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LJG765
06-05-15, 12:06 AM
8th Annual Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge

Thanks to shadokitty for getting the thread started this year! I needed to be able to adjust some of the categories/options for the checklist and update for prizes, so restarted it here. So, onto the challenge!

Dates: Dusk June 30-Dawn August 1st

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.

Use any counting method you prefer, as prize determination does not depend on number of items watched.

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.


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.


How to win a prize

There's 1 way to get an entry:
Participate by watching at least 1 item

Audio:

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.

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) - (optional)
--- 1910(No time limit but must be at least complete short film) - (optional)
--- 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 a film in 12 of the following:
--- Watch a MST3K/Rifftrax/Cinematic Titanic/Hosted version of a sci-fi/fantasy film -
--- Watch a film featuring laser blasters -
--- Watch a film made on a low budget (ex. Corman or Castle movie) -
--- Watch a film based on a novel -
--- Watch a film which was nominated for a Hugo or Saturn Award-
--- Watch a Documentary Feature -
--- Watch a Film From the Criterion Collection (Doesn't have to be Criterion Version) -
--- 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 -
--- Watch a film and its remake/reboot

He's dead, Jim. Watch 4 out of the following:
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Gene Roddenberry -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Ray Bradbury -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Phillip K. Dick -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Edgar Rice Burroughs -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Jules Verne -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late HP Lovecraft -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Richard Matheson -
--- Watch a film starring Christopher Lee -

Watch 10 films directed/produced/written by:
--- James Cameron
--- Steven Spielberg
--- Terry Gilliam
--- Tim Burton
--- Hayao Miyazaki
--- David Cronenberg
--- James Whale
--- Ridley Scott
--- Paul Verhoeven
--- Robert Wise
--- Robert Zemeckis
--- The Wachowskis
--- Jerry Warren
--- J. J. Abrams
--- Samuel Z. Arkoff
--- David Twohy
--- Richard Fleischer
--- William Cameron Menzies
--- Kevin Connor
--- Alex Proyas
--- Fritz Lang
--- George Melies
--- George Miller
--- George Lucas
--- John Carpenter

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

Watch a film in 28 of the following subgenres:
--- Alien invasion -
--- Horror
--- Dystopian Society -
--- Post-Apocalyptic -
--- Alternate History -
--- Robot/Android -
--- Immortality -
--- Space Opera/Serial -
--- Mutants (non-critter) -
--- Comic Book -
--- Mad Scientist -
--- Comedy -
--- Time travel -
--- Giant Critters -
--- Prehistoric -
--- Paranormal -
--- Kaiju -
--- Tech Noir -
--- First Contact -
--- Space Soldiers -
--- Magical Beings -
--- Future Crimes -
--- Animalcadabra -
--- Myths & Legends -
--- Worst Movie Ever -
--- Arthurian Fantasy -
--- Based on fairy tale -
--- Urban Fantasy -
--- High Fantasy -
--- Sword and Sorcery -
--- Dark Fantasy -
--- Martial Arts Fantasy -
Not sure what qualifies? Check here for a description http://www.wattpad.com/3632123-fanta...sci-fi-fantasy

Watch a film starring 20 of the following actors:
--- James McAvoy
--- David Warner
--- Edward James Olmos
--- Sir Ian McKellen
--- Liv Tyler
--- Peter Dinklage
--- Charlize Theron
--- Winona Ryder
--- Lena Headey
--- Zoe Saldana
--- Ian Holm
--- Boris Karloff
--- Sir Cedric Hardwicke
--- Lionel Atwill
--- Evelyn Ankers
--- Abbott & Costello
--- Peter Graves
--- Hugh Marlowe
--- Richard Denning
--- Susan Cabot
--- Samuel L. Jackson
--- Tommy Kirk
--- Raquel Welch
--- Ray Milland
--- Roddy McDowall
--- Arnold Schwarzenegger
--- Kurt Russell
--- Sigourney Weaver
--- Alan Rickman
--- Ted Cassidy
--- Arthur Franz
--- Doug McClure
--- Harrison Ford
--- Andy Serkis
--- Gina Torres
--- Nick Frost
--- Callum Keith Rennie
--- Michelle Forbes
--- Michelle Rodriguez
--- Keith David
--- Scarlett Johansson

Sponsors:

HamiltonBooks! Thank you, GoldenWheels!

Prizes:

Thanks again to HAMILTONBOOKS (Hamiltonbook.com) and Goldenwheels! They were very generous this month and so I am able to offer 5 different prize packs.

1. Alien Outpost BR (http://www.amazon.com/Alien-Outpost-Blu-ray-Douglas-Tait/dp/B00VX222HI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1434995184&sr=8-2&keywords=alien%20outpost&tag=viglink21042-20) and Star Trek: Enterprise S. 1 (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/star-trek-enterprise-the-complete-first-season)

2. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/the-extraordinary-adventures-of-adele-blanc-sec) J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of the Rings (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/Fantasy-Fiction/j.r.r.-tolkien-master-of-the-rings_3) and Lord of the Rings the Animated Classic. (]http://www.hamiltonbook.com/Fantasy-Fiction/the-lord-of-the-rings-original-animated-classi)

3. Man with the Screaming Brain (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/man-with-the-screaming-brain), Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/giorgio-moroder-presents-metropolis) and the book, 101 Sci-Fi Movies to See Before You Die (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/Movies/101-sci-fi-movies-you-must-see-before-you-die)

4. Science Fiction Theatre Complete Series (http://www.amazon.com/Science-Fiction-Theatre-Truman-Bradley/dp/B00TJ30A04/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434998791&sr=8-1&keywords=science%20fiction%20theatre&tag=viglink21042-20)

5. Thunderbirds Complete Series (http://www.amazon.com/Thunderbirds-Complete-Blu-ray-Gerry-Anderson/dp/B00UCFVI72/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434995127&sr=8-1&keywords=thunderbirds%20blu%20ray&tag=viglink21042-20)

Provided by HamiltonBooks! Thanks!
*Please note: Winners do have to be living in the United States to be eligible for prizes.

Trevor
06-05-15, 09:18 AM
I'm in for a season or two of Smallville.

Thanks for hosting L!

Ash Ketchum
06-05-15, 09:29 AM
Maybe I can now watch all those box sets of Power Rangers and Zyurangers that I picked up over the past year.

shadokitty
06-05-15, 09:48 AM
I'm in for a season or two of Smallville.

Thanks for hosting L!

Playing marathon sessions of DCUO got me interested in watching comic movies and shows myself.


Maybe I can now watch all those box sets of Power Rangers and Zyurangers that I picked up over the past year.

I'm thinking of starting some Power Rangers too, as all the series that I know of are on Amazon Prime.

BobO'Link
06-05-15, 10:37 AM
Along with all the films I've picked up I hope to finally finish Enterprise by watching S4. I also discovered I somehow *skipped* S6 of Deep Space Nine during the TV Challenge!?!? Still haven't figured that one out... but it *did* seem like I'd missed stuff along the way... As always I've too much content and too little time!

LJG765
06-05-15, 12:12 PM
I'm in for a season or two of Smallville.

Thanks for hosting L!

Sci-fi/Fantasy is one of my favorite challenges! Looking forward to next month myself. :) I never really got into Smallville. I watched a season or two, but while I liked Lex Luthor, just never really got hooked on the show.

Maybe I can now watch all those box sets of Power Rangers and Zyurangers that I picked up over the past year.
I have to admit, I'm not a huge Power Ranger fan. Back when it first aired in the US, I watched a fair amount of it-but mainly because the kids I sat for were into it. I think I was just a bit too old to want to watch it at that point and then never got into it. My nephew, however, loves it. It's definitely a show that has lasted and held up for kids at least!

Playing marathon sessions of DCUO got me interested in watching comic movies and shows myself.

I'm thinking of starting some Power Rangers too, as all the series that I know of are on Amazon Prime.

I have been tempted to focus on comic movies/shows. I've been saving most of Agents of SHIELD for a marathon watch one of these days, so it'd be a good time to get it off the DVR...

Along with all the films I've picked up I hope to finally finish Enterprise by watching S4. I also discovered I somehow *skipped* S6 of Deep Space Nine during the TV Challenge!?!? Still haven't figured that one out... but it *did* seem like I'd missed stuff along the way... As always I've too much content and too little time!

As someone who enjoys Trek, I have to admit that while I own Enterprise, I've never watched it. I keep on meaning to start watching it, but haven't yet. Maybe this July is the time! But I definitely agree with you-I have too much content and too little time!

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-05-15, 12:21 PM
I have to admit, I'm not a huge Power Ranger fan. Back when it first aired in the US, I watched a fair amount of it-but mainly because the kids I sat for were into it. I think I was just a bit too old to want to watch it at that point and then never got into it. My nephew, however, loves it. It's definitely a show that has lasted and held up for kids at least!

I was a little too old for it but I did watch it because there wasn't that many other choices for things to watch before school.

I was more excited when they announced Masked Rider was coming to FOX. I had played the Sega CD, which was basically Dragons Lair except it was for the original first episode of the Japanese series, which is what FOX was using to promote it before it aired. Then when it aired, we got a dumbed down American version with a furry sidekick, if I remember correctly.

BobO'Link
06-05-15, 01:38 PM
As someone who enjoys Trek, I have to admit that while I own Enterprise, I've never watched it. I keep on meaning to start watching it, but haven't yet. Maybe this July is the time!
Start it this year! BUT you may want to skip the open. While it has some really good imagery the *theme* is, perhaps, the worst ever used for a Trek property. The song (yes *song* with words!) is "Faith of the Heart," originally written for the film Patch Adams, but doesn't work at all for Trek IMHO. It's "Pop Rock" or "Adult Contemporary" material (there's very little of either I'll willingly listen to) originally sung by Rod Stewart (who I've never much liked - even when he was singing "real" rock in the 60s/early 70s). I listened to it *once* and there after made a point to skip the open - something I *rarely* do for a Trek film or TV episode.

It's been some time since I've seen S1-S3 of Enterprise but I do recall enjoying the series. I liked S3 a bit better than S1 & S2 but I don't think any of them are as bad as reviews (and hard core TNG fans) might lead you to believe.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-05-15, 03:23 PM
Would it be possible to get credit for reading sci-fi or fantasy movie scripts? I'm kinda interested in reading some unused Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection to see how good the films could have been.

http://www.simplyscripts.com/genre/fantasy-scripts.html

LJG765
06-05-15, 07:22 PM
Would it be possible to get credit for reading sci-fi or fantasy movie scripts? I'm kinda interested in reading some unused Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection to see how good the films could have been.

http://www.simplyscripts.com/genre/fantasy-scripts.html

I don't see the harm in listing it in your watched list, though, I wouldn't claim it on the checklist.

BobO'Link: I'll have to see what I'm feeling like watching, but Enterprise will be high up on the list!

shellebelle
06-09-15, 08:38 PM
Are you planning on switching up the actors, directors and possibly other categories?

shadokitty
06-10-15, 09:13 AM
With all the talk of Jurassic World, plan to revisit the original trilogy some time during the challenge.

LJG765
06-10-15, 06:26 PM
Are you planning on switching up the actors, directors and possibly other categories?

We certainly can. Any suggestions?

With all the talk of Jurassic World, plan to revisit the original trilogy some time during the challenge.

I was thinking this myself. I think at the very least the first and third movies are on my list. Not a fan of two, though. I may also wait to see Jurassic World then too. I'm eager to see it, but since July is so close already, I may wait for it.

SterlingBen
06-10-15, 10:33 PM
Parents in law are coming do visit for the entire second half of the challenge

:gah:

shadokitty
06-11-15, 05:00 AM
Parents in law are coming do visit for the entire second half of the challenge

:gah:

Do they like sci-fi or fantasy at least?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-11-15, 10:12 AM
Christopher Lee died 4 days ago.

shadokitty
06-11-15, 11:31 AM
Christopher Lee died 4 days ago.

Good time to watch Lord of the Rings then.

LJG765
06-11-15, 03:00 PM
I was just coming to tell about Christopher Lee. Very sad! I think I will be adding him to our checklist for this year...

shellebelle
06-11-15, 06:15 PM
I was going to suggest that we put him on the list! He will definitely be missed. Iconic actor.

shadokitty
06-11-15, 07:03 PM
If he died 4 days ago, why was it just on the news today?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-11-15, 07:16 PM
They wanted to release the news after they contacted family members.

SterlingBen
06-11-15, 07:17 PM
Do they like sci-fi or fantasy at least?
Maybe Kaiju films

shadokitty
06-11-15, 09:12 PM
They wanted to release the news after they contacted family members.

Makes sense.



I know Lord of the Rings for Saruman, and Star Wars II and III for Count Dooku, but is there anything else he did, other than the Necessary Evil documentary on DC Super Villains he narrated that would be eligible? I don't count him playing Dracula, as that is more horror in my mind.

First Betsy Palmer, now Christopher Lee. They say deaths come in threes. I wonder who will be next.

shellebelle
06-11-15, 09:32 PM
Dusty Rhoades passed away. He was a wrestler.

BobO'Link
06-11-15, 09:39 PM
I know Lord of the Rings for Saruman, and Star Wars II and III for Count Dooku, but is there anything else he did, other than the Necessary Evil documentary on DC Super Villains he narrated that would be eligible? I don't count him playing Dracula, as that is more horror in my mind.

Here ya go... Dracula titles omitted.

SF titles:
Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
Horror Express (1972)
Tale of the Mummy (1998)
Scream and Scream Again (1970)
The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)
The Creeping Flesh (1973)
Island of the Burning Damned (1967)
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
Frankenstein and Me (1996)
Starship Invasions (1977)
Castle of the Living Dead (1964)
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966)
The Hands of Orlac (1960)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
End of the World (1977)

Fantasy titles:
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
The Golden Compass (2007)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Season of the Witch (2011)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
The Last Unicorn (1982)
Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
She (1965)
The Rainbow Thief (1990)
Circle of Iron (1978)
Angels in Notting Hill (2014)
Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)
Arabian Adventure (1979)
Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)
Katarsis (1963)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) (but *only* on the Extended version - he's not in the Theatrical version)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

LJG765
06-11-15, 09:49 PM
Makes sense.

I know Lord of the Rings for Saruman, and Star Wars II and III for Count Dooku, but is there anything else he did, other than the Necessary Evil documentary on DC Super Villains he narrated that would be eligible? I don't count him playing Dracula, as that is more horror in my mind.

Here ya go... Dracula titles omitted.

SF titles:
Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
Horror Express (1972)
Tale of the Mummy (1998)
Scream and Scream Again (1970)
The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)
The Creeping Flesh (1973)
Island of the Burning Damned (1967)
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
Frankenstein and Me (1996)
Starship Invasions (1977)
Castle of the Living Dead (1964)
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966)
The Hands of Orlac (1960)

Fantasy titles:
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
The Golden Compass (2007)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Season of the Witch (2011)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
The Last Unicorn (1982)
Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
She (1965)
The Rainbow Thief (1990)
Circle of Iron (1978)
Angels in Notting Hill (2014)
Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)
Arabian Adventure (1979)
Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)
Katarsis (1963)

BobO'link got there before I did! Thanks! I did double check a couple of the Dracula movies and the ones I looked at only listed Horror, so shadokitty is correct, they wouldn't count. I think there are a few in the list I'll be watching, though!

BobO'Link
06-12-15, 01:10 PM
BobO'link got there before I did! Thanks! I did double check a couple of the Dracula movies and the ones I looked at only listed Horror, so shadokitty is correct, they wouldn't count. I think there are a few in the list I'll be watching, though!
You're welcome! BUT... I left out the qualifying Star Wars and Tolkien films 'cause shadokitty listed them - so don't forget! According to IMDB's advance search he also has credits in *two* of the Hobbit trilogy films.

So... just in case... here are those films:

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Yes... he has no credit in The Desolation of Smaug. I found that a bit odd.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-12-15, 04:17 PM
Need to add End of the World to the sci-fi list.

If you watch The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, make sure you watch the extended edition because he was cut from the theatrical version.

hbsvb
06-12-15, 07:17 PM
For anyone who is interested, TCM will have a Christopher Lee marathon on June 22.

shellebelle
06-13-15, 04:07 PM
Just an FYI for those who are interested...Netflix has A Trip to the Moon on NWI in both black and white and colorized versions. Granted it's only 12 minutes long, but it's a classic.

shellebelle
06-13-15, 04:12 PM
Went to Fry's today for some new fodder for the challenge. Picked up Ghostbusters I & II in BD, Attack of the Giant Leeches and Assignment: Outerspace. All for under $20. Also picked up Hell Baby iin BD for $4. Saw it last year during the Horror Challenge and totally loved that movie and I couldn't pass up the price.

LorenzoL
06-13-15, 04:29 PM
I'm not sure how much I will participate, but I'm in for a few movies.

BobO'Link
06-13-15, 05:15 PM
As usual, I've been stockpiling stuff all year. Here's a sampling of what I have lined up:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Version (2013)
Radio Free Albemuth (2010)
Total Recall (2012)
Kick-Ass (2010)
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
On the Beach (1959)
Gravity (2013)
Tank Girl (1995)
2001: A Space Oddysey (1969) (Upgrade)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Avengers (2012)
A Boy and His Dog (1975) (Upgrade)
Fire Maidens from Outer Space (1956)
Battle Beyond the Sun (1959)
Riddick (2013)

I can hardly wait! :D

shellebelle
06-13-15, 05:50 PM
I haven't seen A Boy and His Dog in many, many years. Maybe I'll see if Netflix has it. Good Post Apocalyptic movie. I've got all the Planet of the Apes movies to get off my unwatched list. I've never heard of On the Beach. Is it any good?

BobO'Link
06-13-15, 06:05 PM
I haven't seen A Boy and His Dog in many, many years. Maybe I'll see if Netflix has it. Good Post Apocalyptic movie. I've got all the Planet of the Apes movies to get off my unwatched list. I've never heard of On the Beach. Is it any good?
I had purchased A Boy and His Dog twice before. The 2nd purchase what to get what I thought was a anamorphic WS version - it wasn't. The latest (3rd time's the charm!) one is the BR/DVD combo pack which *is* anamorphic and has a better print than those earlier discs I'd purchased. I really enjoy it.

I don't recall having seen On the Beach before so it's somewhat a blind buy. It's a highly rated post-apocalyptic film (a genre I like) from the "Golden Age" of SF (the 50s - my favorite decade for SF/Horror).

Here's the synopsis:
"After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months."

shellebelle
06-13-15, 06:10 PM
I love post-apocalyptic films also. Favorite films are the cheesy 50's films. Best thing to watch on a hot (it's been triple digits here) Saturday afternoon if you can't find a good Godzilla film!! I also love disaster films. I'm hoping to see San Andreas before it goes away.

I was checking Amazon for On the Beach but they only have an import and am not sure if I can play it. Otherwise I would buy it as it's only $12.80 and your synopsis sounded good.

shadokitty
06-13-15, 06:17 PM
I've got Battle of Five Armies, and Iron Man 1 - 3 on my Netflix DVD queue, as well as Desolation of Smaug available on HBO On Demand, along with most of the X-Men, includes The Wolverine also on demand.

BobO'Link
06-13-15, 08:30 PM
I love post-apocalyptic films also. Favorite films are the cheesy 50's films. Best thing to watch on a hot (it's been triple digits here) Saturday afternoon if you can't find a good Godzilla film!! I also love disaster films. I'm hoping to see San Andreas before it goes away.

I was checking Amazon for On the Beach but they only have an import and am not sure if I can play it. Otherwise I would buy it as it's only $12.80 and your synopsis sounded good.
That version says it's "all region" and should work. It's odd that's the version presented first. I really dislike the way Amazon now combines all the releases forcing you to dig through the "drop down" to find others.

