|What Battlestar Gallactica Character Are You?|
You're really a versatile person. Capable of leading, obeying, fighting, protecting and if the situation calls, running really damn fast. Nevertheless, you get the job done, whatever it is. You are strong when you need to be, and when others need you to be, so it always looks like your bringing your game face.
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Sunday, December 31, 2006
|What Fantasy Archetype Are you?|
The Pillar-of-Strength Love Interest
You are the Pillar-of-Strength Love Interest! You're like Arwen (Lord of The Rings), Guinevere (Arthurian Legend), Princess Leia (Star Wars), Door (Neverwhere), Ginny/Hermione (Harry Potter), and Kahlan Amnell (Wizard's First Rule). You are the protagonist's love interest and you almost invariably love him too. You are strong, resiliant, caring, loving, loyal and virtuous - but you often have to make hard decisions between love and the Right Thing. You and The Mentor usually go way back, and keep your eye out for betrayal of your love from The Traitor. Also, keep guard, you are the favorite hostage of The Totally Wicked Villain.
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Saturday, December 30, 2006
First, a bit of a confession, I do not have cable, and I haven’t had it for over six years. This is a blessing and a curse. Of course I miss the good programming like Deadwood, Venture Brothers, and yes, Battlestar Galactica I have to confess. On the other hand, to me Dane Cook isn’t overexposed and I don’t have to hear an hour of “Booyeah!” and “He… could… go… all… the… way…” when I watch the highlights of my favorite football team.
So I had seen Farscape a few times here and there, but because I didn’t have the cable, I couldn’t follow the storyline. I essentially missed the show’s entire run, but luckily it is in syndication now and that’s where my wife and I got hooked on it (We’ve got a great thing going, she’s made me cooler and I nerded her up). Now we’re watching it on TV and we have the series queued up in Netflix. Eventually we’ll get through the whole thing.
Farscape features John Crichton, an Earth astronaut who is shot through a wormhole while testing a theory in his spacecraft. On the other side of the wormhole is a living ship named Moya and her Pilot. Onboard the leviathan are three escaping prisoners, Zhaan, D’argo, and Rygel. Officer Aeryn Sun is one of the Peacekeepers trying to recapture them, through circumstances quickly becomes a fugitive as well.
They meet a whole host of other characters including Crais, Chiana, Stark, and Scorpius. Scorpius is a commander in the Peacekeepers and wants the secret of the wormhole technology for a super weapon to stop the greater threat of the Scarrans. As the series progresses other characters are introduced, including Jool, Xhalax Sun, Grayza, Jothee, Noranti, Sikozu, Harvey, and Einstein.
The thing that sets this show apart for me is that it’s very PG-13. The characters have adult relationships, and it’s not just good looking couples having sex. There’s conflict and angst and emotion in there. It’s not all anguish and torment though, there’s a lot of humor. John and D’argo in particular interact very well together like when they play rock, paper, and scissors. There’s also a pretty hefty amount of body functions. There’s vomit, urine (of both the non-flaming and flaming variety), and gas. Most of it works, but sometimes it’s a little too much.
Another aspect of Farscape that I like is that there is a lot of character development. Crichton starts out as the fish-out-of-water-trying-to-get-home-the-secrets-to-wormholes-are-locked-in-his-brain character, but as the story progresses he takes better control of his destiny. He strives to uncover the secrets of the wormhole, he develops a relationship with Aeryn (it was inevitable, every time Moya shook, they were thrown together), and when he does get back to Earth it ain’t exactly a happy homecoming. Characters grow on this show unlike their companions on other science fiction programs.
Farscape lasted four seasons before the company that owned the Sci-Fi Channel withdrew funding for the next season. That left a lot of plot threads hanging but due to the massive fan reaction, a mini-series was produced. I haven’t seen it yet so don’t spoil it for me, though I do know what happens to D’argo.
There are some good Farscape sites out there beginning with Official Site and the Wikipedia entry. My site of choice though is Farscape World, it has synopses, reviews, and image galleries for all the episodes. I normally read the reviews after I watch the episode. Sometimes before. That’s not too crazy is it?
