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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 3:33 am
by AB537
9. Den-en ni shisu - Pastoral: To Die in the Country/Pastoral: Hide and Seek (Shuji Terayama, 1974) 6/10

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 3:38 am
by Kublai Khan
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
18. Soul (Pete Docter, Kemp Powers-2020) USA 7 official lists 2,159 checks
19. The Red Turtle (Lee Haven Jones-2016) France/Belgium/Japan/USA 1,815 checks

Very moving. A Studio Ghibli distributed French movie with no dialogue.

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 7:08 am
by VincentPrice
9. Bill & Ted Face the Music-2020: 9/10
Spoiler
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
8. Cast a Deadly Spell-1991: 10/10

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 7:17 am
by sol
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)
13. Stake Land (2010)

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The vampire (rather than zombie) plague backdrop sounded unique to me at first, but then the vampires act like mindless zombies anyway. The film is also letdown by an excess of mournful voiceover narration, full of sentimental and inspirational quips ("sometimes hope is all you've got") that make the whole thing feel like a melodrama. Some of the scares work okay and the overall atmosphere is decent, but substitute vampires for zombies and this is old hat.

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 7:25 am
by Harco
16. Aladdin (2019, Guy Ritchie) 2/5

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 9:02 am
by sol
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)
13. Stake Land (2010)
14. Wishmaster 2 (1999)

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A highly amusing sequel. As per the original, this more of a collection of novelty deaths than an anything else, but Andrew Divoff is as great as ever, and placing him in prison for the first half of the movie leads to pretty out-there wishes, not to mention the divine black comedy that comes from seeing him slyly smiling around easily irate inmates. The special effects are once again pretty great too - in particular, a squeeze through jail cell bars.

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 9:54 am
by mightysparks
1. El Xendra (2012) 4/10
Watched
1. El Xendra (2012) 4/10

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 11:28 am
by Melvelet
Mostly continuing the 80s challenge

1. The Dead Zone 1983 6/10
2. Ex Machina 2014 8/10
3. WarGames 1983 6/10
4. Meikyû monogatari 1987 — a.k.a. Neo Tokyo 6/10
5. Pink Floyd: The Wall 1982 7/10
6. Primer 2004 7/10
Wow...definitely the movie I read the most about (for this challenge) after watching. I can understand why quite a few reviewers say that the effort is ultimately not that rewarding. I really dig the way in which it is inaccessible. The way it exists in itself (instead of aligning everything to the viewers pespective) reminds me of the video game "The last Express".
7. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 7/10
Basically a rewatch but I never felt comfartable enough to just check it without rewatching.
8. Le dernier combat 1983 — a.k.a. The Last Combat 7/10
9. Re-Animator 1985 6/10

I am looking for "80s feeling", preferably a bit weirder movies. Like Videodrome, Repo Man, ...

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 2:54 pm
by frbrown
13. Barbarella (1968)

Spoiler
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)
13. Barbarella (1968)

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 3:27 pm
by morrison-dylan-fan
FTV:3: Paprika (2006).10.

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Examining the parallel lines of reality and nightmares/dreams, the screenplay by co-writer/(with Seishi Minakami) directing auteur Satoshi Kon adapts Yasutaka Tsutsui novel into a continuation of building upon themes reflected in Perfect Blue (1997-also reviewed.) The writers pull open mesmerising, increasingly fractured state of dreams blurring into reality, where DR Chiba wears a second skin as Paprika,and Detective Konakawa gains entry to his most lurid dreams from the opening of a website, (a website where a character makes a deep personal discovery, and the lead woman having a second skin/personality,being major recurring themes for Kon.)

Unleashing a dream parade on the city, the writers take an enticing forensic approach towards separating each layer of the deep sleep dreams, cutting into Konakawa startling recurring physics-defying hallway nightmare,and the internal struggle Chiba between her own, clinical withdrawn personality, and that of her free spirited second skin Paprika. Following Paprika floating in the air running, (a major recurring motif of the film maker) director Kon tunes into the dream world with a magnificent eye for detail in the dazzling hand-drawn animation, which Kon unveils with ultra-stylised whip-pans and arc shots taking the audience into the deepest reaches of the crumbling with primary colours dreams being invaded,which are spiced up by a dash of paprika.

