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2017-10-05 06:43:43 PM  

Sum Guye: [i2.wp.com image 500x762]


Hell in the Pacific in Space.

Not a criticism, an observation.

enjoyed both movies
 
2017-10-05 07:17:44 PM  
an okay list far from perfect though. I am Okay with Dune at 35.  Not one rank higher though.   As much as I love the film its just does not measure up to the very best of the Genre.
 
2017-10-05 07:29:07 PM  

tdyak: Am I the only one that thought Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind was a crapfest of a movie?


Yes! It surprised me as #1 on this list, or any Sci-Fi list but I sure loved it. It's certainly the best work Jim Carrey will ever do and Kate Winslet just is edible. And the premise of the movie is something I think 99% of the world can relate to.
 
2017-10-05 07:38:14 PM  

Danger Mouse: Surprised avatar didn't make the list.


I didn't love it, but no matter how you chalk it up, its still an amazing film in many regards, and was a cultural phenomenon being that it made 3 billion at the box office.   Kinda silly that Primer, Her, and Donnie Darko get a spot on the list over Avatar.
 
2017-10-05 07:45:43 PM  

Uzzah: thatguyoverthere70: I still can't believe so many people love Snowpiercer.

The premise of Snowpiercer was better than its execution. At bottom, it is nothing more than a "peasants storm the castle" film with a narrower hallway.

The premise was the only thing that made it interesting -- "gee, I wonder what a train like that would be like." (Putting aside the myriad of plot holes that go unexplained, like who has maintained all that track for more than a dozen years in such harsh conditions?) As the film went on, the writers spent more time on writing up action scenes and less time thinking about how each new section of the train would work. By the end, the design and structure of the train made no sense at all.


Number one reason I didn't go see the movie right there. Well, just general maintenance. Like where are they getting spare parts, hoses, lubricants?
 
2017-10-05 07:55:28 PM  

thatguyoverthere70: Once and Future Lurker: A.I. is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I can't believe it's even on this list, never mind number ten.

I walked out of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, and it's number one.


AI sucked.  I rented ESotSM, took me three days to watch that dreck.

/ list sucks
// evidently not just my opinion
/// nice to feel vindicated
 
2017-10-05 07:55:53 PM  
I don't know about the list, but 1982 was a great year to be a 16 year old, sci fi fantasy geek, movie fanatic.
 
2017-10-05 08:01:50 PM  

TheLopper: [img.fark.net image 279x402]
This one was really great.


CSB

Wife's family is friends with the director, he filmed the entire movie in one weekend when his wife was out of town.

/one of the better movies I've seen in a while
 
2017-10-05 08:06:18 PM  

MrPoopyPants: TheLopper: [img.fark.net image 279x402]
This one was really great.

CSB

Wife's family is friends with the director, he filmed the entire movie in one weekend when his wife was out of town.

/one of the better movies I've seen in a while


Okay, you convinced me. I'm checking this film out.

/Thanks Fark!
 
2017-10-05 08:07:10 PM  
To each his own but ESotSM is an amazing film, and I am no Jim Carey fan. If you've ever had a difficult relationship with someone who you also loved deeply, then the film really connects.
 
2017-10-05 08:16:44 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: What about that one movie with the people?

You mean the one with the guy with the thing? I love that one.


No, he's talking about that thing with that guy who was in the OTHER thing.
 
2017-10-05 08:17:44 PM  

MrPoopyPants: TheLopper: [img.fark.net image 279x402]
This one was really great.

CSB

Wife's family is friends with the director, he filmed the entire movie in one weekend when his wife was out of town.

/one of the better movies I've seen in a while


I loved it.
 
2017-10-05 08:32:48 PM  
Just going with the last few years...

The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)
Rogue One (2016)
The Martian (2015)
Interstellar (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Ex Machina (2014)
Pacific Rim (2013)
Gravity (2013)
 
2017-10-05 08:45:38 PM  

Stratohead: "HER" isn't Science Fiction any more than "Lars and the Real Doll" is Science Fiction.

