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The Empire Top 300 Science Fiction Films: The Results =... - 30/3/2011 1:13:36 AM   
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Building up expectation. That's what I've been doing...

Drum roll please...

Incidentally, if anyone would like to write a bit for their film, let me know. I suspect a lot will be obvious as to what has gotten in, but if you want to double check, then feel free to do so.

The List:

=300. Screamers (Duguay, 1995)
=300. Lilo & Stitch (Deblois, Sanders, 2002)
=300. Hare-way to the Stars (Jones, 1958)
=300. Attack of the 50ft woman (Juran, 1958)
296. Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968)
=295. The 6th Day (Spottiswoode, 2000)
=295. Liquid Sky (Tsukerman, 1982)
=293. X The Unknown (Norman, 1956)
=293. Day of the Triffids (Sekely, 1962)
291. The Wild Blue Yonder (Herzog, 2005)
290. Hardware (Stanley, 1990)
289. Until The End of the World (Wenders, 1991)
288. Being John Malkovich (Jonze, 1999)
287. The Chronicles of Riddick (Twohy, 2004)
=286. Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself With Tea (Polak, 1977)
=286. Miracle Mile (Jarrnat, 1988)
=286. 20 Million Miles To Earth (Juran, 1957)
=283. The Omega Man (Sagal, 1971)
=283. Rollerball (Jewison, 1975)
=283. Night Watch (Bekmambetov, 2004)
=288. Angel's Egg (Oshii, 1985)
=279. The Science of Sleep (Gondry, 2006)
=279. Muppets From Space (Hill, 1999)
=277. Wild Zero (Takeuchi, 2000)
=277. The Illustrated Man (Smight, 1969)
=277. I Come In Peace / Dark Angel (Baxley, 1990)

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RE: The Empire Top 300 Science Fiction Films: The Resul... - 30/3/2011 2:13:21 PM   
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Bugs wakes up from a long night mixing radish and carrot juice and heads out of the rabbit hole, unknown to him a space rocket has been placed over his hole. Bugs manages to climb inside the rocket and before he knows it he's landed on an alien world. He discovers Marvin the Martian is trying to destroy Earth with his Illudium 36 Explosive Space Modulator. But before he can stop Marvin's evil (but cute) schemes, he has to tangle with some dehydrated instant Martians.

Any Marvin the Martian cartoon is an immediate classic in my eyes, he's a genius creation and I think the fact that he was used so sparingly adds to his lasting appeal. I think he was at his best when tangling with a certain Duck, and while this doesn't quite reach the brilliance of Marvin's battles with Daffy, it's an entertaining and hilarious short.
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RE: The Empire Top 300 Science Fiction Films: The Resul... - 30/3/2011 2:16:20 PM   
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A young woman Barbara (Judith OfDea) visiting her fatherfs grave takes refuge in a nearby farmhouse,after her brother is attacked by a zombie.She is met by a man called Ben (Duane Jones) in the house who protects her and barricades them both inside as more of the dead rise. They discover a family with a sick little girl and a young couple in the basement of the house and they all get to work barricading themselves in and preparing weapons and other defenses.Their only hope rests on getting some gasoline from a nearby pump into a truck that is running on empty, but this requires braving the hordes of ravenous walking corpses outside. When they finally put their plans into action, panic and personal tensions only add to the terror as they try to survive.

George Romerofs remarkably assured debut,a landmark 1968 horror-shocker,made on a shoestring budget,with a simple idea, and some dedicated and talented participants,is awesome.Filmed in B&W due to the tight budget,and on the whole well acted,it grabs your attention from the very beginning to the very end.The horror of this film is, unlike a lot of its recent descendants, less a matter of blood and gore than a matter of the real active horror of realistically depicted scenes of murder, death and cannibalism.Though the black and white footage is extremely stark and effective,and the film has a documentary like quality to it as well, thanks to the ongoing commentary from radio and TV news crews,this all adds to the realism.Scenes involving blood and gore is certainly also very effective,and disturbing,but there may not be quite enough of it for todayfs average gore hound.The photographic techniques of this film are innovative and powerful showing just enough of the sheer hideousness of the filmfs basic concepts to disturb viewers, but not enough to allow them to detach from the filmfs protagonists.The opening attack in the cemetery still packs a punch,and helps unnerve the viewer right from the off,a truly well shot and executed piece of filming.

This is a movie that dared to break so many taboos,like no otter movie before,it dropped the old Gothic horror,that was in earlier zombie flicks and brought it into the real world.Also it dared to show cannibalism, incest, necrophilia,and having a Black man as the hero handing out the orders,being the voice of reason and calm,was to some at the time worse than incest.Itfs not just a zombie flick,itfs a probing, subversive and socially aware movie,with a racial subtext,with a truly harrowing ending that reveals the dangers of misdirected fear and prejudice.And yet itfs basic premise is the dead are resurrected and begin killing human beings in order to eat their flesh,which is pure outright horror at itfs best.It was detested by a lot of critics in its day for several scenes of unsettling gruesomeness,and those taboos it broke.Though in the gore department it has to be said that Herschell Gordon Lewisf gore films earlier in the 1960s beat him to the punch for true stomach-turning blood soaked horror.But it not just gore that setfs Romerofs classic film up as a milestone in cinema history, its the relentless, logical approach, and uncompromising assault at every angle. What Romero and his co-scenarist John Russo did(who by the way took partial inspiration for this film from Richard Mathesonfs classic 1954 end of the world vampire novel I Am Legend,and Hammers old Zombie flick),is built tension up by the way the characters, especially the ones portrayed by Duane Jones and the filmfs co-producer Karl Hardman character Harry is quite compelling with his combative and argumentative stance on just about everything,while the horror engulfs them.There in fighting is just as frightening as the zombie horde outside,and this was a reflection of the breakdown of the nulcear family,the civil unrest and racism of the 60Œs.Therefs the fear of the mob reflected in the zombies and Armageddon all primeval fears,a movie that shows good does not always triumph.It really is a bleak disturbing ride with no humor except of the darkest kind,so depressing at itfs unrelenting stab at mankindfs weakness and hate of fellow humans.

To say this movie is a landmark,is just not enough,it re invented the horror movie,and breathed new life into zombie films,it is the beginning of the zombie genre as we know it.The beginning of the concept of being besieged that make up many modern horrors and sci/fifs to many to list. While there is a debate raging in the farmhouse of what to do,who is leader etc, the zombies know what they want and they all want it bad. And while they arenft a team they do not fight amongst themselves they have one goal,and noting will stop them,no amount of praying,they cannot be reasoned with.This concept has been passed on to numerous movies since like Aliens,Ghosts of Mars,Dog Soldiers etc,it also paved the way for modern low budget shockers like Halloween,The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,Blair Witch etc etc,and itfs influence just keeps on going.Romero might at the time not know what he was about to do,but he sure knows now,he is rightly regarded as the man who turned horror around.It was always seen as a cult thing if you like,with noting but ghoulish entertainment in mind,but after this it was excepted by the masses.And has led to some of the most brilliant thought provoking movies ever made,that are not afraid to push the boundaries of what is acceptable.For these reasons alone it is a five star film,but it stands up on itfs own as one true great horror movie that works in both scares,and endless tension,with a total fuck me ending.

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