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rudewordsmith 6/1/2010 9:49:26 PM

I'm honestly not trying to be a jerk when I say this, but Hollywood makes amazingly watered-down, neutered science fiction films. They remove the intelligence from them for the sake of sheer spectacle -- Blade Runner not withstanding. Americans, in general, seem to view Sci-Fi as some shameful genre, befitting of children and dullards. 

Foreign Science Fiction is the only respectable sort, if one actually takes the foundations of science fiction into account. In America, we hear "science fiction" and we instantly assume it has to be about space, or war on some distant planet. It gets very, very stale.

As such, I'm a fan of this list. For the most part. Battle Royal doesn't really belong on the list, unless I missed the science fiction elements. It's been a while since I saw it last, so it's very possible. Glad Metropolis got it's much deserved love. Can't wait to see the original edit once it hits DVD later this year.

Sad to see that Children of Men didn't make the cut, but I guess something made it null-and-void.

doublec 6/1/2010 11:29:00 PM

Another addition to the list would be the Russian film Planeta Bur (Planet of Storms), about an expedition to Venus. Footage from this was used in two AIP films in the 60's.

And am I the only person just chomping at the bit for that complete restoration of Metropolis to come out?

doublec 6/1/2010 11:33:02 PM

Sorry rudeworsmith, missed your comment about Metropolis RIGHT ABOVE MINE...

{walks away with tail between legs}

rgtchtiger 6/2/2010 5:36:27 AM

Wasn't Children of Men an American production though?  If that's the case, that could (potentially) explain why it's not included on the list.  The James Bond films are typically shot with non-American directors with predominantly non-American casts, but they aren't considered foreign films. 

Wiseguy 6/2/2010 5:47:06 AM

Star Wars


Empire Strikes Back


Terminator 2





AVATAR, that's right

Blade Runner


Close Encounters



Holy shit, apparently Americans do make some good sci/fi. Yeah but all the pretentious "I'm too smart while most Americans are dumb" can't admit it only the foreign stuff is good according to them and only they're smart enough to recognize it

jedibanner 6/2/2010 6:58:25 AM

Wiseguy.....ahhh, our never-ending battle of witts never ends...but I WAS teasing for real though...and I do have an actual opinion on this, it's not just because you made a comment that I will say something.

Now, obviously, ''Hollywood'' has done many good things since the years of the creation of movie theatres (70's porn included). But there is one thing that does help a lot the American industry which most foreign productions can't matched: Money

For years and years, it's true for the USA that the system of produciton in movies was based on a simple rule: spend money to make money. If you spend more, you should make more. With times,  the evolution of movie making in the US was based with studios who became larger and larger distributors and the productions became larger and larger, hence the need for money became a necessity and could only be made mostly in the US.

Anyone with imagination then started to evolve with the idea that, you can't go to Ukraine and make a Close Encounters (one of my favorite movies of all time) or a Wizard of Oz in England because, the production value could not be met there (at the time).

Americans, Canadians, English or French actors, directors, producers, writters all saw the opportunity that was being created in the 30's and 40's and came to the ''hollywood'' dream and expressed themselves. Again, with time, more came and evolution followed it's course and new ''players'' came into the field with their Psychos or the Fly or La Jetee and overtime others made their Blade runners and Matrix and Aliens because the possibility was there to do it with the ''American'' budgets available.

But don't forget Wiseguy, all the movies you mentionned above, Americans, Canadians, English, French or many people from different countries made those movies (actors, directors, choregraphers,FX producers, stuntmen, etc...)and some weren't even filmed in America. And some of these movies were inspired or ''re-made'' from foreign versions that already existed.

It's all a pool of ideas and productions that isn't just for Americans. A lot is done because of the American industry but, it doesn't stop there I think, it's a worldwide industry.

SONYMANswallows 6/2/2010 9:01:28 AM

2001 is the greatest film ever made.

2001 like Star Wars and Bond films are not considered foreign but they are far from100% American. Many of the locations are in different countries.

So I guess the question is what make a film foreign? Is it the producers or who puts the money up for the film?

Blade 2 is a American creation but it was filmed in Prague with mostly European actors. Snipes, Kristofferson, Ron Perlman , Scud and a few guys in the blood pact (yes it is pact not pack) are American. Del Toro is Spanish I think. 

Load from my thins trilogy was filmed in New Zealand and Peter Jackson isn't  American.

Robert Rodriguez is American I think but he loves filming in Mexico.

And Marvel is filming in Vancouver more than the US.

Daybreakers and Superman Returns are American creations filmed in Australia just like Dolph Lundgren's Punisher.

There are many films that are 100%  foreign to the USA but you have many films that use worldwide talent and sites for shooting.and are said considered American. This is a problem with the ego of America since it is often the blockbuster and not a smaller film. 

Passion of the Christ is foreign no matter how you look at it. But when you start wars in Iraq and Vietnam without proper justification it cannot be that surprising that you would insist a film is all American and not ive credit where credit is due.


PS -When I say you I am not speaking of anyone in particular, I swear.

nefhead 6/2/2010 9:04:10 AM

What a load of crap, totally clueless,.

Tonebone 6/2/2010 9:42:30 AM

While I am open to movies from different directors in different countries, I have to agree with Wise that concepts and ideas from filmmakers here in America have produced some excellent stuff. I do think this idea that someone who enjoys a big budget sci-fi blockbusters has no idea what movies are all about. It is borderline pretentious and snobbish. Sure, there is some mindless Sci-Fi produced here. But there is some very intelligent, thought provoking and entertaining product here. And the truth is probably the same over in other countries as well..

Jasinner 6/2/2010 9:58:44 AM

Here are five I believe desperately deserve to be on this list:

City of Lost Children

Night Watch

Day Watch

Cemetary Man...more fantasy/horror than Sci-fi but a often overlooked must see.

Immortel - this movie is just plain odd, but I see it as one of those movies people will look back on in several years as a big influence on technology and story telling.


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