Friday, December 29, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Before you party like it's 2007, let's turn our face to what fantastic filmfare is scheduled for release in the coming months. There are two times of year that serious filmgoers dread: August-September and February-March. That's when film studios let the dogs out. The big bangers are still kept for early summer and late fall. But sometimes, just sometimes, some truly wonderful films come out during the off period. However, for sci-fi and fantasy fans, the pickings this Spring look pretty thin.
The new year begins with a trickle. Potentially Guillermo Del Toro's goregeously filmed fantasy, "Pan's Labyrinth" will be released this week. The story of a girl who escapes into a fantasy world to escape the brutal realities of war. While the fanboys will be salivating, the question is: will this film hold a mainstream audience and find any legs. I won't make predictions, but I will ask, in a holiday season that hasn't been boffo, why would the studio do what amounts to a January release? Suspicious.
Following that, two films that will probably slip by unnoticed: "Happily N'ever After" and "The Invisible" . The first is an animated feature from the producer of "Shrek" and it has the same slick, satirical sensibility, if only it didn't have the voices of Sarah Michelle Geller and Freddie Prinze. The second film is another teenager facing a supernatural threat film with oozing teen angst and emotional sincerity. gag.
What's waiting for you in the dead of February? It's "Hannibal Rising", the film which asks the question: Do we really need the story of a young Hannibal Lecter? Also in February, another film that has had a flexible release date (always a bad sign): "Ghost Rider". Based on a mediocre Marvel Comics title, this feature film stars Nicholas Cage, who must be asking himself what's happening to his career. First "The Wicker Man" and now this.
"The Hills Have Eyes II", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", and "The Reaping". The last actually looks like it may have something, offering itself up as a supernatural horror film with religious overtones. The other two? I'm sure the skaters will love "Turtles" and masochists will seek "Hills" as a temporary fix for their gore habit.
And April? I won't even talk about April.
Now don't get me wrong, there are some good filmfare coming out in the next few month, just not in the realm of Science Fiction and Fantasy (of which I include supernatural horror). You're going to have to wait until May. And then? Look out
May 4--Spiderman 3
May 11--28 Weeks Later
May 18 -- Shrek The Third
May 25 -- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
June 15 -- Fantastic Four, Rise of the Silver Surfer
July 13--Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (I think Warner Brothers abandoning their usual Christmas release for Potter for a summer release is a mistake)
July 27--The Simpsons Movie
and also later in July --The Invasion, starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidmann.
So you see...There's hope. There's hope. Just wait until May. My birth month, by the way. May 17th. Feel free to get me something.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Sometimes a book sits on a shelf for years and something finally makes you pick it up to give it a read. That's how it was with "The Joy Makers" by James Gunn. This paperback has moved with me from one house to another and has called to me for the last thirty years. And for the last thirty years, I've neglected it.
"The Joy Makers" is an uneven book, basically a reprint of three novellas written by Mr. Gunn in the early to mid-fifties. The narrative thread begins with the arrival of a new business to a typical American town. The entity known as Hedonistic Inc. insinuates itself into the community, guaranteeing happiness for all. A businessman fights the concept until he realizes too late that the guarantee is real, and by then it is denied him. Not a brilliant story, but then the subsequent two novellas open up the story by moving ahead many years to show a society where Hedonism is the law of the land. Dedicating itself then to how people would grapple with true fulfillment and what it would mean to civilization and human destiny, the novel ends with a philosophical twist that might be considered a precursor to "The Matrix".
Several people who are only at the fringe of science fiction may not recognize the author's name. Let me correct that. James Gunn, who will be honored this coming Spring as the Grand Master of Science Fiction at the Nebula Awards Banquet, has been a major force in the field as writer, teacher and editor. Among his more recognizable titles are : "The Joy Makers", "The Immortal" (turned into a rather lame television show), "The Joy Machine" (a novelization of an unproduced Star Trek episode written by Theodore Sturgeon),"The Listeners", and a six volume history of science fiction: "The Road To Science Fiction".