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 4:03 pm
by flavo5000
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67. Zhong Kui fu mo: Xue yao mo ling a.k.a. Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015)
Decent but not amazing dark-tinged wuxia.

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68. Morons from Outer Space (1985)
Well, this was just stupid...

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69. Catwoman (2004)
What a misguided, awful piece of shit this was!

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70. The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)
Very good post-apocalyptic sci-fi that presages the big post-nuke boom of the 60s and 70s. The racial aspect felt a little too heavy handed though.

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71. Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu a.k.a. Gamera vs Viras (1968)
This was not one of the better Gamera films I've seen to be honest. It takes a long time before the Gamera/Viras fight ramps up. Although once it does, it's pretty entertaining.

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72. Man from Atlantis (1977)
The first of four made-for-TV movies that kicked off a short-lived series, it's basically Patrick Duffy as Aquaman without the rights. Pretty meh.

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73. Der Dibuk (1937)
Interesting as a piece of history but it's a bit too stolid and slow-paced to make for an engaging watch. It does have what may be one of the earliest examples of an exorcism on film outside the biblical context though (King of Kings from 1927 for instance has the scene of Jesus casting out demons).
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)
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)
67. Zhong Kui fu mo: Xue yao mo ling a.k.a. Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015)
68. Morons from Outer Space (1985)
69. Catwoman (2004)
70. The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)
71. Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu a.k.a. Gamera vs Viras (1968)
72. Man from Atlantis (1977)
73. Der Dibuk (1937)

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 4:04 pm
by Coryn
Spoiler
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)
22. The Nutty Professor (1963)

This was the bad kind of silly.
Also, nobody in this class looks younger than 30


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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 4:26 pm
by Hunziker
1. Sputnik (2020)
2. Extracted (2012)
3. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 5:13 pm
by Hunziker
4. See You Yesterday (2019)
Holodeck Simulations
1. Sputnik (2020)
2. Extracted (2012)
3. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
4. See You Yesterday (2019)

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 7:36 pm
by Knaldskalle
7. Black Lizard (Fukusaku, 1968). Another oddity, a surreal mix of "villainy" and detective mystery, action and a lot of talk, romance, comedy and... just odd stuff. But it was still enjoyable.

Spoiler
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).
7. Black Lizard (Fukusaku, 1968).

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 7:42 pm
by Knaldskalle
morrison-dylan-fan wrote: January 12th, 2021, 3:27 pm FTV:3: Paprika (2006).10.

Examining the parallel lines of reality and nightmares/dreams, the screenplay by co-writer/(with Seishi Minakami) directing auteur Satoshi Kon adapts Yasutaka Tsutsui novel into a continuation of building upon themes reflected in Perfect Blue (1997-also reviewed.) The writers pull open mesmerising, increasingly fractured state of dreams blurring into reality, where DR Chiba wears a second skin as Paprika,and Detective Konakawa gains entry to his most lurid dreams from the opening of a website, (a website where a character makes a deep personal discovery, and the lead woman having a second skin/personality,being major recurring themes for Kon.)

Unleashing a dream parade on the city, the writers take an enticing forensic approach towards separating each layer of the deep sleep dreams, cutting into Konakawa startling recurring physics-defying hallway nightmare,and the internal struggle Chiba between her own, clinical withdrawn personality, and that of her free spirited second skin Paprika. Following Paprika floating in the air running, (a major recurring motif of the film maker) director Kon tunes into the dream world with a magnificent eye for detail in the dazzling hand-drawn animation, which Kon unveils with ultra-stylised whip-pans and arc shots taking the audience into the deepest reaches of the crumbling with primary colours dreams being invaded,which are spiced up by a dash of paprika.
I've always felt that Paprika is what Inception should've been trying to do. So much more interesting than Nolan's movie.

