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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge; Official, January 2015
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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge
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Goal:
Watch as many movies as you can that fit into the Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy genre. If you are in doubt whether a movie counts or not, just ask.

Rules:
- A feature film (anything over 45 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films counts as one entry.
- For Mini-Series/TV series (45 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series/TV series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches allowed.

Challenge runs from 1 January 2015 to 31 January 2015.

Official lists:
Fantasy
Sci-Fi
The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies

Unofficial lists:
DigitalDreamDoor's 200 Greatest Sci-fi Movies
AFI’s Top 10 Sci-Fi: The Nominations
OFCS Top 100: Top 100 Sci-Fi Films
Time Out London's The 100 Best Sci-fi Movies
Total Film's 50 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Ever
Fantastic Cinema (Peter Nicholls) 700 fantasy/horror/sci-fi films
The 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time (Popular Mechanics)
Darkweb Online's Top 100 Sci-fi Movies of All Time
iCM Forum Top 100 Favourite Sci-Fi Films
Science Fiction/Fantasy sublist from 501 Must See Movies
Jonathan Rosenbaum's Ten Neglected Science Fiction Movies
Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
List of Science Fiction Films
Weinberg's Top 100 Science Fiction Films of All Time
The Top 20 Horror Science-Fiction Films of All Time!
100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide)
AFI’s Top 10 Fantasy: The Nominations
Fantasy 100 TV Shows
Fantasy 100 Movies
Jonathan Rosenbaum's Ten Overlooked Fantasy Films on DVD (and 2 that should be!)
Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film
Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival: 2010–2013
Top 100 Fantasy Movies Gary Gerani
DigitalDreamDoor 100 Greatest Fantasy Movies
Rolling Stone Top 50 Science Fiction Films of the 1970s

Participants:
flavo5000 - 96
Armoreska - 54
klaus78 - 48
ChrisReynolds - 41
cinephage - 27
tomelce - 22
Kobrakai - 20
Chilton - 15
jgwr - 13
Fergenaprido - 9
funkybusiness - 8
blocho - 7
3eyes - 5
allisoncm - 5
Carmel98 - 5
VincentPrice - 5
Houston - 4
joachimt - 4
darkflame - 3
Daviddoes - 3
Knaldskalle - 3
SirFigNewton - 2
Lonewolf2003 - 1
Melvelet - 1
Oakie - 1
Wise Jake - 1
mightysparks - 0
Edited by joachimt, Feb 2 2015, 05:38:46 AM.
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Let me know if I missed any interesting ICM-lists to add to the OP.
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Im going to try to watch some of the 100 greatest sci-fi movies list, so count me in.
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I'm in, modestly.

The Weird list has quite a bit of SF/Fanatsy on it; then there are the animated lists...
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I'm in, modestly.

The Weird list has quite a bit of SF/Fanatsy on it; then there are the animated lists...
I tried to add lists with only Sci-Fi/Fantasy on it, otherwise you still need to do some sorting. But I guess most people don't need help to find those movies anyway.
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I'm in. I have a modest aim, to finish the 100 Sci-Fi Movies list. I'm currently at 97.
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I'll join in. Modest target of 20.
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I'll participate too.
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I'm in.
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I'm in. I'd like to finish the IMDB Fantasy & Scifi lists as well as the Top 100 Scifi list (got 20 left on that one...).
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I'm in.
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In.

@joachim: You could delete the two Fantasy Filmfest lists from your post, despite the name the focus is mostly on Horror and Thriller.
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@joachim: You could delete the two Fantasy Filmfest lists from your post, despite the name the focus is mostly on Horror and Thriller.
Done
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1) Total Recall (1990): Rewatch
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1. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962, Ishiro Honda) 6/10
Predictably preposterous monster match-up movie, which stands or falls based on the success of its climactic showdown. As it turns out, it's a solid, inevitably comical finale that makes the bad effects and clumsy back projection of the film's earlier minutes worth it.

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1. Black moon (Fr 75)
Louis Malle in surreal mode. To soon to figure out what I thought of it, but it held my interest. Like the protracted and dreary parlor rendition of Wagner's "Liebestod" - what was that about?
Edited by 3eyes, Jan 2 2015, 03:13:39 AM.
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01 - Black Mirror S01E01 - The National Anthem, by Otto Batthurst (2011) 9/10

Great story and suspense. I found this very inventive and well-done. Great TV show.