Snowpiercer is a shiatty B Film that makes zero sense.

"Under the Skin" is mostly like watching paint dry. seriously...a 15 minute shot of a road, that eventually has a motorcycle drive down it.... ooooo ART... *jerk off motion*

and Eternal Sunshine is to me completely unwatchable as I can not farking STAND Jim Carrey.


Under the skin is the movie that owes me the most in wasted moments of my life. I still give my friend shiat for making me endure it.
 
2017-10-05 08:55:18 PM  
Not that this deserves to be listed, but as far as sci-fi comedy goes, I laugh at mars attacks every time.
 
2017-10-05 09:00:38 PM  

DanInKansas: Uzzah: thatguyoverthere70: I still can't believe so many people love Snowpiercer.

The premise of Snowpiercer was better than its execution. At bottom, it is nothing more than a "peasants storm the castle" film with a narrower hallway.

The premise was the only thing that made it interesting -- "gee, I wonder what a train like that would be like." (Putting aside the myriad of plot holes that go unexplained, like who has maintained all that track for more than a dozen years in such harsh conditions?) As the film went on, the writers spent more time on writing up action scenes and less time thinking about how each new section of the train would work. By the end, the design and structure of the train made no sense at all.

Number one reason I didn't go see the movie right there. Well, just general maintenance. Like where are they getting spare parts, hoses, lubricants?


Did you watch the movie?  Ed Harris kidnaps children from the rear section to handle functions because the spare parts are gone and the train is malfunctioning. In any event, its clear that Snowpiercer is meant as an allegory, and taking it literally is the wrong approach. You'd have been a treat as a kid "No Mom, bears can't talk and they don't eat porridge. You suck telling stories."
 
2017-10-05 09:09:18 PM  

Kuta: And my underrated pick:

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Lord no. That movie felt like a ton had been left on the cutting room floor.
 
2017-10-05 09:45:25 PM  

ol' gormsby: John Buck 41: Since Blade Runner? Talk about a low bar.

Ah yes, there it is.

Probably another BR thread coming in the next day or two as the general public post their opinions. Have you got a "Blade Runner thread" notification switched on?

/ wouldn't want to miss out


HA! I have you fav'd (so to speak) as Blade Runner fan. From the trailer it looks shiat tons better than the original.
 
2017-10-05 09:54:36 PM  

TheLopper: [img.fark.net image 279x402]
This one was really great.


I just finished reading the notes for it on imdb and now I really want to see it because a) the process they used sounds cool and b) Amanda from Highlander is in it.
 
2017-10-05 10:11:01 PM  
That list was farking awful, and mostly composed of "Not Science Fiction."

Prime example, Fury Road.

One of my favorite movies, it is literally an adrenaline shot to the heart, and one of the most visually appealing movies ever. It is damned near flawless.

However, it's a post-apocalyptic story.

Dune: fantasy

Battle Royale: dysantopia

The Host: horror

Looper: SciFi, but also steaming pile of shiat genre

Donnie Darko: no genre for this, unless Araki'crap is a genre. Better to watch Doomed Generation, it's as farking awful but at least original.

Under the Skin? Really, not Lucy? Also, horror.

Children of Men: forgettable dysantopia

Aliens: well behind Alien, and again horror-action set in space

Brazil: dystantopia

No room on his list for GATTACA or District 9?
 
2017-10-05 10:17:54 PM  
Arrival was made for adults.  I appreciated that.
 
2017-10-05 10:18:58 PM  
going to see blade runner tomorrow night XD? i had to choose the seats tonight which hopefully works out.
 
2017-10-05 10:32:22 PM  
Might have been the better choice...

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2017-10-05 10:42:27 PM  

Harry_Seldon: Might have been the better choice...

