Pixel Scroll 12/12 Do Androids Look Up When They’re Dreaming Of Electronic Sheep?

Live, from way later than the bleeping middle of Saturday night!

(1) VOTER DECEPTION? People are gathering signatures for a San Diego ballot initiative that allegedly will help keep Comic-Con in town, but the organizers of Comic-Con told Deadline.com they have nothing to do with it and it won’t affect whatever they may decide.

Will Comic-Con stay in San Diego? No word yet, but there’s a lot of confusion among fans on what’s going on with the organization’s desire to expand their annual convention in San Diego. Comic-Con International made the unusual move today of putting out a statement regarding a ballot initiative that was drawn up by a group called Citizens Plan for San Diego that seems to be at odds with their own desires for a contiguous expansion along the waterfront. Signatures are being gathered for a ballot initiative to keep Comic-Con in San Diego albeit a different spot, and those collecting signatures are actually advertising the initiative with signs stating “Keep Comic-Con in San Diego….

“There is a lot of confusion about this matter so we felt it necessary to put out a statement to let people know that we are not a party to this, have not read the initiatives and it will have no bearing on our decision of whether we stay in San Diego,” Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer told Deadline. He said they have been getting a lot of calls about this and just wanted to set the record straight.

(2) THERE ARE NO BAD PRINCESSES. Check out the photos of what Hampus Eckerman likes to call Disney’s newest Princess at boingboing.

Sophie’s parents tapped their friend, Megan, to turn a Chewbacca doll into a Princess Chewbacca birthday cake, using the “Barbie cake” method, and making Sophie’s third birthday just the bestest.

(3) BYERS SURGERY. SF Site News reports Chunga co-editor Randy Byers is back home after brain surgery.

Fan Randy Byers is recovering at home after undergoing brain surgery to remove a tumor. Byers will receive further diagnosis of his tumors and whether or not additional treatment will be needed, in about a week.

(4) Today In History

  • December 12, 1941 — On this day in 1941 The Wolf Man is unleashed in theaters. Did you know: the “wolf” that Larry Talbot fights with was Lon Chaney Jr.’s own German Shepherd.

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(5) KRAMPUS. Now just hours away is a local stage performance of a Krampus-themed play.

He’s certainly not jolly, and you sure as hell had better not call him “Nick.” The St. Nicholas you’ll meet tonight is the genuine old-world artifact – the stern judge who oversaw a creaky old style of child-rearing the Germans call “gingerbread and whip.”

Of course Nicholas himself didn’t dirty his hands with whips. For that he had the Krampus. Today, every self-respecting hipster loves Krampus. But while your friends rhapsodize about the ersatz bubblegum Krampus of American comic books, TV, and monster fandom, tonight you’ll get a glimpse of the old devil in his original form – the Krampus of the ancient alpine “Nikolausspiel” or NICHOLAS PLAY, a folk theater production somewhat resembling England’s old Christmas mummers’ plays.

 

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(6) SAFETY LAST. Great video — Samurai Smartphone Parade.

99% of people think using a smartphone while walking is dangerous.

73% of people have used a smartphone while walking.

 

(7) THE HUGO URGE. George R.R. Martin makes two recommendations for the Best Related Work Hugo in a new post at Not A Blog.

THE WHEEL OF TIME COMPANION was a mammoth concordance of facts about the universe and characters of the late Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series, edited and assembled by Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons. It’s a labor of love, and everything one could possibly want to know about Jordan’s universe is in there.

Also

Felicia Day’s delightful look at her life, YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (Almost).

(8) VERHOEVEN’S STINKER. Jason Fuesting, in “Starship Troopers: Book vs. Movie” for Mad Genius Club, takes a movie we both dislike and, by applying his powers of persuasion, still finds grounds for disagreement.

