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I have two sons, Max and Luc, aged 10 & 12. I also have a 1080p projector and 120" screen

They love watching movies!

We have recently done Black Scorpion, Tarantula, I Robot, Transformers and The Day After Tomorrow

Tonight I decided to risk a classic science fiction double feature

after all, Michael Rennie was ill, the day the earth stood still
and when worlds collide, said George Pal to his Bride..

First up was indeed When Worlds Collide (1951)
This was a huge hit with Max and Luc and sparked off much questioning about inter planetary disaster
I had not seen the DVD for 3 years and had forgotten just how awesome the concept was and how great those mattes and models really were
Strongly recommended to scifi fans of the fifties
The film also got Oscar nods for cinematography and won for the FX which are amazing!

Next up was War of the Worlds (1953)
This was very scary for the kids and was the clear favorite.
The movie won an oscar for FX back in 1953 and was nominated for sound recording
Again, strongly recommended for fans of the genre, interested in the 1950's.

I'd love to get them to watch Incredible Shrinking Man but it's never been released
so i need to find another 50's classic for them next weekend
trust me, in 15 years they will be on forums remembering their early movie watching

Any suggestions?

Rob


Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:35 am
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How about 2001: A Space Odyssey? I know it's not from the '50s, but it is an undeniable classic. That is, if you haven't already shown it to them.

Another sci-fi which I think is worth watching (but also not from the '50s) is the 2006 Sunshine-- the odd last half hour doesn't negate the superlative material that came before.


Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:14 am
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Hi Cornflakes

Thanks, but....

You are kidding, aren't you?

2001 for a 10 year old. Their attention span is short at best and this film is probably the slowest most conceptually ambiguous science fiction film ever made.

they need action, monsters, disasters, etc.

Trust me 2001 is on the agenda, but in 2021

Rob


Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:19 am
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Robert Holloway wrote:
Hi Cornflakes

Thanks, but....

You are kidding, aren't you?

2001 for a 10 year old. Their attention span is short at best and this film is probably the slowest most conceptually ambiguous science fiction film ever made.

they need action, monsters, disasters, etc.

Trust me 2001 is on the agenda, but in 2021

Rob


There goes my idea of watching 2001 twice in a row. XD


Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:56 am
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As much as I loved seeing Mike and the bots rip into it for Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, I gotta say that This Island Earth wasn't half-bad for a gigantic cheeseball. And to ease your kids into the Universal horror era, you could team it up with Creature from the Black Lagoon for a double-dose of "dudes in rubber suits" action. :D


Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:12 am
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A.J. Hakari wrote:
As much as I loved seeing Mike and the bots rip into it for Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, I gotta say that This Island Earth wasn't half-bad for a gigantic cheeseball. And to ease your kids into the Universal horror era, you could team it up with Creature from the Black Lagoon for a double-dose of "dudes in rubber suits" action. :D


Yum Yum AJH

I own them both on DVD. Consider it done!

Rob


Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:37 am
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Bit of trivia regarding the sound effects in War of the Worlds. The firing noises that the war machines make was reused for the Enterprise firing it's torpedoes in the original Star Trek.

War of the Worlds is a great flick. A few years ago, Channel 4 ran a season of 50's sci-fi films, and this was one of those shown, along with When Worlds Collide, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and stuff like that. I seem to remember one about a giant reptile from Venus which was very silly but fun.


Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:34 am
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Have you exposed your children to Gort? If not you best get on that right away!


Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:39 am
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THEM!

Can't go wrong with giant ants.


Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:31 am
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35mm wrote:
THEM!

Can't go wrong with giant ants.


Agreed! I loved this as a kid.


Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:37 pm
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Bondurant wrote:
Have you exposed your children to Gort? If not you best get on that right away!


Not yet. I think TDTESS is more intellectual than action oriented with big themes that may be beyond a 10 year old.
I have banned the Keanununu version from my house!

Rob


Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:15 pm
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35mm wrote:
THEM!

Can't go wrong with giant ants.


Yeah, they have seen it about five times! This and the Black Scorpion is a fave round here

Rob


Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:16 pm
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Here's my two cents:

- You can illegally download The Incredible Shrinking Man, off torrents. Not really nice to do so, but eh... in this current economic climate.

- Forbidden Planet - You can't go wrong, leslie nielsen. And it's inspired by Shakespeare.

- Logan's Run.

- The Day the Earth Stood Still - The original, for God's sake, THE ORIGINAL!

- Time Machine, from 1960.

- Colossus: The Forbin Project

and that's all i've got for now...


Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:49 pm
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ogto wrote:
Here's my two cents:

- You can illegally download The Incredible Shrinking Man, off torrents. Not really nice to do so, but eh... in this current economic climate.

- Forbidden Planet - You can't go wrong, leslie nielsen. And it's inspired by Shakespeare.

- Logan's Run.

- The Day the Earth Stood Still - The original, for God's sake, THE ORIGINAL!

- Time Machine, from 1960.

- Colossus: The Forbin Project

and that's all i've got for now...



Thanks ogto

Shakespeare inspired science Fiction for a 10 year old?

you didn't see the earler comment about TDTESS and keanununu

They've seen and liked Time machine

Logan's run is maybe a little slow

Thanks again
Rob


Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:46 pm
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Destination: Moon is supposed to be very good. I've not seen the film, but I've read the story that goes with it. It's a fun, smart story, and a good example of how science fiction can influence science fact decades down the road.


Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:53 pm
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Robert Holloway wrote:
Shakespeare inspired science Fiction for a 10 year old?


It's based on The Tempest. An all male space ship land on the forbidden planet, where there's this old man that runs everything, and his daughter, who has NEVER seen a man, other than her father. And she has a tiger. And it's one of the rare films made in EASTMAN COLOR. You know techincolor, right? Well this is the OTHER color.

Few films made in eastman color. It definitely looks interesting.

I forgot to mention the mother of all Sci-Fi movies, Mars Attacks! Love that movie. But maybe they're too young...


Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:02 pm
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Robert Holloway wrote:
ogto wrote:
Here's my two cents:

- You can illegally download The Incredible Shrinking Man, off torrents. Not really nice to do so, but eh... in this current economic climate.

- Forbidden Planet - You can't go wrong, leslie nielsen. And it's inspired by Shakespeare.

- Logan's Run.

- The Day the Earth Stood Still - The original, for God's sake, THE ORIGINAL!

- Time Machine, from 1960.

- Colossus: The Forbin Project

and that's all i've got for now...



Thanks ogto

Shakespeare inspired science Fiction for a 10 year old?

you didn't see the earler comment about TDTESS and keanununu

They've seen and liked Time machine

Logan's run is maybe a little slow

Thanks again
Rob

Logan's Run also contains a little more sex than might be appropriate for a 10-12 year old.
Obviously, that's up to the individual parent--but although that movie was originally rated PG, it would probably be R today.


Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:36 pm
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But Logans Run is awesome, there's an orgy, a robot and boobs! That's the hallmark of a good movie for any age


Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:43 pm
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Patrick wrote:
But Logans Run is awesome, there's an orgy, a robot and boobs! That's the hallmark of a good movie for any age

No argument there -- it's got it all.


Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:54 pm
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Ho about Barbarella?? Bit of Jane Fonda with not much on... hehe


Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:24 pm
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