Friday, July 1, 2011

My Top 10 Alien Invasion Movies

*blows dust off blog, coughs* It's been awhile since I've used this thing. Mainly due to me currently writing a screenplay so I haven't had the time. Plus, there wasn't anything worth talking about. But my dude Dom, otherwise known as @vthrilla, on Twitter brought up the Will Smith blockbuster hit "Independence Day" is about to have it's 15th anniversary. Which brought on the question posed by him:

"What's the best alien invasion movie?? Does Independence Day rank in the top 3? #1 overall? Any thoughts?"

And then my movie geek mode kicked in and my fellow Twitter family started chiming in naming movies. Also posed a mini-debate on whether "Aliens" was indeed an 'alien invasion' movie. Some say it didn't, some said it did and I'm still on the fence about it to be honest. Due to that, sad to say I wasn't able to put "Aliens" on my list and it was replaced by another. Now time for My Top 10 Alien Invasion Movies.

#10 - Evolution (2001)

Evolution is one of those movies that if you go in with low expectations you just might end up liking it more than you should, and that's what happened with me. I was bored one day, channel surfing and I stopped on Evolution right as the opening credits were rolling so I decided to watch it. About an hour and a half later I was in tears from laughing at how ridiculously entertaining this movie was.

#9 - Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)

I saw this movie maybe only a handful of times during my summers visiting my grandma. I honestly don't remember too much of it except being freaked the hell out at the idea of aliens invading Earth and stealing our bodies as you're sleeping. Oh, and Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock from Star Trek) quite possibly being the weirdest old white dude in Sci-Fi history.

#8 - Signs (2002)

M. Night Shyamalan's 3rd best movie followed by Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense. Everything else just falls under the "dead last place" spot. Signs was also another one that took me by surprise. Not due to the expectations of it, more so the mystery behind the aliens. Were the hostile or friendly? How did they get here and how long have they been there? One of the best scenes in the movie is when Joaquin Phoenix's character catches his first glimpse of the alien while watching the news. That's when you know shit just got real.

#7 - Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

This could quite possibly be a case of it being fresh in my mind and that's why it made my list, but I'll have to disagree. Aaron Eckhart, to me, is starting to become a leading male actor in Hollywood. He's not quite there yet, but he's showing some diversity in his films that could help him in the long run. There was good enough action, suspenseful moments, and even a pretty decent dramatic backstory on Eckhart's character and the connection he had with his fellow soldiers is why it jumped on my list.

#6 - The Day The Earth Stool Still (1951)

It may not have been the most ascetically appealing movie due to the time it was made, but the message behind it is very strong and still very relevant today. Due to the nature of the vast majority of the human race, recommending seeing this film might be met with a side eye due to it's subject matter. We don't even like when someone else calls us out, what we look like listening to an alien telling us about ourselves? But still I think it's worth taking a serious look at regardless. We all need a reality check every so often. And for the love of God PLEASE don't watch that horrible remake starring Keanu Reeves as the alien for a modern feel.

#5 - Men In Black (1997)

Man listen. I loved this movie so much as a kid, I got the DVD when it first came out AND the soundtrack. Danny Elfman composed films are the win. Oh yea, and that "Men In Black" song by Will Smith was pretty dope too. Don't front. You still know the dance. But back to the movie. It had comedy. Action. Suspense. Comedy. Comedy. And action. Even a bit of drama. And of course this memorable scene that cracks me up every time.

#4 - Predator (1987)

This alien is quite possibly THEE baddest villain in movie history when it comes down to it. If not the baddest, he's most certainly up there. A one-alien wrecking crew in this film with high-tech weapons and smarts going far beyond what you'd expect. A perfect soldier. I mean, he took out a squad of trained commandos in a Central American jungle. Mind you, this isn't even his habitat. Dude straight came in our backyard and could have possibly taken over by his damn self if it wasn't for AH-nuld saving the day.

#3 - War Of The Worlds (1953)

I love old school movies. There wasn't a sci-fi movie like War Of The Worlds back in the 50s that went as far as it did with content, dialogue and effects. I still don't know how they were able to pull some of that stuff off. Now that I think about it, I wonder if there is a behind the scenes version of this movie because I'd love to find out. Even though it was an adaptation of the H.G. Wells story for radio, the visual format was as original as can be and made the movie very real for me with the resources it had back then.

#2 - Avatar (2009)

Before this tries to get refuted: Yes, this is an alien invasion movie. The planet Pandora was "invaded" by humans to make an attempt to take it over for its resources. That's an invasion. To them, we are aliens. And it belongs on the list. Anywho. This movie was simply...beautiful. If I could, I'd live in an environment as gorgeous as Pandora anyday. Even though the story was pretty much Ferngully Part Deux, it doesn't take away from how captivating it was because the story is very real. It brought on a positive message that I hope someday us humans will take more serious before it's too late. No, I'm not a "tree hugger" but I would like my grandchildren to live in an environment without having to wear a gas mask outside.

#1 - Independence Day (1996)

On the low, this might be one of my favorite movies of all-time. This is around the time I started falling in love with the art of film. I remember going to the movies with my family and seeing this and leaving the theater excited. I was cheesing ear to ear and acting out the scenes and quoting lines with my brother on the way home and weeks after. It was such an awesome movie, the older I got the more I appreciate this film for what it was. It went from being a fun summer blockbuster to a lesson on humility, togetherness, and fighting when your back is against the wall. I mean shit, it's timeless. And between us, that last scene when Randy Quaid sacrificed himself to save everyone from that attack STILL gets me if I'm sitting alone in the dark and no one his home. But no tears, I just get a little choked up. Don't judge me.

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