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The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-01-12, 09:45 PM
Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge 2012

Challenge Starts June 30th at 12:01 am

Challenge ends August 1st at dawn

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Rules

Movies/TV shows should be labeled sci-fi or fantasy from either imdb.com or allmovie.com. Other labels don't matter as long as there is at least a sci-fi or fantasy label from one of those sites. Action/Sci-fi would be fine.

If anyone has a problem with something someone watches or just wants an opinion on if it's sci-fi or fantasy or not, ask here.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy documentaries are allowed but not DVD featurettes/interviews. Documentaries include UFO and alien abduction type shows.

As with the other challenges, the lists must be numbered or it won't count.

Movies count as 1 entry each.

3 wild cards for all. Use for those shows you want to watch but know they really don't count but they're pretty close or borderline to counting.

TV shows count according to length as they are aired on TV(including commercials):

30 minute shows count as 1/4 an entry
1 hour shows count as 1/2 an entry
2 hour shows count as 1 entry

So you need 4, 30 minute shows for 1 entry or 2 60 minute shows or any combination that gets you to 1 entry. While X-Files has a runtime of around 43 minutes, on-air it's an hour show.

If it's short films that are 10 minutes or less, once you hit 23 minutes of watching them, you've reached one 30 minute show. This is based on the theory that the run time for a 30 minute show is between 22-24 minutes.

For mini series, do count each "day" that it aired (assuming that each day was a 2 hour block). For example, Dune: The Mini Series, would it be:

63. Dune: The Mini Series - Part I
64. Dune: The Mini Series - Part II
65. Dune: The Mini Seriies - Part III

When listing TV shows, keep them together for one entry.
Example:
65. Outer Limits:episode name / Futurama: episode name / Futurama: episode name

How do I list TV shows and other short stuff if I don't have enough for an entry?

At the bottom of your post/list, keep a Temp TV section. Add stuff there until you get enough for an entry.

Watching the movie with the commentary will count as an entry.

Watching multiple versions(theatrical and director's cut) of the same movie will also count.

Number Your List!!!
Anything extra is up to you but you at least have to number your list.

Example

1. Alien
2. Aliens
3. Aliens 3

How to win a prize

There's 1 ways to get an entry:

Participate by watching at least 1 item


Prizes

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Sci-fi/Fantasy Radio

I'm treating audio harshly since this is primarily a movie/tv challenge. That being said, one episode, 4 hours with commercials, of Coast to Coast counts as one entry. It's the same format for TV, only doubled. The topic of the show has to be sci-fi/fantasy related, so it shouldn't be that much of a problem with Coast to Coast.

If you're listening to something without commercials, or can skip them, you're looking at 3 hours of audio for one entry.

1/4 entry = 45 minutes without commercials and 60 with commercials.

1/2 entry = 90 minutes without commercials and 120 with commercials.

3/4 entry = 135 minutes without commercials and 180 with commercials.

1 entry = 180 minutes without commercials and 240 with commercials.

Previous discussion and list threads can be found here: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/9531033-post3.html

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-01-12, 09:46 PM
Online shows and films
http://www.hulu.com/channels/Science-Fiction (Online Streaming)
http://www.archive.org/details/SciFi_Horror (Online Streaming and Downloads) - Horror doesn't count for this challenge
http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=%28subject%3A%22Sci-Fi%22%29%20AND%20mediatype%3Amovies Sci-fi results
http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=%28subject%3A%22Fantasy%22%29%20AND%20mediatype%3Amovies Fantasy results
http://www.netflix.com/WiGenre?sgid=373&lnkctr=mhwG373 (Sci-fi and Fantasy instant streaming) Membership or free trial required
http://www.amctv.com/videos/b-movies/ Hit the sci-fi/fantasy tab for online streaming

Need more ideas?
http://www.movieretriever.com/genre/19/Sci-Fi
http://www.movieretriever.com/genre/10/Fantasy

How about a book?
The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction (http://www.amazon.com/Overlook-Film-Encyclopedia-Science-Fiction/dp/0879516267)
Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties, by Bill Warren (http://www.amazon.com/Watching-American-Science-Fiction-Fifties/dp/0786442301/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338606957&sr=8-1)[/QUOTE]
Sci-Fi Savant (http://www.amazon.com/Sci-Fi-Savant-Glenn-Erickson/dp/1434433102/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319515077&sr=1-7) written by DVDTalk's DVD Savant (http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/) (Glenn Erickson). There's also a nice interview done with him by Stuart Galbraith IV (http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s3890galb.html) here on DVDTalk.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-01-12, 09:46 PM
Checklist
*Watching enough shorts or TV to count as one entry, you can use that one entry as a check on the checklist, as long as each of them count for whatever you're checking. You can mix and match what you've seen to make a check, they all don't have to be grouped together as a single entry on your watch list.

3 Wildcards allowed

Watch one film from every decade, starting with the 1900s.
--- 1900(No time limit but must be at least complete short film) -
--- 1910(No time limit but must be at least complete short film) -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -

Watch films in at least two languages other than English.
--- First language -
--- Second language -

--- Watch the MST3K/Rifftrax/Cinematic Titanic version of a sci-fi/fantasy film -
--- Watch a film and its remake -
--- Watch a film based on a video game -
--- Watch a film based on a novel -
--- Watch a film which won an Academy Award -- any category -
--- Watch a silent film -
--- Watch a Criterion version film -
--- Watch a film with commentary -
--- Watch a film and at least two sequels -
--- Watch a film that takes place underneath the Earth -
--- Watch a film that takes place in space -
--- Watch a film that takes place on or under the sea -
--- Watch an animated film -
--- Watch a film with special effects by Ray Harryhausen -
--- Watch a film that takes place in the "future" but the year has already come and gone -
--- Written by/starring/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Ray Bradbury -
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by Ed Wood/Steven Spielberg/Terry Gilliam -*
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by Roger Corman/Edgar G. Ulmer/Charles Band -

Watch a film for each rating:
--- G -
--- PG -
--- PG-13 -
--- R -
--- X/NC-17(Optional) -
--- Unrated -

Watch a film in each of the following subgenres:
--- Alien invasion -
--- Horror
--- Cyborg/Cybernetic revolt -
--- Post-Apocalyptic -
--- Alternate History (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Alternate_history_films) -
--- Robot/Android -
--- Immortality -
--- Space Opera/Serial -
--- Mutants (non-critter) -
--- Comic Book -
--- Mad Scientist -
--- Comedy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Comedy_science_fiction_films) -
--- Time travel -
--- Giant Critters -
--- Prehistoric -
--- Paranormal -
--- Kaiju -
--- Tech Noir (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Tech_noir_films) -

Not sure what qualifies? Check here for a description http://www.wattpad.com/3632123-fantasy-sub-genre-definitions-sci-fi-fantasy
--- Arthurian Fantasy -
--- Based on fairy tale -
--- Urban Fantasy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_fantasy) -
--- High Fantasy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_fantasy) -
--- Sword and Sorcery (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_and_sorcery) -
--- Dark Fantasy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_fantasy) -
--- Martial Arts Fantasy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Martial_arts_fantasy_films) -

Watch a film starring:
--- Lionel Atwill/Mara Corday/Marshall Thompson -
--- Faith Domergue/Bruce Campbell/Donald Sutherland -
--- Jeff Goldblum/Sigorney Weaver/Stephen Chow -
--- Joey Wang/Maggie Cheung/Gloria Talbot -
--- James Coburn/Ross Martin/Dick Miller -
--- Michelle Rodriguez/David Warner/Tilda Swinton -
--- Natalie Portman/Peter Cushing/Bruce Willis/Kurt Russell -

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-01-12, 09:48 PM
I hope I'm not stepping on the toes of other challenges but I've always liked to start the discussion thread a month early so we can all fight about why actor/actress X shouldn't be in the checklist because they've only really done X number of sci-fi/fantasy films/tv shows.

Cardsfan111
06-01-12, 10:06 PM
Just started watching history/documentaries tonight and now you have me craving something sci-fi. :lol:

I am looking forward to it. A couple of the tv shows I started for the Make-Your-Own-Challenge are sci-fi/fantasy in nature, so they're already set aside to resume in July.

NoirFan
06-01-12, 10:14 PM
Well, I have a month to figure out who the hell John Lounsbery is.

Here's another enthusiastic book recommendation, although it is pricey as well as hefty:

Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties, by Bill Warren (http://www.amazon.com/Watching-American-Science-Fiction-Fifties/dp/0786442301/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338606957&sr=8-1)

NoirFan
06-01-12, 10:34 PM
As far as the 1900 and 1910 films for the checklist, would we have to use wildcards for them, as all would likely be less than full-length?

shadokitty
06-01-12, 10:41 PM
Just started the history challenge, and now that I see this thread, already looking forward to the sci fi challenge. Got some unwatched movies in my sci fi set from MC, and recently bought the MC Sci Fi invasion set, I have yet to finish Time Tunnel, and as I was one of the winners of the Make Your Own Challenge, the prize I chose, was Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Season 2 Volume 2, so I'll have some unwatched sci fi all ready to watch for the challenge.

Screwadu
06-01-12, 10:49 PM
Resoived!

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-01-12, 11:13 PM
Well, I have a month to figure out who the hell John Lounsbery is.

Here's another enthusiastic book recommendation, although it is pricey as well as hefty:

Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties, by Bill Warren (http://www.amazon.com/Watching-American-Science-Fiction-Fifties/dp/0786442301/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338606957&sr=8-1)

Thanks for the link, I'll add it soon.

John did animation for stuff like Snow White but it doesn't matter since I'm going to swap everyone out and probably do it in groups of 3, similar to what Horror did last year.

As far as the 1900 and 1910 films for the checklist, would we have to use wildcards for them, as all would likely be less than full-length?

I'll make those two decades have no time limit but it does need to be some sort of film type video and not just something like a 30 second short of a monkey with a sword dancing around.


Resoived!

Tad early, this is just the discussion thread. I'll do the list thread around the 15th.

I haven't talked with anyone about prizes but at the very least, I have a copy of Troll I can offer.

Cardsfan111
06-01-12, 11:21 PM
...and not just something like a 30 second short of a monkey with a sword dancing around.

Even though it won't count, you have me interested. Please post a link. :D

Screwadu
06-02-12, 07:33 AM
Unresoived!

NoirFan
06-02-12, 08:18 AM
Does anyone have any sci-fi Blu-rays or DVDs on order or ones that they plan on buying for the challenge? I've pre-ordered the UK disc of Things to Come, Colossus of New York, The Space Children, and Project X, plus Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Monkey with a Sword Dancing Around once they're released in July. Mister Peepers, would the NOES films count under the Fantasy banner? I remember asking a couple of years ago, but I forget what your ruling was.

Indy24LA
06-02-12, 08:26 AM
My only problem with this is Prometheus comes out next week... the perfect film for this challenge, just don't know if I can hold out till July to see it.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-02-12, 09:21 AM
Does anyone have any sci-fi Blu-rays or DVDs on order or ones that they plan on buying for the challenge? I've pre-ordered the UK disc of Things to Come, Colossus of New York, The Space Children, and Project X, plus Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Monkey with a Sword Dancing Around once they're released in July. Mister Peepers, would the NOES films count under the Fantasy banner? I remember asking a couple of years ago, but I forget what your ruling was.

I wouldn't count NOES since I think things watched for this challenge should have the main genre be sci-fi or fantasy and I'd say that's more horror.

As for buying stuff, Monkey with a Sword Dancing Around is a given. I didn't know about Body Snatchers but if I see it for a good price, I'm getting it.

I hate this challenge because I don't have any sci-fi or fantasy lists I need to complete, so I'm always stuck on wondering what to watch. I always seem to end up wasting a couple hours and then decide to do things alphabetically. If I go with that plan, I'm making my first pass through my Alien blu-ray set, some imax Alien 3D movie, an Alien/UFO documentary box set and then Alien Outlaws.

NoirFan
06-02-12, 10:02 AM
I didn't know about Body Snatchers but if I see it for a good price, I'm getting it.

ImportCDs (http://www.importcds.com/) is your best bet for the Olive titles (for genre stuff, they're also releasing The Boogens, Tales that Witness Madness and Thinner): $14.50 each plus $1.49 shipping, with a handling fee of $2.99 per order. Even with the high shipping costs, they're still cheaper than Amazon. Also, they're currently having a 10% off sale, but pre-orders aren't available until a month before release, so you'd have to wait on any of the four titles I mentioned. They're also the ones releasing Colossus, Space Children, and Project X.

BobO'Link
06-02-12, 10:22 AM
Just started watching history/documentaries tonight and now you have me craving something sci-fi. :lol:

I am looking forward to it. A couple of the tv shows I started for the Make-Your-Own-Challenge are sci-fi/fantasy in nature, so they're already set aside to resume in July.
Same here. I started my challenge journey with this one and look forward to it as it's my absolute favorite genre. I watched *lots* of sci-fi/fantasy in my MYO challenge and have almost a season and a half of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea to complete. I don't know if I'll be able to wait a full month!
...since I'm going to swap everyone out and probably do it in groups of 3, similar to what Horror did last year....
That would be *great* as I had lots of trouble last year finding something watchable by Bakshi (I've never liked his work). It would also allow for more diverse lists.

Here are some changes for consideration...

On the Genre section:

Combine "Cyborg" with "Cybernetic Revolt" as CR is basically a sub-genre of Cyborg.
I'd argue to drop "Paranormal" as it's typically more horror with little to no sci-fi trappings.
Swap "Superhero" for "Comic book"
Change "Mutants" to "Mutants - non critter"
Put all the fantasy genres in the same section/area (just for asthetics)

Add:
Space Opera/Serial
Alternate History (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Alternate_history_films)
Robot/Android
Tech Noir (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Tech_noir_films) (or combine with Cyberpunk as there is lots of overlap)
Comedy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Comedy_science_fiction_films)

BobO'Link
06-02-12, 10:47 AM
As for books, don't forget Sci-Fi Savant (http://www.amazon.com/Sci-Fi-Savant-Glenn-Erickson/dp/1434433102/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319515077&sr=1-7) written by DVDTalk's DVD Savant (http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/) (Glenn Erickson). There's also a nice interview done with him by Stuart Galbraith IV (http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s3890galb.html) here on DVDTalk.

NoirFan
06-02-12, 11:45 AM
Could I use a wild card on Suspiria? It definitely has fantasy elements to it, and I've got the Blu-ray on order.

shadokitty
06-02-12, 12:24 PM
Does anyone have any sci-fi Blu-rays or DVDs on order or ones that they plan on buying for the challenge? I've pre-ordered the UK disc of Things to Come, Colossus of New York, The Space Children, and Project X, plus Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Monkey with a Sword Dancing Around once they're released in July. Mister Peepers, would the NOES films count under the Fantasy banner? I remember asking a couple of years ago, but I forget what your ruling was.