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 10:39 pm
by ChrisReynolds
Continuing to plough through the All-time Worldwide box office list...
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) 4/10
9. Resident Evil (Anderson, 2002) Rewatch 5/10
10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Bay, 2009) 2/10
11. Killer Sofa (Rao, 2019) 4/10
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]
13. In Time (Niccol, 2011)
Justin Timberlake lives in a world where people have an alotted lifespan (which is a common idea) and lengths of lifespan have become currency (which is a more unusual theme, and allows the film to function as a satire of inequality). Unfortunately, the script has no idea what to do with this concept other than make time puns and rip off Bonnie and Clyde. It ends up as a po-faced message movie full of plot holes and stupidity.
3/10

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14. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Letterman, 2019)
Starts off interesting, as it builds a mystery in the Pokemon world (which here is clearly London's financial district with some extra CGI buildings). After the wise-cracking Pikachu entered the picture I started to lose interest as random plot developments kept happening. The realisation of the world is probably the best thing about this.
4/10

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15. Gamer (Neveldine-Taylor, 2009)
Gerard Butler is being remote controlled and forced to fight in war games like some Call of Duty-era version of The Running Man. This is from the directors of Crank but it's not as much fun due to ugly editing and cinematography. It does boast a fun turn from Michael C Hall as a Zuckerberg-type supervillain with a strange Deep South accent.
4/10

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 10:58 pm
by Harco
17. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019, Joachim Rønning) 1/5
Spoiler
01. Shark Tale (2004, Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron & Rob Letterman) 1/5
02. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018, Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey & Bob Persichetti) 3/5
03. Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018, Wes Ball) 1/5
04. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019, Jon Watts) 1/5
05. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017, Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg) 1/5
06. Aquaman (2018, James Wan) 1/5
07. Shazam! (2019, David F. Sandberg) 1/5
08. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020, Patty Jenkins) 1/5
09. Toy Story 4 (2019, Josh Cooley) 2/5
10. Onward (2020, Dan Scanlon) 2/5
11. Dark Phoenix (2019, Simon Kinberg) 1/5
12. Soul (2020, Pete Docter) 3/5
13. The New Mutants (2020, Josh Boone) 3/5
14. Christopher Robin (2018, Marc Forster) 2/5
15. Dumbo (2019, Tim Burton) 2/5
16. Aladdin (2019, Guy Ritchie) 2/5
17. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019, Joachim Rønning) 1/5

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

Posted: January 12th, 2021, 11:43 pm
by blocho
ChrisReynolds wrote: January 12th, 2021, 10:39 pm 15. Gamer (Neveldine-Taylor, 2009)
Gerard Butler is being remote controlled and forced to fight in war games like some Call of Duty-era version of The Running Man. This is from the directors of Crank but it's not as much fun due to ugly editing and cinematography. It does boast a fun turn from Michael C Hall as a Zuckerberg-type supervillain with a strange Deep South accent.
4/10
I think I've mentioned this before on the forum, but I'll repeat it: One of the few moments of grad school I enjoyed was when a guy in a film theory class referred to Gamer as "a Hegelian Robocop." It was such a perfect, pithily stated pearl of nonsense. My reaction to Gamer was exactly the same as yours.

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 12:52 am
by mightysparks
2. Dead Dicks (2019) 6/10
Watched
1. El Xendra (2012) 4/10
2. Dead Dicks (2019) 6/10

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 2:39 am
by Kublai Khan
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
18. Soul (Pete Docter, Kemp Powers-2020) USA 7 official lists 2,159 checks
19. The Red Turtle (Lee Haven Jones-2021) France/Belgium/Japan/USA 1,815 checks
20. Altered Carbon: Resleeved (Takeru Nakajima, Yoshiyuki Okada-2020) Japan/USA 94 checks

Very gory and some really bad writing.

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 2:52 am
by AB537
10-15. Snowpiercer season 1 (Netflix, 2020) 7.5/10 ... 46 minutes carried over

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 5:13 am
by mightysparks
3. Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019) 5/10
Watched
1. El Xendra (2012) 4/10
2. Dead Dicks (2019) 6/10
3. Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019) 5/10

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 9:40 am
by Coryn
Spoiler
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)
22. The Nutty Professor (1963)
23. Sorry to Bother You (2018)
24. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 10:09 am
by Melvelet
10. Twelve Monkeys 1995 9/10
Watching this for the fourth time I think. It used to be my 2nd fav movie (after Fight Club). I had it at 8/10 before rewatching but it really is brilliant.
11. The Martian 2015 6/10
Somehow the surviving on Mas part was cooler than the rescue part. Especially end it had that typical Hollywood feeling that I try to avoid.
Spoiler
1. The Dead Zone 1983 6/10
2. Ex Machina 2014 8/10
3. WarGames 1983 6/10
4. Meikyû monogatari 1987 — a.k.a. Neo Tokyo 6/10
5. Pink Floyd: The Wall 1982 7/10
6. Primer 2004 7/10
Wow...definitely the movie I read the most about (for this challenge) after watching. I can understand why quite a few reviewers say that the effort is ultimately not that rewarding. I really dig the way in which it is inaccessible. The way it exists in itself (instead of aligning everything to the viewers pespective) reminds me of the video game "The last Express".
7. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 7/10
Basically a rewatch but I never felt comfartable enough to just check it without rewatching.
8. Le dernier combat 1983 — a.k.a. The Last Combat 7/10
9. Re-Animator 1985 6/10
10. Twelve Monkeys 1995 9/10
11. The Martian 2015 6/10

