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1. Frankenstein (1931)
2. Gattaca (1997)
3. Primer (2004)
4. Planet of the Apes (1968)
5. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
6. Yeelen (1987)
7. Elf (2003)
8. Iron Man 2 (2010)
9. Kaijû sôshingeki AKA Destroy All Monsters (1968)
10. Cesta do praveku AKA A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)
11. Ugetsu monogatari (1953)
12. Körkarlen AKA The Phantom Carriage (1921)
13. Field of Dreams (1989)
14. Total Recall (1990)
15. Enter the Void (2009)
16. Mary Poppins (1964)
17. The Blob (1958)
18. 28 Days Later... (2002)
19. Thor (2011)
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Impossible Worlds on Screen
1. Palm Springs (2020)
2. Gemini Man (2019)
3. The Midnight Sky (2020)
4. Babes in Toyland (1934)
5. The Glass Slipper (1955)
6. The Frozen Dead (1966)
7. Petey Wheatstraw (1977)
8. The Holy Mountain (1973)
9. Endless Poetry (2016)
10. Nirvana (1997)
11. Jubilee (1978)

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Are we cool with zombie movies as sci-fi if they are plague/virus related and even if IMDb label them only as horror ?
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Kublai Khan wrote: January 10th, 2021, 1:24 am For some strange reason, IMDB has this listed as a Drama/Thriller and neither a fantasy or a sci-fi.
At least the poster agrees with me. It's a film about a magic mirror that lets your travel between parallel universes.
I've long given up on IMDb genre labelling, but if it doesn't count because of that, so be it :)
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Previously watched...
1. Possessor (Cronenberg, 2020) 6/10
2. Zeder (Avati, 1983) 4/10
2a. Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks (Jones, 2021) [71 mins] 3/10
2b. Barbe Bleue (Bertrand-Painlevé, 1936) [13 mins] 5/10
3. 13 Going on 30 (Winick, 2004) 5/10
4. Flatliners (Oplev, 2017) 2/10
5. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) (Dougherty, 2019) 3/10
6. Blue Thunder (Badham, 1983) 5/10
7. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (Lucas, 1977) [Rewatch] 8/10
8. Seventh Son (Bodrov, 2014)
This takes an amazing cast and then wastes them on an incredibly generic fantasy storyline. It reminded me of the Dungeons & Dragons film, but it wasn't as unintentionally funny as that, even with Julianne Moore hamming it up as a witch queen and Jeff Bridges doing a semi-comprehensible accent pitched somewhere between Gandalf and Rowley Birkin QC. Still, it looks nice and I could see what was going on.
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9. Resident Evil (Anderson, 2002) Rewatch
I've seen all the Resident Evil movies, but I don't think I've seen the first (and best) since it came out. Revisiting it was much as I remember: fast-paced action, cinematography that looks like a music video from the period, and a lot of silly scenes.
5/10

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10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Bay, 2009)
Two and a half hours of mindless action, shot in Bay's trademark style. It called to mind a demo reel for a special effects company - lots of action, but there's no reason to care about anything; the script is awful on every level and although Bay can stage impressive shots, his direction keeps everything at a monotone of intensity and makes events difficult to follow.
2/10

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11. Killer Sofa (Rao, 2019)
Better than I would have expected for a killer sofa film. It delivers the cheesy effects and gore that I want from a B-movie and also has some unexpected twists along the way. However, I have to mark it down for having large exposition dumps that are frequently delivered via online videos watched by the characters.
4/10

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12. TV episode and shorts [Total time = 85 minutes]
a. The Witcher: Rare Species (Brändström, 2019) [59 mins]
b. Ballet of the Mermaids (Sparling, 1938) [10 mins]
c. Shadow of Mordor (Gorski-Pueringer, 2014) [8 mins]
d. El hotel eléctrico / The Electric Hotel (Chomón, 1908) [8 mins]
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10. Horton Hears a Who! (2008) 5
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1. Skif (2018) The Last Warrior 6
2. Memorîzu (1995) Memories 6
3. Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) 3
4. Iron Man (2008) 6+
5. The Raven (1963) 7
6. Die Herrin von Atlantis (1932) Queen of Atlantis 4
7. Iron Man 2 (2010) 6
8. Schalcken the Painter (1979) 7
9. The Invisible Man Returns (1940) 5
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49. Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong a.k.a. The Monkey King (2014)
Donnie Yen and Chow Yun Fat star in this big, busy green screen wuxia epic. The CG is so mediocre and relentless that it just wore me down after a while. I've never been the biggest fan of the Monkey King character, and Yen's ham-fisted performance does nothing to change my mind here. My kids seemed to like this more than I did.

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50. Warlords of Atlantis a.k.a. Warlords of the Deep (1978)
This is the same kind of perfectly fine, sort of dumb, disposable "exploring a new world of monsters" kind of movie like Journey to the Center of the Earth and Land That Time Forgot that was popular in the '60s and '70s. Starring Doug McClure who seemed to be in nearly every one of these, it involves a party of adventurers who discover a lost civilization at the bottom of the ocean after a mutiny and giant squid attack. It's pretty much an ideal Saturday afternoon, veg out kind of movie.

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51. The Boys from Brazil (1978)
Man, Gregory Peck, as the absconded Dr. Mengele pursued by Laurence Olivier, chews some mad scenery here as he sets about cloning Hitlers. The movie is far too long for what its trying to convey though but raises some interesting nature vs nurture questions even though it takes forever to get there.

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52. Operetta tanuki goten a.k.a. Princess Raccoon (2005)
Seijun Suzuki brings us this elaborated produced fantasy opera filmed mostly as a stage production with elaborate costumes and sets. It's actually a pretty interesting version of the classic Japanese folk tale with a highly eclectic soundtrack although it does feel overlong and tedious at times.

