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Science Fiction Must-Sees?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by fantastischfish, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    I'm teaching GCSE Media Studies, I've just been informed, from September which I've never done before and am having a mild panic attack. Apparently the first unit has to be on Science Fiction and I have two major problems: 1) I can't stand the genre, 2) I've actively avoided it as far as possible since deciding that films with aliens, outer space and the imminent end of the world were just not my cup of tea.
    So, I need a crash course in Sci-fi.
    What should I absolutely watch in order to gain a good understanding of what science fiction is all about and what it's conventions are? Normally, if I was teaching a novel (nice, safe ground for me) I'd have a really broad background knowledge of references and information to draw on the help the kids' understanding. I'm afraid my knowledge of science fiction extends to about 2.5 episodes of Doctor Who and the woeful space film Armageddon.
  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    ET and Close Encounters - the best sci fi movies ever.
  3. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    well you started badly, it can only get better.
  4. short circuit, alien (might be an 18), terminator (terminator 2 is a 15 and the later ones might be younger), blade runner, minority report, irobot, total recall (18), day of the triffids (BBC series and recent TV film), solaris, hitch hikers guide to the galaxy, matrix x3, iron man and iron man 2.
  5. If you are going to watch it, then alien, blade runner and terminator are a must.
  6. Crowbob

    Crowbob Established commenter

    I am not sure randomly watching films will be all that helpful. Try to look around for other resources first. Such as:
    http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/7951.pdf pages 9-13 is a good starting point.
  7. OMG I forgot star wars!
  8. And more importantly I forgot one of the greatest films ever made 2001: a space odyssey

    Jurrasic park, men in black, tron, flight of the navigator, the star trek films and series, quantum leap! - if you have a forbidden planet shop near by I suggest a look
  9. Crowbob

    Crowbob Established commenter

    There is a TES PPT that may be useful to look at.
  10. Crowbob

    Crowbob Established commenter

    A relatively cheap book aimed at teachers, perhaps can be purchased for you by the department (given you don't have any experience in the genre).

  11. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    if you can do the tempest you can do forbidden planet
  12. Crowbob

    Crowbob Established commenter

    Final piece of advice, post on the Media Studies part of the forum. You are likely to get a better, more reasoned response AND you may even be able to cadge a few resources.
  13. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    what's wrong with my response?
  14. Crowbob

    Crowbob Established commenter

    Sorry, typed quickly and tiredly. I am not suggesting your response was lacking, apologies.
    I was pointing out that maybe it would be best to get subject advice from subject experts on the subject forum.
  15. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    “You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon.”
    Chancellor Gorgon, Star Trek - The Undiscovered Country.

    The translations have always made me feel this is probably true.
  16. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    not required, I was amused.
  17. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    Thanks for the responses everyone. I realise that simply watching films isn't going to give me an encyclopaedic knowledge, but I think I should probably make the effort to see a few on the lists given seeing as I'm supposed to be teaching conventions. I think I should have plenty of examples to draw on for discussion. Nothing worse than feeling only half a step ahead of the kids.

    Although I'm assuming that I'll be needing to show the kids plenty of films too as examples [​IMG]
  18. I don't know much about sci-fi, but The War of the Worlds might be a good example as it was originally a novel, and then adapted into a radio play, film and musical.
  19. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    All Star Trek TV Series. (Even the irritating Captain Janeway.)
  20. Metropolis
    Close Encounters
    Solaris (original)
    The day the Earth Stood Still (original)
    Blade Runner
    Forbidden Planet
    Galaxy Quest

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