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Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

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...In the 60s and 70s there were a lot of brilliant horror movies, like the Roman Polanski trilogy "Repulsion" (1965), "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) and "The Tenant" (1974) ...

That RP gets thought as a horror director, is strange for me. He is, for lack of a better set of words, an "observer", though many times, his camera takes on the very personna he is trying to show ... TESS is an excellent example of that and watch some of the scenes ... the camera becomes first person, and in at least one case, it is very scary and uncomfortable.

The other 3 films, for me, had a lot more of RP's cleverness with the camera in his hands ... witness, the great ballroom shot in "THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS", and then the most famous camera shot of his, being in "ROSEMARY'S BABY" where the camera is situated in the dark outside and the shot is looking through the door into a bed on the left, and we can only see the last foot or two of the bed ... and EVERYONE in the theater, turned their heads to try and see what was on the other side of the door!

Such is the power of film, that even our reactions are ... yeah ... you got it! Totally silly.

BTW, not a sci-fi film but a must see film ... "VISIONS OF LIGHT" is about cinematographers, and in hearing many of them talk, you find out some of the crazy beauty that so many films became ... it's almost total sci-fi for me, because even as a director, so much of that stuff is never really thought of ... most directors think about a linear story and dialogue kind of thing, so seeing a visual something else ... that a director took up, changes the whole thing around. And this always came away best in film with great music, for which Bernard Herrman, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vangelis, Maurice Jarre, Nino Rota ... are fondly remembered, even though for many of us, we can't even name many of these films. 


Polanski is not a horror director, but the 3 movies I named are horror movies. he even made a 4th horror movie, the horror comedy "The Fearless Vampire Killers", in which he also took a leading acting part.

Polanski does occasionally appear in his own movies; my favorite cameo appearance of him is in "Chinatown" where he slits the nose of private eye Jake Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson) with a knife and threatens to cut it off completely and feed it to his goldfish next time

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote CPicard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2018 at 10:38
Originally posted by BaldJean BaldJean wrote:

well, I don't watch modern horror movies, basically because there are no modern horror movies (with some rare exceptions). the modern so-called "horror" movies are terror movies, not horror movies, the difference being that horror is what slowly creeps up your back and terror is what jumps into your face.


I'm not sure to really agree with you on this distinction between "horror movies" and "terror movies", but it's an interesting idea to discuss.
Anyway, I guess that I don't follow you on this idea just because, in France, we used to talk about "horreur" ("horror") and "Úpouvante" ("scare"). Furthermore, I suppose that the subject of categorization would become even tiresome to discuss if we add labels such as "gore" or "slashers" (movies that are often labeled as "horror movies" in France).
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eXistenZ is a great Cronenberg sci-fi. Don't think it was mentioned previously.

Favorite sci-fi of all time for me would be The Fifth Element. It seems to be a very polarizing movie, you either love it or hate it. I ,for one, find its zany style juxtaposed with the seriousness of the plot provides a great balance that keeps the movie refreshing and gives it good re-watch-ability.
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In no particular order:

Metropolis (1927)
Them (1954)
The Thing (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Alien (1979)
Altered States (1980)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Brazil (1985)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

A special award for Shaun of the Dead (2004) as the funniest sci-fi movie of all time. I couldn't watch another zombie movie afterward without saying, "You've got red on you." And also to Wall-E (2008) which was far more thought-provoking and humane than all the Star Wars and Star Trek movies lined end to end.


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^ Nice list!
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I basically agree it is a nice list, but "Blade Runner" would most definitely not be on my list; I consider the movie to be way overrated


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Originally posted by BaldJean BaldJean wrote:

I basically agree it is a nice list, but "Blade Runner" would most definitely not be on my list; I consider the movie to be way overrated
Perhaps that is why it's on my list and not yours Wink -- because I don't think it's overrated; on the contrary, the visuals are sublime, the soundtrack by Vangelis is perfect, the future as offered by Ridley Scott is definitely not shiny and bright, and Rutger Hauer's death soliloquy is great (not to mention Rutger going to meet his maker, Tyrell).


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Originally posted by The Dark Elf The Dark Elf wrote:

Originally posted by BaldJean BaldJean wrote:

I basically agree it is a nice list, but "Blade Runner" would most definitely not be on my list; I consider the movie to be way overrated
Perhaps that is why it's on my list and not yours Wink -- because I don't think it's overrated; on the contrary, the visuals are sublime, the soundtrack by Vangelis is perfect, the future as offered by Ridley Scott is definitely not shiny and bright, and Rutger Hauer's death soliloquy is great (not to mention Rutger going to meet his maker, Tyrell).

I read the book on which the movie is based. Ridley Scott totally destroyed it


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Originally posted by BaldJean BaldJean wrote:

Originally posted by The Dark Elf The Dark Elf wrote:

Originally posted by BaldJean BaldJean wrote:

I basically agree it is a nice list, but "Blade Runner" would most definitely not be on my list; I consider the movie to be way overrated
Perhaps that is why it's on my list and not yours Wink -- because I don't think it's overrated; on the contrary, the visuals are sublime, the soundtrack by Vangelis is perfect, the future as offered by Ridley Scott is definitely not shiny and bright, and Rutger Hauer's death soliloquy is great (not to mention Rutger going to meet his maker, Tyrell).

I read the book on which the movie is based. Ridley Scott totally destroyed it

The book is quite different from the movie, true. But the movie stands quite well on it's own. As do a number of movies adapted from books that completely lack canonicity but still are great movies. Gone With the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia and Lord of the Rings all come to mind.
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there are so many SF-movies that are way better than "Blade Runner". I am much surprised "Silent Running" is not on everybody's list


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I wouldn't expect that everyone who has made lists has seen it, and even if they have, different things appeal to different people as we have different life experiences and general personalities. One would have to understand someone's psychology and background to accurately predict what resonates with (speaks to) them. Our heredity and environment influence our tastes, and our tastes can change, and different movies might come to mind at different times depending upon how we're making associations....

Silent Running I like if I made a long list it would be there so would Blade Runner so would Run Lola Run if this were a general films list Logan's Run just missed my top ten despite its flaws I could go on ha it's a run-on sentence.
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Originally posted by BaldJean BaldJean wrote:

I basically agree it is a nice list, but "Blade Runner" would most definitely not be on my list; I consider the movie to be way overrated
 I guess Blade Runner is one of those films you either love or hate. I love it, my wife stand stand it. 
 However, I never read the book so I have nothing to compare it to. 
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It's only loosely based on Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and I'm fine with the loose adaptation for the film (side-note, the title for the film was inspired by the Alan E. Nourse novel The Bladerunner). It's not one of my particular favourite Dick works. I used to love Blade Runner -- saw it many times in the 80s -- but it doesn't work so well for me. Maybe seeing the different versions and reading "Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner" actually spoiled it a bit for me too (lost the magic). Plus, really delving into world cinema and art house films in the 90s shifted my tastes -- Blade Runner did not seem so artistic to me anymore. My wife didn't much like Blade Runner, though she could stand it. For my tastes, it could be a better film (feels a little sloppy to me in the various edits), but it still has amazing to me scenes that are burnt into my brain (like the Voight-Kampff machine test segment with Rachael).

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