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2012-08-05 04:44:03 PM  
The only one on the list that I have real issue with Avatar.

Maybe The Hunger Games because it's so (relatively) new, but definitely Avatar.
 
2012-08-05 04:44:38 PM  
Err, the only one on the list that I have real issue with IS Avatar.

No caffeine does this to you, people.
 
2012-08-05 04:52:23 PM  
List totally farking fails for not including Gattaca.
 
2012-08-05 04:55:37 PM  
GAT_00: List totally farking fails for not including Gattaca.

I'd easily take out Avatar and substitute Gattaca. Good call.
 
2012-08-05 05:10:14 PM  
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: GAT_00: List totally farking fails for not including Gattaca.

I'd easily take out Avatar and substitute Gattaca. Good call.


I'm unsure of a couple at the top of the list that I've never heard of - about half the list above 40 - I'd also toss Hunger Games. No reason it should be on there.

Woah, wait. Where the fark is Fifth Element?
 
2012-08-05 05:18:49 PM  
GAT_00: Woah, wait. Where the fark is Fifth Element?

Agreed 100%. Fantastic visuals, wide-ranging plot, and it made opera cool.
 
2012-08-05 05:19:20 PM  
GAT_00: I'm unsure of a couple at the top of the list that I've never heard of - about half the list above 40

Which ones would those be?


GAT_00: I'd also toss Hunger Games. No reason it should be on there.

I'm debating its place on the list. It doesn't really seem too... sci-fi-ish enough, ya know?


GAT_00: Woah, wait. Where the fark is Fifth Element?

Now THAT is a good question.
 
2012-08-05 05:19:39 PM  
I've seen 27.
 
2012-08-05 05:31:20 PM  
The only ones on the list that I haven't seen are 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' and "The Hunger Games.'
 
2012-08-05 05:31:39 PM  
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Which ones would those be?

Splice, Thing From Another World, The Fountain, Pi, Attack of the Block, Dark City and Star Man. I haven't seen all of the rest, but I know of them and their quality. I've seen just under half the list, 24.

KellyLockhart: Fantastic visuals, wide-ranging plot, and it made opera cool.

Plus the massive cult following that really defines great sci-fi. I don't know how it didn't become an instant hit but it's one of my all time favorite movies.

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I'm debating its place on the list. It doesn't really seem too... sci-fi-ish enough, ya know?

It's dystopian, not necessarily sci-fi. Otherwise I'd demand stuff like V for Vendetta be included, but that isn't really sci-fi either.

I also severely disagree with Blade Runner at #1, I don't think the movie was really all that great, but other people think otherwise. I'm not sure what I would put there, but I'd accept ST:II, 2001, or SW:V without question. I wouldn't really argue with Alien, The Matrix, E.T. or Metropolis either. Actually haven't watched Metropolis, but the original deserves higher credit.

There's at least one other movie missing from this list I just can't think of.
 
2012-08-05 05:45:37 PM  
Yeah, I agree this fails without Gattaca and Fifth Element. Jeez, they're farking iconic. There's another one, too - but I can't quite bring it to mind...
 
2012-08-05 05:47:35 PM  

GAT_00: Plus the massive cult following that really defines great sci-fi. I don't know how it didn't become an instant hit but it's one of my all time favorite movies.


Have it on DVD and watch it at least once a month. And I'm with you, I still don't understand why it didn't catch on instantly.

/ still refer to my drivers license as my multipass
// really annoys my wife, too
 
2012-08-05 05:49:56 PM  
FTA: Talk about reinventing the wheel. "Lost" guru J.J. Abrams took this utterly exhausted four-decade old franchise and gave it a shot of paprika in the tailpipe, managing to go where no "Star Trek" had gone before: mainstream credibility. The cast is younger, cuter, more "90210″ than "The Trouble with Tribbles," yet the utopian sensibility and yearning for adventure remains intact
-Star Trek 2009

List loses 10 points for this. Still passes, but I'd put Marvel's Iron Man on that list before I put that abortion of a Star Trek movie on this list.

Minor Quibbles: Hunger Games, Pi. I'm not sure Hunger Games should be called Sci Fi, and I don't remember Pi striking me as being Sci-Fi. These aren't knocks against the movies - I actually enjoyed the Hunger Games, and I loved Pi. I just don't quite see them on a list like this.