There are 2 other releases available, either of which would be a better choice:

The Kino Lorber release from 2014 (http://www.amazon.com/Beach-Gregory-Peck/dp/B00KOW4B0E/ref=tmm_dvd_title_1?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1434244456) - $14.99 from Amazon, ~$12.50 (new) or ~$11 (used) from MP vendors (shipping included in the prices I stated).

And the original (non-anamorphic WS) OOP MGM release from 2000 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00004SGB5/ref=olp_tab_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used) as low as ~$10.50 from a MP vendor.

I have that MGM release - I purchased it before the Kino Lorber version came out or I'd have gotten that one instead. After I watch it I'll probably upgrade if I like it enough. For a first time purchase I'd go for the Kino Lorber release.

shellebelle
06-13-15, 10:54 PM
Thanks. I grabbed the BD version of the Kino Lorber release. Should be getting it next week sometime.

Been tired of watching my DVR and just went through my rentals so now trying to figure out something to watch to get me through the last couple of hours before bed. Just not sure what I'm in the mood for right now. I hate when I can't decide what I want to watch!

shadokitty
06-14-15, 05:57 AM
Thanks. I grabbed the BD version of the Kino Lorber release. Should be getting it next week sometime.

Been tired of watching my DVR and just went through my rentals so now trying to figure out something to watch to get me through the last couple of hours before bed. Just not sure what I'm in the mood for right now. I hate when I can't decide what I want to watch!

Sounds like you started a little pre challenge? Thinking of a pre challenge day myself today.

shadokitty
06-14-15, 02:35 PM
Since I can get all five seasons on HBO On Demand, I think I might start watching Game of Thrones, to get me in the mood for the challenge. Only seen one. episode so far

shellebelle
06-14-15, 06:21 PM
Good choice shadokitty. I've been watching since day one. Awesome show.

LJG765
06-14-15, 08:08 PM
As usual, I've been stockpiling stuff all year. Here's a sampling of what I have lined up:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Version (2013)
Radio Free Albemuth (2010)
Total Recall (2012)
Kick-Ass (2010)
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
On the Beach (1959)
Gravity (2013)
Tank Girl (1995)
2001: A Space Oddysey (1969) (Upgrade)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Avengers (2012)
A Boy and His Dog (1975) (Upgrade)
Fire Maidens from Outer Space (1956)
Battle Beyond the Sun (1959)
Riddick (2013)

I can hardly wait! :D

Looks like a good list! I have many of those on my pile to watch as well. I'm a bit mad at myself for "Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies" as it's the only one of the Hobbits and LOTR films that I did NOT see in a theater. Tried going 2 or 3 times but something always interfered and I never made it. :( So I'm saving that one especially for the challenge.

Sounds like you started a little pre challenge? Thinking of a pre challenge day myself today.

Since I can get all five seasons on HBO On Demand, I think I might start watching Game of Thrones, to get me in the mood for the challenge. Only seen one. episode so far

Did you get to your pre challenge with this? I just can't get any enthusiasm for watching this. I think it stems from me working at a book store and having people mad at me that George RR Martin kept on blowing off the release dates for his books in the series. One of them changed about 8 times, seriously, it ended up being 2 or 3 years past the original release date. I get it, he had writer's block, but you know, he could have just told people that and said, I'll tell you when it's finished rather than putting out false release dates!

BobO'Link
06-14-15, 08:12 PM
Good choice shadokitty. I've been watching since day one. Awesome show.
I agree! I'm just about to watch the S5 finale. The part that annoys me most is having to wait ~10 more months for S6 and ~7 months to purchase S5! I wish they'd at least produce *two* 10 episode "seasons" per year.

BobO'Link
06-14-15, 08:25 PM
Looks like a good list! I have many of those on my pile to watch as well. I'm a bit mad at myself for "Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies" as it's the only one of the Hobbits and LOTR films that I did NOT see in a theater. Tried going 2 or 3 times but something always interfered and I never made it. :( So I'm saving that one especially for the challenge.
Thanks! :)

I purposely did not see any of the Hobbit films in the theater. While I *did* make a point to see the entire LOTR trilogy in the theater by the time they were over I'd gotten so fed up with the theater "experience" that I've sworn off them unless someone absolutely insists I go (example: My wife insisted we give my grandson 3 trips to the movies with a friend for his 10th birthday. That meant grandpa had to take them). Then there's the whole "extended version" releases which I prefer that didn't get theatrical releases (at least at first) so I just save the money and purchase the discs.

Did you get to your pre challenge with this? I just can't get any enthusiasm for watching this. I think it stems from me working at a book store and having people mad at me that George RR Martin kept on blowing off the release dates for his books in the series. One of them changed about 8 times, seriously, it ended up being 2 or 3 years past the original release date. I get it, he had writer's block, but you know, he could have just told people that and said, I'll tell you when it's finished rather than putting out false release dates!
I had a vague knowlege of the novels before I saw the series. Once it started I did some research to see if it might be something I'd like to read since the series is so good and I love fantasy based literature. I found he's at roughly the same spot in published material as where the series is with S5. I've been joking with the coworker who turned me on to the series that if he doesn't hurry up with the next novel they'll run out of story and we'll be stuck until he gets off his behind! But then with S5 they've departed from the books with the series (and in some major ways based on what I've read). From what I understand the show creators plan to continue and finish without Martin if necessary as he's given them a detailed outline of what will happen in the books and how it all is to end.

You should at least watch S1. If you can't continue after the events of that season then there's no hope for you! Winter is coming! :)

shadokitty
06-15-15, 07:13 AM
Good choice shadokitty. I've been watching since day one. Awesome show.



Did you get to your pre challenge with this? I just can't get any enthusiasm for watching this. I think it stems from me working at a book store and having people mad at me that George RR Martin kept on blowing off the release dates for his books in the series. One of them changed about 8 times, seriously, it ended up being 2 or 3 years past the original release date. I get it, he had writer's block, but you know, he could have just told people that and said, I'll tell you when it's finished rather than putting out false release dates!

I agree! I'm just about to watch the S5 finale. The part that annoys me most is having to wait ~10 more months for S6 and ~7 months to purchase S5! I wish they'd at least produce *two* 10 episode "seasons" per year.

I just finished the second episode of season 1. While the first episode seemed kind of slow, probably due to exposition, I really enjoyed the second episode. I might buy the DVD's sometime. Dragon eggs were nice to see too.

coyoteblue
06-15-15, 09:35 AM
Here ya go... Dracula titles omitted.

SF titles:
Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
Horror Express (1972)
Tale of the Mummy (1998)
Scream and Scream Again (1970)
The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)
The Creeping Flesh (1973)
Island of the Burning Damned (1967)
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
Frankenstein and Me (1996)
Starship Invasions (1977)
Castle of the Living Dead (1964)
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966)
The Hands of Orlac (1960)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
End of the World (1977)

Fantasy titles:
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
The Golden Compass (2007)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Season of the Witch (2011)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
The Last Unicorn (1982)
Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
She (1965)
The Rainbow Thief (1990)
Circle of Iron (1978)
Angels in Notting Hill (2014)
Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)
Arabian Adventure (1979)
Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)
Katarsis (1963)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) (but *only* on the Extended version - he's not in the Theatrical version)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

There's also the Lee documentary - The Many Faces of Christopher Lee (1996). It covers a lot of the films he made, including some of his fantasy/sf work. It's available on the old anchor bay Scars of Dracula dvd and on youtube. It's not listed as sf or fantasy, but I think we could let it squeak by.

davidh777
06-15-15, 10:07 AM
I love GOT and have worked it into at least a couple challenges. :) But it's not for everyone. I think people will probably know after a few episodes whether they want to stick with it.

I randomly started watching the very first episode the other day and was really interested in how long ago that seemed, and how much better I understand the characters now, so it's safe to bet I'll be watching more in July. :)

I agree! I'm just about to watch the S5 finale. The part that annoys me most is having to wait ~10 more months for S6 and ~7 months to purchase S5! I wish they'd at least produce *two* 10 episode "seasons" per year.

I'd love to see more, but not at the expense of quality, and considering where they are in relation to the books, they would've had to use a lot of filler to create that many episodes.

Did you get to your pre challenge with this? I just can't get any enthusiasm for watching this. I think it stems from me working at a book store and having people mad at me that George RR Martin kept on blowing off the release dates for his books in the series.

:lol:

BobO'Link
06-15-15, 12:43 PM
I'd love to see more (GOT), but not at the expense of quality, and considering where they are in relation to the books, they would've had to use a lot of filler to create that many episodes.
I absolutely do not want filler just to get more episodes but want them to do exactly what they are doing "faster" while keeping the quality the same (something seemingly not doable by current producers of most programs).

At the rate they're going by the time we see Bran again he'll be college age. He's already noticeably older (as are all the younger cast members) than during the first season but in show time it's not long enough for him to have aged that much. That annoys me a bit.

Essentially, they should now be half way through season 3 with the same number of episodes we've already seen. Of course with Sunday's episode the show has caught up with the books. Had they followed my desired production schedule we'd be done by now and Martin would *still* be writing the next novel and be far from finished.

That said...

S5E10 was another superb chapter in the overall story!

davidh777
06-15-15, 05:56 PM
I absolutely do not want filler just to get more episodes but want them to do exactly what they are doing "faster" while keeping the quality the same (something seemingly not doable by current producers of most programs).

At the rate they're going by the time we see Bran again he'll be college age. He's already noticeably older (as are all the younger cast members) than during the first season but in show time it's not long enough for him to have aged that much. That annoys me a bit.


Casting kids is always problematic, but I read somewhere (probably here) that a TV season is about equal to a Westeros year. Obviously certain things that happen during a season aren't taking a whole year, but maybe it's collapsed time, and there's downtime between the events we see that takes up that year. Or maybe that's just a convenient way to explain the aging. :)

Essentially, they should now be half way through season 3 with the same number of episodes we've already seen. Of course with Sunday's episode the show has caught up with the books. Had they followed my desired production schedule we'd be done by now and Martin would *still* be writing the next novel and be far from finished.

That said...

S5E10 was another superb chapter in the overall story!

That would also mean we'd be having this conversation a couple years ago, and who knows if GRRM would've had enough fully formed ideas in his head for the producers to somewhat follow that outline and produce a few more dozen episodes by now. I haven't read the books (other than the beginning of #1) so I have no idea where he is... and he may not either. :) I've heard that we're pretty much off-book at this point.

Shorter seasons are pretty much the thing these days, especially on cable.

shadokitty
06-15-15, 06:10 PM
I watched a good documentary this morning, that would probably work for this challenge too, Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics. It's available to rent or buy on Amazon Instant Video.

shellebelle
06-15-15, 08:11 PM
I watch the complete series all over again before the new season starts. Love GoT. I'm in denial of the deaths so have yet to watch the last two eps.

shellebelle
06-15-15, 08:13 PM
So...Is the list complete or are you still tweaking it? I'm anxious to work on my movie schedule!!

LJG765
06-15-15, 09:40 PM
So...Is the list complete or are you still tweaking it? I'm anxious to work on my movie schedule!!

Still tweaking it! I was hoping for a few more suggestions! I'll give it another 24 hours for any to come in and will work on it. Last weekend was pretty busy for me. A friend of mine, my mother and I put together a garage sale out of my garage for 3 days. First we had to put everything together, then sell for 3 days, then take it down. My brother and one of my nephews was visiting us as well. To top it off, I pulled something in my side and could barely bend (much better now-of course now that I can rest!) and I had to run to the vet twice to get some testing done on my cat. So, yeah, I enjoyed today being a calming one by preparing for another visitor coming in a couple days! :)

But seriously, I'll start searching for a few more actors/directors to add in along with Christopher Lee tonight and if no one else suggests anyone, I'll update and finalize the list tomorrow night and you'll have a good two weeks to play before the start. After this week, life should be a bit quieter for a while for me. I plan on getting the list thread up about 7-10 days out, so about June 21-24ish for people who want to get their lists started early, too.

I love all this enthusiasm, though! I've been thinking about the movies/shows going on my list but haven't started pulling them yet. I hope to watch some Enterprise. I've been meaning to get to it for a couple challenges now, and hope to get through at least the first season. I got the series from my dad when he passed, so while I do want to watch it (huge Trek fan), I do feel a bit of sadness when I see the DVDs.

I also am planning on the latest Hobbit movie. Not sure if I'm going to do a marathon of all 3 or not. I should, but we'll see how timing works out. I picked up a few other BRs during Black Friday that I want to get to, too, like the last couple X-Men. I think I may wing it, though, and just see what I want to watch on that day...

shellebelle
06-15-15, 10:26 PM
Actors:

Ted Cassidy
Arthur Franz
Clint Eastwood
Doug McClure

Director:

Kevin Connor

That's what I have so far

ntnon
06-15-15, 11:21 PM
I watch the complete series all over again before the new season starts. Love GoT. I'm in denial of the deaths so have yet to watch the last two eps.
Just out of curiosity, but a bit off-topic...
Do you have an opinion regarding the alleged sexism in the series? Specifically the departures from the books that have, supposedly, made things worse for women...

LJG765
06-15-15, 11:25 PM
Actors:

Ted Cassidy
Arthur Franz
Clint Eastwood
Doug McClure

Director:

Kevin Connor

That's what I have so far

For Clint Eastwood-I only counted 5 movies that would qualify and three are short uncredited cameos: Revenge of the Creature, Tarantula, Casper, Firefox, and Space Cowboys which doesn't even have the sci-fi label at IMDb.com. I'm leaning towards not on him. Am I missing any? I'm also not seeing more than a few for Doug McClure. Am I missing any with him as well?

The others look good! Thanks for the suggestions!

shadokitty
06-16-15, 04:40 AM
How about Sir Ian McKellan?

BobO'Link
06-16-15, 04:42 AM
Clint Eastwood also had uncredited parts in Back to the Futire III, and Six Reasons Why. He had a minor role in Francis in the Navy. IMHO not enough credited SF/Fantasy roles to use.

Doug McClure starred/costarred in:

The Land That Time Forgot (1975)
The People That Time Forgot (1977)
At the Earth's Core (1976)
Warlords of the Deep (1978)
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
Firebird 2015 AD (1981)

and several TV episode appearances. Many of his films also count for other checklist items. I'll second his inclusion.

shadokitty
06-16-15, 04:58 AM
How about serials as a genre? There are Flash Gordon, and Superman Serials on Roku channels, particularly the Aliens and Cowboys free channel.

BobO'Link
06-16-15, 07:54 AM
How about serials as a genre? There are Flash Gordon, and Superman Serials on Roku channels, particularly the Aliens and Cowboys free channel.
It's already on the sub-genre list as Space Opera/Serial.

BobO'Link
06-16-15, 08:27 AM
How about breaking out the items in the "Watch 2 of the following" category? Make it 10 items with a "Watch 5" mandate (still 50% but greater choice). Also a full swap out of producer/director/writer folks and possibly swap out some of the others (I've not had time to look at those).

--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Ray Bradbury
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Phillip K. Dick
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Edgar Rice Burroughs
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Jules Verne
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late HP Lovecraft
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Richard Matheson
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by Robert Zemeckis
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by Ridley Scott
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by George Lucas
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by John Carpenter

mrcellophane
06-16-15, 08:33 AM
I have a few suggestions for actors to add to the checklist. The film counts are definitely approximations.

Harrison Ford (11 films)
Andy Serkis (14 films)
Gina Torres (3 films / 8 TV shows)
Nick Frost (8 films / 3 TV shows)
Callum Keith Rennie (9 films / 7 TV shows)
Michelle Forbes (3 films / 6 TV shows)
Michelle Rodriguez (6 films / 1 TV show)
Keith David (22 films / 8 TV shows / and he voiced Admiral Anderson in the Mass Effect series)

Here are a few directors that could be added:

Andrei Tarkovsky (3 films) – but they are all important
Alex Proyas (5 films)
Fritz Lang (5 films)
George Melies (a lot of short films)
George Miller (8 films)

Also, could we change "The Wachowski Brothers" to "The Wachowskis" and drop "Lens Flare" from J.J. "Lens Flare" Abrams?

LJG765
06-16-15, 05:24 PM
Thanks, everyone for the suggestions! I think I'm going to skip Eastwood, but all the others seem like good additions, to me as well. Fritz Lang-I received "Metropolis" for Christmas and have been really wanting to watch it but held on to it for this challenge, so that's definitely a good one to add! :)

Ian McKlellan sounds good, too. A lot are from the same two franchises, but he does have a couple other fantasy films out there and between Lord of the Rings and X-Men, there are quite a few films, so I think he's a good add.

I'll get the list finished and finalized later tonight. Thanks for bearing with me! :)

LJG765
06-16-15, 05:54 PM
I have a few suggestions for actors to add to the checklist. The film counts are definitely approximations.

Harrison Ford (11 films)
Andy Serkis (14 films)
Gina Torres (3 films / 8 TV shows)
Nick Frost (8 films / 3 TV shows)
Callum Keith Rennie (9 films / 7 TV shows)
Michelle Forbes (3 films / 6 TV shows)
Michelle Rodriguez (6 films / 1 TV show)
Keith David (22 films / 8 TV shows / and he voiced Admiral Anderson in the Mass Effect series)

Here are a few directors that could be added:

Andrei Tarkovsky (3 films) – but they are all important
Alex Proyas (5 films)
Fritz Lang (5 films)
George Melies (a lot of short films)
George Miller (8 films)

Also, could we change "The Wachowski Brothers" to "The Wachowskis" and drop "Lens Flare" from J.J. "Lens Flare" Abrams?

I did decide against Andrei Tarkovsky. I think 3 films is just too small to include in the director field. However, I did add the others and made the two changes for you with Abrams and The Wachowskis.

How about breaking out the items in the "Watch 2 of the following" category? Make it 10 items with a "Watch 5" mandate (still 50% but greater choice). Also a full swap out of producer/director/writer folks and possibly swap out some of the others (I've not had time to look at those).

--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Ray Bradbury
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Phillip K. Dick
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Edgar Rice Burroughs
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Jules Verne
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late HP Lovecraft
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Richard Matheson
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by Robert Zemeckis
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by Ridley Scott
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by George Lucas
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by John Carpenter

Mostly done, though I kept in a couple that you took out like Roddenberry. I did move a few of them to the directors list, as well.

Oh, and I saw Ian McKellen was already listed, so I'm just keeping him in.

Here's what I have right now: If anyone has a bit of time to double check I didn't duplicate some people, I'd appreciate it. Otherwise, I think this will be the final list for the challenge. I'll update the first post a bit later.