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 1:12 pm
by sol
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)
13. Stake Land (2010)
14. Wishmaster 2 (1999)
15. The Prophecy (1995)

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While the religious side here only ever half-work with too much chatter about the importance of having faith and so on, Christopher Walken is a lot of fun throughout as the Archangel Gabriel, taunting everyone he meets and creepily convincing a bunch of kids to let him to look inside their mouths at one key point. Some of the effects (bodies incinerating) are decent too, though the experience gets less interesting once what is going on becomes more obvious.

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 1:32 pm
by ororama
5-8. Always a Witch: Someone Like Me (2020) * 39 min.
Always a Witch: Leeches (2020) * 38 min.
Always a Witch: Antares (2020) * 36 min.
Always a Witch: Mr. Hyde (2020) * 34 min.while being burned at the stake to the present
Always a Witch: A Crack in Time (2020) * 36 min.
Always a Witch: From Student to Teacher (2020) * 37 min.
Always a Witch: Last Wish (2020) * 34 min.
Always a Witch: Impossible (2020) * 32 min.
The Outer Limits: The Architects of Fear (1963) * 51 min.

Always a Witch could use a lot more witchcraft and less college romance and pop music. A slave discovers that she is a witch and while being burned at the stake is transported from 16th century Cartagena to the present. The second season has less witchcraft than the first, but adds a 16th century pirate who is transported to the present as a love interest for one of the women. I had wanted to try a Colombian series when I watched the first season last year, but it seems to have started a bit less than mediocre and to be heading rapidly downhill.

As far as I can remember, I have only seen a few episodes of the The Outer Limits, but I am finding its combination of sci-fi and anti-Cold War preaching very interesting so far.
Spoiler
1. Juego siniestroSinister Circle (2016) * 87 min.
2. The Deadly Mantis (1957) * 78 min.
3. Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006) * 78 min.
4. Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron (2007) * 76 min.
*First time viewing.

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 3:20 pm
by flavo5000
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74. Christopher Robin (2018)
It's a sweet if fairly basic movie although there are some chuckleworthy lines from Pooh and the gang as they comment on the stolid real world. It also seemed to be inconsistent in how Pooh and friends were interpreted in the real world. Like, are they actually supposed to be real creatures in an alternate reality? When they leave the Hundred Acre Wood and come into the real world. Others seem to be able to see them talk sometimes, but other times they just appear as stuffed animals... I dunno. I'm probably overthinking it.

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75. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
Irwin Allen gives us a romp under the ocean in a high falootin' submarine with some neato set design and models and some delightfully retro action sequences. It does get too bogged down in exposition at times though, especially in the first half.

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76. Fei Ying a.k.a. Silver Hawk (2004)
Michelle Yeoh stars in this high tech martial arts superhero flick that feels similar in tone to Jet Li's Black Mask series. It's ok if you want to see Michelle Yeoh beat up some baddies but the plot is pretty generic.

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77. Wholly Moses! (1980)
From a writer and a director who had never made a movie before comes this oddly misguided rip off of Monty Python's Life of Brian but with Moses instead of Jesus. Dudley Moore is Herschel, a man commanded by God to free the people of Israel but who finds Moses doing everything he's supposed to do right before he does it and getting all the credit. You'd think with a cast that includes Lorraine Newman, Richard Pryor, Madeline Kahn and John Ritter that something here would actually be funny. But you'd be wrong.

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78. Spawn of the Slithis (1978)
I gotta hand it to this movie for boldly showing it's monster in full view over and over again. I mean, this Black Lagoon riff really doesn't look too bad for the most part, and I appreciated that it didn't shy away from showing more overt gore. The movie has some major problems though. One is the pacing which is excruciating at times. The first hour of the movie has very little action going on and just feels interminable. The director makes some curious choices at times as well, shooting in a cinema verite style more like a documentary almost randomly (intentional or just incompetent? hard to tell). Also the monster suit is so bulky that its victims often have to actually move toward the monster to get caught, making for some unintentionally hilarious scenes of people screaming as they're actually moving closer to the monster while it slowly lumbers toward them.

