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  • Creg
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    Pitch black and chronicles of riddick?

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    “Super 8” is worth a watch although it gets a little schmaltzy towards the end.

    “Attack the Block” is a good brain-out bit of daftness (Directed by Joe of Adam and Joe fame)

    “Rubber” is worth a watch, just for it’s self-aware B-movie premise.

    organic355
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    Ive got this on my “to watch” list.. I thnk it got recommended on a similar thread on here recently, even though its a few years old.

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB50aBrHbu4[/video]

    wordnumb
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    Fire in the Sky.
    Metropolis.

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    Couple of oldies to chuck in the mix..
    Soylent Green
    Boy and his dog.

    Oh, and has anybody mentioned ‘Galaxy Quest’? 🙂

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    JJ Abrams Star Treks are good but not really Sci-Fi

    You’ve lost me there….

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    “Sci-Fi” is literally fiction based on science. Mostly based on some kind of “what if…” premise, eg “what if we could time travel” etc. The recent Star Trek films are fantasy films not sci-fi because it could just as well be about wizards and magic but retain the same plot – they’re just adventure films. Even the original Star Trek was more about sociological issues than science.

    A lot of what most people think are sci-fi films/tv series really aren’t, and for some (mainly books) really old stuff (e.g. Frankenstein) the opposite is true.

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    Fringe is well worth the effort, first half of season 1 is like said above a bit close to x files, but then it heads off on its own eccentric path. Great through to at least end of season 3. Some top characterisation from John Noble as well.

    plyphon
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    I recently watched THX 1138, which was George Lucas’ first ever film, made in 1971. A complete contrast to Star Wars in every way possible.

    The story line is quite predictable but the film itself is a good sci-fi thriller and if you’re into dystopian films then 100% worth a watch.

    IMDB link

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    “Sci-Fi” is literally fiction based on science. Mostly based on some kind of “what if…” premise. The recent Star Trek films are fantasy films not sci-fi because it could just as well be about wizards and magic but retain the same plot. Even the original Star Trek was more about sociological issues than science.

    This is pedantic bs. I would suggest that you’re referring to the niche ‘hard sci fi’.

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    Not really. The difference is, something like Back to The Future is sci-fi, even though (the original) is set in the past. Something like Babylon 5 isn’t sci-fi, it’s a (political) drama that happens to be set on a space station, in the future.

    If “sci-fi” means “space ships & aliens” to you, then that’s fine, but that is not the correct meaning.

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    new star trek films are just standard hollywood action blockbusters in space
    and as such they dissapoint me also

    thx1138 is great, especially if you are a NIN fan

    the john carpenter Thing is well worth it even the ‘sequel’ is ok, but not a patch on the kurt russel one

    willard
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    Are we talking classics without mentioning “Close Encounters”? But if you watch that, you have to watch “Paul”.

    I used to have a pretty large collection of sci-fi back in the day on VHS. I really should get round to putting them all on DVD or .mp4 or something.

    How about comparisons? Go for the Arnie version of “Total Recall” followed immediately by the new version. Then discuss. Repeat the process for “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, or “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, or “I Am Legend”/”The Omega Man”.

    Failing that, go all B-movie and take in some quality 50’s black and white films if you can find them.

    sharkattack
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    Not really. The difference is, something like Back to The Future is sci-fi, even though (the original) is set in the past. Something like Babylon 5 isn’t sci-fi, it’s a (political) drama that happens to be set on a space station, in the future.

    If “sci-fi” means “space ships & aliens” to you, then that’s fine, but that is not the correct meaning.

    You must be great to sit and have a pint with.

    clubber
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    Good old STW 🙂

    I like both Scifis discussed above. They’re all scifi to me.

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    You must be great to sit and have a pint with.

    I can REALLY get going after a few beers 🙂

    clubber
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    Are you one of the characters in The Big Bang Theory? 😉

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    Monsters is good.

    Not Sci Fi really, but a bloody good UK indie film.

    Well worth a watch.

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    zilog are you the blonde girl whose always smuggling peanuts?

    clubber
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    I was thinking this more

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    zilog are you the blonde girl whose always smuggling peanuts?

