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2012-08-05 08:24:56 PM  

2wolves: Quantum Apostrophe: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x342]

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Silent Running is a personal favorite. Huey, Duey and Louie...


FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
I was so sad when the first two died!!
 
2012-08-05 08:25:10 PM  

neilbradley: Planet of the Apes has no business being on a science fiction list. Fiction, yes, but has about as much to do with science as an old western.


I've seen that movie! It should have made the list.

dvice.com
 
2012-08-05 08:25:45 PM  

neilbradley: Planet of the Apes has no business being on a science fiction list. Fiction, yes, but has about as much to do with science as an old western.


Nuclear war, space ships, relativistic spacetime warps, societal commentary, influence...

The film, and original story (which most people think they have read but haven't) both belong on the list.
 
2012-08-05 08:27:41 PM  

Mugato: chewielouie: Will you people just stop with the Blade Runner love already? Cool story, good performances, it looked great, and yes, we love Harrison Ford, but holy crap that movie is a farking snoozefest.

Sorry, Blade Runner was awesome. Maybe not #1, that belongs to Metropolis but it was a great film.


I'd have to agree with chewielouie. Great concept, great story, great performances, awesome special effects, but the pacing of the movie is horrible. I just can't stand Ridley Scott's "create drama by dragging every scene out" approach to filmmaking. Even if a movie is slow, it shouldn't feel slow. Perfect example is the "enhance" scene that went on for 3+ minutes that needed no more than 30 seconds.
 
2012-08-05 08:27:42 PM  
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I'll be in my bunk.
 
2012-08-05 08:30:23 PM  
I don't know if it qualifies for sci-fi, but

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2012-08-05 08:31:27 PM  

DarnoKonrad: Dumb-Ass-Monkey: There are definitely more movies that could be on the list, but 49 out of the 50 I can't complain about. Avatar, as I said above, is my only niggle (that's not a racist word).

I'm not sure I understand the Avatar hate. That was a solidly entertaining movie. It's certainly as good (and I'd say better) as JJ Adam's Star Trek that made the list.


If I understand the term correctly, it's because Fark is made up of a large number of Hipsters who hate Avatar because it was popular.
 
2012-08-05 08:32:55 PM  

namatad: Techhell: andrewabc: Umm, they had Inception, but not Paprika? Which was Satoshi Kon magnum opus, and released before Inception.

I assume this list is limited to 'American" films only?

I havn't read Hunger Games or seen the movie, although I didn't think it was categorized as scifi.

It technically takes place in a future dystopia, with the people in charge having fantastic weapons and vehicles that is beyond the current science. So there is a potential argument in favour of it being called Sci-Fi. That does no, however, support it being on a list of 50 Sci-Fi movies for geeks to watch.

The Hunger Games is totally science fiction. The games take place in an artificial arena, where everything, including the weather, animals and plants can be synthetically created, changed, and controlled.


Hrm. Good points and I had forgotten about the mutts. So yeah, definitely Sci-Fi.
 
2012-08-05 08:33:36 PM  
Ahem. Forbidden Planet should be in the top ten.

This is not open to debate.
 
2012-08-05 08:34:33 PM  

Techhell: DarnoKonrad: Dumb-Ass-Monkey: There are definitely more movies that could be on the list, but 49 out of the 50 I can't complain about. Avatar, as I said above, is my only niggle (that's not a racist word).

I'm not sure I understand the Avatar hate. That was a solidly entertaining movie. It's certainly as good (and I'd say better) as JJ Adam's Star Trek that made the list.

If I understand the term correctly, it's because Fark is made up of a large number of Hipsters who hate Avatar because it was popular.


I loved and hated the film. Awesome special effects. The 3D effect of the tree pollen was close to perfect. But the story was retarded.
 
2012-08-05 08:34:57 PM  

traylor: neilbradley: Planet of the Apes has no business being on a science fiction list. Fiction, yes, but has about as much to do with science as an old western.

I've seen that movie! It should have made the list.

