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Sci-fi/Fantasy Challenge; Official; August 2014
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Sci-fi/Fantasy Challenge

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Goal:
Watch as many sci-fi or fantasy movies as you can. If you are in doubt whether a movie counts or not, just ask.

Rules:
- A feature film (anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For mini-series or TV shows (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For mini-series or TV shows with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 60 minutes rule applies.
- Rewatches are allowed.

Challenge runs from 1 August 2014 - 31 August 2014.

iCM Keyword lists:
- Fantasy Films
- Sci-Fi Films

Official iCM lists:
- The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
- IMDb Sci-fi List
- IMDb Fantasy List

Unofficial iCM lists:
- Science Fiction/Fantasy sublist from 501 Must See Movies
- Jonathan Rosenbaum's Ten Neglected Science Fiction Movies
- Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
- Weinberg's Top 100 Science Fiction Films of All Time
- SFX - The Top 100 Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Movies of All Time
- 100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide)
- The Top 20 Horror Science-Fiction Films of All Time!
- Darkweb Online's Top 100 Sci-fi Movies of All Time
- The 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time (Popular Mechanics)
- 21 Great Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Films You Need To Watch
- Time Out London's The 100 Best Sci-fi Movies
- iCM Forum Top 100 Favourite Sci-Fi Films
- iCheckMovies' Most Favorite Sci-Fi Films
- Fantastic Cinema (Peter Nicholls) 700 fantasy/horror/sci-fi films
- Total Film's 50 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Ever
- Time Out London 50 Essential Sci-Fi Films
- Western Sci-Fi Movies
- OFCS Top 100: Top 100 Sci-Fi Films
- Underappreciated Sci-Fi Films
- 101 Sci-fi Movies You Must See Before You Die
- AFI’s Top 10 Sci-Fi: The Nominations
- DigitalDreamDoor's 200 Greatest Sci-fi Movies
- DigitalDreamDoor 100 Greatest Fantasy Movies
- Top 100 Fantasy Movies Gary Gerani
- Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film
- Jonathan Rosenbaum's Ten Overlooked Fantasy Films on DVD (and 2 that should be!)
- Fantasy 100 Movies
- AFI’s Top 10 Fantasy: The Nominations

Participants:
1. ataraxic - 20
2. Daviddoes - 19
3. jajusu - 17
4. ca_horror_fan - 16
kisbye - 16
mightysparks - 16
5. frbrown - 14
6, Armoreska - 13
7. ChrisReynolds - 12
8. 3eyes - 10
9. ryebass - 9
10. jvv - 8
11. VincentPrice - 7
12. tomelce - 6
13. mjf314 - 5
14. cinephage - 4
globetrotter - 4
jgwr - 4
metaller - 4
15. Mochard - 3
sebby - 3
16. allisoncm - 2
17. Knaldskalle - 1
SkilledLunatic - 1

Edited by mightysparks, Aug 17 2014, 04:14:24 AM.
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Just when I was starting to think no one was going to do this.

I'm in, obviously.
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1. The Last Days on Mars (2013) 5/10

Blah. Nothing you haven't seen before and pretty boring.
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Yeah, I'll join.

1. They Crawl (2001) 3/10

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Absolutely in.
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In! I'm starting at 26/50 on IMDb Fantasy, 30/50 on IMDb Sci-Fi, 57/100 on Greatest Sci-fi, and 29/40 on Saturn awards. :)
Edited by ca_horror_fan, Aug 1 2014, 04:57:41 PM.
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2. The Zero Theorem (2013) 5/10

Was really looking forward to this, but I didn't like it. The setting was really cool, but the acting (aside from Waltz) was awful and I didn't really know what the point of it was.

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) 7/10

Nothing amazing, but a solid action film. The car chase scene with Jackson was awesome and the action scenes in general were a lot of fun. Also liked the story. Didn't like the big part that Black Widow had in it though because she isn't a very interesting character and Johansson is horrible.