Checklist:

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) - (optional)
--- 1910(No time limit but must be at least complete short film) - (optional)
--- 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 a film in 12 of the following -

--- Watch a MST3K/Rifftrax/Cinematic Titanic/Hosted version of a sci-fi/fantasy film -
--- Watch a film featuring laser blasters -
--- Watch a film made on a low budget (ex. Corman or Castle movie) -
--- Watch a film based on a novel -
--- Watch a film which was nominated for a Hugo or Saturn Award-
--- Watch a Documentary Feature -
--- Watch a Film From the Criterion Collection (Doesn't have to be Criterion Version) -
--- 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 -
--- Watch a film and its remake/reboot


Watch 6 out of the following:

--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Gene Roddenberry -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Ray Bradbury -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Phillip K. Dick -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Edgar Rice Burroughs -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Jules Verne -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late HP Lovecraft -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Richard Matheson -
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by Robert Zemeckis -
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by Ridley Scott -
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by George Lucas -
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by John Carpenter -
--- Watch a film starring Christopher Lee -


Watch 10 films directed by

--- James Cameron
--- Steven Spielberg
--- Terry Gilliam
--- Tim Burton
--- Hayao Miyazaki
--- David Cronenberg
--- James Whale
--- Ridley Scott
--- Paul Verhoeven
--- Robert Wise
--- Robert Zemeckis
--- The Wachowskis
--- Jerry Warren
--- J. J. Abrams
--- Samuel Z. Arkoff
--- David Twohy
--- Richard Fleischer
--- William Cameron Menzies
--- Kevin Connor
--- Alex Proyas
--- Fritz Lang
--- George Melies
--- George Miller


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


Watch a film in 28 of the following subgenres:
--- Alien invasion -
--- Horror
--- Dystopian Society -
--- Post-Apocalyptic -
--- Alternate History -
--- Robot/Android -
--- Immortality -
--- Space Opera/Serial -
--- Mutants (non-critter) -
--- Comic Book -
--- Mad Scientist -
--- Comedy -
--- Time travel -
--- Giant Critters -
--- Prehistoric -
--- Paranormal -
--- Kaiju -
--- Tech Noir -
--- First Contact -
--- Space Soldiers -
--- Magical Beings -
--- Future Crimes -
--- Animalcadabra -
--- Myths & Legends -
--- Worst Movie Ever -


Not sure what qualifies? Check here for a description http://www.wattpad.com/3632123-fanta...sci-fi-fantasy
--- Arthurian Fantasy -
--- Based on fairy tale -
--- Urban Fantasy -
--- High Fantasy -
--- Sword and Sorcery -
--- Dark Fantasy -
--- Martial Arts Fantasy -


Watch a film starring 20 of the following actors:
--- James McAvoy
--- David Warner
--- Edward James Olmos
--- Sir Ian McKellen
--- Liv Tyler
--- Peter Dinklage
--- Charlize Theron
--- Winona Ryder
--- Lena Headey
--- Zoe Saldana
--- Ian Holm
--- Boris Karloff
--- Sir Cedric Hardwicke
--- Lionel Atwill
--- Evelyn Ankers
--- Abbott & Costello
--- Peter Graves
--- Hugh Marlowe
--- Richard Denning
--- Susan Cabot
--- Samuel L. Jackson
--- Tommy Kirk
--- Raquel Welch
--- Ray Milland
--- Roddy McDowall
--- Arnold Schwarzenegger
--- Kurt Russell
--- Sigourney Weaver
--- Alan Rickman
--- Ted Cassidy
--- Arthur Franz
--- Doug McClure
--- Harrison Ford
--- Andy Serkis
--- Gina Torres
--- Nick Frost
--- Callum Keith Rennie
--- Michelle Forbes
--- Michelle Rodriguez
--- Keith David

shadokitty
06-16-15, 06:44 PM
I did decide against Andrei Tarkovsky. I think 3 films is just too small to include in the director field. However, I did add the others and made the two changes for you with Abrams and The Wachowskis.



Mostly done, though I kept in a couple that you took out like Roddenberry. I did move a few of them to the directors list, as well.

Oh, and I saw Ian McKellen was already listed, so I'm just keeping him in.

Here's what I have right now: If anyone has a bit of time to double check I didn't duplicate some people, I'd appreciate it. Otherwise, I think this will be the final list for the challenge. I'll update the first post a bit later.

Checklist:

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) - (optional)
--- 1910(No time limit but must be at least complete short film) - (optional)
--- 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 a film in 12 of the following -

--- Watch a MST3K/Rifftrax/Cinematic Titanic/Hosted version of a sci-fi/fantasy film -
--- Watch a film featuring laser blasters -
--- Watch a film made on a low budget (ex. Corman or Castle movie) -
--- Watch a film based on a novel -
--- Watch a film which was nominated for a Hugo or Saturn Award-
--- Watch a Documentary Feature -
--- Watch a Film From the Criterion Collection (Doesn't have to be Criterion Version) -
--- 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 -
--- Watch a film and its remake/reboot


Watch 6 out of the following:

--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Gene Roddenberry -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Ray Bradbury -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Phillip K. Dick -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Edgar Rice Burroughs -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Jules Verne -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late HP Lovecraft -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Richard Matheson -
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by Robert Zemeckis -
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by Ridley Scott -
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by George Lucas -
--- Watch a film directed/produced/written by John Carpenter -
--- Watch a film starring Christopher Lee -


Watch 10 films directed by

--- James Cameron
--- Steven Spielberg
--- Terry Gilliam
--- Tim Burton
--- Hayao Miyazaki
--- David Cronenberg
--- James Whale
--- Ridley Scott
--- Paul Verhoeven
--- Robert Wise
--- Robert Zemeckis
--- The Wachowskis
--- Jerry Warren
--- J. J. Abrams
--- Samuel Z. Arkoff
--- David Twohy
--- Richard Fleischer
--- William Cameron Menzies
--- Kevin Connor
--- Alex Proyas
--- Fritz Lang
--- George Melies
--- George Miller


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


Watch a film in 28 of the following subgenres:
--- Alien invasion -
--- Horror
--- Dystopian Society -
--- Post-Apocalyptic -
--- Alternate History -
--- Robot/Android -
--- Immortality -
--- Space Opera/Serial -
--- Mutants (non-critter) -
--- Comic Book -
--- Mad Scientist -
--- Comedy -
--- Time travel -
--- Giant Critters -
--- Prehistoric -
--- Paranormal -
--- Kaiju -
--- Tech Noir -
--- First Contact -
--- Space Soldiers -
--- Magical Beings -
--- Future Crimes -
--- Animalcadabra -
--- Myths & Legends -
--- Worst Movie Ever -


Not sure what qualifies? Check here for a description http://www.wattpad.com/3632123-fanta...sci-fi-fantasy
--- Arthurian Fantasy -
--- Based on fairy tale -
--- Urban Fantasy -
--- High Fantasy -
--- Sword and Sorcery -
--- Dark Fantasy -
--- Martial Arts Fantasy -


Watch a film starring 20 of the following actors:
--- James McAvoy
--- David Warner
--- Edward James Olmos
--- Sir Ian McKellen
--- Liv Tyler
--- Peter Dinklage
--- Charlize Theron
--- Winona Ryder
--- Lena Headey
--- Zoe Saldana
--- Ian Holm
--- Boris Karloff
--- Sir Cedric Hardwicke
--- Lionel Atwill
--- Evelyn Ankers
--- Abbott & Costello
--- Peter Graves
--- Hugh Marlowe
--- Richard Denning
--- Susan Cabot
--- Samuel L. Jackson
--- Tommy Kirk
--- Raquel Welch
--- Ray Milland
--- Roddy McDowall
--- Arnold Schwarzenegger
--- Kurt Russell
--- Sigourney Weaver
--- Alan Rickman
--- Ted Cassidy
--- Arthur Franz
--- Doug McClure
--- Harrison Ford
--- Andy Serkis
--- Gina Torres
--- Nick Frost
--- Callum Keith Rennie
--- Michelle Forbes
--- Michelle Rodriguez
--- Keith David


It looks good to me. :)

Incidentally, I'll be able to use Prime next year too. I had to get my phone replaced, and I guess in compensation, I was given another full year of Prime for free.

shellebelle
06-16-15, 07:14 PM
Just out of curiosity, but a bit off-topic...
Do you have an opinion regarding the alleged sexism in the series? Specifically the departures from the books that have, supposedly, made things worse for women...

To be honest, I don't think there is any sexism in the series. I don't watch a show to see if there is anything like that in a show. I just enjoy it for what it is. As to those who think there is sexism in the show, I think they just don't have anything to complain about so they are picking a show that is popular. I've read all the books, seen all the seasons and don't have a problem with any supposed sexism or not enough sexism.

Another thing is that this reminds me of a time that is close to the middle ages so to speak. So however they treat women is just par for the times.


I was really happy when Cersei got what was coming to her as she was such a b*tch. I think the thing that bothered me most (even though it wasn't a big deal) was the inherent stupidity and cruelty of Joffrey. He was just a stupid, spoiled little boy that got what was coming to him too.


Ok, I think I've rambled enough! I hope I answered your question for you! If not, let's talk about it again!

shellebelle
06-16-15, 07:19 PM
For Clint Eastwood-I only counted 5 movies that would qualify and three are short uncredited cameos: Revenge of the Creature, Tarantula, Casper, Firefox, and Space Cowboys which doesn't even have the sci-fi label at IMDb.com. I'm leaning towards not on him. Am I missing any? I'm also not seeing more than a few for Doug McClure. Am I missing any with him as well?

The others look good! Thanks for the suggestions!


No problem. I was trying to find some obscure names and I knew Eastwood was in a few things. Not that Eastwood is obscure, but was trying for actors that hadn't been on the list before.

shellebelle
06-16-15, 07:22 PM
I have a few suggestions for actors to add to the checklist. The film counts are definitely approximations.

Harrison Ford (11 films)
Andy Serkis (14 films)
Gina Torres (3 films / 8 TV shows)
Nick Frost (8 films / 3 TV shows)
Callum Keith Rennie (9 films / 7 TV shows)
Michelle Forbes (3 films / 6 TV shows)
Michelle Rodriguez (6 films / 1 TV show)
Keith David (22 films / 8 TV shows / and he voiced Admiral Anderson in the Mass Effect series)

Here are a few directors that could be added:

Andrei Tarkovsky (3 films) – but they are all important
Alex Proyas (5 films)
Fritz Lang (5 films)
George Melies (a lot of short films)
George Miller (8 films)

Also, could we change "The Wachowski Brothers" to "The Wachowskis" and drop "Lens Flare" from J.J. "Lens Flare" Abrams?



Good choices there, mrcellophane. Hadn't even thought of Fritz Lang. George Melies would be good for most of those silent turn of the century films!

davidh777
06-16-15, 07:22 PM
To be honest, I don't think there is any sexism in the series. I don't watch a show to see if there is anything like that in a show. I just enjoy it for what it is. As to those who think there is sexism in the show, I think they just don't have anything to complain about so they are picking a show that is popular. I've read all the books, seen all the seasons and don't have a problem with any supposed sexism or not enough sexism.

...

Ok, I think I've rambled enough! I hope I answered your question for you! If not, let's talk about it again!

Please spoiler-tag your plot points as challenge participants may not have watched those episodes. :)

I'm not a book reader or a woman, but I think some of the uproar is just silly. Yes, perhaps the series may come off differently from the books, but I highly doubt there's any kind of agenda going on. Maybe the showrunners just feel it makes for better TV. Some people think it goes over the line, and they're entitled to think that, and they're free to stop watching. :shrug:

BobO'Link
06-16-15, 08:09 PM
Checklist:

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) - (optional)
--- 1910(No time limit but must be at least complete short film) - (optional)
--- 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 a film in 12 of the following:
--- Watch a MST3K/Rifftrax/Cinematic Titanic/Hosted version of a sci-fi/fantasy film -
--- Watch a film featuring laser blasters -
--- Watch a film made on a low budget (ex. Corman or Castle movie) -
--- Watch a film based on a novel -
--- Watch a film which was nominated for a Hugo or Saturn Award-
--- Watch a Documentary Feature -
--- Watch a Film From the Criterion Collection (Doesn't have to be Criterion Version) -
--- 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 -
--- Watch a film and its remake/reboot

He's dead, Jim. Watch 4 out of the following:
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Gene Roddenberry -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Ray Bradbury -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Phillip K. Dick -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Edgar Rice Burroughs -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Jules Verne -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late HP Lovecraft -
--- Written by/inspired by/or related in some way to the late Richard Matheson -
--- Watch a film starring Christopher Lee -

Watch 10 films directed/produced/written by:
--- James Cameron
--- Steven Spielberg
--- Terry Gilliam
--- Tim Burton
--- Hayao Miyazaki
--- David Cronenberg
--- James Whale
--- Ridley Scott
--- Paul Verhoeven
--- Robert Wise
--- Robert Zemeckis
--- The Wachowskis
--- Jerry Warren
--- J. J. Abrams
--- Samuel Z. Arkoff
--- David Twohy
--- Richard Fleischer
--- William Cameron Menzies
--- Kevin Connor
--- Alex Proyas
--- Fritz Lang
--- George Melies
--- George Miller
--- George Lucas
--- John Carpenter

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

Watch a film in 28 of the following subgenres:
--- Alien invasion -
--- Horror
--- Dystopian Society -
--- Post-Apocalyptic -
--- Alternate History -
--- Robot/Android -
--- Immortality -
--- Space Opera/Serial -
--- Mutants (non-critter) -
--- Comic Book -
--- Mad Scientist -
--- Comedy -
--- Time travel -
--- Giant Critters -
--- Prehistoric -
--- Paranormal -
--- Kaiju -
--- Tech Noir -
--- First Contact -
--- Space Soldiers -
--- Magical Beings -
--- Future Crimes -
--- Animalcadabra -
--- Myths & Legends -
--- Worst Movie Ever -
--- Arthurian Fantasy -
--- Based on fairy tale -
--- Urban Fantasy -
--- High Fantasy -
--- Sword and Sorcery -
--- Dark Fantasy -
--- Martial Arts Fantasy -
Not sure what qualifies? Check here for a description http://www.wattpad.com/3632123-fanta...sci-fi-fantasy

Watch a film starring 20 of the following actors:
--- James McAvoy
--- David Warner
--- Edward James Olmos
--- Sir Ian McKellen
--- Liv Tyler
--- Peter Dinklage
--- Charlize Theron
--- Winona Ryder
--- Lena Headey
--- Zoe Saldana
--- Ian Holm
--- Boris Karloff
--- Sir Cedric Hardwicke
--- Lionel Atwill
--- Evelyn Ankers
--- Abbott & Costello
--- Peter Graves
--- Hugh Marlowe
--- Richard Denning
--- Susan Cabot
--- Samuel L. Jackson
--- Tommy Kirk
--- Raquel Welch
--- Ray Milland
--- Roddy McDowall
--- Arnold Schwarzenegger
--- Kurt Russell
--- Sigourney Weaver
--- Alan Rickman
--- Ted Cassidy
--- Arthur Franz
--- Doug McClure
--- Harrison Ford
--- Andy Serkis
--- Gina Torres
--- Nick Frost
--- Callum Keith Rennie
--- Michelle Forbes
--- Michelle Rodriguez
--- Keith David


You know... I totally forgot it annoyed me last year that one section had directors/producers/writers (most of whom are know for the films they directed) and there was a separate "Directed by" section. I'd suggest we change that section to "Directed/Produced/Written" by and move those folks from the "watch 6 of the following" section to the renamed section. Plus by suggesting what I did originally caused duplication of Zemeckis and Scott.

*THEN* change the old section to "He's dead, Jim" as a homage section to those who are no longer with us who were huge influences or passed in the prior year. That gives us 8 in that section with a "watch 4" mandate.

Also move that line: "Not sure what qualifies?" with its link out of the middle and put it at the bottom where it seems more logical.

I made those suggested changes in the checklist I quoted in case you want to keep them. That way the work's already done for you. :)

BobO'Link
06-16-15, 08:13 PM
...and drop "Lens Flare" from J.J. "Lens Flare" Abrams?
When I proposed adding Abrams I put the "Lens Flare" in as a joke because is seems that *every* outer space film he directs is full of 'em (of course he's not alone but seems to be a major transgressor with this effect). Travis kept it much to my surprise! You don't happen to be kin and are taking it personal are you? :D

BobO'Link
06-16-15, 08:37 PM
I'm not a book reader or a woman, but I think some of the uproar is just silly. Yes, perhaps the series may come off differently from the books, but I highly doubt there's any kind of agenda going on. Maybe the showrunners just feel it makes for better TV. Some people think it goes over the line, and they're entitled to think that, and they're free to stop watching. :shrug:
*WARNING* - *RANT*

I think *all* the uproar is silly, even *if* there's some hidden (or not) agenda. Most of it seems to come from the 30ish and under group that's become too "PC" for their own good. Their agenda seems to be to whitewash everything, to call foul on *anything*, old or new, that could remotely offend anyone. I'm of the "Don't like it? Turn it off/change the channel/don't read it." mindset. Sometimes you actually have to experience such material to understand *why* something's bad in the real world. It's a *movie* (or TV show, book) meant to entertain, not indoctrinate! If people can't tell the difference then we're all in trouble! With older material you truly have to put yourself in the mindset of the year(s) in which a product was created to fully understand where the creators were coming from. Things that *are* considered offensive now were *not* considered offensive 30-40-50 or more years ago. I get the impression from some of these people that if they made a film today about the Civil Rights movement in the 60s it'd be so squeaky clean so as to not offend anyone you'd not understand just why there was a issue.

*END RANT*

That was *not* directed at anyone here. Some things I've read this past week about GOT and some older films and TV shows by what I consider to be "overly sensitive" people got my ire up a bit and I just needed to vent.

shellebelle
06-16-15, 09:00 PM
Please spoiler-tag your plot points as challenge participants may not have watched those episodes. :)

I'm not a book reader or a woman, but I think some of the uproar is just silly. Yes, perhaps the series may come off differently from the books, but I highly doubt there's any kind of agenda going on. Maybe the showrunners just feel it makes for better TV. Some people think it goes over the line, and they're entitled to think that, and they're free to stop watching. :shrug:


Thanks for the reminder, davidh777. I was thinking of it and then for some reason, didn't do it. My bad.

I agree with you totally on the uproar. This is a television show/book to be read. Give it up and enjoy it for what it is. Or like you said, don't watch or read. As a woman and book reader, I've loved it all.

mrcellophane
06-16-15, 09:07 PM
When I proposed adding Abrams I put the "Lens Flare" in as a joke because is seems that *every* outer space film he directs is full of 'em (of course he's not alone but seems to be a major transgressor with this effect). Travis kept it much to my surprise! You don't happen to be kin and are taking it personal are you? :D

Uncle Abrams is very dear to me, and I hate it when people make fun of his movies. Also, lens flares killed my parents, and I hate it when people make light of them. Silliness aside, I take in a lot of movie-related materials (articles, podcasts and such) and am tired of the criticism. I react to it like a joke I've heard too many times - that is to say with exasperated eye-rolling. (We're talkin' Tina Fey level eye-rolling.) However, if the joke stays, I'll persevere. :)

Oh, and my parents are fine.

LJG765
06-16-15, 09:53 PM
You know... I totally forgot it annoyed me last year that one section had directors/producers/writers (most of whom are know for the films they directed) and there was a separate "Directed by" section. I'd suggest we change that section to "Directed/Produced/Written" by and move those folks from the "watch 6 of the following" section to the renamed section. Plus by suggesting what I did originally caused duplication of Zemeckis and Scott.

*THEN* change the old section to "He's dead, Jim" as a homage section to those who are no longer with us who were huge influences or passed in the prior year. That gives us 8 in that section with a "watch 4" mandate.

Also move that line: "Not sure what qualifies?" with its link out of the middle and put it at the bottom where it seems more logical.

I made those suggested changes in the checklist I quoted in case you want to keep them. That way the work's already done for you. :)

Sounds good. I might make one or two tweaks still about how many to watch-I think the 28/32 is a bit much, but thank you for posting the updated one for me. :) I really like the idea of "He's dead, Jim!" btw!

I'll probably just leave that "Lens Flare" off unless there is an overwhelming vote to keep it. It was funny, but its time has come. :( "He's dead, Jim!"

LJG765
06-16-15, 09:58 PM
Ok, first post has been updated with the finalized list! Plan away!

mrcellophane
06-16-15, 10:15 PM
Okay, guy. I'm getting super excited about this challenge. While I'm participating in the current challenge, I find that I'm mostly watching Mad Men. I keep picking up films and then deciding to just watch handsome Don Draper drink his way through another day.

Thanks LJG765 for hosting and working on the checklist! Also, thanks for adding my suggestions! I've spent some of the evening planning what to watch. I'm hoping to get through some of my backlog as well as clearing some of my Netflix queue. I'm also planning to find a good stopping place in Mad Men so that I can either watch a new series or revisit an old favorite.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-16-15, 11:29 PM
*WARNING* - *RANT*

I think *all* the uproar is silly, even *if* there's some hidden (or not) agenda. Most of it seems to come from the 30ish and under group that's become too "PC" for their own good. Their agenda seems to be to whitewash everything, to call foul on *anything*, old or new, that could remotely offend anyone. I'm of the "Don't like it? Turn it off/change the channel/don't read it." mindset. Sometimes you actually have to experience such material to understand *why* something's bad in the real world. It's a *movie* (or TV show, book) meant to entertain, not indoctrinate! If people can't tell the difference then we're all in trouble! With older material you truly have to put yourself in the mindset of the year(s) in which a product was created to fully understand where the creators were coming from. Things that *are* considered offensive now were *not* considered offensive 30-40-50 or more years ago. I get the impression from some of these people that if they made a film today about the Civil Rights movement in the 60s it'd be so squeaky clean so as to not offend anyone you'd not understand just why there was a issue.

