Invasion of the Outer Space Movies (1980)

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Torchic91 (4 years ago)
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That WTTW Chicago opening reminds me a lot of Metropolis. :)
livininoblivion (2 years ago)
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it’s fun to hear them mention movies like Star Trek: TMP, Empire Strikes Back, and Close Encounters as they were still new in the public mind. Makes me want to live back in the 80’s again
Andreas (2 years ago)
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Interesting how Ebert says he didn’t like Alien but latter added it to his "Great Movies" list.
henrysuh (3 years ago)
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iivininobiivion I argree i also grew up in the 80’s I think it’s great to see Siskel and ebert menion them, makes me pine for the 80’s again.
Archer (3 years ago)
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Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin both gave Alien bad reviews upon release then recanted their reviews.
lake (2 years ago)
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I loved Siskel & Ebert’s show, but they completely missed the mark on both Star Wars and Alien. It was hardly the "gadgets" that made Star Wars so great. Both movies were enthrawling and revolutionary when I saw as a young boy.
swatch71 (2 years ago)
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@Andreas... it is fascinating to see changes like that, and @lake, I think you are correct about the gadgets. In fact, I would hesitate to call the Star Wars films science fiction; more like fantasy.
JediJones (2 years ago)
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I recall Ebert also upgraded Groundhog Day into a "Great Movie" while his original review was positive but just 3 stars and gave no hints that he would ever consider it a contender for best of the year or the "Great Movies" list. However, I can’t think of a time when Ebert recanted a positive review and changed his opinion to negative.
Tom_Servo (2 years ago)
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What really amuses me about A Trip to the Moon was the fact that the space travelers do not wear any space helmets or space suits. I chuckle every time I see it.
fluxeternal (2 years ago)
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You’ve gotta be kidding me. Alien an unimaginative disappointment?? Just a haunted house thriller? Intellectually empty??

What total ignorance. Considering how incredibly influential Alien was on all horror films that came after it, basically launching Ridley Scott’s career, and winning tons of awards and accolades, not the least of which is a rare *96%* positive rating on Rottentomatoes (not an easy feat). What a completely clueless review.

Of COURSE they withdrew their criticism and did a total about face, later hailing it as one of their favorite movies. Everyone else was doing it. They wouldn’t be taken seriously with such unpopular views of such an historic and beloved film. Unfortunately, too little too late.

Pathetic.
Heath Mitchell (2 years ago)
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Siskel and Ebert are so great and smart with dialogue. They carry on wonderful conversations that are enetertaining, fascinating, funny, and touching. Like My Dinner With Andre, about movies.
Nicanor (2 years ago)
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@fluxeternal

Alien was commonly insulted by critics during its initial release. Alien left many unanswered questions and required many people repeat viewings to really get its greatness. There have been plenty of movies with this kind of problem.

We’ve now had over 30 years to digest Alien and yes, it is considered a classic now by Ebert, and every other critic.

When an influential film with an incredibly different approach comes along you can’t expect everyone to immediately accept it. Especially in science-fiction. Now Ridley Scott’s style IS a norm in science-fiction
Craig (1 year ago)
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I was surprised they never even mentioned Solyaris, since it came out in 1976 and is considered by many critics to be the other major "thinking man’s" space movie after 2001: A Space Odyssey.
58panorama (2 years ago)
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One of my teen memories is that I walked out on "The Black Hole" when it was first released.
etp (1 year ago)
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Trying to compare Star Wars to 2001 and Close Encounters is ridiculous. Star Wars is space opera. 2001 owes more to hard science fiction. And Close Encounters is neither.
9ansean (1 year ago)
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etp

Story wise 2001 and Close Encounters were very different, but they both served in there respective times to tap into that since of a scenes of wonder in the possibilities
Mike (1 year ago)
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Ugh, something posted too fast.

...scene of wonder in the possibilities of new ways to look at the universe. All three films thematically and technically were similar enough in influence to many (usually lesser works) that historically they become hard to ever fully separate.

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firstmagnitude
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Gene notes how this show should maybe called the Re-invasion of Science Fiction Movies. Gene and Roger look at scifi movies from the 1950s, and compare them to the movies from from the late 1970s...

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