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Old 01-18-06, 12:04 AM
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Looking for lesser known good sci-fi films

Hey all, i'm a big sci-fi fan but ive pretty much seen all the mainstream and popular/easily findable films so i'm looking for more. I'm up for any good sci-fi or cross genre sci-fi film (i.e. sci-fi/horror etc...) that's a little bit more obscure than your average film. Recomendations are apprieciated!
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Old 01-18-06, 12:51 AM
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Great topic.

Strange Days
Primer

These three have some heavy black humor and are on more of the surreal side:

Brazil (the longer cut)
Delicatessen
City of Lost Children

One final one is the Tarkovsky version of Solaris. If you liked 2001 definitly check this one out.
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Thanks! I loved Brazil, Primer and Solaris and will be checking out Strange Days, Delicatessen and City of Lost Children.
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Originally Posted by darkshadowdog
Thanks! I loved Brazil, Primer and Solaris and will be checking out Strange Days, Delicatessen and City of Lost Children.
If you enjoyed Brazil I think you will really like Delicatessen and City of Lost Children. They both have the same bizzar feel that Brazil does.
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Thought of a few more.

Cypher - nothing I would call great but still entertaining and worth a rental.

Here are two David Cronenberg films. Pretty odd stuff.
Existenz
Videodrome
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Old 01-18-06, 08:46 AM
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Here's a bunch that you may or may have not seen - but you should definitely check out!!!


CUBE (action sci-fi)
NOTHING (what the? sci-fi)
DARK CITY (masterpiece sci-fi)
EQUILIBRIUM (action sci-fi)
NATURAL CITY (Korean sci-fi Blade Runner)
AVALON (awesome european sci-fi)
DONNIE DARKO (masterpiece sci-fi)
GATTACA (masterpiece sci-fi)
PIE (what the? sci-fi)
CASSHERN (Japanese sci-fi)
IMMORTEL (European sci-fi)
METROPOLIS (anime sci-fi)
THX 1138 (George Lucas first film)
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Old 01-18-06, 10:08 AM
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I second the nods to Gattaca and Cube.
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Old 01-20-06, 06:15 PM
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Avalon - This movie is unbelievable, check it out immediately.
The Experiment (Das Experiment) Another great foreign flick. More psychological than Sci-Fi.
I'll second Videodrome and Primer.
Demonlover is pretty wicked. Try to seek out the Directors Cut.
The Thirteenth Floor is very underrated and of course Dark City is a classic.
I'll also second Existenz.
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Old 01-21-06, 01:00 AM
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another vote for Existenz
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Old 01-21-06, 01:01 AM
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I'd go with Serenity. There hasn't been much discussion about it on this board.
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Wasn't too impressed with Serenity, personally. If you like Sci-Fi Channel stuff, then you'd probably like it. A bit too cheesy for my taste.

I'll fourth eXistenZ
Second Equilibrium
And I suggest you check out the orignal 1927 Metropolis (Fritz Lang), though the recent anime adaptation isn't bad either.
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Old 01-21-06, 06:24 PM
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Lifeforce- some boring scenes, alot of dialogue. worth a rental at least.
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Old 01-22-06, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Psychlowne
Wasn't too impressed with Serenity, personally. If you like Sci-Fi Channel stuff, then you'd probably like it. A bit too cheesy for my taste.

Second Equilibrium
You thought Serenity was cheesy but liked Equilibrium? Man, that's just.... odd.

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i agree with strange days and dark city for sure
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Old 01-22-06, 09:34 PM
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The Thirteenth Floor was very good, and it came out either a couple months or a year before than The Matrix, which have similar themes.

I'm not sure if Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malchovich count as Sci-fi films, but check them out as well.
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Seek out a movie called Xchange. I was pleasantly surprised by that one.
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Originally Posted by toddly6666
Here's a bunch that you may or may have not seen - but you should definitely check out!!!


CUBE (action sci-fi)
NOTHING (what the? sci-fi)
DARK CITY (masterpiece sci-fi)
EQUILIBRIUM (action sci-fi)
NATURAL CITY (Korean sci-fi Blade Runner)
AVALON (awesome european sci-fi)
DONNIE DARKO (masterpiece sci-fi)
GATTACA (masterpiece sci-fi)
PIE (what the? sci-fi)
CASSHERN (Japanese sci-fi)
IMMORTEL (European sci-fi)
METROPOLIS (anime sci-fi)
THX 1138 (George Lucas first film)
This is a pretty good list, thumbs up... I've seen all of these except Motropolis, Nothing, Avalon and Immortel.
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Old 01-23-06, 01:15 PM
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Some excellent suggestions already made. Some more are:

Repo Man (newly reviewed on this site)
Liquid Sky
The Quiet Earth
The Man Who Fell to Earth
The Bottled Fools (AKA Hellevator)
Mark13 (AKA Hardware)
The Lathe of Heaven (1980 original version)
The Prisoner (British tv series)
Any Nigel Kneale that you can find, like the Quatermass movies (well, at least the first 3), The Stone Tape, Year of the Sex Olympics
Until the End of the World
Last Night (1998 end-of-the-world movie)
Deathwatch (1980 Harvey Keitel movie)
Battle Royale (not obscure to those up on Asian cinema, though, but still lacking R1 DVD release)
Tetsuo: The Iron Man and Tetsuo 2
Phase IV
The Last Wave (maybe not too sci-fi, but it does have an apocalyptic theme)
The Asphyx (terrific but little known 70s British horror/sci-fi)
The Item (very strange 1999 indy movie)
Save the Green Planet (Korean movie newly released in R1)
Accion Mutante
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brainee said it, but i was just going to say that after watching the CE of "Repo Man" i would def. put in the Sci-Fi category and in fact did in my collection.

very quirky, very incomprehensible, but well played and fun.
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The Hidden - great 80's sci-fi action that I'm suprised more people haven't seen.
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Originally Posted by brainee

The Lathe of Heaven (1980 original version)
Yes, a sci-fi story true to the genre.

also,

Dark Star (1974)
A Boy and His Dog (1975)
Silent Running (1972)
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A personal fave: They Live!

Features one of my favorite lines ever: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum."

Ultra-cheesy (I mean, it stars Roddy Piper, of '80s wrestling fame), but fun as hell.
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A personal fave: They Live!

Features one of my favorite lines ever: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum."

Ultra-cheesy (I mean, it stars Roddy Piper, of '80s wrestling fame), but fun as hell.
this is an prime example of a great bad movie. def a fun movie to watch at anytime
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Originally Posted by Talkin2Phil
Dark Star (1974)
A Boy and His Dog (1975)
Silent Running (1972)
Good picks! There are actually quite a few good sci-fi movies that fall outside the realm of Hollywood blockbusters or crappy Sci-Fi Channel Original Movies level garbage.

Oh, here's another one that seems a bit forgotten now: Ken Russell's "Altered States"

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