I ordered the MC Sci Fi Invasion set, and chose my prize of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea for the Sci Fi Challenge.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-02-12, 12:40 PM
Same here. I started my challenge journey with this one and look forward to it as it's my absolute favorite genre. I watched *lots* of sci-fi/fantasy in my MYO challenge and have almost a season and a half of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea to complete. I don't know if I'll be able to wait a full month!

That would be *great* as I had lots of trouble last year finding something watchable by Bakshi (I've never liked his work). It would also allow for more diverse lists.

Here are some changes for consideration...

On the Genre section:

Combine "Cyborg" with "Cybernetic Revolt" as CR is basically a sub-genre of Cyborg.
I'd argue to drop "Paranormal" as it's typically more horror with little to no sci-fi trappings.
Swap "Superhero" for "Comic book"
Change "Mutants" to "Mutants - non critter"
Put all the fantasy genres in the same section/area (just for asthetics)

Add:
Space Opera/Serial
Alternate History (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Alternate_history_films)
Robot/Android
Tech Noir (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Tech_noir_films) (or combine with Cyberpunk as there is lots of overlap)
Comedy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Comedy_science_fiction_films)

Sounds like a good start.

As for books, don't forget Sci-Fi Savant (http://www.amazon.com/Sci-Fi-Savant-Glenn-Erickson/dp/1434433102/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319515077&sr=1-7) written by DVDTalk's DVD Savant (http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/) (Glenn Erickson). There's also a nice interview done with him by Stuart Galbraith IV (http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s3890galb.html) here on DVDTalk.

Will add. Thanks.

Could I use a wild card on Suspiria? It definitely has fantasy elements to it, and I've got the Blu-ray on order.

Now that I think about it, NOES and Suspira should be fine with wild cards. I think those are the types of things they're made for.

NoirFan
06-02-12, 12:51 PM
^
That's what I figured. As far as Vincent Price for the checklist, I think of him much more as a horror icon than a sci-fi one. Other than perhaps Last Man on Earth, what were his other sci-fi roles?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-02-12, 01:30 PM
^
That's what I figured. As far as Vincent Price for the checklist, I think of him much more as a horror icon than a sci-fi one. Other than perhaps Last Man on Earth, what were his other sci-fi roles?

Those people are all from last year and are getting replaced, so you can ignore them.

BobO'Link
06-02-12, 01:31 PM
...As far as Vincent Price for the checklist, I think of him much more as a horror icon than a sci-fi one. Other than perhaps Last Man on Earth, what were his other sci-fi roles?

Sci-Fi films (although several also qualify as horror):
The Invisible Man Returns
The Fly
Return of the Fly
Master of the World
War-Gods of the Deep
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs
Last Man on Earth
Scream and Scream Again
Son of Sinbad (Fantasy)

And some TV:
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Deadly Dolls (S4E2)
Several episodes of Batman - as EggHead
A couple of episodes of Science Fiction Theater
and a few others.

But... I see he's being replaced so those are for future reference, eh? :)

NoirFan
06-02-12, 01:41 PM
I had totally forgotten about the Fly films, even though I watched both last week! Not familiar with the others on that list, except for Scream and Scream Again, which I remember having an absurdly uptempo 'Swinging London' title track.

A few actor suggestions:

Lionel Atwill
Mara Corday
Marshall Thompson
Faith Domergue

orlmac
06-02-12, 05:55 PM
I wouldn't mind seeing the X/NC-17 rating removed from the checklist. I'm trying to spend all of my time watching new watches now and if you have done this a few times it is hard to come up with a new one (unless you want to watch erotica and then there are a ton but some of us (one of us?) doesn't watch those).

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-02-12, 08:13 PM
I wouldn't mind seeing the X/NC-17 rating removed from the checklist. I'm trying to spend all of my time watching new watches now and if you have done this a few times it is hard to come up with a new one (unless you want to watch erotica and then there are a ton but some of us (one of us?) doesn't watch those).

I feel your pain and am willing to make that one optional. I'm sure it also helps for those that still live at home with parents. Might be somewhat embarrassing to have them walk in while someone is watching Sperm Trek.

BobO'Link
06-02-12, 09:48 PM
Here are a few actors for consideration:

Bruce Campbell
Donald Sutherland
Jeff Goldblum
Sigorney Weaver

I *really* wanted to include former first lady Nancy Regan (aka Nancy Davis) but the only sci-fi she did was Donovan's Brain.

I had several from the 50s but was surprised that many of those on my initial list did *few* Sci-fi films. One specifically was Gloria Talbot. I'd have sworn she did almost as many sci-fi films as John Agar but only saw 2-3 when looking at her IMDB filmography. The only thing I can figure is that most of the ones I was going to submit had somewhat iconic parts in the genre film(s) in which they appeared which makes them stand out.

orlmac
06-03-12, 07:49 AM
Does anyone have any sci-fi Blu-rays or DVDs on order or ones that they plan on buying for the challenge? I've pre-ordered the UK disc of Things to Come, Colossus of New York, The Space Children, and Project X, plus Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Monkey with a Sword Dancing Around once they're released in July. Mister Peepers, would the NOES films count under the Fantasy banner? I remember asking a couple of years ago, but I forget what your ruling was.

I picked up a Sonny Chiba 4 pack on Thursday for the Sci-Fi challenge. I guess I still had the Action/Adventure challenge on the brain but it has G.I. Samurai, Ninja Wars and Legend of the Eight Samurai which all qualify and look pretty good. G.I. Samurai looks like a good way to watch a time travel movie that is hopefully a little different from the others. I also picked up an animated Flash Gordon VHS tape for the animated portion of the checklist.

NoirFan
06-03-12, 08:33 AM
One specifically was Gloria Talbot. I'd have sworn she did almost as many sci-fi films as John Agar but only saw 2-3 when looking at her IMDB filmography.

She was in four:

I Married a Monster from Outer Space (a classic!)
The Leech Woman
The Cyclops
Daughter of Dr. Jekyll


I always thought she was super cute, especially as the earnest (but shallow) budding psychologist in All That Heaven Allows.

Ash Ketchum
06-03-12, 09:05 AM
I notice you have "Coast to Coast" listed under the Sci-fi Fantasy/Radio part of your checklist. I'm sorry, but that show shouldn't be eligible in a challenge like this because it's science fact, not fiction. :D

BobO'Link
06-03-12, 01:45 PM
Does anyone have any sci-fi Blu-rays or DVDs on order or ones that they plan on buying for the challenge? I've pre-ordered the UK disc of Things to Come, Colossus of New York, The Space Children, and Project X, plus Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Monkey with a Sword Dancing Around once they're released in July. Mister Peepers, would the NOES films count under the Fantasy banner? I remember asking a couple of years ago, but I forget what your ruling was.
Sci-Fi is my 100% favorite genre and am always looking for/purchasing new titles, especially those from the 50s/60s. While none are purchased *specifically* for the challenge I tend to try to save them up for the challenge unless it's one I've been itching to see/see again. However, it looks like I may be placing a smallish order from DD for some SF titles I've had my eye on as the current pricing (with coupon) is about as good as I've seen on those few titles. You could say those are being purchased specifically for the challenge... ;)

gp1086
06-03-12, 05:36 PM
Thinking I'll definitely need to check out Total Recall (1990) for the first time in advance of the remake.

May also watch the Star Wars prequels, as I've only seen Phantom Menace when it was in theatres (and saw it before I saw the original trilogy).

lisadoris
06-03-12, 06:13 PM
Thinking I'll definitely need to check out Total Recall (1990) for the first time in advance of the remake.

May also watch the Star Wars prequels, as I've only seen Phantom Menace when it was in theatres (and saw it before I saw the original trilogy).
Total Recall is a lot of fun, I hope you enjoy it. You might consider reading the original short story before the remake hits theaters. The Star Wars prequels are interesting. I'm planning to watch Voyager for the Sci-Fi Challenge this year. Gotta finish DS9 first though.

GoldenWheels
06-03-12, 06:56 PM
I haven't talked with anyone about prizes but at the very least, I have a copy of Troll I can offer.

I was gonna offer in any case but now I feel duty bound to to save someone from Troll. :lol:

Shoot me a PM when you are ready Mister Peepers.

Trevor
06-03-12, 07:52 PM
I was gonna offer in any case but now I feel duty bound to to save someone from Troll. :lol:
rotfl

Not sure what I'll do next month. I'll be training someone at work, so no downtime there, which usually generates a bunch of my viewing. I've been jonesing for DS9 for quite awhile, so unless I find something the wifey may get into more than that, I'll try to finish a couple seasons of DS9.

shadokitty
06-03-12, 08:43 PM
rotfl

Not sure what I'll do next month. I'll be training someone at work, so no downtime there, which usually generates a bunch of my viewing. I've been jonesing for DS9 for quite awhile, so unless I find something the wifey may get into more than that, I'll try to finish a couple seasons of DS9.

I'm thinking I may do some Irwin Allen next month. I have The Time Tunnel to finish that I never finished during the Action/Adventure Challenge, and I'll also have a set of VTTBOTS, and every Saturday night on a local tv station Lost in Space airs.

coyoteblue
06-04-12, 02:49 PM
Here's a few suggestions for the checklist (mostly fantasy; some movies included to be helpful):

Maggie Cheung:
The Iceman Cometh (1989)
The Mad Monk (1993)
Green Snake (1993) * (has recent remake)
The Heroic Trio (1993)
Executioners (1993)

Joey Wang:
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987) * (has recent remake)
A Chinese Ghost Story II (1990)
A Chinese Ghost Story III (1991)
Picture of a Nymph (1988)
Kung Fu Vs. Acrobatic (1990)
An Eternal Combat (1991)

Stephen Chow:
The Mad Monk (1993)
A Chinese Odyssey Part One - Pandora's Box (1995) * (has a recent pseudo remake)
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two - Cinderella (1995)
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
CJ7 (2008)

shadokitty
06-05-12, 08:52 PM
Has this thread got anyone else jonesin to watch some sci fi pre sci fi challenge yet? I'm already jonesin for some sci fi myself.

InnocentBlood
06-05-12, 09:52 PM
Has this thread got anyone else jonesin to watch some sci fi pre sci fi challenge yet? I'm already jonesin for some sci fi myself.

I'm one of them - though it's more due to Prometheus that I'm working through the Alien 9 disc box set in anticipation of seeing the movie at the cinema :)

NoirFan
06-05-12, 11:23 PM
Has this thread got anyone else jonesin to watch some sci fi pre sci fi challenge yet? I'm already jonesin for some sci fi myself.

I just watched Forbidden Planet yesterday - I'd recently purchased the double issue of Cinefantastique devoted to it from 1979, which is incredibly detailed. There's no audio commentary on the Blu-ray, so the extensive info in the magazine will have to do.

popcorn
06-06-12, 01:11 AM
I think I'm going to focus on a sci-fi show I've never seen before for this challenge: Battlestar Galactica. I hear Starbuck is a woman...

davidh777
06-06-12, 01:45 AM
Sci-fi/fantasy is as much of my backlog as anything. I might try to finally see Alien 3 and 4 from my UK set, or The Fly/Fly II, or some TV.

shadokitty
06-06-12, 08:37 AM
Just bought the series set of Land of the Giants and am now watching the pilot episode, not the unaired pilot, but the one that was aired., "The Crash"

Screwadu
06-06-12, 09:25 AM
Going to dedicate this year to the B-flicks of the 50s. From a salute to Mara Corday to a Giant Critterthon. Looking forward to it.

Ash Ketchum
06-06-12, 11:49 AM
With Ray Bradbury's passing, there should be some attention in this challenge paid to works based on his writing.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001969/

I'd highlight the high-profile features I know of that are based on his work:

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953)
THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953)
FAHRENHEIT 451 (1966)
THE ILLUSTRATED MAN (1969)
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1983)

I'd also recommend the the "Martian Chronicles" miniseries from 1980.

Others among you can recommend other TV works of his, I'm sure.

shadokitty
06-06-12, 12:26 PM
With Ray Bradbury's passing, there should be some attention in this challenge paid to works based on his writing.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001969/

I'd highlight the high-profile features I know of that are based on his work:

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953)
THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953)
FAHRENHEIT 451 (1966)
THE ILLUSTRATED MAN (1969)
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1983)

I'd also recommend the the "Martian Chronicles" miniseries from 1980.

Others among you can recommend other TV works of his, I'm sure.

I own a copy of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

NoirFan
06-06-12, 01:31 PM
Mister Peepers, I'm not sure how these things work, but you might want to ask Family Video or Shout Factory if they'd like to sponsor the challenge, as they're both advertisers on this site.

BobO'Link
06-06-12, 01:50 PM
Has this thread got anyone else jonesin to watch some sci fi pre sci fi challenge yet? I'm already jonesin for some sci fi myself.
Of course. I still have S4 of Wild Wild West awaiting a viewing. It has just enough sci-fi trappings to satisfy that jonesin *and* still qualify as a western for the Historical Challenge. It's possible that I'll work in some episodes and finish up with it for some double list qualification action.

I just placed a few orders for some 50s "B" sci-fi titles I've had my eye on for a while. Must have "new" stuff for the challenge! :D

NoirFan
06-06-12, 02:26 PM
I'm thinking of having a sci-fi horror theme on one of the days, any suggestions? I'm looking for 50's and 60's films specifically, and nothing involving oversized creatures:

These are on the slate so far:

It! The Terror from Beyond Space
Planet of Vampires
Queen of Blood

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-06-12, 02:41 PM
Mister Peepers, I'm not sure how these things work, but you might want to ask Family Video or Shout Factory if they'd like to sponsor the challenge, as they're both advertisers on this site.

Good idea.

To everyone else making suggestions, I won't be able to update checklists and add links until this weekend. Don't feel like I'm ignoring anyone.

