2-17-16 – Dr. Hildy® and Veronica Hendricks Have Fun: ALIENS in the MOVIES
2-17-16 – Dr. Hildy® and Veronica Hendricks Have Fun:
ALIENS in the MOVIES
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 1:00-3:00PM Pacific
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For centuries, mankind has pondered one of the great eternal mysteries: are we alone in the universe? Is there life beyond our planet? If focusing solely on probability, there has to be – the universe is too vast for us to be all there is. However, there are a number of theories as to why we may be the only life. Regardless, we’ve fantasized about the day when we discover that we are not the only ones out there. This realization has been explored throughout all of our artistic and philosophical endeavors. The most powerful of all of these is cinema: where our imaginations have run wild with what other species may look like, how they may behave, and what they might do when they meet us.
This week on One Cell One Light Radio, Dr. Hildy welcomes returning guest, Veronica Hendricks, Movie Director and Producer, for a discussion on depictions of aliens in the movies. From benevolent explorers, to unstoppable destructive forces, extraterrestrial life has run the gamut of representation, in all styles and genres.
to the more comedic turns in The World’s End and
Mars Attacks! (1996) (Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan Sci-Fi Comedy) to the the monstrous creatures in
Attack the Block and Monsters (2010) we often look upon the prospect of encountering alien life with fear and violence. This is to be understood as we consider humanity’s past: we often treat lesser-advanced people’s with subjugation and force, so it only makes sense that an advance alien species would do the same to us.
However, not all portrayals are negative. The most successful alien movie of all time is ET The Extra Terrestrial (1982) Official 20th Anniversary , essentially the story of a boy and his dog, except the dog is short, big-eyed alien with the power to heal and make bicycles fly. Another, more humorous example is Paul (2011) , the story of two comic book geeks who encounter a friendly, foul-mouthed alien and become instant friends. Other ambiguously positive alien encounters include the classic
The Day the Earth Stood Still , CONTACT (1997) – Official Movie Trailer – YouTube , 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) , Flight of the Navigator , and Man Who Fell To Earth 1976 starring the late, great David Bowie, himself of such advanced artistry, that many have question if he was not of our planet.
Join Dr. Hildy and her guest this week as they discuss aliens in the movies on One Cell One Light Radio!
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