02 - Black Mirror S01E02 - Fifteen Million Merits, by Euros Lyn (2011) 8/10

Quite relevant and thought-provoking...

03 - Black Mirror S01E03 - The Entire History of You, by Brian Welsh (2011) 8/10

Another great realistic SF idea explored in a very interesting manner...
Black Mirror is really a good anthology series, I will try and watch more. (l)
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2. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) 7/10
Crammed this one in just before work after it finally arrived in the post. Predictably hilarious if not quite on a par with the series best episodes.

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1. Snowpiercer, 2013
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2) Westworld (1973): scary Yul Brynner. Movie was ok... I like Michael Crichton more as a writer then as a director.
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I'm in. My targets are to complete The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies list (6 films) and get silver on the BadMovies.org list (10 films).

My first three are:

1. Lust for a Vampire (1971) A rushed-out sequel to The Vampire Lovers, made worse by the fact that the intended director, Terence Fisher, broke his leg and Jimmy Sangster took over instead. He's a skilled writer, having written a lot of Hammer's best films, but he's a very poor director. The resulting film is rather embarrassing: set in a male fantasy of a girl's boarding school where they wear skimpy dresses and give each other topless massages. Co-star Ralph Bates described this as "one of the worst movies ever made", though it's nowhere near that bad because it has a lot of campy charm and is often rather amusing. 4/10 (should probably have been 3/10 but Yutte Stensgaard was so beautiful she held my attention - unfortunately this was her career peak because she can't act and she moved to the US where she became a ultra-right-wing born-again Christian).
2. Dead of Night (1972) An clever allegory about the psychological damage caused to Vietnam vets and an interesting twist on the theme of "be careful what you wish for". It's far too slow at the start but gets very good towards the end. 5/10
3. Darkness Falls (2003) The first of Jonathan Liebesman's crimes against cinema. Although the post-credits scene holds promise, the film is subsequently never scary or suspenseful, and mostly consists of bad actors being grabbed by a monster in badly shot and edited action scenes. It is mercifully short, and that running time includes the credits going on for 11 minutes to pad it out. 2/10
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1. Frau im Mond (1929) 7/10
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1. Mad Max (1979) Better than I thought it would be.
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2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) 5/10
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3. Trancers (1984) 6/10
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1. Snowpiercer (2013) 8/10
Despite the ridiculous premise, I found myself really enjoying this one. Definitely has a similar feel to it to Bong Joon-ho's other films.

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1. Snowpiercer (2013) 8/10
Despite the ridiculous premise, I found myself really enjoying this one. Definitely has a similar feel to it to Bong Joon-ho's other films.
Thanks for the recommendation. Now that I realize it's the same director who did Gwoemul, which I loved, I'll give it a try.
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1. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

It doesn't happen often that I dislike something I kinda enjoy, but this was such an occasion. Sure, I wasn't bored. It's fast enough to go with the flow and the action scenes are fun, but why oh why don't they bother to get a good script-writer for a blockbuster? It's so full of convenient coincidences:
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Full of clichés, bad dialogue and especially absurdities. I don't mind scientific absurdities, but I do mind things like
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Too many things were too stupid... 4/10
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3) Dark Star (1974): it's ok. Cool ending.
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2. Night of the Comet (1984) A feel-good post-apocalyptic movie? Pretty enjoyable, actually.
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2. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) 8/10
Went into expecting a campy, 50's scifi flick, but what I got was something far more well-written, well-acted and borderline profound. The set design was excellent and the scene with the spider was genuinely intense.

3. Outland (1981) 7/10
Sean Connery in a space western? Yea, sounds good to me.

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4. Vynález zkázy (1958) 7.5/10
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4) The Andromeda Strain (1971): pretty good!
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3. Brainscan (1994) 3/10
Mind-numbing movie about a mind-raping video game. Essentially the same four scenes repeated ad nauseum, the only difference being a tenfold increase in stupidity at every revolution. That it is a completely artless movie, to boot, only makes it more painful.

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5) Trancers (1984): I liked it. Jack Deth is cool B)

Is Trancers 2 worth watching?
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3. Lifeforce (1985) They sure "introduced" Mathilda May, huh. Her first line is "use my body". Patrick Stewart saying "I'm the feminine in your mind" was fantastic.

I'm surprised this has less than 600 checks. I thought it was way more popular than that.

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1. Coherence (2013, James Ward Byrkit) 8/10

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I'm in :)
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