Best SF&F Film?

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Re: Best SF&F Film?

Postby Terry Tornado on Saturday, 13 July 2013, 12:14 pm

It strikes me that no one has mentioned two of the all time great classics, probably because one is French, and the other Russian: La Jetee (1967) by Chris Marker, and Stalker (1979) by Andrei Tarkovsky.
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Re: Best SF&F Film?

Postby owlcroft on Saturday, 13 July 2013, 7:09 pm

Curiously, I have just been running over my movie lists, and have updated them a bit. (I am constrained by the fact that I don't watch movies very much at all, not have I ever).

Note: slightly further updated 14 July 2013 (added some Bergman & Fellini films).


Both of the films you mention are on my updated lists, though we should note that calling La Jetée a "movie" is stretching a bit, as it is only 28 minutes long.

My current lists are divided into four categories; all categories mean the equivalent of a book worth at least one star--the divisions are into degrees of proability, because for many I have to go solely by reputation and various critical write-ups. That said, my current list (alphabetical within divisions, ignoring The/A/An) is:

Definitely:
2001

The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen
Alice in Wonderland [1966 Jonathan Miller BBC]
Alphaville
Angel-A
Beauty and the Beast [Cocteau]
Beetlejuice
The Big Empty
Black Orpheus
Brazil
Carnival of Souls [original]
Dr. Strangelove
Flash Gordon [modern remake]
Hogfather
Jabberwocky
The Last Starfighter
The Man in the White Suit
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Orphée [Cocteau]
Pan's Labyrinth
The Quiet Earth
The Seventh Seal
The Temptations of Doctor Antonio [Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio; segment 2 of Boccaccio '70]
Time Bandits
The Troublesome Man
Yellow Submarine
Young Frankenstein

Probably:
12 Monkeys
Dark City
The Devil's Eye
Edward Scissorhands
Excalibur
The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador)
Faraway, So Close! (In weiter Ferne, so nah!) [sequel to Wings of Desire]
Faust (Faust – Eine deutsche Volkssage) [1926]
Faust [2011]
The Fisher King [is this really fantasy?]
Gattaca
Hour of the Wolf
The Illusionist [2006]
La Jetée
The Last Unicorn
The Magician [Bergman - categorization questionable]
The Man Who Fell to Earth
The Prestige
Stalker [1979]
Solaris (1972 Tarkovsky)
Solaris (2002 Soderbergh)
Ugetsu
The Virgin Spring [Bergman - categorization marginal]
Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin)
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

Maybe?
The 10th Victim
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
A Clockwork Orange
Big Fish
Brother from Another Planet
The City of Lost Children
Dark Star
Delicatessen
District 9
Labyrinth
MirrorMask
Harvey [DuPont Show of the Month: Season 2, Episode 1, 22 Sep. 1958] *
Pitch Black
Repo Man
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Truman Show
Watership Down

Not at all sure:
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) [1920]
Cube
Nosferatu (Eine Symphonie des Grauens)

* Note that the Art Carney "Harvey" is available on DVD, but only as an off-the-air recording (though said to be of passable quality).

By no means are even the ones I have listed as "definite' (meaning I've seen them and think so) of equal quality: some are one-star and some are five-star, but I don't feel like getting into such nice differentiations on such short lists. Also, some of these are serious films and some are comedic, which I do not think lessens their merit.

I'd be interested in some opinons on whether "8½" or "The Fisher King" really qualify as "speculative-fiction" films (or on any other films of merit that one might not think of as specfic but that could qualify). Some of the old masters' work (Bergman, Fellini, and that lot) might fit; I need to look over their lists of works.
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Re: Best SF&F Film?

Postby raulb4s on Tuesday, 13 August 2013, 2:51 am

Lord of the rings movies are the best science fiction movies, in my opinion, they are very well produced and the story is great but it's my opinion, I know not everybody thinks the same as me, but let's respect opinions.
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