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Field of 64 Sci-Fi Movies - Round 1

Posted on: April 16, 2009 8:11 am
Edited on: April 16, 2009 12:16 pm
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 Another competition has come to a close, and Bill Cosby apparently is the best comedian. At least according to cbs posters. Time for a new round to start.

Now, I am sure I will get some complaints about leaving off a certain movie, or about the matchups, or even the seeding. I try to be as fair as possible when creating these lists. I search the internet for top 100 lists of a certain topic. I try to find at least 5 different lists. I will then calculate an average position for each item on the list so I can get a more accurate seeding. I then take the first 64 in the list and assign them seeds. The top 4 are 1 seeds, 5-8 are 2 seeds etc. I then set the areas by listing 1,2,3,4,4,3,2,1 over and over until I reach the end. I will then sort the list by group, then seed, and matchup 16 against 1, 15 against 2, and so on and so forth. To prove my honesty, many people who know me, know I am a huge Star Wars fan. If you look at the seedings, you will see that Episode III Revenge of the Sith is a 14 seed, while the vastly inferior Episode VI Return of the Jedi garnered a 7 seed.

A few rules that I would ask everyone to follow so that I am not pulling my hair out while running this thing.
1. Vote for all of the matchups. If you don't like either, or can't decide who you like better, flip a coin. When counting votes for 32 matchups, it is easier to know I tallied everything correctly if all matchups have the same number of votes.
2. You can bold your selection, or cross out the one you don't like, but keep your response in a list form, including the areas (east, west, etc.) Again, this just makes it easier for me to count up the votes
3. Not really a rule, but feel free to make comments on the matchups if you like. It makes for interesting reading

So without further ado, here are the matchups. original matchups have been changed to remove some duplicates.

Alpha Quadrent
#1 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back vs.#16 Altered States
#2 The Terminator vs.#15 Gattaca
#3 Back To The Future vs.#14 The War of The Worlds
#4 Brazil vs.#13 Grindhouse
#5 The Thing vs.#12 Children of Men
#6 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) vs.#11 Galaxy Quest
#7 Donnie Darko vs.#10 Soylent Green
#8 Jurassic Park vs.#9 The Abyss

Beta Quadrant
#1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope vs.#16 The Holy Mountain
#2 2001: A Space Odyssey vs.#15 Tron
#3 Metropolis  vs.#14 A.I. - Artificial Intelligence
#4 Close Encounters of the Third Kind vs.#13 Solaris
#5 The Incredibles  vs.#12 Ghostbusters
#6 The Prestige  vs.#11 Robocop
#7 Forbidden Planet vs.#10 Night of the Living Dead
#8 V for Vendetta  vs.#9 The Man from Earth

Gamma Quadrent
#1 The Matrix  vs.#16 Mad Max
#2 Aliens vs.#15 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
#3 Terminator 2: Judgment Day vs.#14 Star Trek: First Contact
#4 Planet of the Apes vs.#13 The Iron Giant
#5 12 Monkeys vs.#12 Serenity
#6 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial  vs.#11 The Invisible Man
#7 A Clockwork Orange vs.#10 Contact
#8 Young Frankenstein  vs.#9 Dr. Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Delta Quadrent
#1 Alien vs.#16 The Fly
#2 Blade Runner vs.#15 Starship Troopers
#3 The Day the Earth Stood Still vs.#14 Dark City
#4 Bride of Frankenstein vs.#13 The Time Machine
#5 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi vs.#12 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
#6 Stalker  vs.#11 Independence Day
#7 Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan vs.#10 Iron Man
#8 The Fifth Element vs.#9 Frankenstein

 

 

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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2009 9:21 am
 

Field of 64 Sci-Fi Movies - Round 1

OK, finally got some time to tally the votes. Man I hate the first round in these contests. I may have to just have field of 32 competitions. I added comments to some contest results I would overrule if I could.

