“Dust” on youtube has some pretty good Sci-Fi short films.
For a taste try these:
I'm weird, but I liked The Hunter.
Everyone loves Bruised Lee: Fists of Fury.
And this has a 99% positive rating from Rotten Tomatoes:
I Am Not Your Negro.
Well AKCHULY the events in Zulu Dawn happened before the events in Zulu, so it's a prequel.
And Zulu is the superior film since the Brits put down the savages in that one.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Obligatory cheesy 80's horror/comedy movie. Actually made baby Tim cry.
I don't usually watch movies on youtube, or much at all anymore I suppose, but here are a few of the ones I've liked. Unfortunately, "Enemy Mine" got removed it looks like. It's on both Hulu and Prime I think, for those who have those.
Slice of Life - A short cyberpunk film, only 25min or so. Some crazy good work with miniature models.
A Hazard of Hearts - Helena Bonham Carter plays the sanest person in it, so it's worth watching just for that novelty. It's all together in one part here, but the video quality looks lower. [I got roped into watching this but it's actually pretty entertaining.]
Charade - A fun Audrey Hepburn mystery/comedy caper.
Family Friendly: Five Little Peppers and how they Grew
I've been on a 70s and 80s binge, and I've been picking through the best Scorsese movies from that time. Highly recommend everyone watch Taxi Driver, because the main character would be a CYS lurker if he lived forty years later
I actually haven't seen Shaolin because it's a little too new for my general repetoire, but now I have something to look forward to and definitely not procrastinate with. Anyway, here's a few of my own that I've picked up over the years.
Martial Arts Movies:
The Mystery of Chessboxing If you ever wondered where notorious Wu Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah got his name- Here you go. Hear the brutal tale of the last surviving general of the Old Regime, taking brutal bloody revenge against confused and terrified kung fu masters who cannot compete with his skill. The Ghost-Faced Killer claims revenge against his retired colleagues one by one, and he would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for some snotnosed 30 year old man playing a teenager and his crazy old man teacher. Cameo appearance by the actor who plays Beggar So in the first Drunken Master movie, and also the "5 deadly Elements Style" that gets referenced in nearly everything.
Six String Samurai If you ever wanted to see a katana-wielding Buddy Holly eviscerate a bowling team of hitmen in an early 60s rock/counterculture interpretation of the post apocalypse, now's your time to be grateful that we don't live in a world where that hasn't been done.
Hard Boiled chances are, if you haven't seen this movie, and you're anything like I was before I saw this movie, you thought that gun fight scenes were boring and stupid. Then I saw this movie, and realized I had only ever seen bad Arnold Schwarzenegger gun fight scenes before. Take a look at the archetypal work of John Woo, a man who singlehandedly inspired The Matrix and Sleeping Dogs... Okay I guess a lot of things inspired Sleeping Dogs, but y'know, the gun police parts.
By the Sword a lesser-known but very wholesome fencing movie that kinda takes the martial arts archetypes of the guy driven by mastery and killing and puts a sensible, modern twist on them. It's sort of the reverse of Karate Kid, following the journey of a teacher rather than the student, and the last fight scene is just an excellent capsule of everything the entire movie was and was building up to. It was the story in and of itself.
Riki Oh- Ah wait, all the movie versions were taken down from youtube and now only the vastly inferior anime movie still yet exists. This is a sad time we live in, ladies and gentlemen. A sad time indeed. You do not know what you missed. I hope at least one of you watched the last hundred times I shamelessly shilled it.
Kung Fu Chefs it's exactly what it sounds like.
ARENA (1989) a movie about interspecies boxing in a sci-fi galaxy that's just as densely populated with intelligent life (that also wants to punch you in the face) as Star Wars, but even Mos Eisley has nothing on the seedy vegas atmosphere of this intergalactic space station... Eugh that really sounds like something a 'geek culture' podcaster would say, somebody please choke me to death. Just, look, honestly I've never seen such dense and elegant worldbuilding in a movie that could still be seen for free on youtube than in this film. And if that's up your alley, then watch this.