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Eh, Westworld. I liked that movie when it was called Jurassic Park. And The Terminator.
 
2012-08-05 08:35:28 PM  

flaminio: OK, one more: Rollerball.


Also: This.
 
2012-08-05 08:35:59 PM  
The list fails without Logan's Run and the 5th element.

Star Trek (2009) and The Hunger games? Really?

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2012-08-05 08:36:03 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Ricardo Klement: The plot is a good one: an insane scientist may have come across how to transit a black hole and survive the event. His ship - the long-lost USS Cygnus - is equipped with an anti-grav device not seen before, and his crew is missing. In the meantime, a deep-space exploration ship, Palomino, on its way back is diverted to check out the black hole when they find the ship, keeping station near the point of no return. It turns out the insane scientist is more insane than they would like, and they need to get the fark out of there.

You can do a LOT with that.

It sounds infinitely better than Event Horizon, so I'll give it points for that.

There is also an abused robot.


Voiced by Slim Pickens!

/watched it with my 8 year old the other day
 
2012-08-05 08:36:47 PM  

LawrencePerson: Ahem. Forbidden Planet should be in the top ten.

This is not open to debate.


One of my all time favorite movies.
 
2012-08-05 08:36:58 PM  

neilbradley: I'd have to agree with chewielouie. Great concept, great story, great performances, awesome special effects, but the pacing of the movie is horrible. I just can't stand Ridley Scott's "create drama by dragging every scene out" approach to filmmaking. Even if a movie is slow, it shouldn't feel slow. Perfect example is the "enhance" scene that went on for 3+ minutes that needed no more than 30 seconds.


Well I feel the same way about 2001 and get yelled at about it so to to each their own.
 
2012-08-05 08:37:22 PM  
48/50, not bad, not bad at all.

Queuing up Starman. I can wait on Hunger Games.
 
2012-08-05 08:39:39 PM  

Techhell: DarnoKonrad: Dumb-Ass-Monkey: There are definitely more movies that could be on the list, but 49 out of the 50 I can't complain about. Avatar, as I said above, is my only niggle (that's not a racist word).

I'm not sure I understand the Avatar hate. That was a solidly entertaining movie. It's certainly as good (and I'd say better) as JJ Adam's Star Trek that made the list.

If I understand the term correctly, it's because Fark is made up of a large number of Hipsters who hate Avatar because it was popular.


I just liked it better when it was called Dances with Wolves.
 
2012-08-05 08:40:15 PM  
You aren't a geek if...

blog.designnocturne.com
 
2012-08-05 08:40:32 PM  
I'm assuming that list was in no particular order, right? Because, otherwise, whoever did their ranking sucks.

Not a terrible list, otherwise, though missing a few notable films as has been mentioned upthread.
 
2012-08-05 08:41:24 PM  
This has to be one of the better lists I've seen in awhile. Only a few serious omissions (Gatteca, The Fifth Element) and a few crazy adds (The Hunger Games? Seriously!?!?!). Blade Runner at #1...deservedly so.
 
2012-08-05 08:41:57 PM  
Does't anyone remember "This Island Earth"? It was around the time of Forbidden Planet and was an outstanding movie for its time. Some of its special effects may have inspired Star Trek transporters and navigation equipment in other Sci Fi. While I feel the redone "War of the Worlds" was crap, the original was terrific.
 
2012-08-05 08:43:40 PM  
WTF, no Dark Star?
 
2012-08-05 08:44:15 PM  

Techhell: If I understand the term correctly, it's because Fark is made up of a large number of Hipsters who hate Avatar because it was popular.


Is it possible to not like something that happens to be popular and not be labeled a hipster?
 
2012-08-05 08:45:48 PM  

traylor: You aren't a geek if...

[blog.designnocturne.com image 400x565]


damnit, you're right that should have been on the list

and or appleseed
 
2012-08-05 08:46:22 PM  

mongbiohazard: WTF, no Dark Star?


It's time for Sgt. Pinback to feed the alien.
 
