Thursday, May 19, 2016
Thursday Movie Picks-Alien Movies
This week the theme is Alien Movies. I have to go all comedy here because so many of them give me the heebie jeebies. I still have not seen most of the film Alien or any of the others-really freaks me out and I find them disturbing. If you wish to check out what other movies have been chosen, head on over to Wandering Through the Shelves, the host of this weekly series.
I saw this movie when it first came out and loved everything about it. It is a gentle comedy that speaks highly of the elderly and with respect. In fact, when I think about it, respect permeates through this whole film. The main stars are all elderly...except for Wilfred Brimley who was only 51 when he made this film but passes for an easy 75. I would want to stay away from the Quaker oats if that's what it did to him. There are 4 couples, 3 are married a long time and one is happily single but hooks up with all the ladies including the leggy Gwen Verdon. 3 of the men routinely walk over to a nearby estate to swim and one day, they see these weird egg like things in the water. They pay no mind and continue to swim but soon these spunky elders notice a spring in their step and begin to feel younger. They soon meet the people who have brought these egg things up from the ocean floor and decide to help each other out. It is funny, sweet, intelligent and moving. Worth a look.
2. MARS ATTACKS-1996
Oh...let's talk goofy. I never thought I would say this but it was fun watching Slim Whitman and Sylvia Sydney save the day. There is an actual all star cast for this film which is about these freaky martians that land on Earth seeming to want to be friends. We extend our hand in peace and then we watch as they vaporize most people in their path. Yes, they take Sarah Jessica Parker's head and place it on her dog's body and vice versa but that still doesn't stop her from falling in love with the head of Pierce Brosnan when they are in the spaceship. Nope-I couldn't make this up. Tom Jones is in this flick along with Jack Nicholson who plays several roles including the President. Once you have seen these martians in little green speedos you know you are in for a wild ride.
3. GALAXY QUEST-1999
Whoever loves Star Trek (or not, but that doesn't exist), should love this heartfelt send up to the franchise. Stars of their once famous TV show, are now spending all their time at these conventions where they are to sign autographs, repeat certain sayings over and over again and smile to their fans. The former lead star ends up drunk and discouraged before he is taken on a wild trip into the galaxy by aliens who are trying to stay alive and away from the evil general that looks like he would make a nice purse. When the star returns, he tells his cast mates about his journey and, of course, they don't believe him....until they are taken up to the ship as well. Now the ship is based on their ship from the TV show and the aliens do not know what it means to lie. They believe the show to be a historical document and feel really bad about Gilligan and all the castaways. Believe it or not, it is up to these sad sack of actors to save the alien race from my future purse. Alan Rickman nails it as a former Shakespearean actor who never takes off his make up and Tony Shalhoub is perfect as the guy who is not phased at all by the aliens, the general or being turned on by a big squid (see the movie).
What would be your choices?