Ultimately, Verhoeven takes a message needed badly by so many today, with their safe spaces and trigger warnings, and turns it into the film equivalent of those same children’s tantrums, a film so poorly written that only Mystery Science Theater 3000 could find use for it.  A better director would have used Joe Haldeman’s “Forever War,” an excellent book in its own right.  Haldeman makes all the points this film bobbled in “Forever War,” but using it would have meant going without all the Nazi imagery that Verhoeven is evidently fond of and not butchering an outstanding work in the process.  Verhoeven’s film is surely satire, but I do not think he realizes the joke is on his side.

(9) MST3K CAMEOS. There will be a bushel of celebrity cameos on the revived MST3K.

MST3K creator Joel Hodgson announces a celebrity-packed cameo list that includes Seinfeld, Hamill, Harris, Jack Black, Bill Hader and Joel McHale for the new series.

Fans also found out this week from Hodgson that the new MST3K writing team will include not only the cast, but also guest writers such as “Community” creator Dan Harmon and his “Rick & Morty” co-creator Justin Roiland. Others will include “The Muppet Show” writer Nell Scovell, “Ready Player One” author Ernie Cline, “The Name of the Wind” author Pat Rothfuss, musical comedy duo Paul and Storm, “Simpsons” writer Dana Gould, “The Book of Mormon” songwriter Robert Lopez and director of the next “Lego Movie” Rob Schrab.

(10) RETHINKING SUSAN PEVENSIE. E. Jade Lomax of Hark, the empty highways calling has written a set of thoughtful, heart-tugging parallax views about what happened after Narnia’s Susan returned to England.

http://ink-splotch.tumblr.com/post/69470941562/there-comes-a-point-where-susan-who-was-the

…I want to read about Susan finishing out boarding school as a grown queen reigning from a teenaged girl’s body. School bullies and peer pressure from children and teachers who treat you like you’re less than sentient wouldn’t have the same impact. C’mon, Susan of the Horn, Susan who bested the DLF at archery, and rode a lion, and won wars, sitting in a school uniform with her eyebrows rising higher and higher as some old goon at the front of the room slams his fist on the lectern.

Susan living through WW2, huddling with her siblings, a young adult (again), a fighting queen and champion marksman kept from the action, until she finally storms out against screaming parents’ wishes and volunteers as a nurse on the front. She keeps a knife or two hidden under her clothes because when it comes down to it, they called her Gentle, but sometimes loving means fighting for what you care for.

She’ll apply to a women’s college on the East Coast, because she fell in love with America when her parents took her there before the war. She goes in majoring in Literature (her ability to decipher High Diction in historical texts is uncanny), but checks out every book she can on history, philosophy, political science. She sneaks into the boys’ school across town and borrows their books too. She was once responsible for a kingdom, roads and taxes and widows and crops and war. She grew from child to woman with that mantle of duty wrapped around her shoulders. Now, tossed here on this mundane land, forever forbidden from her true kingdom, Susan finds that she can give up Narnia but she cannot give up that responsibility. She looks around and thinks I could do this better….

http://ink-splotch.tumblr.com/post/79664265175/ifallelseperished-i-was-so-tall-you-were

Can we talk about Susan Pevensie for a moment?

Let’s talk about how, when the war ends, when the Pevensie children go back to London, Susan sees a young woman standing at the train platform, weeping, waving.

First, Susan thinks civilian; and second, she thinks not much older than me.

Third, Susan thinks Mother.

They surge off the train, into their parents’ arms, laughing, embracing. Around them, the train platform is full of reunions (in her life, trains will give so much to Susan, and take so much away).

(11) NPR RECOMMENDS. NPR staff and critics have listed 260 books they loved this year – click here to see the ones in the science fiction and fantasy category.

(12) TOUGHER MEGABUCKS.  Scott Mendelson at Forbes tells why he thinks “For ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Breaking The Opening Weekend Record Just Got Less Likely”.

But if The Force Awakens breaks the opening weekend record next weekend, it, like The Phantom Menace, will have to do it in a lot fewer theaters than expected. Walt Disney reported yesterday (according to the always trustworthy BoxOffice.com and Box Office Mojo) that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be opening next week on around 3,900 screens in America.