Good Ol' Family Films:
Dirty Work Norm Macdonald's most Norm Macdonald production. Features Chris Farley and that one guy who was on SNL for five minutes that I randomly see in everything these days specifically. He looks like his name is Troy. Also features probably the best joke about a particular favorite joke topic of ours ever put to the silver screen, but I don't want to name what it is because it will spoil the joke a little bit.
Brannigan John Wayne plays Dirty Harry. In fabulous England!
Krull Remember when I said I've never seen so much worldbuilding in a budget movie that's still underground enough to still be shown on youtube for free without also being basically owned by youtube? Yeah I lied that's also this movie. Enjoy the wild and wacky medieval sci fi of the 80s, with all the corny story beats to be expected from an 80s fantasy movie that plays everything completely straight. The anticlimactic ending doubles back on itself and becomes hilarious, and Liam Neeson just so happens to be a noticeable extra.
Trouble Man details the exploits of a black-belt private investigator who keeps his neighborhood clean and doesn't take shit from anybody. When you have trouble, you come to this man. Nothing can stop Trouble Man- Not even a scheming drug ring organized by whitey to siphon money out of underprivileged neighborhoods.
Slaughter's Big Ripoff The sequel to Slaughter, a name you might recognize from basically any interview Quentin Tarrantino has ever given. It's about the baddest cat that's ever lived, and if that doesn't clue you in to what's happening here, the movie opens with an attempt on Slaughter's life as an assassin shoots up his afternoon brunch in a fucking WWI Biplane. Naturally, Slaughter travels all over california kicking ass to get to the bottom of this mystery, and there's a sequence where he basically goes full Rambo on the Italian Mafia. Yeah, it sure is a ripoff. A ripoff that they let you watch this movie for free, that is.
Waterloo I don't have a lot to say about it because I'm not very cerebral right now, it's just a good movie about a complicated dude during a deeply interesting period of history, and a lot of shit explodes at the end.
CAPTAIN KRONOS A spooky vampire movie from the 70s. This was a late Hammer Film, and it was dipping its toes into the pulpy action/whodunnit side of things. For whatever reason, it never took off. Possibly because it was still slow-paced like a normal hammer film, despite the premise being a little too cheesy for that pacing to create tension and drama. However the cheesiness makes it one of the more enjoyable Hammer Films in general and has embedded itself so far in my brain that I randomly and autistically reference it in everything I ever write with vampires in it. Go ahead and watch, you'll see what I did pretty quickly.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes when somebody asks you about 1970s horror movies, what do you think about? Are they magical and mysterious like Suspiria or the Exorcist? Lower budget exploitation works like The Hills have Eyes? Are they progressive horror tales from the newly formed African American voices of cinema, like Ganja and Hess or... Uh... Blacula? Do Leatherface, Micheal Meyers, and H.R. Giger's Xenomorphs come to mind? Do you think of Vampyros Lesbos? Well if you didn't even stop to think for one goddamn second about a serial-killing mastermind who zaps people to death with an actual freezeray, fills airplane cockpits with rats, and spends nights playing the double organ with a full band of of ambiguously living humanoid automatons, then you're an uncultured swine in need of some reccommended watching, buddy. And also if fucking Vampyros Lesbos is the first thing that comes to mind when somebody asks you about 70s horror movies, stop it, get some help.
Vampire Hunter D. Look, I know it's a weeb thing, just bear with me! I know it opens with a girl in a ridiculously short skirt making squeaky noises as she runs away from a monster- No it isn't porn, it's just japanese. Look man, it was the 80s, this sort of thing was very new to Japan. Don't lose faith in me yet! Are you still here? Okay good. So it's a post-apocalypse story about a badass vampire-slaying vampire in a post-apocalyptic gothic-sci-fi world where people rely on laser forcefields to protect them from the creatures of the night that crawl up out of the wasteland and eat people. See? It's not so bad, right? There's more cool stuff, too. Just bear with it!