#1 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 24 vs.#16 Altered States 4
#2 The Terminator 28 vs.#15 Gattaca 0
#3 Back To The Future 21 vs.#14 The War of The Worlds 7 - Really? Back to the Future was better than War of the Worlds? Not in my book, but the people hav spoken.
#4 Brazil 20 vs.#13 Grindhouse  8
#5 The Thing 25 vs.#12 Children of Men 3
#6 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 23 vs.#11 Galaxy Quest 5
#7 Donnie Darko 10 vs.#10 Soylent Green 18
#8 Jurassic Park 21
vs.#9 The Abyss 7

#1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 26 vs.#16 The Holy Mountain  2
#2 2001: A Space Odyssey 24 vs.#15 Tron 4
#3 Metropolis  22 vs.#14 A.I. - Artificial Intelligence 6
#4 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 27 vs.#13 Solaris 1
#5 The Incredibles  2 vs.#12 Ghostbusters 26
#6 The Prestige  10 vs.#11 Robocop 18
#7 Forbidden Planet 9 vs.#10 Night of the Living Dead  19
#8 V for Vendetta
  17 vs.#9 The Man from Earth  11

#1 The Matrix  19 vs.#16 Mad Max 9
#2 Aliens 25 vs.#15 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) 3
#3 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 16 vs.#14 Star Trek: First Contact 12
#4 Planet of the Apes 26 vs.#13 The Iron Giant  2
#5 12 Monkeys 22 vs.#12 Serenity  6
#6 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial  24 vs.#11 The Invisible Man  4
#7 A Clockwork Orange 25 vs.#10 Contact 3
#8 Young Frankenstein  18 vs.#9 Dr. Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb  10

#1 Alien 26 vs.#16 The Fly 2
#2 Blade Runner 23 vs.#15 Starship Troopers 5
#3 The Day the Earth Stood Still 25 vs.#14 Dark City 3
#4 Bride of Frankenstein 12 vs.#13 The Time Machine 16
#5 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 20 vs.#12 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith  8 - Sith had a huge battle over Coruscant, battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan vs Count Dooku, Battle between Obi-Wan and Grevious, Darth Sidious wiping out 4 Jedi Masters, Yoda vs. Darth Sidious, Anakin vs Obi-wan. Jedi had Ewoks for crying out loud.
#6 Stalker  8 vs.#11 Independence Day 20
#7 Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan 23
vs.#10 Iron Man  5
#8 The Fifth Element 18 vs.#9 Frankenstein 10




Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2009 3:00 pm
 

Field of 64 Sci-Fi Movies - Round 1

Hey Section, where is Fahrenheit 451? I would vote but you left off a great movie for "The Incredibles?"



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2009 12:04 pm
 

Field of 64 Sci-Fi Movies - Round 1

Hey Section, sorry about the confusion on that one pick of mine.  Yes, I was going with Ghostbusters over the Incredibles.  I just spazed out and crossed out the wrong one.  Thanks for catching that. 

Can't wait to see the results for the 1st round.  Some good matchups.





Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2009 11:53 pm
 

Field of 64 Sci-Fi Movies - Round 1

Alpha Quadrent
#1 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back vs.#16 Altered States
#2 The Terminator vs.#15 Gattaca
#3 Back To The Future vs.#14 The War of The Worlds
#4 Brazil
vs.#13 Grindhouse
#5 The Thing vs.#12 Children of Men
#6 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) vs.#11 Galaxy Quest
#7 Donnie Darko vs.#10 Soylent Green
#8 Jurassic Park vs.#9 The Abyss

Beta Quadrant
#1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope vs.#16 The Holy Mountain
#2 2001: A Space Odyssey vs.#15 Tron
#3 Metropolis  vs.#14 A.I. - Artificial Intelligence
#4 Close Encounters of the Third Kind vs.#13 Solaris
#5 The Incredibles  vs.#12 Ghostbusters
#6 The Prestige  vs.#11 Robocop
#7 Forbidden Planet vs.#10 Night of the Living Dead
#8 V for Vendetta  vs.#9 The Man from Earth

