Science Fiction: Films & TV

brownmane

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I enjoyed the original Blade Runner (Rutger Hauer was fun) with the darker ending, and have watched it numerous times. I saw BR 2049 and liked it, but probably won't watch it again, and actually can't recall much of the movie.
 

Analogue Boy

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Blade Runner is an excellent film and a cult classic. Brilliant design, excellent lighting and evocative atmosphere.
I thought Blade Runner 2049 was a mess. Too loud, I couldn’t make out what was going on in the gloom, miscast, misogynistic with gaping plot holes. I did not like it all all. The only redeeming feature is that it shows that sometimes you can catch lightning in a bottle and that’s what makes the original so special.
 

What Tyler

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... And to add a little grenade to the mix...

I believe 2001:A Space Odyssey, is, still in my everso ‘umble opinion, the Greatest Sci Fi filum of them all.

I’ve watched it many, many times on dvd, and have seen it in every incarnation when it’s been re-released on the big screen, and every time I’ve seen something different, some extra detail in it.
Agree it’s maybe pretentious, yes, ponderous at times, yes, but for vision, sheer scale, effects, and thought provocation, it has and still does stand the test of time.

Kubrick’s masterpiece.

It simply wouldn’t be made today, it just wouldn’t.
 

Bigphoot2

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Blade Runner is an excellent film and a cult classic. Brilliant design, excellent lighting and evocative atmosphere.
I thought Blade Runner 2049 was a mess. Too loud, I couldn’t make out what was going on in the gloom, miscast, misogynistic with gaping plot holes. I did not like it all all. The only redeeming feature is that it shows that sometimes you can catch lightning in a bottle and that’s what makes the original so special.
And it certainly could have done with a lot more editing.
 

Bigphoot2

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Teaser for the new Man Who Fell to Earth TV series released

New Showtime Series ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ Issues Five-Minute Teaser​

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March 13, 2022 12:30pm
A new television version of David Bowie’s classic film The Man Who Fell To Earth had its world premiere today at SXSW, and Showtime has followed up by releasing the first five minutes of the drama series.
Inspired by the Walter Tevis novel of the same name and the iconic Bowie film, The Man Who Fell to Earth will follow a new alien character (Ejiofor) who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution, and must confront his own past to determine our future.
The new series stars Oscar nominees Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris, along with Jimmi Simpson, Rob Delaney, Sonya Cassidy, Joana Ribeiro, Annelle Olaleye, Kate Mulgrew, Clarke Peters and Bill Nighy. The series will debut on Sunday, April 24 at 10 PM ET/PT.
https://deadline.com/2022/03/the-ma...es-first-five-minutes-teaser-sxsw-1234976468/

 

Shady

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I like Chiwetel Ejiofor, he was good in Serenity, I would give this film a try, thank you Bigphoot2
 

ramonmercado

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Black Crab: This SF/War film is no classic but is far better than what some critics say. Sweden is divided by a savage civil war, civilians are targeted. No explanation is given for the cause of the conflict.The war continues during a bleak winter, buildings are largely destroyed yet improbably still standing. Refugees are everywhere. So reminiscent of what's happening in Ukraine right now. Noomi Rapace is a conscripted soldier chosen for a special mission, she must join a group skating across ice behind enemy lines to deliver a package to an isolated facility. She constantly thinks of her missing daughter, snatched earlier in the war. Even before the mission begins she has a life and death struggle with feral bandits, intent on robbing her vehicle. The collapse of civilization is vividly captured. The terror of crossing the ice, thin at times, the riskk of falling through, coming across frozen bodies seemingly in their hundreds under the ice. A savage film made even more desolate by the realisation that anyone might be an enemy no matter how innocent they look. Helicopter gunships like birds of prey overhead. A good near future thriller with a few flaws and twists in its tail. Directed and Co-Written by Adam Berg. On Netflix. 7/10.
 

charliebrown

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Blade Runner 2049 was a financial catastrophe.

Director Denis Villenueve is trying to convince Amazon to finance Blade Runner 2099 claiming the fans deserve a third movie.

I know posters love Blade Runner, but I am not a fan.

Ridley Scott thinks Amazon will make the movie.
 

Mythopoeika

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Blade Runner 2049 was a financial catastrophe.

Director Denis Villenueve is trying to convince Amazon to finance Blade Runner 2099 claiming the fans deserve a third movie.

I know posters love Blade Runner, but I am not a fan.

Ridley Scott thinks Amazon will make the movie.
It will be a series, rather than a film (I think).
 

Mr. Banooka

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I’ve just watched the first two episodes of Outer Range on Amazon Prime. A slow burn but very compelling. Has an excellent cast and well acted.

Josh Brolin discovers a bottomless pit on his ranch, and a mysterious hippie chick turns up who may know more than she’s letting on.

Right up my alley.
 

