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Supreme Commander Thor
May 6th, 2004, 11:42 PM
Here are a couple I just watched:

1. The Day the Earth Stood Still
2. Logan's Run

Anyone else seen any lately?

I bought a couple more at Walgreens for 3.99 each that I will watch soon. They were:

1. The Omega Man
2. Queen of Outer Space

Walgreens has been a good place to pick up cheap vhs movies lately...

Spaceminx
May 7th, 2004, 09:34 AM
Oh, The Day the Earth Stood Still is such a cool film. Love it.

I also like;

The Day the Earth Caught Fire
War of the Worlds
Children of the Damned (or is it Village of the Damned?)
Farenheit 451
Invaders from Mars

I love the fact that these films (and classic horror flicks) are more about the story and atmosphere than what special FX they can do. Not mentioning any names.......

<cough>George Lucas!

Jules

Champos
May 8th, 2004, 10:14 PM
I seem to remember hearing somewhere not long ago about a remake being made of Logan's Run... anyone know anything?

Supreme Commander Thor
May 8th, 2004, 10:25 PM
Yeah, they are making a new Logan's Run. You can read about it here:
http://www.cinescape.com/0/editorial.asp?obj_id=39300&aff_id=0&this_cat=Development+Heck

Look at the very last entry on the page for the latest info.

Wordsmit2
May 12th, 2004, 04:50 PM
Children of the Damned (or is it Village of the Damned?)

One was the sequel of the other. I don't know which is which, but I would *guess* Village was first.


I love the fact that these films (and classic horror flicks) are more about the story and atmosphere than what special FX they can do.

Absolutely. Quatermass, anyone? (Although I think the serials were better than the movies, the movies are still good compared with most of today's unthinking unemotional un-relevant...stuff.)

ShadowMaat
May 12th, 2004, 05:29 PM
I love The Day the Earth Stood Still. And War of the Worlds is another great classic, depending on which version you watch. Looks like Spielberg is remaking it. Tom Cruise is set to star. Can I cry now? :(

I also seem to recall enjoying When Worlds Collide and Forbidden Planet. I actually saw a play called Return to the Forbidden Planet when I was on a school trip to London a number of years back. Great riff on Shakespeare and FP. ;)

Champos
May 12th, 2004, 05:38 PM
It's not old enough yet to be a "classic", but I think Pitch Black could be in there one day. It's got a crash, it's got scary aliens, it's got surprises (who thought that the survivors were going be the ones who survived (trying to avoid spoilers)), it's got a lead character who's both hero and anti-hero, some questionable morals, some good cinematography, a half-decent script, some incredible coincidences (the eclipse happens every twenty-two years and they just happen to arrive within a day of it?) ... there's a lot of good stuff in there. Now, provided the new films don't depart too much from the original it has the potential to become a classic series. We hope.

ShadowMaat
May 12th, 2004, 05:42 PM
Mars Attacks! Horrible, stupid, cheesy movie and definitely NOT a classic, but I love it anyway. ;) Jack Nicholson as The President! LOL! And the translation device... hehe... Mild spoiler for Atlantis: (I wonder if the translators on Atlantis will have the same kinda problem...) :D

Spaceminx
May 13th, 2004, 09:16 AM
One was the sequel of the other. I don't know which is which, but I would *guess* Village was first.


Actually I think Children OTD is the book and Village OTD is the film of the book.

Supreme Commander Thor
May 17th, 2004, 08:44 PM
It's not old enough yet to be a "classic", but I think Pitch Black could be in there one day.
Speaking of that, Chronicles of Riddick movie looks like it has potential. I think i will start a thread on that to keep it seperate from the classic movie one...

Tok'Ra Hostess
May 18th, 2004, 05:28 AM
How old does a movie have to be to be a classic?

Gattaca tops my list of classic SF - both versions.

Brazil is wonderful SF.

Tron

Metropolis - Fritz Lang's and also, Osama Tezuka's/Rintaro's anime version.

The Time Machine - the 2002 remake of HG Well's story - may not be old, but it tells a classic story well - better, IMO, than the book, and that's a rare compliment from me.