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53. Monster Trucks (2016)
A creature that eats oil befriends a "teenager" (this dude looks like he's pushing 30) who helps him evade the local police and a shady corporation by hiding inside and powering a truck. The story itself is a pretty generic E.T.-style "protect the alien" type plot but I will say the effects are actually surprisingly well done for what looks to be a disposable kids movie. This is probably an ok watch if you're looking for something tolerable to distract the kids with for a while.

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54. Merlin (1998)
Here's a fanciful TV mini-series starring Sam Neill as a young Merlin the Magician who tells the story of how he formed Camelot and defeated Morgana Le Fay. This is actually a pretty charming movie with some excellent acting credentials from Neill as well as Helena Bonham Carter, John Gielgud, Rutger Hauer, Isabella Rossellini, Miranda Richardson and James Earl Jones. I would actually recommend this as a pretty good intro for young ones into the fantasy epic genre.

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55-57. The Mandalorian Season 2 E1-8 (2020)
Mando season 2 continues to offer some solid storytelling and charming practical effects as it brings back fun to the Star Wars universe. While many of the episodes are essentially westerns (with The Jedi bringing in some samurai themes as well), I did like the one episode that I'm pretty sure was an homage to Wages of Fear.
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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)
9. Thunder Rock (1942)
10. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997)
11. Aniara (2018)
12. Heartbeeps (1981)
13. Blue My Mind (2017)
14. Eunhaengnamoo chimdae a.k.a. Gingko Bed (1996)
15. Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)
16. Tales from the Neverending Story: The Beginning (2001)
17. The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
18. Earth to Echo (2014)
19. Bijo to ekitai ningen a.k.a. The H-Man (1958)
20. The Bamboo Saucer (1968)
21. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
22. The Curious Female (1970)
23a. Black Mirror: USS Callister (2017)
23b. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
24. His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914)
25. The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914)
26. Source Code (2011)
27. The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
28. FairyTale: A True Story (1997)
29. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988)
30. Golok setan a.k.a. The Devil's Sword (1984)
31. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)
32. The Wizard of Oz (1925)
33. Singularity (2017)
34. The Mind's Eye (2015)
35. Village of the Giants (1965)
36. Na srebrnym globie a.k.a. On the Silver Globe (1988)
37. Tammy and the T-Rex (1994)
38. Cinderfella (1960)
39. The Atomic Kid (1954)
40. Kamisama no pazuru a.k.a. God's Puzzle (2008)
41. Minoes (2001)
42. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
43. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
44. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
45. Beastly (2011)
46. Djävulens öga a.k.a. The Devil's Eye (1960)
47. Crack in the World (1965)
48a. Black Mirror: Crocodile (2017)
48b. The Legend of Loch Lomond (2001)
49. Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong a.k.a. The Monkey King (2014)
50. Warlords of Atlantis a.k.a. Warlords of the Deep (1978)
51. The Boys from Brazil (1978)
52. Operetta tanuki goten a.k.a. Princess Raccoon (2005)
53. Monster Trucks (2016)
54. Merlin (1998)
55-57. The Mandalorian Season 2 E1-8 (2020)
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hurluberlu wrote: January 10th, 2021, 9:01 am Are we cool with zombie movies as sci-fi if they are plague/virus related and even if IMDb label them only as horror ?
I’m not. Zombie movies to me are horror and not sci-fi. Also generally they are regarded as a sub genre of the former not the later. People already imho are stretching the definition of sci-fi and fantasy in this challenge. And I’m glad Kublai is actively notifying people who list movies that are at least questionable.
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10. The Creature Walks Among Us (John Sherwood, 1956) - 5/10
11. Avalon (Mamoru Oshii, 2001) - 4/10
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1. Tenet (Christopher Nolan, 2020) - 7/10
2. Pitch Black (David Twohy, 2000) - 7->7/10 REWATCH
3. Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez, 2019) - 7/10
4. Johnny Mnemonic (Robert Longo, 1995) - 7/10
5. Shin Gojira (Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, 2016) - 8/10
6. Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, 1954) - 7/10
7. Enzeru koppu [Angel Cop] (Ichirô Itano, 1989) - 6/10
8. Galaxy Quest (Dean Parisot, 1999) - 6/10
9. Revenge of the Creature (Jack Arnold, 1955) - 6/10
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8. Cast a Deadly Spell-1991: 10/10
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1. Black Scorpion-1995: 7/10
2. The Humanity Bureau-2017: 7/10
3. Ad Astra-2019: 9/10
4. Knowing-2009: 9/10
5. Feeders-1996: 10/10
6. Useless Humans-2020: 8/10
7. Face/Off-1997: 10/10
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11a. The Outer Limits: It Crawled Out of the Woodwork (1963)
11b. The Outer Limits: The Borderland (1963)

"It Crawled Out of the Woodwork" is a brilliant episode, with a messy plot, but great atmosphere and cinematography.

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1. The Blue Bird (1918)
2. Mill of the Stone Women (1960)
3. Sorceress (1982)
4. Outland (1981)
5. Not of This Earth (1957)
6. Dirty Pair OVA: Episodes 7-10 (1987)
7. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 1-4 (2016)
8. Moon (2009)
9. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 5-8 (2016)
10. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 9-12 (2016)
11a. The Outer Limits: It Crawled Out of the Woodwork (1963)
11b. The Outer Limits: The Borderland (1963)
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Onderhond wrote: January 10th, 2021, 9:21 am
Kublai Khan wrote: January 10th, 2021, 1:24 am For some strange reason, IMDB has this listed as a Drama/Thriller and neither a fantasy or a sci-fi.
At least the poster agrees with me. It's a film about a magic mirror that lets your travel between parallel universes.
I've long given up on IMDb genre labelling, but if it doesn't count because of that, so be it :)
Well, I made an edit request to IMDB for that genre change with that logic and it's already been updated (seems automated). So it's a Sci-Fi movie now.

