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2013-09-27 11:41:32 PM  

Fano: Dingleberry Dickwad: Obscure Login: List fails without the number 1 space movie of all time...

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Holy shiat... is that the ones where the kids in the jr. space program end up in space accidentally? I haven't even thought of that movie in years. Hell I don't even remember the name of it, but I remember seeing it. Came out in the early 90s or something didn't it?

Batteries not incl7ded, oh yes


Nah, amazingly enough I remember Batteries not Included. That was one where the little aliens that looked kind of like toys helped out the old folks or something.
 
2013-09-27 11:44:04 PM  

HighZoolander: Moon, Serenity should both be in top 10.

The Fifth Element and Spaceballs would be in top 20 for me.


Just popping in to make sure this got mentioned

kestas.kuliukas.com
 
2013-09-27 11:54:40 PM  

freak7: I saw Gravity the other night. Absolutely mind blowing, be sure to see it in 3D.


Wife won't go with me to see it because she's deathly afraid of heights and has panic attacks even when its just a movie, that said this means I have to make a special trip if I am to go see it which means extra cost and what not. I guess what I am asking is will this be worth the hour drive out to my cousin to go see it at an IMAX place?
 
2013-09-28 12:04:25 AM  
Gravity is actually a good movie? I like Cuarón, but this is somewhat shocking to me.

The ads and trailers made it seem like this movie was pointless nonsense, starring Sandra Bullock, star of pointless nonsense.
 
2013-09-28 12:06:37 AM  

cman: Joelogon: This is a farking terrible list. If they mean "outer space films" as "any film set in outer space", sure, whatever, just throw in your favorite sci-fi film.

If, on the other hand, you mean "films with any halfway realistic depiction of outer space," it's a much more restrictive (yet useful) category -- basically, any film that features artificial gravity without a centrifuge is automatically disqualified:

Thats why they call it Science Fiction. They are there to tell stories and build fantasies.


Yeah, but you have to keep the science bit working if you want it to be halfway believable. Otherwise, it's just comic books.
 
2013-09-28 12:09:38 AM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Gravity is actually a good movie? I like Cuarón, but this is somewhat shocking to me.

The ads and trailers made it seem like this movie was pointless nonsense, starring Sandra Bullock, star of pointless nonsense.


The visuals alone sold me, I can look past a wooden performance for some stunning visuals

freak7: I saw it in IMAX, it's worth it. The 3D is better than Avatar.


Looks like Im sleeping in the dog house tomorrow night
 
2013-09-28 12:23:23 AM  
crashlanden.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-28 12:27:08 AM  
Contact?
 
2013-09-28 12:56:26 AM  

StopLurkListen: Wow, I kinda agree with the list* (*I haven't seen Solaris, I'll hunt it down tonight maybe)


I have. Watched it all the way to the end. Twice. Still can't figure out what the point of it was. Being out of contact with earth for 2 minutes. Yeah. And? What? Badly paced movie.
 
2013-09-28 12:56:53 AM  

freak7: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Gravity is actually a good movie? I like Cuarón, but this is somewhat shocking to me.

The ads and trailers made it seem like this movie was pointless nonsense, starring Sandra Bullock, star of pointless nonsense.

Which is why it's 95% fresh on RT. It's the best space movie ever, even better than 2001.


Really? that good? I'll have to watch it then.
 
2013-09-28 01:08:41 AM  

Joelogon: This is a farking terrible list. If they mean "outer space films" as "any film set in outer space", sure, whatever, just throw in your favorite sci-fi film.

If, on the other hand, you mean "films with any halfway realistic depiction of outer space," it's a much more restrictive (yet useful) category -- basically, any film that features artificial gravity without a centrifuge is automatically disqualified:

* Outland
* 2001
* 2010
* Sunshine (barring gravity concerns)
* Deep Impact
* Apollo 13
* October Sky
* The Right Stuff
* Destination Moon
* Red Planet
* Moon


You have a good list here. You need to add Silent Running. Silent Running has a very authentic feel to it (not sure about the gravity thing).
 
