Hello dudes and dudettes. Can you guys recommend a movie about aliens? I'm really looking for movies that are more serious and not comedies. I may
have already seen many of your suggestions but still put it down anyway.
Some alien films i've seen:
Invasion of the body snatchers
Paul - Great film if you want a casual watch, but there is also a metaphorical approach to the film if you keep your brain switched on, such as
certain characters being used to portray certain larger groups approach to extra terrestrial contact.
Independence day - 'Splosions
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Masterpiece.
The Fourth Kind - Entertaining on its first watch.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (both the remake and B&W) - Good story
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Fire in the Sky. The movie is based on Travis Walton's book, "The Walton Experience", and retells the events surrounding his alleged abduction and
medical experimentation by aliens. While the book and movie do not sync completely, the scenes depicting Walton's encounter with his alien abductors
are truly terrifying, and portray a chilling sense of disregard toward humanity and emotion that does not come off as hokey, campy, or contrived.
Really, a must watch.
Dark City- Skip the first minute or so, some versions has a monolog that spoils some stuff. Though, I'm kind of spoiling the fact that there are
aliens for you. Philosophical kind of neo-noir.
Attack the Block- Okay, it's kind of a comedy and mostly an action film, but this is a very good British movie about young gangs kids trying to
survive an alien invasion. There's kids in it, but it's not a kids movie, trust me.
Fantastic Planet- Absolutely INCREDIBLE animated movie from the '70s. It's really thought provoking and completely surreal. It's about a planet ruled
by giant, blue telepathic aliens and the humans they keep as pets. The world feels genuinely alien. It's kind of hard to find on DVD, so here's a
video of the whole she-bang. This one's in the original french with sub-titles. if you don't like that, you can also find English dubs on youtube.
Warning: There's some non-erotic, non-sexual nudity
The Man Who Fell to Earth- Strange, '70s arthouse movie. David Bowie is an alien who comes to earth in the hope that he can someday bring water back
to his home planet. He gets caught up in human vices. It's pretty slow, but it has a kind of hypnotic rhythm to it. Warning: A good amount of
Solaris- I haven't watched this yet. I have it, but haven't gotten around to it. It is widely considered a classic though and I've read the book and
it was amazing. I can warn you that it's very long and the alien(s) is/are kind of abstract. There's an original Russian version by Andrei Tarkovsky
and a remake by Stephen Soderbergh.
Monsters- Okay, I'm not crazy about this movie, but it got pretty good critical reviews. Aliens fell to Earth and they're more like animals than
monsters or people. They're big and dangerous, but not openly malevolent. It's set years after they arrive and people are just sort of dealing with
them, trying to contain them in a quarantined zoned. Two people try to travel through the zone. It's interesting, but I thought it was pretty
Repo Man- Again, this is really just a comedy, but it's one of my favorite movies. It's hilarious, really weird, has great commentary on society, has
a great '80s punk soundtrack and it co-stars my favorite actor Harry Dean Stanton. Oh, and the aliens are dead the whole time and never really seen,
but they are there.
I'd like to second recommendations of The Thing by John Carpenter which is possibly the best sci-fi horror movie and The Fourth Kind. People seem to
really hate The Fourth Kind. I think that's because they either got fooled by the movie saying it was based on fact (which it obviously isn't) then
got angry at the movie instead of themselves or because it's very slow. If you watch it at night, with the lights off and give it time it has a few
really effective scares. They Live (also by Carpenter) is an okay movie, but I don't like it as much as everyone else on this message board.
ETA: Oh, I'll throw in the animated movie Tekkonkinkreet, because it's kind of implied that some of the villains are aliens. Very strange movie about
two orphan boys trying to protect their city and each other.
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