Kind of exposing how flimsy my basis is for determining if a movie should count or not.
hurluberlu wrote: January 10th, 2021, 9:01 am Are we cool with zombie movies as sci-fi if they are plague/virus related and even if IMDb label them only as horror ?
That's a good question. According to IMDB, there are 3,714 titles tagged with the keyword "zombie". Only 681 of those are listed as "Sci-Fi" compared to 2,704 listed as "Horror" and there's likely cross-over between the two. So I wouldn't say it's an automatic consideration.

I suppose the different between Return of the Living Dead being listed as "Sci-Fi" and Night of the Living Dead not being listed "Sci-Fi" is whether they try to explain the origin of zombies in some sort of pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo. That might be the dividing line.

I suppose it's more fair to make a case-by-case basis. If you feel that a movie you've watched has a sci-fi basis and IMDB doesn't list it, then make a brief argument describing why it should count.
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I agree with hurluberlu that the horror/sci-fi combos are often problematic. You could have an normal, regular, creepy creature flick ... and then the last minute it's revealed that the monster is an alien and BAM! Sci-fi.

As for 28 Days Later, you might argue that it's a post-apocalyptic film, which usually has a futuristic component to it.
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3. Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006) * 78 min.
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1. Juego siniestroSinister Circle (2016) * 87 min.
2. The Deadly Mantis (1957) * 78 min.
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6. Angel's Egg (Oshii, 1985). This was just flat out strange. I liked it, but it was weird and while the ending made some kind of sense, everything else was a bit of a mystery.

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1. Monsters (Edwards, 2010).
2. The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (Zeman, 1961).
3. The Age of the Earth (Rocha, 1980).
4. Billy Liar (Schlesinger, 1963).
5. The Lure (Smoczynska, 2015).
6. Angel's Egg (Oshii, 1985).
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6. Kimi no na wa (2016) - 7/10 (106mins)

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

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This is my 2nd film directed by Makoto Shinkai giving him an average rating of 6.5/10.
Watched 6
1. Ad Astra (2019) - 6/10 (123mins)
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)
5. James and the Giant Peach (1996) - 6/10 (86mins)
6. Kimi no na wa (2016) - 6/10 (106mins)
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Kublai Khan wrote: January 10th, 2021, 4:50 pm I suppose it's more fair to make a case-by-case basis. If you feel that a movie you've watched has a sci-fi basis and IMDB doesn't list it, then make a brief argument describing why it should count.
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14. Christopher Robin (2018, Marc Forster) 2/5
15. Dumbo (2019, Tim Burton) 2/5
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(Scereenshots from 'Frankenstein: The True Story', 'Eega' & 'Tasher Desh'),

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11. The Mysterious Island (Lucien Hubbard & Benjamin Christensen & Maurice Tourneur, 1929) 6.5/10
12. 200 Motels (Tony Palmer & Frank Zappa, 1971) 6.5/10
13. Frankenstein: The True Story (Jack Smight, 1973) 9/10
14. The Lathe of Heaven (Fred Barzyk & David R. Loxton, 1980) 7.5/10
15. Yim ji kau (Rouge, Stanley Kwan, 1987) 9/10 (RV)
16. Liu jai yim taam (Erotic Ghost Story, Lam Ngai Choi, 1990) 7/10
17. Lian ai zhong de Bao Bei (Baober in Love, Li Shaohong, 2004) 7.5/10
18. Eega (The Fly, S.S. Rajamouli & J.V.V. Sathyanarayana, 2012) 8.5/10

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19. Tasher Desh (Land of Cards, Qaushiq Mukherjee, 2012) 8.5/10
20. Ying (Shadow, Zhang Yimou, 2018) 7.5/10

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1-3. The Martian Chronicles (Michael Anderson, 1980) 7/10
4. Artemis 81 (Alastair Reid, 1981) 9/10
5. La rosa de los vientos (The Compass Rose, Patricio Guzmán, 1983) 6.5/10
6. Barbarian Queen (Héctor Olivera, 1985) 6/10
7. Crime Zone (Luis Llosa, 1988) 6/10
8. Amérika, terra incógnita (Amerika, Terra Incognita, Diego Rísquez, 1988) 8/10
9. Siberia (Abel Ferrara, 2019) 8.5/10
10. We Can Be Heroes (Robert Rodriguez, 2020) 5/10
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It's real to me!
1. Lockout (James Mather, Stephen St. Leger-2012) France/USA 3,020 checks
2. The Mandalorian - Season 2, Episodes 7 & 8 (Rick Famuyiwa & Peyton Reed-2020) USA 402 checks
3. Doctor Who - Season 17, Episodes 13-16 ("Nightmare of Eden") (Alan Bromly-1979) UK 536 checks
4. Watchmen: The Director's Cut (Zack Snyder-2009) USA 2 official lists 49,707 checks
5. Early Man (Nick Park-2018) UK/USA/France 718 checks
6. Fortress (Stuart Gordon-1992) Australia 1 official list 1,271 checks
7. Wonder Woman 1984 (Patty Jenkins-2020) USA/UK/Spain 983 checks
8. Origin: Spirits of the Past (Keiichi Sugiyama-2006) Japan 390 checks
9. Space Babes from Outer Space (Brian K. Williams-2017) USA 15 checks
10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves-2014) USA/UK/Canada 3 official lists 15,862 checks
11. Scrooge (Brian Desmond Hurst-1951) UK 3 official lists 5,207 checks
12. The History of Future Folk (John Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker-2012) USA 178 checks
13. Our Man Flint (Daniel Mann-1966) USA 2 official lists 495 checks
14. Fantastic Planet (René Laloux-1973) France/Czechoslovakia 9 official lists 4,527 checks
15. Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks (Lee Haven Jones-2021) UK 4,119 checks
16. Drive Angry (John Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker-2012) USA 3,945 checks
17. Cypher {aka Brainstorm} (Vincenzo Natali-2002) USA 1,448 checks

Very inspired by Philip K. Dick until the end.