[img.fark.net image 397x595]


Remember kids, in the better, Trump-free timeline, Jodorowsky made Dune and David Lynch did Revenge of the Jedi. No, really, Jodorowsky dropped out and Lynch was hired on to direct, turning down George Lucas's offer to helm Revenge of the Jedi.

And something tells me that David Lynch's Revenge of the Jedi would have been #1 on this list.
 
2017-10-05 11:39:45 PM  

BorgiaGinz: In any event, its clear that Snowpiercer is meant as an allegory


When the "allegory" makes you scream "oh come the fark on!" in disbelief, it has failed.
img.fark.net
 
2017-10-05 11:43:27 PM  
LIst fails without Frankenhooker.
 
2017-10-06 12:55:13 AM  
Running Man
Total Recall
 
2017-10-06 01:04:05 AM  
There is no way you can omit The Martian which managed something many SF films don't even attempt: (a) funny, (b) suspenseful, (c) exciting, (d) deep. Also, Oblivion is one of the most gorgeously photographed SF films in this millennium and was damned enjoyable. From a purely personal perspective, I loved the shiat out of Tron Legacy if for no other reason than the sumptuous visuals and fantastic score.

I found the heavy handed allegory of Snowpiercer unwatchable. And A.I. may be one of the most cloying, manipulative and annoyingly overly-sentimental SF films ever made.
 
2017-10-06 04:27:48 AM  
Sorry, Eternal Sunshine should not get the number one spot. Gattaca, Total Recall and Enemy Mine should have made the list. Others, I'd argue should not have been in the Sci Fi genre (Battle Royale) but I'd argue Looper also shouldn't be there because it sucked. And it didn't even make sense. *spoilers* People were sending messages through time by carving words into people's skin (which would appear as scars to them all of a sudden) or cutting off fingers so that a finger would suddenly disappear and become a healed stump and so forth....um, no.
 
2017-10-06 06:18:43 AM  

Wessoman: Harry_Seldon: Might have been the better choice...

[img.fark.net image 397x595]

Remember kids, in the better, Trump-free timeline, Jodorowsky made Dune and David Lynch did Revenge of the Jedi. No, really, Jodorowsky dropped out and Lynch was hired on to direct, turning down George Lucas's offer to helm Revenge of the Jedi.

And something tells me that David Lynch's Revenge of the Jedi would have been #1 on this list.


Imagine Dune made by Leonard da Vinci. It would be best movie ever, better than Godfather
 
2017-10-06 06:33:08 AM  
"..forced his way onto the project after having never read the book, and decided to ignore the book almost completely in favor of his own vision. Convinced that he could "rape Frank Herbert with love", he resolved to make a movie based on his dream, with a few random, minor ideas from the book itself thrown in to connect it in some way to the book (that's not hyperbole, that was his stated agenda)"
 
2017-10-06 06:34:54 AM  
"As of 2017, Legendary Pictures has bought the film rights, with Denis Villeneuve being called on to direct a new adaptation"
 
2017-10-06 08:56:27 AM  

BorgiaGinz: DanInKansas: Uzzah: thatguyoverthere70: I still can't believe so many people love Snowpiercer.

The premise of Snowpiercer was better than its execution. At bottom, it is nothing more than a "peasants storm the castle" film with a narrower hallway.

The premise was the only thing that made it interesting -- "gee, I wonder what a train like that would be like." (Putting aside the myriad of plot holes that go unexplained, like who has maintained all that track for more than a dozen years in such harsh conditions?) As the film went on, the writers spent more time on writing up action scenes and less time thinking about how each new section of the train would work. By the end, the design and structure of the train made no sense at all.

Number one reason I didn't go see the movie right there. Well, just general maintenance. Like where are they getting spare parts, hoses, lubricants?

Did you watch the movie?  Ed Harris kidnaps children from the rear section to handle functions because the spare parts are gone and the train is malfunctioning. In any event, its clear that Snowpiercer is meant as an allegory, and taking it literally is the wrong approach. You'd have been a treat as a kid "No Mom, bears can't talk and they don't eat porridge. You suck telling stories."


