Why is the Press Ignoring Hollywood's Alien Blitz?


One thing about the entertainment press- they love to spot trends. They love to take a few scattered films or books or records and lump them together as some new sort of cultural phenomenon. You hear the word "boom" thrown around a lot. So we've seen breathless articles in the past about the Latin pop boom (mostly because Ricky Martin had a couple Top 40 hits), the fantasy movie boom, the superhero movie boom, the independent movie boom, the vampire movie boom, the religious movie boom...you name it. More often than not, most of these booms turn out to be busts, or cover story mountains made out of marginally successful molehills.

Heh.

So why aren't we seeing any stories in the press about the alien movie boom? After all, this year we've seen or will see Star Trek, Race to Witch Mountain, Monsters vs Aliens, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, Alien Trespass, Knowing, Avatar, Battle for Terra, Planet 51, District Nine and Aliens in the Attic, as well as Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis, Fringe and a remake of V on television. I'm sure you guys will fill me in on any others I've overlooked.

At what point does this qualify as a boom?




I don't know about you but I haven't seen anything in the press pointing out Hollywood's unprecedented and inexplicable obsession with aliens this year, most especially films dealing with alien contact.

Or to be more specific, films dealing with human/alien coexistence.

I can understand why most media outlets are ignoring the hundreds of UFO sightings so far this year (and not just the lame, lights-in-the-night sightings) but why are the trend-spotters not paying attention to this absolute flood of alien/UFO-themed films?

And what's the impetus behind these films being released this year in the first place? It's really verging on overkill. It's certainly not like the mid 70s or the early 90s when the UFO meme was strongly resonating in the collective unconscious. Most people seem pretty blase about the topic, even if they are gobbling it up in droves at the movies.

Kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it?

PS- Check out part three of Tim Binnall's interview with Bruce Rux...

PPS- Aliens in the Attic star Ashley Tisdale hails from Deal, NJ, right in the shadow of the old Fort Monmouth of Project Diana fame.

PPPS- From IMDb's top-grossing films of 2009:

250,234,554
Up (2009)
246,331,182
Star Trek (2009)
200,077,255
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
195,984,055
Monsters vs Aliens (2009)

25 comments:

  1. I could like to know of this movie Aliens in the Attic (2009) and it was a better review I saw to day I gone thorough this movie review and found a interesting news about this movie can refer it for some one need information on this particular movie trailer was superb and I had good review and trailer experience with it

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  2. Anonymous6:22 AM

    Looks like they were inspired by the Japanese Manga/Anime Sgt. Frog.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgt._Frog

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  3. Anonymous8:40 AM

    journalism is more mandated from what I can gather. anyhow this is something I saw in the MSM this morning. not that it is the answer to the questions raised in your post. because I think the question you raise in your post, asks a question about those institutions giving out, "answers," the public. anyhow here are the morning links I've found:

    1.

    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Photo-Highlight-Meatball-lets-out-big-yawn-while-awaiting-start-2009-UFO/ss/441/im:/090703/480/aa9d5e9d07e34e3ea100557a0f04f9d3/;_ylt=AkT.jzCeniNnVzMDR2VrIumUU80F;_ylu=X3oDMTFkbWN2djg2BHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bl9waG90b19oaWdobGlnaHQEc2xrA21lYXRiYWxsbGV0cw--#photoViewer=/090703/480/aa9d5e9d07e34e3ea100557a0f04f9d3

    2.

    http://www.roswell-record.com/main.asp?FromHome=1&TypeID=1&ArticleID=43892&SectionID=49&SubSectionID=112

    3.
    http://www.roswell-record.com/main.asp?FromHome=1&TypeID=1&ArticleID=43898&SectionID=49&SubSectionID=112

    4.
    http://www.roswell-record.com/main.asp?FromHome=1&TypeID=1&ArticleID=43913&SectionID=49&SubSectionID=112

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  4. Thanks for this Chris. I have a question for you. Is it just me, or has time travel also become a dominant theme/meme?

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  5. Anonymous9:19 AM

    Dear Chris, Thanks for everything you do- you are so interesting! You help so many of us break crusty thinking habits. Now for the totally (or maybe not quite) off topic bit- WTF is google on about today?? It looks like a Frankenstein/HAARP hybrid- really weird...maybe sattelites getting fried by solar storms? All the Best, Delorus

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  6. Anonymous9:35 AM

    OK, had I used my cursor... It is for the birthday of Nikola Tesla...still fits well with all of the above- Delorus

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  7. Anonymous9:39 AM

    Yes, Time Travel/Paralel Universes/New Physics movies and tv shows have been up recently. I just name a few:

    The Golden Compass, Jump, Lost, Star Trek... even Angels and Demons talks about antimatter. And let´s not forget Xbox´s Natal!

    It seems that our collective inconcious stargate is being pushed to receive something radically new, OR is just our anxiety about having a black President? Arms sales have broken ceiling since Obama took office, and far right groups have been very active since then too. The American psychis is kind of nervous right now...

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  8. Maybe we aren't hearing about the out-of-this-world trend in movies because there isn't one?

