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29. Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977)

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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)
17. The Quiet Earth (1985)
18. Weathering with You (2019)
19. Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
20. Deathstalker II (1987)
21. Moon 44 (1990)
22. The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)
23. Video Girl Ai: Episodes 1-3 (1992)
24. Video Girl Ai: Episodes 4-6 (1992)
25. Deluge (1933)
26. The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
27. Krysar (1986)
28. L'ange (1982)
29. Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977)
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(Screenshots from 'Fukkatsu no hi' & 'Hakuchi'),

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63. Fukkatsu no hi (Virus, Kinji Fukasaku, 1980) 7/10
64. Sabishinbô (Lonelyheart, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, 1985) 8.5/10
65. Hakuchi (Hakuchi: The Innocent, Macoto Tezuka, 1999) 9/10
66. Kôrei (Seance, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2000) 8.5/10
57. Chi wo sû uchû (Gore from Outer Space, Hirohisa Sasaki, 2001) 6.5/10
68. Yôkai daisensô (The Great Yokai War, Takashi Miike, 2005) 6.5/10
69. Eri Eri rema sabakutani (My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?, Shinji Aoyama, 2005) 7/10
70. Henjel gwa Geuretel (Hansel and Gretel, Yim Pil-sung, 2007) 7/10
71. Mitsu no aware (Bitter Honey, Gakuryû Ishii, 2016) 7.5/10
72. Gretel & Hansel (Oz Perkins, 2020) 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
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
19. Tasher Desh (Land of Cards, Qaushiq Mukherjee, 2012) 8.5/10
20. Ying (Shadow, Zhang Yimou, 2018) 7.5/10
21. Klaun Ferdinand a raketa (Clown Ferdinand and the Rocket, Jindrich Polák, 1963) 7/10
22. Hahó, Öcsi! (‎Hi, Junior!, György Palásthy & Miklós Temesi, 1971) 7.5/10
23. Rappaccini's Daughter (Dezsö Magyar, 1980) 7/10
24. Galose stastia/Die Galoschen des Glücks (The Magic Galoshes, Juraj Herz, 1986) 8/10
25. Danilo Treles: O fimismenos andalousianos mousikos (Danilo Treles: The Famed Andalusian Musician, Stavros Tornes, 1986) 8/10
26. Erastes sti mihani tou hronou (Lovers Beyond Time, Dimitris Panayiotatos, 1990) 7/10
27. Vandronik/O Janovi a podivuhodnem príteli/Der Reisekamerad (The Travelling Companion, Ludvík Ráza, 1990) 7.5/10
28. Historia kina w Popielawach (History of Cinema in Popielawy, Jan Jakub Kolski, 1998) 8/10
29. Sinmute (Javier Bellido Valdivia & Ana Balcázar, 2008) 5/10
30. Valley of the Gods/Dolina Bogów (Lech Majewski, 2019) 7.5/10
31. Nukkekauppias ja kaunis Lilith (The Doll Merchant, Jack Witikka, 1955) 8/10
32. Privarzaniyat balon (The Tied Up Balloon, Binka Zhelyazkova, 1967) 9.5/10
33. Treta sled slantzeto (Third Planet in the Solar System, Gueorgui Stoyanov, 1972) 8/10
34. Alibaba Aur 40 Chor (Adventures of Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves, Latif Faiziyev & Umesh Mehra, 1980) 7/10
35. Kamikaze (Didier Grousset, 1986) 7/10
36. Tom et Lola (Tom and Lola, Bertrand Arthuys, 1990) 7.5/10
37. I Married a Strange Person! (Bill Plympton, 1997) 7/10
38. Color Out of Space (Richard Stanley, 2019) 6/10
39. Om det oändliga (About Endlessness, Roy Andersson, 2019) 7.5/10
40. Last and First Men (Jóhann Jóhannsson, 2020) 8.5/10
41-42. (53 min), Y Adán y (Juan Pablo Donoso, 1971) 8/10 (28 min), Resan till Orion (Journey to Orion, Solveig Nordlund, 1986) 7/10 (17 min), Capítulo 66 (Chapter 66, Luis Ospina & Raúl Ruiz, 1994) 6.5/10 (26 min), Ciro norte (Erich Breuer, 1998) 6.5/10 (17 min), The Voice Thief (Adan Jodorowsky, 2013) 7/10 (27 min) (Total: 168 min)
43. Frau im Mond (Woman in the Moon, Fritz Lang, 1929) 9/10 (RV)
44. Non-Stop New York (Robert Stevenson, 1937) 8/10
45. Sehrli xalat (The Magical Cloak, Alisattar Atakishiyev, 1964) 7/10
46. The People (John Korty, 1972) 7.5/10
47. The Glitterball (Harley Cokeliss, 1977) 6/10
48. The Electric Grandmother (Noel Black, 1982) 8/10
49. Die Geschichte vom goldenen Taler (The Story of the Golden Coin, Bodo Fürneisen, 1985) 8/10
50. Predchuvstviye/Si va fi (Foreboding, Valeriu Jereghi, 1992) 8/10
51. La Recta Provincia (Raúl Ruiz, 2007) 8/10
52. La casa del fin de los tiempos (The House at the End of Time, Alejandro Hidalgo, 2013) 4/10
53. Orphea (Alexander Kluge & Khavn, 2020) 8.5/10
54. Undine (Christian Petzold, 2020) 8/10
55. Croisières sidérales (Sideral Cruises, André Zwoboda, 1942) 7/10
56. L'invention de Morel (The Invention of Morel, Claude-Jean Bonnardot, 1967) 9/10
57. Le portrait de Dorian Gray (The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Pierre Boutron, 1977) 8.5/10
58. Les 1001 nuits (1001 Nights, Philippe de Broca, 1990) 6/10
59. Electroma (Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, 2006) 6.5/10
60. Hors Satan (Outside Satan, Bruno Dumont, 2011) 8/10
61. Vif-argent (Burning Ghost, Stéphane Batut, 2019) 7.5/10
62. Divino Amor (Divine Love, Gabriel Mascaro, 2019) 6/10
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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)
13. Stake Land (2010)
14. Wishmaster 2 (1999)
15. The Prophecy (1995)
16. Splinter (2008)
17. El Topo (1970)
18. Anuktatop: Metamorphosis (2016)
19. Alice in Wonderland (1966)
20 - 22. The Lost Room. (2006) 240+ min = 3 points
23. Dead Man's Letters (1986)
24. Color Out of Space (2019)
25. Mr. Popper's Penguins. (2011)
26. Digging up the Marrow (2014)
27. Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
28. A Christmas Carol (1938)
29. Universal Soldier (1992)
30. Puppet Master II (1990)
31. Den-en ni shisu (1974)
32. Shock Waves (1977)
33. Real Steel (2011)
34. Butt Boy (2019)
35. X-Men (2000) REVISION
36. X2 (2003) REVISION
37. B4 (2012)
38. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
39. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
40. X Men: First Class (2011)
41. Upgrade (2018) REVISION
42. Déjà Vu (2006)
43. The Wolverine (2013)
44. Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003)
45. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011)
46. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
47. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
48. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

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Even pushing series continuity issues to the side, this film does not make a whole lot of sense. The film actually starts off very well though. There is an exciting outer space scene as the movie toys with the notion of the X-Men helping humanity, and called upon by government agencies to solve problems, before questioning if Xavier is more interested in fame and glory than anything else. Alas, this plot deflection is soon cast aside for explosion action.
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66. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001 / Peter Jackson) 8/10
67. Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1991 / Craig Baldwin) 4/10
68. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002 / Peter Jackson) 7/10
69. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003 / Peter Jackson) 7/10
70. Resident Evil (2002 / Paul W. S. Anderson) 4/10
71. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012 / John Hyams) 8/10
72. Equals (2015 / Drake Doremus) 4/10
73. Poison (1991 / Todd Haynes) 4/10
74. Battlefield Earth (2000 / Roger Christian) 3/10
75. Solaris (1968 / Boris Nirenburg; Lidiya Ishimbayeva) 5/10
76. Fire in the Sky (1993 / Robert Lieberman) 4/10
77. Afronauts (2014 / Nuotama Bodomo) 6/10
Nimic (2019 / Yorgos Lanthimos) 5/10
Kung Fury (2015 / David Sandberg) 4/10
The Goodbye Place (1996 / Richard Kelly) 7/10
The Rocking Horse Winner (1977 / Peter Medak) 5/10