That’s only the 11th biggest theater count in 2015 and nowhere close to the biggest theater count of all time. The biggest theatrical release in 2015 was the 4,301 screen release for Minions ($115 million debut weekend). The widest release of all time was for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse which debuted on July 4th weekend of 2010 in 4,468 theaters. There have been 62 releases debuting in more than 4,000 theaters. If you presume that the figure is closer to 3,900 versus 3,999 theaters next week, that puts the Walt Disney release at merely one of the 100 biggest releases ever, about on par with Spectre and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Point being, Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t going to have anywhere closer to the widest theatrical release of all time.

(13) ‘TISN’T THE SEASON. A friend of mine *coff* *coff* wanted me to ask John Scalzi a favor, but after reading “On the Asking of Special Holiday Favors From Me” I’m going to tell my friend *coff* *coff* this is a bad time…

Folks: This week I’ve gotten no less than five requests from fans (or family/friends of fans) asking if I could do some particular special thing or another that would mean a lot to the fan for the holidays. Since there are several of these this week, and these sorts of requests are something I’ve had to juggle before, especially during the holidays, I’m posting this as a general note so people know it’s not personal. And that note is:

I really can’t….

[Thanks to Janice Gelb, John King Tarpinian, Michael J. Walsh, Martin Morse Wooster, Hampus Eckerman, and Brian Z. for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Daniel Dern.]

305 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 12/12 Do Androids Look Up When They’re Dreaming Of Electronic Sheep?

  1. I am beginning to hate this bracket. So many more hard choices than other times.:-(

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Dune (1984)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    Battle Royale (2000)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)
    CoM should have finished one scene earlier but was otherwise great.

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Alphaville (1965)

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Putting GitS up against Khan is just not fair!

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979)

  2. 1. Abstain
    2. Metropolis
    3-6. Abstain
    7. Twelve Monkeys
    8-10. Abstain
    11. Moon
    12-13. Abstain
    14. Star Trek II
    15-16. Abstain

    This bracket got most of the movies I either haven’t seen or don’t care about. It’ll be forehead cloth time for me soon enough…

  3. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    THX-1138 (1971)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Dune (1984)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    pass

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    pass

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Minority Report (2002)

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    pass

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    pass

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979)

  4. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    2.Metropolis (1927)
    3.Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    4.Dune (1984)
    6.The Prestige (2006)
    7.Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    8.2001 (1968)
    10.Minority Report (2002)
    11.20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
    12.Galaxy Quest (1999)
    13.Brazil (1985)
    14.Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    15. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    16.The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

  5. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    more passing due to spotty movie watching

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)
    Men in Black (1997)

    augh Men in Black

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Jurassic Park (1993)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Ghostbusters (the original)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

  6. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Macross: Do You Remember Love (1984)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Dune (1984)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    The Prestige (2006)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    Men in Black (1997)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Alphaville (1965)

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Ghostbusters (2016)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

  7. Augh. More difficult choices!

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?

    abstain

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK

    abstain

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Minority Report (2002)

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    On The Beach (1959)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

    Ouch. That was painful.

  8. Passing on any segment where I haven’t seen both movies.

    This is my first time playing. I hadn’t realized how hard it was to actually choose.

    1. Man Who Fell to Earth. They can’t make movies that depressing now. Heartbreaking. Also have never forgiven Truman Show for shoe-horning in a romantic interest at the end. The end should be bleak but hopeful.

    4. Slaughterhouse Five because Dune is a hate-watch for me.

    7. 12 Monkeys. Great time travel, really hangs together. Also, best portrayal of schizophrenia.

    8. 2001. Most copied movie ever with possible exception of the Exorcist.

    11. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea because you never forget your first love.

