi movies get made, how many of them that I consider to be quite good is quite low. I think my average rating of sci-fi movies on the whole might be lower than any other genre, despite the fact that I love sci-fi. Or maybe it's because I love sci-fi and have higher expectations, I dunno.

But that's out of hundreds of sci-fi movies that came out just in the last couple decades from which most of the above hail.
That's been my experience as well. I haven't been able to tell if it's just proof of Sturgeon's law, or just the effects of getting older and more curmudgeonly. I'm more inclined to think it's the former, as there are still films that can instill a sense of wonder and joy, but I'd say it's less than 10% of the time.

I do have to agree on some of your low-budget choices, and they're proof that good, quality sci-fi doesn't require a blockbuster budget to work. Properly executed, the thought-provoking nature of the genre can come through perfectly. A lot of the old Twilight Zone episodes are further proof of that. (Horror can be lumped in here as well, but that's off topic.)

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