I'm not sure if any of Mr. Gunn's books are available at Barnes and Nobel (the place where books go to die after six weeks), but you can find most of his titles either on Amazon, or available at other places around the net
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
They say the short story market is dying. They're probably right, but there's still time to subscribe to some fairly wonderful magazines. Why should you? Because if you are here you are fans of the science fiction and fantasy genres, and the magazines out there will keep the best and brightest of today's writers front and forward, while keeping you up to date on trends in genre literature and elements of the culture.
I have subscriptions to "Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine", "Realms of Fantasy", "Weird Tales", and "Dark Wisdom". I love all four of them, although I never know when another copy of "Weird Tales" is going to arrive, if ever. By the way, if anyone wants to buy me a magazine subscription, which is a great gift, I still would love "Starlog". Just in case anyone wants to step up....anyone? Okay.
Over the next month I'll be spotlighting all four of these magazines to which I subscribe, and probably a few others. Since we have to start somewhere, let's begin with one of my favorites:
"Dark Wisdom," billing itself as a magazine of dark fiction, is a slick, neatly edited 80 page quarterly, published in full color. Originally, a gaming magazine for "Call of Cthulhu" Role Play Game aficianados, the magazine quickly found its legs and evolved into a serious vehicle for horror. Mixing thought provoking and avante-garde work along with more traditional horror themes, "Wisdom" is currently available in all major book chains in the United States, including Barnes and Noble and Borders. It is also available internationally.
At a time when fiction magazines have been losing readership, "Dark Wisdom" has forged a growing subscriber base and continues to evolve from what was once a small gaming digest. It has featured such writers as Richard A. Lupoff, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and "Babylon 5"'s creator J. Michael Straczynski. In reviewing this fine publication, Ramsey Campbell has written: "Dark Wisdom is a feast of the macabre and fantastic, showcasing both top names and those on their way there."
I have contacted Publisher/Editor William Jones and asked him some questions about his publication:
Q: "Dark Wisdom" describes itself as a magazine of Lovecraftian horror. How would you define that?
A: Initially "Dark Wisdom" used the sub-header "A Magazine of Dark Fiction and Lovecraftian Horror." While the contents are still the same, it is now described simply as "Dark Fiction." I consider Lovecraftian ficion to be cross genre -- SF/Horror/Suspense, but always dark. So I used the term Dark Fiction, which was commonly used prior to that. "Dark Fantasy" was, but I consider that part of "Dark Wisdom's" focus.
Q: Where do you see the magazine headed? You also helm Elder Press, a small press that handles mostly horror. Is there anything new happening with that?
A: "Dark Wisdom" has switched to a color format, which is the last stage in print magazine evolution. I hope the content continues to evolve by blending genres (including the "Lovecraftian"). As for Elder Signs Press (ESP), it continues to expand. There are new imprints, which include Mystery, Thrillers, SF, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and still some Horror. Of course, ESP still looks for multi-genre fiction.
Q: Dark Wisdom has been around for a while, do you ever see yourself putting out a "best of" anthology?
A: I've thought about it. In the market, anthologies tend not to sell well, and "Best of" magazine anthologies are a touch more difficult to sell. This makes such a project a challenge. But as the issues sell out, it would be nice to see some of the fiction collected in print. So: maybe.
Q: A lot of bookstores seem to be cutting back on their horror titles and putting horror in along with fantasy titles. What's happening there? Has horror crested? Is it passe?
A: The 1980s is often called the Golden Age of Horror. The market has decreased, I think, because the focus on "Horror" fiction has become broad. This means publishers and stores tend to sell Horror under different names. I'm not sure Horror has crested, but it might be in transistion. I believe it will always be an important part of fiction, but like the Gothic Romance of the past, it might disfuse into several sub-genres.
Q: What's the most difficult thing you experience about being the editor of a magazine?
A: Time management. As the number of publishers of "dark" short fiction decreases, the number of submissions increases. When another magazine in the same market closes, "Dark Wisdom" sees increased submissions. Trying to give each story an honest reading requires a great investment of time. I also act as the Art Director for the magazine, so after story selection comes the task of deciding the story order in the magazine (so they read smoothly or feel related), the size and style of the artwork, and of course editing. Somewhere in there is responding to submissions as well.
Q: You're located in Michigan. Aren't publishers and editors supposed to be in places like Boston, New York, or LA?