2012-08-05 08:46:24 PM  
I have seen 28 out of 50 and the list for me at least has one huge glaring problem Dune is not on it.
 
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2012-08-05 08:47:16 PM  
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2012-08-05 08:47:46 PM  

GAT_00: There's at least one other movie missing from this list I just can't think of.


A Clockwork Orange
 
2012-08-05 08:48:13 PM  

loonatic112358: traylor: You aren't a geek if...

[blog.designnocturne.com image 400x565]

damnit, you're right that should have been on the list

and or appleseed


I liked Appleseed, but I think GitS asks more interesting questions.
 
2012-08-05 08:48:26 PM  
Watching Blade Runner on Syfy right now.
 
2012-08-05 08:48:39 PM  

Mugato: Techhell: If I understand the term correctly, it's because Fark is made up of a large number of Hipsters who hate Avatar because it was popular.

Is it possible to not like something that happens to be popular and not be labeled a hipster?


Good question. If the Farker who labelled me a Hipster because I passionately hate the Star Trek 2009 reboot, and defined it as "Dislike because it's popular = Hipster." please come back and answer this particular question? Being the first time I've been called a Hipster, I can't say that I'm really qualified to apply the label outside of the narrow band that has been currently defined.
 
2012-08-05 08:48:49 PM  

DarnoKonrad: Dumb-Ass-Monkey: There are definitely more movies that could be on the list, but 49 out of the 50 I can't complain about. Avatar, as I said above, is my only niggle (that's not a racist word).

I'm not sure I understand the Avatar hate. That was a solidly entertaining movie. It's certainly as good (and I'd say better) as JJ Adam's Star Trek that made the list.


For my part, any hate for Avatar comes from disappointment. They did an amazing job making the setting, but then they totally dropped the ball with making a strong, compelling story. The story wasn't terrible, but the acting was weak and the details of the story were pretty terrible. Obviously, with junk like "unobtanium", not even James Cameron was taking story seriously for the movie, instead just producing eye-candy.

So, my main dislike for Avatar is the wasted potential.

/but, yes, it is a rather entertaining movie.
//don't know if it makes the top 50 sci-fi of all time, though. On this list, there are more deserving movies that are missing
 
2012-08-05 08:49:06 PM  
There can only be one #1, Highlander.
 
2012-08-05 08:50:09 PM  
49. 'Pitch Black'
43. 'Attack the Block'

Ok, those two movies sucked out loud so much that I want to strangle whomever made this list.

How about;
www.war-ofthe-worlds.co.uk
Or;
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-05 08:50:47 PM  
31/50. I would catch up but I seldom watch movies anymore.
 
2012-08-05 08:52:38 PM  

Techhell: Mugato: Techhell: If I understand the term correctly, it's because Fark is made up of a large number of Hipsters who hate Avatar because it was popular.

Is it possible to not like something that happens to be popular and not be labeled a hipster?

Good question. If the Farker who labelled me a Hipster because I passionately hate the Star Trek 2009 reboot, and defined it as "Dislike because it's popular = Hipster." please come back and answer this particular question? Being the first time I've been called a Hipster, I can't say that I'm really qualified to apply the label outside of the narrow band that has been currently defined.


I have also been termed a hipster on here once for disliking that movie, and I'm a Star Trek fan. Think it's used as a term to denote someone not liking the same thing they do.
 
2012-08-05 08:53:52 PM  

JRoo: Ok, those two movies sucked out loud so much that I want to strangle whomever made this list.


Eh? I thought Pitch Black was surprisingly pretty damn good. To each his/her own, I guess.
 
2012-08-05 08:56:48 PM  

Mugato: neilbradley: I'd have to agree with chewielouie. Great concept, great story, great performances, awesome special effects, but the pacing of the movie is horrible. I just can't stand Ridley Scott's "create drama by dragging every scene out" approach to filmmaking. Even if a movie is slow, it shouldn't feel slow. Perfect example is the "enhance" scene that went on for 3+ minutes that needed no more than 30 seconds.