BobO'Link
06-06-12, 08:58 PM
I'm thinking of having a sci-fi horror theme on one of the days, any suggestions? I'm looking for 50's and 60's films specifically, and nothing involving oversized creatures:

These are on the slate so far:

It! The Terror from Beyond Space
Planet of Vampires
Queen of Blood
Here are a few I have in my collection. All have both sci-fi and horror designations at IMDB. There are lots more... :)

4D Man - 1959
The Alligator People - 1959
The Astounding She Monster - 1957
Attack of the Puppet People - 1958
Bride of the Monster - 1955
Brides of Fu Manchu - 1966
Creature from the Black Lagoon - 1954
Creature Walks Among Us - 1956
The Curse of Frankenstein - 1957
The Day the World Ended - 1955
Die, Monster, Die! - 1965
Donovan's Brain - 1953
The Evil of Frankenstein - 1964
The Fly - 1958
Frankenstein 1970 - 1958
Frankenstein Created Woman - 1957
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed - 1969
The H-Man - 1958
How to Make a Monster - 1958
I Married a Monster From Outer Space - 1958
The Incredible Shrinking Man - 1957
Indestructible Man - 1956
Invasion of the Body Snatchers - 1956
Invisible Invaders - 1959
It! - 1967
The Last Man on Earth -1964
The Leech Woman - 1960
The Man from Planet X - 1951
The Man Who Could Cheat Death - 1959
Matango - 1963
The Mole People - 1956
Monster on the Campus - 1958
Panic in Year Zero! - 1962
Plan 9 from Outer Space - 1959
Return of the Fly - 1959
The Revenge of Frankenstein - 1958
Revenge of the Creature - 1955
Target Earth - 1954
The Thing from Another World - 1951
The Tingler - 1959
The Trollenberg Terror (aka The Crawling Eye) - 1958
The War of the Worlds - 1953
The Wasp Woman - 1959
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes - 1963

NoirFan
06-06-12, 10:11 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, I've seen and/or have copies of all of those, and will likely watch most next month! I suppose I should have been more specific - I'm looking for "scary" or atmospheric sci-fi/horror combos, in the vein of the three titles I listed. There are a few on that list that would qualify, all of which I like very much: I Married a Monster From Outer Space, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing, The Crawling Eye (which I'm sure inspired Carpenter for a similar scene in The Fog, as he's made clear his love for the film, even recording a commentary track that I've been trying to track down online for ages).

omike
06-07-12, 12:27 PM
I suppose I should have been more specific - I'm looking for "scary" or atmospheric sci-fi/horror combos, in the vein of the three titles I listed. There are a few on that list that would qualify, all of which I like very much: I Married a Monster From Outer Space, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing, The Crawling Eye (which I'm sure inspired Carpenter for a similar scene in The Fog, as he's made clear his love for the film, even recording a commentary track that I've been trying to track down online for ages).

One that wasn't on BobO'Link's list that I always thought was darned creepy is Fiend Without A Face. I think a lot has to do with the sound the beasties make and if I recall it has a pretty nice build up.

I thought The Man From Planet X was super creepy when I was a kid but I haven't seen it for quite a while. I remember a lot of fog and one scene in particular when we first see the visitor -- scared the crap out of me.

GoldenWheels
06-07-12, 12:59 PM
I think I'm going to focus on a sci-fi show I've never seen before for this challenge: Battlestar Galactica. I hear Starbuck is a woman...

Maybe you are being facetious popcorn and you are a huge fan who's really watching it for the umpteenth time...but I only recently discovered this series myself (literally like last month) and was BLOWN AWAY. Show is awesome, I converted my wife to watching it and now I re-watch it whenever she happens to be viewing.

I am five to seven years late to everything, apparently.

NoirFan
06-08-12, 04:13 PM
I thought The Man From Planet X was super creepy when I was a kid but I haven't seen it for quite a while. I remember a lot of fog and one scene in particular when we first see the visitor -- scared the crap out of me.

I've always been a great admirer of Edgar G. Ulmer - he consistently created quality films on minuscule budgets.

BobO'Link
06-08-12, 05:39 PM
I just received my first new title for the challenge: The Day IT Came to Earth directed by Harry Thomason (yep, of Mozark productions "fame"). It is apparently his sole attempt at Sci-Fi. From what I've read it's a good thing...

According to AllMovie:

This could have been campy, '50s-style fun in more competent hands; instead, we get bored silly with a lot of talking heads, unimaginative monster mayhem, turgid pacing, and pathetic attempts at humor.
I can hardly wait! :D

shadokitty
06-09-12, 01:57 PM
I'll be set for the challenge. I recently bought the set of the Land of the Giants complete series. I won a copy of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Season 2 Volume 2, I have weekly eps of Lost in Space, bought Lost in Space seasons 1 and 3, have Time Tunnel, all Gamera movies made, the box set of the MST3K Gamera movies, and 2 MC sets of sci fi B Movies. So I'm all ready, and chomping at the bit already.

Trevor
06-10-12, 08:53 AM
FWIW, I've been working on the Challenge Compendium again and here is the hopefully complete history of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge. Please let me know if I screwed anything up or missed anything.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenges (July)

<table border="4"> <tr><td>Year</td><td>Discussion Threads</td><td>List Threads</td><td>Results Thread</td><td>Number</td><td>Winner</td></tr><tr><td>2008</td><td>interest check (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/532235-summer-sci-fi-movie-challenge-interest-check.html), discussion (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/532710-summer-sci-fi-challenge-discussion-thread.html)</td><td>lists (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/534670-summer-sci-fi-challenge-list-thread.html)</td><td>post (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/8868120-post264.html)</td><td>165</td><td>Trevor</td></tr><tr><td>2009</td><td>discussion (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/555958-summer-sci-fi-challenge-09-discussion-thread.html)</td><td>lists (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/557467-summer-sci-fi-challenge-09-list-thread.html)</td><td>post (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/9646583-post351.html)</td><td>158</td><td>Shellebelle</td></tr><tr><td>2010</td><td>discussion (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/574580-summer-sci-fi-fantasy-challenge-10-discussion-thread.html)</td><td>lists (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/575499-summer-sci-fi-fantasy-challenge-10-list-thread.html)</td><td>results (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/577641-summer-sci-fi-fantasy-challenge-2010-results-thread.html)</td><td>232.5</td><td>gfoots</td></tr><tr><td>2011</td><td>discussion (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/591466-4th-annual-summer-sci-fi-fantasy-challenge-discussion-thread.html)</td><td>lists (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/592076-4th-annual-summer-sci-fi-fantasy-challenge-list-thread.html)</td><td>post (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/10893916-post583.html)</td><td>153</td><td>tarfrimmer</td></tr><tr><td>2012</td><td>suggestions (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/593259-suggestions-sci-fi-fantasy-challenge-2012-a.html), discussion (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/602113-5th-annual-summer-sci-fi-fantasy-challenge-discussion-thread.html)</td><td>insert thread links</td><td>insert thread link</td><td>insert #</td><td>insert DVDTalker</td></tr><tr><td>2013</td><td>insert thread links</td><td>insert thread links</td><td>insert thread link</td><td>insert #</td><td>insert DVDTalker</td></tr> </table>

shadokitty
06-11-12, 02:03 PM
Would documentaries on aliens and UFOs count, like Ancient Aliens or UFO Hunters, or would they be more science fact?

Ash Ketchum
06-11-12, 02:21 PM
Would documentaries on aliens and UFOs count, like Ancient Aliens or UFO Hunters, or would they be more science fact?

All a matter of how close you hew to the prejudices of mainstream science. In my book, those subjects are science fact. To most, if not all, scientists and journalists, science fiction. :D

"Beam me up, Scotty, there's no intelligent life down here!"

shadokitty
06-11-12, 02:39 PM
All a matter of how close you hew to the prejudices of mainstream science. In my book, those subjects are science fact. To most, if not all, scientists and journalists, science fiction. :D

"Beam me up, Scotty, there's no intelligent life down here!"

That's why I asked, because to me they are more like science fact Ash, but I wanted to get another opinion. No biggie, I'm set with my Irwin Allen, and Gamera movies. :D

BobO'Link
06-11-12, 03:25 PM
Would documentaries on aliens and UFOs count, like Ancient Aliens or UFO Hunters, or would they be more science fact?

All a matter of how close you hew to the prejudices of mainstream science. In my book, those subjects are science fact. To most, if not all, scientists and journalists, science fiction. :D

"Beam me up, Scotty, there's no intelligent life down here!"
I see it the same way. <S>That means I can "legally" break out that Ancient Aliens - S1 set I picked up from Target for $5 and watch it this month. :)</S>

**EDIT**

Wait a minute... wrong thread!! I thought I was reading the Historical Challenge thread! :lol: Considering how I feel about this subject I'll have to watch during the Historical Challenge *not* the Sci-fi/Fantasy one! :)

NoirFan
06-11-12, 04:50 PM
I thought only documentaries that pertained specifically to sci-fi or fantasy films or television shows counted.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-11-12, 08:02 PM
I thought only documentaries that pertained specifically to sci-fi or fantasy films or television shows counted.

I thought I had it in the rules but I'm allowing UFOs/Aliens/Bigfoot/Bermuda Triangle/Ghosts/Faries/etc under the Coast 2 Coast Provision of 2011. Some lean more towards sci-fi while others go to fantasy.

Documentaries on sci-fi or fantasy films/tv shows that count are also fine, as long as they aren't the dumb stuff that's some 15 minute fluff piece they showed on HBO where all the actors say how great the movie was to be in.

Before anyone asks, all episodes of MST3K count.

In other news, Hamilton Book has offered up Frankenhooker as a prize.

Dimension X
06-11-12, 10:15 PM
I thought I had it in the rules but I'm allowing UFOs/Aliens/Bigfoot/Bermuda Triangle/Ghosts/Faries/etc under the Coast 2 Coast Provision of 2011. Some lean more towards sci-fi while others go to fantasy.
I thought it was in the rules too. I know I watched and listed a couple of UFO shows/documentaries during previous SF Challenges, so I must've gotten the idea they counted from somewhere.

spartickes
06-11-12, 11:43 PM
Before anyone asks, all episodes of MST3K count.


Seriously? I've got a shot at this one this one. I've been re-watching MST3K at a pace that could be considered bordering on obsessive.

shadokitty
06-12-12, 12:43 AM
Before anyone asks, all episodes of MST3K count.


Nice, I ordered a box set of all the MST3K Gamera films.

shadokitty
06-12-12, 10:31 AM
Officnally made my to watch list for the challenge last night. Besides what I can find on netflix, blockbuster online, and tv, I will be watching the Irwin Allen shows, all the Gamera movies, and MST3K gamera films, and movies from my MC sets.

NoirFan
06-13-12, 01:17 PM
Regarding the classic Universal stuff - I assume that any film featuring the Frankenstein Monster, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, and/or a mad scientist would count, but would the Mummy films fit under the Fantasy banner?

BobO'Link
06-14-12, 07:02 PM
Thanks to Wal-Mart I'm now overloaded for Sci-fi! They have a 2-pack bundle of the Mill Creek 50 film sets: Sci-Fi Classics (http://www.amazon.com/SciFi-Classics-Movie-Pack-Collection/dp/B0001HAGU6/ref=sr_1_7?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1339718394&sr=1-7) & Sci-Fi Invasion (http://www.amazon.com/Sci-Fi-Invasion-50-Movie-Set/dp/B004ZJ9VXY/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1339718394&sr=1-1) for $17.96 + tax. I've almost purchased each of these in the past from Amazon. I've not yet attempted to see how many of the flims I already own on other sets. Hopefully not too many as there are several on these sets I'd like to see - bad quality or not. :)

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-14-12, 07:13 PM
Regarding the classic Universal stuff - I assume that any film featuring the Frankenstein Monster, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, and/or a mad scientist would count, but would the Mummy films fit under the Fantasy banner?

imdb lists it as Fantasy. Go for it.

NoirFan
06-14-12, 08:15 PM
Cool, this will give me a chance to watch all of the sequels I've never seen - maybe I'll program a whole day of mummies, Lagoon creatures, and Frankenstein's monsters, if it doesn't melt my mind.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-15-12, 08:54 PM
I'm going to update the OP tomorrow and announce more prizes. My wife and kids are once again out of the country and I'm free of them until August.

shadokitty
06-16-12, 12:54 PM
Planning to take a day's break from the historical challenge to watch a little sci fi today to satisfy my sci fi hankerin in anticipation of the sci fi challenge. May watch Lost In Sace on tv tonight, and plan to watch one of my Lost in Space eps from Season 3, one of my Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea eps, and one of the movies from my Sci Fi Invasion set.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-16-12, 01:57 PM
Hamiltonbook.com / GoldenWheels have offered these prizes:
Frankenhooker
Real Steel
Inception
Alien From The Deep

I've also made the first batch of changes to the checklist. I've also adjusted the rules so that everyone get's one entry for prizes, at most. You get a chance to win by simply watching one thing and putting it in your list.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-16-12, 04:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/movies/science-fiction?fl=f&l=en&pt=g&st=f

youtube has some decent free sci-fi films.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-16-12, 06:41 PM
A new prize has come to town. What is it? It's a mystery :)

shellebelle
06-16-12, 10:12 PM
I think I'm going to focus on a sci-fi show I've never seen before for this challenge: Battlestar Galactica. I hear Starbuck is a woman...

Well worth the watch, popcorn! I loved the original, and this one is even better.

BobO'Link
06-16-12, 10:14 PM
And I'm now fully loaded for Sci-Fi. I picked up The Ray Bradbury Theater complete series and a few more films came in: The Brain from Planet Arous, The Hideous Sun Demon, and Gorgo. Now to dig through the "unopened" pile and pull all the qualifying titles out I've purchased over the past year...

I'm saving that Ancient Aliens set for the last day of the History Challenge to use it for double duty. :)

shadokitty
06-16-12, 10:35 PM
I'm saving that Ancient Aliens set for the last day of the History Challenge to use it for double duty. :)


I thought the History Challenge ended at midnight, so there was no double credit?

shellebelle
06-16-12, 10:45 PM
I'll be set for the challenge. I recently bought the set of the Land of the Giants complete series. I won a copy of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Season 2 Volume 2, I have weekly eps of Lost in Space, bought Lost in Space seasons 1 and 3, have Time Tunnel, all Gamera movies made, the box set of the MST3K Gamera movies, and 2 MC sets of sci fi B Movies. So I'm all ready, and chomping at the bit already.


I'm jealous of you Shadokitty! I Only have the complete series of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Lost in Space. All those that you mentioned are shows I watched as a kid. Good times!

Gobear
06-16-12, 11:12 PM
FYI, here's a compilation of MST3K episodes available on Youtube. (http://www.club-mst3k.com/)

orlmac
06-16-12, 11:19 PM
It's time for one of my questions about what qualifies. I'm looking at using The Illustrated Man from 1969 for a film written by or starring Ray Bradbury, however, I believe he wrote the book that inspired the movie and Howard Kreitsek wrote the screenplay. Does the movie still qualify? I've edited this to add this question, does the movie Man-Thing qualify for the sub-genre Comic Book?

BobO'Link
06-17-12, 07:42 AM
I thought the History Challenge ended at midnight, so there was no double credit?
I'd not actually looked at the start/ends thinking all had converted to the "starts at local Midnight, ends at local Sunrise" method. Based on the posted start/ends it looks like there is an hour overlap in my time zone (Central).

History:
This challenge will run from 12:01 AM 1 June until 11:59 PM 30 June.

Sci-Fi:
Challenge Starts July 1st at 12am EST, ends August 1st at dawn.

