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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge (Official, January 2021)

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Goal
Watch as many movies as you can that fit into the Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy genres. If you are in doubt whether a movie counts or not, just ask.

Rules:
- All movies tagged as science fiction or fantasy on IMDB are eligible.
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one entry.
- Rewatches are allowed and are good for your internal AI code or inner anima.

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IMDb's Sci-fi Top 50
IMDb's Fantasy Top 50
The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide)
Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen

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2 AssonFire 46
3 jdidaco 42
4 Coryn 33
5 Kublai Khan 32
6 sol 26
6 Lu-Chin 26
8 Lonewolf2003 25
9 DudeLanez 24
9 AB537 24
11 Harco 23
12 ChrisReynolds 22
13 hurluberlu 20
14 frbrown 17
14 jeroeno 17
16 maxwelldeux 14
17 ororama 13
17 VincentPrice 13
17 peeptoad 13
20 Melvelet 11
20 Chilton 11
20 shugs 11
20 Onderhond 11
24 Knaldskalle 10
24 blocho 10
26 allisoncm 9
27 Obgeoff 7
27 kongs_speech 7
27 zzzorf 7
27 Mochard 7
31 morrison-dylan-fan 6
32 vortexsurfer 5
33 Hunziker 4
33 mightysparks 4
33 connordenney 4
36 max-scl 1
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My fantasy recommends: https://www.onderhond.com/toplist/custom?genre=6
My sci-fi recommends: https://www.onderhond.com/toplist/custom?genre=3

Maybe The American Astronaut would be a good recommend, covering both genres (and having some appeal for most people here):

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I'm definitely in, sci-fi and fantasy are a natural part of my weekly film diet.
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Kublai Khan wrote: December 31st, 2020, 3:33 pm Rules:
- All movies tagged as science fiction or fantasy on IMDB are eligible.
- A feature film (anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
We decided to change this for 2021. These are the current consistent (and simpler to digest) rules that we are using in all 2021 challenges:

- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one entry.

Thanks again for offering to host. I'm planning to make my first 2021 viewing a sci-fi/fantasy one.
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sol wrote: December 31st, 2020, 3:45 pm
Kublai Khan wrote: December 31st, 2020, 3:33 pm Rules:
- All movies tagged as science fiction or fantasy on IMDB are eligible.
- A feature film (anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
We decided to change this for 2021. These are the current consistent (and simpler to digest) rules that we are using in all 2021 challenges:

- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one entry.

Thanks again for offering to host. I'm planning to make my first 2021 viewing a sci-fi/fantasy one.
Oh cool, that is easier. Opening post updated.
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It starts! First in. :D

1. Palm Springs (2020)

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This time loop film tries something different by having its protagonist start off in the middle of the loop. Having multiple persons in the same loop is also fairly innovative. It has been done before - see Repeaters from Canada - but there the multiple persons represent extremes of morality, whereas here it is more about the characters having fun while growing, changing and learning a little more about each other while the world around them remains the same.
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1. Tenet (2020) - 5/10
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1. The Old Guard (2020) 5/10
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1. Proxima (Alice Winocour, 2019) 6+
2. Early Man (Nick Park, 2018) 6
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1. Ad Astra (2019) - 6/10 (123mins)

Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

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This is my 3rd film directed by James Gray, giving him an average rating of 6.33.
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1. The Blue Bird (1918)

Syrupy writing, but some great images

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2. Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. (1970) - 3/10 (78mins)

A gas is let loose upon the world that kills anyone over 25 years old.

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This is my 7th film directed by Roger Corman, giving him an average rating of 5.43. He moves down my favorite director list from 182 to 205.
Watched 2
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1. Princess Bride (1987) 10/10
Rewatch because after 2020, I'm starting my 2021 with something that brings me some god damned joy.

