Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby yo » January 11th, 2013, 1:42 pm

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That book was sooo ahead of its time. I read it in middle school originally. The rest of the series is good as well. I re-read it all about a year ago.

Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby jon_winebrenner » January 11th, 2013, 1:45 pm

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yo wrote:That book was sooo ahead of its time. I read it in middle school originally. The rest of the series is good as well. I re-read it all about a year ago.


Hmmm...I lost interest 1/2 way through book 3. I can't remember why, exactly...but I put it down at some point and it never got picked up again.

Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby Travisimo » January 11th, 2013, 3:12 pm

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if you got through book I and book II, then got bored halfway book III... it must have been a little interesting! ;-)

The first one is definitely the best, if you hadn't read that one

Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

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I was actually lost on the series in book two. But I felt invested. I also loved the first book so much, that I believed that it HAD to get better...but it never did for me.

Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby jon_winebrenner » January 11th, 2013, 3:17 pm

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Kinda sorta related to this thread....a great geek ride through the F/X ILM did for the movie The Avengers:


Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby jcharles00 » January 14th, 2013, 12:09 am

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jon_winebrenner wrote:Kinda sorta related to this thread....a great geek ride through the F/X ILM did for the movie The Avengers:



That's going to give me nightmares about render times!

Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby van_ID » January 14th, 2013, 2:27 pm

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These look really great.

The use of design and advancements in VFX are really producing some amazing looking movies - but it seems like epic musical scores such as Vangelis for BladeRunner are a thing of the past.

The dramatic low frequency "drone" sound used in the trailers for pretty much all Sci-Fi movies is sooooooooo overdone.

Used in the first 2 seconds of the Pacific Rim trailer -

used at 25seconds of the Oblivion trailer,

16 seconds in on the Prometheus trailer...
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sftuxbvGwiU[/youtube]

Drives me crazy!

Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby sanjy009 » January 14th, 2013, 6:01 pm

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jcharles00 wrote:That's going to give me nightmares about render times!

The bit where Scarlett Johanson is being chased down the corridor by the Hulk, she is CGI? that is amazing!


van_ID wrote:The dramatic low frequency "drone" sound used in the trailers for pretty much all Sci-Fi movies is sooooooooo overdone.

Started by "Inception" apparently.

This is a 7 minute home Sci-Fi movie, mostly done in Blender, that has been optioned to be expanded into a feature, quite amazing:

http://mashable.com/2013/01/14/rha-sci-fi-short/


Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby simon_four_fingers » January 16th, 2013, 4:04 pm


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Have any of you seen Cloud Atlas? It came out in October 2012, but it is still hanging around in some theaters, I want to go see it.
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Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby sanjy009 » January 17th, 2013, 12:53 am

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simon_four_fingers wrote:Have any of you seen Cloud Atlas? It came out in October 2012, but it is still hanging around in some theaters, I want to go see it.


I read the book before watching, my wife didn't. She didn't get the 'connectedness' of the characters and so didn't really like it as much as I did.
I liked the book but in the movies all the actors playing different roles can be a bit jarring, especially when halfway through their story you realise that a female character is a famous male actor etc., and you get taken out of the movie suddenly. That said, the credits are great because it shows who played who, and some of them you'd never guess.

Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby dziner82 » January 17th, 2013, 2:49 pm


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sanjy009 wrote:
simon_four_fingers wrote:Have any of you seen Cloud Atlas? It came out in October 2012, but it is still hanging around in some theaters, I want to go see it.


I read the book before watching, my wife didn't. She didn't get the 'connectedness' of the characters and so didn't really like it as much as I did.
I liked the book but in the movies all the actors playing different roles can be a bit jarring, especially when halfway through their story you realise that a female character is a famous male actor etc., and you get taken out of the movie suddenly. That said, the credits are great because it shows who played who, and some of them you'd never guess.


i read the book first, i think you will like the movie more if you do because it delivers on some of the amazing aspects of the book, but then again leaves a TON out and kinda changes the overall narrative of the story.

if you didnt read the book i think it just seems a bit odd, and it dosent do justice to some of the more 'deep' themes that the book really digs into, most notably in the 2 most futuristic settings. cloud atlas could have easily been 2-3-4 seperate movies.

but i highly recommend the book, it was great.

Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby Timf » February 25th, 2013, 1:45 pm

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A couple not mentioned here can be found at http://www.denofgeek.us/movies/a-look-f ... to-in-2013

Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby acm » February 26th, 2013, 11:14 am

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There seem to be a lot of post-post apocalyptic films in the works, as if we are all growing tired of watching NYC getting destroyed over and over again, and sci-fi is swinging back in the direction of a bright shiny future. I for one, am OK with this.

Also relevant: 8 Signs That Pop Culture Is Finally Done With the Apocalypse

Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby yo » February 27th, 2013, 8:04 pm

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Nice, thanks for sharing that ACM!

I know this is a 2012 movie, but I finally saw "Looper" last night. There were some obvious SciFi Noir BladeRunner nods, and making Jason Gordon Levitt look more like Bruce Willis was a bit forced in some scenes, and some serious plot holes, but I liked it. In relationship to this article I was trying to figure out the setting. It seemed semi apocalyptic. Just the run down grimy version of the future.

Re: 2013, a year for Epic Sci Fi

Postby sanjy009 » March 3rd, 2013, 11:24 pm

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Not exactly epic, but I thought a spot-on vision of the near future, and a nice little film as well - "Robot and Frank":


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