Now that's in theory... in actuality I truly believe Mister Peepers didn't take into account that starting with that absolute gives a 1-3 hour advantage to those of us living in the Central, Mountain, or Pacific zones. I'm thinking the true intent is more like "Midnight local time". So... looks like my plan is a bust! :( Oh well, I'll still end with that series as it'll make a nice overlap in theme. :)

shellebelle
06-17-12, 11:32 AM
Can you guys tell me if The Land That Time Forgot or The People That Time Forgot would be good for prehistoric? I mean, it has dinosaurs and stuff in it. I just don't know if I could categorize it as prehistoric. Any thoughts?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-17-12, 11:52 AM
It's time for one of my questions about what qualifies. I'm looking at using The Illustrated Man from 1969 for a film written by or starring Ray Bradbury, however, I believe he wrote the book that inspired the movie and Howard Kreitsek wrote the screenplay. Does the movie still qualify? I've edited this to add this question, does the movie Man-Thing qualify for the sub-genre Comic Book?

Yes to both. I'll clarify Ray in the checklist and Man-Thing is at least based on the character, so that's close enough.

I'd not actually looked at the start/ends thinking all had converted to the "starts at local Midnight, ends at local Sunrise" method. Based on the posted start/ends it looks like there is an hour overlap in my time zone (Central).

History:
This challenge will run from 12:01 AM 1 June until 11:59 PM 30 June.

Sci-Fi:
Challenge Starts July 1st at 12am EST, ends August 1st at dawn.

Now that's in theory... in actuality I truly believe Mister Peepers didn't take into account that starting with that absolute gives a 1-3 hour advantage to those of us living in the Central, Mountain, or Pacific zones. I'm thinking the true intent is more like "Midnight local time". So... looks like my plan is a bust! :( Oh well, I'll still end with that series as it'll make a nice overlap in theme. :)

I'm going to remove the EST from the rules so it's local starting time. That being said, I will change this and the animation challenge, to start a day early so we can have a day of overlap.

Can you guys tell me if The Land That Time Forgot or The People That Time Forgot would be good for prehistoric? I mean, it has dinosaurs and stuff in it. I just don't know if I could categorize it as prehistoric. Any thoughts?

I'd count them. They end up taking place in a forgotten land, that's basically age of dinosaurs.

BobO'Link
06-17-12, 11:54 AM
^^ Mister Peepers beat me to it! :)

FWIW, on Wikipedia both are in the Pre-Historic Fantasy Films (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Prehistoric_fantasy_films) wiki.

shellebelle
06-17-12, 02:05 PM
Great! Thanks guys!

orlmac
06-17-12, 10:51 PM
I have three suggestions for the checklist (with probably more to come): add Richard Carlson to the actors (9 sci-fi films), Curt Siodmak to directors (22 sci-fi films) and add Plague/Virus to the subgenres (virus has 79 sci-fi films, plague has 45 but they might duplicate).

orlmac
06-20-12, 02:38 PM
Another suggestion, could we add a couple more director choices to the "Watch a film directed by Ed Wood", there are actually only a few choices for this one, maybe we could find another iconic director to add and also maybe count movies written or creatively consulted by Ed Wood also.

NoirFan
06-20-12, 02:51 PM
^
As far as other genre directors of the 'B' variety that might make appropriate substitutions for Ed Wood, how about Bert I. Gordon?

BobO'Link
06-20-12, 08:56 PM
...I'm going to remove the EST from the rules so it's local starting time. That being said, I will change this and the animation challenge, to start a day early so we can have a day of overlap...
Sweet! Original plan back on! :D

orlmac
06-20-12, 09:57 PM
It's time for an obvious question that I hope to get a different answer for. While looking for a sci-fi/fantasy movie that won an Oscar I came across The War Game from 1965, a documentary about nuclear war between the US and the USSR and its aftermath for an English city. Strangely enough, it won the 1967 Oscar Best Documentary Award even though it was a work of fiction, anyway, I had never heard of it, thought it would be great, it's on Netflix streaming, but it's only 47 minutes long. Would that disqualify it from the checklist?

LJG765
06-21-12, 12:15 AM
I'm thinking of trying to do this challenge for the first time (first challenge at all). I may have a fair amount of time on my hands and since this is one of my favorite genres, thought it'd be a good first challenge for me. I just have a couple questions to make sure I'm understanding the challenge right.

For counting, the 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 full entry that is discussed with tv shows applies to all movies? So if it's a 90 minute movie, it counts as 3/4 an entry? And a 120 minute movie is one full entry, right?

Second question: Movies can't overlap, right? For example, if it counts as one of the list like made in the 1980s, could it also count for an animated film?

Last question (for now :) ), for watch a movie starring the people chosen, is it one person per line or all the people? Or is it 4 of the people?

I know I don't have films by everyone on the list and some lines I don't have any films with any of the actors, but some lines I have movies with each of the people in it (ex. I have Bruce Campbell movies and I have one with Faith Domergue in it but none with Joey Wang/Maggie Cheung/Gloria Talbot in) so mainly I'm wondering if I could watch one of my Bruce Campbell movies and have it count and have the Faith Domergue movie count as well. Just making sure I do this right!

Thanks for the answers...

NoirFan
06-21-12, 08:11 AM
It's time for an obvious question that I hope to get a different answer for. While looking for a sci-fi/fantasy movie that won an Oscar I came across The War Game from 1965, a documentary about nuclear war between the US and the USSR and its aftermath for an English city. Strangely enough, it won the 1967 Oscar Best Documentary Award even though it was a work of fiction, anyway, I had never heard of it, thought it would be great, it's on Netflix streaming, but it's only 47 minutes long. Would that disqualify it from the checklist?

It's obviously Mister Peepers' call, but I think War Game would be a great choice - the director, Peter Watkins, has made several fascinating "fictional documentaries", including another one that would be perfect for the challenge, the dystopian Punishment Park.

BobO'Link
06-21-12, 11:45 AM
I'm thinking of trying to do this challenge for the first time (first challenge at all). I may have a fair amount of time on my hands and since this is one of my favorite genres, thought it'd be a good first challenge for me. I just have a couple questions to make sure I'm understanding the challenge right.
Welcome to the madness! :D
For counting, the 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 full entry that is discussed with tv shows applies to all movies? So if it's a 90 minute movie, it counts as 3/4 an entry? And a 120 minute movie is one full entry, right?
Movies stand alone. If it's a non made-for-TV movie and only runs 55 minutes (as a "B" movie from the 50s could do) it still gets a full entry. TV shows were done that way to allow that content in what were originally "movie" only challenges. Something was needed to level the playing field as far as time was concerned and is based on "a 2 hour TV show actually runs only about an hour and a half" which makes it "movie length". It's a nice middle ground as far as the run time is concerned. Films considered "Theatrical Shorts" (mostly cartoons but other short-subject films also fit this) are computed as if they were TV content.
Second question: Movies can't overlap, right? For example, if it counts as one of the list like made in the 1980s, could it also count for an animated film?
For the checklist? Sure they overlap. Some people like to see how many checklist items they can get from a single film while others like to *not* re-use a film for any checklist item. Do whatever suits you best.
Last question (for now :) ), for watch a movie starring the people chosen, is it one person per line or all the people? Or is it 4 of the people?
All you need is *one* from the list in that line. Those used to be separate entries but there were always a few that had only a handful of qualifying films *or* that someone didn't like any of their work. They were combined to make the checklist a bit easier by allowing you to select one from the list.
I know I don't have films by everyone on the list and some lines I don't have any films with any of the actors, but some lines I have movies with each of the people in it (ex. I have Bruce Campbell movies and I have one with Faith Domergue in it but none with Joey Wang/Maggie Cheung/Gloria Talbot in) so mainly I'm wondering if I could watch one of my Bruce Campbell movies and have it count and have the Faith Domergue movie count as well. Just making sure I do this right!
You need at least *one* person from the line for it to count. No moving them around.

BUT... the checklist is still in the planning phase so you could petition Mister Peepers to move them around a bit, find a title qualifying title that's available for streaming/renting, *OR* use it as an excuse to purchase something new. I've added several titles to my collection because I needed something to complete a checklist entry.
Thanks for the answers...
You're welcome! :)

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-21-12, 02:11 PM
It's time for an obvious question that I hope to get a different answer for. While looking for a sci-fi/fantasy movie that won an Oscar I came across The War Game from 1965, a documentary about nuclear war between the US and the USSR and its aftermath for an English city. Strangely enough, it won the 1967 Oscar Best Documentary Award even though it was a work of fiction, anyway, I had never heard of it, thought it would be great, it's on Netflix streaming, but it's only 47 minutes long. Would that disqualify it from the checklist?

I wouldn't disqualify it from the checklist but it was a TV movie, so in this case it would count as a 1/2 entry.

I recall watching it a few years ago and it was pretty good. I'd recommend a double feature with it and When the Wind Blows. The latter isn't listed as sci-fi or fantasy on the sites I looked at but it is animated, so you could do both on the crossover day between this and the animation challenge.

You could also make it a theme day by adding in Grave of the Fireflies and Barefoot Gen, both of which I thought were also good. There's a Barefoot Gen 2 as well but I haven't seen it.

For counting, the 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 full entry that is discussed with tv shows applies to all movies? So if it's a 90 minute movie, it counts as 3/4 an entry? And a 120 minute movie is one full entry, right?

Bob covered it all but the only thing I'll add is that the special counting for TV shows also includes shorts. So you can watch 90 minutes of shorts on youtube and group them all together as an entry.

LJG765
06-21-12, 06:42 PM
Thanks for the answers! Glad to hear about the overlapping, that may help. I think I may try to do them individually, but it would be fun to try to get one movie to cover several of the options and see how many you get. I may just go with what I'm feeling like watching and go from there...

I'm glad that whole movies count as 1 as long as it wasn't made for TV. I know I have several that are fairly short so that will definitely help!

No need to switch the names around unless you really want to! The only one I remember having two on the same line is in my example. I just wanted to make sure that it wouldn't count.

Normally I'd take the chance and buy, but I'm very broke right now. I haven't been able to work for a year as I was diagnosed with cancer last summer. I was hoping to go back to work by now (Cancer free as of April!) but one last problem is taking forever to heal. I may have surgery for it (find out tomorrow) which is why I think I'll have extra time sitting around in July. :)

Depending on how well I do, I may check out streaming online for them. Definitely an idea I have to remember.

Thanks again!

davidh777
06-21-12, 06:49 PM
Damn, LJG765--sorry to hear that. Hoping for good news tomorrow, and that participating in the challenge will help with recovery.

shadokitty
06-21-12, 09:03 PM
Sorry to hear that LJG, hope you have good news tomorrow.

BobO'Link
06-22-12, 11:56 AM
Sorry to hear about your illness LJG765! Here's hoping all works out for the best!

LJG765
06-22-12, 01:53 PM
Thanks all! I'm doing so much better! I'm cancer free right now and the doctors think they got it all. They did catch it in stage 3, but only found it in two lymph nodes, so don't think that is truly a worry. I went through chemo and radiation (both sucked, but I'd rather do that than worry about a re-occurrence).

I just have to build up my stamina now as I get really tired anytime I exert myself (which makes watching movies really easy to do as all I have to do is sit there! :)) I do find out today if I have to have surgery to fix an abscess that I've been dealing with since last July that is related to my main surgery where they took out the tumor.

I've had really good health care as I've been able to go to a Mayo affiliated health system and was actually sent to the Mayo Rochester for my main surgery and some radiation so have had access to some of the best doctors in the world. I'm lucky that I live within driving distance of Rochester so that was possible. Finances, however, are really tight, but I'd rather be broke than sick! I've also had really good support from family and friends which has made everything I've gone through bearable and possible. I've been very lucky that way.

Well, off to the docs, but I've been promised a movie afterwards if I'm good. *grins*

NoirFan
06-22-12, 03:55 PM
Would the 1966 Batman count as Fantasy?

coyoteblue
06-22-12, 06:25 PM
Allrovi lists one of its genres as fantasy, so, yes.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-22-12, 07:29 PM
I just have to build up my stamina now as I get really tired anytime I exert myself (which makes watching movies really easy to do as all I have to do is sit there! :))

The answer: A TV, DVD player and an exercise bike :)

When my kids had swimming lessons at the Y and I had to pick them up after work, I'd make sure to have some movies on my Zune and then I'd plant myself on an elliptical until they were done. It's the best of both worlds. 1/2 couch potato watching movies and the other half is fitness.

LJG765
06-23-12, 01:13 PM
The answer: A TV, DVD player and an exercise bike :)

LoL. Yeah, I've been thinking about doing something like that. No bike, but we have an exercise machine that would work. Just have to get enough energy to do it!

Bad news is that I'll have to have the surgery. *sigh* but, it is an outpatient one. Healing time is about 3-4 weeks, but hopefully at the end of it, I'll be fully healed. Ironically, my surgery date is one day after the one year anniversary of the first surgery to deal with the problem! This time at least, it's not at 3 a.m. in the morning! But it does mean that I'll be laying around a lot so will have plenty of time for this challenge. :)

BobO'Link
06-23-12, 09:15 PM
^Well, that stinks, especially in light of what you've been through the past year! As you say, at least it'll be outpatient and hopefully bring you back to full health.

I wish you well for your impending surgery and recovery as well as with the challenge!

This challenge is my favorite. I started my journey into mega-movie-watching with this one a couple of years ago and haven't looked back, participating in just about all of them at this point. My family and co-workers think I'm nuts but I thoroughly enjoy them.

shadokitty
06-24-12, 08:23 AM
After becoming somewhat disillusioned with the historical challenge due to all of the people complaining that it should be stricter, I've actually taken to starting to watch some sci fi in anticipation of the sci fi challenge already. Last night I watched an ep of Lost In Space, and an ep of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

MrTerrific
06-24-12, 12:31 PM
^Same here. Started watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine again. Probably my favorite of the Star Trek shows.

coyoteblue
06-24-12, 06:53 PM
Just picked up seasons 1-4 of MacGyver. Gonna cherry pick at least two sci-fi episodes for the challenge.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-24-12, 08:19 PM
Just don't go burning yourself out to early, you eager beavers.

List thread is up, so you can spend the week making a prettier list than I could ever come up with.
http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/602698-5th-annual-summer-sci-fi-fantasy-challenge-list-thread.html
I still need to add in the last few suggestions to the checklist. If there's any others, feel free to throw out ideas, especially for any more groups of actors.

I don't really have anything set in stone for what I'm going to start with. I guess a day of Ancient Aliens, to overlap with the history challenge. After that I'm stumped and might just go alphabetically through my unwatched stuff till I figure something else out.

coyoteblue
06-24-12, 08:34 PM
Another group of actors:

James Coburn/Ross Martin/Dick Miller

orlmac
06-24-12, 09:41 PM
More actors to consider: Michelle Rodriguez; David Warner; Tilda Swinton; Natalie Portman; Peter Cushing; Bruce Willis; Kurt Russell.

MrTerrific
06-24-12, 10:40 PM
I could never burn out on science fiction/fantasy. I would love to re-watch Babylon 5 as well.