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
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
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
30. Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959 / Riccardo Freda; Mario Bava) 5/10
31. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010 / David Yates) 6/10
32. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011 / David Yates) 5/10
33. Forbidden Planet (1956 / Fred M. Wilcox) 8/10
34. Brave New World (1998 / Leslie Libman; Larry Williams) 3/10
35. Red Dwarf: Emohawk: Polymorph II (1993 / Andy de Emmony) 7/10
Red Dwarf: Rimmerworld (1993 / Andy de Emmony) 8/10
Red Dwarf: Out of Time (1993 / Andy de Emmony) 8/10
36. Red Dwarf: Tikka to Ride (1997 / Ed Bye) 5/10
Red Dwarf: Stoke Me a Clipper (1997 / Ed Bye) 6/10
37. Red Dwarf: Ouroboros (1997 / Ed Bye) 6/10
Red Dwarf: Duct Soup (1997 / Ed Bye) 5/10
Red Dwarf: Blue (1997 / Ed Bye) 6/10
38. Fiend Without a Face (1958 / Arthur Crabtree) 4/10
39. Red Dwarf: Beyond a Joke (1997 / Ed Bye) 6/10
Red Dwarf: Epideme (1997 / Ed Bye) 6/10
Red Dwarf: Nanarchy (1997 / Ed Bye) 6/10
40. The Giant Gila Monster (1959 / Ray Kellogg) 2/10
41. Paul McCartney Really Is Dead - The Last Testament of George Harrison (2010 / Joel Gilbert) 3/10
42. The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961 / Coleman Francis) 4/10
43. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964 / Byron Haskin) 6/10
44. Megan (2018 / Greg Strasz) 4/10
Wanderers (2014 / Erik Wernquist) 5/10
Orphan Black: Natural Selection (2013 / John Fawcett) 6/10
45. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Episode #1.1 (1988 / Marilyn Fox) 4/10
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Episode #1.2 (1988 / Marilyn Fox) 4/10
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Episode #1.3 (1988 / Marilyn Fox) 4/10
46. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Episode #1.4 (1988 / Marilyn Fox) 3/10
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Episode #1.5 (1988 / Marilyn Fox) 3/10
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Episode #1.6 (1988 / Marilyn Fox) 3/10
47. Orphan Black: Instinct (2013 / John Fawcett) 6/10
Orphan Black: Variation Under Nature (2013 / David Frazee) 6/10
48. Orphan Black: Effects of External Conditions (2013 / Grant Harvey) 6/10
Orphan Black: Conditions of Existence (2013 / TJ Scott) 6/10
49. Orphan Black: Variations Under Domestication (2013 / John Fawcett) 6/10
50. Orphan Black: Parts Developed in an Unusual Manner (2013 / Brett Sullivan) 5 /10
Orphan Black: Entangled Bank (2013 / Ken Girotti) 6/10
51. Orphan Black: Unconscious Selection (2013 / TJ Scott) 6/10
Orphan Black: Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2013 / John Fawcett) 5/10
52. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999 / George Lucas) 4/10
I thought I might enjoy this more returning to it after many years. I didn't bank on just how irritating Jar Jar Binks actually is. Even when he's not on screen, the irritation lingers because of how dull most of the other characters are. The special effects still look good, though.
53. Howard the Duck (1986 / Willard Huyck) 2/10
54. Frankenstein Unbound (1990 / Roger Corman) 7/10
Reinterpretation of the Frankenstein story, with John Hurt as a scientist from our future who is transported, along with his intelligent car, back to 19th century Switzerland, where he meets the author of Frankenstein, the future Mary Shelley. It's a woolly fantasy, but engaging, unpredictable and well acted.
55. Future by Design (2006 / William Gazecki) 6/10
Profile of futurist Jacque Fresco. The documentary mostly just leaves Fresco to expound on his designs and philosophy; how he believes our societies will function in the future, with little commentary. And while this is good for getting a feel for Fresco's personality and enthusiasm for his work, it doesn't help us place him in context or evaluate his contributions. Several of the designs we see are now with us or being developed, but since we don't know when he thought them up, nor whether he simply foresaw them as possibilities or created more practical designs, it's hard to tell whether he was simply an imaginative dreamer or an unacknowledged genius. I suspect more the former.
56. The Manster (1959 / George P. Breakston; Kenneth G. Crane) 6/10
57. Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2010 / John Hyams) 3/10
58. Barb Wire (1996 / David Hogan) 3/10
59. Super Mario Bros. (1993 / Rocky Morton; Annabel Jankel) 3/10
60. Red Dwarf: Back in the Red: Part I (1999 / Ed Bye) 6/10
Red Dwarf: Back in the Red: Part II (1999 / Ed Bye) 6/10
Red Dwarf: Back in the Red: Part III (1999 / Ed Bye) 6/10
61. Red Dwarf: Cassandra (1999 / Ed Bye) 6/10
Red Dwarf: Krytie TV (1999 / Ed Bye) 5/10
62. Red Dwarf: Pete: Part I (1999 / Ed Bye) 5/10
Red Dwarf: Pete: Part II (1999 / Ed Bye) 5/10
Red Dwarf: Only the Good... (1999 / Ed Bye) 7/10
Been rewatching a lot of Red Dwarf episodes I'd not rated. By this stage the show is largely past its heyday, probably due to the exit of one of the co-creators/writers. A lot of the gags fall flat.
63. Freejack (1992 / Geoff Murphy) 5/10
This seemed to improve as it went along. The premise is that in the future, healthy people from the past are teleported into the future moments before they die in order to have their bodies used as vessels for the consciousnesses of ageing rich bad guys. Emilio Estevez plays one of the victims who escapes before his body can be harvested, thus he becomes a 'Freejack'. He seems to have already had his personality removed before the film was shot, though, and he looks more like Rene Russo's son rather than her lover (although kind of makes sense in the context of the film). But the rest of the cast do better. It could stand for a remake.
64. Johnny Mnemonic (1995 / Robert Longo) 4/10
65. The Matrix (1999 / The Wachowski Brothers) 7/10
Pretentious dialogue, which seems to be a marker of the Wachowskis. It still looks fantastic, though (omnipresent greenness notwithstanding).
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47-52. The Leftovers season 3 (HBO, 2017) 8/10 ... incredible series, a great recommendation from the recent TV poll ... 5 minutes carried over
53. The Running Man (Paul Michael Glaser, 1987) 6.5/10
54. The Discovery (Charlie McDowell, 2017) 5.5/10
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I prefer Science fact
1. Princess Bride (1987)
2. Soylent Green (1973)
3. Maximum Overdrive (1986)
4. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
5. Real Steel (2011)
6. Face/Off (1997)
7. Death Becomes Her (1992)
8. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
"9-10. Rick & Morty, S4 (2019-2020; 229m, floating 69m)
Rick & Morty: Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat (2019, 22m)
Rick & Morty: The Old Man and the Seat (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Rattlestar Ricklactica (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Never Ricking Morty (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Promortyus (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: The Vat of Acid Episode (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Childrick of Mort (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Star Mort: Rickturn of the Jerri (2020, 23m)"
11. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
12. This Island Earth (1955)
13. Fantastic Voyage (1966)
14. Outland (1981)
15. The Omega Man (1971)
16. Quatermass 2 (1957)
17. Independence Day (1996)
18. Trancers (1984)
19. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
20. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
21. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
22. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
23. The Abyss (1989) 7/10
This was... weird. Not bad, just a lot. I agree with one of the ICM comments that the film tried to do too much - you have the USA v. USSR subplot, the disaster/rescue subplot, and the weird alien thing subplot. Each were OK, but not weaved together well. Cool effects and action, but it's hard to get past how people were treated on set, so that definitely clouded the film for me.

24. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 5/10
Rewatch with Wife because it's the forum's favorite film. I didn't like it the first time I saw it, but it was one of the very first films I saw because of ICM, so I thought it was due a revisit. And I did. And while it was stunningly gorgeous and an achievement in filmmaking, I just didn't get it. I didn't care. I was bored. Neat, but 60+ minutes too long and too abstract for my tastes. If someone wants to attempt to explain it to me (well, why I should love it), please do - I'd be interested to hear it.

25. Primer (2004) 6/10
Kinda cool. Complex and a little too disconnected for my tastes, but I was interested in this. I liked the fact that science and experimentation were at the forefront of this film, though I didn't quite follow everything that was going on. Interesting bit on time travel and a pretty heady take for this genre.
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30. Krystallines nyhtes (1992)
31. Hatsujô kateikyôshi: sensei no aijiru (2003)
32. Planet Hulk (2010)
33. A Mulher de Todos (1969)
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flavo5000 wrote: January 31st, 2021, 4:04 am 212. Flight of the Navigator (1986)
I like to occasionally revisit movies I saw in my childhood to see how they hold up. With this one, I had actually forgotten about the actual time travel plot and just how long it takes for David to get in the spaceship. My memory of the movie was primarily of him in the ship flying around with Paul Reubens' obnoxious Max gibbering the whole time. But really that's just the third act. Anyway, it's still a pretty decent movie and my kids seemed to like it, especially when he finally does get on the ship.
That is the film I cite in response to the question "What film terrified you as a child?" The alien popping up? Still scary in my mind. I probably haven't seen in in 30ish years, but it would still fill me with a bit of dread if I were to put it on.
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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
18. Soul (Pete Docter, Kemp Powers-2020) USA 7 official lists 2,159 checks
19. The Red Turtle (Michael Dudok de Wit-2016) France/Belgium/Japan/USA 1,815 checks
20. Altered Carbon: Resleeved (Takeru Nakajima, Yoshiyuki Okada-2020) Japan/USA 94 checks
21. Arrow S4, E1-3 (2012) USA 864 checks
22. TRON: Legacy (Joseph Kosinski-2010) USA 2 official lists 32,401 checks
23. Real Steel (Shawn Levy-2011) USA/India 1 official list 13,181 checks
24. Love and Monsters (Michael Matthews-2020) Canada/USA 262 checks
25. Life of Pi (Ang Lee-2012) USA/Taiwan/UK/Mexico/Canada 5 official lists 35,787 checks
26. Palm Springs (Max Barbakow-2020) USA/Hong Kong 1,508 checks
27. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (Paul Weitz-2009) USA 2,305 checks
28. Men in Black: International (F. Gary Gray-2019) China/USA 1,848 checks
29. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki-2001) Japan 37 official lists Re-watch
30. Jexi (Jon Lucas, Scott Moore-2019) USA/Canada 207 checks
31. Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson-2017) USA 4 official lists Re-watch
32. Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (J.J. Abrams-2019) USA 2 official lists 5,538 checks
33. Clash of the Titans (Desmond Davis-1981) UK/USA 3 official lists 4,950 checks
34. Arrow S4, E4-6 (2012) USA 864 checks
35. THX-1138 (George Lucas-1971) USA 5 official lists 5,946 checks
36. The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry-2006) France/Italy/USA 2 official lists 6,997 checks
37. The American Astronaut (Cory McAbee-2001) USA 1 official list 419 checks
38. Legend (Ridley Scott-1985) USA/UK 3,299 checks
39. Project Power (Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman-2020) USA 785 checks
40. The God of Cookery (Lik-Chi Lee, Stephen Chiau-1996) USA 1 official list 394 checks
41. Wolfwalkers (Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart-2020) Ireland/Luxembourg/France/Denmark/USA/UK 370 checks
42. Christmas Carol: The Movie (Jimmy T. Murakami-2001) UK/Germany 216 checks
43. 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg-2016) USA 2 official lists 9,446 checks
44. Dolittle (Stephen Gaghan-2020) USA/China/UK/Japan 1 official list 605 checks
45. Soylent Green (Richard Fleischer-1973) USA 3 official lists 5,884 checks
46. Tremors II: Aftershock (S.S. Wilson-1996) USA 1,984 checks
47. Thor (Kenneth Branagh-2011) USA 2 official list Re-watch
48. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Michael Dougherty-2019) USA/Japan/China/Canada 1 official list 2,206 checks

Had to watch one Godzilla movie since everyone else was. There's some good some in here (Hey Thomas Middleditch!), but it doesn't feel like it gels cohesively.

49. The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (René Goscinny, Henri Gruel, Albert Uderzo, Pierre Watrin-1976) France/UK 1,478 checks

Pretty fun. Very reminiscent of the books.

50. Superman II (Richard Lester, Richard Donner-1980) USA/UK/Canada 2 official lists 12,830 checks

The romance portions are terrible.
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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) 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) 3/10
14. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Letterman, 2019) 4/10
15. Gamer (Neveldine-Taylor, 2009) 4/10
16. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Bay, 2011) 3/10
17. Nineteen Eighty-Four (Radford, 1984) 5/10
18. The New Mutants (Boone, 2020) 3/10
19. All of Me (Reiner, 1984) 6/10
20a. The Witcher: Before a Fall (Sakharov-Jobst, 2019)
20b. The Witcher: Much More (Jobst, 2019) 4/10
21. A Little Princess (Cuarón, 1995) 6/10
22. Sea Fever (Hardiman, 2019) 4/10
23. New Rose Hotel (Ferrara, 1998) 5/10
24. The Thirteenth Floor (Rusnak, 1999) 5/10
25. Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Weeks, 1984) 4/10
26. Transformers: Age of Extinction (Bay, 2014) 2/10
27. The Dead Zone (Cronenberg, 1983) Rewatch 7/10
28. Transformers: The Last Knight (Bay, 2017) 3/10
29. Happy Death Day 2U (Landon, 2019) 4/10
30. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Nimoy, 1984) 5/10
31a. Black Mirror: Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too (Sewitsky, 2019) [67 mins] 3/10
31b. Ryan (Landreth, 2004) [14 mins] 7/10
32. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Apted, 2010) 4/10
33. Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (DeCoteau, 1991) 4/10
34. The Maze Runner (Ball, 2014) 4/10
35. Vanilla Sky (Crowe, 2001) 5/10
36. Maleficent (Stromberg, 2014)
Jolie's performance is very good, and the film has some decent fantasy special effects battles, but the story doesn't work. It seems to be an attempt to knock off Wicked by reinterpreting Sleeping Beauty to make Maleficent nice, but it's awkward - towards the end the script gives up on the reinterpretation and makes up its own end to story, and the movie too often falls on the wrong side of the line between magical and twee.
4/10

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37. Black Sheep (King, 2006) Rewatch
Scientists are genetically engineering evil sheep fun horror comedy that does a good job of mixing together a lot of goofy gags with some effective horror sequences. I like the way it takes the concept and runs with it, giving us all sorts of ovine spins on horror tropes, and it also has a good mix of characters, especially with some likeable supporting characters where there's genuine tension over whether they'll survive.
6/10

