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(HitFix)   The ten best outer space films of all time   (hitfix.com) divider line 189
    More: Cool, outer spaces, Steven Soderbergh, Taking on Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrei Tarkovsky, Stanislaw Lem  
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2013-09-28 09:27:53 AM  
Just want to say, upon recommendation from someone else, I watched Moon and Silent Running back to back. I don't remember which I did first, but they are both thematically very similar and when I did the double-feature, it made both of them a lot better.
 
2013-09-28 09:28:16 AM  
Don't know which is best- A space move is like sex to me- when it's good it's very good and when it's bad, it's still pretty good. However, there are some omissions...
1. Flash (not Flesh) Gordon, for the soundtrack alone, if nothing else.
2. Space Cowboys
3. The Fifth Element
 There are probably more that will come to me at random times.

/The Right Stuff is one of the best movies of ANY genre, not just space. IMO it is vastly underrated.
 
2013-09-28 09:31:24 AM  
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ecl
2013-09-28 09:46:26 AM  
www.orgonebox.org
 
ecl
2013-09-28 09:49:54 AM  
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Futuristic space hula hoop sensual mom scene.
Yes.  Space Mutiny has it all.
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2013-09-28 09:54:48 AM  

Snapper Carr: Soderbergh's Solaris over Tarkovsky's? No Forbidden Planet or Moon or Dark City? List is wanting

/Honorable Mention: Outland.


Yeah, man! Outland was pretty good. Connery in a Western reset in space turned out to be just crazy enough to work.
 
2013-09-28 10:05:36 AM  

Richard Sauce: Snapper Carr: Soderbergh's Solaris over Tarkovsky's? No Forbidden Planet or Moon or Dark City? List is wanting

/Honorable Mention: Outland.

Yeah, man! Outland was pretty good. Connery in a Western reset in space turned out to be just crazy enough to work.

Outland = High Noon

in space.
Forbidden Planet = The Tempest in space.
 
2013-09-28 10:13:17 AM  
No Blade Runner?
 
2013-09-28 10:19:19 AM  

Shrugging Atlas: No Blade Runner?


Good movie, but all on Earth.
 
2013-09-28 10:34:39 AM  
www.robertpicardo.netList fails without

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2013-09-28 10:56:30 AM  

Alphax: Shrugging Atlas: No Blade Runner?

Good movie, but all on Earth.


Ugh.  That's what I get for not reading the headline closely.

/backs slowly away from thread
 
2013-09-28 10:58:24 AM  
So I guess the author wouldn't like to know more.
 
2013-09-28 11:02:38 AM  

theunblinkingeye: So I guess the author wouldn't like to know more.


Can't go wrong with Heinlein...
 
2013-09-28 11:11:14 AM  
I rationalized the plot of Silent Running into the idea that these preserves were sort of being held "hostage" in space due to some geo-political negotiations on a crowded Earth, and that those negotiations had broken down to the point that someone called a bluff and the order to vape the forests was given.


I have much love for Dark Star, for the imaginative ways they worked around their microscopic budget, Like the "elevator" that's a forklift running down a hall with a  dutch-tilted camera.... and for the fact that O'Bannon is in this prototype for "Alien".
 
2013-09-28 11:24:36 AM  
List fails without Outland
 
2013-09-28 11:51:31 AM  

ecl: [s3.amazonaws.com image 448x252]

Futuristic space hula hoop sensual mom scene.
Yes.  Space Mutiny has it all.
[i55.tinypic.com image 448x336]


"She's presenting like a mandrill".
 
2013-09-28 11:51:47 AM  
Came for the Marooned love, will leave Countdown.
 
2013-09-28 12:05:42 PM  
I am disappointed by the list and all you Farkers who forgot the great space movie of all time.

www.slightly-deranged.com

/I hope you all get space herpes!
 
2013-09-28 12:11:06 PM  
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2013-09-28 12:16:36 PM  

sno man: Galaxy Quest.

/fark I am disappoint.


This!!!

"By Grabthar's hammer....what a savings."
 
2013-09-28 12:20:06 PM  

optikeye: No "Forbidden Planet" FAIL LIST.


^THIS^


All of the reviewers must have been under 40.
 