Well I feel the same way about 2001 and get yelled at about it so to to each their own.


Heh - funny you should say that, as I had the same thought about 2001 when writing that about Blade Runner. ;-)
 
2012-08-05 08:56:59 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

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2012-08-05 08:57:53 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe:
[www.schickele.com image 350x334]


Peter Schickele did a soundtrack? Awesome.

/going to have Eine Kleine Nichtmusik in my head, now
 
2012-08-05 08:58:47 PM  

mamoru: For my part, any hate for Avatar comes from disappointment. They did an amazing job making the setting, but then they totally dropped the ball with making a strong, compelling story. The story wasn't terrible, but the acting was weak and the details of the story were pretty terrible. Obviously, with junk like "unobtanium", not even James Cameron was taking story seriously for the movie, instead just producing eye-candy.

So, my main dislike for Avatar is the wasted potential.


At least Unobtanium sounds vaguely scientific, even if it's a scientific joke. With the Star Trek reboot they didn't even try for that much science with their "Red Matter" BS.
 
2012-08-05 09:03:43 PM  
Am i the only person who liked Attack the Block?
 
2012-08-05 09:04:49 PM  

DarnoKonrad: Mister Peejay: What's with all the Star Wars movies?

They weren't sci-fi. They were more fantasy, or space opera.

Sci-fi requires a minimum of looking into new technologies and their implications.

The Star Wars movies existed in a setting of Sufficiently Advanced Technology that seems to have come to its asymptote and become ubiquitous long ago, with societal changes having been long since done, thereby having effect whatsoever on the plot other than being part of the background.


Trollin'? Star Trek is far more Sci Fi than Star Wars. Star Wars is closer to Lord of the Rings than 2001 a space odyssey.


*double-checks OP to make sure I did say Star Wars*

See, the thing is, you happen to be agreeing with me. Not sure how this can even come across as you thinking I'm trolling.

/for the record, I never, ever troll. That's stupid.
/I do snark, because I'm generally a snarky person. Snark is not trolling.
 
2012-08-05 09:08:36 PM  

mamoru: JRoo: Ok, those two movies sucked out loud so much that I want to strangle whomever made this list.

Eh? I thought Pitch Black was surprisingly pretty damn good. To each his/her own, I guess.


Ok, Pitch Black was decent but I don't think it belongs on the 50 best of anything, unless it's the 50 best Vin Diesel films.
Also I don't know what happened to the picture I tried to link from the original War Of The Worlds movie. It worked fine in the preview.
 
2012-08-05 09:10:34 PM  

Cyno01: Am i the only person who liked Attack the Block?


No, it was a ton of fun. Made up for watching the abominable Don't Be Afraid of the Dark the night prior.
 
2012-08-05 09:10:36 PM  

Mugato: Techhell: If I understand the term correctly, it's because Fark is made up of a large number of Hipsters who hate Avatar because it was popular.

Is it possible to not like something that happens to be popular and not be labeled a hipster?


No. You're either a conformist and like everything popular, or you're a conformist and hate everything popular. Individual opinion is verboten.

I've never seen Avatar. I never will. Everyone says you HAVE to see it in 3D or you're missing the whole point of the movie. Well, I don't have binocular vision, so therefore, there's no point in seeing it, I guess.

/quick, someone call the ADA, these new movies are discriminatory
/or i could just watch in the 2d theater for $6 less. Bargain!
 
2012-08-05 09:12:14 PM  
30/50.

Maybe I should give Dark City another try. Watched it for the first time last year because it's hyped up so much on here, but came away with the same feeling lots of people seem to have about Blade Runner: great to look at but pretty boring.
 
2012-08-05 09:15:17 PM  

Techhell:

At least Unobtanium sounds vaguely scientific, even if it's a scientific joke.


It's not a scientific joke. I've seen it in reference to impossible-to-find car parts in the mid-80s. It probably dates far further back than that, and from other fields of interest.
 
2012-08-05 09:17:25 PM  
List fails without 'Mac and Me'
 
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