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Old January 15th, 2008, 03:58 PM
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Granted the quote below came from another thread but it felt that another thread should be created here.

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poiboy, any particular scifi movie (not so mainstream) that you liked a lot and maybe one i missed and would like?
So are you interested in space operas? Time travel? Alternate realities? Robots? Monsters? Superheroes? Mad Scientists?

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If you haven't seen Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman in Gattaca, check it out. I really, really, really like it, and I plan to show it to my senior English class. In addition to some really good performances, there's a lot to discuss here about science and moral dilemma. Also, this film is rich with visual symbolism, like in a scene where one character, who cannot walk, is pulling himself up a spiral staircase that looks like a double helix. Good stuff.
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So are you interested in space operas? Time travel? Alternate realities? Robots? Monsters?
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SciFi isn't true escapism.

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My favorite line from Gattaca:
"I never saved anything for the swim back."
Those few words really said everything about his spirit, about his ambition. Brilliant, inspiring line.

Sorry--not sure why the spoiler isn't showing up.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 07:33 PM
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Brilliant, inspiring line. Simple statement that explained everything about him, and showed the limitations of genetic determinism.
my favorite scene too.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 07:47 PM
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poiboy, any particular scifi movie (not so mainstream) that you liked a lot and maybe one i missed and would like?
hmmmm i dunno about "not so mainstream".

some of my favorite scifi movies

Gattaca
Contact
Sphere
Cube(scifi/horror-low budget indie)
Donny Darko
Dark City
V for Vendetta
Children of men

an independent scifi film that ive been wanting to see is Primer

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Old January 15th, 2008, 07:52 PM
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Sorry--not sure why the spoiler isn't showing up.
Bottom line spoilers and quotes don't work. Check out this thread for details.

The strange part of Gattaca to me was everyone running around in business suits, even to the point of entering their space ship. Oddly enough I don't remember anyone in that movie returning from a space flight.
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thanks for the suggestions; yup, i've seen gattaca and altho i liked it, my good friend is a geneticist and we both rolled our eyes over the whole idea of the character keeping even a single cell from falling to betray his true identity! i know: suspended disbelief but some things are so outrageous that it jars you out of that voluntary period of disbelief!

poiboy, of the movies you listed, i liked children of men the best. i really liked michael caines character...
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Primer is a brilliant movie, but I would not recommend it for everybody.

I can only describe it as dry science fiction. Dry in the way a good martini is dry. The casual dabbler will hate it and would prefer something simpler and lighter. A connoisseur, however, will appreciate its depth and complexity. Primer has no action scenes and no special effects to speak of. Much of the story is told through narration, nothing is dumbed down for the audience, and the plot is mind-bendingly difficult to follow.

If you don't already know, the story is about time travel. By the end of the movie, the timelines become so convoluted, that you may need this timeline chart to sort it all out.
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I thought Sunshine was pretty good as was Serenity.
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I thought Sunshine was pretty good as was Serenity.
Oh yeah, i forgot about those two movies. I really liked them both. Both were more down to Earth types because they dealt into the characters instead of focusing on silly concepts like "proton torpedoes" and "prime directives" More human if you asked me and didn't bother explaining the science. I rather have the props appear and not have to wonder about them. Kind of like fantasy, you get your characters and plays with them.

Just Star Wars and Star Trek and all those other sci-Fi mental fanatic cults make me frustrated. Sometimes i just want to choke them out when they preach to me about their "classic greatness". I'm no George Lucas but i would be filthy rich if i went back in time with all the hi-tech stuff we have now.

