Pixel Scroll 12/17 We Also Walk T. Rexes

(1) TALES OF LONG LONG AGO. Ethan Mills knows it’s “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Getting Ready for Star Wars!”

In watching The Empire Strikes Back, I was reminded of this post from several months back: “The Dress: Episode V – Han Solo’s Jacket.”  It turns out the science fiction fans have their own version of that dress that destroyed the internet in February of 2015.  In the Hoth scenes, there is some dispute about whether Han’s jacket is brown or navy blue.  On my TV last night it looked brown to me, but now in this picture it looks navy blue.  Go figure.

(2) THE LIST’S AFOOT. Miriam Burstein has posted a list of the interesting things she read this year, “My Year in Books” at The Little Professor. Sf is among the many genres she covers. Holmes pastiches are another.

Most self-sabotaging novel: Dan Simmons’ Sherlock Holmes pastiche The Fifth Heart, whose characters are awfully insistent that the Holmes stories aren’t very good.

Really, you can stop now: The Sherlock Holmes pastiche industry, which is not improving in quality as it goes along.

…Well, perhaps except for you: Robert Ryan’s Watson series is quite enjoyable.

(3) VINTAGE LINES. “Here’s What the 1977 Star Wars Line Looked Like In Los Angeles” from LAist.

Lines were forming to see Star Wars films right in the very beginning, when the first installment of what would become a massive franchise hit screens in 1977.

They also have a compilation video of news reports about Star Wars lines as the series progressed.

(4) SLOW-PACED COURTSHIP. And how long did people wait in line for the opening of The Force Awakens in Hollywood? Here’s a clue: local fan Obishawn (Shawn Crosby) officiated at a Star Wars wedding today by the entrance of the Chinese theater in Hollywood

(5) PUNCHBOWL FLOATER. Guess who will cheer Stephen L. Miller’s “Star Wars: Revenge of the Social Justice Warriors” at National Review Online? It’s about PC types who are prepared to bash the new Star Wars film and finding little to bash.

With the long-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening tomorrow, news outlets and social media have been abuzz with the expectations of a new generation of fans. But with The Force Awakens as the first of the films to be released in the age of social justice, the question must be asked: At a time when the slightest violation of PC orthodoxy can set off a deluge of listicles, cable-news segments, and general media outrage, can Star Wars survive such an onslaught launched from the Social Justice Media’s veritable Sarlacc Pit — more commonly referred to as Twitter?

(6) CONCESSIONS LAST STAND. Washington Post writer Drew Harwell, in “The business of ‘Star Wars’ comes with a huge catch”, tells how movie theaters are responding to Disney’s giant slice of the revenue pie by offering Star Wars-related swag and snacks (Marcus Theaters in the Midwest offers the “Wookiee Smash Burger” for only $12.59).

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” may become the highest-grossing premiere in history, but it comes with a huge catch. Disney is demanding movie theaters hand over a much bigger cut of box-office revenue than usual, carving into cineplexes’ profits at a time when they need all the help they can get.

So theaters have gotten creative about the moneymakers they control. One small theater chain, Studio Movie Grill, is offering a daily “Star Wars”-themed brunch, including cinnamon-and-sugar Princess Leia Buns, a Tuscan Raider Quesadilla and cocktails such as a $9 tequila Yoda-Rita, with lime wedges hooked on the rim to mimic the Jedi master’s ears.

(7) ESCAPED PATIENT. The Onion found (invented?) the one fan who brings a fair and balanced approach to the movie — “Fan Just Going To Keep Open Mind About Whether New ‘Star Wars’ Best Or Worst Movie Ever”.

(8) ODYSSEY WORKSHOP. “Odyssey Writers Workshop Application Period Opens” – see details at the SFWA Blog or the Odyssey website.

Odyssey is for writers whose work is approaching publication quality and for published writers who want to improve their work.  The six-week program combines an advanced curriculum with extensive writing and in-depth feedback on student manuscripts.  The director and primary instructor, Jeanne Cavelos, was nominated for the World Fantasy Award this year for her work teaching and running Odyssey.  Top authors, editors, and agents have served as guest lecturers, including George R. R. Martin, Jane Yolen, Robert J. Sawyer, Nancy Kress, Ben Bova, Holly Black, Catherynne M. Valente, and Dan Simmons.