*END RANT*

That was *not* directed at anyone here. Some things I've read this past week about GOT and some older films and TV shows by what I consider to be "overly sensitive" people got my ire up a bit and I just needed to vent.

Trigger Warning: Hair

You know what gets a bee in my bonnet? Movies and shows that take place in the past but the women in the shows do not have hair styles that fit at all in those times and are more of what you'd see in this day and age. And it's most of them. Oh lordy.

BobO'Link
06-17-15, 09:36 AM
I'll probably just leave that "Lens Flare" off unless there is an overwhelming vote to keep it. It was funny, but its time has come. :( "He's dead, Jim!"
:lol: I'd have never put it there had I thought Travis would keep it in the list. I've always wondered if he did it as a additional joke...

BobO'Link
06-17-15, 09:47 AM
Trigger Warning: Hair
Watch it bud!!! In the late 60s-late 70s I had hair almost to my waist, cut it in 77 to get a job, grew it longer again when I discovered they didn't care, cut it for another job in the mid 80s and kept it short until ~4 years ago when I decided it needed to be long again. It's currently about 6" past my shoulders. My wife does *not* like it... although it was about that same length when we met and married. :D
You know what gets a bee in my bonnet? Movies and shows that take place in the past but the women in the shows do not have hair styles that fit at all in those times and are more of what you'd see in this day and age. And it's most of them. Oh lordy.
:lol: I agree 100%! If you're going to do a period piece make it accurate! Don't forget about those soda/beer cans prior to mid 70s or so that were stronger, and straight sided with a pull top. I've seen some programs where they're using a modern can made up to look old but it has the modern shape and pop-top rather than the pull top ring.

coyoteblue
06-17-15, 09:30 PM
How about adding Scarlett Johansson to the actors list? She's been in:

Eight Legged Freaks
My Brother the Pig
The Island
The Spirit
Iron Man 2
The Avengers
The Avengers 2
Under the Skin
Her
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Lucy

She's actually done quite a bit of genre work.

Gobear
06-17-15, 09:40 PM
Trigger Warning: Hair

You know what gets a bee in my bonnet? Movies and shows that take place in the past but the women in the shows do not have hair styles that fit at all in those times and are more of what you'd see in this day and age. And it's most of them. Oh lordy.

That's really true of movies from the 60s--no matter when the film or TV show is set--ancient Rome, the French Revolution, the Wild West--the actresses are always wearing a beehive or a pageboy or a flip. It's almost as distracting as the Wilhelm Scream.

LJG765
06-18-15, 01:16 AM
How about adding Scarlett Johansson to the actors list? She's been in:

Eight Legged Freaks
My Brother the Pig
The Island
The Spirit
Iron Man 2
The Avengers
The Avengers 2
Under the Skin
Her
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Lucy

She's actually done quite a bit of genre work.

We could, though I did finalize the list yesterday as people wanted to start getting their watch items ready. Any objections to adding one last person? It'd be the last addition, though!

I have plans tomorrow during the day, so it might be late before I get a chance to take a look and make a final decision about it. A friend from college is here for a couple days from out of town and we're going to go explore a couple old bridges if the weather holds. Maybe a zoo, too. :)

shadokitty
06-18-15, 05:17 AM
We could, though I did finalize the list yesterday as people wanted to start getting their watch items ready. Any objections to adding one last person? It'd be the last addition, though!

I have plans tomorrow during the day, so it might be late before I get a chance to take a look and make a final decision about it. A friend from college is here for a couple days from out of town and we're going to go explore a couple old bridges if the weather holds. Maybe a zoo, too. :)

Have fun. :)

shadokitty
06-18-15, 07:40 AM
For anyone interested in recording anything for the challenge this weekend, Dish Network is running a free preview weekend for HBO and Cinemax. I may watch it on TV rather than Sling this weekend.

BobO'Link
06-18-15, 01:22 PM
I'm *really* excited for this one this year! I have several films queued up on Amazon streaming I hope to watch. Some things I think I want a physical copy of but have never seen. They're currently "free" with Prime so I'll do a preview to see if I really want them or not. Here are a few of those:

The Color Out of Space (2010) (plus it qualifies for the Lovecraft check)
Destination Inner Space (1966)
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948) (I *think* I've seen this but don't know for sure)
Evil Brain from Outer Space (1965) (another I think I've seen)
Woman In The Moon (1929) (another checklist item - Fritz Lang)
Gog (1954) (Criterion checklist item)
The Woman Eater (1958)

If I wasn't so far behind where I'd like to be in the History Challenge I'd start early. :D

shadokitty
06-18-15, 01:53 PM
I'm *really* excited for this one this year! I have several films queued up on Amazon streaming I hope to watch. Some things I think I want a physical copy of but have never seen. They're currently "free" with Prime so I'll do a preview to see if I really want them or not. Here are a few of those:

The Color Out of Space (2010) (plus it qualifies for the Lovecraft check)
Destination Inner Space (1966)
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948) (I *think* I've seen this but don't know for sure)
Evil Brain from Outer Space (1965) (another I think I've seen)
Woman In The Moon (1929) (another checklist item - Fritz Lang)
Gog (1954) (Criterion checklist item)
The Woman Eater (1958)

If I wasn't so far behind where I'd like to be in the History Challenge I'd start early. :D



I'll have to look those up, since I have Prime. Toying with the idea of starting early myself.

shellebelle
06-18-15, 11:26 PM
Watch it bud!!! In the late 60s-late 70s I had hair almost to my waist, cut it in 77 to get a job, grew it longer again when I discovered they didn't care, cut it for another job in the mid 80s and kept it short until ~4 years ago when I decided it needed to be long again. It's currently about 6" past my shoulders. My wife does *not* like it... although it was about that same length when we met and married. :D


I always did like a man with long hair...

LJG765
06-19-15, 02:25 PM
Have fun. :)
Thanks! We did have a great day yesterday. The weather cooperated and we did a bit of a road trip. Saw a couple historical bridges, a zoo, tried to go on a brewery tour but were 20 minutes too late for the last one, then finished up at a local water fall. We got home, watched a couple movies (Angels & Demons and Rio, if anyone is curious) and then finished up her visit today with a quick run to a local discounted food store. She lives about 4 states away, so I don't get a chance to see her often, but we do our best!

For anyone interested in recording anything for the challenge this weekend, Dish Network is running a free preview weekend for HBO and Cinemax. I may watch it on TV rather than Sling this weekend.

Thanks for reminding me! I need to go through and see if there are any good ones to record!

And, as soon as I finish this post, I'm going to update the checklist one last time to add Scarlett Johansson to it. That will be the last change for this year. If you think of anyone else you want to add, I'll put it on the list for next year. :)

shadokitty
06-19-15, 03:03 PM
I am getting so excited for this challenge, that I think I am going to start mixing in some sci fi with my current challenge content, watch some stuff that challenges for this month's challenge, and watch some sci fi stuff to get me in the mood for next month.

BobO'Link
06-19-15, 06:53 PM
Hastings is having a "Father's Day Sale" which prompted me to purchase some SF titles to add to the pile for next month. Here's what I ordered:

Elysium (2013) - Sounds a bit similar to the Star Trek: TOS episode "The Cloudminders" and might be interesting.

The One (2001) - The Jet Li film. I enjoy a good time travel tale and this one sounds pretty good.

The Final Cut (2004) - Robin Williams plays a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories which are done via a implant. His latest assignment puts him in danger with a group who opposes the implants. I'd not heard of this one until I browsed the SF titles today.

Surrogates (2009) - Stars Bruce Willis. Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates. Another I'd not heard of before browsing titles.

Mission to Mars (2000) - I *think* I've seen Mission to Mars but don't really recall. That's because it, Red Planet (2000), and Ghosts of Mars (2001) were released fairly close together.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-19-15, 07:09 PM
The One (2001) - The Jet Li film. I enjoy a good time travel tale and this one sounds pretty good.

Surrogates (2009) - Stars Bruce Willis. Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates. Another I'd not heard of before browsing titles.

I like The One and have watched it multiple times even though it didn't age as well the last time I watched it.

I caught the middle of Surrogates as part of some afternoon movie and it looked good enough that I remember going online to figure out the name, even though I apparently got it when it was released back in early 2010. It's still unwatched but sometime I'll remember to get to it, within the next 1-15 years.

coyoteblue
06-20-15, 03:18 PM
The One (2001) - The Jet Li film. I enjoy a good time travel tale and this one sounds pretty good.



The One isn't a time travel movie. It's a multi-verse movie. Hopping to alternate Earth's like Sliders.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-20-15, 04:00 PM
The One isn't a time travel movie. It's a multi-verse movie. Hopping to alternate Earth's like Sliders.

But each one has it's own timeline, so by going from one to another, he still time traveling but just not traveling on the same timeline of a particular universe.

popcorn
06-21-15, 08:42 AM
I don't think I'll be doing a list this year. I have too may unwatched piles to follow any order I do plan on watching the Netflix show Sense 8, re-watching the Riddick movies in Blu-ray and going through the Jurassic Park movies again.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-21-15, 10:53 AM
I don't think I'll be doing a list this year. I have too may unwatched piles to follow any order I do plan on watching the Netflix show Sense 8, re-watching the Riddick movies in Blu-ray and going through the Jurassic Park movies again.

Why not just make a list and if you watch something that counts, put it on. You don't have to focus entirely on the challenge, which I've stopped doing.

I don't get burned out on challenges anymore, since I've switched to watching something that counts for a challenge when I'm in the mood for it. When it starts to wear on me, I watch other stuff till I get back in the mood.

davidh777
06-21-15, 11:06 AM
I caught the middle of Surrogates as part of some afternoon movie and it looked good enough that I remember going online to figure out the name, even though I apparently got it when it was released back in early 2010. It's still unwatched but sometime I'll remember to get to it, within the next 1-15 years.

Surrogates has been on my watch list for this challenge like every single year. :lol:

Why not just make a list and if you watch something that counts, put it on. You don't have to focus entirely on the challenge, which I've stopped doing.

I don't get burned out on challenges anymore, since I've switched to watching something that counts for a challenge when I'm in the mood for it. When it starts to wear on me, I watch other stuff till I get back in the mood.

Yeah, I'll watch eligible titles as much as I can, but I don't mind watching something that doesn't count. There have only been a few times when I've gone all-out for volume.

orlmac
06-21-15, 12:00 PM
I have a noob question. How can I find out in the IMDB all of the science fiction genre films that Christopher Lee starred in. I used to know how but I am lost now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

mrcellophane
06-21-15, 12:22 PM
I have a noob question. How can I find out in the IMDB all of the science fiction genre films that Christopher Lee starred in. I used to know how but I am lost now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

You can click on "Search" at the bottom of the page. You can then do an "Advanced Title Search". There is an option to refine your search by actor name and genre.

orlmac
06-21-15, 02:44 PM
Thank you for that information mrcellophane. It is a big help to me!

LJG765
06-21-15, 05:24 PM
I don't think I'll be doing a list this year. I have too may unwatched piles to follow any order I do plan on watching the Netflix show Sense 8, re-watching the Riddick movies in Blu-ray and going through the Jurassic Park movies again.

You might as well make a list! Watch what you want, but if it counts, put them on. Quality is better than quantity! :)

Just got back from watching "Tomorrowland." I thought it was alright. I was glad I had read the prequel book before seeing it, though. I don't think this one is an instant classic but I wouldn't mind seeing it again.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-21-15, 08:16 PM
Just got back from watching "Tomorrowland." I thought it was alright. I was glad I had read the prequel book before seeing it, though. I don't think this one is an instant classic but I wouldn't mind seeing it again.

I thought it started ok, then slowed down in the middle, then picked up some at the end but just wasn't all that great. I could see the people that complained about all the traveling in The Hobbit and LOTR finding the same fault here.

Ash Ketchum
06-21-15, 08:26 PM
Mission to Mars (2000) - I *think* I've seen Mission to Mars but don't really recall. That's because it, Red Planet (2000), and Ghosts of Mars (2001) were released fairly close together.

MISSION TO MARS is the one with the great Ennio Morricone score. I even bought the soundtrack CD.

LJG765
06-21-15, 11:49 PM
I thought it started ok, then slowed down in the middle, then picked up some at the end but just wasn't all that great. I could see the people that complained about all the traveling in The Hobbit and LOTR finding the same fault here.

Yeah, I kind of had the same thoughts. It took a while to get where they were going and they really leave the viewer up in the air as much as Casey in this. Then, at the end it all wraps up. Having read the book, I got what Athena was trying to but not why.

LJG765
06-23-15, 12:19 AM
I have two announces, well, three. The first is that it is one week until the start of the challenge! I know I'm ready for it to start!

The second is that we officially have a sponsor! HamiltonBooks! Thank you, GoldenWheels!

Prizes TBD: *Please note: Winners do have to be living in the United States to be eligible for prizes.

I will also say that GoldenWheels offered a couple really nice promo prizes that I gratefully accepted that will be given out as well!

Finally, I would like to announce that the list thread is ready and up for you guys to start making your lists! It is located here (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/627385-8th-annual-sci-fi-fantasy-challenge-list-thread.html).

shadokitty
06-23-15, 06:47 AM
I have two announces, well, three. The first is that it is one week until the start of the challenge! I know I'm ready for it to start!

The second is that we officially have a sponsor! HamiltonBooks! Thank you, GoldenWheels!

Prizes TBD: *Please note: Winners do have to be living in the United States to be eligible for prizes.

I will also say that GoldenWheels offered a couple really nice promo prizes that I gratefully accepted that will be given out as well!

Finally, I would like to announce that the list thread is ready and up for you guys to start making your lists! It is located here (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/627385-8th-annual-sci-fi-fantasy-challenge-list-thread.html).



I'm chomping at the bit for it to start. If my phone's battery wasn't so low, would likely watch something now. But power's out too.

pacaway
06-23-15, 12:37 PM
We could, though I did finalize the list yesterday as people wanted to start getting their watch items ready. Any objections to adding one last person? It'd be the last addition, though!

I have plans tomorrow during the day, so it might be late before I get a chance to take a look and make a final decision about it. A friend from college is here for a couple days from out of town and we're going to go explore a couple old bridges if the weather holds. Maybe a zoo, too. :)

Any excuse to have to watch ScarJo, I'm good with! ;)

LJG765
06-23-15, 02:11 PM
I'm chomping at the bit for it to start. If my phone's battery wasn't so low, would likely watch something now. But power's out too.

Our internet is down so I may start a bit early myself (sneaking on line for a few with a friend's phone)!

Any excuse to have to watch ScarJo, I'm good with! ;)

Ha! Well, I can't say that I watch her movies because of that reason, but I don't think she's a bad actress and do enjoy watching the Avengers...let's just say there's eye candy there enough for everybody!

Like I mentioned above, I'm internet-less because of an outage that won't be fixed, likely, until about 1 a.m. my time. So, if there are any questions, post them and I'll be on when I can. *sigh* I hate our internet company.

coyoteblue
06-23-15, 08:11 PM
I've made up a preliminary watch list that I'm probably just going to cherry pick (which reminds me - where's my copy of Cherry 2000)?


A Letter To Momo (2011)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Deathsport (1978)
Dororo (2007)
Drive Angry (2011)
Earth Vs the Flying Saucers (1956)
Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
Genocide (1968)
Gormenghast (2000)
Invaders From Mars (1953)
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
Kronos (1957)
Moonchild (2003)
Slayers Excellent (1998)
Slayers Gorgeous (1998)
Slayers Great (1997)
Slayers Premium (2001)
Slayers Return (1996)
Slayers The Motion Picture (1995)
Slayers: The Book of Spells (1996)
The Ambushers (1967)
The Black Cauldron (1985)
The Borrowers (1997)
The Borrowers (2011)
The Corpse Bride (2005)
The Fourth Kind (2009)
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
Titan Maximum (2009)
Valley of the Gwangi (1969)
Wyrd Sisters (1997)
Predestination (2014)

I'm sure I'll find stuff on hulu/netflix/amazon to watch too.

LJG765
06-23-15, 11:12 PM
I've made up a preliminary watch list that I'm probably just going to cherry pick (which reminds me - where's my copy of Cherry 2000)?


A Letter To Momo (2011)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Deathsport (1978)
Dororo (2007)
Drive Angry (2011)
Earth Vs the Flying Saucers (1956)
Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
Genocide (1968)
Gormenghast (2000)
Invaders From Mars (1953)
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
Kronos (1957)
Moonchild (2003)
Slayers Excellent (1998)
Slayers Gorgeous (1998)
Slayers Great (1997)
Slayers Premium (2001)
Slayers Return (1996)
Slayers The Motion Picture (1995)
Slayers: The Book of Spells (1996)
The Ambushers (1967)
The Black Cauldron (1985)
The Borrowers (1997)
The Borrowers (2011)
The Corpse Bride (2005)
The Fourth Kind (2009)
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
Titan Maximum (2009)
Valley of the Gwangi (1969)
Wyrd Sisters (1997)
Predestination (2014)

I'm sure I'll find stuff on hulu/netflix/amazon to watch too.

Good luck on your list! There's a couple in there that I hope to get to as well. The Borrowers, are they in a 2 pack by any chance? I picked those up a while ago and kind of forgot I did...I'll have to watch those myself! I am going to do my best to not watch animation during July as I love to focus on it during August. These two challenges are my favorites, the Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Animation. I enjoy the Criterion one as well, but while I feel more...educated? have my horizons expanded? during September, I don't necessarily enjoy everything I watch, where as for these two months, it's a lot more unlikely to dislike a movie. It's more entertainment for entertainment's sake then anything else.

As you guys can tell, I'm back online. Estimate was 1 am, but about 9ish, I noticed I had a signal again. Here's hoping that won't happen again! Of course, the company won't tell us what happened, so I have no idea if this was a one off or something that I'll have to worry about...

SterlingBen
06-24-15, 12:13 AM
This years banner
http://i.imgur.com/CUPfq5T.jpg?1

coyoteblue
06-24-15, 07:36 AM
Good luck on your list! There's a couple in there that I hope to get to as well. The Borrowers, are they in a 2 pack by any chance? I picked those up a while ago and kind of forgot I did...I'll have to watch those myself!


Yup, it's a twofer. I forgot about August animation, but since easily one quarter of my collection is animation (not to mention what I can find online), I'm not gonna run out of stuff to watch for August.

LJG765
06-25-15, 03:46 AM
This years banner
http://i.imgur.com/CUPfq5T.jpg?1
Nice! I need to figure out what to do for mine, but I may just reuse last years. :)

Yup, it's a twofer. I forgot about August animation, but since easily one quarter of my collection is animation (not to mention what I can find online), I'm not gonna run out of stuff to watch for August.

I probably wouldn't run out either, to be honest, but I do like to keep them separate as I have plenty of both and am trying to clear up a bit of my unwatched piles. It's just a bit easier to pick what to watch if I focus on one genre rather than mixing. For me at least!

coyoteblue
06-25-15, 07:26 AM
It's just a bit easier to pick what to watch if I focus on one genre rather than mixing. For me at least!

Animation isn't a genre, though. It's a medium (actually it's a bunch of mediums), that's unfortunately treated like a genre. It does lean pretty heavily on fantasy and sci-fi, though.

