Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The War of the Worlds
Amazing! terrifying! The most savage spectacle of all time!
H.G. Well's classic novel is brought to life is this tale of alien invasion. The residents of a small town are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Their joy is tempered some what when they discover it has passengers who are not very friendly. The movie itself is understood better when you consider it was made at the height of the Cold War - just replace Martian with Russian.
Hokey wisdoms. Tourism shifts to war and desolation. Every seam is visible but all of it tells a story. A delirious mix of craft and horror, viewing the alien truth alongside a gee-whiz mentality. Don't raise and wave your white flag. It won't work. Run instead.
There is a remarkable streak of bleakness running through Byron Haskin's "The War of the Worlds." Beginning with news reel footage of past wars before showcasing the invasion of Earth by extraterrestrial forces, the film heaps destruction upon humankind with little rest until the film's climax. It is a downcast war film, as serious as any that might portray nonfiction conflicts, that offers a gripping story of a world with little hope for survival.
Based on H.G. Wells' novel, "The War of the Worlds" follows the characters involved with the struggle against the invaders on the ground. There is little character-based drama, the film, instead, focusing almost solely on the effects of the Martian invasion. The story offers destruction, failed…
Performances : 3/10
Story : 3/10
Production : 4/10
Overall : 3.33/10
You know, everyone crawls up Hollywood's ass when they make an unnecessary reboot or sequel of a film. Nobody says anything though when they get it right. They got it right when they did the Tom Cruise remake of this, because this version was painful to watch.
At one point in the film, while the main characters prepare to launch an attack on their unsuspecting foe, a voice comes over the loudspeaker giving the following official fucking warning :
"Attention please. Four minutes 'til bomb time"
Fucking really!? It's moments like that, along with horrible dialogue and honestly atrocious lighting that make The War of the Worlds come off as a film that has no idea, thematically, where it wants to go.
It hurts me to say this but skip this garbage and go see the remake. At least Tim Robbins is in it.
I just want to play Simon with their faces
Most of the sci-fi film from the early and mid 1950’s have a Cold War subtext to them. I found WAR OF THE WORLDS surprisingly void of this metaphorical complexity.
The film opens with a voice over describing the first and second world wars, and how the entire planet was occupied in the war efforts. We then move on to a quite California town. The residence see what they believe is a meteor crash landing in the hills. We soon find out it is one of a planet wide alien space craft invasion. These aliens seem to only have destruction on their minds. Despite the U.S. and other countries military best efforts they are unable to even put a dent…
George Pal's lavish Technicolor rendering of the HG Wells story is one of the earliest examples of big-budget sci-fi cinema, a landmark film that was instrumental in helping the genre escape from the cheap Saturday matinee form.
The story begins with a distinctly comic tone as it establishes characters and setting, then gets serious and downright scary in a hurry ... even today, the depiction of the Martian machines laying waste to the planet still packs quite a punch. The main attraction is the briskly-moving story with its edge-of-the-seat tension and exciting action, all of which was supported by beautiful special effects. Some liberties were taken with the story (in spite of the modern setting, the 2005 remake is closer…
Naiv-charmante Alieninvasion mit tollen Bildern und einfacher Geschichte. Quasi das 50er Jahre Equivalent zum heutigen Blockbusterkino.
Das Invasionskino der 50er hat aber noch deutlich bessere, soll heißen gehaltvollere und spannendere, Filme zu bieten.
Wieder einmal ist es schön zu sehen, wie ideenlos doch ein Remake ist, wenn man merkt, dass quasi alle Elemente schon im originalen jahrzehntealten Film vorkamen. Nicht alles, was neu ist, ist auch besser.
Die Effekte sind wirklich beeindruckend und auch aus heutiger Sicht sehr ansehnlich. Kein Wunder, dass ein Großteil des Budgets dafür draufging. Seien es die Explosionen, die Raumschiffe der Marsmenschen oder diese selbst. Auch die Analogie zur Invasion der sogenannten neuen Welt hat mir sehr gefallen, auch wenn das sicher ungewollt war. Schauspiel und Inszenierung sind natürlich ihrer Zeit geschuldet, aber sicher nicht schlecht.
Erschreckend finde ich, wie selbstverständlich hier Sexismus und religiöse Verklärung präsent sind, vor allem da letztere im Buch scheinbar nicht vorkamen. Das hat mir einiges kaputt gemacht.
I do the same thing whenever I meet new people.
Hundreds of manta ray-shaped alien spacecraft hidden inside meteors arrive on Earth from Mars and set about blasting humankind with laser beams so they can take over the planet.
Many of the fx have poorly dated (though others are still quite good), but this is still MUCH better than that Spielberg version awhile back. (I can't be the only person who wanted Cruise and those bratty kids to get blasted into a thousand pieces, can I?) War '53 still maintains its sense of excitement throughout, is very well paced and nicely shot in Technicolor. The characters aren't annoying and the more apocalyptic stuff toward the end is great. This is considered a classic for a reason.
Unsere Rezension im Podcast: www.bahnhofskino.com/2016/09/kampf-welten-1953-xtro-1982-podcast.html
Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos
Film #3 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
Task 3/30: An alien invasion movie
I remember when I was about 11 and the Tom Cruise version came out, I watched this and screamed my head off. Boy oh boy how times are a changing. What utter B-movie quality this has aged into and in a pretty good way believe it or not. It's a technical feat let's give it that....those UFO's ain't flying themselves. The one downside is the boring characters and then even more boring aliens! Give me some terror. Give me some shock. You shine a flashlight on these little fellas, and they run away in terror. Ah well it's been over 60 years I guess you can't change the past. It's cute. A science fiction masterpiece at times perhaps.
Humorless, paranoid, phony, misogynistic, deeply hypocritical, and pretty fucking scary: this movie is exactly what I imagine the 1950s must have been like.
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The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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