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    Yesterday I watched 'Cache', I thought it was an ok film. Today I watched 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' it was maybe a touch better than ok. Both films seemed very unusual if not entirely unbelievable in my view. The nightmare scenarios in these two films seemed completely improbable. I was moved by the mother trudging onwards in 'Kevin', that defenitely took some sterner-stuff, impossibly sterner stuff maybe?

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    I watched the original Star Wars today for the first time in probably a decade. There were a lot of things that I missed when younger. Such a great film!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clavichorder View Post
    I watched the original Star Wars today for the first time in probably a decade. There were a lot of things that I missed when younger. Such a great film!
    I hadn't seen any of'm recently, but they're big favs from my childhood also. They don't make'm like that anymore!

    'Bladerunner', 'Outland' and 'Silent Running' are also excellent old sci-fi, esp 'Silent Running' (almost forgotten unfortunately)

    I guess Starwars is also part fantasy though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clovis View Post
    I hadn't seen any of'm recently, but they're big favs from my childhood also. They don't make'm like that anymore!

    'Bladerunner', 'Outland' and 'Silent Running' are also excellent old sci-fi, esp 'Silent Running' (almost forgotten unfortunately)

    I guess Starwars is also part fantasy though?
    I haven't seen any of those though I know of Bladerunner and its novel forerunner by Philip K. Dick. I do know of the disney movie 'Cool Runnings,' a nice family classic. However, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is another great Sci-Fi classic that I am very fond of from childhood. I watched that one more recently, however I think that I would benefit from another since I've only recently come to the clear-headedness that I experience on the whole these days.

    They have a name for "part fantasy" Sci-Fi, or at least an umbrella term that encompasses that: "Soft Science Fiction."

    There are many screwy things about the science in Star Wars designed for popularizing purposes. Space battles in the Star Wars style, which has been adopted by many other series are an impossibility. Such battle scenes with their fast paced maneuvering with sound effects and all that neglect the fact that space is BIG and a VACUUM.

    Aside from that, Star Wars: A New Hope, is still a fantastic movie, one of the most important of the last half century.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clavichorder View Post
    I haven't seen any of those though I know of Bladerunner and its novel forerunner by Philip K. Dick. I do know of the disney movie 'Cool Runnings,' a nice family classic. However, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is another great Sci-Fi classic that I am very fond of from childhood. I watched that one more recently, however I think that I would benefit from another since I've only recently come to the clear-headedness that I experience on the whole these days.

    They have a name for "part fantasy" Sci-Fi, or at least an umbrella term that encompasses that: "Soft Science Fiction."

    There are many screwy things about the science in Star Wars designed for popularizing purposes. Space battles in the Star Wars style, which has been adopted by many other series are an impossibility. Such battle scenes with their fast paced maneuvering with sound effects and all that neglect the fact that space is BIG and a VACUUM.

    Aside from that, Star Wars: A New Hope, is still a fantastic movie, one of the most important of the last half century.
    What did you think of 'Dune'? Did you read it or watch it? This is also soft sci-fi, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clovis View Post
    What did you think of 'Dune'? Did you read it or watch it? This is also soft sci-fi, no?
    I read the first four books. The first is the best. I still want to finish the series and hope to some time this year. I like Dune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clavichorder View Post
    Aside from that, Star Wars: A New Hope, is still a fantastic movie, one of the most important of the last half century.
    Absolutely - I paid to see it six times in the year it came out - no VCR or DVD in those days (though it was just called 'Star Wars' then, and became soap, not even soft sci-fi thereafter).

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    Last one i saw (at home) was Barry Lyndon (again)

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    A video from the 69th (2012) Venice Film Festival, about how a film about Enzo Avitabile got made.


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    Napoleon Dynamite...

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    We were discussing old sci-fi earlier, made me think of one that I didn't mention, a post-apocalyptic film called 'a boy and his dog' with a very young Don Johnson. It's worth watching just for the end of the film alone, shocking and also extremely funny; shocking way back then at least.

    I still hadn't seen Napoleon Dynamite! Oh Boy! What rock was I under?

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    Get Carter (1971 - Michael Caine, Ian Hendry etc.) was on last night - gritty, disturbing, squalid, thoroughly believable and with a great soundtrack. I've seen it before but I didn't realise until recently that the urbane villain Kinnear was played by THE John Osborne. I read that the (alleged) turkey of a remake featuring Sly Stallone (can Seattle REALLY be the US equivalent of dirty old Newcastle heh heh?!) wasn't even released in the UK by Warner Bros so convinced they were of it being ripped to shreds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clovis View Post
    I hadn't seen any of'm recently, but they're big favs from my childhood also. They don't make'm like that anymore!

    'Bladerunner', 'Outland' and 'Silent Running' are also excellent old sci-fi, esp 'Silent Running' (almost forgotten unfortunately)

    I guess Starwars is also part fantasy though?
    BLADERUNNER, brilliant classic; SILENT RUNNING, a cruelly neglected classic, should be adopted by the Green Party. A wonderful film from the late Hippie era, a couple of decades head of its time, and I still cry when Dewey is left all alone with his watering can.
    He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clavichorder View Post
    I read the first four books. The first is the best. I still want to finish the series and hope to some time this year. I like Dune.
    I also felt DUNE a tragically underrated film, and I cannot understand why people couldn't follow it; but then I had read the books so I knew what was going on.

    I read the first three, and loved them, but never got further than that. I believe the first three are the best.

    Why Lynch was given the job of making Dune I'll never understand. Had these people never watched ERASERHEAD?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SAKO View Post
    I also felt DUNE a tragically underrated film, and I cannot understand why people couldn't follow it; but then I had read the books so I knew what was going on.

    I read the first three, and loved them, but never got further than that. I believe the first three are the best.

    Why Lynch was given the job of making Dune I'll never understand. Had these people never watched ERASERHEAD?
    I find it interesting that Frank Herbert actually liked Lynch's adaptation of the book...

    But if you haven't gotten past the first three books in the series, I highly recommend the fourth book, God Emperor of Dune. It's my second favorite of the series. Political intrigue, complex characters, and a LOT of emotional and intellectual depth to the dialogues, especially those between Leto and Duncan.

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