    12. Jurassic Park. Another movie with no sequels. LA LA LA CAN’T HEAR YOU

    14. Wrath of Khan.

    15. Ghostbusters.

    16. Tie. Alien gave us Ripley but I’ve always been annoyed that John W. Campbell didn’t get a story credit. The Day the Earth Stood Still is a creepy movie with a zombie alien who may answer to his robot rather than the other way around. It raises more questions than it answers. Whoever put together the remake watched an entirely different movie than I did. Was particularly disappointed that the Earth never really stood still in the remake. With the better effects available, that should have made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Mine always do in the original when Patricia Neal has to speak to Gort.

  9. Forehead Cloths! Getcher Official Bracket Forehead Cloths! Cool! Soothing! (For external use only)

  10. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT
    8. MEETING ALIENS
    Men in Black (1997)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    So I don’t watch a lot of movies.

  11. 1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    Abstain

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)
    Macross: Do You Remember Love (1984)

    Abstain

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    THX-1138 (1971)

    Abstain

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)
    Dune (1984)

    Abstain

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Battle Royale (2000)

    Abstain

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)
    The Prestige (2006)

    Abstain

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

    Abstain

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)
    Men in Black (1997)

    2001. Finally something I can vote on!

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

    Abstain

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Minority Report (2002)
    Alphaville (1965)

    Abstain

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    I saw a little bit of Moon on an airplane once. Enough to make me vote for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)
    Jurassic Park (1993)

    Abstain. (Why no, I’ve never seen Jurassic Park, why do you ask?)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    On The Beach (1959)
    Brazil (1985)

    Abstain

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Ghost In The Shell (1997)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    Abstain

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Ghostbusters (1984)

    [grabs a forehead cloth out of stock] Umm, Strangelove.

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979)
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

    Gort: Klaatu barada nikto. (The Day the Earth Stood Still)

  12. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    I forsee more pain below, cause I’m psychic.

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    Abstain

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)
    Macross: Do You Remember Love (1984)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    THX-1138 (1971)

    Abstain

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)
    Dune (1984)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Battle Royale (2000)

    Abstain

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)
    The Prestige (2006)

    Abstain

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

    Abstain

    8. MEETING ALIENS

    GRrrrrr…all those movies I don’t know or care about and the dice always put my favs up against each other!

    2001 (1968)
    Men in Black (1997)

    Because it was mind boggling and groundbreaking at the time and I still love several of the sequences. I can close my eyes and visualize many scenes even after all these years.

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

    Abstain.

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Minority Report (2002)
    Alphaville (1965)

    Abstain

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)
    Jurassic Park (1993)

    It’s a better movie all the way around.

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER

    GAH!!!!!!! More pain. And after I remembered to add Beach I have to vote against it cause Brazil is just one of my all time favorite movies. (grumble, mumble…’hate dice’…grimble::

    On The Beach (1959)
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Ghost In The Shell (1997)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Ghostbusters (2016)

    Fun rompy slapstick snarkishness vs biting, hilarious satire. Close, but I gotta go with Peter Sellars over Bill Murray.

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS

    ARGH! Why do the dice hate meeeeeeee?!?!
    “Klatu barada nikto” is a thing around our house, but I have to go with the kick butt heroine over the robot.

    Alien (1979)
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

    @ Hampus. Some great titles!

  13. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

  14. I’m actually kind of excited that I haven’t seen all the movies in this bracket, because that makes it easier.

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    THX-1138 (1971)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    Men in Black (1997)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
    Ow.

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    On The Beach (1959)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Ghostbusters

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

  15. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)

    I haven’t seen the other, but “The Truman Show” was great. But it’s not SF. If I don’t see you, have a good morning, good evening, and good night. (I may have totally mangled that quote, sorry.)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)

    Never saw it, but they really did a bad job on “Dune”! As with Susana, for books it would’ve gone the other way – but the other other way from what she’s saying. 😉 ETA: To be clear, Dune is one of my favorite novels of all time, methinks.

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    Men in Black (1997)

    Tough one, but 2001 never grabbed me like it did others. Like Kyra, I felt it was boring.