2. Soylent Green (1973) 7/10
I have somehow never seen this, despite listening to the monologue as performed in Drop Dead Gorgeous umpteen times... Anyway, this was interesting. A little heartbreaking to see Edward G. Robinson so sick and frail, but glad he got a nice sendoff. The plotting and storytelling was clunky for me, but I think the film works much better as a commentary on our society and hopes for the future. Runaway greenhouse effect? A government that gives zero shits about people suffering? Who knew! Would be fascinating to watch this not knowing the big twist ending, but the film works anyway despite the lack of twist.
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1. Liquid Sky (1982) 6/10
2. Island of Lost Souls (1932) 7/10
3. Born in Flames (1983) 6/10
4. Flash Gordon (1936, Ep. 1-5, 94‘)
5. Flash Gordon (1936, Ep. 6-10, 86‘)
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1. Liquid Sky (1982) 6/10
2. Island of Lost Souls (1932) 7/10
3. Born in Flames (1983) 6/10
4. Flash Gordon (1936, Ep. 1-5, 94‘)
5. Flash Gordon (1936, Ep. 6-10, 86‘)
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1. Highlander (Russell Mulcahy, 1986) 5.5/10
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maxwelldeux wrote: January 2nd, 2021, 12:35 am 2. Soylent Green (1973) 7/10
Soylent Green is one of many movies whose endings were spoiled for me by Simpsons episodes. Thelma & Louise, Planet of the Apes, and Cape Fear immediately come to mind.
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blocho wrote: January 2nd, 2021, 5:18 am
maxwelldeux wrote: January 2nd, 2021, 12:35 am 2. Soylent Green (1973) 7/10
Soylent Green is one of many movies whose endings were spoiled for me by Simpsons episodes. Thelma & Louise, Planet of the Apes, and Cape Fear immediately come to mind.
I think MAD magazine spoiled it for me.
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1. The Old Guard (2020) 5/10 sci-fi NETFLIX

2. Sweetheart (I) (2019) 6.5 / fantasy NETFLIX
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1. Black Scorpion-1995: 7/10

Goofy and silly but it tries and you gotta give it to Joan Severance for trying to do pretty much anything while wearing what she wears.

This was produced by Roger Corman so I guess you know what to expect.
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Will use this challenge to clean up some of the most popular unwatched films in the genres and of course the 1001 mymsbyd & 21st list

1. Frankenstein (1931)
2. Gattaca (1997)
3. Primer (2004)
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Happy New Year and thanks for hosting, Kublai Khan...

1. Skif (2018) The Last Warrior 6
2. Memorîzu (1995) Memories 6
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1. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Pretty lackluster sequel with a muddled plot.

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2. The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)
Many of the jokes were too obvious and no Bea Arthur.

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3. Robo Vampire (1988)
Godfrey Ho rips off Robocop and throws some hopping vampires in the mix for good measure. As amazing as it sounds.

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4. Temptation Island (1980)
Weird, Filipino satirical comedy about beauty queens who crash land on an island and have to survive.

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5. Les trois couronnes du matelot a.k.a. Three Crowns of the Sailor (1983)
Like several other Raul Ruiz movies I've seen. There are interesting individual scenes or shots but the movie as a whole just doesn't congeal into anything engaging for me.
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3. Los campeones justicieros (1971) - 4.5/10 (81mins)

Five luchadores (Blue Demon, Mil Mascaras, El Medico Asesino, La Sombra Vengadora, Tinieblas plus Black Shadow) face off against a mad scientist and his army of powerful wrestling midgets.

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This is my 1st film directed by Federico Curiel.
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3. Los campeones justicieros (1971) - 4.5/10 (81mins)
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01. 2.5* - Dune Drifter by Marc Price (2020)

A tricky film. Dune Drifter clearly didn't have much money to burn. Director Price seemed capable to work around that, but is a bit too ambitious and ends up littering his film with some less than stellar scenes. Less surely would've been more here, but no doubt Price has the chops if he ever manages to land the proper budget. After a violent and unexpected battle in space, a fighter craft manages to escape to a barren planet. The pilot's craft is badly damaged due to the rough landing and there's not much time to fix it, but luckily she isn't alone. To get the necessary gear to repair her craft, she'll have to put up a fierce fight. The entire intro in space is a joke. The CG is horrendous and these sequences should've just been cut in full. The alien designs aren't great either, but the rest looks pretty cool. The alien planet feels quite hostile, the space suits have a nice, industrial look and the build-up of tension is pretty cool. This could've been a nice slow burner, but as it is the film feels a bit too conflicted.
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4. The Sisterhood (1988) - 3/10 (86mins)

In the year 2021, women have been enslaved by men, with their only hope for freedom lying in the hands of a nomadic band of maiden warriors. The maiden warriors Alee and Vera tap Marya and her hawk to help them.

