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But a show about his coming out is such a ‘modern’ theme.
I was thinking more a series of episodes reminiscent of Will Ferrell in Elf, excited that Santa was coming.
 

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Just watched 3022 on its Sky Premier.
Absolutely woeful.
Supposedly almost 2 centuries in the future, but the computer kit still features 1980 style blinking lights and the astronauts smoke cigarettes.
Painfully low budget ensures unconvincing effects and a non-ending to the nihilistic mess, just to ensure you leave thoroughly short-changed.
Seriously don't bother.
 

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Just watched 3022 on its Sky Premier.
Absolutely woeful.
Supposedly almost 2 centuries in the future, but the computer kit still features 1980 style blinking lights and the astronauts smoke cigarettes.
Painfully low budget ensures unconvincing effects and a non-ending to the nihilistic mess, just to ensure you leave thoroughly short-changed.
Seriously don't bother.
Smoking? In space?
Madness.
 

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Smoking? In space?
Madness.
I know there were a lot of yellow-fingered, smoky astronauts in Alien and Aliens, but that was 4 decades ago and could be forgiven because everything else about those movies was so damn magnificent.
3022 tried to go for a vaguely run-down Nostromo look at times, but that was where the similarity ended.
Probably the worst sci-fi movie I've seen this millennium.
 

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Currently a few episodes into Season 3 of The Expanse.

It's the most 'realistic' sci-fi show I've ever seen, the producers must pride themselves on the scientific details (using plants as air purifiers on long trips is a brilliant touch, and the zero-G physics are outstanding).

All of this would be no good if the writing or acting wasn't up to scratch, but it very much is. I cannot recommend this series enough!
 

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Time To Hunt: A near future Dystopic South Korea, a crook is released from prison and discovers the money from his last heist is worthless due to inflation. He plans a heist at a casino with friends to fund an escape from SK. Very much like The Last Days Of American Crime in set up and plot development. An interesting story is padded out by an overlong running time of 134 minutes. Some pretty good gunfights, well choreographed, car chases a mysterious assassin who is hired to eliminate the gang. This would have made a tight gangster thriller at 90 minutes. Directed & Written by Yoon Sung-hyun. On Netflix. 6/10.
 

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Time To Hunt: A near future Dystopic South Korea, a crook is released from prison and discovers the money from his last heist is worthless due to inflation. He plans a heist at a casino with friends to fund an escape from SK. Very much like The Last Days Of American Crime in set up and plot development. An interesting story is padded out by an overlong running time of 134 minutes. Some pretty good gunfights, well choreographed, car chases a mysterious assassin who is hired to eliminate the gang. This would have made a tight gangster thriller at 90 minutes. Directed & Written by Yoon Sung-hyun. On Netflix. 6/10.
Is it subtitles or dubbed?
 

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I've seen the perfect science fiction movie for @Swifty - it's exactly his sense of humour. A New Zealand comedy called Alien Addiction about a small town visited by a flying saucer. Inside are two aliens who love to smoke shit. I don't mean "shit" as in cannabis, I mean human excrement, which they process in a special space bong. It's one of the stupidest films I've seen in a while, and really made me laugh. Check it out! (Not for everyone)
 

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I've seen the perfect science fiction movie for @Swifty - it's exactly his sense of humour. A New Zealand comedy called Alien Addiction about a small town visited by a flying saucer. Inside are two aliens who love to smoke shit. I don't mean "shit" as in cannabis, I mean human excrement, which they process in a special space bong. It's one of the stupidest films I've seen in a while, and really made me laugh. Check it out! (Not for everyone)
I'll check that out :)
 

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Watched Underwater on its Sky premier last night.

Kirsten Stewart channels her inner Ripley in what felt like a blatant Alien/Aliens rip-off, but set deep under the Pacific.
The juvenile creatures are a tentacled parallel to Giger's face-hugger and the big mama, when you get to see it, looks like something straight out of Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
Still, some reasonable tension and a couple of genuine make-you-jump moments.
The 5.1 surround sound was exceptional.
Overall maybe 6/10.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5774060/
 

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Does anyone want to explain A 2001 Space Odyssey !

I have never understood that movie and the “space child” at the end.

Any suggestions?
 

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Does anyone want to explain A 2001 Space Odyssey !

I have never understood that movie and the “space child” at the end.

Any suggestions?
I love that you post this question on a day when a mysterious monolith has been found in the Utah desert!

My working hypothesis for the movie is that the monoliths represent leaps in human development/evolution. Presumably, they were placed by some entity, whose identity is never made clear, but equally they could just stand as evolutionary milestones: metaphors, rather than actual physically-existing objects.

So the initial monolith is encountered by the early hominids, and it inspires them to begin using tools: that moment when the ape-man flings his weapon into the air, and it jump cuts into a spacecraft, is perhaps the single most cinematic moment ever, in that it encompasses so much narrative and plot development in one split-second: the culmination of the technological age.

The second milestone is when humanity manages to escape the confines of the Earth. They uncover the next monolith, which emits a deafening signal. It transpires that the signal is aimed at Jupiter - a more ambitious distance away from Earth than the moon. If we can make it to Jupiter, it is possible we can become a true spacefaring species, with all the scope for discovery and new knowledge that entails.

I now interpret that final bewildering sequence as a visual depiction of these profound changes on humanity - an exponential leap compared with the initial step towards tool use at the start of the film.

Thank you for prompting me to think about it again. It convinces me further that the film is extraordinarily good, not least as a vehicle for demonstrating just what film can do in terms of an art form.

I suppose the key question is, does any of all that rambling ring true for you, or anyone else reading?
 