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

    Tough call, but I remember Nausicaä more. I think the comic was less confusing, though.

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    Luvs it.

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    Tough call, but I really don’t remember “Ghost in the Shell” very well. Plus: KAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHNNNN!

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Ghostbusters (some year)

    Something strange in your neighborhood.

  16. 1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)
    Macross: Do You Remember Love (1984)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    THX-1138 (1971)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Abstain

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Battle Royale (2000)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)
    The Prestige (2006)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)
    Men in Black (1997)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Minority Report (2002)
    Alphaville (1965)
    Stephen Spielberg movie starring Tom Cruise and I thought, “No way in hell”, so I was really surprised.

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
    Arrgghhh!

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)
    Jurassic Park (1993)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    On The Beach (1959)
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Ghost In The Shell (1997)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Ghostbusters (1984)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979)
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

    Curse you, Hampus!

  17. 1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)
    Macross: Do You Remember Love (1984)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    THX-1138 (1971)
    Abstain

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)
    Dune (1984)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Battle Royale (2000)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)
    The Prestige (2006)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)
    Men in Black (1997)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984)
    Abstain

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Minority Report (2002)
    Alphaville (1965)
    Abstain

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)
    Jurassic Park (1993)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    On The Beach (1959)
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Ghost In The Shell (1997)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Ghostbusters (2016)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979)
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

  18. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)
    Macross: Do You Remember Love (1984)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    THX-1138 (1971)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)
    Dune (1984)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Battle Royale (2000)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)
    The Prestige (2006)
    Abstain

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
    Abstain

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)
    Men in Black (1997)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Minority Report (2002)
    Alphaville (1965)

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)
    Jurassic Park (1993)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    On The Beach (1959)
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Ghost In The Shell (1997)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Ghostbusters (2016)
    Honest to Murgatroyd, no, I don’t feel guilty about voting against a movie not out yet on grounds of ineligibility. If, as sanity suggests, you meant the original Ghostbusters, I might change my vote. Or might not.

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979)
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
    Tie. Quietly whimpering in agony, buried under an entire case of lavender-scented, organic, fire-resistant forehead cloths. Just be warned that, here in 5344, this sort of thing is considered a war crime.

  19. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)
    Macross: Do You Remember Love (1984)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    THX-1138 (1971)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)
    Dune (1984)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Battle Royale (2000)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)
    The Prestige (2006)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

    Neither.

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)
    Men in Black (1997)

    Neither.

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Minority Report (2002)
    Alphaville (1965)

    Neither.

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    Aw, jeez. Neither. 20,000 Leagues was one of those creeky movies from my childhood. They must’ve replayed it on Wonderful World of Disney or something.

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)
    Jurassic Park (1993)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    On The Beach (1959)
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Ghost In The Shell (1997)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Ghostbusters (2016)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979)
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

    Some of my favorite movies of all time — Dr. Strangelove, Eternal Sunshine, Brother from Another Planet, Brazil — are in this bracket, so please be gentle with it.

  20. And I can’t believe I spelled creaky creeky. I have no excuse. Although perhaps I was thinking that particular movie was taking on water even back in 1954.

    No, really, I have no excuse.

  21. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT
    1. The Truman Show (1998)
    7. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    8. 2001 (1968)
    12.Galaxy Quest (1999)
    16.Alien (1979)

    Lots of gaps in my viewing.

  22. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT
    This heat seems rather heavily laden with films I’ve never watched, so quite a few abstentions.
    1. The Truman Show (1998)
    2. Metropolis (1927)
    3. Abstain
    4. Abstain
    5. Abstain
    6. The Prestige (2006). Not as good as the novel, but then that would be a big ask.
    7. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    8. 2001 (1968)
    9. Abstain
    10. Abstain
    11. Moon (2009)
    12. Abstain
    13. Brazil (1985)
    14. Abstain
    15. Dr. Strangelove (1964). Voting for this even though I haven’t, for some reason, seen the 2016 version of Ghostbusters. Kubrick probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind when thinking of directors manipulating emotions, but the way he spells out exactly what it will mean if even one bomb gets dropped, and then gets the viewer cheering the last bomber on, is quite brilliant.
    16. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951). From the good ol’ days before all this message fiction took over.

