Fantasy/SciFi Movie Recommendations?

  • danisnotstr8

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    Jul 27, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    Hey everyone,

    I've been really into watching both fantasy and sci-fi films and shows lately. I really do appreciate the imagination and extensive research that goes into it all.

    Perhaps it's the magic, or the physics, or the cross-section/meeting of the two that keeps me interested. Or maybe it's the philosophy, the brain-fodder... who knows?

    Anyway, I'm looking for some recommendations for films in these genres that I haven't seen. Naturally I've seen the LOTR trilogy, Harry Potter, etc., and anything mainstream. I recently finished watching the entire Game of Thrones first season and it was pretty awesome. One of the sci-fi films I that recently caught my eye was Danny Boyle's "Sunshine."

    Hmmm... any thoughts? You're a smart crew. I appreciate it.
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    Jul 27, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    Here are some that I enjoyed. No particular order. Some are good and others are bad. But even the bad ones have a pretty good premise. icon_lol.gif

    Blade Runner (my absolute favorite)
    The Fifth Element
    Stargate
    Terminator
    Gattaca
    Matrix
    Total Recall
    The 6th Day
    The Running Man
    Logan's Run
    Planet Of The Apes (original)
    Johnny Mnemonic
    Back To The Future
    Robocop
    Starship Troopers
    THX 1138
    1984
    A Clockwork Orange
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Strange Days
    Brainstorm
    Minority Report
    Demolition Man
    Tron (original)
    Saturn 3
    Westworld
    Alien
    Aliens

    There's more. But I'm off to gym..
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jul 27, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    Thanks-- I've seen many of those, but a few of them I've never even heard of! Will check them out.
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    Jul 31, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
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    Jul 31, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
    Watch The Fog. It's one of those Stephen King novel adapted films, but I surprisingly enjoyed it.
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    Jul 31, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    For TV shows, try:

    Lost
    Heroes (just the first two seasons)
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    Jul 31, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    Tv shows--

    Being human (uk series)
    dead like me
    torchwood
    Fringe
    Hex(just watch the first season)
    firefly



  • Pickmansmodel

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    Jul 31, 2011 4:20 AM GMT
    Henson's Films and tv series are outstanding:
    The Dark Crystal
    Labyrinth
    Mirrormask
    Farscape (series)

    Others:
    Pan's Labyrinth (Spanish)


    Those are just a few of my favorites!
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    Jul 31, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    I watched "Pandorum" recently, it was pretty good.
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    Jul 31, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    Logan's Run! So classic.
  • zenmonkie

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    Jul 31, 2011 4:39 AM GMT
    Pickmansmodel saidHenson's Films and tv series are outstanding:
    The Dark Crystal
    Labyrinth
    Mirrormask
    Farscape (series)

    Others:
    Pan's Labyrinth (Spanish)


    Those are just a few of my favorites!


    Agreed!
    I'd recommend you start at the beginning. Way before Blade Runner, or anything else really came Metropolis. It's a silent film, but it's pretty astounding what Fritz Lang accomplished visually, and it holds up well even against today's fare.
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    Jul 31, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    You have to see "Silent Running" starring Bruce Dern if you can find it. Its from 1972 (yah, I know I'm dating myself). Eco-themed sci-fi Takes place in a future when all trees are stored on a kind of an ark in space. I'd bet dollars to donuts that the robots in it totally influenced George Lucas when he did Star Wars a few years later.
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    Jul 31, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    Day Breakers
    Donnie Darko
    A Scanner Darkly
    The Fly
    Dune
    The Clan of the Cave Bear
    The Time Machine
    Spawn
    Water World
    Road Warrior
    Cool World
    The Crow
    The Fountain
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    Jul 31, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
    I forgot: "Chronicles of Riddick", starring Vin Diesel. About 10 yrs old; should be easy to find. Definitely worth checking out! It's a sequel to an earlier movie whose name escapes me at the moment but I liked the sequel better. First one was ok, too.
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    Jul 31, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    YVRguy saidI forgot: "Chronicles of Riddick", starring Vin Diesel. About 10 yrs old; should be easy to find. Definitely worth checking out! It's a sequel to an earlier movie whose name escapes me at the moment but I liked the sequel better. First one was ok, too.


    Pitch Black. They're working on the third one.
  • zenmonkie

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    Jul 31, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    One of the best, but definitely dividing. Way WAY ahead of it's time, like 2001: ASO. People definitely were not ready for this type of film when it came out in theatres (and they still aren't, to be honest).

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    Jul 31, 2011 5:12 AM GMT
    Lost, once you start, its hard to stop
    Fringe
    Supernatural
    Torchwood
  • daveft

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    Jul 31, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
    Some of my favourite movies are sci-fi.

    - Contact
    - The Abyss
    - Ultraviolet
    - The Last Starfighter
    - Cocoon
    - Starman

    That's all i can think of right now. Enjoy!
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jul 31, 2011 5:09 PM GMT
    Hey everybody, this is a fantastic list so far, and I can admit I've only seen about 1/3 of the films and shows you've named. I think I should be very busy over the coming weeks... thank you for your thoughts.

    RE: Metropolis: Awesome that a couple of you mentioned that. I just read a short history of the film yesterday because I thought a little background would be beneficial. Does anyone know if there's a full reconstruction available that includes all the lost footage from the original?
  • Pickmansmodel

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    Jul 31, 2011 5:17 PM GMT
    Oh, I just remembered - You can't watch fantasy films without watching Miyazaki's films, especially My Neighbor Totoro. I don't think I saw many animated films, but many great fantasy films are animated. Here's a few:

    My Neighbor Totoro
    Ponyo
    Princess Mononoke
    The Last Unicorn
    The Hobbit


    I also forgot to add District 9 and War of the Worlds (1954) to the list.
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    Jul 31, 2011 5:20 PM GMT
    I recently saw the movie Moon with Sam Rockwell and enjoyed it very much.

    I love sci fi fantasy films.
  • zenmonkie

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    Jul 31, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    danisnotstr8 saidHey everybody, this is a fantastic list so far, and I can admit I've only seen about 1/3 of the films and shows you've named. I think I should be very busy over the coming weeks... thank you for your thoughts.

    RE: Metropolis: Awesome that a couple of you mentioned that. I just read a short history of the film yesterday because I thought a little background would be beneficial. Does anyone know if there's a full reconstruction available that includes all the lost footage from the original?


    They did actually find the remainder of the footage and the fully restored version was had a limited release in theatres last year. I'm not sureif that version is out on dvd yet but I think it would be by now. The last version they released before that had title cards with scene descriptions whenever there was a missing scene and the film sufered for it.
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    Jul 31, 2011 5:30 PM GMT
    TV : Babylon 5. IMO the best scifi series ever created.
  • kcbronc

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    Jul 31, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    Great topic and list.

    The Matrix is probably my all time favorite Sci Fi movie. It was a game changer when it came to special effects and had was very thought provoking with all it's biblical referrences.

    A couple other of favorite movies in no particular order(they may have already been listed):

    Inception
    Jurrasic Park
    Terminator
    Total Recall
    Watchmen
    12 Monkeys
    Enemy of the State
    Starship Troopers
    Scanners
    The Butterfly Effect
    Constantine
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    Aug 01, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    'Timer' was a really great movie--