Huh! I just noticed that not one of these SFs takes place in space or features aliens, and only Brazil has 'splosions....

(Okay, Time Machine has a couple 'splosions, too. ;) )

Champos
May 18th, 2004, 10:20 PM
The 2002 remake of "The Time Machine" may, and I stress MAY, have been better than the book (though I'd suggest perhaps simply more accessible rather than better), but the original film was much better. The new one was just... bad.

Supreme Commander Thor
May 18th, 2004, 11:41 PM
What I didn't like about the new 2002 version of the tmie machine was that the monsters looked so fake it was terrible. It was like back to the "land of the Lost" suites that the Slee-staks wore... lol. I thought the story had HUGE potential, but the terribly fake monsters just killed the movie. Shame

Champos
May 19th, 2004, 12:36 AM
Good point. The original film's monsters looked terrible but they have an excuse in that they did it a long time ago and I'm sure there's an expiry date for that sort of crime.

sgeureka
May 19th, 2004, 01:03 AM
The oldest SciFi movie I really like is 2001 - Space Odyssey. I also like the Russian version of Solaris (1972). My favorite movie has been Blade Runner for several years now and I doubt whether another movie will ever be that good in my eyes.

My favorite movies don't have to have a solid ending. I much prefer when it is completely open for interpretation, when I can see a different and more-in-depth meaning each time a watch it.

The most recent SciFi movies I like are "Gattaca" and "Cube".

Champos
May 19th, 2004, 01:14 AM
Gattaca!!!! I can't believe I forgot about Gattaca. It's a classic. No question. Though the sci-fi's just plain weird in places - they wear suits to Jupiter????, so much about that film is great. It has a good story-line, it has some great cinematography, it has Uma Thurman, it has Jude Law and Ethan Hawke, it has an inspiring message of determination conquers all - what's not to love about that film?

Another one for the "will-be-a-classic-in-a-few-more-years" list is probably "Minority Report". I liked that. And since we're on the subject... you mentioned Blade Runner, I mentioned Minority Report, both of which were written by Phillip K. Dick whose greatest book in my opinion is "The man in the high castle" (possibly my favourite book ever). Does anyone know if a film was made of that?

sgeureka
May 19th, 2004, 01:35 AM
Another one for the "will-be-a-classic-in-a-few-more-years" list is probably "Minority Report". I liked that. And since we're on the subject... you mentioned Blade Runner, I mentioned Minority Report, both of which were written by Phillip K. Dick whose greatest book in my opinion is "The man in the high castle" (possibly my favourite book ever).
I was thinking about mentioning "Minority Report" but I have only watched it once. I think I'll wait till it's on TV and then decide whether it's really that great (several movies fail that point when I watch them a second time).

And I've read "The man in the high castle". I'm used to highlighting all the good sentences with a pen, and this book is... well, it's all highlighted in blue. Great ideas in that book :)


Does anyone know if a film was made of that?
I've read an interesting portrait about P.K. Dick and his books/subsequent movies on http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.12/philip.html

and on page seven, there is a list about all (or only a few, I don't know) movies based on books by him. "TMitHC" wasn't meantioned there.

ShadowMaat
May 19th, 2004, 03:48 AM
Oooo, CUBE! Yes, absolutely! And shame on me for forgetting a David Hewlett movie!

And speaking of David, I highly recommend Cypher. His role in it isn't very big, but the movie itself is another great mind-bender from Vincenzo Natali (the Cube dude). For very irritating reasons, it's only available in R3 at the moment, but it's worth the $$ to buy it on eBay and watch it in your DVD drive or whatever.

Champos
May 19th, 2004, 09:05 PM
I've read an interesting portrait about P.K. Dick and his books/subsequent movies on http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.12/philip.html

and on page seven, there is a list about all (or only a few, I don't know) movies based on books by him. "TMitHC" wasn't meantioned there.

Thanks for that, that was an interesting article. I hadn't realised that Screamers was one of his. Not a great film, but it had its merits. Especially the discovery at the end. Nice touch that.