  23. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    Grrrr – make me vote for Jim Carrey twice in one bracket?

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    The Prestige (2006)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Alphaville (1965)

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Jurassic Park (1993)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979)

    Time to lie down in a quiet room

  24. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    THX-1138 (1971)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    abstain

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    abstain

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Minority Report (2002)

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    On The Beach (1959)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

  25. 1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)
    Macross: Do You Remember Love (1984)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    THX-1138 (1971)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)
    Dune (1984)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Battle Royale (2000)

    Abstain.

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)
    The Prestige (2006)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)
    Men in Black (1997)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Minority Report (2002)
    Alphaville (1965)

    More a vote against Alphaville than one for Minority Report.

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)
    Jurassic Park (1993)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    On The Beach (1959)
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Ghost In The Shell (1997)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Ghostbusters (2016)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979)
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

    Here in the year 752 AD, none of those movies have actually been made yet, though Frankish king Pepin the Short is waging war against his enemies and Pope Stephen II died within days after being elected and was succeeded by yet another Pope named Stephen

  26. 1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)
    Macross: Do You Remember Love (1984)

    Haven’t seen Metropolis but I’ve heard good things, and Macross was just cheesy.

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    THX-1138 (1971)

    Abstain.

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)
    Dune (1984)

    I actually liked Dune. Of course, I was 16, and it may not have aged well.

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Battle Royale (2000)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)
    The Prestige (2006)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)
    Men in Black (1997)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

    Nausicaa may not be Totoro, but it’s still Ghibli.

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Minority Report (2002)
    Alphaville (1965)

    Abstain.

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    And again.

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)
    Jurassic Park (1993)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    On The Beach (1959)
    Brazil (1985)

    Brazil was a unique vision.

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Ghost In The Shell (1997)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Ghostbusters (1984)

    Tough one.

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979)
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

  27. 1. Man Who Fell to Earth
    2. Metropolis
    3. abstain
    4. abstain
    5. Iron Giant
    6. Prestige
    7. abstain
    8. 2001
    9. ack… urk… Nausicaa (the dice SUCK!)
    10.weeee (sorry, the tuxedo cat wanted to play) Abstain.
    11. Moon
    12. argh. Jurassic Park, for that first dinosaur shot
    13. Brazil
    14. KHAAAAAAANNNN!
    15. Cally, a cloth please… Ghostbusters
    16. Alien

    Looks like the dice hated everyone. Is this a record total number of abstentions?

  28. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Alphaville (1965)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Ghost In The Shell (1997)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

  29. 2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)
    Macross: Do You Remember Love (1984)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972)
    Dune (1984)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)
    The Prestige (2006)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)
    Men in Black (1997)

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)
    Jurassic Park (1993)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Ghost In The Shell (1997)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

  30. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    THX-1138 (1971)
    Abstain

    4. SO IT GOES
    Dune (1984)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    Men in Black (1997)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Alphaville (1965)

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Ghostbusters (2016)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

  31. 1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927)

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Dune (1984)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Jurassic Park (1993)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Ghostbusters original

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979)

  32. 1. CONFUSING REALITIES: The Truman Show (1998)
    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE: Metropolis (1927)
    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    4. SO IT GOES: Abstain
    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE The Iron Giant (1999)
    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT? The Prestige (2006)
    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    8. MEETING ALIENS Men in Black (1997)
    9. LONGING FOR PEACE Abstain
    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE Abstain
    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS Jurassic Park (1993)
    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER Abstain
    14. PLAYING CATCH Ghost In The Shell (1997)
    15. DOOMSDAY Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS Alien (1979)