4. Extraterrestre (2011) 7/10

Been wanting to see this for years but the comedy tag kept putting me off. Fortunately, the comedy is fairly downplayed. It's not really much of a sci-fi either. I found it amusing and really enjoyed it for the most part, but the ending was a bit of a letdown and there were too many weird red herrings and nothing really went anywhere. And Magnetic Fields at the end (l)

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I'm in.
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1. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
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Oh alright then, but not for a lot and only beginning later in the month.
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I'm in. I forgot that the sci-fi/fantasy challenge was this month, but now that I know, it looks like a good excuse to watch anime, and maybe also some Hong Kong fantasy films.
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2. Repo Man (1984) 7/10

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Mighty, the fantasy part kind of gets short shrift - maybe add a note that clicking on the keyword "fantasy" on the ICM page of any film in the genre will lead to a list with filter "genre:fantasy" ? or is that something everyone but me already knows?
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3eyes
Aug 1 2014, 11:23:54 PM
Mighty, the fantasy part kind of gets short shrift - maybe add a note that clicking on the keyword "fantasy" on the ICM page of any film in the genre will lead to a list with filter "genre:fantasy" ? or is that something everyone but me already knows?
I did include a bunch of fantasy lists too, but I'll add a link.
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Thanks, Mighty.

1. Noah (2014)
I prefer the Genesis version.
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1. Inception (2010) - 8/10
Elaborate and intriguing. About the ending,
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26/50 IMDb Fantasy, 31/50 IMDb Sci-Fi, 57/100 Greatest Sci-fi, 30/40 Saturn awards
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5. Dredd (2012) 8/10

Ok I was not expecting something that awesome. I vaguely heard about it when it came out but had never heard of Judge Dredd and it sounded like a dumb action film. I had no idea what the story was and when I started watching and realised what it was going to be I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy it [action film set in one location *gasm*], but omg. It was VERY comic book-y, but in a good way. It's brutal with a dark sense of humour, never takes itself too seriously but never makes a joke out of itself either. If you picked at it for realism, you'd find tons of inconsistencies but because it keeps itself firmly in the comic book tone, everything makes sense. It's very much 'what you see is what you get', but what you see is so freaking awesome you don't need much else. There's not really any character development, yet the characters are all strong (and again, very comic book-y in tone). Surprisingly, both of the main female characters are very strong - most probably because they don't exist purely to be sexualised. Basically, you root for the good guys and want the bad guys to be punished. The action scenes are awesome, it pulls out all the stops and knows exactly what it's doing and succeeds. It is more of an action film than sci-fi, but obviously has a lot of sci-fi roots.

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How could I stay out of this challenge?

1. Stargate (1994) 6/10

2. Heavy Metal (1981) 7/10

3. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 8/10

4. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001) 3/10
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I'm in, hopefully I can do better in this challenge than I have in recent ones.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier-2014: 9/10

One of the better MCU movies, great action sequences and a plot that kept my interest throughout. Can't ask for much more in a comic book movie.
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1. Deathstalker (1983) 2/10
2. The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) 3 episodes
S1E23 A World of Difference
S1E24 Long Live Walter Jameson
S1E25 People Are Alike All Over

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1. Westworld (1973) - 5/10

I could see this being clever at the time but it wasn't particularly funny or satisfying as a western either. It felt like a Mel Brooks movie without the good parts.
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6. Mission to Mars (2000) 6/10

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2. The Last Days-2013: 8/10

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I love Sci-fi, so i will join the challenge.


My first entry:
1. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
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3. How to Make a Monster (2001) 3/10

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2. 20,000 leagues under the sea (1916)

This is based on both the Verne novel of that title and its sequel, The Mysterious Island.

After reading up on Verne's novels I find that the movie isn't quite the mishmash that it seemed while I was watching it. Michael DeZubiria says in his comment on the movie in IMDb:

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And the worst thing about the bizarre personification of Nemo in this film is the backstory that was invented for the film which, amazingly, is introduced with this intertitle - "Captain Nemo reveals the tragic secret of his life, which Jules Verne never told." What follows is the most bizarre story imaginable, which claims that Nemo was previously some kind of empirical royalty who lived in an empire "beyond the sea."