LJG765
06-25-15, 09:13 PM
Animation isn't a genre, though. It's a medium (actually it's a bunch of mediums), that's unfortunately treated like a genre. It does lean pretty heavily on fantasy and sci-fi, though.

That is true. I can see that I do that, treat animation like a genre, but I think, like you said, it's because a lot of it is fantasy/sci-fi based. It wasn't until I started these challenges that I actually went beyond with animation to find the ones that had a deeper, more serious meaning. Well, I did see Grave of the Fireflies back in grad school, but I didn't really do much with it until now. With the challenges, I really have branched out and watched things like Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir. Both of which could have easily become a live action drama or documentary instead of just animation.

That being said, I still think of animation as it's own category, perhaps that is a better word than genre... Not arguing at all that many animations would fit this challenge as well, either, because you probably could spend this whole month watching them as well as next month without any problems at all!

shadokitty
06-25-15, 11:05 PM
This is just part of what I plan to watch, but so far thinking of my Irwin Allen DVD's, my Knight Rider DVD's, and if they are still on Netflix, Battlestar Galactica, and Buck Rogers.

mrcellophane
06-25-15, 11:38 PM
I ended up getting a bit of an early start. I went over to a friend's house yesterday evening for a night of movies and video games. We ended up watching the enjoyably awful The Ice Pirates which was released the year I was born (1984). It was basically a Star Wars knockoff with more knight costumes and men in rubber robot suits. While I'm hopeful that my July selections will be better, I do have some low budget kitsch on my list.

shadokitty
06-26-15, 12:05 AM
I ended up getting a bit of an early start. I went over to a friend's house yesterday evening for a night of movies and video games. We ended up watching the enjoyably awful The Ice Pirates which was released the year I was born (1984). It was basically a Star Wars knockoff with more knight costumes and men in rubber robot suits. While I'm hopeful that my July selections will be better, I do have some low budget kitsch on my list.

Nothing wrong with low budget. Even plan to work on some of my Mill Creek DVD's.

SterlingBen
06-26-15, 01:16 AM
This years banner
http://i.imgur.com/CUPfq5T.jpg?1

A few tweeks
http://i.imgur.com/3WvyVkz.jpg?1

Still no where near photoshop competent but these challenges are helping a lot.

shadokitty
06-26-15, 10:09 AM
Since I'm starting to get burnt out on the Historical Appreciation Challenge, I've decided to mix things up and start watching sci-fi and fantasy content. I just finished an episode of Star Blazers on Roku. The manga channel has all 3 seasons.

mrcellophane
06-26-15, 11:39 AM
SterlingBen, great banner! It makes me want to create something. I usually grab a screenshot of a film I plan to watch for the challenge.

SterlingBen
06-28-15, 12:01 AM
Punisher movies countable as super hero faire?

LJG765
06-28-15, 02:15 PM
Punisher movies countable as super hero faire?

I've not watched these. IMDb.com doesn't have sci-fi/fantasy listed as a genre. It does seem like they are based on Marvel comics, though. So, I'll say that it would work for the comic check mark but you'd have to use one of your 3 wildcards to count it.

That being said, if someone who's watched these thinks they do fit under the sci-fi/fantasy label, let me know, but from the summary I just read, it doesn't seem to fit the sci-fi label at all.

shadokitty
06-28-15, 02:35 PM
I've not watched these. IMDb.com doesn't have sci-fi/fantasy listed as a genre. It does seem like they are based on Marvel comics, though. So, I'll say that it would work for the comic check mark but you'd have to use one of your 3 wildcards to count it.

That being said, if someone who's watched these thinks they do fit under the sci-fi/fantasy label, let me know, but from the summary I just read, it doesn't seem to fit the sci-fi label at all.

I wouldn't think they would count either. I've noticed, not all comic movies and shows qualify. But this is such a wide genre, one shouldn't have trouble finding something to watch.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-29-15, 02:33 PM
The Dark Knight doesn't have sci-fi or fantasy but I remember people getting vocal when I didn't want to include it.

I also didn't think all MST3K episodes should count because not all of the films they do would qualify on their own for this challenge.

coyoteblue
06-29-15, 02:43 PM
I also didn't think all MST3K episodes should count because not all of the films they do would qualify on their own for this challenge.

But surely the bumper material, what with the spaceship, robots, assorted alien life-forms and giant reptiles, etc..., would automatically make every episode qualify for the challenge ;)

In a similar vein... I picked up Paddington Bear (2014) this afternoon and out of idle curiosity, checked IMDB, I mean, it's about a talking bear, after all, but lo and behold, it's only listed as 'family, comedy'. Please.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-29-15, 03:13 PM
But surely the bumper material, what with the spaceship, robots, assorted alien life-forms and giant reptiles, etc..., would automatically make every episode qualify for the challenge ;)

In a similar vein... I picked up Paddington Bear (2014) this afternoon and out of idle curiosity, checked IMDB, I mean, it's about a talking bear, after all, but lo and behold, it's only listed as 'family, comedy'. Please.

For movies that didn't count, I was fine with allowing that stuff to count as shorts. Now that I don't run it, I'm glad I don't have to deal with that stuff again.

As some disagree with 'animation' being treated as a genre*, I feel the same way about 'family'. I'm happier with a review saying a horror film is fine for the entire family, rather than seeing it get two genres, horror and family. Maybe it's fine for your family but it might not be fine for mine.

*The main purpose of that challenge was to be able to watch sci-fi/horror stuff that used stop motion animation. I never actually cared about watching animated cartoons but I'm also not so dense to not realize that's what most people would end up wanting to watch.

My goal for the challenge is to probably keep watching Dark Shadows. I started last October and I'm about 3/4 done. I'm at a good point now where there's some prequel action going on in the late 1890s and once the storyline gets tiresome, I'll break it up with some sci-fi films.

LJG765
06-29-15, 09:06 PM
The Dark Knight doesn't have sci-fi or fantasy but I remember people getting vocal when I didn't want to include it.

I also didn't think all MST3K episodes should count because not all of the films they do would qualify on their own for this challenge.
I can see where you're coming from on the MST3K movies, but I do agree about the bumper material part that coyoteblue mentions. The whole premise takes place in space, it has a Sci-Fi tag at IMDb.com, so it counts.

But surely the bumper material, what with the spaceship, robots, assorted alien life-forms and giant reptiles, etc..., would automatically make every episode qualify for the challenge ;)

In a similar vein... I picked up Paddington Bear (2014) this afternoon and out of idle curiosity, checked IMDB, I mean, it's about a talking bear, after all, but lo and behold, it's only listed as 'family, comedy'. Please.

Hmm, you're right, it doesn't have a fantasy genre listed. Not at allmovies.com either. I'd think it counts, though, talking bear seems pretty obviously fantasy to me. To be fair, though, I'd say use one of your wildcards for it. It'd be fine to use in the checklist, though, if you want to.

Just a couple bits of maintenance about the challenge that's only a day away! I'm going to make a separate post but I just got final clearance on the prizes for the challenge. I think we've come up with some good ones, so stay tuned! I also just noticed that the list thread hasn't been sticky'd yet, so I'm going to go and try to get that done. :)

shadokitty
06-29-15, 09:35 PM
I can see where you're coming from on the MST3K movies, but I do agree about the bumper material part that coyoteblue mentions. The whole premise takes place in space, it has a Sci-Fi tag at IMDb.com, so it counts.



Hmm, you're right, it doesn't have a fantasy genre listed. Not at allmovies.com either. I'd think it counts, though, talking bear seems pretty obviously fantasy to me. To be fair, though, I'd say use one of your wildcards for it. It'd be fine to use in the checklist, though, if you want to.

Just a couple bits of maintenance about the challenge that's only a day away! I'm going to make a separate post but I just got final clearance on the prizes for the challenge. I think we've come up with some good ones, so stay tuned! I also just noticed that the list thread hasn't been sticky'd yet, so I'm going to go and try to get that done. :)


I can't wait till tomorrow night. :)

LJG765
06-29-15, 09:55 PM
Alright, time for PRIZES!!!

Thanks again to HAMILTONBOOKS (Hamiltonbook.com) and Goldenwheels! They were very generous this month and so I am able to offer 5 different prize packs.

*Please note that you do have to live in the United States to be able to receive the prizes!

1. Alien Outpost BR (http://www.amazon.com/Alien-Outpost-Blu-ray-Douglas-Tait/dp/B00VX222HI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1434995184&sr=8-2&keywords=alien%20outpost&tag=viglink21042-20) and Star Trek: Enterprise S. 1 (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/star-trek-enterprise-the-complete-first-season)

2. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/the-extraordinary-adventures-of-adele-blanc-sec) J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of the Rings (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/Fantasy-Fiction/j.r.r.-tolkien-master-of-the-rings_3) and Lord of the Rings the Animated Classic. (]http://www.hamiltonbook.com/Fantasy-Fiction/the-lord-of-the-rings-original-animated-classi)

3. Man with the Screaming Brain (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/man-with-the-screaming-brain), Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/giorgio-moroder-presents-metropolis) and the book, 101 Sci-Fi Movies to See Before You Die (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/Movies/101-sci-fi-movies-you-must-see-before-you-die)

4. Science Fiction Theatre Complete Series (http://www.amazon.com/Science-Fiction-Theatre-Truman-Bradley/dp/B00TJ30A04/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434998791&sr=8-1&keywords=science%20fiction%20theatre&tag=viglink21042-20)

5. Thunderbirds Complete Series (http://www.amazon.com/Thunderbirds-Complete-Blu-ray-Gerry-Anderson/dp/B00UCFVI72/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434995127&sr=8-1&keywords=thunderbirds%20blu%20ray&tag=viglink21042-20)

I do have a question for all of the participants. I was wondering if people would like it if I split the winners a bit differently. There would still be 3 random winners that would be able to chose from the first three prize packs like we've done in the past. The last two would be chosen by myself again, but this time for either having a really good discussion post or say a really good banner in the list thread. Or even a different reason if someone wants to suggest one! Please let me know if you'd like this or would rather I just pick 5 random winners. I'll make the final decision by the end of this weekend, so please let me know of any comments or concerns! Thank you!

LJG765
06-29-15, 09:58 PM
I can't wait till tomorrow night. :)

Me neither! I'm almost tempted to have it start at midnight, but it's a little late notice, so dusk tomorrow still stands!

pacaway
06-30-15, 02:13 AM
Anyone feel iZombie would not qualify?

shadokitty
06-30-15, 05:55 AM
Great looking prizes. A big thanks to Goldenwheels. As well as to LJG for running the Challenge.

Trevor
06-30-15, 07:26 AM
Anyone feel iZombie would not qualify?
How would it not? Unless you know something about the reality of zombies that you're not telling us.

coyoteblue
06-30-15, 07:28 AM
Anyone feel iZombie would not qualify?

IMDB lists it as sci-fi, so, watch away. It's good.

Since dusk is so late this time of year (just past 9:00 pm for me), I'm just gonna watch one or two tv episodes of something. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic or Eureka or something.

shadokitty
06-30-15, 08:02 AM
I'm debating between continuing Season 3 of Ancient Aliens, or perhaps some Time Tunnel for double credit. Probably go with choice number 1.

orlmac
06-30-15, 08:39 AM
I've been working on my list of movies to watch this challenge and have found Netflix streaming movies to be not as good as the past (I try not to rewatch movies). Does anyone use the various free movie channels that are on the Roku to help fill out their list? I would appreciate any suggestions anyone might have.

shadokitty
06-30-15, 09:01 AM
I've been working on my list of movies to watch this challenge and have found Netflix streaming movies to be not as good as the past (I try not to rewatch movies). Does anyone use the various free movie channels that are on the Roku to help fill out their list? I would appreciate any suggestions anyone might have.

Most of them are public domain movies, but I enjoy them. Cowboys and Aliens has serials too, such as Flash Gordon, and Superman.

I just looked on imdb, to look up a couple movies of mine. How can Rise of Cobra be Sci-fi, but Green Lantern isn't?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-30-15, 09:12 AM
Green Lantern is non-fiction.

shadokitty
06-30-15, 09:18 AM
Green Lantern is non-fiction.

An alien with a super powered ring is non fiction? Please explain, as I'm lost.

shadokitty
06-30-15, 09:30 AM
I thought of a few more good Roku channels. Hasbro Free has all four seasons of Transformers Generation One as well as Conan the Adventurer. Con TV has a decent selection of sci-fi movies as well. Shout Factory has MST3K, and while I'm not sure of the free selection, as it's a free channel, but sub optional, is Iron Fist. It has the Heisei Gamera movies, the Daimajin movies, as well as Ultraman.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-30-15, 09:40 AM
An alien with a super powered ring is non fiction? Please explain, as I'm lost.

You see, I've lost friends and family trying to spread the truth about this.

People used to think giant squids were fake until the first photographic evidence 11 years ago, and even then some people still doubted it's existence.

http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/articles/real-animals-thought-be-fake-monsters

coyoteblue
06-30-15, 09:53 AM
I've been working on my list of movies to watch this challenge and have found Netflix streaming movies to be not as good as the past (I try not to rewatch movies). Does anyone use the various free movie channels that are on the Roku to help fill out their list? I would appreciate any suggestions anyone might have.

You'd be surprised at how many movies youtube has. Just search for some old sf movie, like Things to Come (1936) and then start checking out the links to other movies on the right.

shadokitty
06-30-15, 09:53 AM
You see, I've lost friends and family trying to spread the truth about this.

People used to think giant squids were fake until the first photographic evidence 11 years ago, and even then some people still doubted it's existence.

http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/articles/real-animals-thought-be-fake-monsters

I understand now. Maybe I should have watched it for the Historical Appreciation Challenge.

Ash Ketchum
06-30-15, 11:07 AM
You'd be surprised at how many movies youtube has. Just search for some old sf movie, like Things to Come (1936) and then start checking out the links to other movies on the right.

THINGS TO COME is now out on a Criterion Blu-ray, which I have and plan to watch for this challenge. And my Criterion ISLAND OF LOST SOULS DVD.

I started watching my box set of Science Fiction Theatre over the weekend. I watched the first four episodes. Enough to make me want to watch the remaining 74 eps. for this challenge--if possible. Great stuff.

coyoteblue
06-30-15, 11:57 AM
THINGS TO COME is now out on a Criterion Blu-ray, which I have and plan to watch for this challenge. And my Criterion ISLAND OF LOST SOULS DVD.


I've got the Legend dvd of THINGS TO COME. If I can find it I'll put it in the queue and see what happens.

LJG765
06-30-15, 02:10 PM
Most of them are public domain movies, but I enjoy them. Cowboys and Aliens has serials too, such as Flash Gordon, and Superman.

I just looked on imdb, to look up a couple movies of mine. How can Rise of Cobra be Sci-fi, but Green Lantern isn't?

I can reassure you, Green Lantern IS Sci-Fi. On IMDb, you have to scroll down to the second, longer set and the genre is listed! Otherwise, I was coming to tell you, having seen that one, it definitely would count!

pacaway
06-30-15, 03:09 PM
How would it not? Unless you know something about the reality of zombies that you're not telling us.

IMDB lists it as sci-fi, so, watch away. It's good.

Right! I forgot to check the extended genre list. The top of the page did not mention sci-fi. Thanks!

I seem to get mixed signals sometimes as to whether zombie movies/shows ALWAYS count as sci-fi or not. Are we in agreement that they are?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-30-15, 03:23 PM
I understand now. Maybe I should have watched it for the Historical Appreciation Challenge.

That makes sense.

When the challenge first started, Ghostbusters didn't count according to imdb but it's since been given a fantasy genre (personally, I'd go with sci-fi). Allmovie.com is another good place to check genres. Amazon.com if you're feeling feisty.

Trevor
06-30-15, 04:25 PM
Right! I forgot to check the extended genre list. The top of the page did not mention sci-fi. Thanks!

I seem to get mixed signals sometimes as to whether zombie movies/shows ALWAYS count as sci-fi or not. Are we in agreement that they are?
I agree that lots of HORROR isn't SCI-FI, and zombie films are often more HORROR (or comedy) and not really all that SCI-FI; but I've always thought it's safe to count any unreal monster film as SCI-FI.

And zombies, like aliens, aren't real.

shadokitty
06-30-15, 04:29 PM
I agree that lots of HORROR isn't SCI-FI, and zombie films are often more HORROR (or comedy) and not really all that SCI-FI; but I've always thought it's safe to count any unreal monster film as SCI-FI.

And zombies, like aliens, aren't real.

Next you'll be telling me Santa Claus isn't real.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-30-15, 04:51 PM
And zombies, like aliens, aren't real.

Whoa whoa whoa. That would mean Ancient Aliens isn't real and wouldn't count as historic.

We all know that any civilization not in contact with the white people and had any technology more advanced than one rock hitting another rock could only have achieved such advancements from aliens.

Considering zombies originated from Vodou, and are (or were if we stopped making them), an actual thing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clairvius_Narcisse, we can only conclude that you have, indeed, proven that aliens are real.

I suggest alien and zombie movies now be regulated to only the Historical Challenge from this point on.

shadokitty
06-30-15, 05:21 PM
Whoa whoa whoa. That would mean Ancient Aliens isn't real and wouldn't count as historic.

We all know that any civilization not in contact with the white people and had any technology more advanced than one rock hitting another rock could only have achieved such advancements from aliens.

Considering zombies originated from Vodou, and are (or were if we stopped making them), an actual thing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clairvius_Narcisse, we can only conclude that you have, indeed, proven that aliens are real.

I suggest alien and zombie movies now be regulated to only the Historical Challenge from this point on.

Ancient Aliens is eligible for two reasons. One, it's a documentary. Two, it originated on History Channel.

Trevor
06-30-15, 06:27 PM
Next you'll be telling me Santa Claus isn't real.
Well dear, your mother and have been meaning to talk to you about that.

I suggest alien and zombie movies now be regulated to only the Historical Challenge from this point on.
As long as Alien Zombie Massacre and its sequels stay in the Academy Award Challenge, ok.

shadokitty
06-30-15, 07:04 PM
Well dear, your mother and have been meaning to talk to you about that.

As long as Alien Zombie Massacre and its sequels stay in the Academy Award Challenge, ok.

What about Toxic Avenger and Nuke Em High in the Criterion Challenge?

Trevor
06-30-15, 07:40 PM
What about Toxic Avenger and Nuke Em High in the Criterion Challenge?
I've never enjoyed a Troma film, but I'd buy those in a heartbeat.

LJG765
06-30-15, 09:52 PM
Anybody get a good start yet? Just about to start my first one, "Divergent." Have not read the books but the previews for this one looked interesting so I taped it when we had a free HBO weekend.

shadokitty
06-30-15, 09:54 PM
Anybody get a good start yet? Just about to start my first one, "Divergent." Have not read the books but the previews for this one looked interesting so I taped it when we had a free HBO weekend.

I'm still trying to decide what to start with.

shadokitty
06-30-15, 10:32 PM
I finally decided to start with an episode of MASK, the show from the 80s about masked heroes and villains operating vehicles with special powers, and able to transform into other modes.

mrcellophane
06-30-15, 10:56 PM
Anybody get a good start yet? Just about to start my first one, "Divergent." Have not read the books but the previews for this one looked interesting so I taped it when we had a free HBO weekend.

I've decided to revisit (and in two cases watch for the first time) the Harry Potter films and started with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Most of the beginning setup is flat and shot uninterestingly, the film picks up when Harry arrives at Hogwarts. I enjoyed the film, but it doesn't quite capture the awe of the book. Still, it's a good start to a series that spanned many years, directors, and stylistic choices.

Several of the set pieces are nicely done, especially the troll attack (despite CGI Harry Potter) and the chess match. The film's main fault is rewriting Ron Weasley, changing him from capable and relatable friend to mere comic sidekick.

I'm still awake so I may pop in a television series and watch a couple episodes before going to bed.

coyoteblue
06-30-15, 11:11 PM
I started with a nice episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, an appetizer if you will, and then watched The Flying Saucer (1950), which failed pretty miserably as a sci-fi flick, but succeeded reasonably well as a Alaskan travelogue circa 1950-ish.

