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Old 06-01-10, 04:18 PM
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Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge 10 - Discussion Thread

Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge 10

Now brought to you by sponsors!



Full Moon has generously donated 3 copies of Laserblast





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Mill Creek Entertainment has also donated fabulous prizes:

Sci-Fi Classics 100 Movie Pack


Nightmare Worlds 50 Movie Pack


Sci-Fi Classics 50 Movie Pack


And our final sponsor is:


Hamilton Book has also jumped in at the last minute to donate 3 copies each of:

Queen of Outer Space


Creation of the Humanoids/War Between The Planets


Invisible Invaders/Journey To The Seventh Planet



Challenge Starts July 1st at 12am EST

Challenge ends August 1st at dawn

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.

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

Movies count as 1 entry each.

TV shows count according to length as they are aired on TV(including commercials):
  • 30 minute shows count as 1/4 an entry
  • 1 hour shows count as 1/2 an entry
  • 2 hour shows count as 1 entry
So you need 4, 30 minute shows for 1 entry or 2 60 minute shows or any combination that gets you to 1 entry. While X-Files has a runtime of around 43 minutes, on-air it's an hour show.

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

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

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

When listing TV shows, keep them together for one entry.
Example:
65. Outer Limits:episode name / Futurama: episode name / Futurama: episode name
How do I list TV shows and other short stuff if I don't have enough for an entry?

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

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

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

Show what days you watched whatever it was you watched

Example
July 1:
1. Alien
2. Aliens

July 2:
3. Aliens 3
How to win

I'm stealing the prize determination from the exploitation challenge. Names will be randomly selected from http://www.random.org/lists/ The top 6 people, one prize per person, get something.

There's 4 ways to get an entry:
  1. Participate by watching at least 1 item
  2. Watch 100 items
  3. Start the checklist
  4. Complete the checklist

The List Thread will be a week before the challenge begins.

Last year's discussion thread: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/55...on-thread.html
Last year's list thread: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/55...st-thread.html

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.

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

Online shows and films
http://www.hulu.com/channels/Science-Fiction (Online Streaming)
http://www.archive.org/details/SciFi_Horror (Online Streaming and Downloads) - Horror doesn't count for this challenge
http://www.archive.org/search.php?qu...atype%3Amovies Sci-fi results
http://www.archive.org/search.php?qu...atype%3Amovies Fantasy results
http://www.netflix.com/WiGenre?sgid=373&lnkctr=mhwG373 (Sci-fi and Fantasy instant streaming) Membership or free trial required
http://www.amctv.com/videos/b-movies/ Hit the sci-fi/fantasy tab for online streaming

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

How about a book?
The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction

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

Checklist
3 Wildcards allowed

Watch one film from every decade, starting with the 1900s.
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -

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

--- Watch the MST3K/Rifftrax/Cinematic Titanic version of a sci-fi/fantasy film -
--- Watch a film and its remake -
--- Watch a film based on a video game -
--- Watch a film based on a novel -
--- Watch a film directed by Ed Wood -
--- Watch a film which won an Academy Award -- any category -
--- Watch a silent film -
--- Watch a Criterion version film -
--- Watch a film with commentary -
--- Watch a film and at least two sequels -
--- Watch a film that takes place on a holiday -
--- 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 directed by David Cronenberg -
--- Watch a film directed by Larry Cohen -
--- Watch a film directed by Tim Burton -
--- Watch a film directed by Terry Gilliam -
--- Watch a film directed by Charles Band -
--- Watch a film that takes place in the "future" but the year has already come and gone -

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

Watch a film in each of the following subgenres:
--- Alien invasion -
--- Artificial intelligence -
--- Cyborg -
--- Post-Apocalyptic -
--- Dying Earth -
--- Sword and Sorcery -
--- Cybernetic revolt -
--- Immortality -
--- Parallel universe -
--- Mutants -
--- Superhero -
--- What-If -
--- Spoof -
--- Time travel -
--- Spy-fi -
--- Space Western -
--- Paranormal -

Watch a film starring:
--- Sigourney Weaver -
--- Harrison Ford -
--- Peter Cushing -
--- Boris Karloff -
--- Arnold Schwarzenegger -
--- Elijah Wood -
--- Drew Barrymore -
--- Daniel Radcliffe -
--- Keanu Reeves -
--- Patrick Stewart -

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Had a lot of fun with this last year, so I'm looking forward to it. Excited to see the sponsors/prizes donated.
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Re: Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge 10 - Discussion Thread

So what kind of checklist do you guys want to do? Something simple like the horror challenge or more in depth like the exploitation challenge? If we do that latter, I'm fine with adding checklist wild cards.
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Re: Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge 10 - Discussion Thread

As far as the Fantasy genre goes, does Nightmare on Elm St. count? If it's a borderline choice, I can always use it as one of my wildcards. The only other fantasy-type films I plan on watching are a few Harryhausens, The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T and The Boy with the Green Hair. Would anyone object to those?
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I still have a couple of stacks of TV DVDs I was watching last July on the sofa table (I have moved them a time or two to dust around them), so I'll just pick up wherever I left off last year.
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I'm glad to hear fantasy will be included this year.