Final Score: 38/50. List Passes, but could have been much better if it didn't include 2009 Star Trek.
 
2012-08-05 05:51:39 PM  
Metropolis should be #1. I'm not saying that there would be no movies about dystopian futures and flying cars without it but it was first to do it. And it featured a robot chick before computers were even invented. Metropolis was the grandfather of all movie sci-fi. And unlike a lot of movies on that list, it had shiat to say.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Splice should be replaced with Species because Species had boobies. NSFW
 
2012-08-05 05:52:22 PM  
If we could choose portions of movies, I'd go with the first two-thirds of Sunshine.

The closing third of Sunshine, however, is a disappointing mess.

Beautifully, expertly shot, but disappointing.



GAT_00: Splice, Thing From Another World, The Fountain, Pi, Attack of the Block, Dark City and Star Man. I haven't seen all of the rest, but I know of them and their quality. I've seen just under half the list, 24.


Still gotta get around to Star Man, but the rest are solid enough. Dark City in particular was a nifty ride.

The Fountain might be the weakest one out of that lot you mentioned, and could get replaced by something that I'm not remembering off the top of my head.

Now that I think about it, I'm hesitant to include Pi on a technical level because it's more of a paranoia-driven thriller than an out-and-out sci-fi vehicle, but... oh, well.


crypticsatellite: The only ones on the list that I haven't seen are 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' and "The Hunger Games.'


Eternal Sunshine's solid.

Hunger Games... eh... it starts strong, but kinda wears out quickly.


GAT_00: It's dystopian, not necessarily sci-fi. Otherwise I'd demand stuff like V for Vendetta be included, but that isn't really sci-fi either.


The same argument *could* be made against Brazil, actually, since it's mostly about a repressive government instead of anything overtly science-fiction-esque (outside of some striking imagery, but still).


GAT_00: I also severely disagree with Blade Runner at #1, I don't think the movie was really all that great, but other people think otherwise.


I wouldn't put it at #1, but I *did* enjoy Blade Runner.


GAT_00: I'm not sure what I would put there, but I'd accept ST:II, 2001, or SW:V without question. I wouldn't really argue with Alien, The Matrix, E.T. or Metropolis either. Actually haven't watched Metropolis, but the original deserves higher credit.


Yeah, these are alright as they are.

I'm probably not with the majority on this one, but I'd switch Alien and Aliens' positions on the list.
 
2012-08-05 05:52:47 PM  
Going to second the inclusion of Gattaca and Fifth Element.

Remove Hunger Games and Star Trek 2009, add Gattaca and Fifth Element, list jumps to 49.5/50. (I sort of think that Avatar could be on this list, but I wouldn't argue to keep it on the list.)
 
2012-08-05 05:56:14 PM  
I think "Contact" should have a place on this list.
 
2012-08-05 05:59:59 PM  
This list fails without Ghostbusters.

My subjective tastes must be mandatory watching.
 
2012-08-05 06:05:20 PM  
Um, The Fountain sucked balls.
 
2012-08-05 06:07:48 PM  

crypticsatellite: I think "Contact" should have a place on this list.


That'd be a good addition, certainly!

More so than The Fountain or Avatar.
 
2012-08-05 06:10:16 PM  
I (try to) work in CGI so on one end I cheer movies like Avatar on but storywise it was bullshiat.
 
2012-08-05 06:13:17 PM  

Techhell: that abortion of a Star Trek movie on this list.


Hipster Trekkies always amuse me.
 
2012-08-05 06:15:34 PM  
GAT_00: Techhell: that abortion of a Star Trek movie on this list.

Hipster Trekkies always amuse me.


I don't think I've ever been accused of being a Hipster, ever. Wow.

Please, elabourate - how am I being a Hipster, so that I may be able to see exactly what I need to do in the future to continue being a Hipster.
 
2012-08-05 06:20:00 PM  
Oddly enough, I own every damn one of these movies.

*shifts eyes*

Which one of you bastiches was looking in my window last night when I was arranging my shelves. Yeah, you, with the binoculars. I SEEN YOU!
 
2012-08-05 06:20:05 PM  

Techhell: GAT_00: Techhell: that abortion of a Star Trek movie on this list.

Hipster Trekkies always amuse me.

I don't think I've ever been accused of being a Hipster, ever. Wow.