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38. Temptation Island (Gosiengfiao, 1980)
I watched this because it's the one film in the Pinoy list that is tagged fantasy, even though on watching it doesn't seem to have any fantastical elements. Some beauty contest finalists and a few supporting characters are marooned on a desert island where they bicker, whine and flirt for nearly two hours. Apparently it's a campy cult classic in the Phillipines, but I found it to have almost nothing of value.
2/10

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39. Forbidden World / Mutant (Holzman, 1982)
A Corman-produced Alien rip-off. Like Alien, a group of space-jockeys are chased down industrial corridors and eaten by a creature that looks very similar to the Xenomorph (except rubbish). Unlike Alien, there's a lot of gratuitous sex and nudity and the characters are morons (including a scene where a woman have a conversation with the alien to try and convince it to stop eating them). Despite being rubbish it's high-grade grindhouse schlock: fast-moving, entertaining and filled with memorable images of slime and technology.
5 or 6/10

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ChrisReynolds wrote: January 31st, 2021, 1:20 pm
38. Temptation Island (Gosiengfiao, 1980)
I watched this because it's the one film in the Pinoy list that is tagged fantasy, even though on watching it doesn't seem to have any fantastical elements. Some beauty contest finalists and a few supporting characters are marooned on a desert island where they bicker, whine and flirt for nearly two hours. Apparently it's a campy cult classic in the Phillipines, but I found it to have almost nothing of value.
2/10
I think it's tagged as Fantasy because of the couple of sequences where they're starving and start fantasizing about a giant chicken and giant ice cream cone. It's not really much but I gave up long ago on trying to find rhyme or reason in IMDB's genre tags. :shrug:
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flavo5000 wrote: January 31st, 2021, 2:13 pm
ChrisReynolds wrote: January 31st, 2021, 1:20 pm
38. Temptation Island (Gosiengfiao, 1980)
I watched this because it's the one film in the Pinoy list that is tagged fantasy, even though on watching it doesn't seem to have any fantastical elements. Some beauty contest finalists and a few supporting characters are marooned on a desert island where they bicker, whine and flirt for nearly two hours. Apparently it's a campy cult classic in the Phillipines, but I found it to have almost nothing of value.
2/10
I think it's tagged as Fantasy because of the couple of sequences where they're starving and start fantasizing about a giant chicken and giant ice cream cone.
That's it, I'm watching it today, I love fantasies about giant ice creams :banana:
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24. Gemini Man-2019: 7/10
25. Gretel & Hansel-2020: 6/10
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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
8. Cast a Deadly Spell-1991: 10/10
9. Bill & Ted Face the Music-2020: 9/10
10. Overlord-2019: 9/10
11. Pitch Black-2000: 9/10
12. The Day Mars Invaded Earth-1963: 6/10
13. Hellboy-2019: 9/10
14. Virus-1999: 8/10
15. The Last Starfighter-1984: 9/10
16. I, Robot-2004: 8/10
17. Virtuosity-1995: 8/10
18. Skyline-2010: 9/10
19. The Puppet Masters-1994: 8/10
20. The Day After Tomorrow-2004: 8/10
21. Outside the Wire-2021: 7/10
22. Project Power-2020: 8/10
23. Monsters vs Aliens-2009: 10/10
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34. Two Lost Worlds (1951)
35. Flight to Mars (1951)
36. Temptation Island (1980) :think:

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30. New Cutey Honey: Episodes 1-4 (1994)
31. New Cutey Honey: Episodes 5-8 (1995)

32. A Boy and His Dog (1975)

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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)
17. The Quiet Earth (1985)
18. Weathering with You (2019)
19. Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
20. Deathstalker II (1987)
21. Moon 44 (1990)
22. The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)
23. Video Girl Ai: Episodes 1-3 (1992)
24. Video Girl Ai: Episodes 4-6 (1992)
25. Deluge (1933)
26. The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
27. Krysar (1986)
28. L'ange (1982)
29. Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977)
30. New Cutey Honey: Episodes 1-4 (1994)
31. New Cutey Honey: Episodes 5-8 (1995)
32. A Boy and His Dog (1975)
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OK, getting it at last minute, and briefly - don't worry, not gonna challenge the leaders here (and probably not on any challenge in the near future). Not been feeling it for the last couple of months, but still have watched a few, and feel the need to write 'em up at least briefly. And maybe since I'm just about out of time for this, it's appropriate that I mostly stuck to the theme of time (travel) for the month. And mostly schlock as well, for whatever reason - I guess I don't have a lot of good time travel features left to see or haven't done the work to fine them. Anyway...

1. Time Barbarians (Justin John Barmettler, 1991)
2. Time Runner (Michael Mazo, 1993)
3. Time Chasers (David Giancola, 1994)
4. Time Under Fire (Scott P. Levy/Tripp Reed, 1997)

For the last 5-6 years at least I've always started out the new year with crap films, on the theory that it can only get better... didn't really work last year as we all know, or maybe I just don't have a power over the whole Earth's progress like I thought I did. Oh well. Let's see if this year goes in at least a slightly different direction.

Starting off with a film that is, well, just as you might expect, about barbarians - or rather one barbarian - who travels through time, from "barbarian land" or whatever to now, to take revenge on the dudes who killed everybody in his village (along with raping his wife first, in a pretty brutal and unnecessary scene) with a big ol' magic sword, while the bad guys of course are gonna have guns, being bad guys and willing to contravene the laws of fair combat or whatever. This is hopelessly terrible though at least bodybuilder star Deron McBee really looks the part of the uber-stereotypical blonde barbarian.

Time Runner is an almost-as-cheap and almost-as-bad Canadian flick that somehow managed to get Mark Hamill and Rae Dawn Chong to star. Both must have been at fairly low points in their careers, or this was just an easy few days' shoot or something. Hard to explain otherwise as this is low-end TV movie bad, apart from some actually decent effects in the first few minutes, as future agent Hamill is shifted back in time to prevent an alien invasion, which has something to do with the leader of the world in his time. This is basically a mishmash of The Terminator and The Dead Zone, with lots of scenes in exurban ranch houses and our favorite low-budget SF locale, the abandoned factory/energy station. It does have it's moments and this is the kind of concept that I always enjoy but overall it's quite slapdash and half-assed.

Time Chasers was filmed in Vermont for what was probably an even lower budget than film #1, and I think probably utilizing mostly community theater talent from the Rutland VT area - it's one of those films where lots of people do multiple jobs, and lots of them are related to the director, producer, etc. I talked to my brother about it and he has some vague recollection of stories about it - it was made right when he was moving to the state. It's certainly the cheapest and has the worst production values of any of these, and I'm not surprised that it got picked by MST3K and Rifftrax, but I happened to kind of enjoy how the story - man invents time-travel device in airplane, which gets taken by evil corporation and ruins the future - twists and turns. It's like an el cheapo version of Back to the Future Part II and it has a certain charm to it even if it does go off the rails and the last third in particular is pretty muddled. My favorite of this group actually though it's not like I would recommend it.

TIme Under Fire is the biggest production here and actually feels almost like a major Hollywood film at first, with a couple of significant leads (Jeff Fahey and Bryan Cranston) and decent enough effects and models and overall quality - though there's plenty of time spent running around in abandoned factories as well to keep that budget down. This is more an alternate time stream deal, with Fahey & company on a submarine which goes through some kind of barrier that puts them in a future dystopian world where Fahey's grandson is fighting for survival Like the previous two films this has some interesting ideas and feels for a few moments here and there like it's going somewhere that could work, but it's undermined by bad writing and ultimate incoherence.

5. Saturn 3 (Stanley Donen, 1980) (re-watch)

I wasn't sure if I'd seen this before but various moments - particularly the very cool and rather lavish design of the tunnels in which the film largely takes place, and the ending - were at least vaguely familiar; guessing I saw this in the late 80s on VHS. Harvey Keitel is some kind of evil corporate bad guy who in the very first scene murders the guy who's supposed to be going to deliver supplies to the eponymous station, in order to take his place so that he can make an evil robot and take over, I guess - his motivations are a little confused. Also we're supposed to not know it's HK I guess because he's just in a spacesuit with face unseen in that first scene, but since he ends up being the only other character apart from the couple (Kirk Douglas and Farrah Fawcett) who operate the station, it's not going to be rocket science to figure this out. He has a really weird voice throughout - I wondered if he was dubbed but I find no evidence of it. Very odd. Anyway the station is on the third moon of Saturn - hence the title - and Douglas and Fawcett are growing stuff to ship to a starving earth, and Keitel is the wrench that comes into their paradise, with the robot and all, and his general nastiness which the two are totally unprepared for. Like I said, motivations for Keitel are sketchy, and the background and personalities of all involved could have used some more explication, but what we end up with is essentially a thriller with our two protagonists fighting for their lives in this hostile environment against psycho and his psycho-machine. The sets and all are really cool, it's nicely photographed and the Elmer Bernstein score is fine, but overall that's only enough to give it a :shrug:

6. The Time Machine (George Pal, 1960) (re-watch)

6th or 7th viewing; last watched 3 years ago on New Year's Even, 2017-8, and reviewed here.

7. Dimension 5 (Franklin Adreon, 1966)
8. Cyborg 2087 (Franklin Adreon, 1966)

The last two films from director Adreon, a name I really didn't know though I'd seen one earlier film (1956 b-noir Terror at Midnight) from him; he worked more in TV and judging from his credits never really became close to a big name. He never really specialized in science fiction or fantasy either, so it's a little odd to see these two time-travel films in the same year; both are written by Arthur C. Pierce, who WAS a genre specialist, with one previous time travel film as writer, the rather neglected and fairly imaginative 1960 Beyond the Time Barrier directed by Edgar Ulmer. So, hmm, a competent enough director paired with a guy with a history in the genre, and with both films at least having some budget, gives one hope for....

Nah. Alas they're both quite mediocre. Dimension 5 is kind of a spy movie, think low-rent James Bond with a bit more of a sci-fi twist than usual, with Jeffrey Hunter as an American agent who with the help of Chinese-American agent France Nguyen has to thwart a Chinese plan to nuke LA via a time belt that allows them to go backwards or forwards a few hours to change things. Alas very little is done with the paradox issues here and the time travel element really just seems thrown in to appeal to a nascent genre audience starved for more SF in films. It's all very ordinary and prosaic spy stuff in the end and is not even saved by the reasonable charm of the two leads.

