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According to James Cameron’s “Terminator” series, Skynet becomes self-aware and declares war on humankind on April 19, 2011. What’s your favorite science fiction movie?

Asked at Game Nut Entertainment, 844 Mass. on April 20, 2011

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Newell_Post 2 years, 12 months ago

"Metropolis," Fritz Lang, 1927, black-and-white, silent movie with inter-titles. It's still the best science fiction movie ever made.

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tange 2 years, 12 months ago

Gattaca.

With many of the best and some of the worst already mentioned, I'll add a couple of the more obscure...

"The Lathe of Heaven" (1980 PBS original, not the remake)

and the more recent, atmospherically similar, "Primer."

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Chris Golledge 2 years, 12 months ago

Lot of good choices above, Blade Runner, A Clockwork Orange, 2001, etc.

Another older one, On the Beach, 1959.

A more recent one, The Road.

Just for fun, Predator and Predators (skip all the ones in between), Starship Troopers.

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Armored_One 2 years, 12 months ago

Good Gods, is no one going to mention Star Trek: The Movie?? V-Ger was just awesome. Excellent metaphor for how we are destroying our future with the technology of today, and yet the technology of today is massively influenced by Star Trek:TOS...

There are movies like Dune, Them, Night of the Lepus (killer, people eating bunnies are just awesome), Maximum Overdrive, The Blob (Steve McQueen version), The Day After (comeon, how many low budget movies actually influence world politics), When Worlds Collide (especially since rogue stars are real, but was only just a theory when the movie was made), Repo, the Genetic Opera, The Faculty, and Ice Pirates...

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 12 months ago

I don't think I have ever seen a movie that effected me more than Enemy Mine. The Day the Earth Stood Still comes close to the same theme but it's overly pedantic. Forbidden Planet is a great film and story but it darn well better be. It's Shakespeare. I loved a lot of cheesey fifties SF movies when I was a kid; Them! and War of the Worlds among them. But I never got into the Japanese "Godzilla" style movies. (Will never forget that, in one of them, Godzilla picks up a truck and as the animation moves his arm up to smash the truck down you can clearly see the word "Tonka" on the bottom of the truck.)

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deec 2 years, 12 months ago

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

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ranger73 2 years, 12 months ago

Oh yeah Spaceballs! "Ludacris speed!"

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BABBOY 2 years, 12 months ago

Star Wars (the first one)

Forbidden Planet (you have to accept that is an old movie)

Star Trek (reboot non-trekke version with Chris Pine)

And Battelfield Earth to spite that geek Creature Comforts who thinks he is a movie expert.........

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somedude20 2 years, 12 months ago

10 minutes until 4:20 SpaceHollis

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melott 2 years, 12 months ago

Run Lola Run Forbidden Planet War of the Worlds (50's version) The Time Machne (1960 version) 2001 Terminator Alien Starman The Blob (50's)

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BigPrune 2 years, 12 months ago

An Inconvenient Truth, science fiction made to look plausible for the gullible in order to swindle money from and create new industries for suckers including governments.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 12 months ago

I know this couple who moved to France for a year. That was a bad idea from the start. I guess their main flight from NY to Paris was packed with French people with really bad B.O. I mean it was so bad they asked the stewardess for some masks or something. I've heard in France people let their dogs poop wherever the hell they want and they don't pick it up. Just streets filled with dog poop everywhere. That and the fact that most French people have an envious hatred of Americans. No, thanks.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 12 months ago

Blade Runner was a good film. I just had a hard time tolerating Harry Ford and that damn wierd, coked out Rutger Hauer. I loved Alien, especially near the end with the good panty shots of Sigourney Weaver. She's older now, but still milfy. I wouldn't definitely knock it around with her.

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labmonkey 2 years, 12 months ago

Anything Terminator, Fifth Element, Mars Attacks, Any Star Trek, and the old Twilight Zone series.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 12 months ago

Fantastic Voyage Journey to the Center of the Earth The Terminator series Men in Black

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rockchalker52 2 years, 12 months ago

Forbidden Planet The Day The Earth Stood Still Close encounters of the Third Kind Mars Attacks Return of the Jedi Plan Nine from Outer Space Planet of the Apes Dune

Also looking forward to Cowboys & Aliens

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Sigmund 2 years, 12 months ago

riverat (Joe Hyde) says… "The Andromeda Strain". Nonstop suspense. I about jumped out of my skin when that particle of lethal material captured by the satellite's filter screen twitched to life under the microscope!"

Which version? The original gets added to my top 5, the TV miniseries is terrible. "What Happened at Piedmont?" http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/sigmu...

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 12 months ago

"Careful with the German there Hollis,"

Autie is always worried about the Germans.

Autie - You never even lived in France. I think you can relax.

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autie 2 years, 12 months ago

Careful with the German there Hollis, I know a guy that dislocated his larnyx speaking that stuff and now he sounds like Ned on South Park.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 12 months ago

LOL, no Ret I have not... I'll take your word for it and thanks for the heads up. I'll put that on my list of things to do, right after watching paint dry.

Very funny!

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Royals 2 years, 12 months ago

The 2011 Royals season thus far.

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Andini 2 years, 12 months ago

Frequency.

This movie is one of my favorites of all time.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 12 months ago

CWGOKU, Have you seen Princess Di's wedding dress at Union Station?

To - Die - For!

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somedude20 2 years, 12 months ago

Must not forget "The Omega Man" and "Lifeforce." The female vampire from "Lifeforce" was so so beautiful and nude the whole movie. It has zombies in it, destroys Angland and the lady is still naked. Great movie!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifeforce_(film)

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snoozey 2 years, 12 months ago

Barbarella for frivolity, Blade Runner for noir, Alien for scaring the most hell out of a theater audience, and Star Wars for classic adherence to the genre all get my votes - and in homage to snap, I will drag out my copy of Flesh Gordon tonight.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 12 months ago

"My favorite scenes are the ones with Steve Burns from Blues Clues in them."