Speaking of which...Babylon 5 could really use a blu-ray release. I would love to see a little touch up to it.

InnocentBlood
06-24-12, 11:44 PM
I could never burn out on science fiction/fantasy. I would love to re-watch Babylon 5 as well.

Speaking of which...Babylon 5 could really use a blu-ray release. I would love to see a little touch up to it.


that was what I was thinking of doing also :) Is there some kinda order of watching the entire TV show together with the made for TV movies?

davidh777
06-24-12, 11:55 PM
that was what I was thinking of doing also :) Is there some kinda order of watching the entire TV show together with the made for TV movies?

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/3758287-post5.html

To that order you can add The Lost Tales at the end

omike
06-25-12, 01:06 PM
I have a question about the checklist. Can you use enough TV shows or shorts for an entry in your list to satisfy a checklist item? For instance, could you use two episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea which are enough for a list entry to satisfy the "Under/On the water" checklist item?

I realize film is specified throughout the checklist but it could be shorthand for something like "film or film equivalent". I've wondered about this more than once but never got around to asking about it.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-25-12, 02:34 PM
Yes.

I'll also clarify that for the future.

BobO'Link
06-25-12, 05:27 PM
I could never burn out on science fiction/fantasy. I would love to re-watch Babylon 5 as well.
Thirded!
Speaking of which...Babylon 5 could really use a blu-ray release. I would love to see a little touch up to it.
I'd just be happy if they'd *remove* the horrendous attempt to take a product produced for 4x3 make it WS. While it worked, for the most part, there are many shots that are severely compromised to force them into a WS format.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-25-12, 05:57 PM
More actors to consider: Michelle Rodriguez; David Warner; Tilda Swinton; Natalie Portman; Peter Cushing; Bruce Willis; Kurt Russell.

Thanks for the names.

Unless there's anything else to add, I think the checklist is more or less done.

MrTerrific
06-25-12, 06:53 PM
I'd just be happy if they'd *remove* the horrendous attempt to take a product produced for 4x3 make it WS. While it worked, for the most part, there are many shots that are severely compromised to force them into a WS format.

Completely agreed. Some of the shots just make me shiver.

I would have loved if Babylon 5 had Star Trek type quality to it. But maybe that's part of what makes it so great.

mrcellophane
06-26-12, 02:05 AM
I could never burn out on science fiction/fantasy. I would love to re-watch Babylon 5 as well.

Speaking of which...Babylon 5 could really use a blu-ray release. I would love to see a little touch up to it.

I am also thinking of re-watching Babylon 5 since I never finished it. However, I also want to continue my quest to re-watch Star Trek: TNG and possibly Battlestar Galactica. There are too many excellent shows to watch and so very little time. I have to really get a hold on my thesis in July, and that will cut into my free time.

One of my goals is to watch some films that I've been putting off such as the first two Terminator films and the Alien franchise. Also, I'm finally going to watch Blade Runner.

I'm terribly excited about this challenge. I have been reading Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars this week and am ready to watch some good sci-fi!

Ash Ketchum
06-26-12, 11:14 AM
Yes.

I'll also clarify that for the future.

And also clarify how many TV episodes, at what lengths, we need to complete a single entry.

Thanks.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-26-12, 11:56 AM
And also clarify how many TV episodes, at what lengths, we need to complete a single entry.

Thanks.

Someone hasn't read the rules for the last five years.

TV shows count according to length as they are aired on TV(including commercials):

30 minute shows count as 1/4 an entry
1 hour shows count as 1/2 an entry
2 hour shows count as 1 entry

So you need 4, 30 minute shows for 1 entry or 2 60 minute shows or any combination that gets you to 1 entry. While X-Files has a runtime of around 43 minutes, on-air it's an hour show.

Ash Ketchum
06-26-12, 11:58 AM
Someone hasn't read the rules for the last five years.

Thanks. I just like it to be spelled out anew for each Challenge.

davidh777
06-26-12, 12:28 PM
Thanks for the names.

Unless there's anything else to add, I think the checklist is more or less done.

I was thinking about Milla Jovovich but hadn't come up with any more names to make a substantial post

shadokitty
06-26-12, 12:53 PM
Anyone know what they might start with for the challenge? Not positive yet, but I am thinking that I may start with The Time Tunnel.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-26-12, 01:08 PM
I have a bunch of sci-fi shows I'd like to watch but they're stuff I want to watch with my family and they're gone for the challenge, which somewhat limits me to movies. For me, it's easier to get burned out trying to do a day of movies compared to tv. Then I find myself spending an hour or two doing something after a movie, while also being stumped on what I want to watch next. In turn, I get depressed that I wasted so much time trying to decide that if I had just picked something at random, I would have been almost done with it.

That's me in pretty much any challenge.

terrycloth
06-26-12, 01:25 PM
I have a bunch of sci-fi shows I'd like to watch but they're stuff I want to watch with my family and they're gone for the challenge, which somewhat limits me to movies. For me, it's easier to get burned out trying to do a day of movies compared to tv. Then I find myself spending an hour or two doing something after a movie, while also being stumped on what I want to watch next. In turn, I get depressed that I wasted so much time trying to decide that if I had just picked something at random, I would have been almost done with it.

That's me in pretty much any challenge.

thats me every damn night before bed ill spend looking through either my dvd collection or my netflix que way to long that when i finally decide what to watch I fall asleep.


im starting my challenge off with a 24 hr challenge or as close to one as i can to knock out some movies before going back to work. Im gonna try to marathon the lotr movies and aliens

LJG765
06-26-12, 01:34 PM
I have a bunch of sci-fi shows I'd like to watch but they're stuff I want to watch with my family and they're gone for the challenge, which somewhat limits me to movies. For me, it's easier to get burned out trying to do a day of movies compared to tv. Then I find myself spending an hour or two doing something after a movie, while also being stumped on what I want to watch next. In turn, I get depressed that I wasted so much time trying to decide that if I had just picked something at random, I would have been almost done with it.

That's me in pretty much any challenge.

This is me a lot of times too! I'll stare at my movies and go, I should watch this...nooo, I'll save that one. How about this? No, so and so wanted to watch that too, ok, how about this? Well...

And it'll be about an hour before I finally just pick one. I also feel guilty sometimes watching something I've already seen before when I have so many I haven't watched yet. So part of that time is convincing myself it's ok to watch my old favorite rather than something new.

But I think I've already decided what I'm watching first. I've read horrible reviews on it, but I picked up Witches of Oz not to long ago. I'm a huge Oz fan (I even just went to the Oz museum in Kansas two weeks ago) so I'm hoping I can find something redeemable in it.

BobO'Link
06-26-12, 02:30 PM
Anyone know what they might start with for the challenge? Not positive yet, but I am thinking that I may start with The Time Tunnel.
Doing a "double qualifier" by watching S1 of Ancient Aliens. It'll finish off the Historical Appreciation while starting the Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I've not seen any episodes yet and am hoping for lots of cheese! :D

Ash Ketchum
06-26-12, 02:32 PM
Doing a "double qualifier" by watching S1 of Ancient Aliens. It'll finish off the Historical Appreciation while starting the Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I've not seen any episodes yet and am hoping for lots of cheese! :D

Hey, don't talk about our ancestors from the stars that way.

Darth Maher
06-26-12, 02:53 PM
Once again, I am going to TRY to partake in this challenge. Got lots of classic Star Trek, Doctor Who, The Prisoner episodes that I want to check out.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-26-12, 03:08 PM
Doing a "double qualifier" by watching S1 of Ancient Aliens. It'll finish off the Historical Appreciation while starting the Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I've not seen any episodes yet and am hoping for lots of cheese! :D

I'm doing that too but I'm dreading that it'll end up being the most boring thing in the world. It's been on for awhile, so maybe it's crazy enough to be fun.

lisadoris
06-26-12, 04:40 PM
I'm trying to finish Season 2 of Voyager in the next couple days so I can start S3 for the Challenge.

coyoteblue
06-26-12, 04:59 PM
I think I'm going to start off with Doctor Who: The Movie. I'm pretty sure I've only seen it once.

SterlingBen
06-26-12, 05:03 PM
Disease movies countable?

Warning Sign
Contagion
I Am Legend
The Crazies
Outbreak

?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-26-12, 06:22 PM
Disease movies countable?

Warning Sign
Contagion
I Am Legend
The Crazies
Outbreak

?

Did you check imdb.com to see if they had a sci-fi or fantasy tag? I always check there and then allmovie.com for genres. If I still think it might qualify, I'll search a few other places just to see if anyplace else labels them sci-fi or fantasy, like amazon, wikipedia, or just a google search of something like "The Crazies sci-fi" and see what kind of results I get. If I have to do anymore searching than that to try and qualify something, I figure I'm beginning to stretch things and then I'll find something more obvious to watch.

The first 3 have sci-fi tags at imdb. Outbreak has a sci-fi tag at allmovie. The Crazies(original), is listed as sci-fi at wikipedia but the remake is listed as horror. Since it's a remake, I'd say that's good enough to count as sci-fi.

BobO'Link
06-26-12, 08:17 PM
Hey, don't talk about our ancestors from the stars that way.
The "cheese" comment was a aimed at the learned experts (especially Erich von Däniken) in the program, *not* the ancestral star folk. :)

BobO'Link
06-26-12, 08:22 PM
I'm doing that too but I'm dreading that it'll end up being the most boring thing in the world. It's been on for awhile, so maybe it's crazy enough to be fun.
I'm hoping the pseudoscience sections will be entertaining enough in spite of probably having seen most, if not all, of the episodes in various forms since von Däniken put forth his <s>fabrications</s> theories back in the 70s. It doesn't hurt that Paul Mavis gave it a fairly positive review here on DVD Talk (http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/43718/ancient-aliens-the-complete-season-1/). Based on the reviews of his I've read he and I tend to like the same programs so his review is somewhat encouraging towards the likeability of the series.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-26-12, 11:14 PM
I checked out the episode summaries over at wikipedia and they do sound like they might be fun and completely unlike the few UFO shows I've caught on the Discovery Channel. I used to read UFO/Bigfoot/Loch Ness Monster type books from grade school through high school and remember reading Erich's book a few times. I remember being surprised finding that one book on Mothman after reading a few books that talked about him a bit.

Does anyone else remember commercials years ago when Time Life had their book series, Mysteries of the Unknown, which had UFOs and other related stuff? You got the first book, really cheap, or free but then every month, or whatever, they'd send you a new book? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4zBYh2PUyk

They released a book containing a bunch of the books in the series that's pretty good and cheap http://www.amazon.com/Mysteries-Unknown-Time-Life-Books/dp/0760781095/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340770276&sr=8-1&keywords=mysteries+of+the+unknown I picked one up a few years ago and it was pretty good and covered a decent amount of topics.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-27-12, 11:58 AM
Something Weird Video just let me know they want to be a sponsor. Once details are worked out, I'll list the additional prizes.

terrycloth
06-27-12, 10:06 PM
i broke down and started watching fringe season 1 since iv had em for awhile and have yet to watch.

im weak

NoirFan
06-27-12, 10:52 PM
I thought I'd post this list of Netflix Sci-fi Blu-ray rentals. Illustrating how sparse their collection of catalog titles is, here they all are, through the 70's*:

The Day the Earth Stood Still
Gojira
It Came From Beneath the Sea
Forbidden Planet
20 Million Miles to Earth
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Jason and the Argonauts
Batman: The Movie
Planet of the Apes
2001
THX-1138
The Omega Man
Clockwork Orange
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
The Crazies
Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Young Frankenstein
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
Death Race 2000
Logan's Run
Superman: The Movie
Circle of Iron
Star Trek
Moonraker
Superman 2

Sleeping Corpses would have to be a wild-card, but it's well worth watching!


* I'll leave it to someone else if they want to take it from there - the 80's start here (http://dvd.netflix.com/Genre/Blu-ray/2444?so=0&vt=tl&st=yr&pn=9), with The Empire Strikes Back!

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-27-12, 11:10 PM
How have I never heard of Circle of Iron before?

Full Moon is having a 4th of July sale next week, giving out gift cards based on your order total. There's a bunch of qualifying titles for this challenge as well as the horror challenge, for anyone interested.

http://fullmoonhorror.com/2012/06/26/full-moons-4th-of-july-sale-new-items-plus-free-gift-cards/

Ash Ketchum
06-28-12, 05:39 AM
How have I never heard of Circle of Iron before?



If you ever see it, you'll be sorry you heard of it.

Greg MacGuffin
06-28-12, 09:28 AM
Sleeping Corpses would have to be a wild-card, but it's well worth watching!

IMDb lists it as sci-fi, so I would say it counts without a wild card. It's definitely a horror flick, but it has enough sci-fi elements that it would not be out of place in this challenge.

SterlingBen
06-28-12, 10:31 AM
If you ever see it, you'll be sorry you heard of it.

Yeah it was pretty meh. But a bit of alcohol smoothes the edges.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-28-12, 10:46 AM
IMDb lists it as sci-fi, so I would say it counts without a wild card. It's definitely a horror flick, but it has enough sci-fi elements that it would not be out of place in this challenge.

I'd say it's a good example of a wild card but if imdb lists it as sci-fi, it counts. I watched it a couple of horror challenges back and thought it was pretty good. If I knew it was that good, I wouldn't have let it sit unwatched on my shelf for almost a decade.

LJG765
06-28-12, 03:02 PM
If you ever see it, you'll be sorry you heard of it.

I didn't think it was that bad. Greatest movie ever? No. But watchable. I was thinking about giving it a rewatch when I saw it on the list here, actually.

Ash Ketchum
06-28-12, 03:14 PM
I didn't think it was that bad. Greatest movie ever? No. But watchable. I was thinking about giving it a rewatch when I saw it on the list here, actually.

The script deserved a director who understood the material and a star with some talent, charisma and a martial arts background. This film had neither. (By star, I mean the actor in the leading role, Jeff Cooper, who was a surfer by trade.)

LJG765
06-28-12, 05:15 PM
The script deserved a director who understood the material and a star with some talent, charisma and a martial arts background. This film had neither. (By star, I mean the actor in the leading role, Jeff Cooper, who was a surfer by trade.)

Are we talking about the same Circle of Iron? I always think of David Carradine as the star of it. As someone who does not have a single graceful bone in her body, I love how he just flows when he does his martial art moves. I first saw him in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and from there, hunted down movies he was in to watch. So, to me, him being in it makes it worth watching. Like I said earlier, I'm in no way making this out to be a great movie, but even in it's badness there is something that makes it watchable to me.

Anyone have any opinions on Battle Royale? I just got a copy from the library just in time for this challenge, and was wondering how good it actually is. I'm not a huge fan of gore, but read the book and wanted to see how the movie stacked up.

coyoteblue
06-28-12, 05:35 PM
Anyone have any opinions on Battle Royale? I just got a copy from the library just in time for this challenge, and was wondering how good it actually is. I'm not a huge fan of gore, but read the book and wanted to see how the movie stacked up.

