Category: Episodes

0054: Killer Beasts Preview Week

0054: Killer Beasts Preview Week

Creature Feature season comes to a triumphant close with our third set of animal based science ficition. This week KILLER BEASTS. From Predator dogs to Marlon Brando in white face paint via killer sheep we preview three films that have something for everyone. Or maybe no one. Watch the trailers below and look forward to some top ranking next week!

Man’s Best Friend

Black Sheep

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

0054: Killer Beasts Preview Week

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0053: The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Deep Blue Sea, Howard the Duck

0053: The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Deep Blue Sea, Howard the Duck

0053: The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Deep Blue Sea, Howard the Duck

CREATURE FEATURE SEASON CONTINUES! We put down our copies of Playduck and take Deepest Bluest off the record player long enough to review three fishy tales!  The Poppins Clause rears it’s ugly head again! No one knows what to make of Howard the Duck!  Deep Blue Sea is terrible!

CREATURE FEATURE SEASON CONTINUES! We put down our copies of Playduck and take Deepest Bluest off the record player long enough to review three fishy tales!

 The Poppins Clause rears it’s ugly head again! No one knows what to make of Howard the Duck!  Deep Blue Sea is terrible! Limpet is strange! It’s a poor week, but an entertaining one nonetheless.

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0052: Fishy Tales Preview Week

0052: Fishy Tales Preview Week

0052: Fishy Tales Preview Week

Creature Feature Season continues with three films of the aquatic persuasion. Join us and watch the trailers for three wildly different films from the sea. Also! Its Alex’s birthday so we find out which film will join WALL-E and Ghost in the Shell for a re-ranking in a few week’s time!

Creature Feature Season continues with three films of the aquatic persuasion. Join us and watch the trailers for three wildly different films from the sea.

Also! Its Alex’s birthday so we find out which film will join WALL-E and Ghost in the Shell for a re-ranking in a few week’s time!

The Incredible Mr. Limpet Trailer

The Incredible Mr. Limpet Full Film in the company of a South Korean woman

Howard the Duck Trailer

Deep Blue Sea Trailer

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0051: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Night of the Lepus, Donnie Darko

0051: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Night of the Lepus, Donnie Darko

0051: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Night of the Lepus, Donnie Darko

Just when you thought Easter was over SFRS turns up with a trifecta of films about rabbits! One of our better weeks for actually discussing what a film is and how it works (in my opinion), with a smattering of stardust from Chris’ latest LA adventures, and then controversy as we come across a film not showing many signs of sci-fi at all…Will the Poppins Clause come in to effect?

Just when you thought Easter was over SFRS turns up with a trifecta or films about rabbits! One of our better weeks for actually discussing what a film is and how it works (in my opinion), with a smattering of stardust from Chris’ latest LA adventures, and then controversy as we come across a film not showing many signs of sci-fi at all…Will the Poppins Clause come in to effect? Find out within! also happy (late) easter from all of us!

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0050: Rabbits

0050: Rabbits

0050: Rabbits

Its our 50th episode, yay us!  Its also Easter and so we kick off CREATURE FEATURE season with three (loosely) sci-fi films about rabbits.   GIVE US 5 STARS ON ITUNES!! See the list at sciencefictionratingsystem.com! Like us on Facebook facebook.com/sfratingsystem ! Follow us on twitter @sfratingsystem and instagram @sciencefictionratingsystem! Get in touch at sciencefictionratingsystem@gmail.com!

Its our 50th episode, yay us!  Its also Easter and so we kick off CREATURE FEATURE season with three (loosely) sci-fi films about rabbits.

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0049: The Last Starfighter, Tron, Wargames

0049: The Last Starfighter, Tron, Wargames

0049: The Last Starfighter, Tron, Wargames

Ready Player One hits cinemas this week, and so lets all pretend its the ’80s and this isn’t happening.  We watch three films where videogames are more than just videogames, and children are in space, and in the computer, and in NORAD.  Opinions are split with no one really agreeing on anything, except that the Death Blossom is the most ridiculous way to end a war ever committed to film.

Ready Player One hits cinemas this week, and so lets all pretend its the ’80s and this isn’t happening.  We watch three films where videogames are more than just videogames, and children are in space, and in the computer, and in NORAD.  Opinions are split with no one really agreeing on anything, except that the Death Blossom is the most ridiculous way to end a war ever committed to film.