Gamma Quadrent
#1 The Matrix  vs.#16 Mad Max
#2 Aliens vs.#15 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
#3 Terminator 2: Judgment Day vs.#14 Star Trek: First Contact
#4 Planet of the Apes vs.#13 The Iron Giant
#5 12 Monkeys vs.#12 Serenity
#6 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial  vs.#11 The Invisible Man
#7 A Clockwork Orange vs.#10 Contact
#8 Young Frankenstein  vs.#9 Dr. Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Delta Quadrent
#1 Alien vs.#16 The Fly
#2 Blade Runner vs.#15 Starship Troopers
#3 The Day the Earth Stood Still vs.#14 Dark City
#4 Bride of Frankenstein vs.#13 The Time Machine
#5 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi vs.#12 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
#6 Stalker
  vs.#11 Independence Day
#7 Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan vs.#10 Iron Man
#8 The Fifth Element vs.#9 Frankenstein




Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2009 2:30 am
 

Field of 64 Sci-Fi Movies - Round 1

Alpha Quadrent
#1 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
#2 The Terminator
#14 The War of The Worlds
#4 Brazil
#5 The Thing
#6 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
#10 Soylent Green
#9 The Abyss

Beta Quadrant
#1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
#2 2001: A Space Odyssey
#14 A.I. - Artificial Intelligence
#4 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
#5 The Incredibles
#6 The Prestige 
10 Night of the Living Dead
#8 V for Vendetta

Gamma Quadrent
#1 The Matrix
#2 Aliens
#14 Star Trek: First Contact
#4 Planet of the Apes
#5 12 Monkeys
#6 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
#7 A Clockwork Orange
#8 Young Frankenstein

Delta Quadrent
#1 Alien
#2 Blade Runner
#3 The Day the Earth Stood Still
#13 The Time Machine
#12 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
#6 Stalker
#7 Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan
#8 The Fifth Element




Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2009 9:43 pm
 

Field of 64 Sci-Fi Movies - Round 1

Alpha Quadrent
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    #2 The Terminator vs.#15 Gattaca
#3 Back To The Future vs.#14 The War of The Worlds
#4 Brazil vs.#13 Grindhouse
#5 The Thing vs.#12 Children of Men
#6 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) vs.#11 Galaxy Quest
#7 Donnie Darko vs.#10 Soylent Green
#8 Jurassic Park vs.#9 The Abyss

Beta Quadrant
#1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope vs.#16 The Holy Mountain
#2 2001: A Space Odyssey vs.#15 Tron
#3 Metropolis  vs.#14 A.I. - Artificial Intelligence
#4 Close Encounters of the Third Kind vs.#13 Solaris
#5 The Incredibles  vs.#12 Ghostbusters
#6 The Prestige  vs.#11 Robocop
#7 Forbidden Planet vs.#10 Night of the Living Dead
#8 V for Vendetta  vs.#9 The Man from Earth

Gamma Quadrent
#1 The Matrix  vs.#16 Mad Max
#2 Aliens vs.#15 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
#3 Terminator 2: Judgment Day vs.#14 Star Trek: First Contact
#4 Planet of the Apes vs.#13 The Iron Giant
#5 12 Monkeys vs.#12 Serenity
#6 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial  vs.#11 The Invisible Man
#7 A Clockwork Orange vs.#10 Contact
#8 Young Frankenstein  vs.#9 Dr. Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Delta Quadrent
#1 Alien vs.#16 The Fly
#2 Blade Runner vs.#15 Starship Troopers
#3 The Day the Earth Stood Still vs.#14 Dark City
#4 Bride of Frankenstein vs.#13 The Time Machine
#5 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi vs.#12 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
#6 Stalker  vs.#11 Independence Day
#7 Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan vs.#10 Iron Man
#8 The Fifth Element vs.#9 Frankenstein

 Turned out more difficult than I had expected.




Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2009 8:49 pm
 

Field of 64 Sci-Fi Movies - Round 1

Alpha Quadrent
#1 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back vs.#16 Altered States
#2 The Terminator vs.#15 Gattaca
#3 Back To The Future vs.#14 The War of The Worlds
#4 Brazil vs. #13 Grindhouse
#5 The Thing vs. #12 Children of Men
#6 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) vs. #11 Galaxy Quest
#7 Donnie Darko vs. #10 Soylent Green
#8 Jurassic Park vs.#9 The Abyss

