Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Science Fiction Movies


It's Thursday (actually it's Friday, of last week) and so that means it's another episode of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks!  I'm out of town, so this is coming to you thanks to busting ass last week and getting a it scheduled!  

You can thank me later.

Anyways, this was an interesting one because this week's theme comes with a stipulation to make it more...challenging, and that stipulation really challenged me since my mind went to the very place it told me I couldn't go.

This week's theme is:



And here's the catch...NO SPACE OR ALIENS!  Well, that takes a large chunk of everything I was thinking out of my hands.  I came up with some good ones though, so I'm all for this.  I actively avoided Inception, since I assume that film will be really popular this week.

Back to the Future
This is one of those films I just didn't care for as a kid, surprisingly, but a few years ago while on a cruise with the family, I wound up walking my daughter to sleep on the deck while this was playing (movies under the stars) and I fell in love with it.  So clever and witty and exciting and well made.  It's not nostalgic for me, but it's a new love.

Gattaca
I'm always so happy when someone tells me that they love this movie.  For me, it's such an underrated classic of genre and doesn't get the respect it deserves.  It's paced beautifully, brilliantly acted (Jude Law was Oscar ROBBED) and poignant, even today.  I recommend this movie to everyone. 

The Matrix
If someone comments that these robots were aliens, I'm going to lose it.  I haven't seen this movie in years, so I honestly can't remember, but from what I recall it all takes place on Earth and the villains are robots...right?  All I know is that it's been ripped off to death, but the original still stands as a great film (even if the sequels sucked).

28 comments:

  1. Awesome list! Gattaca is frequently in and out of my top 100 of all time. LOVE it!!

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  2. Gattaca is getting a lot of love today. That's awesome. The Matrix confused the hell out of me for some reason, then I didn't like the sequels so I never bothered to try to understand it. Except that sex scene in the 2nd one. That was pretty hot. lol

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    1. HA! That sex scene was really hot...except that the two actors involved were...not hot, at all.

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  3. I was obsessed with Back to the Future when i was 10 and was super excited when I got to meet a guy pretending to be Doc Brown at Universal Studios this week.
    Gattaca is fantastic na dI'm glad to see it making so many people's lists (two so far).
    Hey, I picked The Matrix too! No, they're clearly not aliens, you're absolutely right. I don't know if I can think of a single sequel that came so close to retroactively ruining the first one though.

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    1. OMG, the Matrix sequels are so...awful. Like...how in the world do you actively ruin something that could have been so amazing?

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  4. Inception wasn't popular in the slightest. :) 0/7 list that I read beside yours didn't have Inception. So funny. One of the best sci-fi films and no list covers it.
    Great list. The Matrix was always for me just good. Great action, interesting philosophy, HORRIBLE ACTING (I hate Keanu), not very original and many plot holes. Gattaca is amazing. One of the better dystopian films ever. Jude Law was fantastic. I love it. I'm so sorry for Andrew Niccol, Gattaca, The Truman Show, Lord of War and then just shit (never checked Good Kill though). Back to the Future, hmm, I liked it but still it doesn't excuse the fact that Zemeckis won for Forrest Gump.

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    1. I'm really shocked that Inception didn't reign supreme here. I figured it would land on every list.

      Love your love of Gattaca!

      Nothing will ever excuse Forrest Gump.

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  5. As far as I'm concerned anyone who doesn't like Back to the Future should make like a tree and get out of here, haha.

    Haven't seen Gattaca but I love the Matrix (the sequels not so much), the fight sequences are so incredible and less obviously GC than they were in the sequels

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  6. Nailed it. 3/3 are classics. Well done.

    Though...who didn't like BTTF, like ever?

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    1. LOL...(walks into an empty room hanging my head)

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  7. Funny your choices are listed in my order of preference for them. I love, love, love Back to the Future and picked one of the trio for my list. Such a sense of wonder mixed with fun and just a little darkness. I'm not a Hawke fan but Gattaca is one of his better performances and the film is an interesting one that I like but don't love. I hated the Matrix, I fell asleep in the theatre not once but twice!! The first time I nodded off but it was a late show and I had worked a long shift before so I thought I didn't give it a fair shake. So went to see it again when everyone was going crazy for it making sure I was rested and STILL didn't make it all the way through! Same thing happened with Ghostbusters.