Cyborg 2087 is maybe just a little better - it's another film with connections to The Terminator, though made much earlier of course - but we all know James Cameron is not exactly the most original of writers. I don't know if he stole from this one but the basic concept - bad cyborgs following another (good) cyborg back in time to prevent him from changing the future so that they won't exist and rule over mankind anymore - is really quite similar. Michael Rennie is the "good" cyborg, a casting choice one could have made in one's sleep at the time, Karen Steele is the generally competent - at first - scientist who he has to convince to believe his tale, and keep her boss from doing the test that will doom humanity the next day, and Wendell Corey is on hand as an irascible sheriff. It all takes place in a small desert town - I guess because cheap - and it doesn't do nearly as much with the central conceit, which must have been kind of novel (at least on film) in 1966, as you'd hope, and while Steele starts out an above-average female lead in the beginning she becomes a screamer and helpless later on. So much for SF advancing progressive themes...but then this was the same year that Star Trek miniskirts were first seen. Oh well.
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43. Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong (2014, Soi Cheang) 1/5
44. Xi you ji zhi: Sun Wukong san da Baigu Jing (2016, Soi Chang) 2/5
45. Xi you ji zhi nü er guo (2018, Soi Cheang) 2/5
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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
18. Mulan (2020, Niki Caro) 2/5
19. Jungle Book (1942, Zoltan Korda) 3/5
20. Gnomeo & Juliet (2011, Kelly Asbury) 1/5
21. Sherlock Gnomes (2018, John Stevenson) 1/5
22. Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018, Steven S. DeKnight) 1/5
23. Smallfoot (2018, Karey Kirkpatrick) 1/5
24. Abominable (2019, Jill Culton & Todd Wilderman) 3/5
25. Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011, Mark Waters) 2/5
26. The X Files (1998, Rob Bowman) 3/5
27. Evan Almighty (2007, Tom Shadyac) 2/5
28. Bedtime Stories (2008, Adam Shankman) 1/5
29. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018, David Yates) 1/5
30. The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008, Chris Carter) 1/5
31. The Last Airbender (2010, M. Night Shyamalan) 1/5
32. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019, Michael Dougherty) 1/5
33. Stand by Me Doraemon (2014, Tony Oliver, Ryuichi Yagi & Takashi Yamazaki) 3/5
34. Hulk (2003, Ang Lee) 1/5
35. The Mummy (2017, Alex Kurtzman) 1/5
36. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004, Brad Silberling) 3/5
37. Sai yau gei: Yut gwong bou haap (1995, Jeffrey Lau) 2/5
38. Sai yau gei: Sin leui kei yun (1995, Jeffrey Lau) 2/5
39. Da hua xi you 3 (2016, Jeffrey Lau) 1/5
40. The Forbidden Kingdom (2008, Rob Minkoff) 2/5
41. Xi you: Xiang mo pian (2013, Stephen Chow & Chi-Kin Kwok) 2/5
42. Journey to the West: Demon Chapter (2017, Hark Tsui) 1/5
43. Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong (2014, Soi Cheang) 1/5
44. Xi you ji zhi: Sun Wukong san da Baigu Jing (2016, Soi Chang) 2/5
45. Xi you ji zhi nü er guo (2018, Soi Cheang) 2/5
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I prefer Science fact
1. Princess Bride (1987)
2. Soylent Green (1973)
3. Maximum Overdrive (1986)
4. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
5. Real Steel (2011)
6. Face/Off (1997)
7. Death Becomes Her (1992)
8. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
"9-10. Rick & Morty, S4 (2019-2020; 229m, floating 69m)
Rick & Morty: Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat (2019, 22m)
Rick & Morty: The Old Man and the Seat (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Rattlestar Ricklactica (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Never Ricking Morty (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Promortyus (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: The Vat of Acid Episode (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Childrick of Mort (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Star Mort: Rickturn of the Jerri (2020, 23m)"
11. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
12. This Island Earth (1955)
13. Fantastic Voyage (1966)
14. Outland (1981)
15. The Omega Man (1971)
16. Quatermass 2 (1957)
17. Independence Day (1996)
18. Trancers (1984)
19. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
20. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
21. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
22. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
23. The Abyss (1989)
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
25. Primer (2004)
26. Shorts (24m + 69m floated)
Windy Day (1968, 8m)
Cheese (2008, 16m)
A couple of shorts that won't stick in my memory very long.

27. Serenity (2005) <-- Platinum on the Total Sci-Fi list! :banana: :banana: :banana:

Definitely recommend watching Firefly before this. While I've seen it, it's been a while and I don't remember the show all that will. This was a fun sequel keeping in the spirit of the series, with good action and humor elements mixed in. Definitely fun and on the better side of sci-fi stuff I've seen this month.
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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
22. Schalcken the Painter (1979) 8/10
23. Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977) 8/10
24. Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969) 4/10
25. The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1962) 7/10
26. Die Puppe (1919) 7/10
27. Alice or the Last Escapade (1977) 7/10
28. The Mystery of the Third Planet (1981) 6/10
29. Satan's Rhapsody (1917) 4/10
30. Dead Leaves (2004) 7/10
31. The Blood of a Poet (1932) 6/10
32. Chilean Gothic (2000) 3/10
33. Monday (2000) 5/10
34. Nothing (2003) 7/10
35. 22nd of May (2010) 5/10
36-37. La Recta Provincia (2007) 6/10
38. Macunaíma (1969) 5/10
39. Himiko (1974) 6/10
40. Vuelven (2017) 5/10
41. The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001) 4/10
42. 31 minutos, la película (2008) 5/10
43. Mr. Vampire (1985) 8/10
44. Gritos del Bosque (2014) 5/10
45. Beauty and the Beast (1978) 7/10
46-47. Litoral (2008) 7/10
48. Green Snake (1993) 6/10
49. Malta con huevo (2007) 7/10
50. The Eve of Ivan Kupalo (1968) 4/10
51. Possible Worlds (2000) 8/10
52. Rouge (1987) 7/10
53. Enchanted Desna (1964) 3/10
54. The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) 3/10
55. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) 5/10
56. Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974) 7/10
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33. Barbarian Queen (1985)
34. Quatermass 2 (1957)

I'll try to get in one more film, but if I don't, Quatermass 2 is a strong way to end the challenge - and it earns me Gold on Total Sci-Fi list.

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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)
17. The Quiet Earth (1985)
18. Weathering with You (2019)
19. Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
20. Deathstalker II (1987)
21. Moon 44 (1990)
22. The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)
23. Video Girl Ai: Episodes 1-3 (1992)
24. Video Girl Ai: Episodes 4-6 (1992)
25. Deluge (1933)
26. The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
27. Krysar (1986)
28. L'ange (1982)
29. Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977)
30. New Cutey Honey: Episodes 1-4 (1994)
31. New Cutey Honey: Episodes 5-8 (1995)
32. A Boy and His Dog (1975)
33. Barbarian Queen (1985)
34. Quatermass 2 (1957)
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I got a day behind on the reviews so here's a giant final blast of everything left in the month. Thanks Kublai Khan for hosting! I always love digging into some sci-fi and fantasy.

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214. Zerkalo dlya geroya a.k.a. Mirror for a Hero (1988)
Interesting premise that predates Groundhog Day of a couple of men who inadvertently travel into the past to a particular day that gives them the chance to reflect on the past and attempt to change it. The pacing and premise remind me somewhat of Tarkovsky although the aesthetic has a warmer more nostalgic feel to it. I didn't quite follow everything going on and got the sense some of it required a knowledge of Russia's history but it was still a fairly interesting watch.

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215. Feng kuang de wai xing ren a.k.a. Crazy Alien (2019)
Meh, had a few funny moments but at times seemed to be more concerned with big CGI set pieces than creating laughs with a rambling plot that was all over the place.

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216. Robot Wars (1993)
Sigh... Albert Band is no Stuart Gordon. Ah well... At least it had some neato stop motion robots like Robot Jox.

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217. Molina's Ferozz (2010)
Have you ever looked at the Red Riding Hood story and thought, 'You know what this needs? How about some incest, shit smearing sex, voyeuristic masturbating and black magic?' :facepalm:

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218. Upside Down (2012)
Gorgeous, cool-looking visuals can't hide the bland story and gaping plot holes. While the anime Patema Inverted wasn't amazing, I thought it handled the same concept better from a story-telling standpoint.

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219. Gamera 3: Jashin kakusei a.k.a. Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)
220. Chiisaki yûsha-tachi: Gamera a.k.a. Gamera the Brave (2006)
221. Gammera the Invincible (1966)
222. Uchu kaijû Gamera a.k.a. Gamera: Super Monster (1980)
It just felt right to do a little Gamera marathon yesterday afternoon on into the evening and finish up the only four Gamera movies I hadn't seen yet. Revenge of Iris, while not as good as the previous two, is still a solid flick and a good capper to the '90s trilogy that took Gamera in a more serious direction. The antagonist has an interesting premise as a reflection of the emotions of the girl that raised it although the film meanders a little in the middle. Gamera the Brave is apparently an attempt to return to the mood of the early Gamera films positing Gamera as a friend to all children once again. It's not great, especially in the first half where it seems to try mostly just to be cute (my daughter did love seeing a baby Gamera though). After the end, where else to go back than to the beginning (kind of)? Gammera the Invincible is basically the original Gamera given the Raymond Burr-esque treatment. Director Sandy Howard took the original film and shot some new scenes of Americans being concerned in a boardroom somewhere and stapled it into the narrative. Not unlike Godzilla King of the Monsters (1955), it just feels unnecessary when you have the original you can watch. And really, while Gamera: Super Monster is objectively not a good movie, it's a pretty great end to this marathon since it's essentially a "Gamera's Greatest Hits" package using the most threadbare of wraparound stories as an excuse to show a bunch of Gamera fights from previous movies. ALL KILLER NO FILLER BOYZ

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223. Nabi a.k.a. The Butterfly (2001)
This was an interesting film set in a future where cities are plagued with acid rain and a mysterious virus causes amnesia in those afflicted, and not unlike Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, there are those who actually desire to contract it, including the main character, a woman who suffers from memories of her dead child. The film is shot in a somewhat claustrophobic way with extensive close-ups to convey the pain of living and the drowning of the soul and body. I'm not sure I'd call this a great film but there's definitely something there that makes me think I need to revisit it again in the future.

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224. Take the X Train (1987)
From director Rintaro comes this weird frenetic anime about a man tasked by his boss with tracking down a ghost train rampaging through the subways of Tokyo. While it doesn't offer any kind of deep narrative or complex characterizations, I actually had a lot of fun with this one.

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225. Zone Troopers (1985)
Americans AND aliens vs Nazis during WWII? Sure, why not? The most surprising thing about it is just how straight it plays this ridiculous premise.

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226. Womb (2010)
Reminiscent of Jonathan Glazer's Birth in its airless, creepy premise and its cold style, its the story of a woman grieving over the death of her husband so she creates a clone of him to raise from childhood as a way to keep him near her. Did I mention how absolutely creepy this is?

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227. Land of Doom (1986)
Eh, fairly dull post-nuke movie that feels like it was made on about ten dollars.

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228. El Xendra (2012)
This one takes some interesting ideas and completely blunders the landing with endless exposition dumps, particularly toward the end.

