Movies for hardcore sci-fi geeks


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Seen it several times. It's got a following. Wife loves it. I think it's creepy.
Creepy, or darko? We both enjoyed it. I gave it extra brownie points for its high strangeness.

ManiFresh, if you liked Donny Darko, you would probably enjoy Freaky Faron as well.
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What a heartbreaker. What they did was done well done but they killed the story by leaving most of it out! It was far better than the PBS production in a technical sense, but PBS made a much more interesting movie.
I agree. The original PBS version is still the best selling video they ever made 30 years later despite the rubber suits and other primitive special effects. It closely follows the original story which is a tribute to LeGuin's understanding of Taoism. She later went on to publish her own interpretation of the Tao Te Ching.

The same is true for Solaris. The original followed the book closely, while the remake deviated significantly to make it more palatable to western audiences. I can just imagine someone doing a remake of "Contact" and turning it into a religious film just sell it to a foreign audience.
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Has anybody seen Donnie Darko (2001)? I thought it was pretty good.
It's pretty existential, in a good way.
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The same is true for Solaris. The original followed the book closely, while the remake deviated significantly to make it more palatable to western audiences.
I've been meaning to watch the original Russian version but hadn't gotten to it yet. I loved the remake.
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The original is a great expression of classic Russian angst that gives the characters and plot more depth. Even the obligatory communist propaganda was worked into the plot with some skill around this central theme of Russian angst. Its all that emotional depth that made it possible for even Hollywood to not completely screw up the remake.
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I think Stalker is a must after Solaris. Or maybe better vica-versa.

The best part of Solaris was a satirical quip inserted into one of the characters (something of an inside joke referring to the movie itself and not only). He says something of the sort, "Stop this! It's worse than a half rated Dostoevsky novel".
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These are my favorites in no particular order, the ones I've watched many times. If you like some of them you might like the ones you've never heard of. I have over a thousand DVDs, almost all sci-fi, horror or westerns:

Real Genius
Robinson Crusoe on Mars
the Lost World (Claude Reins)
Galaxy Quest
Porco Rosso (anything Myazaki)
Mystery Men
Journey to the Center of the Earth (James Mason)
the Incredibles
Big Trouble in Little China
Buckaroo Banzai
Avatar
Watchmen
Terminator Salvation
Men in Black
Constantine
Forbidden World
Galaxy of Terror
Battle of Worlds (Claude Reins)
Fifth Element
Hellboy
Captain Chronos: Vampire Hunter
Zathura
Day the World Ended
Lifeforce
Forbidden Planet
First Spaceship to Venus
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe
Predator 2
Dune (sci-fi channel version)
Children of Dune (sci-fi channel version)
Moontrap
Class of Nuke'em High
Alien
Aliens
Invaders from Mars (original)
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I've been meaning to watch the original Russian version but hadn't gotten to it yet. I loved the remake.
Both versions are rather good. I really love the remake too; some people disparage the film because it's less science-centric and focuses more on the human aspect and implications of the films ideals. Each films complements the book really well.
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I think Stalker is a must after Solaris.
Stalker sounds interesting! Thanks. It's in the queue.

ie. the 1979 Russian sci-fi film. I also saw a 1998, US-made, crime thriller, with the same name.
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Happy Accidents (2000)

A rare find and a gem, this science-fiction based romantic comedy [a chick flick that works for geeks ] is extremely well written. Its understated tone and the top-notch acting, all spiced with allusions to exotic temporal paradoxes and laws, make it an equally exotic treat in the science fiction genre. Sam and Ruby meet by chance, it seems, and quickly fall in love. All is well until Sam informs her that he’s a time traveler from the year 2470. Sam is dead serious, it seems, but Ruby, a woman with a long history of failed relationships, thinks it’s all a role playing game; at least she hopes so. This and his continuing revelations create no end of complication in their relationship. From there it gets interesting.

