This summer’s most surprising break out character is the alien tree person from Planet X best known as “Groot” from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The nine foot tall bipedal alien doesn’t say much, but he makes up for it in his warm and friendly expressions. He has joined the ranks of many beloved aliens to grace the silver screen, as he fought, charmed, and danced his way into our hearts.
I am Groot.
Certainly, he was one of my favorite characters in the movie. In honor of Groot, here is a list of my other favorite aliens from science fiction film and television. While we may have had a favorite character in these stories, these strange creatures still found a way into our hearts and became our best friends in these strange worlds. Along the way, they’ve even taught us what it means to be human.
Posted in Film, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized
Tagged ALF, Chewbacca, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T.: The Exta-Terrestrial, Film, Gonzo, Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, Martian Manhunter, Miss Martian, Sci-fi, Spock, Star Trek, Star Wars, Superman, The Muppets, THe SIlver Surfer, Yoda, Young Justice
When I was four years old, my four favorite superheroes were Superman, Batman, Robin and The Incredible Hulk. While I didn’t read the comic books at the time I did enjoy their exploits through films (as was the case for Superman) and TV (Batman and Hulk). Batman, for me, was must see TV. Everywhere I went, if there was a TV, be it grandma’s house, a hotel, or sitting with my mom in the waiting room of an auto repair shop, I had to watch Batman. This was part of the reason why, on Christmas of 1989, when my dad opened his present from my aunt and uncle, I was excited. The video box didn’t have any words, but that was OK. The symbol on the cover said all I needed or cared to know:
Posted in Comic Books, Film
Tagged Batman, Batman 1989, Batman Forever, Batman: The Animated Series, Batmobile, Bruce Wayne, Film, Michael Keaton as Batman, Retrospect, Tim Burton
I grew up in the age of the Disney animation renaissance. One of the first films I was ever taken to see was a re-release of The Aristocats in 1987 by my mom and my aunt. While my family didn’t go to a whole lot of movies, every year when I was a kid we took in the big Disney movies, starting with The Little Mermaid in 1989 ( which led to a futile campaign by me and my younger sister to try and name our forthcoming baby sister “Ariel”), The Rescuers Down Under in 1990, Beauty and the Beast in 1991, and Aladdin in 1992. We usually heard about them through good old fashioned TV ads, trailers before the film on VHS and a now defunct kid’s magazine called Disney Adventures.
One movie got a full issue devoted to it, complete with a collectible cover and everything I read about it sounded good. That movie was The Lion King. Everything I read about it sounded interesting, and since I was entering the “girls have cooties, kissing is gross” phase of my life, the fact that Lion King wasn’t a billed as a “girly” story like Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast made it all the more interesting to me. Much to say, it didn’t disappoint.
Posted in Film, Uncategorized
Tagged animation, Beauty and the Beast, Disney, Disney Adventures, Disney movies, Film, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Lion King, Lion King 20th Anniversary, Mufasa, restrospective, Scar, Simba, The Lion King
We come at last to the beginning of summer and with it, in most cases the end of the school year. It’s time to pack up the books and pencils and spend three months relaxing. The last day of school is always a fun and exciting time. At risk of sounding cliché, an old year has ended and a new one will begin.
Perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of my generation, better known as the Millennials is that in some ways we haven’t completely put aside childish things. Comicbook superheroes dominate the box office. Disney’s Frozen is fast becoming one of the top ten highest grossing films. Even stories like Narnia, The Hobbit and Harry Potter continue to be popular with readers well past the age of 20. People of my age don’t even have a problem with watching cartoons on TV and will readily but them on DVD.
It didn’t always used to be that way. Once things of this nature were left behind. Comic books were tossed in the trash. Cartoons were outgrown. Books like The Hobbit and Narnia were resold for a dime at garage sales. They were, simply put “kids stuff.”
Posted in Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Fantasy, Film, Life Lessons, Literature, Romance, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized
Tagged Bilbo Baggins, Disney, Disney movies, E.T., Frozen, growing up, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Lion King, Lord of the Rings, Luke Skywalker, Mickey Mouse, Narnia, Spider-Man, Star Wars, stories, Superman, The Avengers, The Hobbit, The Muppets, Toy Story
At the 2014 Oscars, Alphonso Cuaron took home the Academy Award for Best Director for the sci-fi blockbuster Gravity, while Best Picture went to 12 Years a Slave. Typically, if a filmmaker wins Best Director, the film in question will win Best Picture. It doesn’t always happen, but it is a pretty good indicator of which film could win. It’s not the first time this happened. Back in 1998 Steven Spielberg took home Best Director for Saving Private Ryan while Best Picture went to Shakespeare in Love.
Looking at my previous Valentines related posts, some may be inclined to believing that I am bitter, jaded and cynical about Valentine’s Day. This is not the case. I do appreciate getting a card or two. Plus my mother has been known for giving me, and my younger sisters , a present for Valentine’s Day. Hey, if you can’t depend on the love of your mother on Valentines, then what love can you trust? I like Valentine’s Day. I do, or at least I appreciate the platonic idea of what Valentine’s Day is supposed to be. Continue reading
Posted in Friendship, Holiday, Life Lessons, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day.
Tagged Clark Kent and Chloe Sullivan, CS Lewis, Digory Kirke, Dr. Watson, Edner's Game, Firefly, Fireproof, Frodo and Sam, Gone With the Wind, Han Solo and Chewbacca, Han Solo and Princess Leia, Harry and Ron, Harry Potter, Legolas and Gimli, Merry and Pippin, Robin Hood, Robin Hood and Maid Marian, Romeo and Juliet, Serenity, Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes, Simon and River Tam, Smallville, Star Trek, Star Wars, Superman, Superman and Lois Lane, The Four Loves, The Lord of the Rings, Valentine's Day