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John Byrne

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Those considering a remake of COLOSSUS should read Arthur C. Clarke's DIAL F FOR FRANKENSTEIN.

Much more on point in the modern world!

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Brian Floyd
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Definitely agree with that.

If they do a remake that isn't a period piece, I'd be surprised if Colossus and Guardian weren't changed into A.I.s, rather than supercomputers.

I'm just glad they didn't film the sequels to the COLOSSUS novels. The descriptions sound rather....meh.


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Steven Myers
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Well, I'll think of my favorite movies, and which ones count as Sci-fi

Star Wars I-VI
Jurassic Park
Ghostbusters
Back to the Future
The Secret of NIMH
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Nelson Zeppilli
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It was tough... and I guess I could have come up with a totally different list

2001, a Space Odyssey
Planet of the Apes (the original, of course)
Mr. Nobody
Children of Men
Star Wars
Back to the Future
E.T.
Upstream Color
War of the Worlds (the Spielberg one... not a popular opinion, but I LOVE that movie)

Edited to make room for Terry Gilliam's Brazil


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Jack Bohn
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I'm normally bad at these lists, but the words of my college roommate come back to me: "Be empirical, look at it!" so I took my list of DVDs, because if I haven't bought it by now, how can I say I consider it a top ten, considering some of the things I own?

Paring it down to ten:

2001: A Space Odyssey
20 Million Miles to Earth
Brazil
Fantastic Voyage
Flash Gordon serial
Forbidden Planet
The Bride of Frankenstein
Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Wars


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Stephen Churay
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Good thread topic!

Star Wars
Forbidden Planet
Blade Runner
The Matrix
Gattaca
The Fifth Element
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
The Day The Earth Stood Still (original)
Alien
Metropolis (if you see one silent film in
   your lifetime, I think it should be
   this one.
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STAR WARS
STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN
ALIENS
GALAXY QUEST
BACK TO THE FUTURE
THE THING (1982)
SUPERMAN
PLANET OF THE APES (1968)
TIME AFTER TIME
THE TERMINATOR

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Peter Martin
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Planet of the Apes (1968)
Star Wars (1977)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan(1982)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Matrix (1999)
ET (1982)
The Thing (1982)
Robocop (1987)
Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
Village of the Damned (1960)


Was in two minds as to whether include The Thing, which is to my mind more horror than sci-fi, but I decided it qualifies enough to make the list.
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John Byrne

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A definite D'OH! moment, reading Peter's list. How could I forget QUATERMASS AND THE PITT (American title FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH)?? I blather on about this film several times a year! I've corrected my original list accordingly.

I actually have this story in both its forms, the 1967 movie and the 1957 TV serial. The latter, produced by the BBC, is actually superior, being longer and able to flesh out the story in greater depth. Also, the special effects are better. The movie does have the advantage of being written by Nigel Kneale, who wrote the serial, so it is not the butcher job of the previous two Quatermass outings.

The film is, tho, a remarkable example of what can be done on a meagre budget.

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Peter Martin
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It's all sorts of brilliant!
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John Byrne

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An amusing note: Kneale, ten years older when he wrote the screenplay for the movie, shifted the hint of romance in the serial from a young Barbara Judd and young Captain Potter to a more mature Barbara and Quatermass himself.
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Like JB, I'm just listing my ten favorites, this isn't a '10 best' thing, and its in no particular order.

Aliens
Terminator
Total Recall
Brazil
Star Trek TWOK
Repo Man
Road Warrior
Escape from New York
The Black Hole
They Live

There is a super heady dose of nostalgia in this list, based on when I first saw a lot of these films in my youth.  I also tried to avoid stuff that wasn't clearly sci-fi, like, say, Ghostbusters.


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No order:

EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
BACK TO THE FUTURE
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
ALIENS
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
THE THING (1982)
THE FIFTH ELEMENT
BLADE RUNNER
WALL-E
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
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John Byrne

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This thread is certainly demonstrating what John W. Campbell was talking about when he insisted that writers for his magazine should not simply take other kinds of tales -- westerns, knights in armor, detective -- and stick a few ray guns and rocket ships into them.

SO many of the films being listed here fail that test!

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Wil Overton
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I'll apologise in advance if these don't fit the criteria properly.

In no order

Solaris (1972)
Silent Running
Quatermass (1979) - although that was more a TV movie/miniseries
Altered States
Phase IV
Westworld
Fantastic Voyage
Beneath The Planet of the Apes
The Time Machine (1960)
Zardoz

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John Byrne

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No need to apologize, Will. There is no "criteria" here. I'm just encouraging people to recognize altho what we call "science-fiction" is a big tent, sometimes we all can get a bit sloppy applying the term.

From your list, for instance, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES sneaks in by being attached to the original, which was solid sci-fi. But it leans more to fantasy, given the introduction of non-scientific elements like telepathy.

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Marc Cheek
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No particular order:

BLADE RUNNER
STAR WARS
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
PLANET OF THE APES (1968)
BACK TO THE FUTURE
ALIEN
TERMINATOR
TERMINATOR 2
STAR TREK THE WRATH OF KHAN
AKIRA
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Wil Overton
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'From your list, for instance, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES sneaks in by being attached to the original, which was solid sci-fi. But it leans more to fantasy, given the introduction of non-scientific elements like telepathy.'

I knew that one would get me in trouble.

Also, weirdly, it was only when looking back at the list I'd made that I realised how skewed to the '60s and '70s it was. I guess I'm less swayed by effects than I thought I'd be.


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Bill Mimbu
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Made it tough with this one, because I decided to drop any "Space Fantasy" favorites from my list:

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954)
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN (1971)
COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT
VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1961)
LIBRARY WARS (2013)
GOJIRA (1954)
SHIN GODZILLA (2016)
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METROPOLIS
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
FORBIDDEN PLANET
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
PLANET OF THE APES
ALIEN
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
BLADE RUNNER
THE MATRIX
ARRIVAL

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FANTASTIC VOYAGE
2010
BLADE RUNNER
STAR TREK II THE WRATH OF KHAN
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
ALIENS
ARRIVAL
BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY
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Blade Runner
Alien
The Thing (1982)
Dark City
Robocop
Ex Machina
The Matrix
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
Planet of the Apes (1968)
12 Monkeys

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2001: A Space Odyssey
Alien
Blade Runner
Escape From New York
Forbidden Planet
The Terminator
The Thing (1982)
The Time Machine (1960)
Star Wars
War of the Worlds (1953)

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The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
The War Of The Worlds (1953)
This Island Earth (1955)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
The Time Machine (1960)
Quatermass And The Pit (1967)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
Back to the Future (1985)

All of the above are personal favourites and had an impact on me on first viewing.
I've tried to stick to Science-Fiction which helped since it meant I could drop films that were more fantasy or horror and get it down to ... well around 20 ... but in the end I've managed to whittle it down to the 10 most influential on me growing up.
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John Byrne

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I've tried to stick to Science-Fiction which helped since it meant I could drop films that were more fantasy or horror and get it down to it...

Raising once again the question of whether STAR WARS is really science-fiction.

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