SterlingBen
06-30-15, 11:34 PM
I've never enjoyed a Troma film, but I'd buy those in a heartbeat.

This comment makes me sad.

LJG765
07-01-15, 01:33 AM
I've decided to revisit (and in two cases watch for the first time) the Harry Potter films and started with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Most of the beginning setup is flat and shot uninterestingly, the film picks up when Harry arrives at Hogwarts. I enjoyed the film, but it doesn't quite capture the awe of the book. Still, it's a good start to a series that spanned many years, directors, and stylistic choices.

I've actually thought over the years that the movies did a lot better over all than the actual books. It's been way too long since I've watched them...if I get a chance this month, I'll have to do a little marathon of them myself. It'll be interesting to see how they've aged for me.

I finally decided to start with an episode of MASK, the show from the 80s about masked heroes and villains operating vehicles with special powers, and able to transform into other modes.

:thumbsup: I've heard of this but not seen any. Hope you enjoyed them! I ended up liking Divergent. I'll definitely try to hunt down the sequel (can't remember if it's on BR yet) but I don't think I'll end up actually buying them. May be tempted to read the books but I have two already from the library I've been putting off on reading and I really need to finish them before I have to return them.

Not sure what I'm watching next. I actually need to get to sleep soon. Going berry picking (yes, I said berry picking) with my nephew and a friend tomorrow early. I really want to watch Metropolis but I doubt my nephew would be able to actually sit through it (he's 7 and silent movie...um, not his thing!). Maybe tomorrow night after he's in bed...

I thought I'd get a chance to see Jurassic World with him but he's already watched it. Instead, we're going to Inside Out which doesn't count this month. Oh well. I do plan on seeing Jurassic World sometime in the next couple weeks, though!

BobO'Link
07-01-15, 05:58 AM
Anybody get a good start yet? Just about to start my first one, "Divergent." Have not read the books but the previews for this one looked interesting so I taped it when we had a free HBO weekend.
Not as good as I'd wanted... The grandkids left a bit later than I'd expected last night so I didn't get to The Tudors in time to finish the series for the Historical Challenge before it got late (10ish). Because it was too late to start a movie (I'd have fallen asleep on it) I began with S1 of My Favorite Martain (1963) since I felt a episode or two would be possible before sleep took over. It must have been a longer day than I'd thought as I dozed off during the first one! I *did* wake in the middle of the night and finished that episode before sleep took over again... :)

shadokitty
07-01-15, 06:18 AM
:thumbsup: I've heard of this but not seen any. Hope you enjoyed them! I ended up liking Divergent. I'll definitely try to hunt down the sequel (can't remember if it's on BR yet) but I don't think I'll end up actually buying them. May be tempted to read the books but I have two already from the library I've been putting off on reading and I really need to finish them before I have to return them.

Not sure what I'm watching next. I actually need to get to sleep soon. Going berry picking (yes, I said berry picking) with my nephew and a friend tomorrow early. I really want to watch Metropolis but I doubt my nephew would be able to actually sit through it (he's 7 and silent movie...um, not his thing!). Maybe tomorrow night after he's in bed...



I was tired, so only got one episode in before bed, but the episodes I saw was enjoyable.

I hope you enjoy picking berries today, and have better weather than here. :) . Already raining today.

I woke up early and decided to get an early start on the challenge. I watched The Cult of UHF presentation of Devil of the Desert Against the Son of Hercules
. So, I guess some peplum is eligible. I've always enjoyed those movies.

Trevor
07-01-15, 09:02 AM
You all might appreciate this, or maybe just shadokitty, but I had a sci-fi dream last night.

I was at some sort of a campground, in an RV I think, when strange lights started appearing. All of a sudden a sleeping woman floating about 5 feet off the ground came moving down the road past us. We started our vehicle and followed, trying to keep up with her as she started moving faster and faster down the windy wood lined road. My driver was Steve Carrell, and he rolled down the window each time we neared her yelling "Hey Lady" (think Jerry Lewis) trying to wake her up. Eventually she zoomed out of sight and we followed the light trial. I woke up when we saw the space ship.

I checked Samantha's room and she was still there thank God.

shadokitty
07-01-15, 09:13 AM
You all might appreciate this, or maybe just shadokitty, but I had a sci-fi dream last night.

I was at some sort of a campground, in an RV I think, when strange lights started appearing. All of a sudden a sleeping woman floating about 5 feet off the ground came moving down the road past us. We started our vehicle and followed, trying to keep up with her as she started moving faster and faster down the windy wood lined road. My driver was Steve Carrell, and he rolled down the window each time we neared her yelling "Hey Lady" (think Jerry Lewis) trying to wake her up. Eventually she zoomed out of sight and we followed the light trial. I woke up when we saw the space ship.

I checked Samantha's room and she was still there thank God.

It was aliens. You were abducted I think. Can you count real alien abductions?

I just watched the first episode of Battlestar Galactica, but on the fence about continuing the series. I don't know if I just wasn't in the mood for it, or if it just doesn't hold up, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

orlmac
07-01-15, 09:14 AM
It sounds like Trevor doesn't need to watch movies, what he sees in his head is entertaining enough!

I started off the month with Angry Red Planet. It was what I expected for a 1959 film but I guess you could call it comfort food. It was a great way to start but I'm thinking of something a little newer for the next movie. I've got a lot of 1980's films picked out this year....

shadokitty
07-01-15, 09:56 AM
I've been depressed and out of it today. Hoping that some sci fi/fantasy helps my mood. Just watched the fourth episode on Disc 1 of MASK, 'Highway to Terror, in which VENOM built an earthquake machine.

MrTerrific
07-01-15, 10:04 AM
Started the sci-fi month with Terminator Genisys.

Can I just pretend that there are only 2 films in the Terminator franchise?

Ash Ketchum
07-01-15, 10:04 AM
You all might appreciate this, or maybe just shadokitty, but I had a sci-fi dream last night.

I was at some sort of a campground, in an RV I think, when strange lights started appearing. All of a sudden a sleeping woman floating about 5 feet off the ground came moving down the road past us. We started our vehicle and followed, trying to keep up with her as she started moving faster and faster down the windy wood lined road. My driver was Steve Carrell, and he rolled down the window each time we neared her yelling "Hey Lady" (think Jerry Lewis) trying to wake her up. Eventually she zoomed out of sight and we followed the light trial. I woke up when we saw the space ship.

I checked Samantha's room and she was still there thank God.

That's what you get for insisting that aliens aren't real in an earlier post. Someone--or some thing--is trying to send you a message.

BobO'Link
07-01-15, 11:30 AM
I just watched the first episode of Battlestar Galactica, but on the fence about continuing the series. I don't know if I just wasn't in the mood for it, or if it just doesn't hold up, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
Earlier this year I purchased the original BSG in spite of having given up on it during its original airing. I found I enjoyed it far more now than back then. I still don't like it as much as the remake but it's not nearly as bad as I gave it credit for being in the 80s. In all fairness, the reasons I gave up on it back then still hold for me today - the "kid" factor done with the robot dog and kid. Didn't like it then... still don't... but now I can look past it and make it through the episodes in which they're featured (which I found are fewer than I'd remembered).

shadokitty
07-01-15, 12:03 PM
Earlier this year I purchased the original BSG in spite of having given up on it during its original airing. I found I enjoyed it far more now than back then. I still don't like it as much as the remake but it's not nearly as bad as I gave it credit for being in the 80s. In all fairness, the reasons I gave up on it back then still hold for me today - the "kid" factor done with the robot dog and kid. Didn't like it then... still don't... but now I can look past it and make it through the episodes in which they're featured (which I found are fewer than I'd remembered).

I know I've liked it before. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for it this morning. Just finished an episode of another old, classic series, Lost in Space on Hulu. I skipped the unaired pilot for now, and started with 'The Reluctant Stowaway'. At least in my opinion, Dr. Smith made a great villain. They never should have made him the comic relief.

LorenzoL
07-01-15, 12:12 PM
I started off today with Robotech: The Macross Saga. I have the old ADV Legacy Collection DVDs.

BobO'Link
07-01-15, 12:57 PM
I know I've liked it before. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for it this morning. Just finished an episode of another old, classic series, Lost in Space on Hulu. I skipped the unaired pilot for now, and started with 'The Reluctant Stowaway'. At least in my opinion, Dr. Smith made a great villain. They never should have made him the comic relief.
I fully agree! While I enjoy the entire series, that first season is the best of the three. It's a more serious and darker season seemingly aimed more at adults rather than kids. I've always wondered how it would have fared had they not taken off in the kid-friendly direction in season 2. I really enjoy the unaired pilot and once had the model kit with the giant ready to drop a huge rock on the transport vehicle. Before I got to college in the early 70s and found a cable channel (WTCG I believe) airing it on Sunday mornings I'd never seen a full episode. It came on right before we'd leave for church on Sunday evenings. I'd get to see ~15 minutes before we'd head for the door, but that 15 minutes was enough for me to know I really liked the series.

Ash Ketchum
07-01-15, 01:12 PM
I wanted to start off with a bang, so I put in Vol. 1 of "Cowboy Bebop" and watched the first two episodes. Now, I want to see the whole series again. And "Dirty Pair," which CB reminds me of.


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51719BRPV1L.jpg

shadokitty
07-01-15, 04:00 PM
I just watched A Trip to the Moon, on Netflix. While I enjoyed it, it wasn't what I was expecting. The reissued version has made it no longer a silent film. There is now narration, and dialogue, even in the black and white version I watched.

Ash Ketchum
07-01-15, 04:12 PM
I just watched A Trip to the Moon, on Netflix. While I enjoyed it, it wasn't what I was expecting. The reissued version has made it no longer a silent film. There is now narration, and dialogue, even in the black and white version I watched.

If they're gonna add dialogue and narration, they should just put the verbatim recordings from the actual July 20, 1969 moon landing on the soundtrack.

Why doesn't someone try that?

orlmac
07-01-15, 05:04 PM
Can anyone help me with the way to embed images in my list of movies seen. I have looked up the movie, picked out an image and managed to save one of them to my post. I keep doing something wrong with the rest. Is there some kind of special way to save originally that would get me started. I have spent hours today and I feel like I must be missing some little step but can't figure it out.

LorenzoL
07-01-15, 05:30 PM
Can anyone help me with the way to embed images in my list of movies seen. I have looked up the movie, picked out an image and managed to save one of them to my post. I keep doing something wrong with the rest. Is there some kind of special way to save originally that would get me started. I have spent hours today and I feel like I must be missing some little step but can't figure it out.

You need to save the image in a hosting site like Photobucket and then embedding the image to the forum.

shadokitty
07-01-15, 05:48 PM
This is a two subject post. First, while I challenge the channel to watch Sportscenter, I now want to read The Ember Trilogy, after seeing the first hour of City of Ember on SyFy.

Second, I saw on Netflix, that the very first, original Terminator is now available to stream, and also the 1989 Batman is also back on Netflix.

LJG765
07-01-15, 08:50 PM
I was tired, so only got one episode in before bed, but the episodes I saw was enjoyable.

I hope you enjoy picking berries today, and have better weather than here. :) . Already raining today.

Berry picking went well: <a href="http://s694.photobucket.com/user/ljg765/media/e59d41a1-d051-4dd9-bff1-04458bfb1d03_zps3ayakdzy.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv302/ljg765/e59d41a1-d051-4dd9-bff1-04458bfb1d03_zps3ayakdzy.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo e59d41a1-d051-4dd9-bff1-04458bfb1d03_zps3ayakdzy.jpg"/></a>

It turned out to be a nice day, if a little cooler. But I did appreciate that when I was out in the sun-we weren't roasting and was very pleasant sitting out there chatting with my nephew and friend.
You all might appreciate this, or maybe just shadokitty, but I had a sci-fi dream last night.

I was at some sort of a campground, in an RV I think, when strange lights started appearing. All of a sudden a sleeping woman floating about 5 feet off the ground came moving down the road past us. We started our vehicle and followed, trying to keep up with her as she started moving faster and faster down the windy wood lined road. My driver was Steve Carrell, and he rolled down the window each time we neared her yelling "Hey Lady" (think Jerry Lewis) trying to wake her up. Eventually she zoomed out of sight and we followed the light trial. I woke up when we saw the space ship.

I checked Samantha's room and she was still there thank God.
I think this counts as an honorable mention!

This is a two subject post. First, while I challenge the channel to watch Sportscenter, I now want to read The Ember Trilogy, after seeing the first hour of City of Ember on SyFy.

I actually just watched that not too long ago but felt a little let down by it. I had hopes with Bill Murray that it'd be better but thought it was just eh. The last 20 minutes or so are probably the best parts of it. I haven't read the books myself, but know a lot of kids think they were great. And books are usually better than the movie!

LJG765
07-01-15, 11:47 PM
Just finished watching "Mom and Dad Save the World." Oh my god, how did I ever miss this...this...awful awful gem! I don't think there is an actor I don't recognize in some way. It's so cheesy, it's great. I love it.

coyoteblue
07-01-15, 11:52 PM
Can anyone help me with the way to embed images in my list of movies seen. I have looked up the movie, picked out an image and managed to save one of them to my post. I keep doing something wrong with the rest. Is there some kind of special way to save originally that would get me started. I have spent hours today and I feel like I must be missing some little step but can't figure it out.

Even without decoding it:

http%3A%2F%2Fodditycinema.com%2F2008%2Fglen-coburn-interview%2F&ei=LzeUVb_9L4H1-AHziIPoCA&bvm=bv.96952980,d.cWw&psig=AFQjCNHtS9JILzlt5MLByhibWBnxo97dbQ&ust=1435863065286597



It looks like you're trying to hotlink; which is definitely a no no. Do what LorenzoL suggested.

It's usually helpful to not use encoded URL's for making links, for readability and in this case because I'm not sure if bbcode handles it.

The first url decoded is this:

[url]http://odditycinema.com/2008/glen-coburn-interview/&ei=LzeUVb_9L4H1-AHziIPoCA&bvm=bv.96952980,d.cWw&psig=AFQjCNHtS9JILzlt5MLByhibWBnxo97dbQ&ust=1435863065286597 (http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=imgres&cd=&ved=0CAUQjBwwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fimages2.dallasobserver.com%2Fimager%2Fu%2Foriginal%2F7092932%2Fbloodsuckers.jpg&ei=_2GUVeXyK8GnggT594KIAw&psig=AFQjCNEZ8JOlw4izNxbazZXG9U6-c6LyUA&ust=1435874175785145[/url)

This returns a 404 error.


The [url] url decoded is this:

http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=imgres&cd=&ved=0CAUQjBwwAA&url=http://images2.dallasobserver.com/imager/u/original/7092932/bloodsuckers.jpg&ei=_2GUVeXyK8GnggT594KIAw&psig=AFQjCNEZ8JOlw4izNxbazZXG9U6-c6LyUA&ust=1435874175785145

It sends you to a redirect page that gives you a link to the image. Once again, hotlinking is considered poor web manners. Please don't do it. If you want to use an image, scan a cover or take a screen shot using your computer and then move it to a image host like photobucket.

Also, to embed an image:
[img]http://i38.tinypic.com/fo2k5i.jpg

You would get this:
http://i38.tinypic.com/fo2k5i.jpg

To use an image as a link:
http://i24.tinypic.com/2iqgzdu.jpg (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12149481-post11.html)

You would see this:
http://i24.tinypic.com/2iqgzdu.jpg (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12149481-post11.html)

I hope this is helpful.

orlmac
07-02-15, 10:22 AM
Thank you very much to LorenzoL and coyoteblue for their help with the the embedding of images. It seems that my image of the sharks came from LorenzoL's idea and I am just starting out now with coyoteblues instruction. By the time I am done I will be an expert at this, hopefully of the right away of doing it.

coyoteblue
07-02-15, 10:44 AM
Thank you very much to LorenzoL and coyoteblue for their help with the the embedding of images. It seems that my image of the sharks came from LorenzoL's idea and I am just starting out now with coyoteblues instruction. By the time I am done I will be an expert at this, hopefully of the right away of doing it.

Don't forget when you're editing your list post you can use the preview button to check out your changes before you save them.

KaBluie
07-02-15, 11:41 AM
Does Hugo count?

It seemed like a Fantasy and it's (probably highly fictionalized) story about the guy who directed "A Trip To The Moon" and hundreds of other fantasy movies in the earliest days of film.

coyoteblue
07-02-15, 11:46 AM
Does Hugo count?

It seemed like a Fantasy and it's (probably highly fictionalized) story about the guy who directed "A Trip To The Moon" and hundreds of other fantasy movies in the earliest days of film.

Use a wildcard.

BobO'Link
07-02-15, 12:05 PM
Does Hugo count?

It seemed like a Fantasy and it's (probably highly fictionalized) story about the guy who directed "A Trip To The Moon" and hundreds of other fantasy movies in the earliest days of film.
Allmovie lists it in the sub-genre section as a "Children's Fantasy" which means it counts.

popcorn
07-02-15, 02:02 PM
Would Netflix shows like Sense 8 be considered a 1/2 or a 1/4 show?

coyoteblue
07-02-15, 02:21 PM
Would Netflix shows like Sense 8 be considered a 1/2 or a 1/4 show?

If you're using the classic count:

4 1/2 hour episodes = 1
2 1 hour episodes = 1

If you're using the simplified count:
1 episode = 1

shadokitty
07-02-15, 02:29 PM
I went fishing earlier today, so other than when I first woke up, didn't get anything in till now today. I took a nap as soon as I got home, but woke up with a headache and sore throat. I'm just working on the challenge now, as don't feel up to anything else. Took a break from MASK after finishing disc 1, in order to continue season 3 of Ancient Aliens. Just finished 'Aliens and the Secret Code', in which the precise alignment of ancient monuments were discussed.

LorenzoL
07-02-15, 02:49 PM
Thank you very much to LorenzoL and coyoteblue for their help with the the embedding of images. It seems that my image of the sharks came from LorenzoL's idea and I am just starting out now with coyoteblues instruction. By the time I am done I will be an expert at this, hopefully of the right away of doing it.

I use Photobucket and you can adjust the size of your image so it will fit the thread. Have fun and it's really simple!

LJG765
07-02-15, 06:50 PM
I just got home from seeing "Inside Out" with my 7 year old nephew. We both really liked it. He has been raving about it since we left the theater. It definitely has a message about how you need all emotions, even sadness, but it's pretty well done, I thought. Loved the inner mind scape.

Also, while IMDB.com does not have fantasy listed, allmovie.com does, so it counts for your lists if someone wants to see it but was hesitating on going! :)

And popcorn, coyoteblue has it right. You can count however you'd like to count. Prizes are not based on how many you watched, so if it's easier to count 1=1 or 2 hours=1, either way is fine.

MrTerrific
07-02-15, 07:40 PM
Would Netflix shows like Sense 8 be considered a 1/2 or a 1/4 show?

Currently watching the 5th episode. LOVING it!

shadokitty
07-02-15, 10:13 PM
I'm looking forward to checking out some series I just bought on Amazon Instant Video. Bought Seasons 1 and 2 of Babylon 5, and the pilot mini series, Season 1, and the 'Blood and Chrome' movie of the new Battlestar Galactica. Plan on continuing the original series on Netflix as well. Watching the mini series right now.

shadokitty
07-03-15, 08:23 AM
While I've got a few weeks, at the end of the month , I'l be gone for a few days to my annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh. Don't know how much I'll get in then, but will have my phone with me in case the urge to watch something in the evening strikes me.

pacaway
07-03-15, 05:24 PM
I don't know anything about Daredevil, but I'd like to watch it. Does anyone think it counts?

The movie says fantasy on allmovie and IMDB but the Netflix series on IMDB does not

Dimension X
07-03-15, 05:54 PM
I don't know anything about Daredevil, but I'd like to watch it. Does anyone think it counts?

