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Old 06-12-10, 05:04 PM
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Re: Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge 10 - Discussion Thread

Without spoiling the plot, as I haven't seen it yet, does Shutter Island fall under the fantasy category, or at least have fantasy elements? If it's borderline, like NOES, I'll just use a wildcard.
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Without spoiling the plot, as I haven't seen it yet, does Shutter Island fall under the fantasy category, or at least have fantasy elements? If it's borderline, like NOES, I'll just use a wildcard.
The plot hinges on a huge suspension of disbelief, but there are no fantasy elements involved.
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Yeah, Hollow Earth? I can't think of 1 Hollow earth film outside of Journey to the Center of the Earth. There were nearly 100 Emmanuelle and Bruce Li films, each.
There would also be The Land that Time Forgot and The People that Time Forgot. Both of those are my favorite books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. They just did a remake of The Land that Time Forgot too that's on my unwatched list!
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Re: Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge 10 - Discussion Thread

List thread is up and checklist is finalized. Removed some sci-fi items to include fantasy.

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/57...st-thread.html
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Any self-respecting sci-fi buff ought to pick up a copy of this book. It's a truly exhaustive guide to every, and I mean every science fiction film made between 1895 and 1995, with loads of photos and a wonderfully dry sense of humor. Granted, it's 15 years out of date, but still an essential reference guide. I had a lot of fun reading about all of the films I watched last July.
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Any self-respecting sci-fi buff ought to pick up a copy of this book. It's a truly exhaustive guide to every, and I mean every science fiction film made between 1895 and 1995, with loads of photos and a wonderfully dry sense of humor. Granted, it's 15 years out of date, but still an essential reference guide. I had a lot of fun reading about all of the films I watched last July.
I'd like to get the horror one but not at that price.

It also reminded me of this site, if you're looking for ideas
http://www.movieretriever.com/genre/19/Sci-Fi
http://www.movieretriever.com/genre/10/Fantasy
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Just received my dirt-cheap blind-buy Blu-ray of Trick 'r Treat from DD, and I was wondering if it would be acceptable as a Wild Card. Surely it's, er, fantastical?
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Re: Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge 10 - Discussion Thread

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Just received my dirt-cheap blind-buy Blu-ray of Trick 'r Treat from DD, and I was wondering if it would be acceptable as a Wild Card. Surely it's, er, fantastical?
I think that'd be a bit of a stretch, but like the effort.

I doubt you'll love it, so you could just wait till Halloween and that Challenge. It's decent, just not nearly as great as some of the praise it gets here, imho.
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Re: Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge 10 - Discussion Thread

I'm in this year. I've been wanting to do this challenge since it began, but things always popped up. They're popping up this year too, I'm going to be on vacation for a week and then going to the SF Silent Film festival (where I'll watch the restored Metropolis... I assume theatrical screenings are okay) so that's nearly half the month gone, so there's no way I'll get to 100. I've got a lot of unwatched SF that I've been dying to screen, and this gives me a good excuse.

Two questions: does SF/Fantasy anime count? Can one movie count as two 'slots' on the checklist? If I watch Metropolis, can I fill that in for "1920's", and "Silent movie"? (I assume that it doesn't or you could fill out half the list with a couple of well selected films, but I thought I'd ask.)

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Re: Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge 10 - Discussion Thread

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Any self-respecting sci-fi buff ought to pick up a copy of this book. It's a truly exhaustive guide to every, and I mean every science fiction film made between 1895 and 1995, with loads of photos and a wonderfully dry sense of humor. Granted, it's 15 years out of date, but still an essential reference guide. I had a lot of fun reading about all of the films I watched last July.
Yeah, that's a great one. I also love the Horror one. Never got around to getting the Western one.
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I'm in this year. I've been wanting to do this challenge since it began, but things always popped up. They're popping up this year too, I'm going to be on vacation for a week and then going to the SF Silent Film festival (where I'll watch the restored Metropolis) so that's nearly half the month gone, so there's no way I'll get to 100. I've got a lot of unwatched SF that I've been dying to screen, and this gives me a good excuse.

One question: does SF/Fantasy anime count?
Anything that's sci-fi or fantasy counts, so you can count everything at your film festival as well.