18. Soul (Pete Docter, Kemp Powers-2020) USA 7 official lists 2,159 checks

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20.-22. a) The Mandalorian, Season 1, Ep. 8 (48‘)
20.-22. b) The Mandalorian, Season 2, Ep. 1-5 (209‘)
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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
9. Just Imagine (1930) 5/10
10. The Tunnel (1935) 6/10
11.-13. The Expanse, Season 5, Ep. 1-5 (253‘)
14. Krysar (1986) 6/10
15. Treasure Planet (2002) 4/10
16. The Mandalorian, Season 1, Ep. 1-3 (107‘)
17.-18. The Mandalorian, Season 1, Ep. 4-7 (160‘)
19.a) The Expanse, Season 5, Ep. 6 (60‘)
19.b) Son smeshnogo cheloveka (1992, 20‘) 7/10
20.-22. a) The Mandalorian, Season 1, Ep. 8 (48‘)
20.-22. b) The Mandalorian, Season 2, Ep. 1-5 (209‘)
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1. El circuito de Román (2011) 5/10
2. Neo Tokyo (1987) 4/10
3. O-Bi, O-Ba - The End of Civilization (1985) 5/10
4. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966) 6/10
5. Krysar (1986) 6/10
6. Gauche the Cellist (1982) 6/10
7. Poesía sin fin (2016) 8/10
8. L'ange (1982) 4/10
9. The Inner Scar (1972) 4/10
10. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001) 4/10
11. Gwen, the Book of Sand (1985) 4/10
12. The Blue Bird (1918) 6/10
13. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) 8/10
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7. El Topo (Alejandro Jorodowsky, 1970) 3/10 ... I can see how some people would like this, but after seeing three of his films I think it's reasonable to conclude Jodorowsky's work isn't really for me
8. Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro, 2013) 7/10 ... my least favourite del Toro I've seen so far, but still entertaining
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1. Frankenstein (1931)
2. Gattaca (1997)
3. Primer (2004)
4. Planet of the Apes (1968)
5. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
6. Yeelen (1987)
7. Elf (2003)
8. Iron Man 2 (2010)
9. Kaijû sôshingeki AKA Destroy All Monsters (1968)
10. Cesta do praveku AKA A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)
11. Ugetsu monogatari (1953)
12. Körkarlen AKA The Phantom Carriage (1921)
13. Field of Dreams (1989)
14. Total Recall (1990)
15. Enter the Void (2009)
16. Mary Poppins (1964)
17. The Blob (1958)
18. 28 Days Later... (2002)
19. Thor (2011)
20. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
21. The Fifth Element (1997)
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12. Phantom from Space (1953 / W. Lee Wilder) 3/10
Eri Eri rema sabakutani (2004 / Shinji Aoyama) 7/10
Incident at Loch Ness (2004 / Zak Penn) 5/10
13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005 / Mike Newell) 4/10
14. The Platform (2019 / Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia) 6/10
15. The Last Days (2013 / David Pastor; Àlex Pastor) 3/10
16. Devil Girl from Mars (1954 / David MacDonald) 2/10
17. Red Dwarf: Me2 (1988 / Ed Bye) 6/10
Pumzi (2009 / Wanuri Kahiu) 4/10
World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts (2017 / Don Hertzfeldt) 3/10
18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007 / David Yates) 5/10
19. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956 / Fred F. Sears) 5/10
20. THX 1138 (1971 / George Lucas) 5/10
21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009 / David Yates) 6/10
22. Red Dwarf: Camille (1991 / Ed Bye) 2/10
Red Dwarf: Psirens (1993 / Andy de Emmony) 8/10
Brave New World: Pilot (2020 / Owen Harris) 4/10
23. Them! (1954 / Gordon Douglas) 4/10
24. Brave New World: Want and Consequence (2020 / Owen Harris) 5/10
Brave New World: Everybody Happy Now! (2020 / Craig Zisk) 4/10
25. Smallville: Hourglass (2001 / Chris Long) 5/10
Smallville: Craving (2001 / Philip Sgriccia) 4/10
26. The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008 / Mark Waters) 5/10
27. Red Dwarf: Legion (1993 / Andy de Emmony) 7/10
Red Dwarf: Gunmen of the Apocalypse (1993 / Andy de Emmony) 7/10
28. Fantastic Four (2015 / Josh Trank) 3/10
29. Monster from Green Hell (1957 / Kenneth G. Crane) 4/10

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1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002 / Chris Columbus) 4/10
2. Things to Come (1936 / William Cameron Menzies) 6/10
3. Destination Moon (1950 / Irving Pichel) 3/10
4. Supergirl (1984 / Jeannot Szwarc) 3/10
5. North (1994 / Rob Reiner) 3/10
6. A Monster Calls (2016 / J. A. Bayona) 5/10
7. Red Dwarf: Future Echoes (1988 / Ed Bye) 6/10
Red Dwarf: Balance of Power (1988 / Ed Bye) 6/10
Red Dwarf: Confidence and Paranoia (1988 / Ed Bye) 6/10
8. When Worlds Collide (1951 / Rudolph Maté) 5/10
9. Invaders from Mars (1953 / William Cameron Menzies) 5/10
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004 / Alfonso Cuarón) 7/10
11. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978 / Steve Binder) 1/10
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AB537 wrote: January 11th, 2021, 4:14 am 7. El Topo (Alejandro Jorodowsky, 1970) 3/10 ... I can see how some people would like this, but after seeing three of his films I think it's reasonable to conclude Jodorowsky's work isn't really for me
This is listed in IMDB as a Drama/Western.
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3. Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn, 2014) ★★
Meh film, killer soundtrack

4. Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire; Wim Wenders, 1987) ★★★★
Oh yeah, that's the stuff, wholly wholesome with just a pinch of Nick Cave and a whole lot of Columbo. Looks like there's a 'sequel' (with only 442 checks on ICM!), which I hope I can get ahold of before the end of the month, but it doesn't look like it's available somewhere (legally)

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1. Coco (Lee Unkrich, 2017) ★★.5
2. Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015) ★★★★
3. Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn, 2014) ★★
4. Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire; Wim Wenders, 1987) ★★★★
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4. Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron (2007) * 76 min.
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1. Juego siniestroSinister Circle (2016) * 87 min.
2. The Deadly Mantis (1957) * 78 min.
3. Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006) * 78 min.
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Impossible Worlds on Screen
1. Palm Springs (2020)
2. Gemini Man (2019)
3. The Midnight Sky (2020)
4. Babes in Toyland (1934)
5. The Glass Slipper (1955)
6. The Frozen Dead (1966)
7. Petey Wheatstraw (1977)
8. The Holy Mountain (1973)
9. Endless Poetry (2016)
10. Nirvana (1997)
11. Jubilee (1978)
12. Matilda (1996)

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An excellent adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Much of Dahl's sadist humour remains intact here with imaginative comeuppances for the characters that deserve them. Some of the humour verges on silly and much of the supporting performances are exaggerated, but deliberately so to accentuate how at odds Matilda feels with the world around her. If there is one thing to complain about, it is the storybook narration.
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5. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020, Jenkins) 4
6. Dumbo (2019, Burton) 5
7. Ready Player One (2018, Spielberg) 8
8. Hard to be a God (2013, German) 8
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Kublai Khan wrote: January 11th, 2021, 11:29 am
AB537 wrote: January 11th, 2021, 4:14 am 7. El Topo (Alejandro Jorodowsky, 1970) 3/10 ... I can see how some people would like this, but after seeing three of his films I think it's reasonable to conclude Jodorowsky's work isn't really for me
This is listed in IMDB as a Drama/Western.
To be clear, is IMDB the only relevant source for eligibility in this challenge? Numerous other credible sources describe El Topo as fantasy, including TSPDT, RogerEbert.com and the New York Times.
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12. Brazil (1985)

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1. The Blue Bird (1918)
2. Mill of the Stone Women (1960)
3. Sorceress (1982)
4. Outland (1981)
5. Not of This Earth (1957)
6. Dirty Pair OVA: Episodes 7-10 (1987)
7. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 1-4 (2016)
8. Moon (2009)
9. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 5-8 (2016)
10. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 9-12 (2016)
11a. The Outer Limits: It Crawled Out of the Woodwork (1963)
11b. The Outer Limits: The Borderland (1963)
12. Brazil (1985)
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58. Uh Oh! (2004)
This was a giant bowl of hot garbage. Also, it doesn't have the Fantasy tag on IMDB but it has a mermaid, a giant squid, a magic scepter and other fantastical nonsense. I submitted a change to the genre tag but it's still pending.

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59. Thunderbirds Are GO (1966)
60. Thunderbird 6 (1968)
It's been a loooong time since I've seen some Thunderbirds, so I thought it'd be good to check out the double feature blu-ray that got released a couple years ago. The verdict? Well, the miniature work is absolutely charming and I still dig the retro futurist designs. But man, the pacing is rough in both of these. The exposition sequences really drag and the marionette work is by its nature somewhat limited which gives many scenes that should have more suspense an airless quality to them. Also many of the Lady Penelope scenes almost feel like something out of a totally different movie and really mess with the tone. Overall, they're definitely a mixed bag probably best suited for nostalgia.

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61. Liu lang di qiu a.k.a. The Wandering Earth (2019)
This epic sci-fi disaster flick from China makes Roland Emmerich a proud papa, taking his penchant for mass destruction of the earth and running with it via a ludicrous premise which involves the sun dying out and the best solution people can come up with is just strapping some giant rockets to the Earth and blasting out of orbit to find a better place to hang. Despite the silly premise, like Roland Emmerich, director Frant Gwo (of the previous ludicrous film Lee's Adventure) plays it totally straight, granting the proceedings with an emotional gravitas worthy of the most emotive k-dramas. The effects work is actually well above average for a Chinese production with some scenes looking absolutely breathtaking. Other times though, the chinks in the armor show and the green screen work sticks out more. Overall, if you want some large-scale planet devastation while waiting on Roland Emmerich's "moon crashing into the earth" movie, this will do fine. Just be prepared for some terrible dialogue and a bloated script.

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62. Tenet (2020)
There's always a meta element to reviewing a Christopher Nolan movie. It's a balancing act because you have the Nolan haters who like to shit on him because its cool even if they don't believe what they're saying. You also have the Nolan acolytes that worship at his altar and believe everything he does is flawless. The reality is as one would guess generally somewhere between. Nolan is indeed a very good filmmaker with an unusually skilled grasp of how time flows in his films even if most people watching them don't. He is able to take complex concepts and distill them into something approaching popcorn entertainment which is no small feat on its own. Tenet is as exhilarating as it is confounding to watch with its chronal reversal entropy central concept that posits not so much that time travel exists but that the property of time on a given object is a bilateral concept extending out in both directions and given the proper trigger, it can set an object into behaving in reverse. Tenet is constructed for a rewatch. The film itself structures as one big palindrome where events in the second half inform events in the first half that may not come together on the first watch. Is Nolan being willfully obtuse here? I don't think so. I think he just had a really neat concept he wanted to share with everybody. I can also see why he wanted it shown in theaters. In addition to the grand scope of some of the action scenes like the car chase and the big siege in the climax, it's a film that demands your full attention. No playing on your phone or wandering off to the bathroom or to get a snack. Nolan does do some subtle and not-so-subtle things to help bring the audience along though. He uses red and blue hues to signify whether time is moving forward or backward as well as having people wear oxygen masks if they're reversed. Despite all that, it is still very hard to follow exactly what's happening when in places.
Now having said all that, is it a perfect movie? Definitely not. Many of the negative reviews I've seen just lazily complain about how convoluted the plot is which is by design (and I'm sure many of these same reviewers praised stuff like Primer for the same reasons). A valid complaint I could see with it is that the movie gets so caught up in its gimmick that it lacks a certain emotional resonance. Both John David Washington and Robert Pattinson are very good as the unflappable agents thrust into this middle of this sturm und drang but the movie's emotional core is more with Elizabeth Debicki as the wife of time terrorist Andrei Sator who is basically being held hostage mentally and emotionally by her husband over a forged artwork. While this subplot isn't completely dismissed, it does feel at times like it takes a backseat to the crazy time inversion stuff, using Debicki more like a plot device to use as leverage against the Protagonist instead of as her own character. She ultimately does play a pretty pivotal role in the whole thing though.
Ultimately I quite liked this one and will probably give it another watch sometime in the not so distant future. While not Nolan's best, just to have a $200 million dollar movie this strange and heady and not part of a franchise is something to celebrate in Hollywood these days.

