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 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 6:11 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Hi Fellow FSMers,

If you would like to contribute to Lukas' Indiegogo campaign but find yourself short on funds there is a way you can help. How? Read on...

I'm appreciative of all the work Lukas has done to bring these wonderful soundtracks to the public so I've come up with a fun way everyone can now help him and it won't cost you a cent! Lukas will benefit and it will make for some entertaining reading for the rest of us.

Lukas' goal is to write and direct a feature length science fiction film. Here's my idea...

Make a post on this thread telling everyone which is your favorite science fiction (or sci-fi/fantasy) movie along with a brief explanation why it's your favorite. Here is the incentive to do so....

For every member who participates in this event I will donate three dollars ($3) to Lukas' campaign. It may not sound like much but it will add up if enough people do it. If 25 members post that's $75. If 60 members post that's $180. If...(ok, you get the idea).

So why not do it? You'll help Lukas reach his goal and all of us can have fun reading the responses. It's a win for everyone!

Choose one film only, please. (Yes, you can!) Don't post YouTube videos. It's not necessary. Any board member may participate but please post only once.

I'll keep participation open on this thread for five days ending it on Monday, May 14 at 9pm EST. I will make the donation at the conclusion of this event.


I'll start (look, we're up to $3 already!)

My favorite sci-fi film has always been The Andromeda Strain. I just find the film very believable and appreciate the all-adult cast (the crying baby aside). I love the deliberate slow pacing, good acting and Gil Melle's fascinating score. (yes, I have the Intrada CD). I still get the willys during the scene where the Rhesus monkey is exposed to the germ and it quickly convulses and dies. The technology in the film may be nearly 50 years old but it holds up to this day. I never tire of watching this film.


OK, here is your chance to help Lukas. Which is your favorite sci-fi film?

Participating Members.......Donation total - $255

01) Adam B.
02) DavidCoscina
03) Joan Hue
04) ST-321
05) Essankay
06) Josh
07) arnie
08) Paul MacLean
09) Zoragoth
10) Zap Brannigan
11) Bob DiMucci
12) Roman
13) Preston Neal Jones
14) tobid
15) EasternFinn
16) Thomas
17) Lewis&Clark
18) spanosdm
19) DeviantMan
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26) That Neil Guy
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30) Gary Radovich
31) Yavar Moradi
32) First Breath
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75) Thor
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80) John Chambers
81) fortyone
82) Pedestrian Wolf
83) Turbo
84) Jens
85) Score-Man-X

 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 6:34 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

Great thread! I've changed favourite sci-fi film faves over the years but I'd have to say Planet of the Apes has moved into top position. I love Schaffner's cinematic style beautifully matched by Goldsmith's stark and alien music. I was born in 1968 so I didn't actually see the film until 1974 on television but I loved it. Even as a 6 year old, that world just amazed me. Talking apes. There was something very downplayed and realistic about the film, as if it was a true account of spacemen crashing on another world. And of course the ending has the most haunting final image every committed to celluloid.

Even as a 49 year old, the film hasn't lost its appeal. The social metaphor is as potent today as it was then. The score still amazes me. Every attempt at remaking this classic meets with varied success but no score has every touched Goldsmith's original. Fantastic movie.

 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

Thank you!!!


 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 7:59 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

This is VERY nice of you. (If I write about 5 favorites, will that be $15.00? Just kidding. I have sent a contribution.)

My favorite would be ALIEN. It scared me so much when I saw it in the theater. I was so shocked when Dallas was killed. Wasn’t he the hero who would be left at the end? Nope, that would be Ripley, a woman and one of the first female warriors I ever saw in a movie. The death of Parker and Lambert was truly horrifying, not because of what we viewed, but because of what we heard. The audience hears Lambert’s screams and panting through Ripley’s earphones. Truly terrifying and brilliant. Our imaginations can cause more fear than what we actually see. It is a classic sci fi movie with a brilliant film score.

 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 8:26 PM   
 By:   ST-321   (Member)

Favorite Sci Fi movie? That's a tough one. I'll likely give different answers on different days. Today, I am going to go with Forbidden Planet. It heavily influenced Star Trek and is wonderful in so many ways.

 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 8:49 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

My favorite Sci-Fi movie is INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978). Its grim 70s outlook suits my disposition.

 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 8:50 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Gotta go with Star Wars. It was the first movie that my parents took me to see in the theater. I was two years old and instantly developed a crush on Princess Leia which is still burning strong to this day.

Thanks, Adam!

 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 8:51 PM   
 By:   arnie   (Member)

So many to choose from but I have a soft spot for Alien 3. Love the setting, Ripley shaving her head, and the heartbreaking ending. Really looking forward to the new soundtrack smile

 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 9:18 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

I'd have to say Blade Runner. It explores fascinating concepts of what it means to be "human", and depicts the transformation of a burnt-out man who is taught the meaning of "humanity" -- from artificial humans.

