Friday, May 25, 2012

It's Summertime. That means ALIENS are going to invade!

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.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We'd be nothing but insects to aliens if they ever came here.
Shame Battleship sunk (pun intended) because it really was a fun movie.

Brinda said...

Year 12 sounds great! I will have to find a trailer.,,

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Is Pacific Rim coming out this summer?

Kelly Barnes said...

If there are aliens who can travel this far, the most benevolent thing they can do is observe from a distance.

We're no where near ready to meet them.

Pacific Rim looks WAY cool.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: I will probably still check it out. I don't need a movie to be deep and profound. Often, I go to the movies to escape. I wants me some fun!

Brinda: It does sound like a fun premise.

Michael: I don't know - I think originally but now it might be a September release.

Kelly: We love to shoot things down here.

The Golden Eagle said...

I'd hope that any aliens who arrived on Earth would be peaceful--but if they're true aliens, who's to predict how they'd behave? Maybe it wouldn't even be comprehensible to humans.

Ciara said...

I think Battleship is meant for fun entertainment, nothing profound. I'll wait for DirecTV. I do want to see Prometheus, though.

Mr. Shife said...

Prometheus is near the top of my list, but numero uno is The Dark Knight Rises. I love this Batman trilogy.

Adam Heine said...

"if aliens were to visit Earth, that would mean they would have technological capabilities sophisticated enough not to need slaves, food, or other planets."

This made me laugh. I'm sure this is exactly what the people of Africa were thinking before the first frigates showed up ;-)

I didn't know Prometheus was a prequel to Aliens. Is it still related to the series or not?

Vero said...

I think if sufficiently sophisticated aliens would come to Earth and make peaceful contact, it wouldn't be long before we beautiful, honest and peaceful humans overstep our boundaries and piss them off enough for them to get nasty. I'm just saying. ;)

Great list of movies, can't wait to soak them all up.

Phats said...

That dream is hilarious would have been better had you spoonfed them strawberry ice cream haha :)

Doubt I will see any of those movies but if I did probably MIB

Jessica Salyer said...

Could be a good story line (your dream). That's where I get a lot of mine.

The Desert Rocks said...

I think aliens are dogs and they are stripping us of our natural resources while finding out everything about us! So Hawking is wrong they've already invaded and they're friendly.

Samantha said...

I heard Battleship was not that great...

I will say though that I'm really excited about Prometheus!!

Jay Noel said...

Eagle: Maybe they just want to try our junk food.

Ciara: I will catch it on DVD when it comes out next month.

Shife: Top of my list too. Can't wait.

Adam: It originally was supposed to be, but then they made it its own story, but in the Alien universe.

Vero: I agree. Pretty sure we'd start shooting at 'em.

Jay Noel said...

Phats: I will check out MIB too.

Jessica: It was messed up. I woke up all freaked out.

Eve: And they like to sniff each other's butts.

Samantha: I'm sure Battleship is not a deep movie. Just goofy fun. Prometheus looks absolutely terrifying.

Matthew MacNish said...

Did you hear that Guillermo Del Toro said the plot of Prometheus basically ruined his chances of making At the Mountains of Madness?

That sucks, but I still want to see Prometheus.

nutschell said...

Didn't realize summer was a time for Alien movies:) Definitely going to see Prometheus and MIB III

farawayeyes said...

fighting aliens with show tunes -I gotta see that one. Show tunes - are you sure?

M Pax said...

It's not summer here yet ... Maybe in July. lol Seriously. Cool on the aliens. I hope some show up at the observatory this year.

Mr. Shife said...

Hey buddy. Just making my weekly rounds and saying hello. Hope all is well.

Dafeenah said...

I've never been a fan of the alien movies. They're always so just "cliche" for lack of a better word. But I think I have to agree with Alex we'd be insects to them or toys they'd take home in little jars to play with lol

Pk Hrezo said...

i tend to agree that aliens would have no need to be hostile. I mean, would we be?? Why would they be so different? More advanced, maybe? But why would we assume they'd be such violent creatures? But you're right it does make for fun movies!!

Melissa Bradley said...

I love me the alien invasion flicks. Summer would not be the same without them. That being said, I don't recall Battleship having aliens so I'm not too sure about the mash up.

Saw MIB III and LOVED it!

I think if aliens ever made their way here, I think they'd look around and go "Meh. Weren't we like this a million years ago." ;)

Phats said...

What did you think of the that came out years ago called Batteries Not Included haha :)

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