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229. A Gnome Named Gnorm (1990)
This was a fucking horror show. Words can't express how grostesque the character of Gnorm is, and how Anthony Michael Hall's character ever became a cop to begin with is beyond confounding. Honestly the best thing about this movie is the simple pleasure I got from seeing catcher mitt face himself Robert Z'Dar working for a guy named Zadar. Zadar and Z'Dar, together again for the first time! Yea, I know it's stupid but it's still better than anything else in this trainwreck.
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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)
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)
80. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: At the Earth's Core (2017)
81. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
82. The Andromeda Strain (2008)
83. Puen yai jon salad a.k.a. Legend of the Tsunami Warrior (2008)
84. Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
85. The Minion (1998)
86. Z.P.G. a.k.a. Zero Population Growth (1972)
87. S.O.S. Tidal Wave (1939)
88. Duelle (une quarantaine) (1976)
89. Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952)
90. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
91a. Black Mirror: Hang the DJ (2017)
91b. Black Mirror: Metalhead (2017)
92. Perdues dans New York a.k.a. Lost in New York (1989)
93. Things to Come (1976)
94. Firefox (1982)
95. In-lyu-myeol-mang-bo-go-seo a.k.a. Doomsday Book (2012)
96. El pantano de los cuervos a.k.a. Swamp of the Ravens (1974)
97. Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu a.k.a. Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)
98. Teen Witch (1989)
99. Gamer (2009)
100. Real Men (1987)
101. The Neptune Factor (1973)
102. Pet Shop (1994)
103. Dumbo (2019)
104. Okja (2017)
105. The Hunters (2013)
106. tom thumb (1958)
107. Hornet (2018)
108. My Science Project (1985)
109. The Kid Who Would Be King (2018)
110. Sarmasik a.k.a. Ivy (2015)
111. Pinocchio (1911)
112. Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashî no Reimei a.k.a. Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (2020)
113. First Men in the Moon (1964)
114. Late for Dinner (1991)
115. Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (2015)
116a. Black Mirror: Black Museum (2017)
116b. Dirty Work (1933)
117. Minna! Esper Dayo!: Bangai hen Esper Miyako e iku (2015)
118. Poesía sin fin a.k.a. Endless Poetry (2016)
119. The Colour of Magic (2008)
120. Beyond Atlantis (1973)
121. The Shadow Effect (2017)
122. The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)
123. Vuelven los campeones justicieros a.k.a. The Champions Five Supermen (1972)
124. Practical Magic (1998)
125. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
126. Mosura a.k.a. Mothra (1961)
127. Galaxina (1980)
128. Bai she chuan shuo a.k.a. The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)
129. Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)
130. Jit (1990)
131. Antiviral (2012)
132. Too Much Loving a.k.a. Robot Love Slaves (1971)
133. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
134. Geu seome gago shibda a.k.a. To the Starry Island (1993)
135. Wunder der Schöpfung a.k.a. Our Heavenly Bodies (1920)
136. In Search of the Castaways (1962)
137. Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986)
138. Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
139. Aaahh Belinda (1989)
140. 2001: A Space Travesty (2000)
141. The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
142. Jiu ceng yao ta a.k.a. Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe (2015)
143. Nassereddin Shah, Actor-e Cinema a.k.a. Once Upon a Time, Cinema (1992)
144. Special (2006)
145. Moskva-Kassiopeya a.k.a. Moscow - Cassiopea (1974)
146-154a. The Prisoner E1-17 (1967)
154b. Mockingbird Lane (2012)
155. Stryker (1983)
156. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
157. OXV: The Manual a.k.a. Frequencies (2013)
158. Cesta do praveku a.k.a. Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)
159. Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989)
160. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
161. La puerta y la mujer del carnicero a.k.a. The Door and the Woman of the Butcher (1969)
162. Aliens Ate My Homework (2018)
163. Red Riding Hood (1989)
164. Francis a.k.a. Francis the Talking Mule (1950)
165. Francis Goes to the Races (1951)
166. Gamera 2: Region shurai a.k.a. Assault of the Legion (1996)
167. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (2017)
168. Sungnyangpali sonyeoui jaerim a.k.a. Resurrection of the Little Match Girl (2002)
169. Luna (2014)
170. Candy (1968)
171. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
172. Solarbabies (1986)
173. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
174. A Mulher de Todos a.k.a. The Woman of Everyone (1969)
175. The Sex Trip (2016)
176. Kei moon duen gap a.k.a. The Miracle Fighters (1982)
177. Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
178. The Space Between Us (2017)
179. Fateful Findings (2014)
180. O-bi, O-ba - Koniec cywilizacji a.k.a. O-Bi, O-Ba - The End of Civilization (1985)
181. Bãhubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)
182. Jaka Sembung a.k.a. The Warrior (1981)
183. Si Buta lawa Jaka Sembung a.k.a. The Warrior and The Blind Swordsman (1983)
184. Ladyhawke (1985)
185. Monday (2000)
186. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Slime People (1990)
187. Space Raiders (1983)
188. Kosmos (2009)
189a. L'imitation du cinéma (1960)
189b. Rabbit's Moon (1950)
189c. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)
190. Cyborg 2087 (1966)
191. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
192. Midnight Special (2016)
193. Season of the Witch (2011)
194. Chrysalis (2007)
195. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)
196. Capricorn One (1977)
197. Fararishtay kifti rost a.k.a. Angel on the Right (2002)
198. Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (1988)
199. Age of the Dragons (2011)
200. Damnation Alley (1977)
201. Genesis II (1973)
202. Planet Earth (1974)
203. Cavegirl (1985)
204. Dead Like Me: Life After Death (2009)
205. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
206. 2:22 (2017)
207. Rat (2000)
208. The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes (2005)
209. Bloodshot (2020)
210. Warau Mikaeru a.k.a. Arch Angels (2006)
211. Medousa (1998)
212. Flight of the Navigator (1986)
213. The Devil in Miss Jones (1973)
214. Zerkalo dlya geroya a.k.a. Mirror for a Hero (1988)
215. Feng kuang de wai xing ren a.k.a. Crazy Alien (2019)
216. Robot Wars (1993)
217. Molina's Ferozz (2010)
218. Upside Down (2012)
219. Gamera 3: Jashin kakusei a.k.a. Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)
220. Chiisaki yûsha-tachi: Gamera a.k.a. Gamera the Brave (2006)
221. Gammera the Invincible (1966)
222. Uchu kaijû Gamera a.k.a. Gamera: Super Monster (1980)
223. Nabi a.k.a. The Butterfly (2001)
224. Take the X Train (1987)
225. Zone Troopers (1985)
226. Womb (2010)
227. Land of Doom (1986)
228. El Xendra (2012)
229. A Gnome Named Gnorm (1990)
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8. Gemini Man (2019) - 5/10 (117mins)

An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.

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Watched 8
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)
7. Battlestar Galactica (2003) - 7/10 (183mins)
8. Gemini Man (2019) - 5/10 (117mins)
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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
18. Soul (Pete Docter, Kemp Powers-2020) USA 7 official lists 2,159 checks
19. The Red Turtle (Michael Dudok de Wit-2016) France/Belgium/Japan/USA 1,815 checks
20. Altered Carbon: Resleeved (Takeru Nakajima, Yoshiyuki Okada-2020) Japan/USA 94 checks
21. Arrow S4, E1-3 (2012) USA 864 checks
22. TRON: Legacy (Joseph Kosinski-2010) USA 2 official lists 32,401 checks
23. Real Steel (Shawn Levy-2011) USA/India 1 official list 13,181 checks
24. Love and Monsters (Michael Matthews-2020) Canada/USA 262 checks
25. Life of Pi (Ang Lee-2012) USA/Taiwan/UK/Mexico/Canada 5 official lists 35,787 checks
26. Palm Springs (Max Barbakow-2020) USA/Hong Kong 1,508 checks
27. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (Paul Weitz-2009) USA 2,305 checks
28. Men in Black: International (F. Gary Gray-2019) China/USA 1,848 checks
29. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki-2001) Japan 37 official lists Re-watch
30. Jexi (Jon Lucas, Scott Moore-2019) USA/Canada 207 checks
31. Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson-2017) USA 4 official lists Re-watch
32. Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (J.J. Abrams-2019) USA 2 official lists 5,538 checks
33. Clash of the Titans (Desmond Davis-1981) UK/USA 3 official lists 4,950 checks
34. Arrow S4, E4-6 (2012) USA 864 checks
35. THX-1138 (George Lucas-1971) USA 5 official lists 5,946 checks
36. The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry-2006) France/Italy/USA 2 official lists 6,997 checks
37. The American Astronaut (Cory McAbee-2001) USA 1 official list 419 checks
38. Legend (Ridley Scott-1985) USA/UK 3,299 checks
39. Project Power (Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman-2020) USA 785 checks
40. The God of Cookery (Lik-Chi Lee, Stephen Chiau-1996) USA 1 official list 394 checks
41. Wolfwalkers (Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart-2020) Ireland/Luxembourg/France/Denmark/USA/UK 370 checks
42. Christmas Carol: The Movie (Jimmy T. Murakami-2001) UK/Germany 216 checks
43. 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg-2016) USA 2 official lists 9,446 checks
44. Dolittle (Stephen Gaghan-2020) USA/China/UK/Japan 1 official list 605 checks
45. Soylent Green (Richard Fleischer-1973) USA 3 official lists 5,884 checks
46. Tremors II: Aftershock (S.S. Wilson-1996) USA 1,984 checks
47. Thor (Kenneth Branagh-2011) USA 2 official lists Re-watch
48. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Michael Dougherty-2019) USA/Japan/China/Canada 1 official list 2,206 checks
49. The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (René Goscinny, Henri Gruel, Albert Uderzo, Pierre Watrin-1976) France/UK 1,478 checks
50. Superman II (Richard Lester, Richard Donner-1980) USA/UK/Canada 2 official lists 12,830 checks
51. Tenet (Christopher Nolan-2020) UK / USA 1 official list 3,365 checks

I liked it. The description of "Primer with explosions" is apt.
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I'll give people a few days to list any watches from this past weekend and then i'll post some statistics.

A big thank you to everyone who participated though.
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Last one.... thanks again, Kublai Khan!

25. Le main du diable (1943) Carnival of Sinners 8+
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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
10. Horton Hears a Who! (2008) 5
11. Macario (1960) 7
12. Arrival (2016) 8 (rewatch)
13. Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) 5
14. The Signal (2007) 6
15. Orlando (1992) 6
16. Uccellacci e uccellini (1966) The Hawks and the Sparrows 7
17. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) extended version 7 (rewatch)
18. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) extended version 7
19. Under the Shadow (2016) 8
20. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) 7
21. Fido (2006) 5
22. The Girl in a Swing (1988) 6
23. Batoru rowaiaru (2000) Battle Royale 7+ (rewatch)
24. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) extended version 5
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21. How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017, Mitchell) 6
22. Alien: Covenant (2017, Scott) 6
23. Elysium (2013, Blomkamp) 5
24. Macunaíma (1969, Pedro de Andrade) 6
25. Despicable Me (2010, Coffin/Renaud) 7
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Last two films from me. Thanks for hosting, Kublai Khan.
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) 3/10
14. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Letterman, 2019) 4/10
15. Gamer (Neveldine-Taylor, 2009) 4/10
16. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Bay, 2011) 3/10
17. Nineteen Eighty-Four (Radford, 1984) 5/10
18. The New Mutants (Boone, 2020) 3/10
19. All of Me (Reiner, 1984) 6/10
20a. The Witcher: Before a Fall (Sakharov-Jobst, 2019)
20b. The Witcher: Much More (Jobst, 2019) 4/10
21. A Little Princess (Cuarón, 1995) 6/10
22. Sea Fever (Hardiman, 2019) 4/10
23. New Rose Hotel (Ferrara, 1998) 5/10
24. The Thirteenth Floor (Rusnak, 1999) 5/10
25. Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Weeks, 1984) 4/10
26. Transformers: Age of Extinction (Bay, 2014) 2/10
27. The Dead Zone (Cronenberg, 1983) Rewatch 7/10
28. Transformers: The Last Knight (Bay, 2017) 3/10
29. Happy Death Day 2U (Landon, 2019) 4/10
30. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Nimoy, 1984) 5/10
31a. Black Mirror: Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too (Sewitsky, 2019) [67 mins] 3/10
31b. Ryan (Landreth, 2004) [14 mins] 7/10
32. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Apted, 2010) 4/10
33. Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (DeCoteau, 1991) 4/10
34. The Maze Runner (Ball, 2014) 4/10
35. Vanilla Sky (Crowe, 2001) 5/10
36. Maleficent (Stromberg, 2014) 4/10
37. Black Sheep (King, 2006) Rewatch 6/10
38. Temptation Island (Gosiengfiao, 1980) 2/10
39. Forbidden World / Mutant (Holzman, 1982) 5 or 6/10
40. Shorts [Total time = 82 mins]
a. A (Lenica, 1965) [10 mins]
b. Iteration 1 (Lupini, 2016) [14 mins]
c. Exit Strategy (Bible, 2017) [15 mins]
d. Higan (Muraki, 2002) [8 mins]
e. Kigeki / Comedy (Nakazawa, 2002) [11 mins]
f. End of the World (Kobayashi, 2002) [11 mins]
g. Garakuta no Machi (Ito, 2006) [13 mins]

