What is your favorite space-themed movie?

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Moon the movie, featuring astronaut Sam Bell, hands down! 

Gotta be THE DISH !

Trailer: http://youtu.be/e2wrEI7DRkk

Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, tied with Turkish Star Wars!

Mars Needs Moms - cute movie!

Europa Report, a "semi-science fiction" about the first manned mission to Europa. However, how would a manned mission handle the intense radiation field at Europa's surface?

Hi Robert, I've never heard of "Europa Report". Cool! The radiation on the surface of Europa is extremely large. A human would probably die in day without substantial radiation protection.

There should definitely be Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" in that list

How did I miss The Dish? That looks like a fun film; I'll have to track it down. And shame on you Sanjoy for not knowing about Europa Report: Steve Vance was their science advisor! ;-)

My list would have to start with Kubrick and Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, then Scott's Alien, Danny Boyle's Sunshine, Moon, Europa Report, and Gravity (for all it's plot holes and issues, it was an incredible film to watch). And I will add Apollo 13, because sometimes it's nice to watch something with a happy ending.

After consulting with my teenage daughter we decided that we need to nod toward the funny space movies, too. She suggests Spaceballs and Starship Troopers. I add The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Mars Attacks, and Galaxy Quest to that list. Oh, and the pornographic 70's cartoon, Heavy Metal.

Then there are series like Star Trek, Red Dwarf, Dr Who, Firefly, and Battlestar Galactica (the newer one). They deserve a mention.

What about space movies for kids? Does anybody else remember the 80's movie, Explorers, with River Phoenix and Eathan Hawke? And I have no idea how many times I watched the Star Wars movies as a kid, back when there were only three films. I keep meaning to watch October Sky, but haven't gotten around it. Is it any good?
Oh! I would be remiss if I left Le Voyage Dans La Lune off the list. Without Georges Melies' ambitious silent film we would have no space film genre to speak of.

Lucky for us it is on YouTube in its 13 minute entirety.

Quick note for those unfamiliar with this cinematic gem:
It was made in 1902, before essential techniques like "editing" were used to help tell a story. At 10,000 Francs, it was considered high budget and long running for its time. The film was well received when it was released in Europe. Thomas Edison bootlegged the film and made a huge amount of money releasing it in the US. He kept the money for himself, ultimately bankrupting the film's creator.

I discovered Georges Melies while watching Hugo. What a genius!

Hugo is still on my to-watch list. I loved the book.
My mother introduced me to Melies when I was a kid, and I think over the years I have seen most of his work (excepting the lost films, of course). They are amazing. Silent films in general are really fun. New technology and all the creative ways to use it.

I enjoyed: 2010  The Year We Made Contact--- which is Clarke's follow up to 2001


It is fairly recent---however, there is the suspension of belief with Jupiter becoming a "very low mass star."



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