It's good and there's not much gore to speak of; plenty of blood though.

mrcellophane
06-28-12, 07:39 PM
Anyone have any opinions on Battle Royale? I just got a copy from the library just in time for this challenge, and was wondering how good it actually is. I'm not a huge fan of gore, but read the book and wanted to see how the movie stacked up.

I'm just got my copy from Amazon and am planning to read it soon. I'm about done with Red Mars and need to finish A Game of Thrones which I started rereading a couple of months ago and keep getting distracted.

On the non-reading side, I'm really excited to start this challenge. Hoping to get through some television seasons!

Ash Ketchum
06-28-12, 09:08 PM
Are we talking about the same Circle of Iron? I always think of David Carradine as the star of it. As someone who does not have a single graceful bone in her body, I love how he just flows when he does his martial art moves. I first saw him in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and from there, hunted down movies he was in to watch. So, to me, him being in it makes it worth watching. Like I said earlier, I'm in no way making this out to be a great movie, but even in it's badness there is something that makes it watchable to me.

Anyone have any opinions on Battle Royale? I just got a copy from the library just in time for this challenge, and was wondering how good it actually is. I'm not a huge fan of gore, but read the book and wanted to see how the movie stacked up.

RE: CIRCLE OF IRON - I remember the lackluster Jeff Cooper having the main role and David Carradine being in a supporting role. But I confess I haven't seen it since it first came out--33 years ago!

RE: BATTLE ROYALE - it opened here in New York last month in its belated theatrical premiere. I went to see it. It was the extended director's cut. I prefer the shorter cut which came out in 2000, which I've only seen on VHS.
I like the film a lot, although I liked it better when I originally saw it. It's definitely an important film, esp. in the context of its director's career, and as a critique of the extraordinary social, cultural and academic pressures placed on the youth of Japan. The director made the film as a response--some 55 years after the fact--to the way his generation (those too young to fight, but old enough to work) was treated by the military government during the war. He was 15 when the war ended.

LJG765
06-28-12, 10:31 PM
RThe director made the film as a response--some 55 years after the fact--to the way his generation (those too young to fight, but old enough to work) was treated by the military government during the war. He was 15 when the war ended.

Hmm, interesting. I hadn't heard that before. I know of the book because of the big "Hunger Games" controversy and when I bowed down to peer pressure and read that, I wanted to read Battle Royale as well to at least be able to weigh in on the topic. Battle Royale is a lot more complicated, I think, in many ways than Hunger Games. BR has a lot more violence for the sake of violence, partly because there are more kids to get rid of, but partly with how the children react as well. I can easily see the social commentary that the author was using but about 1/3 of the way through the book, I did get a little tired of all the killing. It definitely shares some themes with Hunger Games and while I don't know if I believe its author that she had never heard of BR before she submitted the book, there are a lot of other books with that same idea in it out there and she wrote her take on it.

But anyway, it'll be interesting to see how the movie plays out compared to the book and I think it qualifies for the alternate history category which I was having trouble thinking of a movie I wanted to watch for.

NoirFan
06-28-12, 10:54 PM
I love how he just flows when he does his martial art moves.

The flowing certainly stops dead when he speaks though - he always sounds like he's bored and/or stoned, which may very well be the case. I consider David Carradine as a more affable Chuck Norris, in terms of unchanging and indifferent line delivery.

NoirFan
06-29-12, 08:21 AM
For those looking for viewing material, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001G7PWYU/ref=nosim/dvdtalk) has dropped back to $9.99.

shadokitty
06-29-12, 08:28 AM
Less than 24 hours till the sci fi challenge starts and I am getting really excited. I may have dabbled a little in sci fi here and there to wet my appetite, but I have been holding off on sci fi for the most part till the challenge starts. Then it is on.

NoirFan
06-29-12, 09:48 AM
Less than 24 hours till the sci fi challenge starts and I am getting really excited.

Doesn't it begin tomorrow evening at midnight?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-29-12, 11:03 AM
Doesn't it begin tomorrow evening at midnight?

It started out that way but then we changed it to start a day early, so we get a day of overlap with the Historical Appreciation challenge. So you have a day of time machine movies and Ancient Alien shows. Possibly some costume dramas that take place around the time of King Arthur but also include Merlin casting some spells. I think Sucker Punch might count since it's WWII but that movie was beyond awful and nobody should watch it.

Ash Ketchum
06-29-12, 11:19 AM
Hmmm, I think I'll go for Sword 'n' Sandal for the overlap or demonic ninjas from Feudal Japan.

GoldenWheels
06-29-12, 11:27 AM
Circle of Iron probably would have been better if Bruce Lee and/or McQueen/Coburn had co-starred in it as intended. Though I think Carradine's lazy vibe suits a martial arts teacher well.

And let me get this 100% straight...we are starting tonight? 6/29/2012 tonight?

shadokitty
06-29-12, 11:38 AM
It started out that way but then we changed it to start a day early, so we get a day of overlap with the Historical Appreciation challenge. So you have a day of time machine movies and Ancient Alien shows. Possibly some costume dramas that take place around the time of King Arthur but also include Merlin casting some spells. I think Sucker Punch might count since it's WWII but that movie was beyond awful and nobody should watch it.

time mchine, so The Time Tunnel might be good for the overlap?

NoirFan
06-29-12, 11:45 AM
So, basically only documentaries and time travel films tomorrow?

Indy24LA
06-29-12, 12:27 PM
I have the much maligned, but never seen (by me) Alien 3 on tap to kick this mother off. I whet my sci-fi appetite this month by reading 11/22/63 (75% done). Pretty good tale so far.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-29-12, 12:33 PM
Hmmm, I think I'll go for Sword 'n' Sandal for the overlap or demonic ninjas from Feudal Japan.

Completely forgot those two.

And let me get this 100% straight...we are starting tonight? 6/29/2012 tonight?

Yes

So, basically only documentaries and time travel films tomorrow?

Ash brought up the sword 'n' sandals and demon ninjas but there's also all the other martial art fantasies, which count as a checklist item for this challenge and also count as history films. I can't think of very many other types of things that count but that isn't to say they aren't out there.

BobO'Link
06-29-12, 01:39 PM
time mchine, so The Time Tunnel might be good for the overlap?
I'd think it would be just about perfect for overlap. There are only a few episodes that do not deal with or take place during some historic event.

The questionable episodes are:
One Way to the Moon
Secret Weapon
Visitors from Beyond the Stars
Chase Through Time
The Kidnappers
Town of Terror

All of those pretty much deal solely with events having to do with Time Tunnel issues/malfunctions or fictional stories with no ties to any historical event. That still leaves the bulk of the series. If I weren't starting with Ancient Aliens I'd consider using The Time Tunnel myself. :)

NoirFan
06-29-12, 01:53 PM
With those guidelines, this looks like my viewing schedule for tomorrow (subject to change, of course!)

Jason and the Argonauts
Mysterious Island
The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
John Wyndham - Invisible Man of Science
Pioneers of Television - Science Fiction
Fantastic Voyage: The Evolution of Science Fiction
40 Years of Sci-Fi Television
Time After Time
The Time Machine (1960)

Any other 50's recommendations that would fit?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-29-12, 02:03 PM
Does alternate history count for the history challenge? If so, there's one of the Planet of the Apes films where they travel back in time to right before they start to take over, if I'm remembering the plot right. Is that too much of a stretch? If not, then wouldn't Hellboy count?

If I'm too far out there with my thinking, my excuse is that I'm half asleep. I had a nice filling lunch and I'm about ready to crawl under my desk and take a nap.

A couple other things that do count are Puppet Master 3 and Puppet Master: Axis of Evil.

NoirFan
06-29-12, 02:08 PM
As the sci-fi documentaries are relatively short, I'll try to squeeze in a first-time viewing of The Philadelphia Experiment. Then, I've got a big stack of new Blu-rays to spin on Sunday.

terrycloth
06-29-12, 02:45 PM
call me slow but i just noticed the start time changed but just making sure does this start tonight at midnight or tomorrow night at midnight

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-29-12, 02:54 PM
call me slow but i just noticed the start time changed but just making sure does this start tonight at midnight or tomorrow night at midnight

I already solved that issue before it came up

Challenge Starts June 30th at 12:01 am

BobO'Link
06-29-12, 03:33 PM
...And let me get this 100% straight...we are starting tonight? 6/29/2012 tonight?
My month has been so busy with work it took your question to make me realize that June 30th is *tomorrow/Saturday*! I've been working all week thinking I'd be watching Ancient Aliens on Sunday! Gotta work out a whole new strategy... still have lots of stuff I wanted to watch the day before the overlap... arrrggghhhh!

omike
06-29-12, 04:31 PM
Now call ME slow. I understand when this starts but if we don't care about overlap with the Historical Challenge we can still watch any SF/Fantasy we want correct?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-29-12, 04:42 PM
Correct.

At least until the challenge organizers have a secret meeting and decide to force more people into other challenges by allowing the overlap day as a bonus for only those that do both challenges.

I had a super slow moment this morning when I saw people talking about the overlapping day and thought it might have started last night.

terrycloth
06-29-12, 04:48 PM
i blame my job bc they screwed up my sense of time...when im suppose to be at ork at midnight on monday that means i gotta be there monday night doing that for five years makes me feel like an idiot when i get my am and pms confused

Trevor
06-29-12, 05:29 PM
At least until the challenge organizers have a secret meeting and decide to force more people into other challenges by allowing the overlap day as a bonus for only those that do both challenges.
The first rule of The Secret Challenge Overlords Alliance is to not talk about The Secret Challenge Overlords Alliance.

Your dues are late by the way.

LJG765
06-29-12, 05:38 PM
Now call ME slow. I understand when this starts but if we don't care about overlap with the Historical Challenge we can still watch any SF/Fantasy we want correct?

Don't feel bad, I had/have this same question too. From the answer, I'm going with any SF/Fantasy movie tonight (well, tomorrow :)) at midnight rather than try to find an overlapping one. Though I may change my mind. I like to reserve that right!

My main problem is I keep thinking that the 1st is Monday, not Sunday. That was the subject of a huge argument of confusion today as my mom had the dates wrong, but not the days and I had the dates right, but not the days.

NoirFan
06-29-12, 06:01 PM
Okay, so I can watch whichever sci-fi/fantasy films I want tomorrow, and not have to focus on historical ones?

coyoteblue
06-29-12, 06:04 PM
I want to use tables for formatting this year. Straight html works but has spacing issues:

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BBcode doesn't work at all:



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John
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Gitte
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What am I missing?

omike
06-29-12, 07:51 PM
Don't feel bad, I had/have this same question too. From the answer, I'm going with any SF/Fantasy movie tonight (well, tomorrow :)) at midnight rather than try to find an overlapping one. Though I may change my mind. I like to reserve that right!
Thanks LJG765 and I'm with you all the way about the right to change my mind. But I am a little worried about all this talk about The Secret Challenge Overlords Alliance. I mean, are we really supposed to know about stuff like th :johnwoo2:

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-29-12, 07:54 PM
Okay, so I can watch whichever sci-fi/fantasy films I want tomorrow, and not have to focus on historical ones?

Yes.

At 12:01 am (local time), we may all begin watching unicorn movies. You only have to watch historic ones if you want them to count for the history challenge.

orlmac
06-29-12, 07:58 PM
Judgment time. Am I right in assuming that Dark Shadows (the 2012 movie) counts as paranormal due to the ghost and assorted other unnatural things in it?

NoirFan
06-29-12, 08:37 PM
At 12:01 am (local time), we may all begin watching unicorn movies.

And Unicron movies!

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/besh1/Transformers-Unicron.jpg

shadokitty
06-29-12, 09:28 PM
And Unicron movies!

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/besh1/Transformers-Unicron.jpg


I own that. I may watch it sometime during this challenge.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-29-12, 09:58 PM
Judgment time. Am I right in assuming that Dark Shadows (the 2012 movie) counts as paranormal due to the ghost and assorted other unnatural things in it?

imdb lists it as fantasy, so it auto-counts.

I think Sunday I might watch the new Tron movie with the Disney second screen app. Haven't tried the app on any other films yet, so now's as good a time as any.

LickTheABCs
06-29-12, 10:17 PM
Work has kicked my ass the last few years when it comes to challenges. That, plus the fact that I'm in a movie-watching slump like I haven't been in, in a looong time (I've only watched like, 2 movies in the past 6 months!*) I'm gonna just say fuck it, and join this challenge. Most of the flicks I'll watch will probably be newer(ish) movies only because I have a lot of shit to catch up on.

*I don't know what brought the slump on either, I just haven't been motivated enough I guess.

LJG765
06-29-12, 10:31 PM
Thanks LJG765 and I'm with you all the way about the right to change my mind. But I am a little worried about all this talk about The Secret Challenge Overlords Alliance. I mean, are we really supposed to know about stuff like th :johnwoo2:

Who's scared of SCOA? I mean, how can you be scared of an acronym like that??? Until I see someone petting a fluffy white kitty, I'll talk about it all I want!

As for Dark Shadows, I saw that a couple weeks ago and wasn't that impressed. It was ok, but a little too cheesy for me and I like cheesy. A little too overdone, I thought. Very soap opera-y, which figures since it's based on one, but probably one of the few Johnny Depp movies I didn't like. There I admit it. I saw it for Johnny Depp.

My question though, is how forgiving are the SCOA's? I saw Avengers this afternoon (the only time I had to see it before my tickets expired). Can I count it since it had to be midnight somewhere in the world or do I have to skip it from my list? Pretty please can I include it? :D --I liked it and was glad I finally got a chance to see it. Only once spot did I go, that's CGI and it was with Captain America, not with Hulk. That's a pretty good average for one of these movies.

shadokitty
06-29-12, 10:32 PM
11:31 PM by my comp, so 30 min till the challenge starts for me :D

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-29-12, 10:54 PM
Who's scared of SCOA? I mean, how can you be scared of an acronym like that??? Until I see someone petting a fluffy white kitty, I'll talk about it all I want!

As for Dark Shadows, I saw that a couple weeks ago and wasn't that impressed. It was ok, but a little too cheesy for me and I like cheesy. A little too overdone, I thought. Very soap opera-y, which figures since it's based on one, but probably one of the few Johnny Depp movies I didn't like. There I admit it. I saw it for Johnny Depp.

My question though, is how forgiving are the SCOA's? I saw Avengers this afternoon (the only time I had to see it before my tickets expired). Can I count it since it had to be midnight somewhere in the world or do I have to skip it from my list? Pretty please can I include it? :D --I liked it and was glad I finally got a chance to see it. Only once spot did I go, that's CGI and it was with Captain America, not with Hulk. That's a pretty good average for one of these movies.

