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The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good and bad) - 15/2/2006 5:07:08 PM   
DanielFullard


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I Thought Id make a thread where we can discuss all those classic sci-fi films wheter they be the very good Such as Forbidden Planet to the very bad. This thread has been inspired by the sci-fi thread in Movie Musings but I think Golden oldies deserves its own. When sci fi is good its good, but when its bad its even better!!!!

Ill start with some reviews shortly
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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 15/2/2006 7:14:08 PM   
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Forbidden Planet is a great sci-fi film. Robbie is one of the best on-screen robots ever. It's a nice little twist on Shakespeare's The Tempest.

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 15/2/2006 9:31:15 PM   
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That's odd, I just watched  Metropolis, which is probably the most classic sci-fi film there is (if there is such an expression).

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 21/2/2006 1:08:04 AM   
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I would like to add the following which I think are great classics

Gone With The Wind
Bambi
Oklahoma DVD of London production

Anne

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 21/2/2006 8:27:13 AM   
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Hi Anne. I'm afraid this is a thread about sci-fi films, if you want to discuss or reccomend the films you mentioned you'll be better off in a different thread, you'll get more replies and a better discussion that way. The search function at the bottom of the forum should help you find relevant discussions, and if not you can start a new one.

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 21/2/2006 11:15:54 AM   
Anne Hedley


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Thank you Crazy_Beyootiful you.

Thanks I am still winding my way around and need to get the broader view of each site.  I hope to be back sometime

Have a good day

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 21/2/2006 2:35:56 PM   
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The original Planet of the Apes is one of the best sci:fis ever.


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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 21/2/2006 5:23:32 PM   
Anne Hedley


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Well my favourite SciFi films are the X Men series and I am lookng forward to May for The Last Stand which ends the trilogy.
 
I did no know that Rebel Without a Cause Came under this heading which I noted
 
Anyway cheers I will put my thinking cap on.

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 22/2/2006 10:22:21 AM   
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Well I had the honour to watch this last night....



Its sci-fi horror from 1959 and one of the many seminal (thats what the box says) Arkoff presentations. If you think Geogre A Romero half-heartedly directing an episode of Doctor Who then you are somewhere close. A huge Cone lands in the middle of the forest in a small part of Illinos and an investigation gets underway. It is discovered after a while that there are 'parasites' loose in the town, not just any parasites, but intelligent ones that target the heads of government and the mayor in the areas. Anyway here is one such parasite attacking the main character....



I wish I could get a picture of the next moment. What happens is that the guy gets a bunson burner to try and burn the thing off. Sounds fair enough but he holds the Burner so far away from his arm, the flame is literally no where near the bug, that I can only imagine they were using a real Bunson Burner and he didnt want to burn himself.

That classic sci-fi balance of Science v The Government is in place as they fight to work out what to do and then it all goes a bit silly and a guy looking like Gandalf appears and wanrs of an invasion.

Sci-Fi Horror that I did enjoy but as I said it wasnt good but it wasnt laughably 'crap' either. It is 50's sci fi all over and Vesota directs it pretty well.

And for all you Trekkies Leonard Nimoy has one of his first roles here

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 22/2/2006 12:19:06 PM   
Anne Hedley


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Dianel Fullard wrote
 
quote:

Well I had the honour to watch this last night....
 

And you slept.....................I used to watch all sorts of golden oldies in this genre but I have not heard of this one.  I will see about it but it sure sounds gruesome for its time


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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 22/2/2006 12:57:34 PM   
DanielFullard


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Well Anne if you are interested in the film I mentioned then its part of this wonderful boxset...

http://www.play.com/play247.asp?pa=srmr&page=title&r=R2&title=478676

Usually 20 or thereabouts but only 7.99 on play
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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 22/2/2006 2:43:40 PM   
Anne Hedley


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Ok Daniel I will go to my local HMV store and see if they can get this for me.  Will let you know the outcome and if I get it and I have nightmare.....I'm after youhoo...

Thanks

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 22/2/2006 3:13:04 PM   
DanielFullard


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Id advise against getting it from HMV as they are likely to charge 20+....7.99 on play is a bargain

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 23/2/2006 12:02:17 AM   
Anne Hedley


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Thank you DanielFullard tomorrow I will follow the link and will let you know the outcome.   Thank you for helping to save a little old lady's pennies 
 
Catcbh ya later  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 23/2/2006 8:21:23 AM   
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I love old sci-fis,there's nothing I'd rather watch on a rainy afternoon.

The Day The Earth Stood Still
Forbidden Planet
Robinson Crusoe On Mars
The Thing ( original but the re-make is also great )
Invasion of the Body Snatchers ( original )
Invaders From Mars
The War of the Worlds ( original )
Beyond the Time Barrier
Children of the Damned ( aka Village of the Damned )
The Day of the Triffids
When Worlds Collide

This is a classics thread so I've stuck to pre 1970s flicks.

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 23/2/2006 5:21:01 PM   
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The Day The Earth Stood Still and Forbidden Planet are my favourites. The Fly is very good too. Would the Frankenstein films technically count too?

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 23/2/2006 6:52:43 PM   
DanielFullard


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Anne Hedley
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Are you referring to the Stargate TV Series there ? If so then, I dont mean to be harsh, but this isnt the place to discuss it

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 23/2/2006 8:19:47 PM   
Dick Jones


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Can we restrict this thread to Pre-1975 sci-fi films please? (oddly not as narrow a topic as it sounds).

I've deleted some Off Topic posts (and replies).


Anyway.

2001: A Space Odyssey remains the greatest of them all IMO. Pioneering special effects,  monkeys, mad computers, giant paving slabs...

It has every thing a film needs.