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63. Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
Why does this exist? Was someone really chomping at the bit for a big budget, dark and serious version of Jack & the Beanstalk? I mean, it's not awful but it is pretty relentlessly mediocre with so-so effects work and a really predictable plot.

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64. Disturbing Behavior (1998)
Basically the late '90s horror boom takes on a Stepford Wives style plot. The teens in James Marsden's new town he just moved to are so perfect (unless they get horny...then look out...) aside from a handful of outsiders. But when one of his slacker friends starts acting super panicky and suddenly shows up the next day as a well-groomed preppy guy wearing a letterman jacket and hanging out with the popular kids, he knows something is awry. As you can imagine, there's some mad science mind fuckery going on that Marsden's character and the "town slut" Katie Holmes get pulled into. I have a vague memory of watching this back in the day but didn't remember anything about it. It's fine and is a nice break from all the teen slashers that were so prevalent during this time but the MTV editing and the constant alt-rock song cues randomly thrown in lessens its impact.

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65. To the Ends of Time (1996)
Man, what a relentlessly cheesy, strangely old-fashioned movie... This one concerns an evil queen who constructs a giant magic clock that causes time to start moving forward one year every week so she can kill everyone and take over the kingdom. The protagonist begins the film as a young boy enamored with the princess in the castle. As time accelerates, he grows into a young man who falls in love with the blossoming girl. But he must set out to stop the queen from killing everyone of old age. So there's a certain earnestness to this movie that's a little endearing and it seemed to have a decent budget. The core problem with the film is that by its nature, it comes across extremely anti-climactic. As the film progresses, the characters get older. So by the end, the big climax of the movie involves a doddering old man slowly climbing some scaffolding. It also makes the curious choice to focus much more on the princess and her buddy the royal cook trying to stop a usurper of the throne after the king dies instead of on the epic journey of the protagonist to stop the queen. Plus there's the generally creepy idea of while these characters appear to be aging, they're still mentally like 12 years old. And having a romance between 12 year olds seems very dodgy to me...

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66. Baio hantâ a.k.a. Bio Hunter (1995)
Oh boy. Here we've got one of those notorious anime from the 80s/90s that solidified the style as "ANIMATION FOR GROWN-UPS!" in the western world by folks like Manga Video back in the day. The plot involves a grotesque virus that infects people with a Cronenbergian demon mutation and two scientists who race to find a cure and save the city before it's too late. While it does try to develop the conflicted situation one of the scientists finds themselves in when he becomes infected with the virus, it's most an excuse for wall-to-wall sex and gore with imaginative monster deformities. It's fine for what it is but don't expect anything deep or meaningful out of it.
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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)
9. Thunder Rock (1942)
10. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997)
11. Aniara (2018)
12. Heartbeeps (1981)
13. Blue My Mind (2017)
14. Eunhaengnamoo chimdae a.k.a. Gingko Bed (1996)
15. Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)
16. Tales from the Neverending Story: The Beginning (2001)
17. The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
18. Earth to Echo (2014)
19. Bijo to ekitai ningen a.k.a. The H-Man (1958)
20. The Bamboo Saucer (1968)
21. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
22. The Curious Female (1970)
23a. Black Mirror: USS Callister (2017)
23b. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
24. His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914)
25. The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914)
26. Source Code (2011)
27. The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
28. FairyTale: A True Story (1997)
29. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988)
30. Golok setan a.k.a. The Devil's Sword (1984)
31. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)
32. The Wizard of Oz (1925)
33. Singularity (2017)
34. The Mind's Eye (2015)
35. Village of the Giants (1965)
36. Na srebrnym globie a.k.a. On the Silver Globe (1988)
37. Tammy and the T-Rex (1994)
38. Cinderfella (1960)
39. The Atomic Kid (1954)
40. Kamisama no pazuru a.k.a. God's Puzzle (2008)
41. Minoes (2001)
42. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
43. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
44. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
45. Beastly (2011)
46. Djävulens öga a.k.a. The Devil's Eye (1960)
47. Crack in the World (1965)
48a. Black Mirror: Crocodile (2017)
48b. The Legend of Loch Lomond (2001)
49. Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong a.k.a. The Monkey King (2014)
50. Warlords of Atlantis a.k.a. Warlords of the Deep (1978)
51. The Boys from Brazil (1978)
52. Operetta tanuki goten a.k.a. Princess Raccoon (2005)
53. Monster Trucks (2016)
54. Merlin (1998)
55-57. The Mandalorian Season 2 E1-8 (2020)
58. Uh Oh! (2004)
59. Thunderbirds Are GO (1966)
60. Thunderbird 6 (1968)
61. Liu lang di qiu a.k.a. The Wandering Earth (2019)
62. Tenet (2020)
63. Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
64. Disturbing Behavior (1998)
65. To the Ends of Time (1996)
66. Baio hantâ a.k.a. Bio Hunter (1995)
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11. Oblivion (2013, Joseph Kosinski): 6.5 - It looks very good and Tom Cruise is very solid in this very watchable but ultimately predictable thirteen in a dozen scifi movie.