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2013-09-28 01:24:05 AM  
Dark Star should be on the list because if not for that movie there wouldn't be any Alien or Aliens.

Alien is just Dark Star as a horror film, it's even written by the same guy!
 
2013-09-28 01:36:10 AM  
Second on seeing "Gravity" on the biggest screen you can find, and in 3D.  Absolutely stunning.

I'd put in the the top five.
 
2013-09-28 01:44:29 AM  
Nobody mentioned Alien or Aliens? Personally I'd put the former on the list and not the latter though it was a good enough movie for a more action oriented film than horror flick. And while we're at it, if movies with aliens that take place on Earth count, how about John Carpenter's The Thing? One of my all time favorite movies.
 
2013-09-28 01:53:42 AM  

Brubold: Nobody mentioned Alien or Aliens? Personally I'd put the former on the list and not the latter though it was a good enough movie for a more action oriented film than horror flick. And while we're at it, if movies with aliens that take place on Earth count, how about John Carpenter's The Thing? One of my all time favorite movies.


I'm pretty sure The Thing takes place only in the Antarctic.
 
2013-09-28 02:05:07 AM  
Imma let you finish, but Jeff Goldblum made one of the best space movie of all time.  Of all time!!
cineplex.media.baselineresearch.com
 
2013-09-28 02:05:42 AM  
movies*

I need more rum...
 
2013-09-28 02:28:15 AM  
Is it Life Day already!?
 
2013-09-28 02:30:04 AM  
Hm. I thought "outer space" meant "outside the solar system."
 
2013-09-28 02:39:08 AM  

Uncle Tractor: Hm. I thought "outer space" meant "outside the solar system."


I heard it in many contexts to mean anything in the vacuum of space outside our atmosphere, as opposed to "terrestrial space" like space between buildings, trees, mountains, etc.  It seems like a very outdated and imprecise term. The example in my memory is during the Cold War Space Race, a 50's or 60's U.S. Congress Member warning of "hearing a human voice with a strange Russian accent from outer space", going full-on Red Scare that death will rain from "outer space" unless we too can put people into orbit.
 
2013-09-28 02:51:08 AM  

cman: Why do people think I am trolling?

First Contact was a good film. The critics loved it. From the link I posted earlier, you can see that the fans love it, too


I know a lot of people did, but I didn't like First Contact at all.  Borg aside, the other half of the movie is helping an old drunk build a warp ship in his barn.
 
2013-09-28 02:54:40 AM  

sonnyboy11: Joelogon: This is a farking terrible list. If they mean "outer space films" as "any film set in outer space", sure, whatever, just throw in your favorite sci-fi film.

If, on the other hand, you mean "films with any halfway realistic depiction of outer space," it's a much more restrictive (yet useful) category -- basically, any film that features artificial gravity without a centrifuge is automatically disqualified:

* Outland
* 2001
* 2010
* Sunshine (barring gravity concerns)
* Deep Impact
* Apollo 13
* October Sky
* The Right Stuff
* Destination Moon
* Red Planet
* Moon

You have a good list here. You need to add Silent Running. Silent Running has a very authentic feel to it (not sure about the gravity thing).


Silent Running is a good candidate for the dumbest "hard" sci-fi film. Setting aside the terrible acting and special effects (sorry Douglas), the sentimentality of the plot occludes any rational basis in science. Completely ignoring the whole gravity problem half of these films suffer from, among the problems are:

Rabbits? In a predator-free biosphere? Really?! Rabbits do two things very well: reproduce uncontrollably, and eat the fark out of all plants. They are possibly the LAST organism any self-sustaining biosphere should host.

The ship is mucking about around the planet SATURN. You know how much sunlight reaches Saturn? 1/90th that of Earth, that's how much. Way less than is optimal for Earth-transplanted flora. There's clearly artificial lighting in the pods that may simulate sunlight, but that doesn't explain why its a good idea to leave a near-Earth orbit, especially since their craft may need to be reassigned for "commercial" duties.

