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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge; January 2016
Topic Started: Dec 30 2015, 07:52:25 PM (9,540 Views)
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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 January 1, 2016 to January 31, 2016.


Official lists:
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide)

Unofficial lists


Participants:
flavo5000 - 143
Hunziker - 100
ChrisReynolds - 52
Buksemannen - 47
Daviddoes - 46
klaus78 - 39
tarr - 33
frbrown - 31
Wise Jake - 29
maksler - 27
te18 - 27
pjim - 24
3eyes - 22
Mochard - 20
cinephage - 16
lillyjabry - 15
Josh_Glover - 10
mightysparks - 7
connordenney - 7
45MinuteZoom - 6
allisoncm - 6
sheikofhyrule - 5
max-scl - 5
edkrak - 4
VincentPrice - 4
mjf314 - 3
brokenface - 1


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Edited by klaus78, Feb 1 2016, 06:07:36 PM.
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3eyes
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Thanks, Klaus. Quite an imposing array of lists.

In for a couple of 5-sets, maybe.
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Might as well join in
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Dec 30 2015, 09:35:53 PM
Thanks, Klaus. Quite an imposing array of lists.
The credit belongs to Joachim, I stole it from last year.
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1. testing themagician's challenger program


EDIT: Nice! :thumbsup:
Edited by klaus78, Dec 30 2015, 11:39:04 PM.
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I will be in for about 5 to 10, but my main goal is cleaning up my TiVo and most of them are not Sci-Fi or Fantasy.
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178 Sci-Fi films added to my watchlist - can't wait to get cracking on them. Just under 7 hours till the new year and the challenge can begin. I have a feeling I won't be starting till the morning but who knows!
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I'm definitely in on this one. Gotta complete that new Sci-fi list. Beyond that, it'll be whatever tickles my fancy.
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I'm in.
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1. Explorers (1985) 3/10

Hard to believe that Joe Dante could have directed something so lame and lifeless.

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If that's the one I think it is,

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1. The time machine (60)
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First time viewings in bold text.


1. Solaris (Steven Soderbergh, 2002)
2. The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)

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I'm in, although I'm not sure what exactly constitutes a sci-fi/fantasy movie. For example, I've seen the Lobster last week and it is tagged as being sci-fi, but I would not consider it sci-fi at all. Fantasy maybe... I've created a watchlist with movies tagged as sci-fi or fantasy, but I'm not so sure everything can be considered so.

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Anyway, my first movie definitely should count, which was:
1. Gasu ningen dai 1 go a.k.a. The Human Vapor (67/100)
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1. The Man from Earth-2007: 10/10

Goddamn, what a movie.
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I'm in. Last year I completed The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies list, so I'll aim to get gold on the BFI science fiction list. My first two films are:

1. Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) The author of Jumanji duplicates the same premise but now with a space-themed board game. Could have been good if the two kids hadn't been so terribly obnoxious (particularly Hutcherson) and if the time travel stuff had made any sense. 4/10

2. The Stand (1994) Episode 1: The Plague
I'll continue to watch the other three episodes but this seemed bad considering the acclaim it's had.
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2. The 7th Dimension (2009) 4/10

Mindbending tech/supernatural thriller that reaches a turnpike midway through and takes the wrong exit. Still it has its moments of interest and is a diversion from the usual sci-fi stock.

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1. Repeat Performance (1947)

New-Year-themed fantasy noir
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Jan 1 2016, 03:28:49 PM
I'm in, although I'm not sure what exactly constitutes a sci-fi/fantasy movie. For example, I've seen the Lobster last week and it is tagged as being sci-fi, but I would not consider it sci-fi at all. Fantasy maybe... I've created a watchlist with movies tagged as sci-fi or fantasy, but I'm not so sure everything can be considered so.
You may definitely count them if you want to.
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1. Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu [Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future] (1973) 4/10

"The Twilight Zone" Where Is Everybody? (1959) 7/10
"The Twilight Zone" One for the Angels (1959) 6/10
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3. The Giant Behemoth (1959) 4/10

Fairly ordinary '50s monster movie.

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2. Jurassic World (2015)

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1. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949) - 5/10 One good song out of five/six does not make a good musical and not enough laughs for a comedy. Everything was taken way too lightly, in the way that only Bing Crosby can pull of,f for the suspenseful moments to be in any way suspenseful.

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1. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
I found this to be a fairly fun, exceptionally well-cast big budget spectacle of a picture. James Mason in particular hit it out of the park as Nemo. It did plod some at times and could have easily had 15 minutes or so cut without any significant impact to the forward momentum of the film. While this is a Disney picture featuring some usual House of Mouse shenanigans (the movie-specific pet seal and the Whale-of-a-tale sing-alongs), it's remarkably restrained from a family-friendly standpoint, even having a more grim ending than the novel.