    That would probably make negotiating a discount in LBS a bit easier!

    jekkyl
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    Back to the Future?
    It’s about this guy who jumps in his mad mates time machine and almost ends up being his own Dad. It had 2 lesser sequels as well which are worth watching as well.

    clubber
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    That sounds rubbish. I can’t imagine that would ever be a popular film…

    Kevsterjw
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    “Repo men”, body part loan people.

    exilegeordie
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    If you don’t mind subtitles, then Chrysalis isn’t too shabby. Better than it’s score of 5.1 on IMDB would have you believe.

    Agree with verses about Super 8…thought that was a cracking watch.

    clubber
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    I’m afraid I didn’t… 😉

    z1ppy
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    lots been suggested that I would have said, so rather than repeat I’ll add, these sci-fi (or non-sci fi accord to zilog 😉 )

    Skyline.. (yes I know it mentioned above) I loved it for the effects/aliens, just fast forward the 1st twenty minutes, you’ll thank me.
    Battle: Los Angeles.. Blackhawk down with aliens.. entertaining but rubbish.
    Battleship .. brainless pap but it’s watchable at least once.

    Inception, definitely worth a watch at least once.
    The book of Eli – hey it’s Denzel Washington, everything he’s in is worth a watch (ok, most of what he’s in..)
    Tron: Legacy, if only to oggle 13

    Classic: Outland – Sean Connery being ace.

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    The Fifth Element
    The Twelve Monkeys

    MikeWW
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    After Earth is very good IMO

    PrinceJohn
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    Titan AE – a kids film is pretty good fun

    Source Code I really enjoyed but thought it should’ve ended about 10mins earlier – I think the actual end was tacked on thanks to test audiences, but had it ended where I think it should’ve ended it would be regarded as a classic.

    athgray
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    Outland +1
    The Fly
    If post apocolypse counts Mad Max II
    The Abyss
    Robocop
    Dune

    swiss01
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    no classics yet?
    forbidden planet
    the day the earth stood still
    dark star

    or what about
    ghost in the shell
    akira

    proper sci fi (i concur with zilog)
    eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
    solaris (both versions)

    and stuff blows up
    the riddick movies
    starship troopers
    wrath of khan
    the abyss

    and nobody for zardoz? really?

    Tijuana Taxi
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    Omega Man was good and also enjoyed The Martian Chronicles

    chunkypaul
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    Quatermass and the Pit (classic)

    Silent Running (cool robots)

    Sunshine

    Blackhole (sorry)

    Forbidden Planet (yes – that is Leslie Nielsen)

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    I love Blackhole, probably because I was so young when I first saw it and it made such an impression. I’ve watched it a few times recently – great sound track.

    I also live Tron (the original), which I think stands up really well for it’s age.

    I’ve got quite an extensive Sci-fi collection. been finding online lists then downloading any I don’t have and catching up with classics oldies like Soylent Green, Silent Running, Zardos etc.

    RichPenny
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    Videodrome

    Barbarella 🙂

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    Dark Star
    Forbidden Planet
    Soylent Green
    Planet of the Apes
    2001
    Silent Running
    The Day the Earth stood still
    Akira (but only in Japanese with english subtitles)
    BSG
    ST2 Wrath of Khan
    ST First Contact
    Dune (but book is MUCH better)

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    Three pages in and no-one’s recommended Escape From New York? I’ve half a mind to ban the lot of you.

    That is, apart from PrinceJohn who redeemed himself with:

    Titan AE – a kids film is pretty good fun

    Don Bluth (Dragon’s Lair, Space Ace) and Joss Whedon, what’s not to like? Titan A.E. is a vastly underrated little movie.

    clubber
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    Thanks everyone. I think I’ve seen most of the suggestions but there are a few to check out.

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    Oh yeah, and in terms of series, no Farscape love?

    Farscape, Firefly, BSG. For very different reasons, three of the finest sci-fi shows ever to grace our screens. And Deep Space 9 only dodges that accolade by being shit for two seasons before being awesome.

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