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Thanks for your response.

Is the baby at the end a modified human to make a new race of humans

The 2010 sequel made a little more sense that an unknown deity wants humans to stay away from Europa for some reason known to them.
 

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Is the baby at the end a modified human to make a new race of humans
I certainly think you could read it that way. Although that (re)opens the question "modified by whom?" By dint of humanity's own progress, or by some other being?
 

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Has anyone else checked out Alice in Borderland on Netflix yet. It’s essentially a cross between Cube, The Running Man and Battle Royale.

I’m loving it so far. Great premise, great acting and fantastic action. It can be brutal at times, both in the action and emotionally. Not one of the characters feel particularly safe to me, it feels like they could meet their end at any time.

I was stunned when
they killed off three of what I’d assumed were to be main characters in the show in episode 3.
 

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The Midnight Sky: Augustine (George Clooney) is an astronomer who searches for habitable planets. He's in the Arctic at an observatory in 2049 when an Event occurs which kills much of the Earth's population. When the base is evacuated Augustine stays, he hasn't long to live due to a terminal illness. Heck! He could outlive the rest of humanity as they seek shelter under ground. But a young girl Iris (Caoilinn Springall) is left behind, Augustine now has to look after her. Returning from Jupiter is the spaceship Aether, It has confirmed that one of Jupiter's moons is suitable colonisation. But it cannot contact Earth, is unaware of the catastrophe which has struck. Augustine hears a broadcast from astronaut Sully (Felicity Jones) and is determined to communicate with the Aether and so heads off with Iris to another base which has a more powerful antennae.

So two odyssey's begin. Augustine and Iris traverse the Arctic ice and tundra; discover a crashed plane , mysteriously full of objets d'art, encounter wolves, brave ice-breaks and the freezing temperatures and blizzards. The astronauts have to deal with an environment even more deadly with equipment failure and space debris strikes. Some great shots of the Aether which looks as if it came from a fusion of Discovery One (2001) and Valley Forge (Silent Running). Tension in both space and the Arctic build as as they approach their destinations.

Some great acting from Jones, Clooney and Springall (who remains mute for most of her screen time). Augustine also reflectys on his past life and in flashbacks we see how he lost the love of his life, Jean (Sophie rundle) another scientist, due to his obsessive devotion to his work. The chemistry between Clooney and Springall sparkles when his reserve breaks down and they flick peas at each other. Not just Science Fiction or another apocalypse movie. This is a story of lost love, a lost world, new bonds and some plot twists which you'll have to unwind for yourselves. Directed by George Clooney and written by Mark L. Smith (Overlord, The Revenant) . On Netflix. 8/10.
 

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They wiped out the whole of humanity and I just shrugged. Well, almost the whole of humanity. Also, most obvious twist (the little girl) EVAAAAH!!!
 

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Sputnik: SF/Horror thriller. Echoes of Arrival as attempts are made to communicate with an Alien. This is a more vicious alien though who likes to chomp on humans, biting half their skulls off to obtain cortisol from their brains. The alien lives within a cosmonaut, emerging at night for brief periods. Set in Russia in 1983 the cosmonaut is confined at a special military base and a psychiatrist is recruited to assess the cosmonaut and to try to interface with the alien. Quite disturbing when the ET gets the munchies, some interesting plot twists. The symbiosis between alien and man is put across in a plausible manner and the creature itself is convincing. Directed by Egor Abramenko from a script by Oleg Malovichko and Andrei Zolotarev. On Netflix. 7/10.
 

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Outside The Wire: SF/War set in Eastern Europe in 2036. Warlords, US troops, Combat Robots, an Android and a UAV pilot who has messed up and is posted to the War Zone are involved. The drone pilot is teamed up with the android as they seek the codes to nuclear weapons to prevent them from falling into the hands of insurgents. Some impressive battle scenes and a plot which doesn't push simple concepts, the reasons for US involvement in the conflict are questioned and the pilot gets to see the reality of collateral damage caused by drone strikes. This leads to some plot twists which turns the narrative on it's head. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom, written by Rob Yescombe & Rowan Athale. On Netflix. 7/10.
 

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Sputnik: SF/Horror thriller. Echoes of Arrival as attempts are made to communicate with an Alien. This is a more vicious alien though who likes to chomp on humans, biting half their skulls off to obtain cortisol from their brains. The alien lives within a cosmonaut, emerging at night for brief periods. Set in Russia in 1983 the cosmonaut is confined at a special military base and a psychiatrist is recruited to assess the cosmonaut and to try to interface with the alien. Quite disturbing when the ET gets the munchies, some interesting plot twists. The symbiosis between alien and man is put across in a plausible manner and the creature itself is convincing. Directed by Egor Abramenko from a script by Oleg Malovichko and Andrei Zolotarev. On Netflix. 7/10.
You'd think that they'd go for the adrenal glands first, but maybe a feast on brains is more fun.:)
 

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You'd think that they'd go for the adrenal glands first, but maybe a feast on brains is more fun.:)
I imagine the alien treated human heads like Ferrero Rocher, crunchy on the outside with a soft filling.

The Russians are really embracing their science fiction heritage recently. The Blackout: Invasion Earth isn't too bad either (good bear mob - what's the collective noun for bears, anyway?).
 

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...what's the collective noun for bears, anyway? ...
There are two collective nouns for a group of bears (who are rarely seen in groups) - sleuth and sloth.
 

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Then you should watch Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, and write a review for the Stop! Hammer Time thread. I watched this and the Hammer Hound of the Baskervilles over Christmas.
I might have to do just that.
 
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