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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge (Official, January 2019)

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Post by maxwelldeux » December 29th, 2018, 9:50 pm

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

Rules
- A feature film (anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films counts as one entry.
- For Mini-Series/TV series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series/TV series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches are allowed.

Challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to January 31, 2019.

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The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide)
Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
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1 albajos 222
2 flavo5000 178
3 jeroeno 117
4 jdidaco 111
5 psychotronicbeatnik 96
6 weirdboy 79
7 vortexsurfer 67
8 Hunziker 64
9 maxwelldeux 60
10 sol 50
11 klaus78 47
12 peeptoad 45
13 Eva_L 41
14 RogerTheMovieManiac88 40
14 Simba63 40
16 OldAle1 38
17 ChrisReynolds 37
18 India Istanbul 36
19 VincentPrice 33
19 Lonewolf2003 33
21 Daviddoes 32
21 frbrown 32
23 sebby 30
24 shugs 28
25 hurluberlu 26
26 nimimerkillinen 25
27 zzzorf 18
28 Coryn 17
29 ororama 15
30 allisoncm 14
30 Knaldskalle 14
30 jvv 14
33 sheikofhyrule 13
33 cinephage 13
35 ZombieCPA 12
35 funkybusiness 12
37 morrison-dylan-fan 11
37 45MinuteZoom 11
39 mightysparks 10
40 blocho 9
41 Mochard 8
42 blueboybob 6
43 clemmetarey 4
44 3eyes 3


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Week 2: viewtopic.php?p=555668#p555668
Week 3: viewtopic.php?p=557419#p557419
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#2

Post by psychotronicbeatnik » December 29th, 2018, 11:54 pm

I'd like to take this opportunity to beat sol to the first response and say, "I'm in, I'm way, way in for this one." :banana:

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#3

Post by albajos » December 29th, 2018, 11:54 pm

I'm out. To infinity and beyond.

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Post by Mochard » December 30th, 2018, 1:28 am

I love this challenge so I'm definitely in!

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Post by Hunziker » December 30th, 2018, 2:44 am

Most definitely in.
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Post by 3eyes » December 30th, 2018, 3:24 am

expect me when you see me.
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Post by Knaldskalle » December 31st, 2018, 6:36 am

In.
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Post by sol » December 31st, 2018, 6:39 am

psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
December 29th, 2018, 11:54 pm
I'd like to take this opportunity to beat sol to the first response and say, "I'm in, I'm way, way in for this one." :banana:
You can respond here first, but since I live in the future (well, future time zone) beating me to first viewing of the month might be a challenge. :mrgreen:
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Post by maxwelldeux » December 31st, 2018, 6:46 am

sol wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 6:39 am
psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
December 29th, 2018, 11:54 pm
I'd like to take this opportunity to beat sol to the first response and say, "I'm in, I'm way, way in for this one." :banana:
You can respond here first, but since I live in the future (well, future time zone) beating me to first viewing of the month might be a challenge. :mrgreen:
WHY DIDN'T YOU WARN US ABOUT 9/11?!?!?!?!?!?

(Sorry - that's my favorite joke about stupid people in the US who don't understand time zones.)

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Post by sol » December 31st, 2018, 8:23 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 6:46 am
(Sorry - that's my favorite joke about stupid people in the US who don't understand time zones.)
Heh, don't worry. There is of course a downside of living in the future. I always finish before everyone else, so if there are any Hawaiian users out there, they have the better part of a whole day to outdo my progress when I hand in my final report. :lol: :huh:
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Post by Simba63 » December 31st, 2018, 10:26 pm

In for a few...

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Post by OldAle1 » January 1st, 2019, 12:50 am

Sci fi, fuck yeah.


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Post by India Istanbul » January 1st, 2019, 3:22 am

I'll be watching the skies AND sci fi!

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Post by sol » January 1st, 2019, 5:11 am

It starts!

1. Solaris (1972) REVISION

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Combining the mysteries of deep space with themes of grief, loneliness and what it means to be human, Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris is a riveting watch. It is very deliberately paced, yet has seldom a boring moment as Tarkovsky makes his film about mood, tension and uncertainty as opposed to the thrills and chills. The film also benefits from a memorable melancholy ending that highlights just how vulnerable we as human beings are due to our inability to control our own thoughts.
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Post by sol » January 1st, 2019, 7:58 am

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1. Solaris (1972) REVISION

2. Solaris (2002) REVISION

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If inferior to Tarkovsky's version with so much time dedicated to the romance and a less haunting ending, Steven Soderbergh's take on Lem's story improves with every viewing. Soderbergh tackles lots of angles unexplored in the 1970s version, with a focus on the cause of his wife's suicidal nature, a surprise revelation regarding a crew member and more focus on how dreams influence the incarnations. Cliff Martinez's score is also almost as powerful as the Bach music in the Tarkovsky take.
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Post by albajos » January 1st, 2019, 12:04 pm

01. Blade Runner (1982) The Final Cut (2007) USA | Hong Kong 30 official lists 67 371 [rewatch] [double]

I might as well start of 2019 with a movie set in 2019. I have only seen the Director's Cut before, in cinema, back in 1993, so this is fresh either way. I see the original Theatrical cut is on Netflix. Maybe I'll end the year with that one.

