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Forbidden Planet (1956)
A True Sci-Fi Masterpiece, Among the Greatest Films Ever Made
'Forbidden Planet' is truly high among the greatest Sci-Fi films ever made, and later notable works such as 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars', etc. would be heavily influenced by it. With a story that enthralls the viewer with the wonders of Space, the VFX remain nothing less than astounding and wholly effective; its moody early-Electronica score further lends to the engrossing wonder, convincing the viewer on some deeper level that they're hearing what might be the celestial vibrations of our vast and infinite Universe.
Based on William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', 'Forbidden Planet' is a genuine cinematic and Science-Fiction masterpiece, one that ever continues to convey a sense of amazement.
Batman Begins (2005)
Not the Best Batman Film Ever Seen
Some of Batman Begins is very well written, while other parts make little or no sense. It features some great veteran actors, like Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. Gary Oldman is also a great actor, but seems miscast as Commissioner Gordon, who has always been an older, more burly man. The actor playing The Scarecrow was weak and uncharismatic, had no screen-presence. And speaking of the (primary) villain: Seeing the origins of The Scarecrow wouldn't have been a bad thing, but that being completely skipped-over is not such a good thing.
I won't mention how Batman sounds like he's got a frog in his throat the size of Toledo when he speaks in this movie....
Overall, I found it boring, the tone seeming all wrong. This is due to it taking itself way too seriously, forgetting that it's a comic-book film and, hence, forgetting to have fun with the material. I mean is this supposed to be a Batman movie, or a "Dirty" Harry movie? ??? For me, it just didn't work very well.
And although I liked seeing The Dark Knight in Burton's films, these days I'd rather see more of The Caped Crusader, which we don't really get to see in Nolan's film.
Eeh, I found the video-game Batman: Arkham Asylum to be more Batty, and more entertaining, than that film was.
I give Batman Begins 4 of 10 stars.
King Kong (1933)
Arguably the Greatest Film Ever Made!
I think that King Kong  is (arguably) the greatest film ever made.
It is an SFX-vehicle (that, in the best way possible, I mean), akin to such as Metropolis , Forbidden Planet , 2001: A Space Odyssey , Star Wars , Titanic , and The Lord of the Rings films [2001, 2002, 2003].
But yet it's much, much more than just that! I have yet to see a more open-ended story on film; it's so open-ended to a point I would have otherwise thought impossible to achieve in film! It doesn't think for you or "feel" for you or tell you what to think or feel about any of it at any time.
For an example, to take the whole story (an extremely rich story, BTW, being basically no more than a Modern-day retelling of the ancient tale of Beauty and the Beast) in summation: Was Kong a dangerous, murderous monster that needed to be put down? Or was Kong instead a victim of the many who were the real monsters? Well see, the film never tells you that. YOU decide, see? You get to do that at every event, at every word spoken, all throughout the entire film!
The haunting score of Max Steiner is yet another big plus here. It is exceedingly great when a very effective score so well sets the tone of a film and its events therein. But there are a very few films where the score doesn't merely do just this. The score goes beyond even that and serves to actually TELL the story, coupled with the dialog and the visuals. The Day the Earth Stood Still , Vertigo , Taxi Driver  (all three, Bernard Herrmann), and Star Wars (John Williams)--all of these do that. And King Kong  is one of those as well!
I've seen this again and again from time to time at various stages in my life up to now, from Early Childhood to now nearing Middle-Age, I've gotten such wildly different impressions from the film. It's like I had watched almost completely movies, a different story each time. Or even more strange and wonderful, seeing a different story but yet still in the exact same film! Wow! It is truly unbelievable the level of mastery in its cinematic storytelling! It is a masterpiece, and nothing less than! It is, even now today, and, I'm quite sure, will be for a very, very long time in the future.
Saturn 3 (1980)
Awful Sci-Fi B-Movie--Not Worth a Watch
'Saturn 3' is maybe the very first rated "R" movie that I ever saw, when I was like nine years old. I thought it was so-so alright, then, heh.
The look and design of the film is good in that now-retro, Space Age way. But that, along with a fairly catchy electronica theme, and the late Farrah Fawcett showing her lovely, luscious breasts, are about all that this film has to offer.
Despite starring the legendary Kirk Douglas and then-newcomer Harvey Keitel, there's really nothing to see here. The acting is quite bad, but that's due in large measure to the horrendously dumb, nonsensical, and underdeveloped story and characters that they're all forced to try to deliver (which Douglas does, probably about as well as could possibly be done by anyone, given that awful material). And putting the lovely Fawcett in a such a prominent role was definitely not a good idea: Sexy and pretty, she very much was; actress, no, not so much.
Compare that last aspect to, say, 'Logan's Run'  (which was a better film all-around than this), where the makers were rather smarter about her casting: Fawcett had quite a smaller role where she didn't have to push her acting abilities beyond their limits. E.g., they didn't give her too much for her to do in the movie. Instead they used the highly-desirable Jennifer Agutter for that, who is also hot AND can act too.
'Saturn 3' had some potential, but instead came out as el cheapo B-movie schlock, plainly made in an attempt to grab yet another piece of the Space Age/Star Wars/Sci-Fi Craze pie, one of quite a few such films oft-released for many years in that era--this one, among the very worst of them.