On a side note, I'm doing an Animated August challenge, so that anime would count for that challenge, if you were interested.
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What about For All Mankind? It's a documentary, but it does deal with space travel.
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What about For All Mankind? It's a documentary, but it does deal with space travel.
It's tale of space travel is too realistic for this challenge. Dark Side of the Moon would be more appropriate for this challenge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Si...documentary%29

The tone of the "documentary" begins with low key revelations of NASA working closely with Hollywood at the time of the Moon landings. Over the course of the tale, Karel postulates that not only did Kubrick help the USA fake the moon landings but that he was eventually killed by the CIA to cover up the truth. First hand testimony backing these claims come from Rumsfeld and Dr. Kissinger seems to lend credence to the story.
I'd also consider science educational films and documentaries where the majority of the science presented ended up being wrong with what's currently known as being valid on a case by case basis.

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It's science fiction if you think that we didn't go to the moon. Otherwise it's good for the Historical Challenge.
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I'll join in this year. I probably won't go crazy on it but I've been looking for an excuse to go through my Outer Limits boxset and there's a few other movies I haven't checked out yet so I'll probably at least get to all those.
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Just goes to show you can't trust Donald Rumsfeld.
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Will Sci-Fi/Fantasy anime count as part of this challenge?
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Will Sci-Fi/Fantasy anime count as part of this challenge?
Absolutely, animated SF/fantasy counts. There's even an animation category in the checklist.

I wondered, do serials from the 30s count as one movie?

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I wondered, do serials from the 30s count as one movie?
Those are calculated by running time, like TV shows.
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I wondered, do serials from the 30s count as one movie?
See post #1 for all the time/count rules.
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I decided I'll make this the summer of Babylon 5. I own everything but Lost Tales, so that should account for 67.5 total entries if I can get through the entire collection. Sprinkle in some additional movies and TV series and I'll see if I can crack 100 again.
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I decided I'll make this the summer of Babylon 5. I own everything but Lost Tales, so that should account for 67.5 total entries if I can get through the entire collection. Sprinkle in some additional movies and TV series and I'll see if I can crack 100 again.
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This may be a dumb comment, but I'm assuming you have the movie collection, too? Make sure and watch the pilot first. There is also a prequel movie, I would suggest not watching that until the point at which it originally aired. In fact, everything can be watched in broadcast order, FYI.

Also, depending on how serious you want to get, I would highly suggest reading the Lurker's Guide entry after each episode. Back when B5 originally aired, the writer/creater of B5 would get on newsgroups and comment on the episode for fans every week. Those are captured here as well as some analysis/questions/etc... It is all captured as it was originally written, so there are no spoilers.

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This may be a dumb comment, but I'm assuming you have the movie collection, too? Make sure and watch the pilot first. There is also a prequel movie, I would suggest not watching that until the point at which it originally aired. In fact, everything can be watched in broadcast order, FYI.

Also, depending on how serious you want to get, I would highly suggest reading the Lurker's Guide entry after each episode. Back when B5 originally aired, the writer/creater of B5 would get on newsgroups and comment on the episode for fans every week. Those are captured here as well as some analysis/questions/etc... It is all captured as it was originally written, so there are no spoilers.

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Oh I've already seen it all before, and it's my favorite series of all time as well.

It's been several years since I've watched it though, and even longer since I watched Crusade and Legend of the Rangers, so I figure this would be a good opportunity to relive the magic.
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Oh I've already seen it all before, and it's my favorite series of all time as well.

It's been several years since I've watched it though, and even longer since I watched Crusade and Legend of the Rangers, so I figure this would be a good opportunity to relive the magic.
Ahhh... ok. Well, it will be good information for someone else, perhaps.

It's been 2 years for me since I last watched the series. I still want to finish the Stargate shows, though, so I'm thinking next year will be time to watch B5 again.
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Yeah, Hollow Earth? I can't think of 1 Hollow earth film outside of Journey to the Center of the Earth. There were nearly 100 Emmanuelle and Bruce Li films, each.
UNKNOWN WORLD (1951) is sort of a hollow earth film. This group of scientists burrow to the center of the earth in what is basically a submersible with one of those drill things in the front. Pretty good for a low-budget movie.

ATRAGON and GODZILLA VS. MEGALON deal with civilizations inside the earth, although maybe not a hollow earth.
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