This summer’s workshop runs from JUNE 6 to JULY 15, 2016.  Class meets for over four hours each morning, five days a week.  That time is split between workshopping and lectures.  While feedback reveals the weaknesses in students’ manuscripts, lectures teach the techniques necessary to strengthen them.  In-depth lectures provide advanced insights into the elements of fiction writing.  Students spend about eight hours more per day writing and critiquing each other’s work.

The program is held on the beautiful campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH….

The workshop’s Writer-in-Residence will be Mary Robinette Kowal. Lecturers include Meagan Spooner, Patricia Bray, N. K. Jemisin, Deborah DeNicola, and Scott H. Andrews.

(9) DANIEL CHAPTER THREE. The third installment of Daniel’s Castalia House blog series “Safe Space as Rape Room: Science Fiction Culture and Childhood’s End” is a series of nonsequitur sophistries constructed for the purpose of smearing John Scalzi.

(10) ENTIRELY COINCIDENTAL. Today John Scalzi was not only using his Twitter trolls for cannon fodder but for artistic inspiration. At least I think that’s art….

(11) THE SATANIC VERSUS. “’Star Wars’-themed church service to highlight ‘parallels’” at MSNBC.

Members of the congregation at Berlin’s Zions Church will be greeted with the theme music from the blockbuster series and can expect to hear about “the juxtaposition of good and bad, light and dark” during the one-hour event, church minister Eva-Maria Menard told NBC News.

Short excerpts from trailers and the George Lucas movies will be shown on a screen below the pulpit.

Vicar Ulrike Garve said that the service will expose “the theological motives and parallels in the Star Wars episodes.”

Garve and colleague Lucas Ludewig plan to highlight Romans 12:21 from the Bible, which states: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

(12) DICKINSON OBIT. The SF Site News obituary for British author Peter Dickinson (1927-2015) who died December 16 notes that his novel The Ropemaker won the Mythopoeic Award for Children’s Literature in 2002, and he was twice nominated for the World Fantasy Award. Dickinson was married to author Robin McKinley. More at the post.

(13) CHECKING IN. In the first 10 days, the “We Are ALL SF Con 2016 Startup” Indiegogo appeal has raised $230 to help launch a fan convention inspired by the motto coined by Lou J. Berger and Quincy J. Allen. They need $9,000.

The operational leadership is Spence Smith, convention chair, and Suzy Thommarson, assistant convention chair. Advisors are Pat and Doug Booze of Norwescon, Shawn Marier of Norwescon and Anglicon, and Chris Nilsson, of Anglicon and Rustycon. “Plus we occasionally pick the brains of some of the old time Worldcon con runners,” adds Karen Junker.

They plan to hold the event November 4-6 in Ocean Shores, WA.

(14) JOVIAN AWARDS. SF Site News lists several pros who announced on Facebook that they received Jovian Awards — each of whom posted a photo of the award and wrote that they didn’t know who it came from.

Jovian Award

Neither The Jovian Award website nor The Jovian Award Facebook page sheds any light on the presenters. What the winners who revealed themselves have in common is that they were Hugo nominees who finished second to No Award.

Hell of a nice looking award, though.

(15) LUKE I AM YOUR FENDER. Jay Leno’s Garage had a visit from Hot Wheels’ real-life Darth Vader car, “which is what you get when you morph Vader’s helmet and other components into a car.”

(16) POSTERS. New Batman v. Superman posters.

(17) ANNOYING COMMERCIAL. James H. Burns asks —

Am I the only one who hates the Geico Peter Pan ad?  I generally really like the company’s spots, and I realize that in some interpretations, Peter can be a real wiseguy…  I wondered why this bugged me so much, and I think it’s two reasons:  One, I just don’t like seeing Pan being such a twerp…  But more importantly, the second worse thing about being Peter would have to be watching your mortal friends pass on…  (There is, however, a pretty neat Tink here!)

 

[Thanks to Steven H Silver, John King Tarpinian, Martin Morse Wooster, and Alan Baumler for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Daniel Dern.]

Update 12/19/2015: Corrected name of city to Ocean Shore, after having the typo carefully explained to me (the subtler attempts having gone over my head.)

306 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 12/17 We Also Walk T. Rexes

  1. 1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Dark City (1998)

    tie.

