Whether you grew up in the 70s, 80s or 90s, you know that for years we SF/F fans have received very little in the way of good, solid sci-fi and fantasy pictures. Historically, since the dawn of cinema, most SFF pictures have been low-budget, low-concept failures. Apart from a brief flash of genre goodness in the early 80s, for decades we've seen only sporadic quality (and quantity) of genre movies at best. Until now. Now, with the advent of CGI and the trial-and-error period of the late 90s/early 2000s, most SFF movies are successful, both artistically and commercially. Just look at this year's fine offering of genre fare so far: Cloverfield * 10,000 BC * Spiderwick * Iron Man * The Incredible Hulk * Forbidden Kingdom * Jumper * Prince Caspian * Indiana Jones Even if you dislike some or all of these, the sheer quantity is staggering compared to the number of big-budget SFF movies released in, say, 1993 (Demolition Man, Robocop 3) -- or even 1983, a peak year for genre. But further, if you compare apples to apples -- solid, convincing, entertaining SFF scenes, concepts, characters and films -- even the least successful of the above list, Jumper, is technically and artistically superior to 95% of the SF/action movies released in previous decades. Sure, we had a few rare gems even back then -- Blade Runner, Star Wars, Conan the Barbarian, etc. -- but by and large genre movies, in a word, sucked. We had to take what we could get. These days it seems as though studios are producing new classics and masterpieces with astonishing regularity. Consider the list of upcoming SFF movies, each of which contains the potential to become another enduring genre classic or even a masterpiece: Hancock * Dark Knight * Hellboy II * Harry Potter 6 * Star Wars: Clone Wars * City of Ember * Quantum of Solace * Punisher 2 * Twilight * The Spirit Good heavens! Even if two of those are anywhere near greatness, added to the 2008 tally so far, this year will have yielded more and better SFF films than 1986, 1987 and 1988 combined. This is why I can get excited about recently announced projects like Rodriguez' Red Sonja, or the Conan re-boot, or GI Joe: Hollywood is finally doing SFF/F films right. This is a thread to discuss upcoming SFF/F projects, and to extoll the virtues of recent (2000-up) sci-fi and fantasy films.