No I didn't watch the movie because the premise sucked. But I did give you a funny.

What the last remnants of humanity, an improbably maintained vehicle and a talking bear might look like:

img.fark.net
 
2017-10-06 09:27:31 AM  

Msol: Ashelth: FrancoFile: AI???????
Seriously?!?!?!?!

And how does Children of Men even count as Sci-Fi?  It's straight up dystopian fantasy.

Way too much random weird shiat in there.  Where's The Martian?  Where's Total Recall?

In what universe does Children of Men even count as a good movie.  Dear Clive Owen, when Shoot Em Up is one of the most watchable movies you've been in... STOP ACTING.

I'm glad I'm not alone in hating that POS of a movie.


Ditto.

Ooooh, a long tracking shot.  How impressive.
 
2017-10-06 09:35:03 AM  

NathanAllen: That list was farking awful, and mostly composed of "Not Science Fiction."

Prime example, Fury Road.

One of my favorite movies, it is literally an adrenaline shot to the heart, and one of the most visually appealing movies ever. It is damned near flawless.

However, it's a post-apocalyptic story.

Dune: fantasy

Battle Royale: dysantopia

The Host: horror

Looper: SciFi, but also steaming pile of shiat genre

Donnie Darko: no genre for this, unless Araki'crap is a genre. Better to watch Doomed Generation, it's as farking awful but at least original.

Under the Skin? Really, not Lucy? Also, horror.

Children of Men: forgettable dysantopia

Aliens: well behind Alien, and again horror-action set in space

Brazil: dystantopia

No room on his list for GATTACA or District 9?


Some of you people have really narrow ideas. Post-apocalyptic stories are science fiction, as are dystopias. Science fiction is broader than robots and time machines.
 
2017-10-06 10:19:47 AM  
Gattaca was one of the worst films I have ever seen. Lumbering, ponderous, pompous and ultimately trite and boring.

It insists upon itself. I will never understand the love for it.
 
2017-10-06 10:43:11 AM  
A) What's a 'dysantopia'?
B) Jesus, some of you people have an astonishingly shiatty understanding of what 'science fiction' actually is and pathetically-lame choices within that shiatty understanding.
 
2017-10-06 10:48:05 AM  
It's nice that there are enough excellent movies of this kind that we can argue about the 35 best ones.
Didn't used to be that way.

I think Close Encounters of the Third Kind should be on the list, rather than AI. I don't think AI sucked as much as some people did, but Close Encounters is better. Certainly among Spielberg movies. (shrug)

Looper is a legit good movie, though the idea of Joseph Gordon Levitt becoming Bruce Willis is a giant stretch. They're both really good in this movie, but that requires significant suspension of disbelief. Also, no Fifth Element? C'mon, that movie is extremely influential.
 
2017-10-06 11:06:44 AM  

AdrienVeidt: A) What's a 'dysantopia'?
B) Jesus, some of you people have an astonishingly shiatty understanding of what 'science fiction' actually is and pathetically-lame choices within that shiatty understanding.


LOL, lighten up, Adrien.
 
2017-10-06 11:40:15 AM  
Also, District 9 definitely belongs on the list.
 
2017-10-06 12:06:55 PM  

Ashelth: FrancoFile: AI???????
Seriously?!?!?!?!

And how does Children of Men even count as Sci-Fi?  It's straight up dystopian fantasy.

Way too much random weird shiat in there.  Where's The Martian?  Where's Total Recall?

In what universe does Children of Men even count as a good movie.  Dear Clive Owen, when Shoot Em Up is one of the most watchable movies you've been in... STOP ACTING.


he was good in The Knick.  Sad that series isn't going anywhere now.
 
2017-10-06 12:07:05 PM  
The wheels fell off of Minority Report and Edge of Tomorrow in the last half hour, at least. The producers must have thought putting Tom Cruise in it was enough.

