Classic vs. modern: SF & fantasy movies

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here are the best 20 SF movies from the classics (up to 2000) and the best from the modern period (2001+). Classic Modern 12 Monkeys The Adjustment Bureau 2001: A Space Odyssey Arrival Aliens Batman Begins Back to the Future Cloud Atlas Back to the Future Part II Donnie Darko Back to the Future Part […]

Classic vs. modern: SF & fantasy novels

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

It’s nearly impossible to come up with the best 20 SF novels — but 40 is doable. I thought it might be interesting to split them into 2 groups, old vs. new. Here are the best 20 SF novels from the classics (up to 1990) and the best from the modern period (1991+). Classic Modern […]

Mirage

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{4/5} “All we know is that the brain truly believes the experiences we feel.” Mirage, released in 2018 In 1989 on the day of a storm Nico discovers that his neighbour has killed his wife — but when he runs into the street he’s hit by a car and killed. Twenty-five years later Vera lives […]

A Hidden Place

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{4/5} “She took a chance, you know, telling us anything at all. But she needs somebody. She can’t live out these two weeks without somebody to bring her food, somebody to help her through the Changes — somebody who’ll know and somebody who’ll do it anyway. You know anybody else who’d do that?” A Hidden […]

Palm Springs

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{5/5} “It’s one of those infinite time loop situations you might have heard about.” Palm Springs, released in 2020 Nyles is repeating the same day over and over — it’s the day of a wedding his girlfriend is a bridesmaid in. One day he hangs out with Sarah, and she ends up joining him in […]

Egg & Spoon

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{4.5/5} “But children have a hard time imagining dangers they’ve never met before. They turned, with that curiosity to know. An instinct that betrays children and their elders every day of the universe’s long life. Lot’s salty wife on her road, Pandora’s itchy imagination.” Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire, published in 2014 Elena is […]

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

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{4.5/5} “In the history of magic it is a general trend that all new rulers wish to use our time-transporting skills to their advantage, but the more seasoned they become, the more they understand the complications, and the less they wish to lean upon it.” The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and […]

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

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{4.5/5} “I don’t know why the sacrifice didn’t work. The science seemed so solid.” Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, released in 2008 The penguins slingshot the plane on Madagascar and Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman make it to Africa. Alex finds his parents and the others find animals of their own species. When Alex finds out […]

Madagascar

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{5/5} “Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave.” Madagascar, released in 2005 Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman are animals at the Central Park Zoo. Marty the zebra gets the idea that he’d like to see the wild. When his friends rescue him it creates an incident that leads them to being packed off in […]

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

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{4.5/5} “I also need to be a little bit more careful about what I say on this blog. Apparently the LAPD and Captain Hammer are among our viewers.” Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, released in 2008 Dr. Horrible wants to rule the world. He has a video blog in which he talks to his fans, and […]