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Best sci-fi movie that was NOT a franchise

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

  1. daglesj

    daglesj Forum Resident

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    So much wrong with that movie. Looks nice, badly written.
     
  2. Lightworker

    Lightworker Forum Resident

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    Idiocracy (2006)

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  3. Children of Men
    City of Lost Children
    2001
    Gattaca
    Journey to the Far Side of the Sun
    Dark City
    The Omega Man
    Soilent Green
    Slaughterhouse Five
    The Prestige
     
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  4. This almost made my list as it has several elements I love, but for me it falls short. I think it’s overly complex and the payoff is hardly worth the effort. Still some fantastic scenes and brilliant execution.
     
  5. GregM

    GregM The expanding man

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    As with most Nolan films, it is slight of wrist type of deception; misdirection of the audience. Like in Prestige. What I mean is that it's not really a science fiction movie after all; it's a multidimensional love story dedicated to dads and daughters. I can't watch it without turning into a sobbing wreck. Nothing about it falls short for me. Every scene and exchange of dialog is paid off and justified. The sci fi elements amount to icing the cake.
     
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  6. darkmass

    darkmass Forum Resident

    I never ever should have included Serenity in my list. Maybe if I hadn't liked Serenity a great deal, and I did like Serenity, while at the same time fairly seriously disliking the Firefly television series (except for the final three episodes--which somehow worked for me) I might have been more inclined to consider Serenity part of a franchise. My apologies to the OP. I like Serenity, but it didn't belong in this thread. Not only that, but Firefly seems to have spun off into several other franchise elements.


    But I have a patch. My two replacement additions to my post #58 list are not franchises--though there's a twist or two to that...

    Galaxy Quest - not in any way a franchise element, yet it's certainly about a franchise.

    Fast Color - trailed here


    Fast Color is not a franchise, though some two years ago it looked like it was on its way to becoming an Amazon Studios television series produced by Viola Davis. No mention of it recently, no doubt sidelined by Covid. Fast Color is a very worthwhile watch in my opinion--see it before it becomes a television franchise and all will be good.
     
  7. Michael

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

    let's go for 4!
     
  8. Michael

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

    It! The terror from outer space.
     
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  9. Robert M.

    Robert M. Forum Resident

    I was watching Ray Bradbury Theatre on Comet TV this morning, thinking that
    Fahrenheit 451 deserves recommendation.

     
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  10. BwanaBob

    BwanaBob Forum Resident

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    Sequels as in plural? There was the remake in 1982 and the prequel in 2011. What am I missing?
     
  11. BwanaBob

    BwanaBob Forum Resident

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    Well it did have a remake called "Alien". ;)
     
  12. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

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    @Vaughan
     
  13. Vaughan

    Vaughan Forum Resident

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    So there's the original film. Then the Carpenter version, which was a sort of remake. Then a sequel in 2011 (some say it's a prequel). A third film is in the works, but I just read it's a "reboot", so I guess they're going to start the whole thing again. Sheesh.
     
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  14. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

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    As far as the OP, I consider a prequel the same as a sequel. I had forgotten that it existed. I'll never watch it.
     
  15. jmcecil

    jmcecil Analog Jitter

    Some good ones on the list. How about "The Abyss"?
     
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  16. BwanaBob

    BwanaBob Forum Resident

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    What do mean "some say it's a prequel". It's clearly one, as it ends with the beginning of the 1982 movie. Remakes do not make for a franchise.
    And if this newer movie is actually a sequel to the 1982 movie, I'd still be hard pressed to call the 3 movies spread over 40 years a franchise.
     
  17. jmcecil

    jmcecil Analog Jitter

    Doesn't the book "All You Need is Kill" it is based on disqualify the movie? Enjoyable movie though. Even if they did screw up the story just because "Tom Cruise".

    Never mind: I see "based on a book" is allowed. So yeah, pretty good movie.
     
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  18. Oh! It's worth a watch.
    "It's not human. Yet."
     
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  19. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

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    You think it's decent then?
     
  20. Uh....it's worth watching. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is engaging and there are are some good bits with The Thing.
    The story doesn't really go anywhere though. But there's worse ways to spend a couple of hours.
     
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  21. Michael

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

    that's what they claim...BUT no cigar! been a rumor for quite some time now...
     
  22. BwanaBob

    BwanaBob Forum Resident

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    When I saw Alien when it came out the first thought that popped into my head was that they ripped off "It The Terror from Beyond Space". So what you claim was a rumor I felt since 1979.
     
  23. Vaughan

    Vaughan Forum Resident

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    Okay okay man. You seem to feel strongly about this topic, far stronger than I. Sequel, Prequel, Reboot..... I prefer the original filmed version myself. :)
     
  24. Nodrog96

    Nodrog96 Forum Resident

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    Finished the second part of World on a Wire. Worth a peek most definitely if only for the abundance of orange coloured furnishings that must have been all the rage in early 1970s Europe. Unless, of course, there was a secret meaning behind the use of it..
     
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  25. BwanaBob

    BwanaBob Forum Resident

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    We agree 100% on that. Peace.
     

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