The movie says fantasy on allmovie and IMDB but the Netflix series on IMDB does not
It should count if the character is like he is in comics (a blind guy whose "superpower" makes him able to "see"). Anyway, I'm hoping it counts, because I was thinking about watching it too.

davidh777
07-03-15, 05:59 PM
All superhero stuff should count as fantasy. :shrug:

LJG765
07-03-15, 08:01 PM
If you're talking about the 2003 movie, Daredevil, it's listed as Fantasy at IMDB.com so it counts. I have not watched the TV show, but if it's based on the same premise, than it should count as well. A movie/show just has to have one genre at either IMDb.com or allmovie.com to count.

Since this has come up a few times this challenge, I'll just make a blanket statement: If it is not listed as fantasy or sci-fi AND is based on a superhero comic from Marvel or wherever, you may use it as a wildcard. Everyone gets 3. You can use it on the checklist if you do so.

LJG765
07-04-15, 02:10 AM
I'm not sleepy so I put in "Escape from New York." I bought this a few years ago mainly because it checks off so many of the items on the checklist this challenge. I think I've seen it 3 times now in recent memory...so far, each time I've watched it some things still hold up fairly ok. Typical action movie, really. But then the tech just really stands out and not in a good way. The computer graphics, which I'm pretty sure were actually drawn to make them look like computer graphics, the cassette tapes (especially the cassette tapes), the tracking devices. All huge and clunky and very 1981, but not very 1997. Heck, in real 1997, cds had been around for a little while and DVDs were starting up. I guess I'm just surprised that the film makers didn't try to at least envision ahead more about what technology would be like.

Heck, I think Star Trek:TOS did a lot better job in the 60s then did "Escape." Though, I would listen to the argument that technology evolved to look like the equipment in Trek...

Overall, I guess it's not my favorite movie, but I like it enough to watch it every summer. I just wished they had skipped that music that runs throughout and maybe had a bit of a better imagination technology-wise!

shadokitty
07-04-15, 06:20 AM
I woke up early, and couldn't go back to sleep, so looked on TV for something for the challenge. I just finished The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen on Encore Family. I've always liked Sean Connery. And it's a decent movie besides.

pacaway
07-04-15, 07:39 AM
Had a good time last night! Our local indy theater showed the new documentary Dark Star: H. R. Giger's World followed by the theatrical cut of Alien, which I probably haven't seen in a theater in over 15 years, since theaters always show the director's cut since it came out in 2003. A well timed 2'fer for this challenge!

shadokitty
07-04-15, 08:25 AM
I just finished a great first time view. The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers was on Encore Suspense. It didn't strike me as the typical 50s sci-fi. More like a metaphor for losing one's individuality. A very good movie.

LJG765
07-04-15, 02:06 PM
I woke up early, and couldn't go back to sleep, so looked on TV for something for the challenge. I just finished The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen on Encore Family. I've always liked Sean Connery. And it's a decent movie besides.
This has a bad rap, but I liked it too. I'm a Connery fan as well. It could have been better, but I really don't think it deserves all the bad reviews on it.

I just finished a great first time view. The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers was on Encore Suspense. It didn't strike me as the typical 50s sci-fi. More like a metaphor for losing one's individuality. A very good movie.

This is on my list of movies to watch. I'm not sure I'll get to it this month, but one of these challenges I will...

I hope you have fun at Oshgosh. I've been there but not during this festival. I know that there is a ton going on, so I hope you have a good time!

Dimension X
07-04-15, 02:19 PM
I'm not sleepy so I put in "Escape from New York." I bought this a few years ago mainly because it checks off so many of the items on the checklist this challenge. I think I've seen it 3 times now in recent memory...so far, each time I've watched it some things still hold up fairly ok. Typical action movie, really. But then the tech just really stands out and not in a good way. The computer graphics, which I'm pretty sure were actually drawn to make them look like computer graphics, the cassette tapes (especially the cassette tapes), the tracking devices. All huge and clunky and very 1981, but not very 1997. Heck, in real 1997, cds had been around for a little while and DVDs were starting up. I guess I'm just surprised that the film makers didn't try to at least envision ahead more about what technology would be like.
It's been a long time since I last watched that one (maybe I'll get around to it this month), but I suppose it could be argued that the huge amount of crime (and loss of at least one major city) stalled technological advances. :shrug:

LJG765
07-04-15, 02:50 PM
It's been a long time since I last watched that one (maybe I'll get around to it this month), but I suppose it could be argued that the huge amount of crime (and loss of at least one major city) stalled technological advances. :shrug:

Maybe...but wouldn't the president have better tech than anyone? I get the people on the island prison, but outside it? :)

BobO'Link
07-04-15, 03:03 PM
I woke up early, and couldn't go back to sleep, so looked on TV for something for the challenge. I just finished The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen on Encore Family. I've always liked Sean Connery. And it's a decent movie besides.
This has a bad rap, but I liked it too. I'm a Connery fan as well. It could have been better, but I really don't think it deserves all the bad reviews on it.
I think the bad reviews mostly came from people who'd read the Graphic Novel, on which it was (very) loosely based, expecting to see the comic come to life. That creator Alan Moore distanced himself from the film due to the changes made didn't help. I can't say that I blame him but the film was not too bad in spite of the changes. I enjoyed it and I'm a fan of the OGN and its sequels but they're really completely different products.

I just finished a great first time view. The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers was on Encore Suspense. It didn't strike me as the typical 50s sci-fi. More like a metaphor for losing one's individuality. A very good movie.
This is on my list of movies to watch. I'm not sure I'll get to it this month, but one of these challenges I will...
I'm always a bit surprised when people haven't seen certain classics of the genre. Shadokitty's description is a very good condensation of the film. LJG, you *really* need to get to it this month and then both of you need to watch the 1978 remake with Donald Sutherland. It's almost as good as the original and one of a handful of remakes that deserves classic status alongside the original. While not quite as good I'd also recommend giving Body Snatchers (1993) a viewing.

Ash Ketchum
07-04-15, 04:04 PM
Ditto on INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956 version). Great movie. I first saw it when I was about 12 at a summer youth program at church. The hip young seminary student who was running things rented it on 16mm and showed it to us. Every time I've seen it in the years since (including for one of the challenges a couple of years ago) just confirms how great it is.

Yesterday, I finally watched a complete movie for this challenge when I put in my Blu-ray of REBIRTH OF MOTHRA (1996), which came in a bargain set with its two sequels. I'd only previously seen this on bootlegged, fan-subbed VHS not long after it was released on video in Japan. The Blu-ray is quite a revelation as revealed by these shots:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/330/18772562743_ce6622e639.jpg
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/278/19228970678_17ba1a8933.jpg
https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3677/19420758831_a3355bfe6a.jpg

As you might imagine, it's more kiddie-oriented than its kaiju predecessors, but I found it very lovely and charming, if a tad lacking in the excitement and suspense of previous monster battles. Most of the effects are either on-screen mechanicals and miniatures or film lab optical effects. Mothra fights Death Ghidorah in this one (spelled "Desgidora" in the subs.). The two tiny singing fairies are the heroines, assisted by a brother-and-sister child pair, and the fairies' gorgeous older sister is the sexy black-clad villainess, also tiny, but riding around on a dragon.

popcorn
07-04-15, 05:32 PM
Yesterday, TimeHop informed me that it was 30 years to the day since the release of Back to the Future. Even though I was out all day, I still had to throw it on for all times sake. I even saw a Delorean during the day to remind me. Always a good watch.

LJG765
07-04-15, 07:04 PM
I'm always a bit surprised when people haven't seen certain classics of the genre. Shadokitty's description is a very good condensation of the film. LJG, you *really* need to get to it this month and then both of you need to watch the 1978 remake with Donald Sutherland. It's almost as good as the original and one of a handful of remakes that deserves classic status alongside the original. While not quite as good I'd also recommend giving Body Snatchers (1993) a viewing.

I'll try! That's all I'll promise! :) It is one of the reasons I really like these challenges. It makes me watch things like this where they are classics that I've never watched or things I've never heard of. I won't say I haven't run into a few duds, but I feel like I've really come across quite a few that I really enjoyed that I would never have gone outside my box to watch without the challenge as incentive.

HyperWeather
07-04-15, 07:55 PM
It is one of the reasons I really like these challenges. It makes me watch things like this where they are classics that I've never watched or things I've never heard of. I won't say I haven't run into a few duds, but I feel like I've really come across quite a few that I really enjoyed that I would never have gone outside my box to watch without the challenge as incentive.

Ditto

Ash Ketchum
07-04-15, 08:50 PM
Because it was July 4th today, I decided to skip the Japanese sci-fi and watch some good ol' fashioned American sci-fi. (And, no, I didn't watch INDEPENDENCE DAY today, did anybody?) I went old school with chapters from three serials: THE FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS (1938), BUCK ROGERS (1939) and FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE (1940). THE FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS is about two marines who try to stop the efforts of a secret super-villain called The Lightning to develop a super weapon capable of killing everyone in a building when its electric rays strike. Interestingly, it opens in Shanghai in 1937 with newsreel footage of the Japanese bombing the city. Our marine heroes are restricted to the International Settlement but leap out of their barricade to rescue a fleeing Chinese woman and her baby. No mention is made of the Japanese.

Also, in just the first four days of the challenge, I've seen something from every decade from the 1930s (FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS) to the 2010s (today's Pokémon episode on Cartoon Network).

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And you gotta love juxtapositions like this in FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE:
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shadokitty
07-05-15, 05:03 AM
I started off today by finishing Disc 2 of Ancient Aliens, Season 4. The episode was about Leonardo Da Vinci.

pacaway
07-05-15, 07:50 AM
Picked up the new Criterion edition of The Fisher King yesterday. Now I need to decide whether to watch it this month or wait for September. I've seen this movie many times, including twice on the big screen during a film festival last year. I love it. One of Robin Williams' (and Terry Gilliam's, for that matter) finest efforts.

pacaway
07-05-15, 07:55 AM
I'm always a bit surprised when people haven't seen certain classics of the genre. Shadokitty's description is a very good condensation of the film. LJG, you *really* need to get to it this month and then both of you need to watch the 1978 remake with Donald Sutherland. It's almost as good as the original and one of a handful of remakes that deserves classic status alongside the original. While not quite as good I'd also recommend giving Body Snatchers (1993) a viewing.

Wholeheartedly agree! Yes, even the remakes are very good, with the possible exception being the Nicole Kidman one, Invasion from a few years back, but if you're a completist...

shadokitty
07-05-15, 08:09 AM
Well, I lost my chance to watch Buck Rogers in the 25th Century this month. I had ordered a used copy of the Complete Epic Series, but my order was cancelled due to the item no longer being in stock. Why put something up for sale if it's not in stock any more?

LJG765
07-05-15, 11:59 AM
Picked up the new Criterion edition of The Fisher King yesterday. Now I need to decide whether to watch it this month or wait for September. I've seen this movie many times, including twice on the big screen during a film festival last year. I love it. One of Robin Williams' (and Terry Gilliam's, for that matter) finest efforts.
How about both?
Wholeheartedly agree! Yes, even the remakes are very good, with the possible exception being the Nicole Kidman one, Invasion from a few years back, but if you're a completist...
Alright, you convinced me. I'll see if I can get it from my library. :)
Well, I lost my chance to watch Buck Rogers in the 25th Century this month. I had ordered a used copy of the Complete Epic Series, but my order was cancelled due to the item no longer being in stock. Why put something up for sale if it's not in stock any more?

:( That sucks. Probably they sell on multiple fronts and their inventory is not automatic, is my guess.

shadokitty
07-05-15, 02:27 PM
Yesterday, I finally watched a complete movie for this challenge when I put in my Blu-ray of REBIRTH OF MOTHRA (1996), which came in a bargain set with its two sequels. I'd only previously seen this on bootlegged, fan-subbed VHS not long after it was released on video in Japan. The Blu-ray is quite a revelation as revealed by these shots:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/330/18772562743_ce6622e639.jpg
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/278/19228970678_17ba1a8933.jpg
https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3677/19420758831_a3355bfe6a.jpg

As you might imagine, it's more kiddie-oriented than its kaiju predecessors, but I found it very lovely and charming, if a tad lacking in the excitement and suspense of previous monster battles. Most of the effects are either on-screen mechanicals and miniatures or film lab optical effects. Mothra fights Death Ghidorah in this one (spelled "Desgidora" in the subs.). The two tiny singing fairies are the heroines, assisted by a brother-and-sister child pair, and the fairies' gorgeous older sister is the sexy black-clad villainess, also tiny, but riding around on a dragon.

I have the trilogy on Blu Ray as well. If they will work on my PS3, I plan to watch the trilogy this month too. I say if, as I tried to watch my Galapagos blu Ray last moth for the historical appreciation challenge, and the PS3 would not even read the disc.

BobO'Link
07-05-15, 03:57 PM
I just watched A Trip to the Moon, on Netflix. While I enjoyed it, it wasn't what I was expecting. The reissued version has made it no longer a silent film. There is now narration, and dialogue, even in the black and white version I watched.
I just watched this twice.

The first viewing was a colorized version with limited sound effects (mostly grunts and backwards sounds/speach) and a totally inappropriate sound track of mostly electronica type stuff. You could get a better one by doing a needle drop on just about *any* Pink Floyd record. I'm normally 100% against colorization but on this one the colorization was interesting and actually fit the film OK. I'd watch it again this way but without that sound track. It makes me wonder if the disc version offers more than one audio track.

The second was apparently the one you saw. BW with a narrator/voices over a piano soundtrack. The music fit better but the voices really didn't add much and frequently reminded me of a "Whose Line..." skit.

I'd like to have the colorized version (that way I could turn the color off if desired) with just a piano/orchestra track leaving off the "modern" music and voices.

Both are available on Amazon Prime streaming.

BobO'Link
07-05-15, 04:10 PM
Because it was July 4th today, I decided to skip the Japanese sci-fi and watch some good ol' fashioned American sci-fi. (And, no, I didn't watch INDEPENDENCE DAY today, did anybody?) I went old school with chapters from three serials: THE FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS (1938), BUCK ROGERS (1939) and FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE (1940).
I think you made a wise choice. Independence Day is a OK popcorn flick but I'd rather watch any of the dozen or more 50s films it seems to be channeling.

I didn't watch ID either, instead I focused on those new titles I picked up for the challenge.

The One (2001) wasn't bad. Not great but good enough that I'd watch it again. The happy ending totally caught me off guard.

Surrogates (2009) was pretty interesting. Of course I have lots of questions about the civilization and the process of using "surries" which weren't answered. It had a couple of twists that weren't surprises but that didn't detract too much although they brought new questions into play (which also weren't answered).

The Final Cut (2004) was the least interesting of the three. Not that it was a "bad" film but it also missed a few opportunities. It had a plot twist I somewhat expected by the time it appeared. On several occasions it was a uncomfortable film to watch due to what a "cutter" sees when making a "rememberance" for a family. I couldn't help but wonder if some of the pain Williams had in his personal life made its way into his performance. He seemed so sad, which was in character, but it felt more real than normal. I hurt a bit when he delivered the line in a library of "Are suicide books in the self-help section?" It added to the overall melancholy of the film.

Before those three I watched Transformers (2007) and was mostly unimpressed. I'm guessing to really appreciate this one you have to have been a 80s kid and watched the show on TV. I'm neither. Still, it's the best Michael Bay film I've seen so far.

I ended the day with A Boy and His Dog, one of my all-time favorite post-apocalypse films. I recently purchased the newly remastered BR/DVD combo set which now looks spectacular. If you're a fan of the film I highly recommend this release.

Dimension X
07-05-15, 07:11 PM
I just watched this twice.

The first viewing was a colorized version with limited sound effects (mostly grunts and backwards sounds/speach) and a totally inappropriate sound track of mostly electronica type stuff. You could get a better one by doing a needle drop on just about *any* Pink Floyd record. I'm normally 100% against colorization but on this one the colorization was interesting and actually fit the film OK. I'd watch it again this way but without that sound track. It makes me wonder if the disc version offers more than one audio track.

The second was apparently the one you saw. BW with a narrator/voices over a piano soundtrack. The music fit better but the voices really didn't add much and frequently reminded me of a "Whose Line..." skit.

I'd like to have the colorized version (that way I could turn the color off if desired) with just a piano/orchestra track leaving off the "modern" music and voices.

Both are available on Amazon Prime streaming.
Assuming it was this version (http://www.amazon.com/Restored-Limited-Edition-Steelbook-Blu-ray/dp/B006XEH7EO), the "colorized version" is the way the film was originally presented (minus the music).

Product Description
No original hand-colored copies of A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune - 1902), by Georges Méliès, had been known to survive until one was miraculously found in Spain in the mid-1990s, but in a fragmentary condition thought too fragile to handle for either viewing or restoration. In 2010, three experts in worldwide film restoration - Lobster Films, and two non-profit entities, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage - launched one of the most complex and ambitious film restoration projects ever to bring an original, colored version of Méliès masterpiece back 110 years after its first release. Using the most advanced digital technologies now available, the team reassembled and restored the fragments of the 13,375 frames. The two foundations, which carried out specifically the music part of this project, decided to approach AIR s Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, to compose an original modern soundtrack to accompany this cinematic milestone. Packaged in a limited-edition, SteelBookTM case, this publication also features The Extraordinary Voyage, a fascinating new documentary, directed by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange, which chronicles the journey of A Trip to the Moon from the fantastical Méliès production in 1902, to the astonishing rediscovery of a nitrate print in color in 1993, to the premiere of the new restoration on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. The documentary includes interviews with contemporary filmmakers, including Costa Gavras, Michel Gondry, Michel Hazanavicius, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet on Méliès enduring significance to cinema.

Surrogates (2009) was pretty interesting. Of course I have lots of questions about the civilization and the process of using "surries" which weren't answered. It had a couple of twists that weren't surprises but that didn't detract too much although they brought new questions into play (which also weren't answered).
I own a copy, but haven't read it yet, but maybe the original graphic novel has some of the answers you want.

And thanks for mentioning that film. I had forgotten it was based on a graphic novel, and had my Blu-Ray on the "wrong" shelf.

Edit: Before anyone corrects me; I just looked at my copy of the book, and it was originally a 5 issue mini-series, not a graphic novel.

BobO'Link
07-05-15, 07:51 PM
Wholeheartedly agree! Yes, even the remakes are very good, with the possible exception being the Nicole Kidman one, Invasion from a few years back, but if you're a completist...
I'm a completist and own that one but I do not recommend it unless you, too, are of that breed. Like Spielberg's War of the Worlds it's somewhat interesting but unfulfilling and really shouldn't be seen before all other options are exhausted.

BobO'Link
07-05-15, 07:56 PM
Assuming it was this version (http://www.amazon.com/Restored-Limited-Edition-Steelbook-Blu-ray/dp/B006XEH7EO), the "colorized version" is the way the film was originally presented (minus the music).
That's the one. That's very interesting that what I thought was "after market" colorization is truly the way Méliès colored it himself. That throws a whole 'nother wrinkle into the mix and explains *why* it looks appropriate for the material and time. I still don't care for the newly commissioned music but that's easily fixed if a version doesn't exist with the original score.

**EDIT**
I checked out the link - man that steel-book is expensive! BUT there's a "normal" release which contains the colorized version, the BW version I also watched (it's produced by Russell Merritt with audio consisting of a troupe of actors voicing the various characters as performed in the U.S. in 1903, with piano music by Frederick Hodges), and a BW version with an orchestral score by Robert Israel with the original English narration written by Méliès. So... even the one with the actors is authentic! Looks like this is the one to own. Unfortunately, the color version has only the "AIR" soundtrack. It truly needs the option to select any of the 4 available tracks, especially since the BW version has the 3 "good" ones. I never knew there were so many versions of this classic.
I own a copy (Surrogates), but haven't read it yet, but maybe the original graphic novel has some of the answers you want.

