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October 19th, 2005
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Sci-fi Movie Canon
Meme gakked from Byzantium's Shores:

Take "The Canon" out of John Scalzi's Rough Guide to sci-fi movies (or as he describes it, "the 50 science fiction films you have to see before you die") and bold the movies you've seen. Snarky commentary is also part of the meme, and I have put in italics movies that I've seen parts of but have never watched all the way through (make of that what you will).

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Back to the Future
Blade Runner

Bride of Frankenstein
Brother From Another Planet
A Clockwork Orange
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The Damned
Destination Moon
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Escape From New York
ET: The Extraterrestrial
Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers (serial) (I saw the movie, but not what Scalzi's referring to, I don't think.)
The Fly (1985 version)
Forbidden Planet

Ghost in the Shell
The Incredibles

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version)
Jurassic Park
Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior
(Though my favorite of this series happens to be Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, for no defendable reason.)
The Matrix
On the Beach
Planet of the Apes (1968 version)

Solaris (1972 version)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
(Scalzi is prejudiced about Ewoks, I happen to know. But if you leave out Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, you lose the famous sfnal debates about the morality of killing the carpenters and other labor on the death star, and whether or not an explosion like that would in fact have had a devestating effect on the planet below. And you don't get to see Leia in that cute camo outfit. Or hear her get Han back for that line in Episode V...)
The Stepford Wives
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
(and why not the first one? huh? huh? The first one's still my favorite.)
The Thing From Another World
Things to Come
Tron (of course)
12 Monkeys
28 Days Later
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
2001: A Space Odyssey
La Voyage Dans la Lune
War of the Worlds (1953 version)

Looking through all these movies, I'm reminded that one of my favorites from the 80s was The Last Starfighter, a rather sappy movie about a guy who is so good at a video game he gets recruited by an Alien to go pilot a starfighter to try and save the day in an interstellar conflict.

And, well, you know me... I would have put in Lilo and Stitch.

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Date:October 19th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
yeah. I can agree with people who felt that the plot construction etc etc was higher quality in the other two Star Wars episodes, but I've probably re-watched "Jedi" more often than the rest.

Terminator 2 has this whiny kid in it who just seems like a bit of a punk. The personal interaction and self-transformation didn't compare at all with the wartime romance effect in Terminator. In the third one you're stuck with an even worse version of John - weak and worthless and unwilling. There's an implication at the end that by force of necessity he'll become the great leader Reese describes in the first movie but I still can't see it. I can watch Terminator over and over again (the first one, I mean)...
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Date:October 19th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
I would include Death Race 2000, Slaughterhouse 5, The Lathe of Heaven and the musical version of Little Shop of Horrors.
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Date:October 19th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
The Little Shop of Horrors! A classic, certainly.

Which version of Lathe of Heaven? 2002 or 1980?

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Date:October 19th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize there was a later version of Lathe! I'll have to put it on my Netflix queue.

Er, maybe I should ask first if it's worthwhile to do so. How does it compare to the original?
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Date:October 19th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
well I haven't seen either, but the netflix reveiws put the orginal as better but both as good.
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Date:October 19th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the earlier version but the later one was good.
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Date:October 19th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
Cool. Thanks!
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Date:October 19th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
Do check out the ones you've missed as there are some great ones on that list.

I'm very surprised that so few of my friends who've done this meme have seen Brother from Another Planet or Escape From New York which I thought was a given in my circle.

The older ones I figure some folks just haven't checked out yet, but those came out during our lifetimes and like that. I also figure not everyone will do the darker more horror-like ones.

I was raised on Forbidden Planet and the original War of the Worlds and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (man, I love that movie).
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Date:October 19th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
I got Alphaville from my school's library earlier this semester with all intents of watching it sometime but I never did. I should check it out again sometime
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