  33. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Macross: Do You Remember Love (1984)

    Argh. Metropolis is probably my favourite B&W sci-fi film, but Macross is responsible for my love of anime. And I do have two insanely expensive Valkyrie toys on display in my sitting room as we speak…

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    THX-1138 (1971)

    4. SO IT GOES
    Dune (1984)

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    Battle Royale (2000)

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006)

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968)

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009)

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    Brazil (1985)

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Ghost In The Shell (1997)

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979)

  34. Argh. Metropolis is probably my favourite B&W sci-fi film, but Macross is responsible for my love of anime. And I do have two insanely expensive Valkyrie toys on display in my sitting room as we speak…

    You too huh? I have the 1/48 red VF-1J. http://prntscr.com/9fkxc1

  35. RESULTS: SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND HEAT

    1. CONFUSING REALITIES
    The Truman Show (1998) – 19 votes
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) – 16 votes

    David Bowie put on the wrong pair of pants and that proved his downfall.

    WINNER: The Truman Show

    2. THE HYMNS OF PRAISE
    Metropolis (1927) – 34 votes
    Macross: Do You Remember Love (1984) – 3 votes

    Going up against Metropolis? Ouch. Sorry, Macross, but this was not your day.

    WINNER: Metropolis

    3. ALTERATIONS OF THE MIND
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) – 15 votes
    THX-1138 (1971) – 8 votes

    Eternal Sunshine Of the Spotless Mind was always a winner. At least it can’t remember anything else.

    WINNER: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972) – 14 votes
    Dune (1984) – 15 votes

    Billy Pilgrim is not with us anymore. So it goes. But my belief is that he is somewhere in the universe, having wild sex with Montana Wildhack. And with one vote, Dune goes on to the next round.

    WINNER: Dune

    5. POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
    The Iron Giant (1999) – 23 votes
    Battle Royale (2000) – 4 votes

    So. You are up against a giant robot with powers to oblitare everything. You open your green bag to see what weapon you’ve got and you find a fork. Sorry, class 3-B, but this is the end for you.

    WINNER: The Iron Giant

    6. YOU’VE GOT FAITH OVER HERE, RIGHT?
    Children of Men (2006) – 11 votes
    The Prestige (2006) – 17 votes

    Are you watching closely? No wires. But Abracadabra and Children of Men is out of the competition. The greatest magic trick ever seen.

    WINNER: The Prestige

    7. NONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS COME BACK
    Twelve Monkeys (1995) – 23 votes
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) – 8 votes

    Terry Gilliam. What can you do against Terry Gilliam? I believe Catching Fire would have done great against other movies, but this was Terry Gilliam.

    WINNER: Twelve Monkeys

    8. MEETING ALIENS
    2001 (1968) – 27 votes
    Men in Black (1997) – 17 votes

    When the Men In Black understood they in some way had to handle the alien contact from 2001 they just shrugged their shoulders and went away. There are things that just are too much to handle.

    WINNER: 2001

    9. LONGING FOR PEACE
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) – 16 votes
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984) – 9 votes

    Studio Ghibli. As we know from the Fantasy Movie Bracket, those words should strike fear into the hearts of their competitors. Brother From Another Planet is captured, while Nausicaa goes on.

    WINNER: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

    10. DESTROYING THE BASIS OF THE STATE
    Minority Report (2002) – 16 votes
    Alphaville (1965) – 7 votes

    Tom Cruise is best when you get him away from sofas and into the action movies and he has good taste for scripts.

    WINNER: Minority Report

    11. NAUTILUS VS LUNAR INDUSTRIES
    Moon (2009) – 16 votes
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) – 20 votes

    Nautilus. Kirk Douglas. Sometimes nostalgia is enough.

    WINNER: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    12. MURDEROUS REPTILIANS
    Galaxy Quest (1999) – 34 votes
    Jurassic Park (1993) – 10 votes

    One of the best (non-)Star Trek movie ever made or cool velociraptors? Sorry, reptilians are eliminated.