Nuking the domes to begin with. Its evident that 2 paraplegics robots can be programmed to handle all the required labor to support a dome, which contain at least some of the flora Earth no longer is hospitable to? Yeah, lets not waste those two robots, and just nuke that shiat right up! Sure, we could just set these apparently self-sufficient pods into orbit around Earth, just in case we suddenly need a bunch of rabbit-droppings or pine trees or something, and still use the ships for whatever. But nuking is better! Because nuking is BAD!!!

Seriously, SR is so dated, and so mired in the hippie/environmental/anti-nuke movement I'm surprised it ever got enough backing to be produced, and more surprised it holds any serious relevance among fans of hard science fiction. Because its abjectly terrible science fiction.
 
2013-09-28 02:55:08 AM  

StopLurkListen: Uncle Tractor: Hm. I thought "outer space" meant "outside the solar system."

I heard it in many contexts to mean anything in the vacuum of space outside our atmosphere, as opposed to "terrestrial space" like space between buildings, trees, mountains, etc.  It seems like a very outdated and imprecise term. The example in my memory is during the Cold War Space Race, a 50's or 60's U.S. Congress Member warning of "hearing a human voice with a strange Russian accent from outer space", going full-on Red Scare that death will rain from "outer space" unless we too can put people into orbit.


Oh man, my memory ... anyway, in the interest of correcting the record, here is the actual transcript:

(Source)
On October 4th, 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik and America came to the conclusion that we were way-behind in math and science education ..... Which people like Space pioneer Verner Von Braun suggested might have dire consequences.
VON BRAUN: We have been told that the hammer and sickle flag has now been planted on the moon, and we have no reason to doubt it. I would not be at all surprised to be hearing a human voice from outer space that will have an unmistakable Russian accent.

... And might I point out that, at this date, humanity is further from the Sputnik launch than the Sputnik launch is from the Wright Brothers flight.

I'm not saying this from a nationalist perspective, but a human development one. We - Americans, Russians, Europeans, and more, cooperate in the International Space Station. But we last went to the Moon forty-one years ago. There have been no manned mission beyond Earth orbit since.
 
2013-09-28 02:56:41 AM  

karmaceutical: Mission to Mars is a solid space flick.


You're referring to the movie that features Dr. Pepper as an integral plot device, yes?
 
2013-09-28 03:01:33 AM  
Also, since no one's mentioned it yet, Fire in the Sky.
 
2013-09-28 03:04:12 AM  

cman: Why do people think I am trolling?

First Contact was a good film. The critics loved it. From the link I posted earlier, you can see that the fans love it, too


I enjoyed it as well. Don't get the hate.


karmaceutical: Pandorum should be on this list as well.


I liked that one, too, but I don't think it's ever going to end up on anyone's "Best Of" or "Classics" list.
 
2013-09-28 03:10:44 AM  
I've never been too keen on the Alien series, if only because I don't like horror movies.  Seen bits and pieces of most of them, but not the original.  Just never ran across it.

Haven't seen Solaris, either version.  Haven't seen A Trip to the Moon, aside from the clips that movie history TV shows air.

I'm sure that BRIAN BLESSED would be most displeased at the lack of Flash Gordon, but I'd put than on an Honorable Mention list.
 
2013-09-28 03:28:05 AM  

fusillade762: "Solaris"? Nope, sorry. Replace that with "Moon" maybe and I'd be OK with the list.


Agreed.  It dragged out too much.  It was boring.  And with the risk of being declared a heretic, the same goes for 2001.  They spent way too much time going for the gee wiz factor with their drawn out space shots.
 
2013-09-28 03:29:09 AM  

cman: Why do people think I am trolling?