41. The Dark Tower (Arcel, 2017)
I haven't read Stephen King's Dark Tower books, but I'm pretty sure it's more than the Terminator 2 with random magic stuff thrown on top that this film is. At least McConaughey is fun chewing as the scenery-chewing Man in Black.
3/10

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42. Conquest (Fulci, 1983)
Fulci's brings his dream-like psychadelic sensibility to the wave of spaghetti fantasy films that followed the release of Conan. Fulci's world is more primitive than others, like a fantasical version of the early Bronze Age. There's little logic in the film, but it does offer a lot of oneiric beauty as characters battle in a misty inchoate world.
6/10

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ChrisReynolds wrote: February 1st, 2021, 2:17 pm
41. The Dark Tower (Arcel, 2017)
I haven't read Stephen King's Dark Tower books, but I'm pretty sure it's more than the Terminator 2 with random magic stuff thrown on top that this film is. At least McConaughey is fun chewing as the scenery-chewing Man in Black.
3/10
I'm not one of these crazy people who are believe the book needs to be faithful to the movie, but this one is hot garbage in comparison to the book series. I mean, the books are vast, unwieldy, self-indulgent and incredibly bizarre, so they don't exactly make for the easiest series to adapt anyway. But to basically take a few of the characters from the series and essentially make up some totally random YA-oriented plot that has little to nothing to do with the series is like bending over and shitting all over them. Really at this point The Dark Tower series would be best served as a TV series like was being planned for Amazon Prime (but unfortunately didn't get picked up). To adapt the whole thing is gonna be extremely tricky though. The later books in the series get very weird and meta with Stephen King himself showing up as a character in the book and with characters and objects from other licenses like the villains in book five are Doctor Dooms with lightsabers that use the snitch from Harry Potter as a weapon. Ridiculous stuff that would obviously have problems with any adaptation.
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Managed to watch one more

35. Cube (1997)



Nice job hosting, Kublai :thumbsup:

and congrats to flavo for doing his thing :worship:
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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)
17. The Quiet Earth (1985)
18. Weathering with You (2019)
19. Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
20. Deathstalker II (1987)
21. Moon 44 (1990)
22. The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)
23. Video Girl Ai: Episodes 1-3 (1992)
24. Video Girl Ai: Episodes 4-6 (1992)
25. Deluge (1933)
26. The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
27. Krysar (1986)
28. L'ange (1982)
29. Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977)
30. New Cutey Honey: Episodes 1-4 (1994)
31. New Cutey Honey: Episodes 5-8 (1995)
32. A Boy and His Dog (1975)
33. Barbarian Queen (1985)
34. Quatermass 2 (1957)
35. Cube (1997)
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44. Gojira: kessen kidô zôshoku toshi [Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle] (2018, Kôbun Shizuno & Hiroyuki Seshita): 4.2
45. Gojira: hoshi wo kû mono [Godzilla: The Planet Eater] (2018, Kôbun Shizuno & Hiroyuki Seshita): 4.5 - I can respect that these animes approaches the series differently by using it more for as a metaphor for philosophical discussion about human nature. The choice f.e. to turn Mechagodzilla in the second film an expanding nanobot complex and Gidorah in the third in an interdimensional superbeing sure are inspired. Unfortunately it sacrifices decent plotting and good characterization while doing this. More so the philosophical discussion are more often sleep inducing than thought provoking. The second films suffer immensely from this in its second act. The third entry suffers least from this. If the previous entries had laid down the groundwork better, this could even have been moving. .

46.Terminator Genisys (2015, Alan Taylor): 6.5 - The problem with the Terminator series is that the first two are such highlights, that any subsequent entry not living up to those reputations seems like a major dissapointment. While in fact this compared to your average sci-fi blockbuster is just an okay enjoyable average sci-fi blockbuster with a good pace thanks to a lot of action sequences.

47. Super Mario Bros. (1993, Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton & Dean Semler): 5.5 - Hard to rate this, cause I was constantly torn between being amazed by how bat shit crazy it is and stupefied how moronic it is and how it’s has nothing to do with the videogame.

48. Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. [Gas-s-s-s] (1970, Roger Corman): 3.5 - Starts promising with a fun animated intro. But rapidly declines into incoherent nonsense. I suppose this is meant to be a satire on (counter)-culture, but it’s painfully unfunny.

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
18. The Last Witch Hunter (2015, Breck Eisner): 4.8
19. The Midnight Sky (2020, George Clooney): 5.8
20. Kaijû sôshingeki [Destroy All Monsters] (1968, Ishirô Honda): 6.5
21. Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru kaijû daishingeki [All Monsters Attack/Godzilla's Revenge] (1969, Ishirô Honda): 5.2
22. Fando y Lis [Fando and Lis] (1968, Alejandro Jodorowsky): 4.8
23. Gojira tai Hedorâ [Godzilla vs. Hedorah ] (1971, Yoshimitsu Banno): 5.2
24. The Land Unknown (1957, Virgil W. Vogel): 7.0
25. Conan the Barbarian (2011, Marcus Nispel): 6.2 -
26. Chikyû kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan [Godzilla vs. Gigan] (1972, Jun Fukuda): 6.8
27. Gojira tai Megaro [Godzilla vs. Megalon] (1973, Jun Fukuda): 6.2
28. Zheng tu [Double World] (2020, Teddy Chan): 7.2
29. Bright (2017, David Ayer): 6.8
30. Gojira tai Mekagojira [Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla] (1974, Jun Fukuda): 6.5
31. Mekagojira no gyakushu [Terror of Mechagodzilla] (1975, Ishirô Honda): 6.2
32. The Colossus of New York (1958, Eugène Lourié): 4.5
33. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018, David Yates): 3.5
34. Kingu Kongu tai Gojira [King Kong vs. Godzilla] (1962, Ishirô Honda) (The Japanese version) 6.8
35. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958, Edward L. Cahn): 6.8
36. Godzilla (1998, Roland Emmerich) (rewatch): ? > 5.5
37. Jack the Giant Killer (1962, Nathan Juran): 7.2
38. Godzilla (2014, Gareth Edwards): 6.8
39. Crack in the World (1965, Andrew Marton): 5.8
40. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019, Michael Dougherty): 7.5
41. Pan (2015, Joe Wright): 4.0
42. Shin Gojira [Shin Godzilal] (2016, Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi): 7.5
43. Gojira: Kaijû Wakusei [Godzilla: Monster Planet/Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters] (2017, Kôbun Shizuno & Hiroyuki Seshita): 3.8
It was a fun challenge, and a great excuse to watch my Godzilla box. Thanks for hosting Kublai Khan :cheers:
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One more for the pile! I actually forgot to check this one from yesterday.
230. The Bubble (1966)
I actually liked one this alright. Reminded me of an extended Twilight Zone episode.
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)
80. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: At the Earth's Core (2017)
81. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
82. The Andromeda Strain (2008)
83. Puen yai jon salad a.k.a. Legend of the Tsunami Warrior (2008)
84. Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
85. The Minion (1998)
86. Z.P.G. a.k.a. Zero Population Growth (1972)
87. S.O.S. Tidal Wave (1939)
88. Duelle (une quarantaine) (1976)
89. Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952)
90. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
91a. Black Mirror: Hang the DJ (2017)
91b. Black Mirror: Metalhead (2017)
92. Perdues dans New York a.k.a. Lost in New York (1989)
93. Things to Come (1976)
94. Firefox (1982)
95. In-lyu-myeol-mang-bo-go-seo a.k.a. Doomsday Book (2012)
96. El pantano de los cuervos a.k.a. Swamp of the Ravens (1974)
97. Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu a.k.a. Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)
98. Teen Witch (1989)
99. Gamer (2009)
100. Real Men (1987)
101. The Neptune Factor (1973)
102. Pet Shop (1994)
103. Dumbo (2019)
104. Okja (2017)
105. The Hunters (2013)
106. tom thumb (1958)
107. Hornet (2018)
108. My Science Project (1985)
109. The Kid Who Would Be King (2018)
110. Sarmasik a.k.a. Ivy (2015)
111. Pinocchio (1911)
112. Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashî no Reimei a.k.a. Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (2020)
113. First Men in the Moon (1964)
114. Late for Dinner (1991)
115. Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (2015)
116a. Black Mirror: Black Museum (2017)
116b. Dirty Work (1933)
117. Minna! Esper Dayo!: Bangai hen Esper Miyako e iku (2015)
118. Poesía sin fin a.k.a. Endless Poetry (2016)
119. The Colour of Magic (2008)
120. Beyond Atlantis (1973)
121. The Shadow Effect (2017)
122. The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)
123. Vuelven los campeones justicieros a.k.a. The Champions Five Supermen (1972)
124. Practical Magic (1998)
125. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
126. Mosura a.k.a. Mothra (1961)
127. Galaxina (1980)
128. Bai she chuan shuo a.k.a. The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)
129. Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)
130. Jit (1990)
131. Antiviral (2012)
132. Too Much Loving a.k.a. Robot Love Slaves (1971)
133. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
134. Geu seome gago shibda a.k.a. To the Starry Island (1993)
135. Wunder der Schöpfung a.k.a. Our Heavenly Bodies (1920)
136. In Search of the Castaways (1962)
137. Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986)
138. Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
139. Aaahh Belinda (1989)
140. 2001: A Space Travesty (2000)
141. The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
142. Jiu ceng yao ta a.k.a. Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe (2015)
143. Nassereddin Shah, Actor-e Cinema a.k.a. Once Upon a Time, Cinema (1992)
144. Special (2006)
145. Moskva-Kassiopeya a.k.a. Moscow - Cassiopea (1974)
146-154a. The Prisoner E1-17 (1967)
154b. Mockingbird Lane (2012)
155. Stryker (1983)
156. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
157. OXV: The Manual a.k.a. Frequencies (2013)
158. Cesta do praveku a.k.a. Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)
159. Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989)
160. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
161. La puerta y la mujer del carnicero a.k.a. The Door and the Woman of the Butcher (1969)
162. Aliens Ate My Homework (2018)
163. Red Riding Hood (1989)
164. Francis a.k.a. Francis the Talking Mule (1950)
165. Francis Goes to the Races (1951)
166. Gamera 2: Region shurai a.k.a. Assault of the Legion (1996)
167. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (2017)
168. Sungnyangpali sonyeoui jaerim a.k.a. Resurrection of the Little Match Girl (2002)
169. Luna (2014)
170. Candy (1968)
171. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
172. Solarbabies (1986)
173. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
174. A Mulher de Todos a.k.a. The Woman of Everyone (1969)
175. The Sex Trip (2016)
176. Kei moon duen gap a.k.a. The Miracle Fighters (1982)
177. Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
178. The Space Between Us (2017)
179. Fateful Findings (2014)
180. O-bi, O-ba - Koniec cywilizacji a.k.a. O-Bi, O-Ba - The End of Civilization (1985)
181. Bãhubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)
182. Jaka Sembung a.k.a. The Warrior (1981)
183. Si Buta lawa Jaka Sembung a.k.a. The Warrior and The Blind Swordsman (1983)
184. Ladyhawke (1985)
185. Monday (2000)
186. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Slime People (1990)
187. Space Raiders (1983)
188. Kosmos (2009)
189a. L'imitation du cinéma (1960)
189b. Rabbit's Moon (1950)
189c. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)
190. Cyborg 2087 (1966)
191. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
192. Midnight Special (2016)
193. Season of the Witch (2011)
194. Chrysalis (2007)
195. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)
196. Capricorn One (1977)
197. Fararishtay kifti rost a.k.a. Angel on the Right (2002)
198. Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (1988)
199. Age of the Dragons (2011)
200. Damnation Alley (1977)
201. Genesis II (1973)
202. Planet Earth (1974)
203. Cavegirl (1985)
204. Dead Like Me: Life After Death (2009)
205. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
206. 2:22 (2017)
207. Rat (2000)
208. The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes (2005)
209. Bloodshot (2020)
210. Warau Mikaeru a.k.a. Arch Angels (2006)
211. Medousa (1998)
212. Flight of the Navigator (1986)
213. The Devil in Miss Jones (1973)
214. Zerkalo dlya geroya a.k.a. Mirror for a Hero (1988)
215. Feng kuang de wai xing ren a.k.a. Crazy Alien (2019)
216. Robot Wars (1993)
217. Molina's Ferozz (2010)
218. Upside Down (2012)
219. Gamera 3: Jashin kakusei a.k.a. Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)
220. Chiisaki yûsha-tachi: Gamera a.k.a. Gamera the Brave (2006)
221. Gammera the Invincible (1966)
222. Uchu kaijû Gamera a.k.a. Gamera: Super Monster (1980)
223. Nabi a.k.a. The Butterfly (2001)
224. Take the X Train (1987)
225. Zone Troopers (1985)
226. Womb (2010)
227. Land of Doom (1986)
228. El Xendra (2012)
229. A Gnome Named Gnorm (1990)
230. The Bubble (1966)
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12. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Daniel Haller, 1979) - 7/10
13. Bloodshot (Dave Wilson, 2020) - 6/10
14. The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg, 1983) - 8/10
15. Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow, 1995) - 8/10
16. Scanners (David Cronenberg, 1981) - 6/10