    WINNER: Galaxy Quest

    13. WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER
    On The Beach (1959) – 5 votes
    Brazil (1985) – 25 votes

    Brazil is for many Terry Gilliams crowning moment and it is not surprising that it did so well.

    WINNER: Brazil

    14. PLAYING CATCH
    Ghost In The Shell (1997) – 8 votes
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) – 32 votes

    This. That the filers get so happy to see their favourite movie that they can’t just vote, they have to shout a “KHAAAAAAAAN” first. Conditioned reflexes? Ghost In The Shell had some fans and would have made well against other movies. But not against this one.

    WINNER: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    15. DOOMSDAY
    Dr. Strangelove (1964) – 26 votes
    Ghostbusters (2016) – 15 votes

    Both are classics, but Dr. Strangelove is a classic. When choosing their doom, the filers prefererred nuclear war to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

    WINNER: Dr. Strangelove

    16. ALIENS WITH AGENDAS
    Alien (1979) – 25 votes
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) – 15 votes

    Klaatu Barada Nikto – these epic words found everywhere from Army of Darkness to Tron. But it wasn’t enough to compete against the iconic Ripley.

    WINNER: Alien

  36. Iphinome on December 18, 2015 at 12:00 am said:

    Argh. Metropolis is probably my favourite B&W sci-fi film, but Macross is responsible for my love of anime. And I do have two insanely expensive Valkyrie toys on display in my sitting room as we speak…

    You too huh? I have the 1/48 red VF-1J. http://prntscr.com/9fkxc1

    Oh, I have it really bad. Here’s a shot of most of my 1/60 Valkyires spread out on the kitchen table:

    http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g267/lorcan_nagle/20151001_1738571_zpsqxzx8i6n.jpg

    I’ve also got a VF-0A, a VE-1 and a pair of the 1/48 scale VF-1s. And I’ve got the reissue VF-4 on pre-order!

    (and that doesn’t cover my non Yamato/Arcadia/Bandai Valkyires or my other Macross toys)

    Hampus Eckeman on December 18, 2015 at 12:02 am said:

    4. SO IT GOES
    Slaughterhouse V (1972) – 14 votes
    Dune (1984) – 15 votes

    Billy Pilgrim is not with us anymore. So it goes. But my belief is that he is somewhere in the universe, having wild sex with Montana Wildhack. And with one vote, Dune goes on to the next round.

    WINNER: Dune

    Woo! casting vote!

  37. @Lorcan Nagle Awesome, I wanted to get a SV-51 when the prices weren’t insane but I couldn’t afford it then and now they’re just way too much. As opposed to the VF-25’s I wanted Alto’s but they were never at a good price so what you see is more or less everything I have aside from maybe a couple old broken Mospeda toys I haven’t gotten around to repairing and an old version 1/100 VF-1S, the kind that look like mini chunky monkeys not like the toynami 1/100 in the photo (or the toynami 1/55 next to the chunky monkey boot.)

  38. The SV-51 was the last one I could afford for a long time. I managed to get the RVF-25 for not an insane sum, but could only afford it in the first place thanks to an inheritance. The VF-0D and VF-1J there are my most recent buys, and only because I got a decent raise when I started my current job, and the exchange rate between the Euro and the Yen has improved drastically. The reissue VF-4 is almost €100 cheaper than the original release.

  39. Oh! I also have the 90’s Bandai toy of Basara’s VF-19, and the Toynami Masterpiece of Rook’s Alpha fighter (partial credit?)

  40. Hmm, so far I am very much not in tune with the honeycomb! How interesting. Usually the majority of my picks do fine until the last four rounds or so but not this time.

  41. “Hmm, so far I am very much not in tune with the honeycomb! How interesting. Usually the majority of my picks do fine until the last four rounds or so but not this time.”

    Actually, the majority of your picks are doing fine. It just might not be those you care about most. 😛

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