First Contact was a good film. The critics loved it. From the link I posted earlier, you can see that the fans love it, too


It was shiat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7Lr8cdZwHQ
 
2013-09-28 03:30:29 AM  
Oh, and 2010?  I'd forgotten about that movie for a while.  When I did see it, I was a bit annoyed that the Cold War was still going in the movie, when it wasn't a factor in the novel.
 
2013-09-28 03:38:02 AM  
farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2013-09-28 04:11:27 AM  
Did anyone mention "Amazon Women on the Moon" yet?
 
2013-09-28 04:25:27 AM  

Vampire Lake: phlegmmo: optikeye: No "Forbidden Planet" FAIL LIST.

Ditto.

Yep


The monster's howl still gives me chills
 
2013-09-28 04:26:03 AM  

RoyHobbs22: Snotnose: Can one of you ADD types type in the list?  Deslide doesn't work and I'm too lazy to click all the slides.

Event Horizon
The Black Hole
Fire in the Sky
The Ewok Christmas Special
Space Cowboys
Spaceballs
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
The Astronaut Farmer
Magic Mike
Thelma and Louise


Well that settles it, I don't need another beer, I need to go to bed.
 
2013-09-28 06:02:52 AM  

Funbags: sonnyboy11: Joelogon: This is a farking terrible list. If they mean "outer space films" as "any film set in outer space", sure, whatever, just throw in your favorite sci-fi film.

If, on the other hand, you mean "films with any halfway realistic depiction of outer space," it's a much more restrictive (yet useful) category -- basically, any film that features artificial gravity without a centrifuge is automatically disqualified:

* Outland
* 2001
* 2010
* Sunshine (barring gravity concerns)
* Deep Impact
* Apollo 13
* October Sky
* The Right Stuff
* Destination Moon
* Red Planet
* Moon

You have a good list here. You need to add Silent Running. Silent Running has a very authentic feel to it (not sure about the gravity thing).

Silent Running is a good candidate for the dumbest "hard" sci-fi film. Setting aside the terrible acting and special effects (sorry Douglas), the sentimentality of the plot occludes any rational basis in science. Completely ignoring the whole gravity problem half of these films suffer from, among the problems are:

Rabbits? In a predator-free biosphere? Really?! Rabbits do two things very well: reproduce uncontrollably, and eat the fark out of all plants. They are possibly the LAST organism any self-sustaining biosphere should host.

The ship is mucking about around the planet SATURN. You know how much sunlight reaches Saturn? 1/90th that of Earth, that's how much. Way less than is optimal for Earth-transplanted flora. There's clearly artificial lighting in the pods that may simulate sunlight, but that doesn't explain why its a good idea to leave a near-Earth orbit, especially since their craft may need to be reassigned for "commercial" duties.

Nuking the domes to begin with. Its evident that 2 paraplegics robots can be programmed to handle all the required labor to support a dome, which contain at least some of the flora Earth no longer is hospitable to? Yeah, lets not waste those two robots, and just nuke that shiat right up! Sure, we could ...


Two words: Joan Baez.

The soundtrack itself dated it exactly to the hippie age.
 
2013-09-28 06:36:14 AM  
The more I watch STTMP, the more I prefer it over the rest of the Trek flicks. I get tired of generic action masquerading as science fiction just because of the setting, and I really wish we could get more than one serious science fiction film every couple years.

I really dug the Clooney Solaris, and the soundtrack is good for bedtime listening.
 
2013-09-28 06:38:17 AM  

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I remember seeing that in the theater. There were maybe 10 other people there.

Dingleberry Dickwad: Came out in the early 90s or something didn't it?


Space Camp and it came out in 1986
 
2013-09-28 06:41:16 AM  

AdrienVeidt: The more I watch STTMP, the more I prefer it over the rest of the Trek flicks. I get tired of generic action masquerading as science fiction just because of the setting, and I really wish we could get more than one serious science fiction film every couple years.


I agree.  I'd certainly rank it higher than most.  More imaginative.
 