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79. Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
You know what the Newbery-winning classic children's book needed? Farting penguins.
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)
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)
67. Zhong Kui fu mo: Xue yao mo ling a.k.a. Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015)
68. Morons from Outer Space (1985)
69. Catwoman (2004)
70. The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)
71. Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu a.k.a. Gamera vs Viras (1968)
72. Man from Atlantis (1977)
73. Der Dibuk (1937)
74. Christopher Robin (2018)
75. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
76. Fei Ying a.k.a. Silver Hawk (2004)
77. Wholly Moses! (1980)
78. Spawn of the Slithis (1978)
79. Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 3:23 pm
by Onderhond
flavo5000 wrote: January 13th, 2021, 3:20 pm 76. Fei Ying a.k.a. Silver Hawk (2004)
Michelle Yeoh stars in this high tech martial arts superhero flick that feels similar in tone to Jet Li's Black Mask series. It's ok if you want to see Michelle Yeoh beat up some baddies but the plot is pretty generic.
I've been trying to watch this several times now, but always ended up with an English dub. Not expecting too much, but Jingle Ma + Michelle Yeoh = interest piqued.

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 4:17 pm
by Lonewolf2003
18. The Last Witch Hunter (2015, Breck Eisner): 4.8 - The only aspect that makes this uninspired CGI heavy fantasy-action adventure still a bit watchable is the clear enthusiasm D&D fan Vin Diesel brings into his role.

19. The Midnight Sky (2020, George Clooney): 5.8 - It feels like there is a good movie is hidden somewhere inside of this. The part of Clooney as a terminally ill lone apocalypse survivor on the North Pole trying to contact a space station is intriguing and could on its own make interesting and good movie. The parts about the space station on the other hand is very run of the mill and a lesser copy of better sci-fi movies (like Gravity). Unfortunately the focus in the second half shifts more and more to this less interesting plotline. On top of that it gets even more bloated with flashbacks sequences that try to emotionally explain the background of Clooney's character, but which just fall flat. Besides it even further takes the pace out of this poorly paced movie, cause both the pace and tone of the two main plotlines clash. To make matter worse the movie ends by combing the two plotlines in a predictable and unnecessary twist. It does look very beautiful, especially the stuff on earth. But mostly this felt like wasted potential.

20. Kaijû sôshingeki [Destroy All Monsters] (1968, Ishirô Honda): 6.5 - Another entry in the 'Zilla series about an alien race that initially use the monsters to conquer earth by having them wreck havoc in various world cities. These sequence unfortunately are disappointingly short. The whole human plot about the aliens drags due to too much explanatory scenes. But again luckily the last 15 minutes of highly amusing action with a small dozen of known and lesser known kaiju fighting Ghidorah make up for most of the shortcomings in everything leading up to it. Poor Ghidorah btw, Godzilla and co gang up so hard on him even the cruelest prison gang is like "take it easy dudes".
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
11. Oblivion (2013, Joseph Kosinski): 6.5
12. Kaijû daisenso [Invasion of Astro-Monster] (1965, Ishirô Honda): 6.2
13. Land of the Lost (2009, Brad Silberling): 3.0
14. Battle: Los Angeles [World Invasion: Battle LA] (2011, Jonathan Liebesman): 7.2
15. Gojira, Ebirâ, Mosura: Nankai no daiketto [Ebirah, Horror of the Deep] (1966, Jun Fukuda): 6.5
16. Gods of Egypt (2016, Alex Proyas): 2.5
17. Kaijûtô no kessen: Gojira no musuko [Son of Godzilla] (1967, Jun Fukuda): 6.0

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 7:34 pm
by Chilton
5. Cat People (1942, Jacques Tourneur) ★★.5

6-7. The Midnight Gospel (2020, series) S1E01-07 168'
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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) ★★★★
5. Cat People (1942, Jacques Tourneur) ★★.5
6-7. The Midnight Gospel (2020, series)

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 8:09 pm
by morrison-dylan-fan
FTV:4:Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).8.