Sorry, can't count it. I have 3 hours to go and I'd love to start early but instead I'm watching some costume drama that I can't follow due to alcohol consumption. There's a lady, some guys in uniform and apparently Napoleon is somewhere. With the pace of the dialogue, for what it is, I'd say it's the equivalent of Gilmore's Girls, or whatever it's called, for whenever this movie came out. I'm not a girl, so I lack the skills to follow along.

LJG765
06-29-12, 11:23 PM
Sorry, can't count it. I have 3 hours to go and I'd love to start early but instead I'm watching some costume drama that I can't follow due to alcohol consumption. There's a lady, some guys in uniform and apparently Napoleon is somewhere. With the pace of the dialogue, for what it is, I'd say it's the equivalent of Gilmore's Girls, or whatever it's called, for whenever this movie came out. I'm not a girl, so I lack the skills to follow along.

Alright, *sigh* can't blame me for giving it a shot!

What's the name of what you're watching? I doubt I'd watch it because even thought I am a girl, that is not my type of movie, but it sounds...interesting.

37 minutes to go for me!

Cardsfan111
06-29-12, 11:56 PM
Just noticed earlier today the bump in the start time, so I hadn't set up any first day viewing strategy. Went to the DVR at midnight looking for something easy I might catch and potentially delete later to free up space and end up with Robocop 2. While watching just now, I'm getting my list post set up and I copy/paste my list from last year over so I have the same formatting, etc. Last year's first title--Robocop 2. If this is going to become some kind of tradition, I'm going to have go with a better film. :lol:

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-30-12, 12:14 AM
Alright, *sigh* can't blame me for giving it a shot!

What's the name of what you're watching? I doubt I'd watch it because even thought I am a girl, that is not my type of movie, but it sounds...interesting.

37 minutes to go for me!

Becky Sharp, the long version. I'm pretty sure imdb has a link to it at archive.org but if they do, I'm not sure which version it is.

Just noticed earlier today the bump in the start time, so I hadn't set up any first day viewing strategy. Went to the DVR at midnight looking for something easy I might catch and potentially delete later to free up space and end up with Robocop 2. While watching just now, I'm getting my list post set up and I copy/paste my list from last year over so I have the same formatting, etc. Last year's first title--Robocop 2. If this is going to become some kind of tradition, I'm going to have go with a better film. :lol:

I remember when that came out and I've always tried to like it but it's just not something I ever really got into. The only part I really like is when they're testing out the new Robocops.

shadokitty
06-30-12, 12:20 AM
Just noticed earlier today the bump in the start time, so I hadn't set up any first day viewing strategy. Went to the DVR at midnight looking for something easy I might catch and potentially delete later to free up space and end up with Robocop 2. While watching just now, I'm getting my list post set up and I copy/paste my list from last year over so I have the same formatting, etc. Last year's first title--Robocop 2. If this is going to become some kind of tradition, I'm going to have go with a better film. :lol:

I have the criterion version of the first Robocop, but I have never seen Robocop 2.

LJG765
06-30-12, 01:10 AM
I started Witches of Oz. Bit of a slow starter. Interesting though. Kind of a mix of the books, the main movies and something all of its own. I did pick a long one to start with! Oops, oh well, I don't have to get up early tomorrow.

So how do people usually do this? Do they review the movie here, just state that they're watching, just list it, all of the above? Any preference for one of these over another?

P.S. Would the TV show Special Unit 2 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0268094/) count as fantasy, urban fantasy specifically?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-30-12, 01:30 AM
I have the criterion version of the first Robocop, but I have never seen Robocop 2.

But if you've seen Robocop 3, then that's just sad.

I started Witches of Oz. Bit of a slow starter. Interesting though. Kind of a mix of the books, the main movies and something all of its own. I did pick a long one to start with! Oops, oh well, I don't have to get up early tomorrow.

So how do people usually do this? Do they review the movie here, just state that they're watching, just list it, all of the above? Any preference for one of these over another?

Whatever you like. If you want to blog it up, go for it.

I have about 30 minutes till I can start and 20 minutes still left of Becky Smart. Realistically, I'll get in 5-15 minutes of Ancient Aliens and then fall asleep. I won't be sad when this movie ends, I can't keep track of all the guys she's with.

coyoteblue
06-30-12, 01:38 AM
I just finished The Monolith Monsters (love those Universal 50's sci-fi flicks). Time for bed.

LJG765
06-30-12, 03:01 AM
Whatever you like. If you want to blog it up, go for it.

I have about 30 minutes till I can start and 20 minutes still left of Becky Smart. Realistically, I'll get in 5-15 minutes of Ancient Aliens and then fall asleep. I won't be sad when this movie ends, I can't keep track of all the guys she's with.

Thanks for the answer! Hope you make it through the boring movie. I've never heard of it and now I know to avoid it! Thanks!

Ash Ketchum
06-30-12, 05:17 AM
Thanks for the answer! Hope you make it through the boring movie. I've never heard of it and now I know to avoid it! Thanks!

BECKY SHARP (1935) was the first full color Technicolor feature made by Hollywood, so it has some historical importance. You need to see the restored print that TCM has showed and not the grainy p.d. copies circulating on sets like the one Mr. Peepers is watching. It's based on Thackeray's "Vanity Fair."

BobO'Link
06-30-12, 06:36 AM
I woke up very early and flipped on the TV to find Abbott and Costello's Jack and the Beanstalk was just starting (TCM). As I'm somewhat of a sucker for A&C it looks like it's my first title on the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge in spite of not counting for the Historical Appreciation Challenge. They're following that one with The Giant Behemoth and it's tempting to watch it too, but I have a DVD of it so Ancient Aliens will be next to get back to the original plans. :)

With all the talk of watching Time Travel films for the overlap day it's "Leap Day Challenge" deja vu. :D

NoirFan
06-30-12, 08:11 AM
I'm starting off with a fantasy comedy, Blithe Spirit. Typically sparkling Noel Coward stuff, although I've never seen the Blu-ray before. That Lean/Coward box is a true joy.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-30-12, 10:31 AM
BECKY SHARP (1935) was the first full color Technicolor feature made by Hollywood, so it has some historical importance. You need to see the restored print that TCM has showed and not the grainy p.d. copies circulating on sets like the one Mr. Peepers is watching. It's based on Thackeray's "Vanity Fair."

I watched Vanity Fair earlier in the challenge and while that wasn't great, I was able to follow it. I do recall some glimpses of similarities, now that I think about it but overall wasn't that impressed.

BobO'Link
06-30-12, 12:01 PM
I have 2 episodes of Ancient Aliens under my belt and so far, it's quite entertaining. More pseudoscience than you can shake a stick at with a preponderance to blame *any* unexplained event, drawing, or artifact on alien visitation. The segment with the theory of how the Great Pyramid at Giza could have been a giant microwave power transmitter is priceless!

It's actually one of the better History Channel "documentaries" I've seen recently with very good production values. It doesn't suffer from the "repeat half the prior segment when coming back from a commercial break" syndrome so common with their more recent programming. It's interesting to see these mysteries in spite of the "jump to alien visitation" leaps of logic/conclusions presented.

shadokitty
06-30-12, 12:30 PM
I started last night with two episodes of The Time Tunnel, Rendevous with Yesterday, and One Way to the Moon. Tonight I plan to finish disc 1 side A with End of the World, and on tv there is Lost in Space tonight. May also watch a Gamera movie and something from one of my MC sci fi 50 movie packs.

LickTheABCs
06-30-12, 12:35 PM
I started with John Carter. Maybe it was my really low expectations, but I really enjoyed it.

terrycloth
06-30-12, 12:54 PM
I started with John Carter. Maybe it was my really low expectations, but I really enjoyed it.

i saw this a week or so ago and I did too. there as def alot of issues i had with it but i enjoyed it prolly because of how much of a bad rep this movie got i as expecting straight to syfy bad.

im off to a slow start first movie i put in i fell asleep half way thru and have no desire to return it was that bad (alien armageddon) gonna watch event horizon and real steel after the yankees get done.

orlmac
06-30-12, 01:19 PM
I followed my tradition and began with an early silent film, 1903's Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies by Georges Melies. I remain amazed by what he did in the early days of cinema compared to some of the other directors. I keep a copy of The Films of Georges Melies (aired on TCM HD) just to take care of early sci-fi and fantasy movies on the checklist.

shadokitty
06-30-12, 01:27 PM
Updated my signature with the latest challenge.

LJG765
06-30-12, 01:46 PM
BECKY SHARP (1935) was the first full color Technicolor feature made by Hollywood, so it has some historical importance. You need to see the restored print that TCM has showed and not the grainy p.d. copies circulating on sets like the one Mr. Peepers is watching. It's based on Thackeray's "Vanity Fair."

You learn something new everyday. If I run across it, I'll try to give a watch. I see that Billie Burke is in it, so it'd be worth viewing just to see her. I have to say period pieces like that don't really interest me though.

BobO'Link
06-30-12, 04:42 PM
I started with John Carter. Maybe it was my really low expectations, but I really enjoyed it.
I've not yet seen this one but, based solely on trailers, don't have high expectations. One of my concerns is I've yet to read a review from or talk to anyone who's seen the film where the they were either familiar with or had actually read the novel on which the film is based. I know most film adaptations fall short to fans of the original works so I have a bit of trepidation as Burroughs' Barsoom series is one of my all time favorites. And the trailers were all somewhat underwhelming. The ones I've seen all have that "overly CGI summer action film with no substance" look about them.

NoirFan
06-30-12, 06:38 PM
Is that Chris Sarandon (with mustache) shaking Bill Murray's hand at 1:19:25 in Ghostbusters?

LJG765
06-30-12, 08:53 PM
Watched Witches of Oz early this morning, like I mentioned earlier. It was pretty good. Kept my attention throughout the film and it was almost 3 hours long, so that's pretty good. Really, my major complaint is that they did a wonderful job on most costumes and actors, but wasted their money on a lot of special effects that looked bad rather than a few that looked really good. Like their flying monkeys looked really fake and their sizing issues with showing two characters was really bad.

Saw Battle Royale this afternoon and enjoyed it but probably won't ever watch it again. Way too bloody for me. One arterial spray is too many in my opinion and this had a few. It seemed fairly accurate to the book with some changes that I'm not sure why they made, but isn't that true with so many book to movies?

Watched a short silent film, Jack and Beanstalk-it's always fun to watch those and try to imagine how they set up a scene for the first time as they were still experimenting with the process. First time I've seen a fairy involved with the story, but it's always cool how they can get the story across without words.

Watching It Came from Beneath the Sea right now. It's my first Harryhausen film, I believe. So far so good. Just started so not too much to say about it right now.

All 3 movies were first watches for me. So far I haven't had any duds, even though the Oz one was a blind buy as I tend to buy any with that theme.

shadokitty
06-30-12, 08:57 PM
Tonight on my local channel I watched an episode of Lost In Space, Curse of Cousin Smith, which had Dr. Smith's cousin in it.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-30-12, 09:27 PM
I finished the first season of Ancient Aliens and 2 episodes of the next season and I've had my fill. I might watch an episode now and then but I'm changing up the rest of my night to time travel films. Starting off with Timequest and following it up with Time After Time.

Ancient Aliens started going off the deep end even more with the second season. Apparently the old gods like Zeus are clearly fictional but centaurs and Medusa are hybrids created by aliens.

Tomorrow I'm shooting for an Alien marathon. Planning on starting off with Prometheus and then pulling out the Alien blu-ray set and watching director cuts.

BobO'Link
06-30-12, 09:40 PM
...Watching It Came from Beneath the Sea right now. It's my first Harryhausen film, I believe...
Many of my favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy films are those on which Harryhausen worked. I'd have to pick Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and Jason and the Argonauts as his best. Both have very good stories and the stop motion work on them is amazing.

orlmac
06-30-12, 09:44 PM
Watched TRON (the original) and Conan the Barbarian (the 2011 version). Both were very good, I imagine TRON must have been incredible for it's time. I really enjoyed Conan also, makes me wish I hadn't skipped it at the theater. As always, Rose McGowan did an incredible job.

BobO'Link
06-30-12, 10:05 PM
I finished the first season of Ancient Aliens and 2 episodes of the next season and I've had my fill. I might watch an episode now and then but I'm changing up the rest of my night to time travel films. Starting off with Timequest and following it up with Time After Time.

Ancient Aliens started going off the deep end even more with the second season. Apparently the old gods like Zeus are clearly fictional but centaurs and Medusa are hybrids created by aliens.

Tomorrow I'm shooting for an Alien marathon. Planning on starting off with Prometheus and then pulling out the Alien blu-ray set and watching director cuts.
I only have the first season and believe it's enough. After those 6 episodes I just couldn't see where they could go without becoming very repetitive or doing even more grasping at straws than they'd already done. From what you indicate it appears that they took the Egyptian glyphs to heart and extended them to the Greeks as well, eh? I thought they did some long jumping to asertain the Egyptian glyps depict a hybrid being created.

I got several good laughs at the conclusions and comments made in each segment, frequently wondering just how those leaps of faith were made. Everything seemed to be pretty much a case of "Here's something we can't explain/do ourselves so it *must* have been done/influenced by aliens". Of course these guys seem to be making a pretty good living jumping to conclusions so maybe they are on to something after all... ;)

But... it *was* an entertaining season even if there was no true science or proof behind any of the assertions.

Did you notice how the hair of the magazine publisher seemed to become more and more wild during some episodes? :D

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-30-12, 10:51 PM
His hair got noticably blacker in the next season. His tan always bothered me. You can barely make out the untanned circle around his eyes, plus since he can't really grow a beard, all the skin you see through it is untanned.

BobO'Link
06-30-12, 11:05 PM
...I imagine TRON must have been incredible for it's time...
By way of disclaimer: I was in my early 30s when this film came out and had worked in TV production for many years. I was also a "gamer" and had learned computer programming by the time Tron came out. I knew how the film effects were done as we employed many of the same techniques as the film industry. My age, profession, and computing hobby all have major bearing on how I originally viewed this film.

That said...

Actually, Tron was somewhat of a bore unless you were an 8-14 year old video game playing male. The box office was not very good. When it came out I felt it to be a typical Disney film of the time containing many of the "standard" Disney cliches (it even had a Tinker Bell variant). Disney was in a major slump during the late 70s/early 80s and it shows in this production. The film has a marginal story/script with only passable acting. The effects, while highly touted, looked somewhat sub-par even for its day, this in spite of the computer generated nature. This was 5 years after Star Wars but looked like it was done 5 years *before*. The highly touted "inside a computer" premis felt somewhat cliche when it came out and reminded me of many of the "hippie" films of the late 60s. Basically a film that looked and sounded like outsiders attempting to be insiders (pun intended in the case of Tron) and coming out poorer for the attempt. Everyone I knew under the age of 18 pretty much thought Tron was the greatest film in the history of Science Fiction. Those over 18 pretty much knew better.

