Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Yukon@K-9 Rocket Tech, Jul 24, 2019.
Another oldie, but goodie: Enemy Mine
But still anxiously anticipating the third movie in the trilogy: Machete Kills Again, in SPACE!
+1 for In the Shadow of the Moon. A truly beautiful film that's like having the Apollo astronauts round for dinner. Michael Collins's line in humour and John Young's deadpan modesty were particularly memorable highlights for me.
Th Right Stuff and The Martian.
Marooned is a great one, too. 1969 with Gregory Peck, Gene Hackman, James Franciscus and Richard Crenna.
2 Netflix movies I enjoyed were Moon and Europa Report.
And it’s not a movie, but The Expanse is too awesome of a TV show not to plug.
In thinking about this list, I was reminded of Ice Pirates, which I saw as a kid, but couldn’t remember a single thing about the plot. I just went into a wiki wormhole and ended up in the Qing dynasty. Don’t ask me how.
Sunshine is a great movie until the last 3rd when it turns into a monster movie. But definitely an overlooked one.
+1 for Europa report as well...
So, no one picked Passengers?
Agreed. The turn at the end is jarring and is definitely a weakness I tend to overlook. Everything up to that point of the movie is so good.
Europa Report keeps popping up on my Netflix recommendations. I think I’ll try it out.
I actually liked Passengers for what it was... if you don't go into it expecting it to be hard sci fi, then it works ok as a "drama/romance/action movie set in space"
Several of my friends and neighbors went to see Gravity on my advice and were disappointed...one in particular, (a self appointed film critic). I went to see it four times in 3D...yeah, the plot was kinda weak and there are scientific inaccuracies, but in 3D with the sound.....it was like a E ticket ride at Disneyworld.....and I loved it each time.
I enjoyed Passengers very much, just not in my top few. I saw it in 3D IMAX. Like MaxQ said, An E ticket ride.
I'm looking forward to Ad Astra.
Moon.....absolutely (surprised it's only been mentioned once or twice)
2001-A Space Odyssey
Mystery Science Theater 3000 - This Island Earth episode
Gattaca (though this barely fits in as a "Space Movie")
Forbidden Planet, When Worlds Collide and the original Day the Earth Stood Still. Keanu remake was awful and not needed.
For “space” movies, would have to be Deep Impact and the new Apollo 11 documentary. That was amazing.
Capricorn One was quite good .
The Right Stuff, Silent Running, Star Trek II, Star Wars, Alien
Gattaca was great. FYI, the title comes from using combinations of the nitrogen bases that code our DNA (A,C,G,T).
There have been some great space movies over the years, many quoted in the above posts. One standout for me is 2001: A Space Odyssey. Amazing forethought about how space would be handled in the future. It was released in 1968, before we had even landed on the moon. Amazing. FYI, the displays that look like flat-panel LCD units (like monitors we have nowadays) were not available back then. For the movie they made a back-projection screen and projected images from underneath to create the visual effects. Very prescient. I revisited this recently, after only seeing it originally back in about 1974. I appreciate it more now.
Capricorn one (sort of space related)
The Right Stuff
too be honest there's a ton I never even knew existed. Love the colorful variety!
Marooned was good, but the book was so much better with the "flashbacks" to learning to fly!
after spaceballs comes
would The Abyss count as a space movie?
Fun fact: there were two different books by Martin Caidin. The first one had Pruett marooned alone in a Mercury flight (he was rescued), the second was (I think) written after, and adapted from, the movie (Pruett died attempting to fix the SM engine). I've got both books. Check eBay, look for the book with an outline of Mercury capsule.
Best -- Terry
Apollo 13, The Reluctant Astronaut, Countdown and for Short Subject--Loopy De Loop "Countdown Clown".
Nobody listed Moontrap...good.
It would be too hard to list all of my favorites. Most have already been mentioned, but 2001 and Forbidden Planet are particular favorites.
A few I haven't seen mentioned (Sorry if there are repeats):
"Robinson Crusoe on Mars". Technicolor classic!
"Outland" with Sean Connery. Kind of a down and dirty western set on Jupiter's moon Io.
"Flash" with Sam J. Jones and Max von Sydow. Soundtrack by Queen. Good fun!
"Cowboys and Aliens" I thought this one was a joke when I first heard about it, but it was actually pretty good.
"Super 8" Not one of Spielberg's epics, but I liked it.
I am also a sucker for any of the old George Pal style 50s era flicks; "When Worlds Collide", "Conquest of Space", "Destination Moon", "Rocketship XM", etc. All classics, and all staples of the Saturday afternoon monster/sci fi movies we watched on the low rent channel when I was a kid.
For unintentional humor it is tough to beat "First Spaceship to Venus". Polish/East German (Yes kids, there used to be two Germanys), late 50s or early 60s - Kraft has never made anything that cheesey...
Here is one no one mentioned . . . "Stowaway to the Moon".
I forgot about Santa Claus vs the Martians
Either the original Star Wars (pre subtitles, Roman numerals, and sequels) or Forbidden Planet. Okay, so it's a little old school nerdy and fannish....
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