Beta Quadrant
#1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope vs. #16 The Holy Mountain
#2 2001: A Space Odyssey vs.#15 Tron
#3 Metropolis  vs.#14 A.I. - Artificial Intelligence
#4 Close Encounters of the Third Kind vs.#13 Solaris
#5 The Incredibles  vs.#12 Ghostbusters
#6 The Prestige  vs.#11 Robocop
#7 Forbidden Planet vs.#10 Night of the Living Dead
#8 V for Vendetta  vs. #9 The Man from Earth

Gamma Quadrent
#1 The Matrix  vs. #16 Mad Max
#2 Aliens vs. #15 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
#3 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
vs.#14 Star Trek: First Contact
#4 Planet of the Apes vs. #13 The Iron Giant
#5 12 Monkeys vs. #12 Serenity
#6 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial  vs. #11 The Invisible Man
#7 A Clockwork Orange vs. #10 Contact
#8 Young Frankenstein  vs. #9 Dr. Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Delta Quadrent
#1 Alien vs. #16 The Fly
#2 Blade Runner vs. #15 Starship Troopers
#3 The Day the Earth Stood Still vs. #14 Dark City
#4 Bride of Frankenstein vs. #13 The Time Machine
#5 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi vs. #12 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
#6 Stalker  vs.#11 Independence Day
#7 Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan vs. #10 Iron Man
#8 The Fifth Element vs. #9 Frankenstein




Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2009 12:07 am
 

Field of 64 Sci-Fi Movies - Round 1

and the only movie on this list I haven't seen, including those that had remakes (seen those also) is The Holy Mountain.  Can't see many films beating "A New Hope" anyway though.

 




Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2009 11:49 pm
 

Field of 64 Sci-Fi Movies - Round 1

Hey Section, thanks for creating another GREAT poll!  You are the man!  (not the one "keeping a good man down" but the other one...) Tongue out .  I love sooooo many of these movies the first round is even difficult!

Alpha Quadrent
#1 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back vs.#16 Altered States - easily IMO
#2 The Terminator vs.#15 Gattaca - totally loved this movie when it came out!
#3 Back To The Future vs.#14 The War of The Worlds - if this movie advances, please specify which version for the next round
#4 Brazil vs.#13 Grindhouse - one of my fave movies still regardless of genre.  Terry Gilliam is brilliant!
#5 The Thing vs.#12 Children of Men - same as with War of the Worlds above.  but I'd take either version of this film in this matchup
#6 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) vs.#11 Galaxy Quest - spooky great Sci Fi!
#7 Donnie Darko vs.#10 Soylent Green - nobody delivered a one line phrase like Chuck but Darko was excellent storytelling.
#8 Jurassic Park vs.#9 The Abyss - blew my mind the first time I saw it.  Wish it had stuck closer to the book though.

Beta Quadrant
#1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope vs.#16 The Holy Mountain - possibly ftw overall!
#2 2001: A Space Odyssey vs.#15 Tron - Excellent movie although maybe Kubrick's most overrated.
#3 Metropolis   vs.#14 A.I. - Artificial Intelligence - A.I. is a film I wish Kubrick has lived to make.  like the film but Metropolis is a classic
#4 Close Encounters of the Third Kind vs.#13 Solaris - not sure which version of Solaris, the russian original or the remake. Still Close Encounters wins.
#5 The Incredibles  vs.#12 Ghostbusters - so very hard!  Loved the Incredibles.  Both these were too much fun for a wake.
#6 The Prestige  vs.#11 Robocop - Fun film!
#7 Forbidden Planet vs.#10 Night of the Living Dead - no dis on the Living Dead from the Deadhead here.  I'd vote for it in a horror category for sure!
#8 V for Vendetta   vs.#9 The Man from Earth - don't know why this was so derided.  Loved the comic book and thought justice was served all right on film.