And thanks for mentioning that film. I had forgotten it was based on a graphic novel, and had my Blu-Ray on the "wrong" shelf.

Edit: Before anyone corrects me; I just looked at my copy of the book, and it was originally a 5 issue mini-series, not a graphic novel.
I was unaware that film was based on a OGN (for you legalists - comic mini-series). I may have to see if my LCS can get a copy...

shadokitty
07-05-15, 08:00 PM
I'm a completist and own that one but I do not recommend it unless you, too, are of that breed. Like Spielberg's War of the Worlds it's somewhat interesting but unfulfilling and really shouldn't be seen before all other options are exhausted.

I own the 93 version, Body Snatchers, but didn't care for it. Make I'll give it another chance, after seeing the original.

Just finished the episode of Ancient Aliens about time travel. It was an interesting theory that I had heard of before.

I actually did watch ID, but only because it was on AMC, and I was killing time before the fireworks.

BobO'Link
07-05-15, 08:11 PM
I own the 93 version, Body Snatchers, but didn't care for it. Make I'll give it another chance, after seeing the original.
Just keep in mind that it's *still* a lesser film. Better than Invasion but not nearly as good as either Invasion of the Body Snatchers films.

Dimension X
07-05-15, 09:02 PM
I was unaware that film was based on a OGN (for you legalists - comic mini-series). I may have to see if my LCS can get a copy...
I stumbled onto a copy (with a "Soon to be a Motion Picture" blurb on the cover) in a thrift store soon after I'd seen the movie. That's how I found out.

BobO'Link
07-06-15, 10:02 AM
Viewings yesterday were somewhat of a mixed bag. I started with the previously mentioned versions of Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon). If you've not seen the color version I urge you to look it up and give it a viewing. I strongly suggest turning off the sound or playing a alternate track as the one by AIR does not fit the film.

I then watched a film I've wanted to see for years, Fritz Lang's Frau im Mond (Woman in the Moon) (1929). Wow! What a great film! The amount of accurate depiction of space travel and processes is astounding. It's occasionally a bit plodding but that is mainly due to watching real processes of space travel. He used a hangar to assemble the rocket, moved it to the launch pad via a huge mover (and at the proper speed), accounted for the lack of gravity in space, and more. The space ship is a *staged* rocket and is painted black on one side so it can be turned towards the sun to heat the ship if necessary. At times it was almost like watching a NASA launch as many of the processes were identical. There were only a couple of instances where I felt it fell apart. The first was controlling the rocket from a prone position which was too far from the controls to take into account the gravity effect of lift-off (although *that* was discussed ). You'd have thought they'd go "Hey! If they can't really move in the bed/hammock how will they reach the controls a couple of feet away?" Then there was the breathable atmosphere on the moon as well as availability of water (on the dark side, of course). But those are only a couple of rather small complaints as the rest of the film more than makes up for these inaccuracies. The version I watched is a *long* film at 169 minutes but doesn't really feel that long. I understand there's a 200 minute version out there - I'd like to see it. I watched this one via Amazon Prime streaming but will be purchasing a copy for my library.

Another good one yesterday was Die Farbe (The Color Out of Space) (2010). It took a while to get going and I felt the wraparound story detracted a little, basically unnecessary, but overall it was very well done. I *almost* saved it for the Horror challenge but decided otherwise (mainly to use it as a checklist item). It's another I've been on-the-fence about that will be purchased after this viewing.

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948) was a fun little trifle that I may eventually purchase but there are no "good" DVD copies of this one. I believe there's a BR version that's good.

Destination Inner Space (1966) felt more like a made-for-tv movie, although it is not. It's a mash up of sorts of The Creature from the Black Lagoon and It! The Terror from Beyond Space. I really wanted to see more of the alien craft and more creatures being hatched but I'm guessing budgetary reasons kept that from happening. It's actually not bad for a "B" SF throwaway type film. I just need to decide if it needs a home with me... Were it a 50s film it'd probably be a no-brainer but by the mid 60s I tend to taper off on these as they just don't have the "magic" of those from the 50s, even the bad ones.

**EDIT**
I forgot to add that one of the leads in Destination Inner Space is Mike Roads, aka Race Bannon in Jonny Quest.

LJG765
07-06-15, 10:43 AM
Sounds like people are watching some good flicks! There are certainly some that I hadn't planned on watching that are now in my list!

I watched It Came From Beneath the Sea last night. Really a fun watch. Lave Harryhausen's creature here. Quiet morning here so may watch a MST3K movie I've been thinking about.

KaBluie
07-06-15, 12:00 PM
(And, no, I didn't watch INDEPENDENCE DAY today, did anybody?)

I did as a Double Feature with Mars Attacks!

lisadoris
07-06-15, 06:36 PM
I watched Independence Day on the 4th...annual tradition.

Trevor
07-06-15, 06:41 PM
I watched Independence Day on the 4th...annual tradition.
Usually for me too, but the past 5 days have been a hazy blur of work, coughing and congestion, and bad sleep, with no television viewing.

Maybe some Smallville tonight.

MysterioMan007
07-06-15, 09:36 PM
I also watched Independence Day on the 4th. I don't really even enjoy the movie all that much anymore, but it's tradition.

shadokitty
07-07-15, 03:29 AM
I woke up in the middle of the night, since my boxer wanted me to take her out. When we came back in, I was wide awake, so I decided to work on the challenge. I looked for something on Hulu, and decided on the Hanna Barbera Godzilla. I just finished the Eartheater episode. I know it's not a 'good' cartoon, but it takes me back to my childhood.

coyoteblue
07-07-15, 11:49 AM
The movie I watched last night, Mutiny in Outer Space (1965), was a pretty good low budget effort and had an interesting tidbit. One of the actors was Harrold Lloyd Jr, whose short career consisted mostly of bit parts in an handful low budget features, with some tv work.

Monday I finally watched Magic of Spell (1988), the second Peach Child movie. I had high, perhaps, unreasonably high, expectations for the movie. I did enjoy it, even if it didn't quite live up to those expectations. Not every movie can be A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), especially a kid's movie. The level of action is good, though it might be considered too violent for western tastes.

Thinking about watching Mr. Vampire (1985) tonight or 2002 (2001), or maybe Genocide (1968). Unless I go in a completely opposite direction. I'll definitely be finishing off season four of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic tonight.

Ash Ketchum
07-07-15, 12:09 PM
The movie I watched last night, Mutiny in Outer Space (1965), was a pretty good low budget effort and had an interesting tidbit. One of the actors was Harrold Lloyd Jr, whose short career consisted mostly of bit parts in an handful low budget features, with some tv work.

Monday I finally watched Magic of Spell (1988), the second Peach Child movie. I had high, perhaps, unreasonably high, expectations for the movie. I did enjoy it, even if it didn't quite live up to those expectations. Not every movie can be A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), especially a kid's movie. The level of action is good, though it might be considered a too violent for western tastes.

Thinking about watching Mr. Vampire (1985) tonight or 2002 (2001), or maybe Genocide (1968). Unless I go in a completely opposite direction. I'll definitely be finishing off season four of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic tonight.

Did MAGIC OF SPELL ever come out on DVD? I have a bootleg VHS, dubbed in Japanese, with no subs., and a Fortune Star VCD, in Mandarin with subs. I also have four other films featuring the star of MAGIC OF SPELL, Lin Hsiao Lan, a then-adolescent martial artist from, I believe, Taiwan. She's pretty damned good. The other films are: KUNG FU WONDER CHILD, MAGIC WARRIORS, A HEROIC FIGHT (the only one with a modern setting), and TWELVE ANIMALS (about how the animals of the Chinese zodiac first got together, all embodied by human beings).

coyoteblue
07-07-15, 12:28 PM
Did MAGIC OF SPELL ever come out on DVD? I have a bootleg VHS, dubbed in Japanese, with no subs., and a Fortune Star VCD, in Mandarin with subs. I also have four other films featuring the star of MAGIC OF SPELL, Lin Hsiao Lan, a then-adolescent martial artist from, I believe, Taiwan. She's pretty damned good. The other films are: KUNG FU WONDER CHILD, MAGIC WARRIORS, A HEROIC FIGHT (the only one with a modern setting), and TWELVE ANIMALS (about how the animals of the Chinese zodiac first got together, all embodied by human beings).

I've got the Fortune Star VCD. I did notice that Kung Fu Wonder Child and Magic Warriors along with Magic of Spell are on youtube.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
07-07-15, 02:08 PM
Before those three I watched Transformers (2007) and was mostly unimpressed. I'm guessing to really appreciate this one you have to have been a 80s kid and watched the show on TV. I'm neither. Still, it's the best Michael Bay film I've seen so far.

I disagree. I am both of those. I think you need to be a teen/young adult male to really enjoy it for the visuals that make up for the plot that's not much deeper than an episode from the original. And then they kept making more and more, longer and longer, with the plots still not getting more complex than an episode or two of the cartoon series.

I also watched Independence Day on the 4th. I don't really even enjoy the movie all that much anymore, but it's tradition.

I remember seeing that opening day and standing in line for it. They were even giving out posters. Everyone had been talking it up to be the next Star Wars. I didn't like it and put it slightly higher than the Transformer films.

And speaking of movies I find awful, I watched The Net 2.0 last night/this morning. The big tech showoff of the film was a Windows tablet, from about a decade ago when they were making tablets that ran the full version of XP. It was one of the giant ones too, and by giant, I'm talking about screen size. I'm guessing around 13".

BobO'Link
07-07-15, 02:15 PM
My two granddaughters spent the night last night and we watched Despicable Me 2 for the 20th(? - who knows... it's a lot) time at the 4yo's request. I thought it'd count but it doesn't have SF or Fantasy tags at either IMDB or Allmovie. Oh well... it's still a fun/funny film in spite of the extreme number of times I've seen it!

Because it was a bit later than I'd like to start a movie when they went to bed I finished the evening with several episodes of My Favorite Martian. It's one of those shows I wanted to watch during the original airings but the broadcast time conflicted with us going to church and I've only seen a few episodes over the intervening years. Overall I'm liking the series but every few episodes it tends to throw in a episode or two using standard sit-com tropes of the early 60s making just enough changes to work in Uncle Martin and his Martian abilities. In spite of that it's a fun series so I'll end up purchasing the next 2 seasons at some point.

Gobear
07-07-15, 03:29 PM
I stayed up all night and did an 80s sci-fi marathon. I finished Innerspace, still a fun movie with a young, hot Dennis Quaid, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Back to the Future, and the 1984 version of 1984. I'm glad I bought the DVD when it was released in 2003 because it went OOP soon after and has not been re-released since. It's a terrific film with John Hurt and Richard Burton in the starring roles, along with Suzanna Hamilton as Julia. O'Brien was Burton's last film role, and his performance is so good that you have to regret how he frittered away his talent to alcohol and Liz for so many years.

Since Criterion has access to MGM's catalog titles, will they manage to sort out the rights issues that have kept this excellent film out of sight for more than a decade?

BobO'Link
07-07-15, 07:48 PM
..the 1984 version of 1984. I'm glad I bought the DVD when it was released in 2003 because it went OOP soon after and has not been re-released since. It's a terrific film with John Hurt and Richard Burton in the starring roles, along with Suzanna Hamilton as Julia. O'Brien was Burton's last film role, and his performance is so good that you have to regret how he frittered away his talent to alcohol and Liz for so many years.
Here I was feeling all good that, so far, no one's mentioned a title that piques my interest enough to look at a purchase then *you* have to go and post this! :lol:

I looked up the film, read a few reviews, found a relatively inexpensive used copy of the OOP MGM release on Amazon, and placed a order. I almost went for the Amazon "exclusive" 2 film MOD but wasn't interested in the 2nd title in the set (Crime and Punishment - 2002) plus the aspect ratio isn't listed while the OOP one is anamorphic WS. It was only a couple of $$ more for the used pressed copy.

coyoteblue
07-07-15, 08:43 PM
Ended up watching one of the better Wisely movies tonight, The Legend of Wisely (1987). They definitely spent some money on this one, with location shooting in Egypt and Nepal. Joey Wang, as always, is a delight. Sam Hui was fine as Wisely; I don't have any particular favorites in that regard. In some Wisely movies, Wisely's presence basically amounts to an extended cameo, The Seventh Curse (1986), for instance.

The Wisely movies are a mixed bag, but this one, Bury Me High (1991) and The Cat (Lao Mao) (1992) are all solid. The Cat has a fight between a cat and a mastiff that has to be seen to be believed (the ending's pretty awesome too). Don't remember much about Bury Me High so I may slip that in Thursday night.

shadokitty
07-07-15, 09:06 PM
I didn't get much in until tonight, as I had an eye doctor appointment today, and we took the opportunity to run errands. I went to get new glasses, but was told, I also have pinkeye.

I just finished an interesting episode of Ancient Aliens, on H2 On Demand. It dealt with pyramids hidden all over the world.

I also signed up for the free trial of Showtime on Roku, which comes with the East and West Coast feeds, as well as a good On Demand library, with some interesting looking movies in the sci fi section.

LJG765
07-07-15, 10:46 PM
As a kid, I loved watching MST3K but my very favorite episode was always "The Magic Sword." About 1-2 years ago, they finally released it along with "The Mole People," Danger!! Death Ray" and "Alien From LA." I don't remember those at all, so I've decided to watch them. I started with "The Mole People" which was fun. I laughed several times at the film itself and the comments, though it seemed like a later episode with Mike rather than Joel, who's my favorite host. Today I started "The Magic Sword" but fell asleep. Just finished it. I still love it and has some great one liners. One of my favorite things is each time I watch one of these films, I get another of their jokes...some of them are so obscure but funny all the same once you figure it out! :)

If I stay awake tonight, I'll pop another in but hope to finish the last two in the next day or so.

Sounds like everyone is watching a lot of good films!

Gobear
07-08-15, 01:40 AM
Currently watching Escape from L.A.. I know many people disagree, but I love this sequel as much as I do the original. And is it just me, or is Kurt Russell doing a Clint Eastwood impression through the whole movie?

Ash Ketchum
07-08-15, 05:31 AM
Currently watching Escape from L.A.. I know many people disagree, but I love this sequel as much as I do the original. And is it just me, or is Kurt Russell doing a Clint Eastwood impression through the whole movie?

I never saw ESCAPE FROM L.A., but back in 1981 everyone thought it was pretty funny that Russell played his Snake Plissken character in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK with an Eastwood impression. Check out some of the reviews from then.

As a kid, I loved watching MST3K but my very favorite episode was always "The Magic Sword." About 1-2 years ago, they finally released it along with "The Mole People," Danger!! Death Ray" and "Alien From LA." I don't remember those at all, so I've decided to watch them. I started with "The Mole People" which was fun. I laughed several times at the film itself and the comments, though it seemed like a later episode with Mike rather than Joel, who's my favorite host. Today I started "The Magic Sword" but fell asleep. Just finished it. I still love it and has some great one liners. One of my favorite things is each time I watch one of these films, I get another of their jokes...some of them are so obscure but funny all the same once you figure it out! :)



What I love about MST3K is the obscurity of some of those references and the fact that I might be one of a handful who gets them is even funnier. I remember when they did HORROR OF PARTY BEACH, there was a lab scene with two new male characters on hand and the MST3K guy goes, "Oh and Monty Hall and Bruno Hauptmann stopped by." And I just lost it. Now, most people in the audience at that time would have been old enough to have seen Monty Hall (host of "Let's Make a Deal") or at least heard of him, but it's a safe bet that of the few who would get the Hauptmann reference, an even smaller number would have had any idea what he looked like. And the fact that I knew what Hauptmann looked like and that the guy in the shot really did resemble him made the whole thing even funnier.

Sometimes those jokes just don't work, as in THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE, when an old guy with glasses follows the hero into a house, the MST3K guy goes, "Oh, and I brought FDR with me," and the guy just didn't look like FDR.

I loved THE MAGIC SWORD when I saw it as a kid and back home we all played games in the street based on that movie (we would often act out scenes from movies in our street games). When I saw it as an adult, I was impressed anew and wrote this review for IMDB:

THE MAGIC SWORD (1962) is a fantasy film that enthralled me as a child when I sat in a Bronx theater with a packed house of kids on a summer afternoon. We talked about it for days afterwards and acted it out in our street games. As a grown-up, when I returned to it on TV, I may have found some of the effects less than convincing, particularly the dragon, but I still found the film quite engaging and consistently memorable. The images have a bold graphic quality reminiscent of the best comic book art. Each shot cuts right to its essential information and uses whatever low-budget means at the filmmaker's disposal--make-up, costumes, color, lighting, simple optical effects--to make the image stand out. In addition, there are strong performers on hand who have a kind of comic book/fairy tale aspect to them, e.g. Estelle Winwood, as the hero's spell-casting guardian; Basil Rathbone, as the sorcerer villain; and Vampira as a beautiful woman the knights meet on the road, who turns monstrous at a moment's notice.

The film is not afraid of grotesque imagery and doles it out in small, effective portions. As an adult I was struck by the horrific nature of some of the images, e.g. the withered old hag that Vampira turns into; the acid pool that yields up the skeleton of a victim who'd fallen into it just moments earlier; the burned, reddened skins of two of the knights as they're caught in some kind of intense sun ray. But as a child, I wasn't frightened by these images; they helped make the story more believable and more involving. Filmmaker Bert I. Gordon (THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN) was not afraid to show us the dark, gruesome side of this mythical tale. He wasn't trying to shield the kids in the audience the way bigger-budgeted Hollywood films of this stripe would have at the time (e.g., Harryhausen films like SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD and THREE WORLDS OF GULLIVER). There was an honesty to Gordon's approach that I think we, as kids, even without being able to articulate it, appreciated and respected. As an adult, I can't get this film out of my mind, while more recent spectacles like the overstuffed LORD OF THE RINGS are but a dim memory.

shadokitty
07-08-15, 06:34 AM
I started today with the dubbed version of Godzilla Raids Again. While not near as good as the first movie, I still enjoy it.

Got a stomach flu today, so will probably get a lot in, as I don't feel like doing anything but watching tv today.

Dimension X
07-08-15, 05:30 PM
Surrogates (2009) was pretty interesting. Of course I have lots of questions about the civilization and the process of using "surries" which weren't answered. It had a couple of twists that weren't surprises but that didn't detract too much although they brought new questions into play (which also weren't answered).
I own a copy, but haven't read it yet, but maybe the original graphic novel has some of the answers you want.

And thanks for mentioning that film. I had forgotten it was based on a graphic novel, and had my Blu-Ray on the "wrong" shelf.

Edit: Before anyone corrects me; I just looked at my copy of the book, and it was originally a 5 issue mini-series, not a graphic novel.
Yesterday, I finished the book I was reading, so I went ahead and read The Surrogates. There is supplemental text material at the end of each chapter (issue), in the form of news articles and the like, that gives more background (which, may or may not answer some of your questions). I thought the book was pretty good, but I only paid like a buck for it (but if you enjoyed the film, you'd probably like the book, too).

After reading the book, I wanted to see how the movie compared, and since I hadn't seen it recently, and didn't remember too much about it (only that I liked it enough to buy a used copy of the Blu-ray from Blockbuster for 99¢), I decided to watch it. They changed up a lot of stuff in it, but stayed basically with the comic book's overall story.

Currently watching Escape from L.A.. I know many people disagree, but I love this sequel as much as I do the original. And is it just me, or is Kurt Russell doing a Clint Eastwood impression through the whole movie?

Count me as one of many. After watching Escape from New York this morning, I decided to subject myself to Escape from L.A., which I'd only seen once before. I will say I didn't dislike it anywhere near as much as I did the first time I saw it. Probably because I knew it wasn't any good going in (and I knew better than to compare it to the original), so I wasn't disappointed.


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