2013-09-28 12:26:58 PM  

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


MUST have a centrifuge for gravity? You think that science can't make another way? Such small thinking.
 
2013-09-28 12:28:42 PM  
Feeling rejected, figure they might as well go home to Blob...


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2013-09-28 12:36:16 PM  
List fails without "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians."
 
2013-09-28 12:38:37 PM  

goatleggedfellow: MUST have a centrifuge for gravity? You think that science can't make another way? Such small thinking.


What a profoundly stupid comment. Thanks for that.
 
2013-09-28 01:30:14 PM  
www.badmovies.org
 
2013-09-28 02:07:44 PM  
I rented Tarkovsky's Solaris and tried three times to watch it, and fell asleep each time. I was determined to see it so I bought a copy and watched it in one Sunday afternoon. When it finished I watched it again, it's that good.

Glad to see 2001 at the top of this list.
 
2013-09-28 03:20:50 PM  
Oh my god, Soderbergh's Solaris over Tarkovsky's. What a world.
 
2013-09-28 03:33:45 PM  
get your ass to mars
 
2013-09-28 07:05:01 PM  

Joelogon: goatleggedfellow: MUST have a centrifuge for gravity? You think that science can't make another way? Such small thinking.

What a profoundly stupid comment. Thanks for that.


Well, you *could* use simple forward acceleration to simulate gravity.
 
2013-09-28 07:52:18 PM  

fusillade762: Well, you *could* use simple forward acceleration to simulate gravity.


Indeed. Though the tech requirements for constant 1-g acceleration for an extended period of time still put it pretty far out there. I just mean handwaving "artificial gravity" with some unnamed exotic technology as a filmmaking convenience, without any appreciable onscreen recognition of how big of a deal it would actually be.

I also realize that many of the movies I cited have their own problems with gravity. In Outland and Moon, the gravity is shown as more or less Earth normal. I just think the original list from the article is just stupid.
 
2013-09-28 08:15:14 PM  
* Fugitive Alien
*Fugitive Alien II
* Invasion of the Neptune Men
*Prince of Space

MST3k and their Oscar winning line-up

Alien may possibly be the scariest movie ever. Of course you need to see it on a big screen IN THE DARK!
 
2013-09-28 08:54:49 PM  
Star Trek, best to worst (not counting JJ Abrams films):

1. Wrath of Khan
2. Undiscovered Country
3. Voyage Home
4. Search for Spock
5. First Contact
6. Nemesis (I didn't think this was so bad)
7. Generations
8. Motion Picture
9. Final Frontier
10. Insurrection (I didn't see that written above...maybe like me everyone keeps forgetting this one??)

Star Wars, best to worst:

1. Empire
2. New Hope
3. Jedi
4. Sith
5. Clones
14. Phantom Menace
 
2013-09-28 09:04:50 PM  

djy1972: 6. Nemesis (I didn't think this was so bad)


Really? The one with the dune buggy?
 
2013-09-28 09:06:51 PM  
No love for Saturn 3?
 
2013-09-28 09:18:51 PM  
Really? The one with the dune buggy?

I usually just skip over that part. It's filmed weird and bothers my eyes. As for the rest of the film, I just didn't have a problem with it. Not a great film, obviously, but not the worst by a long shot. Unlike Insurrection, at least I don't need to see Nemesis 40 times to remember it was even made...

First Contact was the only good TNG film. Generations and Nemesis are both merely OK, and Insurrection was completely unmemorable...basically a 2-hour version of one of TNG's least interesting episodes.
 
2013-09-28 09:33:34 PM  

harpagon: 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
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089114/?ref_=sr_1

/Sorry, I suck with the whole "text in URL" thingy
 
2013-09-29 01:21:12 AM  
2010? Damn right.
 
2013-09-29 03:32:13 AM  
I can understand Star Trek not being on the list as while the original series was groundbreaking, the films really weren't. I am glad to see Trek has been covered in the thread.

First Contact is the best thing the Next Generation did and gives us the Picard we should have had all along. Undiscovered Country is probably the best Original Series film as it has the most interesting plot.
That said, if this list were to include a Star Trek film then it would probably be The Motion Picture, as that is the one that treats space with the most reverence which seems to be what the author is going for.
 
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