On top of that the film is gorgeously realized, with some of the most arresting art direction and photography ever put on celluloid, and beautifully artistic effects sequences (which serve to advance the story -- unlike the flashy overused of effects we often get in films today). Capping it all is Vangelis' music -- which is by turns, majestic, eerie and romantic, and without a doubt the best electronic film score ever composed.

 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 9:18 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

Too many to choose from, but I'll go with Kubrick's 2001.

And seconding the opinions of PLANET OF THE APES, the first movie I made it through awake at the drive-in (Mom and Dad had to explain what Chuck Heston was so upset about) and ALIEN 3.

Thanks Adam!

 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 10:00 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

My choice is KING KONG (2005). It works on every level: drama, action, spectacle, science fiction, some humorous moments, and a stirring music score.

I love that the film overall is not cynical, dark, and downbeat, even as it plays out its tragedy and makes profound use of a Joseph Conrad passage for narration. The protagonist is brave and noble, and the film is perfectly earnest about it: she has no bickering divorce subplot (see the current Lost in Space remake, for instance), drinking problem, or other personal messes to muddy her up. She sets a good example, and the film portrays a world in which that's possible. It allows a light of optimism to shine through the whole story.

 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 10:18 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

FANTASTIC VOYAGE - The first major sci-fi film I saw on the big screen. An intriguing thriller. Great color, effects, and Oscar-winning production design for its time. An avant garde and apropos score from Leonard Rosenman. And Raquel Welch. It still holds up today.

 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 10:54 PM   
 By:   Roman   (Member)

My choice is THE HIDDEN (1987), which has just made it to a wonderful Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray. Great actors with Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Nouri, lots of action and a gripping story.

 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 11:15 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

My favorite science fiction movie stars Alec Guinness. No, not THAT one. His OTHER one: THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT. An odd duck of a scientist invents something wonderful -- or is it? Brilliantly funny, beautifully shot and acted. A happy memory from my childhood, I screened it just a few weeks ago for some friends. Hadn't seen it for many years, but was happy to see it still holds up perfectly.

 Posted:   May 10, 2018 - 12:14 AM   
 By:   tobid   (Member)

Great idea Adam!

Of the many sci-fi-movies I love I'll go with the one which will rarely be singled out by other people:
A.I. artificial intelligence.
When I first saw this in the cinema in 2001, I was expecting one of the greatest movies ever, Kubrick and Spielberg being my favourite director's back then. I walked out disappointed, agreeing pretty much with everything negative the critics wrote.
I didn't watch the movie again for maybe five years, when I stumbled across a cheap copy of the DVD and thought I might as well give it another shot. To this day, I don't know why I didn't love this movie at first sight. Maybe I was too young at the time, maybe I was in the wrong mood, maybe I just needed to watch it twice to get into it. Doesn't matter. I was mesmerized on my second viewing. I think the very different styles of Kubrick and Spielberg blend perfectly, as does the genre mix of Science Fiction and Fairy Tale. The acting is great, especially Osment and Law. And then there is John Williams' incredible score, meandering between heartfelt emotion and distant wonder, always adding to the film what it needs at the moment.
I've watched the movie again many times, it's one of the few movies I upgraded from DVD to BluRay. And it just has what, to me, is essential to a good Science Fiction story: You are watching strange worlds, beings, things. Yet at its core there is a strong sense of humanity.

 Posted:   May 10, 2018 - 12:54 AM   
 By:   EasternFinn   (Member)

The Thing (1982). Brooding atmosphere with a great, moody score. I really love Carpenter’s films from that era and this is probably my favourite of his.

 Posted:   May 10, 2018 - 1:05 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Generous as always Adam!

I'm not that big a fan of science fiction movies. Can I pick E.T, does it count as sci-fi? Loved it since I first seen it as a kid, and still enjoy watching it from time to time.

 Posted:   May 10, 2018 - 1:07 AM   
 By:   Lewis&Clark   (Member)

Great idea Adam B!

DUNE - a flawed movie for sure and I hated it when I saw it for the first time back on its initial release (except for the score - an instant love story). But I kept returning to it over the years and it grew on me every time I saw it. And now I love it for what it could have been more than for what it actually is. But it's love nonetheless.

 Posted:   May 10, 2018 - 1:36 AM   
 By:   spanosdm   (Member)

Easy one. It's THE MATRIX.
The story is great as is the main idea (people as batteries for machines).
The Watchowskis did an excellent job on the use of special effects and camera work.
Bombastic action, great Don Davis score, many hidden (and unhidden!) messages.
I can watch it anytime.

 Posted:   May 10, 2018 - 1:56 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

My favorite Sci-Fi guilty pleasure:


A mesmerizing concoction that is one part Hammer Horror homage and one part distaster movie.
A stellar cast including Frank Finlay & Patrick Stewart with the lovely and multi-talented Mathilda May as the lead villainess.

And, of course, that awesome score by Henry Mancini!
(And extras from Michael Kamen)

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