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½ November 30, 2014
Another exploration of a topic I love slogged down in minutiae. Aside from the Ackerman bits, all this does is give some insight into early science fiction.
September 3, 2013
While the Sci-Fi boys is not a perfect film I basked in it's warm glow of love for all things sci-fi in in cinema and the man who influenced so many film professionals today who love the genre. Forrest J. Ackerman through his magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland.
½ May 7, 2013
This movie really makes you want to watch some the classic sci-fi movies of the 1950s and 1960s.

There are some truly inspiring people in this film and some of my favorite filmmakers.
March 4, 2013
Fascinating documentary, recommended for all movie effects fans!
½ December 14, 2012
Geeky, awesome, nerdy.
½ November 8, 2012
Paul Davids' The Sci-Fi Boys is one of the more refreshing documentaries about filmmaking that I've seen in a while. Technically, it's not about the filmmaking itself, but more of the impact of the films themselves and how they've influenced generations of filmmakers and fans, specifically Forrest J. Ackerman. Herein you'll find interviews with Rick Baker, Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Leonard Maltin, as well as clips with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Tom Hanks. There's also tons of clips from amateur films when the subject of stop motion comes up. This is actually a fun and touching documentary, but it never finds a firm foothold. It sort of meanders all over the place. The subject matter should be the star, but the framework is a complete mess. Check it out anyway because a lot of the stuff contained within is invaluable, including some of Forrest J. Ackerman's final on-screen moments.
September 24, 2012
This documentary is an affectionate look at the science fiction and horror movies of the 30s, 40s, and 50s; the people who made said films, as well as a tribute to Forrest J. Ackerman, who founded and edited "Famous Monsters of Filmland", a magazine on the subject of sci-fi and horror films which most of the filmmakers featured in this documentary latched onto as boys. I liked this documentary, it was nice to see how passionate these now famous directors and make-up artists were even as kids about films and monster movies.
September 12, 2012
I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but I got a fun little crash course into the heyday of sci-fi in the '50s and '60s, which is an era that I'm really not that familiar with, so this made for very informative viewing.

Well worth a rental, especially if you're like me and just dipping a toe into the genre.
September 2, 2012
Rest In Peace Forrest J Ackerman.
½ August 10, 2012
Just look at the title, how can I not see this doc? kekeke ^.~
June 20, 2012
Sentimental look at the early lovers of sci-fi and fantasy films, who turned their passion into their career. Not the best made doc, but if you're interested in the genre yourself, you should be moved.
½ May 3, 2012
A sweet affectionate film about sci-fi and horror pioneers who influenced generations of film makers to come told by that later generation of film makers. Highly recommended for fans of sci-fi and horror films.
May 2, 2012
A fun little tribute to some great men in the history of sci-fi.
April 3, 2012
Synopsis: This direct-to-video documentary takes a trip down memory lane, celebrating sci-fi cinema's trailblazers, including special-effects maven Ray Harryhausen and scribe Ray Bradbury. Interweaving classic sci-fi movie clips and interviews with filmmakers such as Peter Jackson, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and John Landis, the program covers the genre's evolution -- from stop-motion animation to spectacular computer-generated imagery.

The 1970's were a defining era for sci-fi cinema, and perhaps the greatest decade of american moviemaking. George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott would all create films that heralded the "B" movie, as the type of films that the general moviegoing crowd really wanted to go see. but these filmmakers were in turn influenced by a number of early filmmakers that laid the groundwork for sci-fi cinema, albeit with very limited budgets and with writers of limited talent.

Such is the real value of this documentary, reminding people that while the movies themselves in the genre have only been of superior quality since the aforementioned era, the men working behind the camera were every bit as creative in their craft of monster making. It essentially a salute to a by gone era, where there were no special effects and the budgets were in the thousands instead millions. Filled with rare super 8 videos of early sci-fi pioneers' home videos recorded in their childhood, as well as interviews from present screen magicians discussing how influential Ray Bradbury and others were in their own lives.

If your looking for a detailed analysis then look elsewhere, this one is essentially an overview and doesn't give too much insight into or history of anything besides a few key filmmakers and publications, and even then it's not terribly detailed and your left wanting a little bit more. But it's a good start.

The sci-fi boys is abridged for sure, but also unexpectedly touching and a good overview.
Super Reviewer
½ March 31, 2012
A touching tribute to some of the greats of the Sci-Fi film genre like Forrest Ackerman, Roger Corman, Ray Harryhausen and George Pal.
July 30, 2011
Lovingly made and features some good footage and sound bites, but there's nothing particularly in depth here.
November 24, 2010
The Sci-Fi Boys is a treat to anyone who adores the genre.
August 25, 2010
Wow, I need to source a copy of this like NOW.
January 31, 2010
a decent, if unfocused documentary.
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