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2017-10-06 12:25:37 PM  

Harry_Seldon: Might have been the better choice...

[img.fark.net image 397x595]


No, it would have been an even greater abomination. I was on board at first but after watching the WTFAREYOUDOING? documentary, he would have had better scenery and costuming but a far dumber departure from the book.
 
2017-10-06 01:06:12 PM  
Buckaroo Banzai is the greatest film ever made, that is all.
 
2017-10-06 01:36:15 PM  

GRCooper: I don't know about the list, but 1982 was a great year to be a 16 year old, sci fi fantasy geek, movie fanatic.


Watching Tron in the theater immediately comes to mind.
 
2017-10-06 01:45:43 PM  

FascistJockItch: Gattaca was one of the worst films I have ever seen. Lumbering, ponderous, pompous and ultimately trite and boring.

It insists upon itself. I will never understand the love for it.


A movie where nothing happens, people drive 60's cars in the future (Highlander 2 was a warning, not a how-to guide!),  and NASA is composed of three desks, two treadmills and stock footage of shuttle launches.
 
2017-10-06 02:02:28 PM  

realmolo: Crewmannumber6: I'm an outlier I guess as I think Arrival sucked.

It didn't suck, but it wasn't very good. Mostly it was too long. It's something that would've made a good 30-minute TV episode.

That said, it was nice to see a well-made non-action sci-fi movie. There aren't that many around.


No, it sucked.
 
2017-10-06 02:16:38 PM  

whidbey: GRCooper: I don't know about the list, but 1982 was a great year to be a 16 year old, sci fi fantasy geek, movie fanatic.

Watching Tron in the theater immediately comes to mind.


I was in the theatre a lot. Tron, Blade Runner, Conan the Barbarian, Wrath of Khan, Poltergeist, E.T., The Thing, Creepshow, Cat People, Quest for Fire, Firefox, Dark Crystal. Saw them all on the big screen.  Not all of them have held up well with time, but I loved them at 16.

/not to mention "mundane" films like Garp, Tootsie, Night Shift, My Favorite Year,  First Blood, Fast Times, 48 Hours, The Wall. Saw them all as well.
//I didn't see Ghandi, Deathtrap, Eating Raoul, Officer and a Gentleman, Sophie's Choice, Victor Victoria, til later, on video
///Really good year for movie watching
 
2017-10-06 02:31:59 PM  

GRCooper: whidbey: GRCooper: I don't know about the list, but 1982 was a great year to be a 16 year old, sci fi fantasy geek, movie fanatic.

Watching Tron in the theater immediately comes to mind.

I was in the theatre a lot. Tron, Blade Runner, Conan the Barbarian, Wrath of Khan, Poltergeist, E.T., The Thing, Creepshow, Cat People, Quest for Fire, Firefox, Dark Crystal. Saw them all on the big screen.  Not all of them have held up well with time, but I loved them at 16.

/not to mention "mundane" films like Garp, Tootsie, Night Shift, My Favorite Year,  First Blood, Fast Times, 48 Hours, The Wall. Saw them all as well.
//I didn't see Ghandi, Deathtrap, Eating Raoul, Officer and a Gentleman, Sophie's Choice, Victor Victoria, til later, on video
///Really good year for movie watching


Forgot that the Wall was 1982. Probably saw that movie 8 million times.
 
2017-10-06 03:24:59 PM  

Ed Grubermann: FascistJockItch: Gattaca was one of the worst films I have ever seen. Lumbering, ponderous, pompous and ultimately trite and boring.

It insists upon itself. I will never understand the love for it.

A movie where nothing happens, people drive 60's cars in the future (Highlander 2 was a warning, not a how-to guide!),  and NASA is composed of three desks, two treadmills and stock footage of shuttle launches.


And so convinced of its own profundity, yet so obvious. Meh, it's probably some deficiency in me but gods it was painful.
 
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