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TelePresence Almost Done...

But before it's finished:

I've got a Los Angeles teenager in the late 21st century who is fond of old fantasy and science fiction films. I need a list of five to ten films that are likely to be his favorites.

Any suggestions?

Also, to make this SFnal, anyone want to give me a title or two for a SF film from the 2020's or 2030's? :-) If I use yours, I'll Tuckerize you.


(and the film major drags out her soapbox)

Classic SF that I think he should be a fan of:

Fritz Lang's Metropolis
Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Bomb (I say it's speculative fiction, dammit)
Forbidden Planet (yay for Shakespeare references and Robbie the Robot!)
Them! (Best cold-war red scare giant-bugs-as-metaphor-for-the-devouring-communist-female movie EVAR. Seriously, if you're a die-hard fan of old SF movies, you gotta be up on your cold war bugs-as-communist-metaphor films.)
It Came From Outer Space (see above)
War of the Worlds (see above)
Goijira (or any other crazy japanese monster movies, really)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (I mean, c'mon)
Night of the Living Dead (I don't care if it's Zombies! I still say it's speculative fiction!)

More recent SF films that should become classics in time:
Alien (Ripley is teh awesome)
Terminator and Terminator 2 (revolutionary, even if I wasn't a fan)
Ghostbusters (the first one, of course)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Blade Runner
Plenty of folks have already cast votes for the original Star Wars trilogy, The Matrix, and 2001, so I'll leave those be.

Likely future SF Adaptations:
Snow Crash
Y, the Last Man (probably shortened just to "Y")
Old Ones (an SF-horror-action hybrid where a plucky crew of space cartographers discovers Lovecraftian horrors in space; the wannabe-Aliens flick is so wooden and formulaic (and only tangientially related to Lovecraft) that it becomes an instant cult classic, spawning midnight screenings with elaborate drinking games at colleges and independent theaters across the nation)

Possible original future titles:
End Game (neural interface is developed; people jack in directly to play MMP style game; virus starts killing 'em all, cheeziness ensues)
Uncertainty Principle (mysteriously disappearing physicists!)
HeliX (to continue with that X-treme X theme)

Ooh, I agree about Y, the Last Man. That is one fantastic comic! :)

December 2016

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