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0048: 1980s Kids Sci-Fi Preview Week

0048: 1980s Kids Sci-Fi Preview Week

0048: 1980s Kids Sci-Fi Preview Week

Hey, Ready Player One is out soon! Don’t go and see it because it will be terrible. Instead, watch three films with us that Ernest Kline watched when writing his awful book.  Also we have some sci-fi news! Watch the trailers here: Tron The Last Starfighter Wargames GIVE US 5 STARS ON ITUNES!!

Hey, Ready Player One is out soon! Don’t go and see it because it will be terrible. Instead, watch three films with us that Ernest Kline watched when writing his awful book.  Also we have some sci-fi news!

Watch the trailers here:

Tron

The Last Starfighter

Wargames

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0047: Solaris (2002), The Man Who Fell to Earth, Arrival

0047: Solaris (2002), The Man Who Fell to Earth, Arrival

0047: Solaris (2002), The Man Who Fell to Earth, Arrival

This week we rank the three films chosen by Native director Daniel Fitzsimmons, and we’ve got a bit of everything- depressing space station suicide drama, linguistics and angry army men in a field, and ’70s insanity with Bowie. Have three films for us to watch?

This week we rank the three films chosen by Native director Daniel Fitzsimmons, and we’ve got a bit of everything- depressing space station suicide drama, linguistics and angry army men in a field, and ’70s insanity with Bowie.

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Show Notes:

Native trailer

Abbot & Costello’s Baseball Sketch

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0046: Guestlist I – Daniel Fitzsimmons

0046: Guestlist I – Daniel Fitzsimmons

0046: Guestlist I – Daniel Fitzsimmons

In a first for the podcast director of new indie sci-fi Native Daniel Fitzsimmons sends us three films to watch and rank. Join us in watching the trailers from the links below (make sure you watch Man Who Fell to Earth trailer, its incredible).

In a first for the podcast director of new indie sci-fi Native Daniel Fitzsimmons sends us three films to watch and rank. Join us in watching the trailers from the links below (make sure you watch Man Who Fell to Earth trailer, its incredible).

Here’s what Daniel has to say about each film:

SOLARIS (2002)

Although I am a fan of the original Tarkovsky adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s novel, and on Native I wanted to emulate its use of the abstract to join my characters in their own heads, I have gone for the 2002 version. The 1972 version is as much a mood as a movie, and I love that. But I believe Soderbergh said that he wanted to stay closer to Lem’s novel, and I think that’s why I prefer it. For a modern science-fiction movie to focus on characters rather than effects, to cut at a considered pace that becomes hypnotic, and to embrace the claustrophobia of the space craft is commendably brave. Grief, obsession, and the unreliability of memory are themes that run through a lot of what I do. The canvas the actors are given in Solaris allows them to fully explore these themes and communicate honest human vulnerability. The effect is powerful.
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH
In any list of favourites, I think a Nicolas Roeg film should be somewhere near the top. On the last day of filming Native, I was running through a scene with Ellie when the subject of David Bowie and The Man Who Fell To Earth came up. I found out she’d never seen it so bought her the DVD the very next day! In some ways, I was inspired to write Native by imagining Newton’s journey to where he ends up at the start of the movie. Newton is a fascinating character, with a simple need but buffeted by human manipulation and even the film’s own sense of time. The way he is seduced, and ultimately imprisoned, by Earth’s vices and the whims of an uncaring capitalist structure is brought to bear in a magical way. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it.
ARRIVAL
I saw Arrival after Native was completed, but its existence and subsequent success gives me heart that such ambitious and poetic sci-fi has a place in mainstream cinema. I think Denis Villeneuve is the best storyteller directing movies today, and Amy Adams is wonderful and heartbreaking. I love the simplicity of the design of the film, I love the story’s dissection of language and time, and I love the delicacy with which the film reveals its truth.

The trailers:

Arrival

Solaris

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Native

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0045: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

0045: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

0045: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Alex steps into the captain’s chair to host a very special bumper Star Trek show.  We follow one of cinema’s strangest trilogies as the crew of the USS Enterprise fight an awesome villain, a terrible villain and no villain. We also discuss ship design, Kirk’s trouble with women, the problem with time travel, Scotty’s expanding waist band and much, much more!

Alex steps into the captain’s chair to host a very special bumper Star Trek show. We follow one of cinema’s strangest trilogies, as the crew of the USS Enterprise fight an awesome villain, a terrible villain and no villain. We also discuss ship design, Kirk’s trouble with women, the problem with time travel, Scotty’s expanding waist band and much, much more!

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