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michaellee posted this list of "canon" SF movies from John Scalzi via boing boing; it apparently was a collaborative effort, and has a fair number of obscure foreign films.

Movies I've seen in bold:
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!

The manga was better, which isn't saying much.

Alien and Aliens
I think I actually liked the second one better.

Alphaville;Back to the Future;Blade Runner; Brazil;
Bride of Frankenstein; Brother From Another Planet; A Clockwork Orange;
Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Contact; The Damned; Destination
Moon; The Day The Earth Stood Still; Delicatessen; Escape From New
York; ET: The Extraterrestrial; Flash Gordon

With music by QUEEN!

Space Soldiers (serial); The Fly (1985 version); Forbidden Planet; Ghost in the Shell;
I've seen the version with Raymond Burr, which as Eric Heideman memorably quipped, "gives you two monsters for the price of one."

The Incredibles; Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956
version); Jurassic Park; Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior; The Matrix
I'm pretty sure Scalzi is talking about the 1926 silent film and not the more recent Osamu Tezuka anime flick.

On the Beach; Planet of the Apes (1968 version); Robocop;
Solaris (1972 version)
Everyone I know who's seen this says it's every bit as overrated as the Stanislaw Lem novel it's based on.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
ISTM all the even-numbered Trek movies were good and should be on the list.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope; Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes

Just because George Lucas is being grandiose and silly is no reason for us to indulge him. It's just Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, okay?

The Stepford Wives; Superman; Terminator 2: Judgement Day; The
Thing From Another World; Things to Come; Tron;
12 Monkeys; 28 Days Later;
You gotta be kidding me. This made the list but Night of the Living Dead didn't? Where's Reign of Fire then, eh?

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; 2001: A Space Odyssey;
2001 was overrated too. I admit it, after A Fall of Moondust and "Superiority", I wasn't too impressed by Clarke's work. *shrug*

La Voyage Dans la Lune; War of the Worlds (1953 version)
B-49 Flying Wings vs. the Martians. Awwww yeah. ^^

I would have added Soylent Green and Fantastic Voyage to the list, and possibly Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind as well.

Finished the data entry last night and proofed it this morning, which resulted in me getting in at 9, so I guess I'll be working a little bit late to make up the time. So far the compression stockings are doing a great job, although washing them out every night is going to be a pain in the ass. Eh. Sacrifices must be made.



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Oct. 19th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
I had the opportunity to watch 20,000 Leagues in widescreen on a 60" TV the other year. The model effects in that movie were amazing. They still hold up quite well.
Oct. 19th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
They do indeed. I'm thinking that with Hollywood currently in a recycling frenzy it may be the next up for an unnecessary and inferior remake.
Oct. 19th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
A few years back there were 2 TV movie remakes of 20,000 Leagues in the same season, neither of which had anything remotely to do with the book. Walt's version at least starts off with dialogue actually from the book. There were changes in his version too but mainly due to budget and storytelling reasons. I'd like to see a version that adapts the squid attack as it is done in the book, with about a dozen squids. Plus the scene where the Nautilus is trapped between two sections of an iceberg would be cool too.
Oct. 19th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
We need a 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea mini-series! Directed by James Cameron!
Oct. 21st, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
Im bringing contact and 12 monkeys on saturday to lend to you ok?
12 monkeys......... good
Oct. 22nd, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)
Cool. I don't know when I'll actually get time to see them, but thanks!
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