The 100 Sci Fi Movies To See Before You Die

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Nicole at the Only Good Movies Blog was kind enough to give us the heads up about a new feature they're running called, The 100 Sci Fi Movies to See Before You Die. Included on the list at number 26 is "Deathrace 2000", which includes a nice linkback to my own blog post on the related arcade machine from 1976 from when Matt and I went to San Francisco for the week to work on the upcoming feature film documentary, Woot!: The Videogame Revolution. Be sure to check out the complete list of films.

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clok1966
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There where only 3 on that

There where only 3 on that list I hadnt seen (all in my netflix que now!). There are several on there I wouldnt list, and a couple I would. Men In Black is an excellent movie, but ... I dont know, just not for a list like this, not even sure why I say that. I might add Saturn 3, kinda interesting Sci Fi. I would almost say a few Tv Series should be on a list of must See Sci Fi, but that opens a whole new can of worms.

its nice to see some little known ones getting some Love, Returner, Battle Royal (there are like 5 remakes in "talks" by us firms... I hate that they will ruin it) Scanners (friend passed out in movie theater watching this...Seen it on Showtime last night actually and they CUT THE END! wth?) and They Live, really under rated IMHO... Oh and TANK GIRL!!!! comic is by far better then movie, but still fun, nice to see it on a list that inst about "crap movies"

Anybody else name some some SciFi that is great not on ths list?
Brotherhood Of the wolf (hmm maybe not SciFi)
Dog Soldiers (hmm maybe not SciFi either)

Ok gotta quit, i love movies so could go on and on .

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Have you guys ever seen

Have you guys ever seen Solaris? It looks interesting, but not sure if it's worth buying.

BTW, I love old "crappy" sci-fi flicks like Attack of the Killer Shrews and The Last Man on Earth. Here are some of my favorite older and wackier sci-fi flicks:

1. Attack of the Killer Shrews -about people trapped on an island plagued by giant rodents. Fun and campy.
2. THEM - fun movie about giant ants attacking.
3. The Last Man on Earth - Vincent Price stars as a survivor of a vampire plague; based on Matheson's great novel "I am Legend." IMO better than the Will Smith remake or The Omega Man.
4. Ladybug, Ladybug. Creepy movie about children walking home before a nuclear attack.
5. Logan's Run. Excellent movie about a self-sustaining colony that kills everyone over 30.
6. Eegah. Silly but fun 60s movie about a caveman found in California (inspiration for Encino Man?)
7. 10,000 B.C. Another good movie about cave people.
8. Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Hilarious.
9. The Wild Women of Wongo. Bunch of savage women living on islands.
10. The Invisible Man. Very old movie (30s), but still very good.

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I only know Eegah! and

I only know Eegah! and Attack of the Killer Shrews from MST3K.

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A good list!
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Have you guys ever seen Solaris? It looks interesting, but not sure if it's worth buying.

I understand the original Russian version was a classic, but avoid the American remake. I saw it a couple of years ago, and.... I barely remember it. It didn't register.

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5. Logan's Run. Excellent movie about a self-sustaining colony that kills everyone over 30.

Hardly a crappy movie, this is considered a Sci-Fi classic (as attested to by the original list). I greatly enjoyed this movie when I was a kid, and even faithfully watched the "Logan's Run" TV series when it hit the airwaves (yes, there was a Logan's Run TV show).

Interestingly, the "100 SF Movies" list mentioned "Alien" and "Alien 3," but didn't mention "Aliens," which was a very cool action flick, and Alien 3 was a downer.

I'm glad to see "Space Cruiser Yamato" getting some love, since the original TV series was my first anime addiction! It was severely ruined in its translation to "Star Blazers" here in the US.

I'm surprised the original "War of the Worlds" or "King Kong" wasn't mentioned. And I thought Superman I was better than Superman II (which was better than all the other sequels combined). And where's "Forbidden Planet," which was heavily influential towards "Star Trek." (It very nearly IS a Star Trek episode!)

It's cool to see the original "Planet of the Apes" and "Westworld" getting some love, considering that these movies (as well as "Logan's Run") were my favorite "pre-Star Wars" SF movies. These three still hold up pretty well!

I remember "Scanners" being really good, with the theater audience screaming at the final "scanner" duel! It was really freaky! (It probably doesn't hold up now.) But I still recommend it if you can find it.

A few movies included on the list that I thought were crap: "The One," "Lifeforce," "Stargate." And not crap, but not that great: "Dark City" and "The Fifth Element."

I could go on and on.... overall, a pretty good list. I've seen most of them.

P.S. the pre-release buzz on the upcoming "Star Trek" movie is phenomenal! I'm psyched for this one!

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I own the original Russian

I own the original Russian version of Solaris on DVD. Its one of those rare sci-fi films that like 2001 really push the genre towards what it is supposed to do - take an idea out of our experience , try and present in is a realistic way integrated with the world as we know it, and then drive it to some sort of conclusion - not always one we are happy with. Its slow paced but worth watching. The remake isn't bad at all in my opinion - tells the story in a shorter time.