Please, elabourate - how am I being a Hipster, so that I may be able to see exactly what I need to do in the future to continue being a Hipster.



I'm confused. Is one a hipster because he doesn't consider the new Star Trek to be real sci-fi or if he a hipster because he is a fan of the new Star Trek?
 
2012-08-05 06:21:44 PM  

Mugato: Techhell: GAT_00: Techhell: that abortion of a Star Trek movie on this list.

Hipster Trekkies always amuse me.

I don't think I've ever been accused of being a Hipster, ever. Wow.

Please, elabourate - how am I being a Hipster, so that I may be able to see exactly what I need to do in the future to continue being a Hipster.


I'm confused. Is one a hipster because he doesn't consider the new Star Trek to be real sci-fi or if he a hipster because he is a fan of the new Star Trek?


I reserve that comment for people who hated the new movie, but are Star Trek fans. People seem to hate it simply because it was popular.
 
2012-08-05 06:25:35 PM  

GAT_00: Mugato: Techhell: GAT_00: Techhell: that abortion of a Star Trek movie on this list.

Hipster Trekkies always amuse me.

I don't think I've ever been accused of being a Hipster, ever. Wow.

Please, elabourate - how am I being a Hipster, so that I may be able to see exactly what I need to do in the future to continue being a Hipster.


I'm confused. Is one a hipster because he doesn't consider the new Star Trek to be real sci-fi or if he a hipster because he is a fan of the new Star Trek?

I reserve that comment for people who hated the new movie, but are Star Trek fans. People seem to hate it simply because it was popular.


So how exactly am I a hipster? I'm waiting on a response for that comment.
 
2012-08-05 06:30:52 PM  

Techhell: GAT_00: Mugato: Techhell: GAT_00: Techhell: that abortion of a Star Trek movie on this list.

Hipster Trekkies always amuse me.

I don't think I've ever been accused of being a Hipster, ever. Wow.

Please, elabourate - how am I being a Hipster, so that I may be able to see exactly what I need to do in the future to continue being a Hipster.


I'm confused. Is one a hipster because he doesn't consider the new Star Trek to be real sci-fi or if he a hipster because he is a fan of the new Star Trek?

I reserve that comment for people who hated the new movie, but are Star Trek fans. People seem to hate it simply because it was popular.

So how exactly am I a hipster? I'm waiting on a response for that comment.


Dislike because it's popular = Hipster.
 
2012-08-05 06:32:25 PM  
list needs star wars holiday special, last star fighter, and innerspace

//now feed me a goat
 
2012-08-05 06:33:17 PM  

GAT_00: Techhell: GAT_00: Mugato: Techhell: GAT_00: Techhell: that abortion of a Star Trek movie on this list.

Hipster Trekkies always amuse me.

I don't think I've ever been accused of being a Hipster, ever. Wow.

Please, elabourate - how am I being a Hipster, so that I may be able to see exactly what I need to do in the future to continue being a Hipster.


I'm confused. Is one a hipster because he doesn't consider the new Star Trek to be real sci-fi or if he a hipster because he is a fan of the new Star Trek?

I reserve that comment for people who hated the new movie, but are Star Trek fans. People seem to hate it simply because it was popular.

So how exactly am I a hipster? I'm waiting on a response for that comment.

Dislike because it's popular = Hipster.


Ah, so you're telepathic now. Good to know!

/Read my mind now, moran.
 
2012-08-05 06:33:42 PM  
Fantastic Voyage?
 
2012-08-05 06:38:11 PM  
wait, why is Minority Report on that list?
 
2012-08-05 06:38:37 PM  
Replace something like "Avatar" with "Cube"
 
2012-08-05 06:41:21 PM  

Techhell: /Read my mind now, moran.


Irked, sarcastic, wants a vodka martini.

How did I do?
 
2012-08-05 06:47:25 PM  

GAT_00: List totally farking fails for not including Gattaca.


Came here to say this.
 
2012-08-05 06:50:30 PM  
Galaxy Quest, but no Spaceballs?
 