A: It seems that way. However, many of the large printing houses are located in Michigan. I know of publishers in California and New York who use Michigan printers. Likewise, many distribution warehouses are located in this region. This actually gives ESP an advantage in shipping times and costs. But maybe we'll open an L.A. office just to keep up tradition.
Q: If you were going to promote Dark Wisdom, what are one or two things that you would start off promoting about the magazine.
A: I think I have three things. Variety: Fiction, non-fiction, reviews of books, films, and music. Artwork: Like magazines of decades past, Dark Wisdom uses plenty of art to work with the fiction. And this year the magazine was nominated for an International Horror Guild award -- a wonderful remark upon the contributors.
The picture at the top of the posting is "Dark Wisdom"'s most current release, now or soon to be available at the book store. If you wish to know more about "Dark Wisdom" visit its website: http://www.darkwisdom.com/ . You also might enjoy stopping by William Jones' blogspot page at http://williamsramblings.blogspot.com/
Sure, there’s a lot of science fiction out there that’s smart or well made, Forbidden Planet or the new Battlestar Galactica for example. But for every one of those, there has to be a couple dozen more that occupy the cheese-filled realm like Independence Day or Star Trek TOS.
Star Trek had its share of “smart” science fiction and social commentary, such as Let That Be Your Last Battlefield. But the whole series is most known for its cheap sets, some lame effects, and a hammy William Shatner getting his shirt ripped, then doing a combat roll followed by a double fist punch to his opponent’s stomach.
If you really want to talk about cheese though, I think the best thing to do is look at Glen Larson’s body of work. Battlestar Galactica, Galactica 1980, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Automan, Manimal, The Highwayman, and Night Rider have all seen the airwaves thanks to Larson.
Now when I was a kid I never saw much of Galactica, but my dad and I enjoyed watching Buck Rogers a lot. I remember seeing an episode where a robot/cyborg/whatever tracked Buck through a desert and attacked him at some kind of outpost. When Buck threw a computer component at the monster, it became obvious that the impromptu weapon was actually a cardboard box with the appearance of machinery taped to the sides of it.
Buck Rogers had a lot of cheese going for it. It had roller discos, it had Gary Coleman, child genius, and it had Twiki . Remember this was post-Star Wars, so you had to have cute comedy relief robots. Twiki’s job was to haul Dr. Theopolis around and to make the occasional sardonic comment. Twiki was voiced, of course, by the immortal Mel Blanc and featured that memorable “Bee-dee-bee-dee-bee-dee-bee” whenever he talked. Sure the robot was amusing, I guess, but he also ensured that the show was well entrenched in the “realm of cheese.” He even got to dance with a female robot once at a space disco.
It seems like the list of cheesy sci fi goes on and on, even calling the genre “sci fi” gives it an air of cheesiness. I think that it sometimes makes the product easier for consumption, my dad was never a fan of SF but he sure enjoyed the goofy, roguish Buck Rogers. I have no problem letting my four-year-old daughter watch Batman, but I think twice about letting her see Farscape (though the last time she did, she assured me that she understood that it was all pretend).
So do you think cheesy sci fi hurts or helps the genre? Just because something is cheesy, that doesn’t mean it’s worthless or substandard does it? Is there something cheesy out there that you really love or absolutely can’t stand?
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
SUPERHEROES. Gotta love them. Guys and girls in tights, and in the case of some (Powergirl comes to mind), costumes designed to enhance some amazing asset. Okay. So they've got the power. They've got the charisma. They've got fame and fortune, and sometimes they have talented tailors. But what about weaknesses? Achilles had his tendon. Curly had an issue with lindburger cheese. Skipper had Gilligan.
As we face the middle of the week, let's pause and consider this a primer for supervillians. Below is a discussion of superheroes and their weaknesses.
SUPERMAN. Son of Krypton, an all around good guy. I recently interviewed Lex Luthor about him. "Guy's got a problem with remnants of his home planet," said the bald genius.
Luthor stopped me with a wave of his hand. "Doesn't make sense. I know, but that's Supes for ya. And then, of course, he's quite vulnerable to magic."