Some other goodies:

Dark Star is an early John Carpenter film and the cast&crew (including Ron Cobb and Dan O'Bannon) went on to be involved in Star Wars and Alien (a comical subplot in Dark Star is the original "Alien" storyline). A crew out in deep space prepares solar systems for colonisation by blowing up planets in unstable orbits. Its a dark comedy with a great downbeat ending.

Silent Running is about the last plant life on Earth being maintained on large spaceships off Earth - a project which is in danger of cancellation because of lack of funding. Excellent stuff. Stars Bruce Dern.

The Man Who Fell to Earth stars David Bowie as an alien who arrives on Earth in order to use his advanced technology to amass a fortune in order to fund the transportation of water back to his dying planet - but becomes corrupted by Earthly vices.

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I could go on all day about

I could go on all day about great sci-fi and fantasy films. I've seen so many! Not to bring up a bad topic, but now there are so many easy and painless ways to get movies right at your computer without having to go anywhere. I've been stunned at how many extremely rare movies are easily found online. I guess that's why the MPAA and others are freaking out; movies have always been much harder to pirate in the past, though music and software has been easy.

Anyway, some more of my fantasy/sci-fi favorites include the Mad Max series (particularly Road Warrior), Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Last Starfighter, Tron, the Arnie movies (Running Man, Total Recall, Terminator, Predator), Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, Clash of the Titans, The Neverending Story, Princess Bride...All of those are great movies that are well worth watching today. When I was a kid I loved Baron Munchausen, but watching it again a few years ago just left me cold. I also love Army of Darkness and Evil Dead, though that's probably more horror than sci-fi/fantasy.

I'd be curious to know what people thought was the best Star Trek and Star Wars movies. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan is my favorite by far. I like the original Star Wars the best, though Empire Strikes Back is also one of my favorites. The new Star Wars movies sucked in my opinion; at least when compared to the older ones. I don't even like the "updates" Lucas made; he lost his way a long time ago and should have left well enough alone.

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Can't say I believe in

Can't say I believe in "alternative" approaches to getting movies. I'm not saying go for a full blown cable or satellite package, but even something like Netflix is a low cost way to both stream movies (PC, Xbox 360, etc.) and get DVDs/Blu Rays for one low monthly price. It's so easy and cheap to be legal these days for movies, TV and music, that's it's more of a crime than ever to steal it.

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Can't say I believe in "alternative" approaches to getting movies. I'm not saying go for a full blown cable or satellite package, but even something like Netflix is a low cost way to both stream movies (PC, Xbox 360, etc.) and get DVDs/Blu Rays for one low monthly price. It's so easy and cheap to be legal these days for movies, TV and music, that's it's more of a crime than ever to steal it.

I see it similarly to abandonware. If it's a movie you can easily buy, rent, or stream legally, there's no excuse. However, if you're talking about something really rare, perhaps that hasn't ever been released on DVD, I don't see the harm.

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Matt Barton wrote:
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Can't say I believe in "alternative" approaches to getting movies. I'm not saying go for a full blown cable or satellite package, but even something like Netflix is a low cost way to both stream movies (PC, Xbox 360, etc.) and get DVDs/Blu Rays for one low monthly price. It's so easy and cheap to be legal these days for movies, TV and music, that's it's more of a crime than ever to steal it.

I see it similarly to abandonware. If it's a movie you can easily buy, rent, or stream legally, there's no excuse. However, if you're talking about something really rare, perhaps that hasn't ever been released on DVD, I don't see the harm.

It's a slippery slope. Certainly an important first step is for it to be ethically justified by you, the individual. I know I certainly justify things like ROMs and my MAME machine with that same kind of "abandonware" mindset. Still, it's far easier to access legal archives of other media than it is videogame-related stuff.

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Bill Loguidice wrote:

It's a slippery slope. Certainly an important first step is for it to be ethically justified by you, the individual. I know I certainly justify things like ROMs and my MAME machine with that same kind of "abandonware" mindset. Still, it's far easier to access legal archives of other media than it is videogame-related stuff.

I'm very impressed with what Hulu has done--lots of free content with only minimal commercial interruptions. Of course, if this model starts to gain momentum, I'm sure they'll eventually have just as many commercials (if not more) than regular TV. So, really, at that point "piracy" will not be about getting stuff for free, but rather getting stuff without being forced to watch all the commercials. I sort of see that as the future of all distribution, actually. The distributors want to sell their audiences to the advertisers, and the audiences want to avoid the ads.

For instance, I have "adblock plus" firefox add-on that blocks tons and tons of ads on websites. I'm sure that is just as unethical or illegal as downloading a movie from Pirate Bay instead of watching it on Hulu because I want to skip the commercials. If you really think about it, it's the same difference. I'm in effect "ripping off" the websites I visit because the ads aren't getting through, yet I'm still accessing their information. Maybe I should get rid of ad block and force myself to look at all the ads, etc., as a "payment" for accessing the material I want to see.

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