I couldn't care less what you do with the checklist; I never use 'em.

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Originally Posted by Mister Peepers View Post
So what kind of checklist do you guys want to do? Something simple like the horror challenge or more in depth like the exploitation challenge? If we do that latter, I'm fine with adding checklist wild cards.
The horror checklist is simple? Well, I guess it is compared to exploitation. I prefer simple most days, but reserve the right to help create entire new categories for them.
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I couldn't care less what you do with the checklist; I never use 'em.
I'm the same. I like the idea but I've only followed through with doing them twice in the last few years. I'm lazy like that.
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
As far as the Fantasy genre goes, does Nightmare on Elm St. count? If it's a borderline choice, I can always use it as one of my wildcards. The only other fantasy-type films I plan on watching are a few Harryhausens, The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T and The Boy with the Green Hair. Would anyone object to those?
I wouldn't count Nightmare but the others are fine, as far as I can see. I think it strays too far away from fantasy. That's my opinion. If you wanted to use a wild card for it, I wouldn't complain.
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Count me as another who doesn't touch the checklists.
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How does this work? I have never, ever done one of these challenges.
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How does this work? I have never, ever done one of these challenges.
ooh you are in for a treat just pay attention to this thread. soon, a list thread will be created. reserve a post in it and list your watched movies/tv episodes according to the rules in the list thread. and most important, enjoy

this will be my first challenge that i will have participated in twice come july woohoo.
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I'm just itchin' to finally get around to watching the anime series Freedom on bluray! and the unrated cut of Hardware
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I got a bunch of TV shows I need to watch. Would any of these not count?

Being Erica
The Bugaloos
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Cleopatra 2525
The Fantastic Journey
The Flash
Free Spirit
The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy
Jason Of Star Command
Josie And The Pussycats
Logan's Run
Minimoni's Brementown Musicians
Planet Of The Apes
Quark
Red Dwarf
Something Is Out There
Tabitha
The Tick
Tucker's Witch
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Originally Posted by KaBluie View Post
I got a bunch of TV shows I need to watch. Would any of these not count?

Being Erica
The Bugaloos
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Cleopatra 2525
The Fantastic Journey
The Flash
Free Spirit
The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy
Jason Of Star Command
Josie And The Pussycats
Logan's Run
Minimoni's Brementown Musicians
Planet Of The Apes
Quark
Red Dwarf
Something Is Out There
Tabitha
The Tick
Tucker's Witch
Most look like they do. Josie And The Pussycats doesn't. The easiest way is to check imdb.com or allmovie.com for a fantasy or sci-fi genre tag.
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Count me in. I really enjoyed this one last year.
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I had a good time cruising through TNG/DS9 last year, and also had a chance to knock off Earth2 and The Prisoner from my unwatched list. Not sure what I'll do for this year, maybe some Buffy/Angel or perhaps Farscape.
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Most look like they do. Josie And The Pussycats doesn't. The easiest way is to check imdb.com or allmovie.com for a fantasy or sci-fi genre tag.
I can see how the movie wouldn't fit at all, but have you seen the tv show? It's mosly Sci-Fi even before the Outer Space episodes.

They encounter aliens and evil scientists and unlike Scooby Doo, they are real (within the context of the story) and not ordinary people pretending to be monsters to scare off snoopers.
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I can see how the movie wouldn't fit at all, but have you seen the tv show? It's mosly Sci-Fi even before the Outer Space episodes.

They encounter aliens and evil scientists and unlike Scooby Doo, they are real (within the context of the story) and not ordinary people pretending to be monsters to scare off snoopers.
It's been around 30 years since I watched the show. Sounds like it counts.
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I'm building up the 2nd post to list online movies/shows as well as any TV specials. If there's anything to add, let me know.
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So you just go through those criteria and see how many you can get?
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So you just go through those criteria and see how many you can get?
Pretty much. The first time I did a challenge was with the horror one. On that one I tried watching as much as possible for a high number and got horribly . Now I just try to watch enjoyable things at an enjoyable pace that just happen to all be things from the science fiction or fantasy genres.

To put it simply, find all the science fiction or fantasy stuff you want to watch and go nuts.
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I think that one year everyone went overboard. We even had the challenge shut down a few times. They are much calmer now.
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