Gamma Quadrent
#1 The Matrix   vs.#16 Mad Max - good think most of Keanu's lines were 3 words or less.  Where is The Road Warrior?
#2 Aliens vs.#15 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - while not having the feel of the first film, this one was tons of fun!
#3 Terminator 2: Judgment Day vs.#14 Star Trek: First Contact - This was tough.  Just hated the ending to T2 though.  Worse than Frakes douchy performance as Riker.
#4 Planet of the Apes vs.#13 The Iron Giant - The original I am assuming, not the Tim Burton remake.  Chuck + Rod Serling screenplay?  Woo hoo!
#5 12 Monkeys vs.#12 Serenity - another tough call for me.  Love Gilliam and 12 monkeys.  1st time I liked Brad Pitt on screen too.  Voting for Serenity mainly because I loved the tv series so much.  Curse FOX for doing everything they could to kill that show.
#6 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial  vs.#11 The Invisible Man - ET is a little too kiddy for me.  I am voting here for the Claude Rains classic but please specify if it makes it to the next round.
#7 A Clockwork Orange vs.#10 Contact - and I actually liked Contact.  Kubrick + McDowell = awesome!
#8 Young Frankenstein  vs.#9 Dr. Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - easily the hardest pick for me!  Sellers one man show was heaven!  and NO dis at all on Young Frankenstein!!!  Wish these two weren't going head to head.

Delta Quadrent
#1 Alien vs.#16 The Fly - Not sure which version of The Fly but Alien beats them both.  Thought going to see this one I was in for Star Wars like Sci-Fi.  WOW!
#2 Blade Runner vs.#15 Starship Troopers - the best color film noir ever!  Beautifully filmed!  And great story.  And Rutger Hauer was awesome!!
#3 The Day the Earth Stood Still vs.#14 Dark City - Lord, I hope I am voting for the original here!
#4 Bride of Frankenstein vs.#13 The Time Machine - just killing me...  Which version of The Time Machine?  Regardless, Bride of Frankenstein is an all time great!
#5 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi vs.#12 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - main reason in one word - Ewoks.
#6 Stalker   vs.#11 Independence Day - Great filmmaking always beat insipid big budget crap fests!  ID was fun but still just awful.  And really awful filmmaking as well.
#7 Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan vs.#10 Iron Man - the best in the ST movie franchise.
#8 The Fifth Element vs.#9 Frankenstein - tough.  Frankenstien was not nearly as good as Bride of.  And Fifth Element was a blast.  Great cast and Luc Besson is an incredible filmmaker imo.

There's my two cents plus a couple more for good measure.  Thanks again, Section!

 




Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 9:41 pm
 

Field of 64 Sci-Fi Movies - Round 1

ROUND #1

 Alpha Quadrent

#1 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back vs.#16 Altered States
#2 The Terminator vs.#15 Gattaca
#3 Back To The Future vs.#14 The War of The Worlds
#4 Brazil vs.#13 Grindhouse 
#5 The Thing vs.#12 Children of Men
#6 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) vs.#11 Galaxy Quest
#7 Donnie Darko vs.#10 Soylent Green
#8 Jurassic Park vs.#9 The Abyss

Beta Quadrant
#1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope vs.#16 The Holy Mountain 
#2 2001: A Space Odyssey vs.#15 Tron
#3 Metropolis  vs.#14 A.I. - Artificial Intelligence
#4 Close Encounters of the Third Kind vs.#13 Solaris
#5 The Incredibles  vs.#12 Ghostbusters
#6 The Prestige  vs.#11 Robocop
#7 Forbidden Planet vs.#10 Night of the Living Dead 
#8 V for Vendetta  vs.#9 The Man from Earth

Gamma Quadrent
#1 The Matrix  vs.#16 Mad Max
#2 Aliens vs.#15 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
#3 Terminator 2: Judgment Day vs.#14 Star Trek: First Contact
#4 Planet of the Apes vs.#13 The Iron Giant 
#5 12 Monkeys vs.#12 Serenity 
#6 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial  vs.#11 The Invisible Man 
#7 A Clockwork Orange vs.#10 Contact
#8 Young Frankenstein  vs.#9 Dr. Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Delta Quadrent
#1 Alien vs.#16 The Fly
#2 Blade Runner vs.#15 Starship Troopers
#3 The Day the Earth Stood Still vs.#14 Dark City
#4 Bride of Frankenstein vs.#13 The Time Machine
#5 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi vs.#12 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 
#6 Stalker  vs.#11 Independence Day
#7 Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan vs.#10 Iron Man 
#8 The Fifth Element vs.#9 Frankenstein

 



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