DAREDEVIL, a red suited blind vigilante who doubling as a lawyer during the day. Now let's see, what possible weakness could that lithe individual have? I asked Bullseye, a crazed assassin with bad skin: "Sound. Can't see. He uses sound to navigate. Like a bat. Loud sound can screw him up. Got a match? No..okay..yeah. Thanks."
THOR: God of Thunder. Blonde, tall, broad-shouldered, great smile. His half-brother, Loki, who now works as a union organizer in Jersey called me: "The hammer, idiot. That's where he gets his power from. Get the hammer and he's helpless."
IRONMAN: Tony Stark built the armor originally to deal with a heart issue. Jack Bauer, former aid to the Secretary of Defense, told me recently: "Ironman? Easy. Kill the armor, kill the playboy billionaire alcoholic within. All you need is an electromagnetic pulse. Now that I've told you that, I've got to kill you. After I torture you."
TORCH: The ambassador from Latveria recently contacted us: "The Torch? You mean that impudent Johnny Storm? Weakness? Why bother? Make him read a book. Okay, okay, quit bothering me. Use some common sense. The Torch can be extinguished by cutting off his oxygen supply. Now go away."
SPIDERMAN: I couldn't find any apparent weakness, so I spoke to Peter Parker's Aunt May. Parker apparently is a close friend of Spiderman. "I don't know much about him. I worry too much about Peter and he worries about me. He worries and worries..sometimes I think he cares too much about people and it affects his judgement."
Monday, December 11, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
What's frustrating about Mr. Shyamalan is that he showed such amazing potential in "Sixth Sense". I'll agree the film wasn't perfect, that it had a heavy handed approach at times, but so much promise was on display and there imagry was horrifying, with some moments that made one's heart race with terror. The scene where Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) looks up and sees the corpses hanging from the rafters is the stuff of nightmares. The moment where the young boy sits in a makeshift tent so that he won't have to look out and see the tortured face of a ghost, draws out the horror by making the audience feel his vulnerability. We suspect that it won't take much for a spectral hand to pull aside the security blanket and go BOO.
Shyamalan HAD America. While some would argue the stress of hoping to better himself was impossible to bear, I would say that it instead freed him to do something creative and experimental.
"Sixth Sense" was followed by "Unbreakable". A precursor of the tv show "Heroes" the film stars Bruce Willis as a regular schmoe discovering he is indestructible. And since a superhero must have a villian: Samuel Jackson plays the foil as a disabled man whose body is as fragile and as breakable as Willis' character is unbreakable.
The film worked. It was brilliant. But I think it affected Shyamalan. Where were the roses thrown at him for "The Sixth Sense"? Where were the adoring fans who rushed his car? How fickle. I think Shyamalan felt a sense of desperation. How to recapture the glory of "Sixth Sense?"
He tried getting the audience back with the messy "Signs." While a brilliant work of directing, the film itself is laughably bad. Its appalling plot shoved two glaring flaws that would ruin the film for the serious sci-fi fan: 1) why did the aliens need crop circles to navigate or mark their territory when they had the technology of space travel? and 2) why would intelligent critters who find water is poisonous to them set up shop on a planet which is mostly water? Stupid. "War of the Worlds" mangled and pureed
After "Signs" came the abomination that was "The Village". I could almost hear Shyamalan's desperation: "Okay, they loved the surprise ending in 'The Sixth Sense', that's what I need to win them back: surprise. Forget logic, forget good dialogue, forget good film-making...give them a surprise. The surprise, unfortunately was broadcast early in the film and when it finally came, the filmgoer felt cheated and abused.
So...the score at this point was two to two. A tie. Good, good...bad..wretched. Surely Shyamalan would stop the bleeding and return to his roots. Surely he would stop trying to write scripts and let someone else write for him. Shyamalan KNOWS how to direct. He just doesn't know how to write.
Enter: "Lady In The Water". A critical and commercial failure. A storyline that stumbles around while being buffeted by theme. Bruised and battered, this film is a mess. One feels that this film will surely keep the studios from giving Shyamalan the freedom he craves. He doesn't know how to handle his freedom.