Spooky Spooky No that's the actual name of the movie. (Translated to English anyway) Certain people among you can attest to this movie's magical qualities. This is a movie directed by Sammo Hung (that's a name that means something to chineaboos, normies don't worry about it) that provides a delightfully stupid take on Ancient Chinese Mysticism. Watch some wacky Hong Kong Police struggle to survive the trials and tribulations that naturally come with fighting a deadly water ghost from Hell.
That's enough movies for now. I know there's more if I were to go through them, but 90% of my Movies Playlist is deleted or private now (RIP Mean Johnny Barrows, you had the best theme song in movie history) and I don't have the heart to keep looking through this sad savaged wasteland of erased obscure culture. Especially not when I should be doing something else! Dammit, Mizal.
Remember, the dub technically works, but the subtitles are always funnier.
So much yes for Six String Samurai.
A coworker who grew up in the 1980s kept trying to get me to watch Krull. I finally attempted to. It felt like reading a 100,000 word storygame to get that one experience point you need, but it has an average rating of 3 and the ending is frustratingly hidden. Why do writers try to blend fantasy and sci-fi like this? Only Star Wars pulled this off well, to my knowledge. It is nigh impossible. Why do they do it?
My finally opinion: the movie is very fat and very ugly.
The distinction between sci-fi and fantasy is an arbitrary one borne mostly of immaturity. People try to blend this stuff because it's cool. The worldbuilding concepts of Krull are cool and interesting. The concepts and stories of the Dying Earth cycle are not only cool and interesting, but they played a major part in shaping the common fanon pop culture has about fantasy to begin with. Prior to maybe the 2000s, there wasn't a strong distinction between science fiction and fantasy, because all fiction is a sliding scale of nonsense that doesn't hold up to scrutiny anyway. Because it's, y'know, fictional. Alien lifeforms were common entities in old pulpy fantasy stories and D&D, famous and respected ones that built the language of both genres.
Psychic powers are just science-flavored magic made out of the same bullshit as curses, witchcraft, and lasers. A superhumanly strong two-headed troll is as biologically improbable as an alien lifeform whose bodily fluids are metal-eating acid. Lemme tell you something, what's your distinction between sci fi and fantasy? Is it science? Alright, then there's nothing to worry about, nothing about Krull involves hard science. We do not have laser beams or wizard spells. We most certainly do not have alien invaders. Krull is, in fact, an entirely fantasy film. Is it because Sci-fi is speculative? Alright, then, again, it's all fantasy. Nothing in Krull is about the real world. Is it because there's a mix of futuristic and medieval technology? Well boo fucking hoo. The technology is just window-dressing for the magical reality that story creates. This distinction is as persnickety and dumb as a kid not wanting his vegetables to touch.
If Sci-fantasy is just fantasy with different levels of technology, then where do you draw the line? Wuxia is a genre of fantasy, with physicality-based stunts as magical as spells and rituals. Hell, it often comes with rituals. But there's a growing contingent of such stories that take place in all sorts of time periods. Even the modern day. Hell, Mizal's link to Bulletproof Monk gives us a fantasy story with technology that'd be far-flung by the standards of the usually ancient "fantasy" time period, since it takes place today. Hell, a lot of fantasy stories take place today. Most horror movies involve blatantly magical entities in our technologically advanced time period. Would you call Guillermo Del Torro a trash filmmaker?
While we're in the business of just naming off things that managed to mix it successfully... The Elder Scrolls series has robots, steam power, and other incredibly sophisticated machines. Plenty of tabletop settings. Warhammer, Deadlands, Dark Sun, Spelljammer... Hell, don't even get me started on Shadowrun! And then there's Game of Thrones, one of the most successful fiction books in recent times... Have you actually read them? Westeros is on a planet of eldritch H.P. Lovecraft deities, magic that often mimics things in the real world that have scientific explanations, civilized apes, and the white walkers are... Pretty damn near Extraterrestrials. And this wouldn't be the first time he's written fantasy stories with scientific or futuristic stylings.