12. Kaijû daisenso [Invasion of Astro-Monster] (1965, Ishirô Honda): 6.2 - The ‘Zilla series goes full sci-fi in an entry in which aliens ask the use of Godzilla and Rodan to defend their planet against Ghidorah, but than.... big surprise.... use all three to conquer earth. It’s all very cheesy in the best way. But the plot drags too much to keep the movie engaging all the time. Also because there is too little kajiu action, especially the first fight on Planet X is a bit short, tho the fights still are amusing. The absolute highlight of this is Godzilla’s victory dance.
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13. Land of the Lost (2009, Brad Silberling): 3.0 - This is 95% stupid ridiculousness and 5% funny ridiculousness.

14. Battle: Los Angeles [World Invasion: Battle LA] (2011, Jonathan Liebesman): 7.2 - I found this big sci-fi action movie to be really underrated and misunderstood. Liebesman almost from the get-go clearly states his intent; to make an action movie from the POV of soldiers in the frontline during an alien invasion. It therefor goes almost straight into the action and wastes no time on backstories of either the characters as well as the alien invasion. The former does make that all character do blend together (except for the few recognisable big name stars). The later is a plus, cause the backstory of the whole invasion (and all the illogicalities in it) doesn't matter to these characters and so shouldn't to us viewers. It just succeeds very well in what it sets out to do, conveying this in the thick of it experience of footsoldier through pure visceral and visual entertainment.

15. Gojira, Ebirâ, Mosura: Nankai no daiketto [Ebirah, Horror of the Deep] (1966, Jun Fukuda): 6.5 - The first entry not directing by Honda in the series, but the enjoyability of this doesn't suffer from it. The family friendly adventure making up the backstory is well paced. And when that does get in a lump the movie knows how to inject some momentum by having some kajiu action. The highlight of this is Godzilla's battle with the titular Ebirah, including some funny beach volleyball with rocks and an impressive under water fight. Godzilla by now completed his transformation from menacing monster to sympathetic creature with humanlike behavior. The music lets us know we have arrived fully into the sixties.

16. Gods of Egypt (2016, Alex Proyas): 2.5 -So the story of this is pure bullshit... so I tried to shut off my brain and just enjoy this as a modern epic fantasy spectacle. But also as that it still was absolute garbage. The most remarkable thing is how much fun Gerard Butler seems to have while chewing the scenery in this dud.

17. Kaijûtô no kessen: Gojira no musuko [Son of Godzilla] (1967, Jun Fukuda): 6.0 - With this the series completely entered the realm of comical family friendly movies, but as light entertainment it still amuses. The Son of Godzilla, aka Minilla, looks horrible, but his interactions with his dad give the movie some of the best and funniest moments. The backstory doesn't amount to much but doesn't bother either. The biggest letdown here are the battles. Godzilla (and son) fight some huge mantises and a giant spider, while amusing it does feels like watching Tyson fight a featherweight amateur. The final image of son and dad covered in snow is surprisingly touching.

Rampaging through my sci fi/fantasy watchlist
1. Solarbabies (1986, Alan Johnson): 4.5
2. Gojira [Godzilla] (1954, Ishirô Honda) rewatch: 6.5 > 7.0
3. Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956, Ishirô Honda & Terry O. Morse): 4.8
4. Gojira no gyakushû [Godzilla Raids Again] (1955, Motoyoshi Oda): 6.0
5. Mosura [Mothra] (1961, Ishirô Honda): 6.5
6. Kingu Kongu tai Gojira [King Kong vs. Godzilla] (1962, Ishirô Honda & Tom Montgomery): 6.5
7. Battleship (2012, Peter Berg): 5.8
8. Mosura tai Gojira [Mothra vs. Godzilla] (1964, Ishirô Honda): 6.2
9. Rim of the World (2019, McG): 6.8
10. San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen [Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster] (1964, Ishirô Honda): 7.0
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14. Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 2018) 6-
15. Transit (Christian Petzold, 2018) 7+

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1. Proxima (Alice Winocour, 2019) 6+
2. Early Man (Nick Park, 2018) 6
3. Wolfwalkers (Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, 2020) 7
4. Coco (Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, 2017) 8
5. Interreflections (Peter Joseph, 2020) 4+
6. Palm Springs (Max Barbakow, 2020) 4
7. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard, 2018) 7
8. Shazam! (David F. Sandberg, 2019) 6-
9. Chappie (Neill Blomkamp, 2015) 5
10. The Juniper Tree (Nietzchka Keene, 1990) 7-
11. Amazonia (Thierry Ragobert, 2013) 6
12. Good Manners / As Boas Maneiras (Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas, 2017) 8
Genre cross-over can be sterile, like recent Palm Springs rehashing time loop and wedding rom-com without much flair, or enable some exciting and unexpected connections: Good Manners falls in the latter category with fantasy (nature of which I wont spoil) gradually taking over drama. None of the genres is dominating the other though and some subtle, visual or story elements, characteristic to each, keep diffusing through the whole film and make it a rich viewing experience. If Brazilian society's class struggle is working as the main subtext, there are many other themes explored and I can only recommend this modern tale to any world cinema lover.
13. Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow, 2015) [Rewatch] 6+ (=)
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FTV:2:Ant-Man (2015)8.