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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
10. The Creature Walks Among Us (John Sherwood, 1956) - 5/10
11. Avalon (Mamoru Oshii, 2001) - 4/10
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1. Palm Springs (2020)
2. Trolls World Tour (2020)
3. Tenet (2020)
4. Wolfwalkers (2020)
5. Jingle Jangle (2020)
6. Over the Moon (2020)
7. The Canterville Ghost (1944)
8. Mulan (2020)
9. Onward (2020)
10. The One and Only Ivan (2020)
11. Outside the Wire (2021)
12a. Wandavision Episodes 1-2 - 61 minutes
12b. Disenchantment Season 3, Episode 1 - 30 minutes
13. Mutant Aliens (2001)
14. I Married a Strange Person (1997)
15. Prospect (2018)
16. Magic Flute (1975)
17. Rick and Morty S03E10-S04E03 - 88 minutes
18a. Lovecraft Country S01E06 - 63 minutes
18b. Disenchantment S03E02 - 25 minutes
19a. Lovecraft Country S01E07 - 57 minutes
19b. Disenchantment S03E03 - 33 minutes
20a. Lovecraft Country S01E08 - 59 minutes
20b. Disenchantment S03E04 - 30 minutes
21a. Lovecraft Country S01E09 - 55 minutes
21b. Disenchantment S03E05 - 26 minutes
22a. Lovecraft Country S01E10 - 61 minutes
22b. Disenchantment S03E06 - 30 minutes
23. Rick and Morty S04E04-S04E08 - 82 minutes
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28. Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (Nomura & Kise, 2015). Eh. This was a bit of a disappointment. Certainly not worthy of being the "third" feature film in the franchise. Too many shootout scenes and not enough interesting plot lines. Oh well.

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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).
7. Black Lizard (Fukusaku, 1968).
8. Her (Jonze, 2013).
9. Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone (Mazuyaki et al., 2007). REWATCH.
10. Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance (Masuyaki et al., 2009).
11. It's Such A Beautiful Day (Hertzfeldt, 2012).
12. Cat City (Ternovszky, 1986).
13-14. Star Trek S1E1-3 (1966). 63+50+50=163 mins.
15 1990: The Bronx Warriors (Castellari, 1982).
16-21: Star Trek, s1E4-5 (1966). 50+50 mins. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 S1E1-12. 12*25 mins. 400 mins total.
22. The Man Who Thought Life (Ravn, 1969).
23. Ghost in the Shell Arise: Borders 1- Ghost Pain (Murata & Kise, 2013).
24. Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 2 - Ghost Whisper (Takeucih & Kise, 2013).
25. Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 3 - Ghost Tears (Kise, 2014).
26. Ghost in the Shell: Border 4 - Ghost Stands Alone (Kudo & Kise, 2014).
27. Ghost int he Shell: Border 5 - Pyrophoric Cult (Kise, 2015).
28. Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (Nomura & Kise, 2015)
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31. [90mins TV-series]
The X-Files S6E3: Triangle (Chris Carter, 1998) 7+
The X-Files S6E4: Dreamland (Rob Bowman, 1998) 8-

2022+
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+ (=)
14. Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 2018) 6-
15. Transit (Christian Petzold, 2018) 7+
16. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (David Yates, 2018) 5
17. It Comes at Night (Trey Edward Shults, 2017) 7-
18. The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales / Le grand méchant renard et autres contes... (Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner, 2017) 7
19. Tomb Raider (Roar Uthaug, 2018) 5+
20. Arachnophobia (Frank Marshall, 1990) 7-
21. I Kill Giants (Anders Walter, 2017) 7-
22. Inside Out (Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen , 2015) [Rewatch] 8>8-
23. Promare / Promare: Puromea (Hiroyuki Imaishi, 2019) 4+
24. The Girl with All the Gifts (Colm McCarthy, 2016) 6
25. Soul (Pete Docter, Kemp Powers, 2020) 7
26. [90mins TV-series]
The X-Files S6E1: The Beginning (Kim Manners, 1998) 7
The X-Files S6E2: Drive (Rob Bowman, 1998) 7+
27. Cold Skin (Xavier Gens, 2017) 7-
28. Megamind (Tom McGrath, 2010) 5+
29. Gwen, the Book of Sand / Gwen, le livre de sable (Jean-François Laguionie, 1985) 7+
30. No Such Thing (Hal Hartley, 2001) 4
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14. The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
Just a glimmer of a fantasy element here. A drama about a land dispute, simmering with class and ethnic tensions, set in a small town, featuring an ensemble cast. This isn't a Redford movie; it's a John Sayles movie. Only about half as good.

15. A Monster Calls (2016)
Dreams and imagination prove a refuge for a child experiencing loss and trauma. It's a familiar story, but it's well done.

16. Tron: Legacy (2010)
It's hardly unusual for a sci-fi movie to use strong production design and visual effects to make up for a subar plot and characters. It's actually a hallmark of the genre. But I've rarely seen a movie do it more effectively. The visuals here are just that cool.
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flavo5000 wrote: February 1st, 2021, 2:59 pm
ChrisReynolds wrote: February 1st, 2021, 2:17 pm
41. The Dark Tower (Arcel, 2017)
I haven't read Stephen King's Dark Tower books, but I'm pretty sure it's more than the Terminator 2 with random magic stuff thrown on top that this film is. At least McConaughey is fun chewing as the scenery-chewing Man in Black.
3/10
I'm not one of these crazy people who are believe the book needs to be faithful to the movie, but this one is hot garbage in comparison to the book series. I mean, the books are vast, unwieldy, self-indulgent and incredibly bizarre, so they don't exactly make for the easiest series to adapt anyway. But to basically take a few of the characters from the series and essentially make up some totally random YA-oriented plot that has little to nothing to do with the series is like bending over and shitting all over them. Really at this point The Dark Tower series would be best served as a TV series like was being planned for Amazon Prime (but unfortunately didn't get picked up). To adapt the whole thing is gonna be extremely tricky though. The later books in the series get very weird and meta with Stephen King himself showing up as a character in the book and with characters and objects from other licenses like the villains in book five are Doctor Dooms with lightsabers that use the snitch from Harry Potter as a weapon. Ridiculous stuff that would obviously have problems with any adaptation.
It was in development for ten years, with at least four writers including the dreaded Akiva Goldsman, it feels like the result of continuous studio notes to make it "safer" resulting in the bland hodge-podge. I watched a review of the movie by Robbie Collins who said it seemed to have been heavily edited and stitched together with reshoots, and cited as evidence that the final battle takes place between two people standing at either end of a corridor who never interact.

I've joined a Stephen King reading group, so I intend to read all of the Dark Tower book series as part of that.
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ChrisReynolds wrote: February 1st, 2021, 9:32 pm
flavo5000 wrote: February 1st, 2021, 2:59 pm
ChrisReynolds wrote: February 1st, 2021, 2:17 pm
41. The Dark Tower (Arcel, 2017)
I haven't read Stephen King's Dark Tower books, but I'm pretty sure it's more than the Terminator 2 with random magic stuff thrown on top that this film is. At least McConaughey is fun chewing as the scenery-chewing Man in Black.
3/10
I'm not one of these crazy people who are believe the book needs to be faithful to the movie, but this one is hot garbage in comparison to the book series. I mean, the books are vast, unwieldy, self-indulgent and incredibly bizarre, so they don't exactly make for the easiest series to adapt anyway. But to basically take a few of the characters from the series and essentially make up some totally random YA-oriented plot that has little to nothing to do with the series is like bending over and shitting all over them. Really at this point The Dark Tower series would be best served as a TV series like was being planned for Amazon Prime (but unfortunately didn't get picked up). To adapt the whole thing is gonna be extremely tricky though. The later books in the series get very weird and meta with Stephen King himself showing up as a character in the book and with characters and objects from other licenses like the villains in book five are Doctor Dooms with lightsabers that use the snitch from Harry Potter as a weapon. Ridiculous stuff that would obviously have problems with any adaptation.
It was in development for ten years, with at least four writers including the dreaded Akiva Goldsman, it feels like the result of continuous studio notes to make it "safer" resulting in the bland hodge-podge. I watched a review of the movie by Robbie Collins who said it seemed to have been heavily edited and stitched together with reshoots, and cited as evidence that the final battle takes place between two people standing at either end of a corridor who never interact.