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This is my 1st film directed by Cirio H. Santiago.
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2. Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. (1970) - 3/10 (78mins)
3. Los campeones justicieros (1971) - 4.5/10 (81mins)
4. The Sisterhood (1988) - 3/10 (86mins)
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2. Mill of the Stone Women (1960)

Beautiful/garish color cinematography, similar to some other classic Italian horror films, impressive large set of the mill turned into a sculptor's studio, some appropriately melodramatic overacting, and a dream-like atmosphere, including a long sequence where the drugged protagonist is unable to distinguish between reality and hallucinations. I loved it!

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02. 1.5* - The Flintstones by Brian Levant (1994)

This must be one of the crummiest blockbusters I've ever seen. It's amazing to think they released Jurassic Park just one year before. There's a little charm in that if I'm completely honest, the incredibly fake and cheap look is where the film draws some entertainment, though it's hardly enough to fully redeem itself. Fred Flintstone wants to make it big, but he's simply too dim. After helping out his pal Barney with some financial business, Barney returns the favour by switching a promotion test with Fred. Fred gets the job, but doesn't realize he's being prepped to become the fall guy for some evil scheme. Terrible puns, cheap decors and a silly plot. I've never been a Flintstones (and by extension, Hanna-Barbera) fan, no doubt this film is way more fun if you actually have some affinity with the source material. That still doesn't take away this is some of the cheapest film making I've ever seen from Hollywood. It's slightly entertaining, but it's mostly just very, very bad.
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1. Princess Bride (1987)
2. Soylent Green (1973)
3. Maximum Overdrive (1986) 5/10
The beginning of this started strongly. An ATM calling someone an asshole? A soda machine firing a can into a dude's junk? These are things I never knew I wanted to see! But after a fun beginning setting things up, it falls flat as everyone hides in a truck stop from the trucks circling the place. Fun enough, but it's appropriately placed on the Badmovies.org list.

4. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) 7/10
I don't give a flying fuck about anything comic book related, so the comics back story, characters, general plot, etc. do nothing for me. But it's the framing of the action and the little moments in between the plot that indicate a strong female voice that were interesting to me. With a totally expected trimodal distribution, too:
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3. Sorceress (1982)

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4. Outland (1981)

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2. Mill of the Stone Women (1960)
3. Sorceress (1982)
4. Outland (1981)
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1. Solarbabies (1986, Alan Johnson): 4.5 - Nice world building and setting up in the first half hour or so. But the plot of the rest is a mess. It also suffers terribly from not knowing what its target audience suppose to be.

2. Gojira [Godzilla] (1954, Ishirô Honda) rewatch: 6.5 > 7.0 - The first one still holds up because of the underlying themes of nuclear fear, WWII trauma and so on. Especially the eco-message of man being hunted by the effect of his own pollution is still relevant today. But of course all that wouldn't matter much, if the main action wasn't so enjoyable still too. Great memorable score!

3. Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956, Ishirô Honda & Terry O. Morse): 4.8 - The American recut of Gojiara (If this doesn't count for the challenge I will delete it, but every source IMDb, iCM and Critiker count it as a selfstanding movie). If I rated it purely on its own I would have rated it slightly higher (5.5-6) cause it passes the time okay. But having seen the original version and thereby knowing that every choice made in this American recut is the wrong one and decreases the impact and every good working part in this comes from the better original version I rated it lower.

4. Gojira no gyakushû [Godzilla Raids Again] (1955, Motoyoshi Oda): 6.0 - Def a step down from its predecor, cause it misses that one's clear themes and tone, but still watchable thanks to a very entertaining fight between Godzilla and Anguirus while destroying Osaka and an amusing finale with Godzilla being trapped in an avalanche
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6.a) Flash Gordon (1936, Ep. 11-13, 53‘) 4/10
6.b) Pereval (1988, 31‘) 7/10
7. The Brother from Another Planet (1984) 5/10
8. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001) 5/10
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1. Liquid Sky (1982) 6/10
2. Island of Lost Souls (1932) 7/10
3. Born in Flames (1983) 6/10
4. Flash Gordon (1936, Ep. 1-5, 94‘)
5. Flash Gordon (1936, Ep. 6-10, 86‘)
6.a) Flash Gordon (1936, Ep. 11-13, 53‘) 4/10
6.b) Pereval (1988, 31‘) 7/10
7. The Brother from Another Planet (1984) 5/10
8. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001) 5/10
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Impossible Worlds on Screen
1. Palm Springs (2020)
2. Gemini Man (2019)