It's true, Krull is a very simple story we've all heard before, that happens to be incompetently told. Some of us find its hamfistedness charming. If you don't, that's perfectly valid. Ironic charm isn't for everyone. But I won't stand to have one of my favorite genres slandered by some rube who can't stand a B-movie.
You could use the same reasoning to say that all genres are ultimately arbitrarily chosen lines of distinction. Maybe the problem with Krull is that the blending is too overt. You mentioned Elder Scrolls, but the science fiction elements are more subtle, and lean closer to Steampunk than, say, Star Trek type Sci-fi (whatever word describes futuristic sci-fi like that).
Also, doesn't Krull actually have alien invaders? I thought that was a main premise of the story? The whole Black Fortress thing?
But, as I said, there are instances of movies that do this overt blending very well. Star Wars was the example I mentioned. Regardless of what you may think of the more recent movies, it would be disingenuous for someone to claim the original movies weren't really innovative for the time, and there are so many modern tropes that come from Star Wars that no reasonable person can deny the greatness of those films.
Anyway, while I don't usually like stories that have cyclopes and laser things, the main problem with Krull isn't really that. The main problem with Krull is that it sucks.
EDIT- But let me just say that your points are very well made, and while my personal preference is that sci-fi elements in traditional fantasy should be subtle and few and far between, it does not invalidate that sub-genre at all.
I didn't say that Krull didn't have alien invaders, I'm saying that we don't. Aliens, particularly human-shaped invaders, are as fictitious and fantastical as dragons, and should be treated no differently in stories that involve both. A lot of people detect an artificial tonal clash in these two things, but that's just people compartmentalizing certain tropes into genres. Taken at face value with no account for what the genre "should" be, I find the worlds of Spelljammer, Dark Sun, Deadlands, and Numenera to be perfectly on their marks despite all things that should technically be mixing and matching. Anything within them is a pallette-swap away from being "too fantasy" or "too sci-fi" but you don't get that from them because they aren't written to be products of a genre. They're written to be self-contained worlds of stories, and while they share the same tropes as a 1950s Atomic Sci-fi film and Lord of the Rings, it doesn't feel like a mashup because it isn't meant to be. So it is with Krull.
The aliens aren't some hyper-advanced civilization. No more advanced than Krull, anyway. For all their laser technology, they're seemingly limitted, and our heroes beat them back more often than not. And Krull obviously isn't really intended to be our ancient world. It takes some visual cues from our medieval times, yes. But their armor and their customs are exceptionally different. The humans of Krull are also, apparently, a planetary empire. The aliens of Krull fit within the tone and aesthetic of that world. They were, in fact, made for it.
And yeah, like I said, it isn't a very well-told story. But it was badly told in just the right way and has good comedic timing. I found the scenery and other concepts evocative and they certainly sparked my imagination, and the cheesiness of the story doubled back on itself for me into something that was almost knowingly hammy and silly, which keeps me thoroughly entertained whenever I watch it. It's not a very good movie, but it is a quite enjoyable one, at least, for those of a certain taste.
Science Fiction is totally a genre, but Star Wars fucked up how people see it.
Star Wars is fantasy.
Yes. But many people see it as Sci-Fi.
People also think water can't get wet.
My point is that because of Star Wars' popularity, a lot of "Sci-Fi" media has moved away from hard Sci-Fi and towards Fantasy with space ships and aliens. I think Black Mirror is the only "hard sci-fi" (at least many of the episodes are) film or movie in recent years to have any sort of popularity.
To the extent that "science fiction" means writing fiction about science themes -- i.e., about possible futures and/or technologies based on science/technology principles we can articulate today, and not necessarily about futuristic space travel -- I'd say that Kubrick's "2001" might qualify as one of the few pre-Star Wars movies that might be classified as "hard" sci-fi, and largely because of the source material. Happily, there have been a string of recent movies with hard sci-fi elements: Gravity, Interstellar (at least in terms in how relativity is used as a story element), and Arrival all come to mind. All of these have their imaginary elements, but each are grounded to some to degree in actual science.