2013-09-28 06:50:14 AM  
Battlefield Earth was the second worst movie ever made. Truly. AWFUL
 
2013-09-28 06:51:49 AM  

Alphax: the other half of the movie is helping an old drunk build a warp ship in his barn.


That old drunk being a rather key person in the whole Star Trek timeline.
 
2013-09-28 06:52:57 AM  

WhyteRaven74: Alphax: the other half of the movie is helping an old drunk build a warp ship in his barn.

That old drunk being a rather key person in the whole Star Trek timeline.


Who looked and acted nothing like that when he was on TOS.
 
2013-09-28 07:33:41 AM  

Funbags: The ship is mucking about around the planet SATURN. You know how much sunlight reaches Saturn? 1/90th that of Earth, that's how much. Way less than is optimal for Earth-transplanted flora.


This.

I'm expected to believe that the inverse square law doesn't work?
 
2013-09-28 07:58:18 AM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Fano: Dingleberry Dickwad: Obscure Login: List fails without the number 1 space movie of all time...

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Holy shiat... is that the ones where the kids in the jr. space program end up in space accidentally? I haven't even thought of that movie in years. Hell I don't even remember the name of it, but I remember seeing it. Came out in the early 90s or something didn't it?

Batteries not incl7ded, oh yes

Nah, amazingly enough I remember Batteries not Included. That was one where the little aliens that looked kind of like toys helped out the old folks or something.


That's because the one you were thinking of was titled Spacecamp
 
2013-09-28 08:01:57 AM  

Obscure Login: List fails without the number 1 space movie of all time...
[i.imgur.com image 500x338] (Space Camp image)

Speaking of children movie, what's the one where the 2-3 kids go into space in a small force field bubble ship that runs out of a 9V battery. They got the knowledge from the alien kids that wanted them to visit?
 
2013-09-28 08:12:06 AM  

harpagon: Obscure Login: List fails without the number 1 space movie of all time...
[i.imgur.com image 500x338] (Space Camp image)
Speaking of children movie, what's the one where the 2-3 kids go into space in a small force field bubble ship that runs out of a 9V battery. They got the knowledge from the alien kids that wanted them to visit?


Explorers.

Also, where is The Last Starfighter. It's easily better than all the Trek movies.

And Sunshine should be on there.
 
2013-09-28 08:16:29 AM  
skew.dailyskew.com
 
2013-09-28 08:18:48 AM  

Mugato: RoyHobbs22: The Black Hole

The Black Hole was a farked up movie. Especially for a Disney movie.


Are you kidding me? It was an awesome pron movie! Oh wait, different "The Black Hole" I think...
 
2013-09-28 08:48:30 AM  
2001 sucks and blows. rest of list is debatable. Concur Silent running should be on list as should Serenity.

also liked

Marooned 1969


Waiting to see if Gravity will qualify. Clooney is an negative IMHO but still movie might be good.
 
2013-09-28 09:08:13 AM  
I am one of the heathens of film, since I think Brazil is shiat (albeit visually stunning) and I think Daredevil was a perfectly fine movie.

The Clooney Solaris movie is really good: nicely paced, unlike the Russian version, creepy without being a haunted house movie in space, and an examination of a truly alien intelligence.

I've tried to watch the Russian version, but wow.... Jean Luc Godard thinks that movie has pacing problems. Man Who Fell to Earth is a brisk stroll compared to that movie.
 
2013-09-28 09:22:29 AM  

MisatoNERV: NeuroticRocker: Dark Star? Iron Sky?Moon? Silent Running? Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail.

Iron Sky suuuuuuuuucked.

Otherwise, I agree.


Iron Sky was facepalmingly bad indeed, but in an enjoyable way. Mark Kermode (IMO the best film critic and theorist) said that the move was first a Title, a poster, and a tagline, and they made a movie around that, and he was disappointed as he had high hopes. He didn't hate it though. It just didnt live up to the hype.
 
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