  2. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Time Bandits (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)

  3. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Metropolis (1927)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Back To The Future (1985)

    augh tie

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    pass

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dark City (1998)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Robocop (1987)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    pass

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Frankenstein (1931)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)

  4. 1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    By Grabthar’s Hammer, I wish you hadn’t made me choose….

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)
    Star Wars (1977)

    600 pound gorilla. (No offense, Kong.)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005)
    Metropolis (1927)

    I can kill you with my brain.

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)

    Abstain; never saw Scanner.

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    No contest; Khan was the best ST. (Only the even ones were good. I wonder if that means only the odd ones will be good on the reboot? Sure seems to be trending that way…)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Back To The Future (1985)

    Argh.

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Gravity (2013)

    Haven’t seen Iron Giant, but I’ve heard it’s good, and I *hated* Gravity. So I’m breaking my rule here and hate-voting.

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)
    Brazil (1985)

    Brazil was brilliant and horrific and gave me nightmares. The Terminator was… an action movie.

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
    2001 (1968)

    I recently re-watched 2001. It hasn’t held up as well as I’d’ve expected. *sigh* It’s not exactly been visited by the Suck Fairy, but if there’s an Indifferent Fairy, that’d be about right.

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Dark City (1998)

    Abstain; never saw Dark City

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)
    Robocop (1987)

    Um. Um. No strong feelings about either here. Not quite a coin-flip, but close…

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    Never actually saw Bride of Frankenstein. Abstain

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)
    Frankenstein (1931)

    Aliens was the best of its franchise.Which is not to say that Frankenstein wasn’t very good for its time…

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)
    Time Bandits (1981)

    You’re going to make me choose? ARGH! Um, I’ll go with the one I’ve watched more.

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    Never saw Twelve Monkeys. Abstain.

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)
    The Fifth Element (1997)

    Campy fun vs. straight dark dystopia? Bladerunner was probably a better movie… but I just loved The Fifth Element SO MUCH.

  5. 1. Galaxy Quest (1999)
    2. Alien (1979)
    3. Metropolis (1927)
    4. King Kong (1933)
    5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    7. Gravity (2013)
    8. The Terminator (1984)
    9. 2001 (1968)
    10. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    11. Robocop (1987)
    13. Frankenstein (1931)
    14. Escape From New York (1981)
    15. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    16. Bladerunner (1982)

  6. > “Chuck Berry was a singular genius, so fuck Back to the Future forever.”

    Yeah, that part always pissed me off.

  7. Alrighty this was hard !

    1. Young Frankenstein (1974)
    2. Alien (1979)
    3. Metropolis (1927)
    4. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
    5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    7. Gravity (2013)
    8. The Terminator (1984)
    9. Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
    10. Abstain
    11. Robocop (1987)
    12. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    13. Aliens (1986)
    14. Time Bandits (1981)
    15. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    16. Bladerunner (1982)

  8. Clearly, I need to make time to see Metropolis and A Scanner Darkly. They must be great films if so many Filers like them.

    1. Young Frankenstein
    2. Alien
    3. Abstain
    4. Abstain
    5. ST2: Wrath of Khan
    6. Empire Strikes Back
    7. Iron Giant
    8. Terminator
    9. 2001. The first half is really slow but once we get to Hal, the tension is overwhelming.
    10. Dark City
    11. Forbidden Planet
    12. Bride of Frankenstein
    13. Aliens
    14. Escape from New York
    15. 12 Monkeys
    16. Bladerunner

  9. Personally, I’m finding this getting easier and easier as the movies I truly cherish get voted out.

    1. Abstain
    2. Star Wars
    3. Metropolis
    4. Abstain
    5. Star Trek II
    6. Back to the Future
    7-8. Abstain
    9. 2001
    10-11.
    12. Bride of Frankenstein
    13-14. Abstain
    15. Return of the Jedi
    16. Abstain

  10. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)
    Don’t really care about Terminator, but I *hated* Brazil.

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    The Fifth Element (1997)

    Both are good, but I rewatch Fifth Element more often.

  11. 1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)

    For Frau Blucher “whinney”

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)

    Curses

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    Gravity (2013)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    2001 (1968)

    May your dice asplode…

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)

  12. 1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005)
    Metropolis (1927)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Back To The Future (1985)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Gravity (2013)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)
    Brazil (1985)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Dark City (1998)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)
    Robocop (1987)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)
    Frankenstein (1931)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)
    Time Bandits (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)
    The Fifth Element (1997)

  13. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    OW!