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Webbing a opening which offers a alternative perspective to the Captain America: Civil War (2016-also reviewed) set-piece, co-writer/(with Jonathan Goldstein/ John Francis Daley/ Christopher Ford/ Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers) director Jon Watts & cinematographer Salvatore Totino spin the glossy, brightly coloured, physics defying (this spider should have been squashed a dozen times) CGI action set-pieces of the CBM genre with a sweet high school Drama atmosphere.

Spending the majority of the film in school with Peter Parker, (played by Tom Holland,who gives the MCU quips a breezy charm) Watts sits in on lessons with wonderful rose-tinted yellows and reds,that shine as Watts glides to a close-up of Parker nervously trying to get a date with Liz (played with a real warmth by Laura Harrier.) Whilst the option to give Spider-Man a advance costume for part of the flick lowers the perception of him being at risk, the writers wisely departing from the CBM baddie template by having Toomes (played with a brooding snarl by Michael Keaton) not wanting to end the world, frees up the pages for a excellent twist into Thriller power-play, that tightens the father-son dynamic between Parker and Tony Stark, as Spider-Man learns from Toomes and Stark that with great power,comes great responsibility.

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 8:13 pm
by flavo5000
Onderhond wrote: January 13th, 2021, 3:23 pm
flavo5000 wrote: January 13th, 2021, 3:20 pm 76. Fei Ying a.k.a. Silver Hawk (2004)
Michelle Yeoh stars in this high tech martial arts superhero flick that feels similar in tone to Jet Li's Black Mask series. It's ok if you want to see Michelle Yeoh beat up some baddies but the plot is pretty generic.
I've been trying to watch this several times now, but always ended up with an English dub. Not expecting too much, but Jingle Ma + Michelle Yeoh = interest piqued.
Yea, I actually have the DVD of this that's in English. And actually with this one, the English is technically an original audio track. It was shot simultaneously in English and Cantonese, and the cast has several English speaking actors like Michael Jai White. So the English really isn't any more a dub than the Cantonese track is. It's probably closer to something like an Italian movie where there isn't really any single original language. Having said that, it's a pretty meh movie, so it's not a big deal whether or not you watch it.

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 9:34 pm
by Coryn
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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)
22. The Nutty Professor (1963)
23. Sorry to Bother You (2018)
24. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
25. Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965)

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

Posted: January 13th, 2021, 10:08 pm
by Onderhond
flavo5000 wrote: January 13th, 2021, 8:13 pm so it's not a big deal whether or not you watch it.
I think you'd know better than to say that to a completionist :D

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

Posted: January 14th, 2021, 12:16 am
by frbrown
14. Children of the Sea (2019)

Very talky, and most of that talk is mystical mumbo-jumbo, but it has some striking images.


15. La nuit des horloges (2007)

Jean Rollin's penultimate film, but it seems it was meant to be his last, with lots of nostalgia, and meditations on death, and scenes from his older films.


16. Silent Running (1972)

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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)
13. Barbarella (1968)
14. Children of the Sea (2019)
15. La nuit des horloges (2007)
16. Silent Running (1972)

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

Posted: January 14th, 2021, 2:54 am
by connordenney
3. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)
Spoiler
1. Slither (James Gunn, 2006)
2. Woman in the Moon (Fritz Lang, 1929)
3. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)

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

Posted: January 14th, 2021, 3:21 am
by morrison-dylan-fan
FTV:5: The Mandalorian-season 1, ep 1-3.
Ep 1:39 min.
Ep 2:31 min
Ep 3:37 min

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

Posted: January 14th, 2021, 3:22 am
by Lu-Chin
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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
17. Kamen (1992) 3/10
18. The White Reindeer (1952) 4/10
19. Dead Man's Letters (1986) 5/10
20. Carnival of Sinners (1943) 7/10
21. La belle captive (1983) 7/10

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

Posted: January 14th, 2021, 5:47 am
by jeroeno
Might as well join this challenge.

1. Yoru wa mijikashi aruke yo otome (2017)
2. La Telenovela Errante (2017)
3. Soul (2020)
4. Gwen, le livre de sable (1985)
5. Zhuo yao ji 2 (2018)
6. Possible Worlds (2000)
7. Gagamboy (2004)
8. Moskva-Kassiopeya (1974)
9. Otroki vo vselennoy (1975)
10. Cocolors (2017)