2. How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
Man, I really dug Richard E. Grant in this one, even more so than Withnail & I. I think the reason I preferred this to Withnail was that it had a more solid core with a less aimless feel to it while still retaining that crackling script and manic energy. The ludicrousness and bizarreness of the situation is the kind of thing I naturally gravitate to anyway.

3. Sleep Dealer (2008)
Well, it's somehow comforting to know that Tijuana is still a piece of shit in the future.... Anyway... I have mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, it had some really interesting ideas that are particularly relevant in light of the U.S.'s current political climate in regards to Mexican immigrants. The concept of a memory market is interesting as well. Unfortunately, while the movie is still watchable, it's let down by the actively terrible CGI and tepid, Scyfy-style TV-like direction.

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1. Sleeper (1973, Allen)
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Well I'm off and running. I find it hard to rate made for kids films so a 6/10 it is. I chuckled a few times and it wasn't a bad film.

1. Home (2015) - 6/10

Abducted so far = 1
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Got completely lost in this one - way over my head!

2. Upstream Color (2013) - 3.5/10

Abducted so far = 2
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01. Mad Max (George Miller, 1979)
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2. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) - 6/10
Some good things, but too many suitors and an ending that is known from the beginning with the bookending makes the film feel much longer than two hours.

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Ok I'm in, I'll try to post my views in a prompt fashion.

1. Southland Tales (2006) 6/10
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2. Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996) 6/10
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3. Meet the Hollowheads (1989) 7/10
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4. The Giant Claw (1957) 6/10
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Yeaaaah! :circle:

1. RoboCop (1987) 5.5/10
Super dated, but still kinda cool.

2. Predestination (2014) 7/10
Amazing, even when predictable. Ethan Hawke rocks!

3. Snowpiercer (2013) 7/10
Really good filmaking. Some plotpoints bugged me, but I guess they're intrinsic to the story.

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"The Twilight Zone" Mr. Denton on Doomsday (1959) 6/10
"The Twilight Zone" The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (1959) 6/10
"The Twilight Zone" Walking Distance (1959) 6.5/10
"The Twilight Zone" Escape Clause (1959) 6.5/10


My Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge 2016
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4. Titan A.E. (2000) 4/10

Dull animated adventure with a recognisable cast breathing little life into plain, ordinary characters.

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I won't have a prayer, competition-wise, but I'm still in. Where do I sign?
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3. Mad Max (1979)
4. Mad Max 2 (1981) [re-watch]
5. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

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3. A Guy Named Joe (1943) - 7/10 A fantasy about a pilot angel who has to come back and help new pilots. Great acting by Spencer Tracy, but both him and Irene Dunne are too old if you consider Van Johnson's age. This could have easily been a propaganda film considering the subject matter and the time it was mad, thankfully it was not, which would have detracted from the story.

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Decided that since I only have 9 left to watch on the 100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide) that I would have a go at completing this list. The only issue with this list is 2 really long checks - Frau Im Mond and Flash Gordon, just under 7 hours in total!

3. The Tunnel (1935) - 6/10

Decent enough movie, more drama than sci-fi but enjoyable all the same.

Abducted so far = 3
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Decided that since I only have 9 left to watch on the 100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide) that I would have a go at completing this list. The only issue with this list is 2 really long checks - Frau Im Mond and Flash Gordon, just under 7 hours in total!
Flash Gordon (1936) is actually 13 episodes of 17-20 minutes length, so it's a good idea to watch it for this challenge as it will count for multiple points.
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Previously watched...

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Like they took a highlights reel of the original Star Wars Trilogy and then remade it with Daisy Ridley as both Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. Ridley and Boyega are thankfully good and likeable in their parts, and the technical achievements of the film (cinematography, special effects, well choreographed action) are often astounding. However the whole story has the stale feel of a nostalgia-trip which makes it feel like a missed opportunity. I know people have suddenly started hating on another of this year's nostalgia-trips, Jurassic World, on this forum, but at least that had a knowing commentary about audience demands and capitalist obsession. Force Awakens just serves up reheated leftovers.
5/10

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4. Ghost in the Water (1982)
A zero check film! A thought-lost TV movie that was recently rediscovered and put up on YouTube. It's a fairly simple ghost story with psychic visions. It's got good atmosphere but doesn't have a satisfying conclusion and the mystery isn't very interesting.
4/10

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2. The Running Man 7/10
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01. The Signal, by William Eubank (2014) 7/10

Clever plot and beautiful cinematography.
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