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Hughey's Space Christmas 
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Right now -

Event Horizon.

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Event Horizon (1997)


Sheeesh, that was pretty darn ... crap!

Its cult reputation is clearly ironic. Actually a good cast, a fine idea to a point. But a 90s sci-fi based on 70s or 80s horror was a bit of a risk

5 or 6 out of 10

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Yeah, that movie isn't anything special. But as I recall, I think you enjoyed Three Musketeers.


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I haven't seen that in years. I remember thinking it was okay, with interesting visuals, but not particularly well executed. That's why I find myself surprised when I see so many people in the Web mentioning it as "one of the creepiest" films they've seen.

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MGamesCook wrote:
Yeah, that movie isn't anything special. But as I recall, I think you enjoyed Three Musketeers.


Yeah i enjoyed that one.
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I haven't seen that in years. I remember thinking it was okay, with interesting visuals, but not particularly well executed. That's why I find myself surprised when I see so many people in the Web mentioning it as "one of the creepiest" films they've seen.


I supose it is a bit. Basically a haunted house movie on a space ship

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How about Firefly? A Boy and his Dog (to get a little more obscure)?


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Firefly - is that what Serenity is based on?

I haven't seen either, but the latter is on Netflix

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Oops, yes. Firefly is the brilliant and cruelly cut-short TV series, Serenity is the movie. It is not necessary to know the series to enjoy the movie (or vice-versa) but it does help. Great stuff.


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Yeah it got good reviews allround.

Years ago I worked with a guy who loved the series and the film.

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For a cool peek at Space fiction of the past, check out Forbidden Planet (1956).

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The only things I remember about this movie (Event Horizon) is how much I hated it and a couple of visually repulsive scenes.

Woman in the Moon really isn't completely about a space journey, but a pretty cool look at an early approach if you like Fritz Lang stuff.


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Morons From Outer Space (1985). It's from your homeland! It's Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones! OK...the movie is a fairly disposable 80's comedy, but it has some decent sight gags and absurd humor that may be an acquired taste. It's fairly tame by today's standards, but I still enjoy it on occasion.

Or you could always go historical with Apollo 13 or The Right Stuff.


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If you want to check Serenity, I recommend you watch Firefly first. I think it would add to the overall experience of the film, which I thought was pretty darn good. As for the show, the praise for it sometimes goes a bit overboard, perhaps because of its cancellation, but it is still a very fun show.

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Also, another recommendation, have you seen Moon? That one's pretty great.

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Thief12 wrote:
If you want to check Serenity, I recommend you watch Firefly first. I think it would add to the overall experience of the film, which I thought was pretty darn good. As for the show, the praise for it sometimes goes a bit overboard, perhaps because of its cancellation, but it is still a very fun show.


Noted. Might be difficult though as I have Serenity with the click of a button, but not Firefly. Temptation you see.

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Also, another recommendation, have you seen Moon? That one's pretty great.


I'd only even heard of this last year. But it's on the list, ta

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Oh, man, MOON, MOON, MOON!


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Moon, Europa Report, Astronaut: The Last Push, Dark City (I guess putting it here is a spoiler of sorts), The Fountain.


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Moon is high up on the list, chaps! I promise!

Anyway, an hour into watching last night's film ( have seen it before) I realised - doh - it's not technically a space film. But it's kind of a film about space.

So here goes

Sphere (1998)

Not as enjoyable as I remembered it when I was 17, but nowhere near as bad as the sub-10% score on Rotten Tomatoes suggests.

A spaceship has been found in the Ocean, and a team of alpha dog scientists are dispatched to assess what the hell is going on, only to find it's not an alien craft but an American craft built a couple of hundred years from now. So far, so good. And much of it is pretty good to be fair. A bit of musing about black holes and the implications of relativity, all music to my ears.

But the films descends for much the same reason as Event Horizon, and instead of being about science-fiction it becomes essentially a bottom feeding horror. Although this is not as over the top as Event Horizon in these stakes, and in my opinion is a much better film, it still becomes silly. And the characters are embarrassingly clichéd.

Still, still. I actually like Sphere, and don't agree with its critical pillaging.

7.5/10

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Old School selections.

Countdown (1968)

Robert Altman's first movie with Jame Caan as first US astronaut sent to moon in possible one way mission to beat Russians in space race

Silent Running (1972)

Bruce Dern is a botanist on a spaceship holding the last extinct flora of earth. When the order is given to jettison all the trees and plants Dern does the only thing a ecowarrior can do. A real hippie dippy movie from the the 70s

Woman in the Moon (1929)

A silent German scifi movie from Fritz Lang that has an group of scientists taking a rocket to the moon. There are slow patches but an interesting curiosity to see the tech used in the 1920s and what they thought the moon would be like.

Right Stuff(1983)

Everyone knows who they are. Great movie about guys from the Mercury program.

Flash Gordon (1980)

Cheesy but great Queen soundtrack,Brian Blessed as a Hawkman and Ornella Muti.


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Are you only looking for movies, which are set in space (i.e. no alien invasion films, for instance)?

I'd recommend the excellent 'Moon' and brilliant 'Silent Running' (Joan Baez soundtrack notwithstanding) as well. Also, you might want to check out John Carpenter's debut as well: 'Dark Sar', which is about some astronauts on a spaceship with a long-term mission to blow up planets, the orbits of which are in danger of colapsing. They are all really, really bored until one of the intelligent bombs questions its mission and threatens to blow up the starship.


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