Bad Bungle

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I believe 2001:A Space Odyssey, is, still in my everso ‘umble opinion, the Greatest Sci Fi filum of them all.

I’ve watched it many, many times on dvd, and have seen it in every incarnation when it’s been re-released on the big screen, and every time I’ve seen something different, some extra detail in it.
Agree it’s maybe pretentious, yes, ponderous at times, yes, but for vision, sheer scale, effects, and thought provocation, it has and still does stand the test of time.

Kubrick’s masterpiece.

It simply wouldn’t be made today, it just wouldn’t.
I have to add that it took the sequel 2010: The year we made contact and 16 years wait before I could make sense of the original.
 

hunck

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I’ve just watched the first two episodes of Outer Range on Amazon Prime. A slow burn but very compelling. Has an excellent cast and well acted.

Josh Brolin discovers a bottomless pit on his ranch, and a mysterious hippie chick turns up who may know more than she’s letting on.

Right up my alley.
A mysterious hippie chick turning up will always be good in my book.
 

PeteByrdie

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I’ve just watched the first two episodes of Outer Range on Amazon Prime. A slow burn but very compelling. Has an excellent cast and well acted.

Josh Brolin discovers a bottomless pit on his ranch, and a mysterious hippie chick turns up who may know more than she’s letting on.

Right up my alley.
I went onto Prime to watch Picard last Friday, only to find it hadn't yet been released, so followed their suggestion to Outer Range. I can confirm that it's full of promise. Great actors and script. I just hope it has a proper plan, and gives us a proper story.
 

Kondoru

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Finally got around to Watching Disneys Non answer to Star Wars, the Black Hole.

And all those SFX were done WITHOUT Computers???
 

charliebrown

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The Black Hole was brilliant with 150 matte paintings, but was doomed for a Disney Film using words like “ hell”.

The public was horrified that this was the first Disney Movie with a PG rating.

According to wikipedia, there have been several attempts to remake this movie.

The people who made Pacific Rim are interested in a remake.
 

Bigphoot2

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The Black Hole was brilliant with 150 matte paintings, but was doomed for a Disney Film using words like “ hell”.

The public was horrified that this was the first Disney Movie with a PG rating.

According to wikipedia, there have been several attempts to remake this movie.

The people who made Pacific Rim are interested in a remake.
It also had a great score by John Barry.
 

blessmycottonsocks

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I went onto Prime to watch Picard last Friday, only to find it hadn't yet been released, so followed their suggestion to Outer Range. I can confirm that it's full of promise. Great actors and script. I just hope it has a proper plan, and gives us a proper story.

Please tell me that Outer Range bucks up a bit and gathers a bit of pace after episode 1.
I'm only 35 minutes in and struggling to stay awake.
 

Zeke Newbold

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I'm a latecomer to this - and it's probably very old news to a lot of you - but I recently stumbled on an American science fiction series from way back in 2005 called Threshold. It's all there on Youtube and I am much impressed with it.

The initial set up reminds me of the film Species: an assortment of geeks, security specialists and mercenaries are rounded up and more or less coerced, by the FBI, into partaking in a top secret study of what appears to be First Contact with an extraterrestrial lifeform. (Some sort of multidimensional object reduces the occupants of a military naval ship to gibbering mania). Within the S.F there are shades of horror as well as Spy Fi. It references Body Snatchers and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

It's somewhat noisy with an overplayed soundtrack and full of cliches (the kick ass young female heroine, the cynical FBI overseer hiding a heart of gold, and the various insecure but brilliant geeks etc) but what impresses me about it is the ideas in it. These are far more advanced and interesting than you would expect on a TV show.

Anyway, here's the first episode:
 

ramonmercado

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Life After Life: A cycle of life, death and rebirth from 1910 to the 1940s. Ursula sometimes dies at birth, at times a child, a teenager, an adult. Dies from accidents, suicide, murder, a bombing victim. In one instance she changes history by assassinating a tyrant. This is indeed a tale of the Multiverse traversed by one person, But a person who starts to remember past lives, how this affects their actions and their subsequent treatment is teased out in this adventurous and engaging series. Thomasin MacKenzie is wonderful as the teen/adult Ursula. Directed by John Crowley, Screenplay by Bathsheba Doran, adapted from the novel by Kate Atkinson. Four episodes on BBC2 and BBC iPlayer. 8/10.
 

MrRING

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For some reason, that Life After Life reminds me of the 1983 Anna To The Infinite Power:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085169/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Anna Hart was always an odd child, a genius, a shoplifter, desperately afraid of flickering lights, with strange prophetic dreams. Simultaneously, several strange things begin to happen. A strange, mysterious neighbor, by the name of MacKayla moves in next door to the Harts. And, most frightening of all, Anna sees her exact double on the television one night. As her investigation of the other Anna, Anna Smithson, progresses, she begins to learn the truth. The truth about a woman named Anna Zimmerman that has been dead for twenty years, and most importantly, the truth about herself.
 
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