Summer is synonymous with movie blockbusters - although I think it started a little early this year with The Hunger Games. When I think of summertime movie fun, it seems the alien invasion genre comes out in full force as we slip into out swim trunks and sandals.
I actually had a dream last night about aliens. I was out walking and a tornado came barreling down at me. Once the twister disappeared, the sky filled with tons of alien spaceships breaking through the clouds and hovering above. It was an ominous sight, and it jolted me awake.
Anyhoo, enough about my dreams. Here's what we have to look forward to this summer:
1) Men in Black III
2) Prometheus (Originally supposed to be a prequel to the Alien movies, but took on a life of its own)
3) Year 12 (Aliens invaded Earth, and now 12 years later in Manhattan, humans fight back using Broadway showtunes)
4) Battleship (Looks like this movie is a total bomb. Pun intended)
5) Pacific Rim (We fight aliens while wearing mech suits. YES!)
Despite the popularity of this science fiction sub-genre going back to the 1950s, some scientists disagree with the notion that aliens would be hostile (take that Sir Stephen Hawking!!!).
Astronomer Jill Tarter, who is retiring from the Center for SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), believes that "if aliens were to visit Earth, that would mean they would have technological capabilities sophisticated enough not to need slaves, food, or other planets."
Sir Hawking, however, contends that aliens would come here to strip us of our planet's resources and assets.
I'm not sure on which side of the fence I sit on, but I do have to admit that Hawking's version does make for better movies.