Now i am going to log out and go play with my Lego. Today i am going to replicate Guantanamo Bay. No one try and stop me. Don't you dare!
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On the more obscure side is Equilibrium directed by Kurt Wimmer. Action, overthrow of repressive government and Christian Bale - what's not to like?
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On the more obscure side is Equilibrium directed by Kurt Wimmer. Action, overthrow of repressive government and Christian Bale - what's not to like?
obscure? i thought it was pretty mainstream but that doesn't matter. i liked it too.
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I have a VHS of 'Gattaca' and have watched it more than twice. Very low-key sci-fi. I would recommend 'Existenz' as a good sleeper sci-fi show. It seems to get the sexual undercurrent just right, as well as addressing a topical issue.
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There was a Sci-Fi Anime film called Vexille at the last HIFF that I wanted to see but missed. Luckily, it just became available on Netflix, and I finally got a chance to see it. I wish I'd caught it at a proper theater, because it turned out to be the best Anime I've seen yet.

(Warning, the Wikipedia link contains spoilers)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vexille
http://www.funimation.com/vexille

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thanks for the tip; will check and see if i can fnd it here.


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There was a Sci-Fi Anime film called Vexille at the last HIFF that I wanted to see but missed. Luckily, it just became available on Netflix, and I finally got a chance to see it. I wish I'd caught it at a proper theater, because it turned out to be the best Anime I've seen yet.

(Warning, the Wikipedia link contains spoilers)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vexille
http://www.funimation.com/vexille

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Oddly enough I don't remember anyone in that movie returning from a space flight.
Well, obviously soylent green is people.

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On the more obscure side is Equilibrium directed by Kurt Wimmer. Action, overthrow of repressive government and Christian Bale - what's not to like?
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Besides the really huge blockbusters like "Star Wars" scifi movies that I have enjoyed over the years include:
  • Planet of the Apes (1968 version) - and most of the sequels
  • War of the Worlds (1953 version)
  • The Time Machine (1960)
  • Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969)
  • THX 1138 (1970)
  • A.I. (2001)
  • Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
  • Logan's Run (1976)
  • Contact (1997)
  • The Andromeda Strain (1971)
  • Colossus The Forbin Project (1969?)
  • Soylent Green (1973)
  • Silent Running (1972)
  • Angry Red Planet (1960)
  • Forbidden Planet (1956)
  • Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
  • Planet of Blood (1965)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • All of the Star Trek series (various years)

This is just a partial list. I'd have to look at my DVD collection to see what else I remember... Some of the above movies are well known, a few tacky old clunkers thrown in, I am sure there are more.
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If you haven't seen Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman in Gattaca, check it out. I really, really, really like it, and I plan to show it to my senior English class. In addition to some really good performances, there's a lot to discuss here about science and moral dilemma. Also, this film is rich with visual symbolism, like in a scene where one character, who cannot walk, is pulling himself up a spiral staircase that looks like a double helix. Good stuff.
I've always thought of Gattaca as being sort of a rip-off of Isaac Asimov's Profession, which also dwells on the idea of a futuristic society that is divided between the genetically gifted "haves" and the "have-nots" who are isolated as outcasts.

My top 5 sci-fi flicks are:

1) 2001
2) The Martian Chronicles (TV mini-series)
3) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (both 1956 and '78 versions)
4) Alien
5) Contact
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perfect! this is what i've been hoping for: stumbling upon something that i haven't seen before and it sounds great! (martian chronicles). i think i've seen everything else. thanks for the tip!
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A recent scifi mini-series that not too many people may have seen is Steven Speilberg presents Taken which aired in 10 parts on the SciFi channel in 2002.
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A couple of recent movies makes reference to portals as a minor plot element in their stories. One is a time transit portal and the other is an interdimesonal portal.
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Movies that used a time transit portal or general storyline:
  • Back to the Future (and its sequels)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Somewhere in Time - don't look at that penny!!!!!!!
  • Star Trek First Contact
  • The Time Machine (both versions)

Inter-dimensional: I'm not sure about all of these but here goes...
  • Dune
  • The Fifth Element
  • Stargate
  • Contact

Anyone care to add to this list, go ahead.
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You missed the greatest time travel movie of all, "The Final Countdown", starring the USS Nimitz!
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