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Best Decade of Science Fiction

Old 02-08-14, 08:01 PM
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Best Decade of Science Fiction

Edit: seeing the responses i don't even know why this topic was made.

Last edited by dex14; 02-10-14 at 10:48 AM. Reason: poll edited to include 50s - 90s
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

It doesn't really work well by decade. There was a period across both decades that had all those message movies, like Alphaville, Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, the Omega Man, Zardoz, Westworld, The Andromeda Strain, Silent Running, and Logan's Run. The same sort of cultural questioning showed up in Star Trek, but with happy endings because Kirk got to break any planetary culture that he didn't like.

Right in the middle, and not following any trends, was 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Science fiction movies were pretty much broken by Star Wars, after which producers decided that the most important thing in a science fiction movie was special effects. The result was clinkers like The Black Hole.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

I liked The Black Hole! One of the few movies I would like to see re-made.

The 1970s gave us Alien, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, Mad Max, A Clockwork Orange, most of the Planet of the Apes sequels, and the first Star Trek.

Science fiction was pressed into new and exciting directions which would impact (for better or for worse) everything to come afterwards. The careers of many of our most treasured (and reviled) filmmakers started here.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

Planet of the Apes + The Time Machine= 60's win for me. 2 of my top 5 all time.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

I don't get why some want to compare particular 0's.

There was some great stuff in both for me.

Godzillas
Mad Max
Planet of the Apes (as mentioned) and sequels
Clockwork Orange
2001
THX 1138, odd but interesting
Logan's Run
Star Wars
Close Encounters
Alien
Superman

but both had a bunch of fun campy movies (MST3K thrives on those)
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

^I'm coming around to that notion too; but having a tougher time to reconcile with it, scifi is a big benchmark for how the eras are judged. Horror too; and not just the popular releases either.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

Question: how is SW defined as a Science Fiction film?

I wouldn't count it as one. It's action/adventure for me.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

Best 15 year stretch was 68-82 bar none.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

1960s:
BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE
MOTHRA
THE HUMAN VAPOR
GODZILLA VS. THE THING
GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER
SON OF GODZILLA
GHIDRAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER
GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO
FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS
WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS
GAMERA THE GIANT MONSTER
GAMERA VS. BARUGON
GAMERA VS. GYAOS
GAMERA VS. VIRAS
GAMERA VS. GUIRON
THE GREEN SLIME
Ultra Q
Ultraman
Cyborg 009
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot
Astro Boy
Gigantor
8 Man

1970s:
GAMERA VS. JIGER
GAMERA VS. ZIGRA
GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER
GODZILLA VS. MEGALON
MESSAGE FROM SPACE
Space Battleship Yamato
Mazinger Z
Gatchaman
Galaxy Express 999
Captain Harlock, Space Pirate
Mobile Suit Gundam


Looks like the 1960s come out ahead.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

Originally Posted by Solid Snake View Post
Question: how is SW defined as a Science Fiction film?

I wouldn't count it as one. It's action/adventure for me.
How do you define science fiction?

It's got robots, ray guns, and aliens playing clarinet. It also fits easily into traditional science fiction of the 1930s and 1940s.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

Originally Posted by duff beer View Post
Edit: seeing the responses i don't even know why this topic was made.
Nice change to the OP
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

Just because of Solaris & Stalker I would pick the 70's.

Then add these :

The Man Who Fell to Earth
Rollerball
The Terminal Man
Demon Seed
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
Slaughterhouse Five
The Stepford Wives
Time After Time
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

Can amod add in every decade i just realized 70s are stronger than 80s actually, its really just the special effects like one poster said that got me passing that opinion.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

Originally Posted by Lt Ripley View Post
Best 15 year stretch was 68-82 bar none.
that is why.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

Originally Posted by Solid Snake View Post
Question: how is SW defined as a Science Fiction film?

I wouldn't count it as one. It's action/adventure for me.
No, it is definitely a rom-com.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

I'm neutral. Think both decades were great. Most 70s stuff has been mention. 60s stuff not mentioned
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
THE POWER
VOYAGE TO BOTTOM OF SEA
THE LOST WORLD
QUATERTMASS AND THE PIT
SATAN BUG
CRACK IN THE WORLD
ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS
MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
FIRST MEN IN MOON
PLANET OF VAMPIRES
VALLEY OF GWANGI
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

Originally Posted by Solid Snake View Post
Question: how is SW defined as a Science Fiction film?

I wouldn't count it as one. It's action/adventure for me.
If it's not sci fi then it would be fantasy, but it's a space opera which is a subgenre of sci fi.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

If we're going with every decade, my favorite would be the 50's.

Thing From Another World
It Came from Outer Space
Them
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Forbidden Planet
Tarantula
Godzilla
Rodan
The Mysterians
Incredible Shrinking Man
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Earth vs the Flying Saucers
Journey to the Center of the Earth
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

The correct answer is the 50s as that gave us Invaders from Mars.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

Originally Posted by Rockmjd23 View Post
If it's not sci fi then it would be fantasy, but it's a space opera which is a subgenre of sci fi.
It's not fantasy, either.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

The great thing about the 50s is that there was so much we didn't know, there was a lot of imagination.
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Re: 60s science fiction or 70s science fiction

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It's not fantasy, either.
It has many elements of fantasy such as The Force, hero vs supernatural villain, etc.
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It's basically high fantasy dressed up as sci-fi. Kind of "science fantasy."
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Re: Best Decade of Science Fiction

Originally Posted by duff beer View Post
Edit: seeing the responses i don't even know why this topic was made.
You don't know why you made this topic?
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Re: Best Decade of Science Fiction

T2, 12 Monkeys, The Matrix - scifi began the 90s as one thing and ended it as something better

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