Thanks, He Who Knows All. Now I have Blues Clues going through my head. My kid hasn't watched that show in months.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 12 months ago

'One time she told me "You look really pensive."' - Spacehog

I think she was being nice, because using the word "ruminative" would have made you appear more bovine.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 12 months ago

The kids made me watch the new Tron Sunday night. yawn... I like the original Star Wars. But give me the first Alien movie, I love it when the alien comes out of that dudes stomach. Suspensful movie.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 12 months ago

"Christmas On Mars"

I couldn't get through that movie. Wayne is a weird dude.

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somedude20 2 years, 12 months ago

"Aliens"...why don't you put the kid in charge, man "Event Horizon" "The Fly"...remember the Seth Brundle Museum "Blade Runner" is great I liked "The Last Star Figher" as a kid

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CWGOKU 2 years, 12 months ago

I can't think about this now, not with the Royal wedding so close...

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HollisBrown 2 years, 12 months ago

All the Stephen King movies. Someday someone will publish his letters, whatever the hell that means, and his legacy will be that of the greatest Author in history. And he sure likes to use those guys from "Wings" in his movies. Hey Ronaldo, is it "a" historical, or "an" historical. H is a consonat, so I always say "a". Most people that say "an" are just trying to sound smart, like that idiot friend of mine from SF. One time she told me "You look really pensive." I just gave her an annoyed look and said "I know what that means, but could you please speak English, not Egghead?"

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HollisBrown 2 years, 12 months ago

I can't decide. Either "An Inconvenient Truth", or any of the Michael Moore films.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 12 months ago

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HollisBrown 2 years, 12 months ago

"Eine kleine mich Berliner!" -JFK What he really said was "I am a Donut!" But he sure was handsome until he lost his head.

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prospector 2 years, 12 months ago

You know, if I were unemployed I don't think I would consider video games to be high on my wants and needs. Put the Gameboy down and read "What Color is Your Parachute" children.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 12 months ago

Ich will heute wieder ein Prophet sein: Wenn es dem internationalen Finanzjudentum in und außerhalb Europas gelingen sollte, die Völker noch einmal in einen Weltkrieg zu stürzen, dann wird das Ergebnis nicht die Bolschewisierung der Erde und damit der Sieg des Judentums sein, sondern die Vernichtung der jüdischen Rasse in Europa.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 12 months ago

I fell asleep reading the question. I have a really short attention span. Could you re-word it into something shorter, with maybe a few cuss words? Thanks, Whitney.

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autie 2 years, 12 months ago

Happy Birthday Adolf!

/goes to google Ridvan/

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 12 months ago

"T_O_B, A happy Ridvan to you too!" RI

Damn it. Not again.

/Googles for what the hell Ridvan is.

Um, thanks.

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Joe Hyde 2 years, 12 months ago

"The Andromeda Strain". Nonstop suspense. I about jumped out of my skin when that particle of lethal material captured by the satellite's filter screen twitched to life under the microscope!

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prospector 2 years, 12 months ago

"The Blob" and "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"

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Bunny_Hotcakes 2 years, 12 months ago

We have to just pick one? Bah. In the spirit of the OTS question, I'll go with my favorite sentient/malevolent computer movie, then.

Colossus: The Forbin Project. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus...

Also, you must read "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream" by Harlan Ellison. You'll never want to say mean things to your computer again.

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Elrond 2 years, 12 months ago

2001 Nothing else comes close.

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Adrienne Sanders 2 years, 12 months ago

Skynet became sentient back in 1997. Stick with the right movie timeline, people. (The 2011 date is from the failed tv show of a few years ago.)

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autie 2 years, 12 months ago

The Andy Griffith episode with the Jinx..when they fix it for him to win the TV and instead of the winning number the guy pulls out the hat size tab...just too creepy.

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RoeDapple 3 years ago

email issues all day yesterday, but hey it ain't like you all haven't been warned. Bunker is prepped, everything locked and loaded. Bring it. . Oh, the question. Even though Sigourney Weaver is anti gun I can't help but like her in "The Alien" series of films. Rock it Ripley!

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Sigmund 3 years ago

The best Sci-Fi movie ever, dunno, but "The Fifth Element" a 1997 French film directed, co-written, and based on a story by Luc Besson (Nikita, The Professional, District 13), starred Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich (Big Badda Boom!), Ian Holm, and Chris Tucker, is easily in my top 5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoKssDjs64o

Also in the top 5 is "12 Monkeys" a 1995 film directed by Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Time Bandits, Brazil) and inspired by a 1962 short film "La jetée," and starred Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, and Christopher Plummer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBNMEwNx9x4

No top five can exclude "A Clockwork Orange" a 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess's 1962 novel by Stanley Kubrick (Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket) and starring Malcolm McDowell as Alex DeLarge/Narrator. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40Xc-9YeWE4

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BrianR 3 years ago

Uh oh, I thought it was just my computer acting up yesterday.

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Kenny Nall 3 years ago

Battlefield Earth, an aptly named film.

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psycho_theclown 3 years ago

Skynet really exists. It has not become self-aware yet because Ronald Reagan is still alive and is secretly running it. You can still talk to President Reagan if you pass the security screening and agree to having the chip implanted in your brain. He did mention that the earthquake in Japan may have been triggered by a controlled event that was a bit bigger than expected. He's ticked off that Quadafi is still in power and that Charlie Sheen hasn't been committed.

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