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Post by funkybusiness » January 1st, 2019, 12:19 pm

Blade Runner and Akira are both set in 2019. Helluva year for setting a film in the future.

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Post by albajos » January 1st, 2019, 12:34 pm

and The Running Man...

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Post by VincentPrice » January 1st, 2019, 12:48 pm

1. Extinction-2018: 8/10

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Post by sol » January 1st, 2019, 1:51 pm

When science is more fantastic than fictionShow
1. Solaris (1972) REVISION
2. Solaris (2002) REVISION

3. Solaris (1968)

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Produced for Soviet television, this black and white version of Lem's tale has really cheap special effects, but the set design is quite innovative and the filmmakers frequently use shadows and dark lighting to excellent effect - in particular the way shadows cross over the wife's face upon sudden appearance (see above). The conclusion here is less powerful than in the other two versions and the on/off nature of Kelvin's voiceover narration always seems a little weird. On the other hand, having him narrate his thoughts aloud leads to some interesting streams of consciousness rants.

4. Groundhog Day (1993)

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While the basic idea has cropped in many films since (Repeaters, Source Code, Happy Death Day etc) - the full-out comedy approach that Harold Ramis applies has never really been redone, and certainly never with so much charm. For what gradually becomes a rather dark comedy (with him committing suicide multiple times), the film eventually turns full circle and ends on a heartwarming note with lots to think about in terms of the power of human decency. In short, it is a great concept excellently executed.
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Post by peeptoad » January 1st, 2019, 2:06 pm

1. Nightbreed (1990) 7
2. Reign of Fire (2002) 6

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Post by jvv » January 1st, 2019, 2:11 pm

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1. A Message From Mars (1913) - 5/10

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Post by albajos » January 1st, 2019, 7:46 pm

02. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) UK 3 official lists 737 checks [double]
Fantasy. The myth about the Flying Dutchman.
03. Christopher Robin (2018) USA 705 checks
Fantasy. Basically a Pooh treatment as Hook was to Peter Pan.
04. Tomorrowland (2015) USA 1 official list 5 060 checks
Sci-Fi. The exists a parallell high tech world just beyond our reach.
05. *batteries not included (1987) USA 1 906 checks
Sci-Fi. Brad Bird directed Tomorrowland, but 30 years earlier he co-wrote this. Tiny aliens.
06. THX 1138 (1971) Director's Cut (2004) USA 5 official lists 5 644 checks
Sci-Fi. 25th Century. I'm guessing I saw the Director's Cut from 2004 as Lucas usually removes all former versions of his movies from circulation.
(s1a) Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967) USA 1 official list 568 checks 15 min. (15)
Sci-Fi. At least he hasn't gone back and reduxed his student films.

Fantasy vs. Sci-Fi 2-4

Off. list progress:
+1 Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen (63,4%)
+1 The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies (84,0%)
+1 100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide) (77,0%)

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05. *batteries not included (1987)
01. Blade Runner - The Final Cut (2007)
03. Christopher Robin (2018)
(s1a) Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967)
02. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
06. THX 1138 - Director's Cut (2004)
04. Tomorrowland (2015)

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02. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
(s1a) Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967)
05. *batteries not included (1987)
06. THX 1138 - Director's Cut (2004)
01. Blade Runner - The Final Cut (2007)
04. Tomorrowland (2015)
03. Christopher Robin (2018)

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01. Blade Runner - The Final Cut (2007) 30
06. THX 1138 - Director's Cut (2004) 5
02. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) 3
(s1a) Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967) 1
04. Tomorrowland (2015) 1

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01. Blade Runner - The Final Cut (2007) 67 371
06. THX 1138 - Director's Cut (2004) 5 644
04. Tomorrowland (2015) 5 060
05. *batteries not included (1987) 1 906
02. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) 737
03. Christopher Robin (2018) 705
(s1a) Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967) 568

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Post by VincentPrice » January 1st, 2019, 9:58 pm

2. Hulk-2003: 8/10 (rewatch)
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1. Extinction-2018: 8/10

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Post by vortexsurfer » January 1st, 2019, 10:15 pm

1. Deddo ribusu/Dead Leaves (Hiroyuki Imaishi, 2004)
2. Early Man (Nick Park, 2018)

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 2nd, 2019, 12:08 am

1. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Rewatch. I have a cold and was not in the mood to challenge myself, so this. Funny enough, but doesn't really need another rewatch.