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Metropolis (1927)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Frankenstein (1931)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    The Fifth Element (1997)

  14. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Metropolis (1927)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Frankenstein (1931)

  15. @Jim Henley and Kyra: Really? I’ve never viewed it that way. It’s just a closed-loop time paradox: Chuck Berry will get inspired by hearing his own music played back to him by Marty McFly, who grew up listening to Chuck Berry’s music… I never thought there was any suggestion that Marty was anything other than a conduit for Chuck Berry to hear his own music.

    Personally, I’ve always thought the funniest thing in the movie is that when Marty returns to 1985, “Twin Pines Mall” is now “Lone Pine Mall”.

  16. 1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005)
    Metropolis (1927)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)
    Abstain

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Back To The Future (1985)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Gravity (2013)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)
    Brazil (1985)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Dark City (1998)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)
    Robocop (1987)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    Abstain

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)
    Frankenstein (1931)
    Abstain

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)
    Time Bandits (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)
    The Fifth Element (1997)

  17. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    Gravity (2013)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dark City (1998)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE
    Robocop (1987)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (19810

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    The Fifth Element (1997)

  18. 1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Metropolis (1927)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dark City (1998)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    The Fifth Element (1997)

  19. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005)
    Metropolis (1927)
    This gives me pain, but Serenty for rewatchableness.

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
    because KHAAAAAAAAANNNNN!!!!!

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Back To The Future (1985)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Gravity (2013)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)
    Brazil (1985)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Dark City (1998)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)
    Robocop (1987)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)
    Frankenstein (1931)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)
    Time Bandits (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)
    The Fifth Element (1997)

  20. 1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    One of the best movies ever vs. an amusing trifle… Yes, for me, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN wins handily.

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)
    Star Wars (1977)

    In Star Wars, no one can hear you scream and nobody cares one way or the other about screaming, so…

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005)
    Metropolis (1927)

    An actual masterpiece is going up against a flawed movie version of a TV show? Not a tough decision at all. I am grading on the reconstructed/restored version from 2010, though. Hope that’s ok.

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)

    Abstain.

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    I guess Khan wins. He always wins, right?

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Back To The Future (1985)

    I’m just not that fond of the Star Wars movies. Yes, I will let myself out.

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Gravity (2013)

    I know someone who worked on it so for sentimental reasons (and because it really is good) I’m going with the GIANT.

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)
    Brazil (1985)

    No contest.

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
    2001 (1968)

    It’s gotta be 2001, even as I admit I don’t care for it.

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Dark City (1998)

    No contest again.

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)
    Robocop (1987)

    I pretty much hated Robocop at the time. I might like it better now, but I doubt it. FORBIDDEN PLANET is a little creaky, but it’s also THE TEMPEST in space, and who can turn away from that?

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    I love her. Elsa Lanchester rules! Always!

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)
    Frankenstein (1931)

    Boris Karloff also rules, even without Elsa.

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)
    Time Bandits (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    Abstain.

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)
    The Fifth Element (1997)

    Another standout in the genre. I do not envy Hampus having to add all these up. Forehead cloths for Hampus!

  21. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND
    1.Galaxy Quest (1999)
    2. Alien (1979)
    3. Metropolis (1927)
    4. King Kong (1933)
    5. Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
    6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    8. No. Just. No.
    The Terminator (1984)
    Brazil (1985)
    9. 2001 (1968)
    11. Robocop (1987)
    13. Aliens (1986)
    14. Time Bandits (1981)
    15. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS (love the title)
    Bladerunner (1982)

    [I just spontaneously emitted this haiku]
    The dice are evil,
    Forehead cloths insufficient,
    Bracket choices fraught.

  22. 1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Metropolis (1927)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)

    Abstain.

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Gravity (2013)

    abstain

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)
    Brazil (1985)

    abstain

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Dark City (1998)

    abstain

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    abstain

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)
    Frankenstein (1931)

    abstain

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    Abstain.

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)

  23. Ouff.

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Metropolis (1927)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    Brazil (1985)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)

  24. Have I voted on this one yet? I feel like I haven’t – if I have ignore this post.

    SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Metropolis (1927)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    Gravity (2013)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    Brazil (1985)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Ouch.

