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Duncan Jones' Five Sci-fi Movies You Have To See
Celebrate Moon's landing with a clutch of science-fiction masterpieces

Sitting pretty between Star Trek's interstellar thrills and the enigma of Avatar, Moon offers a thoughtful throwback to the seminal science-fiction of the '70s and early '80s. You'd have to travel the galaxy to find a more compelling, intelligent piece of sci-fi moviemaking than Duncan Jones' debut feature, so we sat down with the director to find out which sci-fi movies have most influenced and inspired him. The artist formerly known as Zowie Bowie gave us the five sci-fis you have to see�

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Duncan Jones' Five Sci-fi Movies You Have To See | Outland (1981) Duncan Jones' Five Sci-fi Movies You Have To See
Outland (1981)
"Outland was a major inspiration for Moon. I first saw it on TV when I was a teenager, decades and decades ago, and loved it because it created this entirely believable world. I love all sci-fi movies set in believable worlds. I love that sense that they could pan the camera and you'd never be off-set. Films like Blade Runner did that and Outland does it - Jupiter's moon just feels like a believable place - and it's got such a gritty, dark vibe to it, I really like that. It's got some intense scenes, like when one of the miners goes crazy, puts himself in a lift and thinks he can go outside onto the asteroid without his suit. Sean Connery is great in it too."
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1 Outland And Alien
Posted on Monday July 27, 2009, 13:47 by Gold Digger
Great to see a young director respect such overlooked movies like Outland. I adore Alien and Outland and adore Jerry Goldsmith's fantastic scores for both who really set the tone. The good old days when they had living breathing sets that looked realistic. The time and effort that went into them really showed. Read More

2 RE: Alien
Posted on Friday July 17, 2009, 17:59 by wdron
Absolutely right. Alien is my favourite film of all time. I love this list and everything on it - can't fault the man - but Alien tops it in my view. Alien is a stand-out film and absolutely looks as authentic today as it did on release, which Scott somehow also achieves with Blade Runner before CGI allowed people to create future worlds much more easily. The characters are fantastic and there's tension between them before they even land on LV426. Read More

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Posted on Thursday July 16, 2009, 22:49 by Drone
Outland is such an overlooked film; every word a true one.  So brilliant and atmospheric... like he says, it's a plausible, living, breathing world on screen Read More


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