The fact is that Jules Verne did have Nemo reveal this -- on his deathbed at the end of The Mysterious Island. Where the film departs most egregiously from the original is in the addition of two female characters, one of whom (the professor's daughter) has no function in the movie plot at all.
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1. Amphibian Man (1962)
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7. Snowpiercer (2013) 7/10

When I first heard about this I thought it was going to be the most awesome thing ever, but then I was put off by the cast and when I started watching it a month ago or so, it looked like it was going to be generic rubbish. However, it was actually pretty good. I don't like either of the previous Joon-ho Bong films I've seen (Memories of Murder was just the same mystery/thriller I've seen a million times and The Host was just stupid), and this didn't feel like either, thankfully. It had a sense of humour, but it was more satirical than just 'funny'. The setting was amazing, the train looked great and the snowy world outside looked great too. Cast and characters could've been a bit more interesting. It was the story and setting that really made it, but I think it lacked depth and just kind of touched the surface of its themes in a pretty obvious way. Will read the graphic novel one day.

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2. Truman Show (1998) - 7/10 - Another movie that questions if our world is real, and if not should we accept it anyway if it's better than reality? Perhaps it's safe to assume the integrity of your car, but what of your relationship with you family, friends, and humanity in general?
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26/50 IMDb Fantasy, 32/50 IMDb Sci-Fi, 57/100 Greatest Sci-fi, 30/40 Saturn awards
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ca_horror-fan pointed out that I'd had a 'no rewatches' rule in there, but I copied the rules from an old challenge and we've relaxed that rule now, so just letting peeps know that rewatches ARE allowed.
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8. Deep Impact (1998) 6/10

Ridiculously melodramatic, but still enjoyable. One of the better, overall, end-of-the-world films since it actually puts some effort into character and story development but it's still nothing amazing and the melodrama pulls it right down. Morgan Freeman's speeches were cringey, the stupid shots of the Statue of Liberty and the White House (?) made me roll my eyes. It was really over the top in American-isms. It was also too fluffy and positive. Somehow it made me cry at the end when the tidal wave started forming (probably because I'm terrified of that), and that was really annoying. The effects also hold up surprisingly well.

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2. Sexmission (1984)

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3. Rollerball (1975) - 7/10 - Individuality vs. collectivism and consumerism. A mash of ideas that challenge liberal and conservative views alike.
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26/50 IMDb Fantasy, 32/50 IMDb Sci-Fi, 58/100 Greatest Sci-fi, 33/40 Saturn awards
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3. Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu (1973) 6/10

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2. Kôkaku kidôtai 2.0 (2008)

Ghost in the Shell with a few updates and omissions. I only noticed a few helicopter and underwater sequences that seemed to have a 3d look.

3. Highlander (1986)

Technically a rewatch but I barely remember. Fun and cheesy.

4. Timecop (1994)
5. Fantastic Four (2005)

Easy on the brain checks might be my theme as I crank out some blu-rays



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1. The Man From Earth (Schenkman, 2007) 5/10

Sincerely astonished by the apparent enthusiasm for this film; the premise is grand and ambitious, but the execution feels like mediocre community theater (which I'm not a huge fan of). The script and the acting in particular simply don't serve the end. That being said, I am a huge fan of the TV series Greatest American Hero (grew up on it) and William Katt (the lead in the show) is part of the ensemble cast (though a particularly annoying role) making this a bit more interesting than it would have been otherwise. Also, things get very preachy pretentious at times. Throw some silly melodrama that frankly doesn't fit very well into the end, and you have a 'hot mess' as the kids sometimes say lol.
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1. The Man From Earth (Schenkman, 2007) 5/10

Sincerely astonished by the apparent enthusiasm for this film; the premise is grand and ambitious, but the execution feels like mediocre community theater (which I'm not a huge fan of). The script and the acting in particular simply don't serve the end.
my feelings precisely.
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Aug 3 2014, 07:12:49 PM
1. The Man From Earth (Schenkman, 2007) 5/10

Sincerely astonished by the apparent enthusiasm for this film; the premise is grand and ambitious, but the execution feels like mediocre community theater (which I'm not a huge fan of). The script and the acting in particular simply don't serve the end.
my feelings precisely.
Yep.
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4. Videodrome (1983) - 9/10 - Sadism and pleasure beautifully intertwined as in the best Clive Barket stories. Pointed questions--"Why would anybody watch a scum show like Videodrome?" Plus it predicts the Internet.. long live the New Flesh!

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26/50 IMDb Fantasy, 32/50 IMDb Sci-Fi, 59/100 Greatest Sci-fi, 33/40 Saturn awards
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