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    Just finished watching "Perfect Creature" a New Zealand vampire flick. It's a mix of "Equilibrium", "The Matrix" and "Blade". That sounds messy, and sadly it doesn't work all that well as a story. But the steampunk production design is really fun. Steampowered taxis, airships, retro-photography and wonderfully elaborate guns/bullets. They can't seem to decide if it's modern gone retro or just plain arcane tech, but it produces some lovely results.

    Got me thinking, what are some good Steampunk films?
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      CommentAuthorTrotsky
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2008 edited
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    Dr Phibes Rises Again almost is, but I suspect that it was totally accidental.

    still, worth picking up a copy on laser disc or something.
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    I watched City of Lost Children the other night. I'd forgotten how gorgeous that film is.

    The design of the whole film would probably be concidered quite steampunk now.
    • CommentAuthorMalifer
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2008
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    There was a tv show a few years back The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne. That is the only one I can think of.

    It was decent if I remember correctly.
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2008
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    Perfect Creature really was horrible wasn't it? I saw it in the theatre because the ads made it seem almost like it wasn't shit. Was a damn waste of my money. I must get one of those blood-drinking machines though. They (and several other aspects of the steampunk feel) were truly beautiful.

    As for others; Steampunk hasn't hit the mainstream/people with really stupid amounts of money yet. It's getting there though, don't worry. We'll get some more soon.
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      CommentAuthorwarrenellis
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2008 edited
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    I'm told a Disney film called TREASURE PLANET gets close to it. Close enough that when I talked to Disney about projects last year and offered them a pseudo-steampunk piece, they said they'd done something a lot like that and that it had tanked, so, no thanks...
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      CommentAuthorDstinct
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2008
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    Treasure planet was an interesting bastard. It took sailing ships and basically strapped rocket engines onto them. It was a pretty cool hybrid.

    j
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    Interesting that "Treasure Planet" and "Perfect Creature" are films steeped in other aspects of genre (vampires, pirate/boy's adventure) with steampunk elements mixed in. As opposed to a straight up take on the steampunk genre. The best parts of both films were, in fact, the retro-future bits.
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      CommentAuthorzoem
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
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    @orwellseyes

    I haven't seen either of those, so maybe I'm not getting it. I am aquainted with steampunk as an aesthetic. I'm not clear on what the narrative elements in pure steampunk would be, but maybe I'm just not well enough aquainted?

    I can't think of any movies that I would consider steampunk off the top of my head... Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (which I know bombed, but I liked) had a retro-futuristic feel at times, but definitely for the wrong era.
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
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    wiky wiky wild wild west. i'd say its pretty steampunk
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    The Mutant Chronicles coming up this year is supposed to be steampunk inspired, but I haven't seen much evidence yet.

    The obvious would be 'Steamboy' I guess.
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    While not a steampunk movie, the last act of Steven Soderbergh's Kafka has some steampunk elements in the strange 19th century-inspired super science that the villains use in their mind control experiments.

    You could probably put the TV show The Wild, Wild West in this category, too, I suppose. It seemed to be a very conscious attempt to graft the James Bond gadget-heavy spy movie genre onto an American western.
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      CommentAuthorConojito
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
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    Rocketeer has some steampunky elements. And how about Alex Proyas' Dark City?
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      CommentAuthorJoeViturbo
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
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    "Steamboy", and Disney's "Atlantis: The Lost Empire", which Mike Mignola worked on. Atlantis was probably another reason Disney did not jump at ellis's proposal. Speaking of Mignola, I thought that The Amazing Screw-on Head was a good steam-punk-like show even if they only got out one episode. Screw-on Head was a disembodied head with several alternate bodies that could perform different functions. He was employed as a secret agent by President Lincoln to combat occult influences. I loved it. I also liked Tik-Tok, the clockwork man and One Man Army of Oz from "Return to Oz". That's all I got.
    • CommentAuthorMalifer
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
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    • CommentAuthortmofee
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
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    If we're going anime, I'll say The Wings of Honneamise. It's a movie set on a world similar to ours during their space race, but their technology is very steampunk styled. The movie is a little slow and there's a terrible scene in the middle of the film that nearly ruins the film for me, but the style of the film is brilliant.
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    Um... seriously, people need to learn to differentiate between steampunk and other retrofuture forms.

    Try "dieselpunk" for a few of these...!
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      CommentAuthorFerburton
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
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    Around the world in 80 days. The one that had Jackie Chan in it. It was a horrible movie, but it was Steampunked.
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      CommentAuthorJoeViturbo
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
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    sooooo... is there a retrofuture form for every energy source? I'm seeing visions of horsepunk, naturalgaspunk, geothermalpunk, butanepunk, and lets not forget windpunk.
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    Joe: Well, I think some things are dieselpunk when they're reliant dwindling energy resources, perhaps in a post-disaster world. I see the (blank)punk ethos as people using alternate notions of tech to achieve similar goals in varying settings. That's a bland and wide a definition as I can think of.