So... I'm glad you enjoyed the film. It's achieved a somewhat cult status over the years. I still don't understand the attraction.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-30-12, 11:29 PM
You're not alone on that. I remember seeing it as a kid and while it looked neat, it didn't take long for that to wear off and the boring plot to come out. It wasn't until just a few years ago before I could watch it from start to finish.

SterlingBen
06-30-12, 11:42 PM
I might have missed it but Formats dumped from the checklist?

LickTheABCs
07-01-12, 12:26 AM
If anyone in this thread happens to invent a time machine, I won't ask you to kill Hitler or anything, all I ask is that you go back to earlier tonight around 9 o'clock and slap me before I watch The Darkest Hour. Much appreciated.

terrycloth
07-01-12, 01:03 AM
got off to a bad start last night qwith a stinker but knocked out some good first time views.

Real Steak which i thought was alot better then i thought based on the trailer
King Kong PJ's version which iv seen a few times now i love this film one of the few films i can put on randomly and 3 hrs gone from my day

then i got invited to the drive in and sa Abraham Lincoln and Prometheus

Greg MacGuffin
07-01-12, 02:02 AM
Real Steak which i thought was alot better then i thought based on the trailer

:lol: Not trying to nitpick or anything, but this is my favorite typo in a long time.

Undeadcow
07-01-12, 02:25 AM
Predator never gets old. Although the DNR is annoyingly waxy at times watching Predator in high definition with the Ultimate Hunter Edition was a revelation compared to the DVD, immersive vibrant colors and better detail. "The demon who makes trophies of men."

Next up is Predator 2...

InnocentBlood
07-01-12, 04:24 AM
Been revisiting the first 3 Spiderman movies in anticipation of watching the reboot. Just caught the new one today and it's pretty good! :) Can't really make up my mind about whether I prefer Andrew or Toby as Spidey - I think they both brought something extra special to their respective roles. I do prefer MJ over Gwen any day though :p

NoirFan
07-01-12, 05:01 AM
Up early this morning, watching the end of The Day the Earth Stood Still with the three recent Olive sci-fi Blu-rays - Project X, Colossus of New York and The Space Children - on deck.

shadokitty
07-01-12, 08:06 AM
Was kind of slow last night, only watched the episode of Lost In Space, but plan to watch The Time Tunnel and more sci fi tonight.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
07-01-12, 11:14 AM
I might have missed it but Formats dumped from the checklist?

Apparently. I copied it over from last year but it wasn't something I planned on removing. On the other hand, it doesn't really add to anything.

If anyone in this thread happens to invent a time machine, I won't ask you to kill Hitler or anything, all I ask is that you go back to earlier tonight around 9 o'clock and slap me before I watch The Darkest Hour. Much appreciated.

I watched the wrong time machine/JFK assassination film last night. Right away I knew I had the wrong one but I figured, what the hell. Then Bruce Campbell showed up. I thought that even though nobody looked liked the characters they were portraying that it might still be good.

This was one of those DTV films where they shoehorn in a famous name for 15 seconds, just to get their name on the cover. He had no interaction with anyone in the story and you could have easily taken out all of his scenes and wouldn't have lost anything. It also would have helped because all of his scenes were shoehorned in at a couple spots and they were all out of place and ruined any pacing the film had.

I'm pretty sure Running Against Time is the one I really wanted.

BobO'Link
07-01-12, 01:21 PM
I've seen something I thought somewhat impossible. A film from Asylum that's actually not bad!

Merlin and the War of the Dragons is about a young Merlin and his "coming of age". He defends the Normans from a Saxon warlord and a rogue wizard (a former co-student) who controls some fire-breathing dragons. Along the way he helps Uther Pendragon become king. It's a step up from a typical made-for-syfy film with a fair plot, mostly good acting, and very passable special effects. While at times they show the low budget it's not too often. It's almost as good as The Beastmaster which is in the same set.

I got the film in a "6 movie pack" from Echo Bridge that also has The Beastmaster (the film I purchased the pack to get), Beowulf (Christopher Lambert), DragonQuest (another from Asylum), Warriors of Virtue: The Return to Tao, and Midnight Chronicles (horrible film).

So far I've watched The Beastmaster, Merlin, and Midnight Chronicles.

Midnight Chronicles is more like what I expected from Merlin. It's so derivative that it's easily a lawsuit in the making for being a blantant LOTR ripoff. All of the character names sound like LOTR characters (Izradur - the "dark force" - really jumped out from the start). Elves, Orcs (who look almost identical to those in LOTR), a Strider/Aragorn clone, and a Frodo/Sam clone. Of course the Elves are on the side of good while the orcs are on the dark side. Just like in LOTR. Add to all that a worse than syfy script, acting, and effects and you have a waste of 100 minutes. If you purchase this set, be advised that this one is a stinker from the start. If you're like me you'll watch it at least once simply because you purchased it but boy was it a difficult watch.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
07-01-12, 01:36 PM
Of course the Elves are on the side of good while the orcs are on the dark side.

Speaking as a nerd, that's how things go and how they all look 99.9% of the time.

With all these different sources using elves and orcs the same way, couldn't it be possible that these are somewhat based on fact? Ancient alien scholars believe that...

BobO'Link
07-01-12, 03:36 PM
Speaking as a nerd, that's how things go and how they all look 99.9% of the time.
Very true but it'd be nice if someone would use Elves as they were perceived in Anglo-Saxon lore, more malevolent/mischevous type beings rather than the post-Tolkien benevolent/wise beings or the more ambivalent variety.
With all these different sources using elves and orcs the same way, couldn't it be possible that these are somewhat based on fact? Ancient alien scholars believe that...
While they could *somewhat* make that connection with Elves, Orcs originated in the writings of Tolkien. While he took the name from the Old English word for "demon" his "Orc" is not the same creature. But that means the Ancient Alien "scholars" would have to actually research their suppositions, eh? :D

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
07-01-12, 04:28 PM
Very true but it'd be nice if someone would use Elves as they were perceived in Anglo-Saxon lore, more malevolent/mischevous type beings rather than the post-Tolkien benevolent/wise beings or the more ambivalent variety.

That type sounds more like leprechauns, minus the times they're helpful. Coast to Coast had an interview a few years back with a couple of English guys that claim leprechauns, fairies, gnomes and other related creatures are all real. They ran a business where they take people out on tours to try and see them. As absurd as the entire interview was, it was so crazy that I couldn't stop listening.

Looking through the rules, I noticed a past rule fell off. As a reminder, everything that airs on the SyFy channel, minus infomercials, count.

I'd also like to implement something new when it comes to counting entries. Seeing as there's many epic style sci-fi and fantasy films that have longer than average running times, such as LOTR, I'd like to change how those are counted.

In keeping with the line that 90 minutes of tv shows would count as a standard 90 minute film, if you watch a film that runs longer than 90 minutes, you're allowed to start adding to how much a film is worth as an entry.

To break it down:
112 minutes (1 hours 53 minutes) = 1.25 entries
135 minutes (2 hours 15 minutes = 1.5 entries
157 minutes (2 hours 37 minutes)= 1.75 entries
180 minutes (3 hours) = 2 entries

You don't need to be exact and some slight rounding of minutes is ok or you can break out your calculator* and find the exact count that a 137 minute movie would count as.

I'm doing this as if you're someone that's trying to get to the magic number of 100, you'll be able to watch what you want and not have to put away your LOTR/Star Wars/Aliens films because they're too long, to then pull out a bunch of cheap and short films from the 50s.

If you watch a film that's less than 90 minutes, it still counts as 1 entry. I haven't gotten that anal yet.

Since the challenge already officially started, I'll call it optional but if there's no mass revolt, it will show up next year as an official rule. If it's a crazy idea, tell me now but I know I've skipped watching longer movies in the past when I had a goal of trying to get a high count in these challenges and I know I'm not the only one.

* The formula is x/90 where x is the number of minutes of the movie. We use Base 90 in this challenge.

orlmac
07-01-12, 04:48 PM
I just watched Battleship at the theater and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much. The rating of 6.2 on IMDB is not bad but the reviews were terrible and I don't know why. I'm guessing that the reviewers didn't actually watch the movie, it had a lot of special effects but having seen many special effects movies I would not burden it with that description. Although many scenes were very cliche that is true of most movies and I felt the actors rose above it. I felt that it was in the tradition of Independence Day (in a good way) with actors that of course were not as good as those in Independence Day.

LJG765
07-01-12, 05:47 PM
Looking through the rules, I noticed a past rule fell off. As a reminder, everything that airs on the SyFy channel, minus infomercials, count.

Good to know, this might come in handy!

In keeping with the line that 90 minutes of tv shows would count as a standard 90 minute film, if you watch a film that runs longer than 90 minutes, you're allowed to start adding to how much a film is worth as an entry.

To break it down:
112 minutes (1 hours 53 minutes) = 1.25 entries
135 minutes (2 hours 15 minutes = 1.5 entries
157 minutes (2 hours 37 minutes)= 1.75 entries
180 minutes (3 hours) = 2 entries

I like this idea, but it gets a bit hard to do when you do your counting list without numbering with decimals. Mine looks like this with the new numbering:

6/30/12
1.75 Witches of Oz (164 min)=1.75
3. Battle Royale (122 min)-1.25
3.25 6/30 Jack and the Beanstalk (1902, an Edison film)(~15 mins)=.25
3.75 Special Unit 2: The Wraps (1 hour show)=.5
4.75 It Came From Beneath the Sea
5.75 Gamera Vs Guiron

7/1/12
6.75 Return to Oz

where you include the tv shows and shorts in the numbering list rather than waiting until you have a full entry, otherwise it gets really confusing of what you've counted and what you haven't. On my actual tally sheet, I've only taken advantage of the first one I've watched as that was almost 3 hours. Haven't decided if I'll keep on counting that one or start counting them all that way.

I like this idea, just not sure how I'd go about keeping track of the extra time.

Mister Peepers: Do you have a preference on how we keep track of them?

coyoteblue
07-01-12, 06:09 PM
Perhaps we should consider simplifying like the Action/Adventure Challenge did:

Everything counts as one

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
07-01-12, 06:36 PM
Good to know, this might come in handy!



I like this idea, but it gets a bit hard to do when you do your counting list without numbering with decimals. Mine looks like this with the new numbering:

6/30/12
1.75 Witches of Oz (164 min)=1.75
3. Battle Royale (122 min)-1.25
3.25 6/30 Jack and the Beanstalk (1902, an Edison film)(~15 mins)=.25
3.75 Special Unit 2: The Wraps (1 hour show)=.5
4.75 It Came From Beneath the Sea
5.75 Gamera Vs Guiron

7/1/12
6.75 Return to Oz

where you include the tv shows and shorts in the numbering list rather than waiting until you have a full entry, otherwise it gets really confusing of what you've counted and what you haven't. On my actual tally sheet, I've only taken advantage of the first one I've watched as that was almost 3 hours. Haven't decided if I'll keep on counting that one or start counting them all that way.

I like this idea, just not sure how I'd go about keeping track of the extra time.

Mister Peepers: Do you have a preference on how we keep track of them?

It would be an issue if you don't like decimals. Thinking on it a little more, if I continued on with it, I'd keep it strictly optional. Personally, I'm not even going to bother with it unless I'm hitting something that's around 2 hours.

Maybe I just have to much time on my hands, thinking about rules like this. If nobody finds it at all useful, I'll drop it for next year but there's no harm in letting it ride out the rest of the challenge since it's completely optional.

Perhaps we should consider simplifying like the Action/Adventure Challenge did:

Everything counts as one

Personally, I'd rather not have numbered lists before going that route. I don't agree that watching a 2 hour movie should count the same as watching a commercial for a movie.

NoirFan
07-01-12, 07:45 PM
Another cameo - Sigourney Weaver as one of Wiliam Baldwin's hallucinatory conquests in Flatliners?

popcorn
07-01-12, 07:50 PM
Maybe you are being facetious popcorn and you are a huge fan who's really watching it for the umpteenth time...but I only recently discovered this series myself (literally like last month) and was BLOWN AWAY. Show is awesome, I converted my wife to watching it and now I re-watch it whenever she happens to be viewing.

I am five to seven years late to everything, apparently.

Funny enough I am not being totally factious. I've never seen the show because of the uber-hype and the long delays. I knew one day I'd just watch the whole series. Now is that time.

SterlingBen
07-01-12, 08:03 PM
Over complicating it with the decimal places for long movies IMO. Also changing the rules mid-challenge seems a bit flighty.

shadokitty
07-01-12, 08:10 PM
Tonight for my sci fi, I finished side A of Disc1 of The Time Tunnel with End of the World, the episode about Halley's Comet.

coyoteblue
07-01-12, 08:11 PM
Over complicating it with the decimal places for long movies IMO. Also changing the rules mid-challenge seems a bit flighty.

I wouldn't say it's mid-challenge for another 14 days or so ;)

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
07-01-12, 08:14 PM
Over complicating it with the decimal places for long movies IMO. Also changing the rules mid-challenge seems a bit flighty.

Point taken.The SyFy rule will still stand since it was supposed to be there in the first place.

terrycloth
07-01-12, 08:46 PM
watched Nightbreed and LOTR fotr extended cut

gonna get to see the cabal cut of nightbreed in auguest so been in the mood to rewatch it and imdb lists it as fantasy so that made me pleased

LickTheABCs
07-01-12, 09:20 PM
Finished watching Immortals. It was... Ok. Visually it was like a weekend-long threesome with blonde twin gymnasts but narratively it was like dryly beating off to Elle magazine, sitting on the toilet seat while your girlfriend keeps banging on the door trying to get in and put on her makeup.

LJG765
07-01-12, 09:35 PM
I may be over thinking this but what does "giant critters" mean? Any extra large animal? I'm watching a version of Journey to the Center of the Earth and it has giant dinosaur fish things. Would that count or does it have to be some particular type of critter?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
07-01-12, 10:27 PM
I may be over thinking this but what does "giant critters" mean? Any extra large animal? I'm watching a version of Journey to the Center of the Earth and it has giant dinosaur fish things. Would that count or does it have to be some particular type of critter?

Ones that normally aren't giant sized. Your dinosaur fish are standard size, so they wouldn't count. Food of the Gods is full of giant critters, if that helps.

coyoteblue
07-01-12, 10:37 PM
Just as an FYI.

I solved the html table with a bunch of spaces above it problem. If you are formating your html, every hard return is turned into a space or html break above the table. One way to fix it is to remove all the hard returns from your html, making it a mess and more difficult to edit, but at least it'll look right.

The other way is to use the wysiwyg editor and delete all the breaks above the table. Even though the option is in the User CP settings, I could never get the wysiwyg editor to work. Maybe it's not enabled for the site.