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Entering at the last minute after film maker Edgar Wright had quit after over a decade of developing the project, director Peyton Reed & Hard Target (1993-also reviewed) cinematographer Russell Carpenter retain some of Wright's unique stylisation with the hilarious use of Thomas The Tank Engine in the final action set-piece,and fluid, whip-pan, arc-shot edits to Lang (played with a bursting with charm energy by Paul Rudd) and his gangs snappy exchanges. Opening with impressive de-ageing that takes Michael Douglas back to the 80's, Reed sizes up Ant-Man with thrilling set-pieces that zoom-in on the flawless, glossy CGI with a enlargement of the insect world, via Lang walking deep into the colonies.

Following Lang making a choice to become Ant-Man, the screenplay by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, with co-writers Adam McKay and Paul Rudd later adding Lang's face-off with Falcon, take the superhero origin set-up, and wonderfully twist it into a Sci-Fi Action Comedy heist flick, where Lang and his gang of former criminals (which includes Michael Pena funny snappy turn as Luis) fly onto the superhero side with encouragement from Hank Pym to stop the baddie putting the secret powers of Ant-Man under the microscope.
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08. 3.0* - Parallel by Isaac Ezban (2018)

Isaac Ezban has been making a name for himself directing mysterious sci-fi films with loopy narratives. Parallel is his first English-language film, but it's a step down from the films he made in Mexico. It's also one of his most obvious films, where the mystery is fully revealed in the first third of the film. A group of friends/team of app developers discover a hidden room in their apartment. There they find a mirror that transports them to parallel universes. It doesn't take them long to figure out ways to game this setup and to better their lives with it, but after a short period of elated happiness, they begin to distrust each other. The parallel universes sound like they could provide a nice twist on the good old time travel stories, but in reality it doesn't change a lot. I also wasn't that impressed with the heist-like structure of the story, which adds to the predictability of the film. Performances are decent and there's still some fun to be had here, but I was hoping Ezban would be taking some steps forward, not backward.

Other worlds
01. 2.5* - Dune Drifter by Marc Price (2020)
02. 1.5* - The Flintstones by Brian Levant (1994)
03. 2.0* - The Incredible Monk by Tze-Chung Lam (2019)
04. 1.5* - Peter Pan by P.J. Hogan (2003)
05. 2.0* - Mr. Peabody & Sherman by Rob Minkoff (2014)
06. 3.5* - Samurai Reincarnation [Makai Tenshô] by Kinji Fukasaku (1981)
07. 3.0* - Majin [Daimajin] by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (1966)
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Thanks for trhe great write-up Hond, good to hear it has finally come out (it was originally called Vortex.) With The Incident (2014) being one of my favourite films of the 2010's I was really looking forward to this, but seeing as Ezban did not write the script for the first time,I'll go in with lower expectations. Your comments remind me of Dario's Trauma, where he left the home ground and went into a production where he kept trying to second-guess what the audience would like,that ended up pleasing no one.
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AB537 wrote: January 11th, 2021, 1:51 pm
Kublai Khan wrote: January 11th, 2021, 11:29 am
AB537 wrote: January 11th, 2021, 4:14 am 7. El Topo (Alejandro Jorodowsky, 1970) 3/10 ... I can see how some people would like this, but after seeing three of his films I think it's reasonable to conclude Jodorowsky's work isn't really for me
This is listed in IMDB as a Drama/Western.
To be clear, is IMDB the only relevant source for eligibility in this challenge? Numerous other credible sources describe El Topo as fantasy, including TSPDT, RogerEbert.com and the New York Times.
It's the main source. It's the one that is nearly guaranteed to have every entry. But I know it's not perfect or failsafe.

Fantasy is a genre less defined than Sci-Fi is. And whether or not surrealism is fantasy feels like an artistic question I'm not qualified to answer. I haven't seem El Topo, but I've seen The Holy Kingdom and that got a "fantasy" label which I think is a little fringe, but it sets a precedent.

That said, I'll accept TSPDT as an alternate source and count it.
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1. El circuito de Román (2011) 5/10
2. Neo Tokyo (1987) 4/10
3. O-Bi, O-Ba - The End of Civilization (1985) 5/10
4. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966) 6/10
5. Krysar (1986) 6/10
6. Gauche the Cellist (1982) 6/10
7. Poesía sin fin (2016) 8/10
8. L'ange (1982) 4/10
9. The Inner Scar (1972) 4/10
10. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001) 4/10
11. Gwen, the Book of Sand (1985) 4/10
12. The Blue Bird (1918) 6/10
13. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) 8/10
14. Le monde vivant (2003) 6/10
15. A Christmas Carol (1938) 7/10
16. Alice in Wonderland (1966) 5/10
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Kublai Khan wrote: January 12th, 2021, 2:57 am
AB537 wrote: January 11th, 2021, 1:51 pm
Kublai Khan wrote: January 11th, 2021, 11:29 am
This is listed in IMDB as a Drama/Western.
To be clear, is IMDB the only relevant source for eligibility in this challenge? Numerous other credible sources describe El Topo as fantasy, including TSPDT, RogerEbert.com and the New York Times.
It's the main source. It's the one that is nearly guaranteed to have every entry. But I know it's not perfect or failsafe.

Fantasy is a genre less defined than Sci-Fi is. And whether or not surrealism is fantasy feels like an artistic question I'm not qualified to answer. I haven't seem El Topo, but I've seen The Holy Kingdom and that got a "fantasy" label which I think is a little fringe, but it sets a precedent.

That said, I'll accept TSPDT as an alternate source and count it.
Fair enough, thanks for the clarification. I agree that IMDB is a reasonable starting point to address the vast majority of situations, and appreciate your efforts to monitor posts for reasonableness. As to surrealism, I'm not an expert either, although my sense is that there's significant but not absolute overlap.

For what it's worth, I've spent a lot of time with the TSPDT annual starting lists and its main deficiency in genre tracking tends to be underinclusion. For example, I have 5 or 6 unseen films in its top 2000 that are tagged as sci fi or fantasy on ICM, but not on TSPDT. In my experience, this is fairly typical for a genre challenge.
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