Available for streaming at Netflix.
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Happy Accidents (2000)

A rare find and a gem, this science-fiction based romantic comedy [a chick flick that works for geeks ] is extremely well written. Its understated tone and the top-notch acting, all spiced with allusions to exotic temporal paradoxes and laws, make it an equally exotic treat in the science fiction genre. Sam and Ruby meet by chance, it seems, and quickly fall in love. All is well until Sam informs her that he’s a time traveler from the year 2470. Sam is dead serious, it seems, but Ruby, a woman with a long history of failed relationships, thinks it’s all a role playing game; at least she hopes so. This and his continuing revelations create no end of complication in their relationship. From there it gets interesting.

Available for streaming at Netflix.

Thanks for the tip, I just finished watching it and it definitely is a little known gem.

Like "The Lathe of Heaven" it is also as much existentialism or Asian philosophy as it is science fiction. If that's something you enjoy then "Woman in the Dunes" or "Lady in the Sand" is a classic Japanese black and white film with subtitles considered among the very best.
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Thanks for the tip, I just finished watching it and it definitely is a little known gem.

Like "The Lathe of Heaven" it is also as much existentialism or Asian philosophy as it is science fiction. If that's something you enjoy then "Woman in the Dunes" or "Lady in the Sand" is a classic Japanese black and white film with subtitles considered among the very best.
Thanks. I can't stream it but I have the DVD in the queue.

You have seen The Man From Earth, right? If not, it's a must!
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Stalker sounds interesting! Thanks. It's in the queue.

ie. the 1979 Russian sci-fi film. I also saw a 1998, US-made, crime thriller, with the same name.
Stalker film by Tarkovsky has very little connection to an actual book "Roadside Picnic" by brothers Strugatsky. Strugatsky wrote that Tarkovsky asked them to rewrite the screenplay so many times that at the end the story had very little resemblance to original version. The main hero becomes very different too, adventurist in the original version and some kind of holy fool in the film.
Anyway, I highly recommend both the book and the film.
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Just watched Source Code last night.

*some spoilers*

Uh, how did the phone (which is all in his head) reach outside the capsule to look at the internet and make the phone calls/emails?

It's one thing to simulate a whole world in your mind, but that world is not going to have a data connection and an open port.
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Just watched Source Code last night.

*some spoilers*

Uh, how did the phone (which is all in his head) reach outside the capsule to look at the internet and make the phone calls/emails?

It's one thing to simulate a whole world in your mind, but that world is not going to have a data connection and an open port.
We actually had a thread on this the other week.
http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=517650
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We actually had a thread on this the other week.
http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=517650
Yeah. That thread stuck a bug in my brain, prompting me to watch the film last night (after checking Rotten Tomatoes...)
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From the Scientific American links today

Learn to Forgive Yourself in a Parallel Universe

Let me be clear: Another Earth, opening July 22, is not a science-fiction film, despite its premise of the discovery of a planet just like our own.

...The speculative fiction in this film, which at this year's Sundance Film Festival won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for the best film focusing on themes of science and technology and the Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Feature, might seem like something inspired by the multiverse theory. In fact, the movie was screened during the World Science Festival in June, where Columbia University physicist Brian Greene led a discussion about it one evening. But Cahill and Marling—both majored in economics at Georgetown University, and Marling was an analyst at Goldman Sachs—ha/d not even heard of Greene's bestseller on the multiverse theory, The Hidden Reality (Knopf, 2011), until after the movie was done.

Cahill actually came up with the concept after listening to audio books of Pulp Physics by astrophysicist Richard Berendzen, who now directs NASA’s Space Grant Consortium. Berendzen makes an appearance as the expert interviewed on local news to explain the "broken mirror theory" that decouples the inhabitants of both Earths and sets them on different destinies...
http://www.scientificamerican.com/bl...ara-2011-07-21
Has anyone else seen this yet?

It was slow and could have used a lot more editing, but all in all it was strange and enjoyable.
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We just fininshed watching Flash Forward. It only lasted one season but was pretty good for a TV series. Worth a watch.

This intriguing dramatic sci-fi series centers on a mysterious incident that causes all of mankind to black out for two minutes and 17 seconds, during which time the victims see premonitions about their future lives. Inspired by the award-winning novel of the same name by author Robert J. Sawyer, the series boasts a top-notch ensemble cast that includes Joseph Fiennes, Courtney B. Vance, John Cho and Sonya Walger.
- Netflix

John Cho is the new Sulu, in Star Trek rebooted.


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