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Little Snails by Bryan

SciFi movie marathons rock my socks!

Last night, I watched an award winning cartoon about snails, “Les Escargots.”

One of the things I promised myself is that this year I would try to do all the classic MIT things before graduating. Accordingly, LSC‘s movie marathon was one such event I had to attend.

Slated for viewing for a whooping $6 in 26-100 were:

Fantastic Planet

Courtest of Wikipedia:

The film depicts a future in which human beings, known as “Oms” (a word play on the French language word hommes, meaning men), have been brought by the giant Traags to the Traags’ home planet, where they are kept as pets (with collars). The Traags are an alien race which is humanoid in shape but ten times larger than humans, with blue skin, fanlike earlobes and huge, protruding eyes. The Traags also live much longer than human beings – one Traag week equals a human year. Some Oms are domesticated as pets, but others run wild, and are periodically exterminated. The Traags’ treatment of the Oms is ironically contrasted with their high level of technological and spiritual development.

Followed by: The Fifth Element

If you haven’t seen this movie, go rent it.

Followed by: Dark Crystal

From IMDB:

Another planet, another time. 1000 years ago the Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos began. Now the time of the great conjunction of the three suns is near. If the crystal is not healed now the control of the evil Skekses will last forever. Jen the last of the Gelfings nearly exterminated by monsters controlled by the Skekses starts his dangerous journey to find the missing shard of the crystal. Will he be able to heal the crystal and restore order on the planet?

Followed by: Delicatessen

From Wikipedia:

Delicatessen is set in an unspecified time and place with the appearance of a post-apocalyptic version of 1950s France. Food is in short supply: grain is used as currency and animals are scarce, having been hunted nearly to extinction. The story revolves around a bizarre group of neighbours living in an apartment building situated over a butcher’s shop, who pay the butcher a weekly rate for both food and board.

And finally: Star Trek 2: Wrath of Kahn

Another must see if you haven’t. Heck, have a Star Trek movie marathon, but you can stop with like Star Trek 9.

Here’s a question: If you had to pick your top five sci-fi movies for a marathon, what would they be and why?

Oh, and ps, for those of you who are interested in knowing, I’M OFFICIALLY GOING TO GRAD SCHOOL. I heard from this school on Wednesday, and Friday, I was invited to interview at one of my other top choices. Happiness. =)

18 responses to “Little Snails”

  1. Bianca says:

    My top five sci-fi movies:

    1. The Matrix (the first one since it was just so awesome)
    2. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the original black and white movie)
    3. Minority Report (simply a great movie)
    4. Planet of the Apes (the original: I have a thing for old movies)
    5. The Animatrix (even though it’s really a collection of shorts, it is still one of my favorite sci-fi films)

    I’m not too big on sci-fi movies. I much more of a horror movie addict smile.

  2. Bill says:

    1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
    2. The Day the Earth Stood Still
    3. Planet of the Apes (the original of course)
    4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    5. Frank Herbert’s Dune (the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries although it’s a marathon all by itself)

    If it ever gets past he script writing stage I might have to add Ender’s Game in there when it comes out (unfortunately it’s taken almost five years to write the script AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!)

  3. Snively says:

    First Post!

    1) Plan Nine from Outer Space
    2) Tron
    3) Minority Report
    4) Alien Mine
    5) Plan Nine again, just to wrap things up.

  4. Snively says:

    Gah! fine. 2nd post :(

  5. Sam says:

    I was going to say that my movie marathon would just be Labyrinth starring David Bowie five times in a row, but I guess I should get Galaxy Quest in there at least once too.

  6. Sarah says:

    Ooo, that’s tough.

    1) The Forbidden Planet
    2) All three Star Wars movies (at least the first)
    3) The Day the Earth Stood Still
    4) Tron
    5) Labyrinth

    Okay, that’s, like, the Sarah’s-childhood-and-personal-nerddom edition, but I’d go see it.

  7. akdaddy says:

    1, Forbidden Planet
    2. 2001
    3. The Day the Earth Stood Still
    4. The Fifth Element
    5. First Star Wars

  8. Joe says:

    KHAAAN!!! KHAAN1!!

  9. Keri says:

    This is probably cheating, but my marathon would involve The Fifth Element (best. Sci-fi. Ever.), Labyrinth, Demolition Man for the token unintentional satire, and every BSG episode.

    That’s all I ask.

    Also, yay for grad school!

  10. Chris says:

    I’ll have to go with:

    1. Star Wars V (it’s the best of them)
    2. Stargate
    3. Star Trek: First Contact
    4. The Matrix
    5. Galaxy Quest

    Hmm, that’s a lot of Stars…

  11. Tim says:

    Way to go Bryan!
    It’s great to know that you don’t have to be a bookworm to attend MIT.I also like movies, games and puzzles a lot.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I noticed the stars too, Chris. Many sci-fi/fantasy have stars/galaxies/planets etc. Btw, Star Wars IV, A New Hope is the best.

  13. Sh1fty says:

    1. The Fifth Element – i’ve watched it about 50 times so far, maybe more smile i used to have it on a vhs tape but it got worn out so i have it on dvd now :D
    2. The Matrix – i’ve watched it less than 10 times :D
    3. Galaxy Quest
    4. 2001: A Space Odiyssey
    5. A Clockwork Orange

    i’ve ordered them so that they can be pleasantly watched for so many hours in a row smile Snively, Tron rulz :D i’ve lost many hours playing KTron, you should try it :D

  14. faye says:

    Congrats on grad school :D

  15. Sean says:

    1. The Thing (Sci-Fi Horror)
    2. War of the Worlds
    3. The Fifth Element
    4. Mission to Mars
    5. Red Planet

  16. kiwi says:

    I agree on the choice of ‘Ender’s game’ if it ever makes it to the big screen if not;

    1. Stargate
    2. The Fifth Element
    3. The matrix (the first and then maybe the third, i can do without the second one)
    4. Men in Black (you have to put a bit of comedic releif in after almost 6 hrs)
    5. Dune (however the books are better (at least the first three)