2012-08-05 06:51:30 PM  
this list is all over the place. without establishing your criteria, and then only including films that meet that criteria, your list will be to expansive.

why not also include:

Night of the Living Dead et al.
Groundhog Day
Starship Troopers
King Kong
They Live

Escape From New York
'Mad Max' et al.
Event Horizon
Donnie Darko
Logan's Run
Spaceballs

Soylent Green
Fahrenheit 451
Total Recall, Running Man, Predator
Dune
Frequency...

of course this thread will probably include a lot of great movies that are not on this list, and like all lists, this is subjective.


and eventually you'll get to titles such as:

Congo
John Carter
Pluto Nash
Osmosis Jones
 
2012-08-05 06:53:47 PM  
-3: Spliced, The Fountain and Attack the Block. As none of those are available on Netflix, I guess my failure as a geek will have to continue.
 
2012-08-05 07:01:53 PM  
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2012-08-05 07:08:37 PM  
No love for 'Starship Troopers' ??? WTH?
 
2012-08-05 07:12:39 PM  

Majick Thise: No love for 'Starship Troopers' ??? WTH?


We got Total Recall, but this list needed more Verhoeven.

Specifically, Robocop.
 
2012-08-05 07:14:44 PM  

Majick Thise: No love for 'Starship Troopers' ??? WTH?


As a Top 50? Good lord no, and I enjoyed it.

/Also enjoyed the new Star Trek.
 
2012-08-05 07:27:35 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: The only one on the list that I have real issue with Avatar.

Maybe The Hunger Games because it's so (relatively) new, but definitely Avatar.


38. 'Total Recall' (1990)
Three words: Triple breasted whore.

you are ok with this abortion??
LOL

is the ONLY reason that people liked this movie is the whore? because everything else in the movie is YAWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
oh look a big head that talks and explodes !!
 
2012-08-05 07:33:52 PM  

Majick Thise: No love for 'Starship Troopers' ??? WTH?


people still watch that? next you are gonna tell us that total recall (1990) is one of you favorite movies and inception was the best ever.

KAHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
 
2012-08-05 07:35:48 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I'm probably not with the majority on this one, but I'd switch Alien and Aliens' positions on the list.


I'm with you. I recently re-watched both and Aliens is, to me, the better scifi movie. I have also decided it's due for a remake, as some of the scenes and technology are definitely dated - but I don't know anyone I would trust to do it justice.

In other news, I also revisited the Black Hole - a Gawdawful movie from an execution standpoint, but THERE is a candidate for a remake that could actually be good.
 
2012-08-05 07:36:55 PM  

namatad: you are ok with this abortion??


Ignoring the article writer's lack of eloquence, I'm more than okay with the original Total Recall. It's an entertaining and engrossing thrill ride.

It's not Metropolis, sure, but it's not trying to be that.
 
2012-08-05 07:37:01 PM  

namatad: is the ONLY reason that people liked this movie is the whore? because everything else in the movie is YAWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN


You misspelled "awesome".
 
2012-08-05 07:38:07 PM  

namatad: Majick Thise: No love for 'Starship Troopers' ??? WTH?

people still watch that? next you are gonna tell us that total recall (1990) is one of you favorite movies and inception was the best ever.

KAHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN


I have a soft-spot for scifi movies that recognize the future would still have room for slug-throwers. So I always liked Total Recall.

But SST was awful.

Except for a couple of parts.

Both involved redheads.
 
2012-08-05 07:39:06 PM  

Ricardo Klement: I'm with you. I recently re-watched both and Aliens is, to me, the better scifi movie


Alien was a sci-fi movie. Aliens was a shoot-em up action movie.
 
2012-08-05 07:40:10 PM  

Ricardo Klement: I'm with you. I recently re-watched both and Aliens is, to me, the better scifi movie. I have also decided it's due for a remake, as some of the scenes and technology are definitely dated - but I don't know anyone I would trust to do it justice.


What helps Aliens is that it isn't an out-and-out rehash of Aliens. It's its own animal.

And the characterization of Ripley in Aliens is quite a compelling one, doubly so in the director's cut with more of Ripley's background/history thrown in. This was when Cameron did it *right.*

As for a remake, well... I'd be hard-pressed to want to see a remake of something that was so effective the first time around.


Ricardo Klement: In other news, I also revisited the Black Hole - a Gawdawful movie from an execution standpoint, but THERE is a candidate for a remake that could actually be good.


The only thing I remember about that was Maximilian Schell.

And the pop-up book.

Outside of that, everything else is kind of a blur.
 
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