Ad Astra comes close to hard sci-fi, although to me there are too many far-fetched elements. Noble effort, though.
The original Jurassic Park probably also qualified as grounded sci-fi at the time it was released (1993) but we now know more about both dinosaurs and DNA that the movie is dated, from a sci-fi perspective. For instance, velociraptors were actually the size of turkeys and covered in feathers; extracting Neanderthal DNA has been hard enough that no one currently expects to retrieve dinosaur DNA, even though we now have an actual dino tail encased in amber (real tissue, not just mosquito blood). Each of the JP/JW sequels have been faithful to the "look" of the original movie, to the detriment of the science, so as the field of paleontology advances the movie franchise is stuck in the nineties. (And if you are a fan of spinosaurus as depicted in JP3, look up the current state of affairs; any illustration prior to 2020 should be considered obsolete.)
I love Star Wars, but see this as "space fantasy," even more so now that it's been given the JJ Abrams treatment (case in point: watching distant planets blowing up in real-time as if they were nearby moons). As a life-long Star Trek fan, I think this franchise is also more space fantasy than science fiction, although at various times they've made an effort to incorporate actual scientific theories. One of the current iterations, however, is based on the premise that mushrooms (or rather, fungi in general) are the key to interstellar travel, and that has been a difficult concept to swallow...
I liked Arrival a lot, although it is not for everybody. The "twist" is somewhat telegraphed in a similar way that it was in The Sixth Sense, but it deals with the issue of communication intelligently.
I was about to add The Martian as a recent hard sci-fi movie -- actually the book more so than the movie, although the movie didn't stray too far (if anything, it just skipped a few elements). The opening sequence with the wind storm is pure fantasy -- even the author admitted as such, as Mars doesn't have enough air pressure to cause that much damage -- but otherwise the set-up is based on what an actual NASA mission to Mars might look like in 2030s, and Watney's survival is grounded in both science and math.
I'll say one thing: it's a page turner. I finished the book during a series of flights in basically one sitting, which is something I rarely do, because I wanted to see the movie but was stuck flying. I was pleasantly surprised to not be disappointed in the movie after reading the book.
Mm, I'm not sure hard sci-fi means what you're thinking of. Concern for absolute scientific accuracy is a relatively recent development in sci-fi, not saying there weren't instances of it before, but the earliest things that typified the genre were sort of pulpy and aesthetics based and didn't have a lot of regard for how this sort of thing was actually supposed to work, because their purpose was the very thing that actually sets Sci-fi apart from fantasy, their speculative nature, which was more generalized in scope and therefore required a bit more plot magic to work. There's not really supposed to be a genuine real-life scientific reason that Frankenstein comes back to life, or a theorem behind the medicine in Flowers for Algernon, or why there's a time machine in The Time Machine. Though there's really a sliding scale of sci-fi hardness, none of this is by any means an exhaustive taxonomy.
Though I definitely didn't word my statements clearly. Sci-fi is most certainly a genre, my point was that the difference between fantasy and science-fantasy is mostly bullshit, since before the turn of the 20th century there wasn't really a distinction between them. If your burly barbarian story involved interstellar travel, then that's just how it was, Swords and Planets is a microgenre of its own. Of course 1950s B Movie Aliens and, say, sorcerors from the year 1066 are going to make your setting look eclectic, but making aliens and whatnot fit within your world is a prerogative of description and art direction or whathaveyou, because aside from the fickle fashions of what aesthetics people were spoon-fed growing up, in fantasy there is nothing that separates fantasy from futurism. In fantasy, both are fictitious speculations often based on nothing but the idea of what would make a cool story. And indeed, Star Wars has (to some extent) played a not insignificant part in fucking up how people see that too. But that's more of an overall cultural problem to do with the genre-based films industry.
Also I think you'll find it's actually pronounced more like 'Gar'
It's not on youtube, but, uh.
Black Dynamite is free on Crackle. It comes highly recommended, but also contains nudity so I can't link it here.