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Monday, December 27, 2010

Steve's Church-Less Movie Of The Week: Special Day Of Movies, Part 1 ...

Today's film is available to watch via Netflix on Demand.

Enjoy ...

Yoinked from wikipedia and ...

"The Man From Planet X is an independently produced, United Artists distributed 1951 science fiction film starring Robert Clarke and Margaret Field. It was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer who had directed the very first Bela Lugosi/Boris Karloff team up picture The Black Cat in 1934.

The film's plot concerns an alien visitor who arrives unexpectedly at an observatory on the moors of Scotland. An ostensibly friendly alien acts as an advance scout to lead his civilization from its dying planet, to Earth. His advanced civilization was able to alter its planet's course to intersect with the Earth, 'through scientific degravitation' yet for some reason, was unable to keep it from freezing in its original orbit.

All things considered, The Man from Planet X is an unexpectedly good film. For one thing, this appears to be the very first of the 'Real Estate Agents from a Dying Planet' sort of movies, and I always think a bit of extra respect is due to any movie that establishes its own sub genre. Secondly, there’s an unusual amount of intelligence on display here for a film on which absolutely no money was spent whatsoever.

The ending to the film is apparently supposed to be all serious and climactic and stuff. But it de-evolves into another episode of BAD ACCENT THEATER where a bunch of nobody theater people talk in what they believe to be a believable foreign accent. Laughable stuff.

The film went into production on December 13th 1950 at Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, California and wrapped principal photography six days later. To save money, the film was shot on same sets as the 1948 Ingrid Bergman film Joan of Arc, using fog to try to change moods and locations. It doesn't do a good enough job.

Invaders from Mars, The War of the Worlds, both 1953, and The Thing from Another World from 1951, all began production around the same time this film was made. The Day the Earth Stood Still is a close parallel and inevitable inspiration, finishing production six months before this one, in the summer of 1951. The alien can only communicate using modulated musical sounds, a concept used three decades later in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Steve's Snacks Of The Week:




Gummy Bears

Super Buttery Popcorn

More Coffee

The Japanese Book BATTLE ROYALE

Again, today's film is available for you to watch right now via Netflix On Demand. And if you do not have it, then what the hell, because it is just totally freaking awesome.

Enjoy the show, y'all!

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