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Time Bandits (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)

  25. 1. Galaxy Quest (1999)
    2. Alien (1979)
    6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    7. The Iron Giant (1999)
    8. The Terminator (1984)
    9. Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
    10. Dark City (1998)
    14. Time Bandits (1981)
    16. The Fifth Element (1997)

  26. 1. breaks open case of forehead cloths Young Frankenstein
    2. Star Wars
    3. Metropolis
    4. King Kong
    5. climbs into case, whimpers Khan
    6. sits up, relieved TESB
    7. Gravity
    8. Brazil
    9. covers self in cloths, flips coin GOTG
    10. moans quietly Abstain
    11. Forbidden Planet
    12. grumbles Bride of Frank
    13. whines, moans, flips coin Frank
    14. sighs in relief Time Bandits
    15. ROTJ
    16. Blade Runner

    buys new case for next round

  27. @PhilRM: The kindest interpretation is that it throws credit for Chuck Berry’s innovations into an undecideability loop. But even that means Chuck Berry isn’t the originator of his signature lick and style. And that’s a bad look for the movie given the racial subtext. Even when I first saw the movie, blithely unaware of the concept of white privilege, I was weirded out by it.

  28. PhilRM:

    “Chuck Berry will get inspired by hearing his own music played back to him by Marty McFly, who grew up listening to Chuck Berry’s music… I never thought there was any suggestion that Marty was anything other than a conduit for Chuck Berry to hear his own music.”

    I didn’t like that part either in the movie. I mean, we know who Chuck Berry was inspired by. Because he has said so himself. Sister Rosetta Tharpe is a good example of taking old gospel music and turning them into Rock’n Roll. I mean, this song was first recorded in 1948, 7 years before Back to The Future.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR2gR6SZC2M

    So in a way, it denies all history of black musicians before Chuck Berry. I doesn’t destroy the movie for me, but it is irritating.

  29. @Jim: (Chuck Berry and BttF)

    One thing I’ve always liked about BttF is that it actually tries to respect causality. In the first movie, Marty starts his journey from a universe in which time travel has never existed… and Chuck was a complete original. When he goes back, and Marvin gives Chuck an earful of Marty’s performance, that part doesn’t change. Chuck’s just getting a preview of what he was destined to do in the first place.

    Marty didn’t originate anything, and he’s not an innovator. He’s just the conduit. If I were to take the original sheet music of one of Mozart’s symphonies back in time and give it to Mozart, I wouldn’t magically become its creator. It’s still his work, all the way through. The most you can say about Marty’s contribution is that his performance and the audience’s reaction demonstrated an appetite for the style.

  30. 1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    2001 (1968)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    The Fifth Element (1997)

  31. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. Young Frankenstein (1974)
    2. Star Wars (1977)
    3. Metropolis (1927)
    4. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
    5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    8. Brazil (1985)
    9. 2001 (1968)
    10. Dark City (1998)
    14. Time Bandits (1981)
    15. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    16. Bladerunner (1982)

  32. I’m ordering a gross of unscented with aloe forehead cloths. I might need a mediator tonight also as I see things I care about against stuff hubby cares about. Decisions in our household will be hard. He’s come to love Brackett time each night. Great comments from those who’ve voted so far. You’ve given me food for thought as I prepare to vote later this evening.

  33. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005)
    Metropolis (1927)

    Argh, this is hard but Serenity narrowly wins out.

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    Again difficult: Favourite Trek movie vs. second favourite Trek movie.

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Back To The Future (1985)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Gravity (2013)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)
    Brazil (1985)

    I’m really sorry about consistently voting against Terminator movies, because I do like the first two. It’s just that they’re up against films that I like more.

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Dark City (1998)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)
    Robocop (1987)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)
    Frankenstein (1931)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)
    Time Bandits (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    This is really, really difficult. Against pretty much anything else, I would have voted for Twelve Monkeys. But not against Star Wars.

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)
    The Fifth Element (1997)

    Another difficult choice, but The Fifth Element holds up better IMO.

  34. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)
    Star Wars (1977)

    Kyra-tie, please!

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Metropolis (1927)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    Brazil (1985)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    Kyra-tie for this one, too. /coward

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)

    Because I love Time Bandits, but it isn’t science fiction.

