Friday, August 28, 2009

Aliens Are Green and Time Travelers Are Naked

For a long time, we've all known that aliens are green, right? But who ever told us that? The entertainment industry, of course! It's what's been popularized all through these years with science-fiction shows and movies like Star Trek depicting aliens as green. Well, things may have changed a bit in how aliens are portrayed (there's more variety these days), but the idea of aliens being green has stuck and even the latest Star Trek directed by J.J. Abrams had a green alien girl making out with Captain Kirk as a nod to the original green girl (see photos at left) in the first series.

Keanu Reeves played a green alien in the updated version of The Day the Earth Stood Still. What? Reeves' character wasn't green in that movie? No, his character was so "green" that he was willing to get all humans destroyed just to save the Earth. His character was the ultimate "green" environmentalist! Just kidding.

Anyway, it's funny how some pop culture things like aliens get a definite look that we've all come to accept as "true" just because we often see them depicted in the same manner in television shows and movies. Apart from aliens, there's also time travelers who are now beginning to be popularly shown as naked after traveling through time. I think it all began with the Terminator series where they had Arnold Schwarzenegger naked just to show his bodybuilder body and perhaps to solve some problems in the storytelling.

A recent movie starring Eric Bana also depicted the time traveler as naked. It's called The Time Traveler's Wife and it's about how a wife copes with life with a time traveler for a husband. It's a love story and while the ending is predictable, it's really an interesting one when you realize just how much is possible if a husband can travel through time and visit you as an old or younger version who's not yet married.

There won't be any big spoilers here but it's interesting to note how the writer (the movie's originally a novel) just had to make Bana travel in time naked. Is this a trend now for movies with individual time travelers? It's funny that when Bana's character sires a daughter, the girl appears to be able to travel with her clothes on and is able to control the time and place of her destination.

So these days we now have green aliens and naked time travelers in movies. What are the other things that you think are starting to be popularized by the entertainment industry that may soon be regarded as the stereotypical "norm" in the coming years?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

This is FilmTake Reviews

FilmTake Reviews takes up the topic of movies from the viewer's perspective - mostly mine - instead of the usual commercial hype. Movies will not always be viewed through rose-tinted glasses. It's a fact that there are lots of movies out there that some people may consider good and there are those that some may consider as bad. But it's really just a matter of personal choice. Generally, movies serve to succeed in entertaining audiences, no matter what people's opinions about them are.

Take for instance the three Star Wars prequels. Fans of the old trilogy had a lot to say about the origin story of Darth Vader. Most said it wasn't necessary and that the prequels ruined the franchise. George Lucas, on the other hand, said the last three movies were part of his grand plan for the series and that they were "just movies" that shouldn't be taken seriously. Despite the mixed reactions, the movies still earned a lot of money and fed the associated franchise business with more fuel to burn for many years to come.

Another example is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Old fans also didn't like it and advised other fans to pretend it didn't exist. It still made a lot of money nevertheless and was still good entertainment for a new generation of viewers. Movies will still be movies and people will still be watching and making money from them no matter what reviews they get and llong after their time on the silver screen has passed.

Well, there will be more posts later. This is but a teaser of bigger posts to come. Enjoy your stay and have some popcorn and soda.


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