Skip to comments.Where have all the good sci-fi films gone (vanity)?
Posted on 02/19/2008 11:03:14 AM PST by rjp2005
Where have all the sci-fi films gone?
Those simple, thought-provoking speculative tales about how people respond to something new, what kind of moral choices they make, keeping traditions in the face of technological change. Essentially, the kind of films that were thought provoking and story/character driven - Day the Earth Stood Still, Planet of Apes, 12 Monkeys, Minority Report (more action though but good), etc.
The "Superhero and Fantasy Genre Craze" since Spiderman and LOTR has really eaten up a lot of support for original sci-fi works to film...
For 2008, we have two horror/slasher types "I Am Legend" (Omega Man remake) and "Death Race" (revisiting the 70's version), another superhero film in "Jumper", "Iron Man", which could be a treat, and maybe the only true sci-fi attempt, "Babylon A.D.". There was also "Sunshine", a late 90's disaster film leftover, possibly funded by Global Warming-mongers ;)
It will be interesting where they go with re-making The Day the Earth Stood still next December. The "peace in our time" theme will probably be very strong if Hollywood has a say...
Surely they can do better. What about a film depicting a resistance movement in post-war Islamicized Europe? Or a time traveler returning to help stop a nuclear terrorism disaster? Or an elite team responding to a cyber-attack on the electrical grid? Or a scientist accidentally goes in hibernation in Southwest, awakens to see Mexico/China controlling parts of the US. Or a future oil rush in the arctic, with mega companies scrambling for outposts and making claims in the glaciers. Just some ideas.
Well - the X-files 2 movie is coming out this year I think. That should be more on the “thought-provoking” scheme of things.
I was hoping for a remake of “THEM”
The same as where the chidren gone
Gone long time ago...
as for depth, nothing beats Babylon 5 TOS.
John McClane already took care of that one ...
Well then, let's elect him President!
a resistance movement in post-war Islamicized Europe
We can read about that resistance movement right now on Free Republic.
I liked Tim Man although its mini-series presentation probably knocks it out of your category. I do think the wealth of channels available means the innovative stuff gets targeted there, Sarah Connor Chronicles being an example.
I am surprised that no one has tried to screw up one of my all time favorites with a remake: Forbidden Planet.
Plot and substance sacrificed to special effects grandstanding. Everything is too slick, I like a bit of grittiness.
Among my favorites:
Think I’ll watch “The Fifth Element” this evening.
Except Fireball XL5.
That’s a good one too.
Bruce Willis is at his best when he’s obviously having fun.
I heard they were redoing the first Star Trek - not excited about it, though.
I hope Iron Man is good.
All the good sci-fi writing is on television these days. Lost, Heroes, Jericho, Battlestar Galactica, etc. Sci-Fi and FX channels make their own movies and series, some are pretty good.
Movies are junk, but I liked Cloverfield and Transformers.
Those shows are playing nightly in the skies above Stephensville, Texas. Live performances for those willing to watch...
I was deeply saddened when this was canceled, it really could have had legs if given a chance.
I'm not really looking forward to any movies, but I am getting a kick out of the Terminator-Sarah Connor Chronicles show. Last night was an interesting twist - John is actually turning out to be resourcefull and daring - completely unlike T-3. Much better character than T-2, even. Not hard to beat Furlong, though.
They are still around. Why don’t you try An Inconvenient Truth? I heard that is great science fiction!
Yeah, good luck seeing that plot come out of Hollywood. ;)
Even "Sunshine" turned out to be more of a horror movie, with a supernatural twist that ruined it as a legitimate SciFi work. There hasn't been anything good since "Serenity", and it's past time for Hollywood to get Joss Whedon back to work.
my brother was a big fireball XL5 fan. I preferred Stingray or Supercar meself;-)
gerry anderson fans know what we’re on about...
“I liked Tim Man although its mini-series presentation probably knocks it out of your category. I do think the wealth of channels available means the innovative stuff gets targeted there, Sarah Connor Chronicles being an example.”
Battlestar Galactica (the new one) is a good show. Tin Man was pretty good, as well. I was surprised by that one.
Well then, let's elect him President!
D@mn! Here I was all excited about the election and I looked at the ballot again and we've got McCAIN!. Boy, am I embarrassed.
Forbidden Planet My favorite, boy did I have nightmares after seeing it as a kid. I have the music and play it from time to time Way Far Out!!!
Whose “THEM”? Michigan? Heh heh.
You forgot Cloverfield.
There’s also a lot of sci-fi on TV: Heroes, Lost, Battlestar-Galactica.
We need a good remake of that Rowdy Roddy Piper classic...”They Live” Especially that overly drawn out fight scene where he gets the guy to look through the glasses.
I’m thinking Will Smith and Martin Lawrence could duplicate this as lead roles. Pick whatever glamour babe you want as the girl who takes him back to her house, and then a bunch of liberals could play the “THEY” roles. Saves on makeup in the case of Nancy Pelosi....
Hey, even though Tom Cruise was in it, I thought War of the Worlds was pretty good. Pretty faithful to the original concept, too (just modernized).
Now there’s a classic. I love Logan’s Run.
Death race was good too, I still say to myself, 25 points when some one tries to step out in front of the car.
Thank George Lucas and Lucas Films for the ushering in of CGI and ruining movies. His first 3 (or last 3 in the saga) Star Wars were great. Then he went CGI and the plot lines and good writing meant nothing, and why should they when you can have super cool computer effects!
Saw it in the theatre when I was 16, so I obviously remember certain "parts" better than others.
Not to mention, (IMO) THE best sci-fi series...or ANY series, for that matter:
Ender’s Game (based on Orson Scott Card’s novels) is a potential barn burner, but it doesn’t seem to be high on Wolfgang Peterson’s priority list.
There was some hype over development of Rendezvous w/Rama (Arthur C. Clarke/Gantry Lee’s story), but it seems to be stuck in limbo.
Anybody seen “Howard the Duck” from 1986? A duck from a parallel universe saves Earth from the dark overlord!
One of the best sci-fi movies I have seen recently is a Japanese sci-fi from 2003, called Casshern. It is better than Matrix! View it on HD if you can.
A remake today would probably have the Krell going extinct because of global warming, or some other such nonsense, instead of them forgeting their innate selves, which I always associated with liberalism ( like how they blame an object instead of human nature.)
There is very little good science fiction in the realm of literature. Then, when that which is actually good is made into a movie, the story is sacrificed for special effect. If that weren’t enough, Will Smith or Tom Cruise are cast in the major role to insure it will be a dud.
I really liked Outer Limits, the series. I even went back and found the old black & white series, which was just cheesy enough to be enjoyable. Most sci-fi is best viewed with Mike, Tom Servo and Crow. That way, even if it is bad, it is good.
Even though Lucas got trashed by the critics, I enjoyed HTD, but could have done without the interspecies sex.
The first Matrix was pretty good./Just Asking - seoul62...........