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    The Fifth Element (1997)

  35. 1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)
    Star Wars (1977)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Back To The Future (1985)

    TIE

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)
    Brazil (1985)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
    2001 (1968)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)
    Frankenstein (1931)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)
    The Fifth Element (1997)

  36. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Metropolis (1927)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    Brazil (1985)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Frankenstein (1931)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Time Bandits (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)

  37. 1. Young Frankenstein
    2. Star Wars
    3. Serenity
    6. Empire Strikes Back
    8. The Terminator
    9. Guardians Of The Galaxy
    13. Aliens
    14. Escape From New York
    16. The Fifth Element

  38. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Frankenstein (1931)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Time Bandits (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)

  39. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Star Wars (1977)

    Damn you and your filthy dice!

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    Khan was an over-wrought, over-rated movie. STIV is by far the best Trek.

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Robocop (1987)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)

  40. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Metropolis (1927)

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Gravity (2013)
    Abstain

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    Brazil (1985)

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    2001 (1968)

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Robocop (1987)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Frankenstein (1931)

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Time Bandits (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    The Fifth Element (1997)

  41. SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE

    The dice have a sick sense of humor, two of the best send-ups of their respective genres go head-to-head waaaay too early in the competition, imo. I love both. I can’t choose!

    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Galaxy Quest (1999)

    Tie I know that eventually one or both have to go, just don’t make me responsible for deciding which one it is this time. It hurts!

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS

    Yoicks! More pain. I think this bracket is going to get more and more gut wrenching. I’m picking the one that has, imo, the better written screenplay and treats women somewhat better, although my initial emotional response to Star Wars was greater. So voting more with my head on this one, probably uselessly.

    Alien (1979)
    Star Wars (1977)

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005)
    Metropolis (1927)

    Some movies I would, and have, rated above Metropolis, not Serenity, though.

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933)
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Back To The Future (1985)

    BttF just never connected with me in the same way. Voting with my emtion on this one.

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999)
    Gravity (2013)

    Abstain

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984)
    Brazil (1985)

    This is painful, but the outcome is forgone, for me. Again, I could have voted T against a lot of films, not this one.

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
    2001 (1968)

    Probably a losing position, although 2001 has its fans here, so there’s a tiny chance?

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Dark City (1998)

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956)
    Robocop (1987)

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986)
    Frankenstein (1931)

    OUCH!! That hurt.

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981)
    Time Bandits (1981)

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982)
    The Fifth Element (1997)

    My emotional response to these two is nearly equal and my opinion of them as films/stories is about equal. I’ll be satisfied whichever wins the bracket. So flipped a coin.

  42. @Hampus

    My tie vote for Galaxy Quest and Young Frank is. Kyra tie, the vote goes to the lowest vote-getter unless there is an actual tie, then it goes to both, ‘kay? And can I have my cake, too?

  43. Three Kyra-ties that I spotted on the Alien v. Star Wars matchup. Enough Kyra-ties could probably guarantee an actual tie.

    (Just to be clear, this is a comment; I already voted.)

  44. RESULTS: SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

    1. PARODIES MADE WITH LOVE
    Young Frankenstein (1974) – 17 votes
    Galaxy Quest (1999) – 25 votes

    IT’S ALIVE! The Rock Monster that is. The Monster had a problem with burned fuse, lightning is not the best way to shock start a motor.

    WINNER: Galaxy Quest

    2. FIGHTING ON SPACESHIPS
    Alien (1979) – 18 votes
    Star Wars (1977) – 26 votes

    For a while they were so close that I actually thought that Alien would beat Star Wars. But the force wasn’t as strong with that one and if you can’t hear someone scream in space, you can still hear the Tie-fighters screaming by. No Kyra-ties would have helped Alien.

    WINNER: Star Wars

    3. ALL SEVEN DEADLY SINS
    Serenity (2005) – 17 votes
    Metropolis (1927) – 25 votes

    There can be no understanding between the hand and the brain if you are attacked by space cannibals all the time.

    WINNER: Metropolis

    4. ONE CAN PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, ONE HAS A HARDER TIME
    King Kong (1933) – 21 votes
    A Scanner Darkly (2006) – 12 votes

    Take time to stop and smell the flowers as you walk the paths of life. Good advice, and thats exactly what Bob Arctor does.