2. El Incidente (2014)

Comments in the 1/500/400 thread. Mindbendingly good. But confusing. But good.

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Post by Mochard » January 2nd, 2019, 12:52 am

1. Zhong guo chao ren (1975) - 5/10

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1. Zhong guo chao ren (1975) - 5/10

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » January 2nd, 2019, 12:56 am

sol wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 6:39 am
psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
December 29th, 2018, 11:54 pm
I'd like to take this opportunity to beat sol to the first response and say, "I'm in, I'm way, way in for this one." :banana:
You can respond here first, but since I live in the future (well, future time zone) beating me to first viewing of the month might be a challenge. :mrgreen:
Especially since I live on the back end in Oregon.

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Post by Knaldskalle » January 2nd, 2019, 2:05 am

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Columbus, 2002). A nice beginning to the month. REWATCH.
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Post by jdidaco » January 2nd, 2019, 3:50 am

Thanks for hosting, max. Happy New Year!

1. Dom, kotoryy postroil Svift (The House That Swift Built, Mark Zakharov, 1982) 9.5/10
2. Na zlatom kryltse sideli (Sitting on the Golden Porch, Boris Rytsarev, 1987) 8/10

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 2nd, 2019, 5:29 am

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1. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
2. El Incidente (2014)
3. Vinyl (1965)

Double. Thus ends the positive part of my opinion.

4. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

It was truly a joy and a pleasure to have the privilege to watch the 56th greatest movie of all time. :circle: :sarcasm: :circle:

I mean, whatever. It was fine. I don't care about the MCU, and I've yet to see anything that would make me want to invest the time and effort in it. It's the exact sort of fantasy that I don't like - massive world creation where magic things happen according to whatever logic they need to invent to move the story along, rather than hiring good writers. Some cool effects and shiny flashy things for cats people but it was just oppressively boring. And stupid. Did I mention stupid?

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Post by sol » January 2nd, 2019, 6:27 am

When science is more fantastic than fictionShow
1. Solaris (1972) REVISION
2. Solaris (2002) REVISION
3. Solaris (1968)
4. Groundhog Day (1993)

5. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

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With quirks such as as the telemarketer protagonist 'crashing' into the homes of those who is speaking to on the phone, this indie comedy is full of energy and imagination from early on, though it is in the film's final half-hour that things start to really get interesting with a science fiction plot turn. The fillm does not exactly make the most of this twist, always playing up the comedic potential of it, but it is certainly a fascinating turn of events and Armie Hammer is excellent as an evil mastermind who declares that he is anything but.
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Post by sheikofhyrule » January 2nd, 2019, 6:31 am

I will join this for a few, definitely watching any 2010 films or recorded on my TiVo, which is not many.

01. The Orville S2E1 "Ja'loja" (2018) This is the only TV show I am currently caught up on. If you like Star Trek: The Next Generation, you will like this show. In regards to this episode, there was nothing sci-fi about it, it was all about the romantic relationships of the crew while adding a few new characters to the cast. I think it was a good introduction to people who may have missed the first season and the sci-fi elements will increase throughout the season.
02. A Thousand and One Nights (1945) 5/10 Despite the title, this film is only about a funny version of Aladdin, with the only funny parts being the Phil Silvers character that was born 1200 years too early and the genie, a female with a crush on Aladdin. This was just okay.

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Post by jeroeno » January 2nd, 2019, 7:31 am

01. Critters 3 (1991)
02. Frenzy (2018)
03. Death Game (1997)
04. Dokfa nai meuman (2000)
05. Llamageddon (2015)
06. Bolshoe kosmicheskoe puteshestvie (The Big Space Journey) (1975)

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 2nd, 2019, 7:53 am

sheikofhyrule wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 6:31 am
01. The Orville S2E1 "Ja'loja" (2018) This is the only TV show I am currently caught up on. If you like Star Trek: The Next Generation, you will like this show. In regards to this episode, there was nothing sci-fi about it, it was all about the romantic relationships of the crew while adding a few new characters to the cast. I think it was a good introduction to people who may have missed the first season and the sci-fi elements will increase throughout the season.
I just watched that episode tonight. And I tend to agree with you - especially your last sentence. I watched Season 1, so I found it "hand hold-y" like I was being babied a bit, but I'm hoping your interpretation is right.

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