Every movie buff lies, at least a little, about the films they've seen. Who has time to see every classic film? Perhaps no one is more guilty of this unsubstantiated cinema cred than science fiction fans. With so many sci-fi movies considered all-time classics, people are too embarrassed to say they haven't seen them.
When people lie about the films they've seen, they're often referring to some of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time. Most of them are terrific, but some have have not aged well. Others are just plain hard to find even in today's streaming world and some you just can't quite make it through to the end, no matter how hard you try.
Most sci-fi fans would agree that Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey set the standard for realistic special effects in 1968 and ushered in a new era for cinematic storytelling. Unfortunately, few people have the patience to make it through the entire film, with its long, nearly-silent sequences and enigmatic ending.
It's hard, however, to call someone a true sci-fi fan if they haven't seen 2001, so most people find themselves making a few remarks about HAL and hoping the subject changes back to Star Wars.
Fantastic Planet is a movie that's still confounding. The animated feature was directed by Rene Lafoux, and he used cut-out and hinged paper to stage his narrative, rather than relying on the usual techniques (drawing on acetate). The film is an LCD trip that includes allusions to key issues like slavery and animal rights.
Even though it's considered a classic, and is frequently mentioned as one of the most important animated works of all time, it's still difficult to sit through this fever dream of a film.
People love to say they've seen Tron because it was the first film to use digital animation. The problem is, the film is just not very good. The animation was spectacular in 1982, but the story was flawed and the characters were thinly written. The movie comes across as dated today, primarily because there have been two visually superior Tron films since, not to mention the heavy use of 1980s laden tech talk.
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Most modern filmgoers think the term "pod people" came from the 1978 remake (or even 2007's Invasion), but it actually emerged from the 1956 original, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. But of course, most people who've referenced this term haven't actually seen the film.
The studio actually found the original ending to be so disturbing and scary, it had to be changed with a new opening and ending. That might be enough to inspire film buffs to check it out.