    I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, I like many of the films but its not a go to genre for me. Anyway here are my three for the week:

    Source Code (2011)-As part of a secret military operation Colter Stevens is placed repeatedly in the body of a man during the last eight minutes of his life to find out the identity of the terrorist who blew up a commuter train and prevent them from striking again. As he goes through the calamity time and again he begins to see a way to prevent the original tragedy. A clever premise excitingly directed with a strong lead performance by Jake Gyllenhaal.

    Back to the Future III (1990)-As much as I love the first I thought it might turn up frequently and this third in the trio is often forgotten but I think it's almost as good. Marty McFly and Doc Brown head out to the Old West by way of the flux capacitor where Doc finds love but also runs afoul of gang of bandits. After the scattershot BTTFII the series finds its legs again recapturing its sense of wonder and winds up with this charming and fun comic sci-fi western.

    Fahrenheit 451 (1966)-François Truffaut’s only English language film is a terrifically chilly affair based on the Ray Bradbury classic. In the future Montag, a firemen whose job is to search for and burn books begins to question his existence. The masses, now called Cousins are under various degrees of mind control but there are still pockets of protesters who strive to keep knowledge alive. A perfectly cast film with amazing production design. Julie Christie is super in a dual role.

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    1. You remind me that I really need to see Fahrenheit 451!

      I love your love of Source Code. It's like a sci-fi Groundhog Day, but so intense and wonderfully composed.

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    2. Ack! I'm surprised you haven't seen Fahrenheit 451 it being Truffaut's only English language film. By necessity it holds the viewer at bay but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. I was lucky and saw it the first time in a theatre on a re-release after they had remastered the print and it was an amazing way to experience it for the first time. The ending is so perfect. Would love to hear what you think of it when you finally catch up with it.

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    3. I'll be seeing it, for sure, and I'll let you know once I do.

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    4. After you've watched, if you see the DVD version with the Julie Christie commentary track, go back and listen to the unexpected circumstance that presented itself that Truffaut incorporated into the film to create a striking image. She talks about it towards the end of the film.

      Certainly understand why you have to give all the blogging the go by while you do the big move and get settled in but I'll miss hashing over the different films on Thursdays with you. Always tried to find more obscure titles to see if you were familiar and get your take on them. I've also found many new discoveries to explore from your mentions.

      Hope all goes smoothly!

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    5. Thanks Joel. I will miss the interchange between us as well, but I'll be back!

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  8. I have not seen Gattica but I like Back To The Future and I am OK with The Matrix and wish they just left it with that one film instead of those silly remakes. I would choose "Things To Come" with Raymond Massey about war and the aftermath. It is based on H.G. Wells's book who was part of the making of the film but not as much as one would think. Oh Gosh! "Metropolis"-a great silent film that blew me away when I first saw it. The imagery alone is captivating and is as relevant today as it was back then. My last pick is "Planet of the Apes"-the original with Charlton Heston in a loin cloth. One thinks he is on a different planet until the climax of the film. It is chilling and started the whole thing including a 1970's TV show

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    1. Great picks! I'm with you on The Matrix, it really needed to stay where it was. Too many ideas that didn't come together cleanly over the course to three films.

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  9. I almost picked all three of these this week! The Matrix is one of the formative movie experiences of my life: My first R-rated movie in the cinema, and an unexpected bonding moment with my mother (who was at first pissed that she had to see the film with me and my friend, but ended up loving it just as much if not more than we did). Gattaca I have always loved (there was a period when I wanted to be a scientist/chemist/inventor, and this film had a lot to do with that). And Back to the Future is, of course, an iconic, stone cold classic. Christopher Lloyd is BRILLIANT in it.

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    1. Lloyd is so good, for sure, but I'm more and more astonished at how great Michael J. Fox is in the role. Like, it was a perfect role to have just coasted on, and yet it adds so much to it!

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  10. Ah! Three classics!!!!! What else is there to say?

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  11. It's not possible to go wrong with The Matrix or Back to the Future. Haven't seen Gattaca, yet.

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  12. Hmm, I never really like Back to the Future. Frankly, I think it's overhyped (?)

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