    WINNER: King Kong

    5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) – 33 votes
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) – 13 votes

    The whale woke up in outer space: “And wow! Hey! What’s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like … ow … ound … round … ground! That’s it! That’s a good name – ground! I wonder if it will be friends with me?”

    It would not.

    WINNER: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – 40 votes
    Back To The Future (1985) – 5 votes

    And to think I missed on the obvious headline: “INCESTUOUS RELATIONSHIPS”. But that chance is gone now. Back to The Future makes likes a tree and gets out of here.

    WINNER: The Empire Strikes Back

    7. CLEAR SKIES WITH A CHANCE OF DEBRIS
    The Iron Giant (1999) – 22 votes
    Gravity (2013) – 10 votes

    The practical thing with being an Iron Giant is that you can put yourself together if you are blown apart. No such luck for space shuttle Explorer as it is hit by debris.

    WINNER: The Iron Giant

    8. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    The Terminator (1984) – 24 votes
    Brazil (1985) – 18 votes

    Information Retrieval got the wrong person and that doomed Sam, The Terminator got several wrong persons and that saved the world. Life is unfair sometimes.

    WINNER: The Terminator

    9. MONOLITH VS INFINITY STONE
    Guardians of The Galaxy (2014) – 20 votes
    2001 (1968) – 25 votes

    HAL: “Look, Star-lord. I can see you are really upset about me killing your crew. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over. No dance moves can save you know.”

    WINNER: 2001

    10. DENY THEM YOUR ESSENCE
    Dr. Strangelove (1964) – 21 votes
    Dark City (1998) – 13 votes

    How do you buld a mineshaft when you are in outerspace? We’ll not be meeting you again, Dark City.

    WINNER: Dr. Strangelove

    11. THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE!
    Forbidden Planet (1956) – 25 votes
    Robocop (1987) – 12 votes

    Dear or alive, Dr. Morbius evil self is not coming with Robocop who has a problem with a corrupted BIO.SYS in his operating system. No more crime fighting for our hero, it is scrapheap challenge next.

    WINNER: Forbidden Planet

    12. CREATIONS GETTING CLOSER TO HUMANITY
    Star Trek: First Contact (1996) – 12 votes
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – 17 votes

    So Young Frankenstein lost out, but how did it go for Bride of Frankenstein? Well, here’s to a new world of gods and monsters. Star Treks makes contact – the wrong way. Resistance is futile and they are assimiliated.

    WINNER: Bride of Frankenstein

    13. MESSING WITH MONSTERS
    Aliens (1986) – 26 votes
    Frankenstein (1931) – 13 votes

    And our last Frankenstein contestant. This time meeting another monster with a design almost as lauded as that of the monster. Only one problem. There are more of them. Poor Frankenstein looses, but at least he got a farewell hug on the way out.

    WINNER: Aliens

    14. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE EVIL?
    Escape From New York (1981) – 18 votes
    Time Bandits (1981) – 23 votes

    Well, Snake, this is you own fault. You shouldn’t have destroyed that tape. And then leaving everything to go surfing? That won’t do.

    WINNER: Time Bandits

    15. LOOKING FOR SMALL FURRY CREATURES
    Return of the Jedi (1983) – 21 votes
    Twelve Monkeys (1995) – 17 votes

    As for Frankenstein, there were three Terry Gilliam movies in this round, but only one survived. James Cole is captured by Jabba the Hut and is fed to his Rancor.

    WINNER: Return of the Jedi

    16. BATTLE OF THE NOODLE STANDS
    Bladerunner (1982) – 29 votes
    The Fifth Element (1997) – 15 votes

    “You no trouble. Me… Fifth element… supreme being… me protect you.” Famous last words when you have a Blade runner after you. Deckard is trained to take out artificially created beings.

    WINNER: Bladerunner

  45. 5. ENTERPRISE VS ENTERPRISE
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) – 33 votes
    Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) – 13 votes

    Just so I get this out of the way:

    KHAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNN!

    Time to do a slingshot around the sun and get a do-over. Thanks Hampus, and curses to your dice!

  46. I dont think we’ve whittled down the Frankensteins completely. There’s a pretty good case to be made for both Bladerunner and Robocop as Frankenstein movies, in spirit I the not in name.

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