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Old 03-28-2010, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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My overall favorite would be the ORIGINAL ANDROMEDA STRAIN. I found it absolutely fascinating and profound. I was fairly young then; but it intrigued me, as I tried to figure out what this new life form was. How it processed and/or gained energy and how it reproduced. Life has been theorized to be capable of being based on Silicon and also Crystalline structures; finding the mystery of the film, finally revealing that it was the latter, really got me to think.

Though NOT the best acting or special effects, it was fascinating to follow the Scientific Method throughout the film, as we witnessed various experiments; until we could rule out invalid scenarios of replication and energy synthesis. Since crystals can grow and compartmentalize chemicals, it was an elegant postulation/solution.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Andromeda_Strain_(film)

Hypothetical types of biochemistry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Crystalline Entity - Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki


YouTube - The Andromeda Strain (1971) Part 1


YouTube - The Andromeda Strain (1971) Part 2


YouTube - The Andromeda Strain (1971) Part 3


YouTube - The Andromeda Strain (1971) Part 4

THE REST OF THE FILM IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE>>>>

HONORABLE mention goes to STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE, with it's thought provoking analysis of what GOD really is, relative to different species.

Also for the theory of machines attaining sentience and the sheer magnitude and power of V'GER. Sending a living machine from a planet of living machines, to seek out GOD; another machine, since each species creates their GOD(S) in their own image, was sheer genius and humbling both at the same time. The sheer knowledge base and abilities of V'GER, actually made "it" a GOD in it's own right.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki


YouTube - Star Trek - The Motion Picture - Trailer

SO what Science Fiction Film piqued your scientific thought processes????? .
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Denver
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2 of my favs, based on science:

Close Encounters of the 3rd kind
The Fly
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:06 AM
 
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The original Andromeda Strain was so much better than the new version that I can't even watch the newer version. Star Trek Veeger was interesting too. I used to have the HUGE lobby display from that, but something that large inevitably gets damaged. Anyway...

The middle section of 2001, Space Odyssey is real close on science. If you skip the robot, Fritz Lang's Metropolis has a pretty solid foundation. Mosquito Coast is technically sci-fi and was based in science.

What your post reminded me of though is that there was a total dearth of believable sci-fi movies for great blocks of time. After the original Metropolis, War of the Worlds, Shape of Things to Come, the only sci-fi around was low budget or shlock until 2001 Space Odyssey. After that there was nothing until Star Wars.
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:00 AM
 
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Close Encounters of the 3rd kind
That was the first movie that came to my mind also
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:21 AM
 
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I saw the Andromeda Strain in 7th grade years ago. The teacher who held the viewing claimed that the movie was based on an actual NASA mission to have satellites collide with meteors to analyze the dust for microscopic 'space' organisms.

I'd say 2001 and for sure. Although there were aspects of the film that were designed to look ultra-modern (hey, it was the 60s), most of the design seems plausible in real life. There are no fancy holograms, teleporters, 'futuristic' weapons, etc. And HAL was rather simple, too. I bet that if a computer where ever to take control of a spacecraft, it would do with a pleasant tone. Not to mention the whole concept of being spiritual without being religious.

Moon. It seems plausible that if there were ever to be a mining operation on the Moon, it would be a lonely affair. It would make sense to use clones.

Jurassic Park. Not really science fiction, but this movie just plays into the mad scientist in me. A real 'Jurassic Park' is not that far off, and the possibility of growing pre-historic animals from preserved DNA is a lot closer to happening than any manned space mission further than the moon.

Avatar. I can't live in this 'world' and I am sooo depressed that I do not live on Pandora that I just can't take it anymore! Where is my support group?! Just kidding. Avatar, what a total P.O.S.!
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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I enjoyed Robin Williams in Bicentennial Man. I could see that as a future.


YouTube - Bicentennial Man
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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StarGate offers an explanation for Earth and it's History that is as good as any I've heard
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:51 AM
 
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2 of my favs, based on science:

Close Encounters of the 3rd kind
The Fly
I agree with CLOSE ENCOUNTERS...literally a city traveling in space as well curiousity driving species forward in science/technology and societal issues.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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The original Andromeda Strain was so much better than the new version that I can't even watch the newer version. Star Trek Veeger was interesting too. I used to have the HUGE lobby display from that, but something that large inevitably gets damaged. Anyway...

The middle section of 2001, Space Odyssey is real close on science. If you skip the robot, Fritz Lang's Metropolis has a pretty solid foundation. Mosquito Coast is technically sci-fi and was based in science.

What your post reminded me of though is that there was a total dearth of believable sci-fi movies for great blocks of time. After the original Metropolis, War of the Worlds, Shape of Things to Come, the only sci-fi around was low budget or shlock until 2001 Space Odyssey. After that there was nothing until Star Wars.
Definitely THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN is near the top. METROPOLIS; WAR OF THE WORLDS; SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME; 2001 and 2010 are also good candidates.

MOSQUITO COAST is new to me; I have remembered a few more to add but I'll wait to post them later as the THREAD progresses.
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Old 03-30-2010, 05:40 PM
 
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That was the first movie that came to my mind also
I am kinda surprised posters are mentioning Close Encounters so much, so far, although I enjoyed the movie myself.
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