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 23/2/2006 9:02:12 PM   
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2001 is an amazing film but I've only ever seen it once. It's very hard to love in that way: I only ever rewatch parts of it.

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 25/2/2006 12:17:39 AM   
Anne Hedley


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DanielFulard wrote
 
quote:

Are you referring to the Stargate TV Series there ? If so then, I dont mean to be harsh, but this isnt the place to discuss it

 
Oooops   Sorry Daniel you are right of course, I assume this is because it is a TV series.  It was foremost in my mind at the time as I had just been watching one of my DVD's
and had SciFi on my mind


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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 25/2/2006 9:29:01 AM   
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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned FANTASTIC VOYAGE.

Recently shown on Channel 4, I have forgotten how good the special effects were. Who needs aliens when you can battle against red blood cells!

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 25/2/2006 2:13:05 PM   
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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned FANTASTIC VOYAGE.

Recently shown on Channel 4, I have forgotten how good the special effects were. Who needs aliens when you can battle against red blood cells!


Haha, that film's great fun and pretty philosophical too. We're all tiny really.

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 26/2/2006 12:52:30 AM   
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Whover mentioned The Thing is bang on. I stumbled across it on telly a few months back, and being a massive fan of Carpenter's version I thought I'd watch the rest of it (I only missed the first 10 minutes or so). I was surprised by how good it was, with better characterisation than I'd expected, and it didn't shy away from being violent when it needed to be. Genuinely tense.

Others would be the obvious King Kong (that is Sci-Fi of sorts, isn't it?), Soylent Green (on telly last night!), Farenheit 451 (hugely underrated, I reckon), Silent Running (saw it only once when I was a kid, gave me weird dreams for years...), Barbarella (umm... see Silent Running comment... heh...)... etc. 

Other recognised classics which I myself have not seen, but will do soon - The Omega Man, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Blob, etc.

I know it's from 1979, but I must also point out that I think Stalker is one of the most fraudulent, insipid turds of a film I have ever had the misfortune to pay to watch.

And back to the good, would Night of the Living Dead count as a sci-fi?

No...?

Ok, I'll shut up then.

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 26/2/2006 2:45:12 PM   
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Does anyone remember The Blob with Steven McQueen who changed his name later to Steve McQueen.   He must have been a good actor, he certainly was good looking and a real Mr Cool  - but the film was pretty dam awful.

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 26/2/2006 7:32:26 PM   
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I was just about to mention Fahrenheit 451 - Really enjoyed this movie.  Also, its being remade I believe.

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 26/2/2006 8:06:04 PM   
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Weeeeeeeeell, you could argue that it's already been remade a bunch of times. Equilibrium pilfered gleefully from Bradbury's book, and even The Matrix shunts it the odd nod. Between this, Brave New World, and 1984, it's a wonder that people still bother tackling certain subjects... V for Vendetta, anyone? I'm sure it'll be tired old hat, even if I haven't read the graphic novel on which it's based.

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 5/3/2006 5:20:35 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Anne Hedley

Does anyone remember The Blob with Steven McQueen who changed his name later to Steve McQueen.   He must have been a good actor, he certainly was good looking and a real Mr Cool  - but the film was pretty dam awful.

i saw this when i was about six or seven on bbc1, and did it scare the crap out of me?
yes, yes it did

it was late night, with my pal, eating malteasers .....

and no one's mentioned the great THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE!

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 5/3/2006 8:12:19 PM   
Anne Hedley


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quote:

ORIGINAL: jenzie

quote:

ORIGINAL: Anne Hedley

Does anyone remember The Blob with Steven McQueen who changed his name later to Steve McQueen.   He must have been a good actor, he certainly was good looking and a real Mr Cool  - but the film was pretty dam awful.

i saw this when i was about six or seven on bbc1, and did it scare the crap out of me?
yes, yes it did

it was late night, with my pal, eating malteasers .....

and no one's mentioned the great THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE!


Hey Jenzie I was probably a little older than you to say the least but I did not actually come across The Blob until later life and by which time I knew a lot more about Steve McQueen - hence no fear   - just oh dear.    Hey I also remember the Day the Earth Caught Fire that was well err not too bad for its time but what about WHEN WORDLS COLLIDE 

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 9/3/2006 9:44:55 PM   
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Surely no Golden Oldies thread about sci-fi films would be complete without the 'so bad, it's good' classic - Plan 9 From Outer Space.



Full of goofs, bad acting, bad dialogue, an unconvincing double for Bela Lugosi & the worst UFO models ever.  It may be rated as one of the worst films ever, but I think that anyone who has seen & enjoyed Tim Burton's film 'Ed Wood' (about Plan 9's... writer & director, & covering a lot about the making of the film), will appreciate it more.

Seek out the DVD, which also features an excellent documentary about the film & it's origins.  But before you look for the DVD, why not watch the film via this link (duration approx 1hr 20mins)?  You're in for a treat!...

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7038656109656489183&q=Plan+9+From+Outer+Space

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RE: The Golden oldies CLASSIC SCI-FI Thread(The good a... - 14/3/2006 9:50:09 PM   
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Invasion of the Bodysnatchers - don't go to sleep! EVER.
War of the Worlds (original) - Hide in the basement. The machines are all around us.
Planet of the Apes (original) - Darn them all to heck.
2001 - Open the fucking pod bay doors, HAL, you bastard.
When Worlds Collide - the guy in the wheelchair gets his come-uppance.
The Incredible Shrinking Man - The spider!

and a special mention for a 1950s Nuclear Age B-movie with some startling effects and a terrifying sound effect for an invisible brain-sucking-out monster -

Fiend Without a Face.

Saw this one when I was about seven. Bloody scared me shitless. Recently released on DVD here. Brilliant.

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