Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Alien Genre

I like alien movies. I was just about to make the bold statement that it is hard to go wrong when making a movie about aliens. Then I remembered how bad some recent movies featuring aliens were. I'm thinking about the recent The Day the Earth Stood Still and Escape to Witch Mountain remakes, and Transformers 2. I also didn't care for Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull incorporating aliens into the last movie. Mixing Indian Jones and Aliens is like mixing chocolate and tuna fish.

There is something appealing about interacting with life forms from other planets. Their appearances often vary from little green creatures scary monsters, normal looking people, to even super heroes. Here are some of the better alien movies that come to mind in this genre.

The Arrival
Close Encounters
Invasion of The Body Snatchers
Alien (s)
The Fifth Element
Independence Day
Mars Attacks
District 9
Mission to Mars
Star Trek series
Galaxy Quest
Men in Black
Star Wars series


Devlin said...

Interesting picks. Dude, I'm putting in a request. How about a must-watch list for movies that are easily found on the internet for free? Like, Top Hulu PIcks?

MikkSolo said...

The "explain the impossible ending away with aliens play" has got to be my biggest disappointments with movies! The latest Nicolas Cage movie, KNOWING was pretty good until the writer got stuck and said,"oh! I know, I will just explain all that is going on with aliens!" or were they "angels?"

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