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Cloning is a fascinating subject and does not quite factor enough into the proceedings here; the best scenes have Smith bonding with and conversing with himself, but this only happens towards the end. The vast majority of the film is instead spent on Smith fighting himself. The action sequences are remarkable and breathtaking though, from the younger Smith using his motorcycle as a weapon to the pair jumping out of a torpedoed car.
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Impossible Worlds on Screen
1. Palm Springs (2020)
2. Gemini Man (2019)
3. The Midnight Sky (2020)

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This film boasts some great polar exteriors and station interiors, but this is a muddled mess of a movie. Caoilinn Springall is excellent as the girl, with curious select mutism, and her bonding with Clooney is divine. Half the film though is spent with some astronauts in space, none of whom are interesting individuals with a particularly cringe-inducing scene in which they try to sing in harmony together. All of the cutting back and forth lessens intensity too.
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01. Tenet (2020, Christopher Nolan) - 4/5
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1. Tenet (Christopher Nolan, 2020) - 7/10
2. Pitch Black (David Twohy, 2000) - 7->7/10 REWATCH
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3. Wolfwalkers (Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, 2020) 7
4. Coco (Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, 2017) 8
5. Interreflections (Peter Joseph, 2020) 4+
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2. Early Man (Nick Park, 2018) 6
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3. Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) 3
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2. Memorîzu (1995) Memories 6
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03. 2.0* - The Incredible Monk by Tze-Chung Lam (2019)

Tze-chung Lam gained a little fame from his appearances in early 2000 Stephen Chow comedies, but he never really made it big. It seems he's putting some effort in directing films now, though I don't think he'll fare much better. The Incredible Monk is a brave attempt, but far from a good film. Ji Gong is one of China's many historical heroes, the kind of figure who goes on many adventures, each of them very lucrative for a movie adaptation. Some of Gong's old adversaries are popping up again, bothering the people on Earth. Ji Gong suspects something is wrong and stumbles into a big conspiracy. On paper this is a fun mix of fantasy, martial arts and comedy, but the execution is quite poor and the performances aren't any better. It's a throwback to 90s Hong Kong cinema, but with some shoddy CG and none of the flashy direction that made these films so much fun. At least the pacing is decent and it's light entertainment from start to finish, but it's a shame they can't do better with this material.
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6. No Escape (1994)
Eh, pretty middle-of-the-road sci-fi actioner with Ray Liotta trapped on an island prison among warring clans of prisoners. It's fine but forgettable.

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7. Soul (2020)
I really liked this visually inventive Pixar film. Not quite as good as Inside Out but still tells a good and fairly novel story. It did feel a little rushed in a couple places but overall is still worth a watch. Also the soundtrack, with the abstract electronic tones of the afterlife from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and the warm, boisterous and ethereal jazz score courtesy of Jon Batiste during the earthbound segments, was fantastic.

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8a. Shirley Temple's Storybook: The Princess and the Goblins (1961)
This was horrifying....

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8b. Ballet of the Mermaids (1938)
Anyone into synchronized swimming?

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8c. Ropáci a.k.a. Oil Gobblers (1988)
Aw... that baby oil gobbler was adorable. Also this was a solid and fairly clever environmental satire from those always imaginative and cynical Czechs.
Dashing Through The Cosmos On An Exploding Unicorn
1. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
2. The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)
3. Robo Vampire (1988)
4. Temptation Island (1980)
5. Les trois couronnes du matelot a.k.a. Three Crowns of the Sailor (1983)
6. No Escape (1994)
7. Soul (2020)
8a. Shirley Temple's Storybook: The Princess and the Goblins (1961)
8b. Ballet of the Mermaids (1938)
8c. Ropáci a.k.a. Oil Gobblers (1988)
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