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    Here some of those I can remember at the moment:

    Alien
    Back to the future
    2001 Space Odyssey
    Stalker
    Blade Runner
    Aliens
    Soylent green
    THX 1138
    12 monkeys
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    Planet of the Apes
    Close encounters of the third kind
    Event Horizon

    I have to say that while there are many sci-fi movies in recent times I don't know if there's any that I consider a classic, altough I have appreciated Moon and Sunshine. Interstellar not so much (I prefer the original Contact )

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    I like 2001 Space Odyssey, Alien and Blade Runner from your list. From recent - Interstellar is ok. I like Her, though I am not sure it is sci-fi.

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    Science Fiction has been my life in many respects. I agree there hasn't been a great science fiction movie of late, and I'm not too sure about the literature lately either. But as they say, 'The golden age of science fiction is 12." I don't want to perpetuate the idea that science fiction is for kids. For me it's serious business, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually. It's just that the sense of wonder is greatest at that age.

    So when I was 12 there was 2001: a space odyssey, still the be all end all of awe inspiring beauty and surreal weirdness for anyone with the patience for slow paced artful late 1960s editing.

    Before that, The Day the Earth Stood Still (original version) was iconic along with Bernard Hermann's wonderful score. That music is how science fiction sounds

    Forbidden Planet - MGM's big 2001 of the previous decade. The Krell technology scenes still give me goose bumps, and who doesn't want a Robby? The electronic score was the first of its kind.

    But of the later movies, I have to say Jurassic Park was a joyous breakthrough. The kid in me was ecstatic at the superbly realistic dinosaurs. The sequels are not quite as good of course.

    For shear thought experiment everyone should try Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth. Almost the entire movie is a group of people sitting around a fireplace talking, yet I've never been so riveted! (It is not a movie for the closed minded, I'll warn.)

    I'm sure there are hundreds of others I have cherished over the years, but these are the biggies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    Forbidden Planet - MGM's big 2001 of the previous decade. The Krell technology scenes still give me goose bumps, and who doesn't want a Robby? The electronic score was the first of its kind.
    That oozing Theremin is a killer sound!

    I'm also a fan of Blade Runner, but generally prefer the gloom of say Tarkovsky's Stalker and Solaris, generally I feel that US SciFi is to cheerful and peppy. Blade Runner being one of the most significant exceptions, but then it was directed by a lad from South Shields, I'm always rooting for the excellent Rutger Hauer to kick that lame Harrison Ford to hell and back, but not even a director of Ridley Scott's integrity could do the right thing...

    Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville is another Noir-SciFi that I like a lot!

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    Nice list so far. Is Fritz Lang's Metropolis considered science fiction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptr View Post
    That oozing Theremin is a killer sound!

    I'm also a fan of Blade Runner, but generally prefer the gloom of say Tarkovsky's Stalker and Solaris, generally I feel that US SciFi is to cheerful and peppy. Blade Runner being one of the most significant exceptions,
    /ptr

    Onestly "cheerful" is not a word that I would use to describe Alien, Soylent green or tons of other american movies in the genre. Back to the future, ET or Close encounters are more the exception than the norm. Maybe the difference is that it's more difficult to find movies as philosophical and contemplative as Stalker and Solaris and with a similar lethargic pace (both movie are science fiction in a marginal way) in the american cinema, besides the obvious 2001.
    Anyway there's another russian director that did some apocalyptic sci-fi movies that looks as Tarkovskij movies, but I don't remember his name.

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    An all-time fave that hasn't been mentioned yet is Fassbinder's "World on a Wire." Kind of an anomaly in the director's oeuvre, but I think it's one of his best.
    Last edited by Blancrocher; Apr-18-2015 at 14:40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    Nice list so far. Is Fritz Lang's Metropolis considered science fiction?
    Absolutely!

    Quote Originally Posted by norman bates View Post
    Onestly "cheerful" is not a word that I would use to describe Alien, Soylent green or tons of other american movies in the genre. Back to the future, ET or Close encounters are more the exception than the norm. Maybe the difference is that it's more difficult to find movies as philosophical and contemplative as Stalker and Solaris and with a similar lethargic pace (both movie are science fiction in a marginal way) in the american cinema, besides the obvious 2001.
    Anyway there's another russian director that did some apocalyptic sci-fi movies that looks as Tarkovskij movies, but I don't remember his name.
    I said "generally" Norm, hinting at the Hollywood junk, so I am aware that there are exceptions, but those are almost always independent (small budget productions), and then I don't mean Ed Wood (Whose films I think is great fun!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by norman bates View Post
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    Planet of the Apes
    1956 or 1978? (for "Invasion")
    1968 or 2001? (for "Planet")

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prodromides View Post
    1956 or 1978? (for "Invasion")
    1968 or 2001? (for "Planet")
    the original in both cases, considering "Invasion of the body snatchers" I haven't seen the remake of it although I'd like to see it for the soundtrack made by Denny Zeitlin (one of my favorite jazz pianists).

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    While I like science-fiction as a genre, most of my favorite films are not sci-fi.
    I actually prefer television sci-fi, with THE OUTER LIMITS from the 1960s being my favorite TV show.

    But, for this thread, I compiled my list of sci-fi from my list of favorite cinema overall. The selections tend to gravitate around psychological content and black-and-white photography (plus also be pre-1980 ):

    1. SECONDS (1966) directed by John Frankenheimer with music by Jerry Goldsmith
    2. STALKER (1979) directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
    3. THE FACE OF ANOTHER (1966) directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara, with music by Toru Takemitsu
    4. ZARDOZ (1974) directed by John Boorman
    5. SOLARIS (1971) directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
    6. ON THE BEACH (1959) directed by Stanley Kramer, with music by Ernest Gold
    7. ALPHAVILLE (1965) directed by Jean-Luc Godard, with music by Paul Misraki
    8. PLANET OF THE APES (1968) directed by Franklin Schaffner, with music by Jerry Goldsmith
    9. INVASION (1966) directed by Alan Bridges, with music by Bernard Ebbinghouse
    10. QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967) directed by Roy Ward Baker, with music by Tristram Cary
    11. THESE ARE THE DAMNED (filmed 1961; released 1963) directed by Joseph Losey (!)
    12. THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (1957) directed by Val Guest, with (superb!) music by Humphrey Searle

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    I did enjoy Joss Whedon's Serenity but it's not a masterpiece of cinema however. Just pure fun and escapism.
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    My favorites:

    2001
    Brazil
    Blade Runner
    Dune (Lynch)
    Stalker
    Solaris (Tarkovsky)

    I also enjoyed Mad Max (1st), Scanners, Minority Report, Vanilla Sky, Inception, Edge of Tomorrow.

    I am not sure if I like A Clockwork Orange. It is almost painful to watch it, but it is truly memorable.

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    I agree. Solaris is the best science fiction ever.

    And Star Wars of course.

    "if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn't rhyme 'yacht', 'apricot', and 'gavotte'. Is that some kind of joke?"
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