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Best sci-fi movie that was NOT a franchise

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by KevinP, Nov 23, 2021.

  1. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

  2. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Flaneur

    Perth Australia
    You've said that twice.
  3. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    keeping count...I like that...you care. ; )
  4. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Flaneur

    Perth Australia
    I notice these things. I like someone who can say what they want to say in very few words, instead of filling a whole screen to make their point. Economy of language.
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  5. barryalan

    barryalan Cat in Space

    Santa Ana
    Most of the really good movies have already been mentioned so I'm going with the 1960 East German film First Spaceship to Venus

    Story by Stanislaw Lem.
  6. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Indeed.; )
  7. will_b_free

    will_b_free Forum Resident

    Boulder, CO
    Technically, Moon was part of a trilogy that continued in Duncan Jones’ 2018 film Mute and his more recent comic book, Madi: Once Upon A Time in The Future.
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  8. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    The Incredible Shrinking Man
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  9. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Flaneur

    Perth Australia
    The only thing I disliked about that movie was the title. "Incredible" is for the viewer to judge. Telling the audience in advance that the protagonist is "incredible" is corny; it makes it sound as if the movie is aimed at 10-year-olds.
  10. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    yes I can see your point, but I guess they felt it was a better impact than just The Shrinking Man...well it is incredible isn't it? ; )
  11. Slackhurst Broadcasting

    Slackhurst Broadcasting Forum Resident

    It was the 1950s. This was not a period of subtlety in science fiction movies. In fact words like "fantastic", "incredible" and "amazing" were genre signifiers in those days: they were often used in the titles of SF magazines.
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  12. Great movie. An even better book.
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  13. Gloi

    Gloi Forum Resident

    Dark Star.
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  14. Deibu

    Deibu I Dream of Tangerines

    Arizona, USA
    They Live! and Ex Machina for me.

    I'd add The Last Starfighter except it had a tie-in comic book.

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  15. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Media Omnivore

    Victoria, Canada
    Ikarie XB1 (1963) - Czech
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  16. citizensmurf

    citizensmurf Ambient postpunk will never die

    I'm not huge into sci fi, as I find most of them as simply action driven films set in space or in the future, and very little to do with science.

    However the first one that came to mind is La Jetée (1962), which was the basis for 12 Monkeys. A series of beautiful B&W photos and voice overs tell the story. Obscure, yes, but I see the influence of this film in many many others that came after.

  17. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    yes and yes! : )
  18. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

  19. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    ha, I just listed this title without seeing your post! Cool...
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  20. Nodrog96

    Nodrog96 Forum Resident

    NE Scotland
    Thanks for the heads up. Watched part one of this so far on YT and enjoyed it. Interesting to see Ulli Lommel playing a reporter as he later went on to direct The Bogeyman which ended up on the Video Nasties list in the UK (although not sure why as it was pretty mild). The best thing (aside from the plastic orange telephone that somebody has on their desk), of course, is that I finally discover where the makers of The Matrix stole all of their ideas 20-odd years after the event. :doh:
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  21. Fastnbulbous

    Fastnbulbous Doubleplus Ungood

    Washington DC USA
    I wouldn't call 2010 a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kubrick had nothing to do with the subsequent film. Arthur C. Clarke did technically write the books upon which both movies were based, but Kubrick basically co-wrote the novel and screenplay to 2001: ASO. /pedant
  22. Deuce66

    Deuce66 Senior Member

    Lots of great titles mentioned so far, a few more stand alones.

    Alita: Battle Angel
    Wall E
    E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
    The Abyss
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  23. spencer1

    spencer1 Great Western Forum Resident

    Heck that one deserves three so I’ll take it …
    “First Men In The Moon”.
  24. MrCJF

    MrCJF Best served with coffee and cake.

    United Kingdom
    The story is a direct follow on from the first movie and a key character appears in both movies. It's still disqualified!
  25. Fastnbulbous

    Fastnbulbous Doubleplus Ungood

    Washington DC USA
    Yes, because I say so :laugh:
    But seriously, 2010 was simply a sequel, and it came out 16 years after the original. Hardly a franchise in my book.

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