George R.R. Martin explains why Forbidden Planet is his favorite movie

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George R.R. Martin first saw Forbidden Planet as a child in 1956, and he's seen it 100 times sinc then. Yes, you read that right. A hundred. Here's why.

Talking to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Martin reminisces about seeing Forbidden Planet at the DeWitt Theater in Bayonne, NJ as an eight-year-old:

It was amazing... At that time the big difference between science fiction in print and in movies was that science-fiction films were stupid. But Forbidden Planet got much of it right ... the special effects were state-of-the-art for the time. Robby the Robot was incredible. I've seen it over 100 times since.

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To be fair, 1956 is 57 years ago. So he watched 1-2 times a year on average. That's reasonable.