Michael Bamberger in his book "The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M.Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale ", details the deterioration of Shyamalan as well as his deteriorating relationship with Disney. Shyamalan is obviously his own worst enemy. One quote which has been attributed to the director has him saying that Disney "no longer valued individualism ... no longer valued fighters." Saying this, he left Disney for Warner Brothers. Too bad for Warner Brothers.
One of the New York Post's critics, Lou Lumenick responded to this move and to the movie by saying Shyamalan had "turned into a crackpot with messianic delusions who's one more flop away from directing TV commercials." About the film itself: "A charmless, unscary, fatuous and largely incoherent fairy tale."
I agree. One flop away. Only I don't think it's a question. I think it's a done deal. Shyamlan will make his next disaster and then fall into obscurity. If he is lucky, he may have a chance at a comeback in the next several years. Maybe. Probably not.
So what is that next flop? That last drop into oblivion? Well, at one point there was discussion of him directing the next Indiana Jones film. According to the folks at TheRaider.net, that was dismissed by one of Shyamalan's press people, who said: "There was interest, but it just felt like they were trying to throw mud against the wall and see what stuck."
Another rumor, passed on by cinemablend.com, is that Shyamalan may have received some consideration for directing the next Harry Potter film. Obviously the rumor was sparked by the director's jump from Disney to WB, who churns out the Potter series.
So what is next? The fact that there is no actual word is significant. I will bet that whatever project emerges that 1) It will have a surprise ending 2) It will feature a strong romantic element with subtexts of faith 3) that it will have numerous archetypes at the forefront and finally 4) That it will be the final nail in Shyamalan's cinematic coffin.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
I was reading my own comment for "Fantastic Voyage" and I was so pithy that I inspired myself to write a post.
If you had to create a list of your seminal science fiction and fantasy films, what would they be? Here are my top ten, in no special order:
1)2001: A Space Oddysey (this film made a statement that science fiction could be more than guys in space suits and bad special effects running around zapping BEM ...and if I have to explain what a BEM is, you shouldn't be on this blog.
2)Star Wars: (I can hear Crunchy grinding her teeth. Star Wars was a phenomenon. It stretched the bounds of what film makers could do in the genre. Unfortunately, it also gave birth to the original Battlestar Galactica and the disaster that was Buck Rogers.
3)Superman, The Movie (this movie, complete with a blonde Marlon Brando, is the granddaddy of superhero films. It is dated and features an embaressing poem-song by Margot Kidder, but still worth being in your collection)
4)King Kong (I shouldn't have to qualify that I am NOT referring to the Peter Jackson film. This child of the depression era influenced so many writers and film makers in fantasy and science fiction that we should have a national holiday dedicated to it's initial release)
5)Frankenstein (I am submitting this as sciencefiction film here and not as a horror film, although it certainly is that...this film is the ultimate statement for the theme: there are some things that man were best to leave alone)
6)Lord of the Rings (all of them...I think in the next thirty years, film critics will look back and debate but recognize it as the legitimization of fantasy as dramatic spectacle...sort of like taking Shakespeare and adding faeries. Oh wait. Never mind.)
7)Godzilla (or Gojira, for the purists. This is a cold war film that would echo the fears of those who felt the terror of the nuclear threat. Now I'm talking about the original here, but I'm willing to discuss the rest of the franchise. I am also willing to talk about Godzilla's son, who in one of the film drives a car....I sh*t you not)
8)Metropolis/Shape of Things To Come (yes, I am including these as one entry. They deserve to stand alone. Shape of Things To Come was an astonishing vision, given us by none other than H.G. Wells himself. Metropolis by Fritz Lang was beautiful to behold and a dark social commentary. BRAVO.)
9) The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy, Toto and the Wicked Witch...spectacle and imagination writ large that has bridged the generations for ...well....generations)
10)Toy Story (I thought of throwing Shrek in here, but Toy Story was the first...computer animation which would establish Pixar as a giant and set the trend that continues today with such filmfare as Cars, and Ice Age II)
You'll notice you will not find Conan The Barbarian, The Matrix, The Terminator, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Krull, The Last Starfighter, Barbarella, and Men in Black on this list. Their omission is deliberate.