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.
I seen this in my youth several times and it left a lasting impression on me! I thought it was the greatest alien film ever! Wide eyed, mouth gaping, sitting on the floor in front of our tv totally oblivious to everything around me! I have been hooked on Sci-Fi ever since!
Oh what joy it was to see these ufo's looking (and sounding) so menacing! When the military got involved boy oh boy you knew this was serious business!
Unfortunately I didn't get as big a kick out of the film as I did in my youth! I saw the wires that held up the ufo's! That sure deflated my whole experience fast! (HD TV doth revealeth too much…
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 the 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.
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…
I just want to play Simon with their faces
I had not seen the original War of the Worlds in decades and in the last ten years i had viewed Spielberg's version quite a few times. i'm a fan of the Berg's film and often said that is a classic example that the guy's still got it when wants to do terror again. upon watching this 1953 gem once again, i was taken back on just how how much real terror THIS film has & brutal the movie really is. Especially for being made in 1953! i mean, what did audiences in 1953, who were used to rubber monsters and neutered plot lines, to suddenly get this blast of real alien terror? brilliant stuff and the HD version that is currently on Netflix streaming looks incredible.
A favorite as a five year old, revisited over 20 years later, and I've never forgotten the wonderful prologue, all eerily realized cosmic vistas and outdated astronomy. Dopey 50s sci-fi tropes rear their ugly head: rote romance, hysterical female, ham-fisted Jesus ex Machina; but what swift, economical storytelling, what bitchin' manta ships (even if HD shows up all the strings) and death rays, and such memorable Martian mayhem! Even the creature design is striking, much moreso than the shitty monster bush babies from Spielberg's bloated remake.
Who would have thought.....
The archetypal 50s science fiction film, with science and the military teaming up to repel an alien invasion (though ultimately it's God who saves the day). As the perfect crystallization of 50s ideology the film would be fascinating enough, but the special effects in this 1953 George Pal production also achieve a kind of dark, burnished apocalyptic beauty. Director Byron Haskin handles the live-action material—featuring Gene Barry as America's most photogenic astronomer and Ann Robinson as his plucky girlfriend—with speed and concision. With Les Tremayne and Robert Cornthwaite.
The original WAR OF THE WORLDS has some extremely dated gender politics (lead female character has a Master's degree, have her hand out cups of coffee and scream a lot!) and a distracting religious agenda, but the special effects (both the good and the bad) are visual marvels and the action/effects scenes are all very entertaining.
Also, 100% more square dancing than the remake.
some great ideas that more than a half century later still feel very fresh and original, it is a very resourceful film that pleasantly surprised me with some cheesy and cool visual effects yet what struck me the most was the way it portrays mass media and religion so poignantly.
Ah the 50's! It was a time where people regularly used the word "golly". A time where everyone apparently carried with them a pin and compass just in case. A time where if a mysterious object from outer space landed in your town, you'd just go square dancing with some pals.
But it wasn't all loosey goosey I Love Lucy. It was also a time when people either clung to the absent-mindedness of religion or the closed-mindedness of science. A time where people lived in fear of anything remotely different from themselves and would look for any excuse to blow it up. A time where repression was like a sport and everyone would play its game to forget how small…
Boy, did Spielberg do this so much better. The effects may be impressive for the time and iconic today, but it can't help but feel disjointed by being a typical B-movie alien invasion film for most of the running time and then suddenly shifting to a spiritual doomsday-panic revelation at the very end. This may be due to limitations of all sorts present in the early 1950s, including the very loose adaptation of Wells' novel, so it's excusable for the most part and still an enjoyable cornerstone of this era of science-fiction cinema for its cheesy charm. It doesn't help, however, that when put next to Spielberg's more human, unrelenting and awe-inspiringly apocalyptic version of the story, it's like watching a kindergarten stage production.
I can't lie, though, the most interesting bits were working out which scenes Spielberg re-used in the remake.
This really wasn't all that special as far as cheesy 50's sci-fi goes, aside from the cool looking aliens/pods. However ...dat technicolor. That's the real star of the show. World destruction has never been more beautiful. Worth it.
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Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…