I've joined a Stephen King reading group, so I intend to read all of the Dark Tower book series as part of that.
That's cool. I used to be huge into King and have read all of his books up until From A Buick 8. After that I got a lot more sporadic with him but have still read several since, just not everything. Personally I think Needful Things was one of my favorites of his. It's a shame the movie was fairly lackluster.
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I prefer Science fact
1. Princess Bride (1987)
2. Soylent Green (1973)
3. Maximum Overdrive (1986)
4. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
5. Real Steel (2011)
6. Face/Off (1997)
7. Death Becomes Her (1992)
8. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
"9-10. Rick & Morty, S4 (2019-2020; 229m, floating 69m)
Rick & Morty: Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat (2019, 22m)
Rick & Morty: The Old Man and the Seat (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Rattlestar Ricklactica (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Never Ricking Morty (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Promortyus (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: The Vat of Acid Episode (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Childrick of Mort (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Star Mort: Rickturn of the Jerri (2020, 23m)"
11. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
12. This Island Earth (1955)
13. Fantastic Voyage (1966)
14. Outland (1981)
15. The Omega Man (1971)
16. Quatermass 2 (1957)
17. Independence Day (1996)
18. Trancers (1984)
19. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
20. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
21. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
22. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
23. The Abyss (1989)
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
25. Primer (2004)
"26. Shorts (24m + 69m floated)
Windy Day (1968, 8m)
Cheese (2008, 16m)"
27. Serenity (2005)
28. Simon of the Desert (1965)
It was on 5 lists. That was its best attribute.
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It's (mostly) About Time

1. Time Barbarians (Justin John Barmettler, 1991)
2. Time Runner (Michael Mazo, 1993)
3. Time Chasers (David Giancola, 1994)
4. Time Under Fire (Scott P. Levy/Tripp Reed, 1997)
5. Saturn 3 (Stanley Donen, 1980) (re-watch)
6. The Time Machine (George Pal, 1960) (re-watch)
7. Dimension 5 (Franklin Adreon, 1966)
8. Cyborg 2087 (Franklin Adreon, 1966)
9. Wonder Woman 1984 (Patty Jenkins, 2020)

I sort of wish I had seen this right away, before there was any hype (or in this case, mostly anti-hype); not that I read or watched any in-depth reviews beforehand, but just knowing that it was getting generally mixed-to-poor notices probably didn't help matters here - I just had this idea that there were a lot of problems to look for, and perhaps had I not known that I would have enjoyed it a little more. But probably just a little, because I don't think I could have avoided some of the groans and unintentional laughter that pricked my viewing at various times. It started out promisingly enough with the nice 80s mall sequence, reminiscent to me of a sequence early in Commando, but the 80s references didn't go much further than that, so those like me looking for a nostalgia fix are going to come up empty-handed. Mostly it ends up a big fucking mess with two villains - wholly unconnected until the end - vying for screen time and a cast that seems either uninterested or bewildered, effects that range from just OK to pretty bad, and about a half-hour more run-time than I needed. I actually rather liked Kristen Wiig and her Cheetah character, and had the film focused on that and done a better job of integrating the feminist conceits that were just sort of thrown out as gloss, it might have been salvageable. And Pedro Pascal was OK at times playing an impossible character, but at other times he seemed to me to just be laughing at himself and the movie. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine both seemed fairly disengaged, and why was Pine there to begin with? What purpose did his character serve other than to give Diana a "feminine" character arc involving lost love? The more I think about it the less I like it and I feel I could go on for several hundred words but...what's the point.

10. Timeslip / The Atomic Man (Ken Hughes, 1955)

Another weak film in a weak bunch for both the genre as a whole and time-related stuff specifically this month; I guess I was just cleaning out inventory or something. A low-budget British film - but starring Americans Gene Nelson and Faith Domergue, I guess to get that potential American audience, this is more a crime/noir or early spy film than anything else, the SF element being that a man (Peter Arne) fished out of the river more dead than alive turns out to be a key atomic scientist whose work has made him "slip" through time, living several seconds ahead of the rest of us. Interesting idea which they do absolutely nothing with, focusing mostly on reporters Nelson and Domergue and their search for possible foreign agents using the scientist for some nefarious purposes. Very predictable and ordinary, and the humor from Nelson really sticks out in what seems like it wanted to be a more serious story.

11. Altered States (Ken Russell, 1980) (re-watch)

I had almost no memory of this, wasn't sure if I'd seen it at all, but the suspenseful chase that ends in the zoo (the best sequence in the film IMO) was familiar and other bits and pieces stood out as well. I had some hopes for this though my feelings about the director have been mixed since I first saw Tommy in a revival house in Munich in 1982, and alas this isn't going to be the film that gets me on the Russell bandwagon. Far from it. At least half of the running time of this - basically the whole first half and bits of the second - is just drawn-out and endless pseudoscientific exposition - enough to fill multiple NOLAN films - and I didn't find it very involving, dramatic or exciting at all. Perhaps part of this has to do with the fact that the central idea - a scientist (William Hurt) hits on the idea of regressing the human mind back to a primordial state through the use of an isolation tank and various psychotropic drugs - is a very familiar one in written SF, if still fairly novel in films in 1980s. Edmond Hamilton wrote multiple stories on the very same theme in the 1920s-30s, and before him H.G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs hit on some very similar topics. So while the film has a more modern scientific gloss it felt very ordinary and highly predictable to me - and awfully dull burdened as it is with so much scientific jargon. Or maybe I just think it's a fairly silly idea, I dunno - at any rate I never really cared what was going on, and the psychedelic effects - some of them pretty clearly inspired by 2001 - didn't enliven things for me. It's not totally awful - like I said, that chase sequence was rather well done, and I liked Charles Haid as the more cynical, prosaic scientist at odds with Hurt's dreamer - but it really counts as a disappointment to me, and has to be among my least-favorite films on the TSPDT main list.

12. Future Hunters (Cirio H. Santiago, 1988)

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From disappointment to pleasant surprise. I saw two of Santiago's films last year for the SE Asia challenge - this film, like those, is an English-language USA-Philippines co-production - and thought they were about the worst kind of schlock; and I'd seen TNT Jackson maybe a decade ago, liked it more but still not that much. So I was prepared for the worst but came away hugely enjoying this bit of nonsense - sure, more in the so-bad-it's-good way, but I'll take anything in the time-travel mode at this point that gives me some fun. The story, such as it is, begins with a man traveling back to our era from a post-apocalyptic earth in order to, of course, save the world from the evil that will befall it. Alas he doesn't make it very far, being killed in the first few minutes, but the magic knife-like staff headpiece he has ends up in the hands of Robert Patrick( in the midst of the b-movie hell that began his career, three years before his T-1000 ran into eternity) and his girlfriend Linda Carol, who proceed to have Indiana Jones-type adventures all over the world (but really just the Philippines) in order to prevent the headpiece from being united with the staff in the wrong hands. Along the way they fight a Bruce Lee knockoff (Bruce Le), dive out of a helicoper before it explodes, meet midget warriors, Mongol warriors and Amazon warriors all on the same island and, oh, neo-Nazis, of course. Patrick's performance is one of the worst I've ever seen from somebody who would be a name actor, and the rest of the cast aren't any better, but this is just awesome over-the-top schlock fun.

(not quite as good as that poster, but really, what could be?)

13. A.P..E.X. (Philip J. Roth, 1994)

Yet another post-apocalyptic world that has to be saved by time travel! The twist here - ok, not really a twist, it had already been done many times by this point - is that the scientist Sinclair (Richard Keats) who has to save the world is also the one who created the alternate timeline he's in now, and nobody else believes him. It's a bit confusing - and ultimately silly when you think about it - to start with, as he and his crew send killer robots to destroy any "viruses" in the time stream, and somehow when a mistake is made this ends up creating a world where the killer robots have multiplied almost infinitely and have been spending decades hunting down every human, so our hero and a band of survivors have to find the ruins of the time lab so he can set things right. A dreary film enlivened only by Mitchell Cox's VERY Kurt Russell-esque hothead military guy who constantly fights with hero Sinclair. I have a high tolerance for this particular kind of narrative so I kind of enjoyed this, but I'd never watch it again or recommend it, quite borderline.

14. 2009 loseuteu maemorijeu / 2009: Lost Memories (Si-Myung Lee, 2002)

After focusing mostly on American/English language stuff for this challenge and getting mostly dreck, I decided to go for this South Korean film, apparently a fairly major production that was something of a hit in it's home country. Glancing at the reviews first this time actually helped I think, as they gave me some understanding of the over-the-top rah-rah patriotism on display in this film about a young Japanese-speaking Korean cop in the 2009 world where Japan rules over East Asia, with Korea being part of the empire for the past 100 years, who gets drawn into a web of terrorists who are plotting to change the course of history to the one we all live in. Alas this ends up mostly as an overlong action film with a ludicrous mix of mysticism and science to explain the time travel, REALLY overt nationalism and anti-Japanese sentiment (understandable, but when the lead Japanese cop shoots a 10-year old boy and a bartender in cold blood a few minutes apart, I think maybe we've gone too far) and a plot that just gets sillier and stupider as it goes along to it's inevitable righting-of-wrongs ending.

15. Dr. Who and the Daleks (Gordon Flemyng, 1965)
16. Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (Gordon Flemyng, 1966)

I thought maybe I'd seen the first of these theatrical Dr. Who features years ago, but nothing rang a bell when I watched it. I can't say I've ever been a giant fan of the show - oh I liked it a lot when I first saw it back in the 70s, when the 4th (Tom Baker) Doctor was showing on PBS here, but I didn't have many choices at the time. Since then I've seen a few episodes of the 1st-3rd Docs, a few from Baker's successor Peter Davison, and couple from the modern re-boot of the show, and while I like it enough that I'd like to see more I don't really see myself making the effort with such a mammoth enterprise. So why not these two movies to whet my whistle for a moment at least?

Alas they are even more juvenile overall than the episodes of the First Doctor that I remember, and that certainly comes down mostly to the writing. Peter Cushing - only in his early 50s at the time - plays the borderline decrepit title character (referred to as Doctor Who here, not "the Doctor"), and in these iterations he's just an elderly, eccentric British inventor who's somehow created the TARDIS, in which he and three companions go and have fairly mild adventures. In the first film, the boyfriend of Barbara, the older of his granddaughters, accidentally sets the machine in motion and they end up on the planet of the Daleks, who run a dying world and plot against their enemies, the human (but weirdly made-up of course) Thals, and the Doctor and companions - especially young Susan who seems to make all the right decisions - have to save the day. The Daleks have to be the very stupidest master-alien-race in the history of science fiction, and while I think there are some episodes of the show that manage to get around the sheer silliness of a race whose plans depend on the non-existence of stairs, these two films don't really manage it; even the 8-12 year olds who were probably the target audience at the time probably laughed at them.

Invasion Earth is a bit better even if it is something of a mixture between The War of the Worlds (the novel, mostly) and every post-apocalyptic story ever. Here the 4-person TARDIS crew (Cushing and Sarah Tovey as younger granddaughter Susan return, the others are new) travels to the eponymous year, where they find that the Daleks have wreaked havoc on the earth and are drilling into the core for some nefarious reasons. It's impossible not to be aware at every moment how stupid the person or persons were who decided this was supposed to take place nearly 200 years in the future - and then have literally ZERO evidence that anything whatsoever has changed in England (apart from the Daleks) since 1966. Clothes, cars, weapons - everything's the same. Did the Daleks arrive in 1970 and destroy everything, so it's all been just decay for 180 years? Seems impossible, but no other explanation makes sense either, except, oh, laziness and low budget. Still SOME effort could have been made, or maybe just make it Daleks' Invasion Earth 1968?

Both films are in 2.35 Techniscope and Technicolor, so they do look quite different from the show at the time, and the effects, sets, etc, are of reasonable quality for what they were, but all in all these strike me as having little more than nostalgia value.

17. 12:01 (Jack Sholder, 1993)

Finishing the challenge with a time-loop story, a TV movie that came out just a few months after Groundhog Day to which it bears some similarities, though overall this is clearly set in a sci-fi frame rather than the unexplainable fantasy of the earlier (and better) film. But at the beginning it doesn't seem that different, as our everyman (Jonathan Silverman) is kind of reminiscent of the snarky, cynical asshole played by Bill Murray in GD, and the plot does revolve to a great extent on an unattainable woman - physicist Lisa Fredericks (Helen Slater) here, who works in a lab in the building where Silverman's loser character Barry has a lowly flunky job that he's barely hanging onto. Something weird happens right after midnight on the first day of the film - the worst day in both Barry's and Lisa's lives (in very different ways), and when Barry wakes up the next day, it's not. And here's where the major difference between this film and Groundhog Day comes in - rather than improving himself in a spiritual sense, Barry has to solve a complex series of problems and use his brain in ways that he's just not used to - essentially become the kind of guy who can hold a steady job and think on his feet and, oh, also care about others - but that's not necessarily the obvious point here. This was a TV movie and wisely spends almost all of it's effort on the machinations of the plot, rather than going for fancy effects or expensive production design, and for me it pays off, being a solid little thriller with enough little twists that I didn't see (but made sense) and a resolution that while predictable enough is pretty satisfying.

That's it for me, thanks for hosting KK.
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