    Or perhaps the Hollywood press feels so burned because they sort of predicted a "Werewolf" boom too, and it really didn't materialize.

    Oh well, maybe someone in LA will read your blog, Chris, and surprise everyone with an insightful alien disclosure news item this month on the day of the 40th anniversary lunar landing? Of course, I personally think the death of Walter Cronkite near or on that date will distract everyone's attention. But then, the NY Times and LA Times did ignore the death of John A. Keel, so, who knows?

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  9. It's obviously because aliens control the media. There is no other possible conclusion to be reached. Walter Cronkite was born in space and yet why does it not say so on wikipedia? I rest my case.

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  10. Nice troll attempt, Peter.

    The google logo today is celebrating Nikola Tesla's birthday... Good to see him getting some recognition (though obviously not many will pick up on it due to the fact that people obviously can't figure out that if you hold your mouse over the logo, it tells you what it means).

    I think 75% of the movies coming out this year have an alien theme. That should tell anyone who notices patterns (once again, not many) that something weird is going on. Remember how in the years after 9/11, pretty much every movie/TV show told us to shut up and trust our government? This reminds me a little of that... Someone's got a good view of the future which not all of us are privy to and they are conditioning us through our media.

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  11. so many doomsday films now. i don't know if this was talked about, or linked in previous comments but...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbLgszfXTAY

    the road with viggo mortensen

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  12. Seems to me that Michael Jackson had werewolf themes swirling around him, and John Landis is apparently remaking An American Werewolf In London. Hey wait, wasn't that where MJ was going to morph back into the king of pop?
    Isn't there a dominant werewolf theme in the upcoming Twilight sequel? What about Wolverine?
    Anyway, I digress.
    Clap for that wolfman!
    http://www.fangoria.com/home/news/9-film-news/3049-john-landis-on-michael-jackson-a-an-american-werewolf.html
    http://www.screendaily.com/michael-jackson-to-produce-and-star-in-werewolf-movie/409310.article

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  13. Koola- It looks like tweens will like it, especially with Ashley Tisdale.

    Anony- Cool- thanx for the link.

    Anony 840- Great links! Interesting to see the Roswell thing playing into the whole cosplay phenomenon. Combine that with the Burning Man thing and then it will get interesting.

    Liza- Well, you got Trek for sure. Have some other examples?

    Delorus- Tesla was born on 7/10! What does that add up to? Good to see Google giving him some props.

    Anony 739- I saw Jumper last year on the interminable flight to Esalen. I liked it!

    As to your other point, we're definitely wading into strange waters on many fronts. The alien movie blitz could be a kind of subconscious reflection of that.

    Loren- What exactly would constitute a trend in your mind? As to disclosure, I've got a big post in the works on that. As I told Clellie, I'm neither holding my breath for it or looking forward to it, whether real or manufactured. Takes all of the fun out of it, for one thing. I'm just amazed how many credible, daytime UFOs are out there- not the BS nightlights or the obvious closeup hoaxes. Weird.

    Peter- Hey, funny stuff.

    Tommy- The problem is that people are actively discouraged from recognizing patterns not approved by the media or the gov't. Take some stories from the newspaper and connect the dots and all of a suddent, you're a tinfoil black helicopter guy. As to 9/11- Look at 24 and Alias miraculously showing up right after 9/11. Lucky timing, eh?

    I've been super busy, but I promise to catch up on some recent feedback. Thanks again for the data-rich feedback!

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  14. Sergio- It's amazing how much it feels like the late 70s these days. Very similar themes in these stories.

    Liza- American Werewolf- if there ever was a movie that didn't need to be remade...

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  15. It's because 2010 is the year we make contact...Gotta get us ready...

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  16. It seems to me everything goes in trends. In the 50s, we had the fear of the bomb and the cold war and UFO sightings and UFO movies. Nowadays, we have the terrorist threat, UFO sightings, and UFO movies. I doubt Hollywood is spitting out the movies because they know something the rest of us don't. I think people are just more on heightened alert and when we feel threatened, we search for threats, hence we happen to catch more UFO sightings in the sky, and we tend to want to watch movies that make us feel like banning together against something scary "out there."

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  17. That's an interesting theory, but there's one problem- nearly all of these films are not your typical alien invasion movies, but are in fact very subtle and positive depictions of ETs.

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  18. I posted a little blurb about Ridley Scott's take on “2001 – A Space Odyssey” and the Sci Fi genre earlier today…

    http://tekgnostics.blogspot.com/2009/07/ridley-scott-on-2001-space-odyssey.html

    slight synchronicity with your post…

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  19. Maybe it's technically not science fiction anymore...

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  20. I found an interesting article at the site
    www.expolitics.org, "Source at U.N. tell of secret meeting." The article is dated February 12, 2008.
    The main point is that government officials around the world are trying to acclimate their citizens towards a full disclosure of secret government knowledge of extraterrestrial life and UFOs. The target date for this disclosure is 2013. This is a direct quote from the article:

    "Overall, it appears that a countdown is underway to official disclosure around 2013, and that nation states and the UN are being briefed. The acclimation process will accelerate over the next five years as UFO sightings increase around the globe forcing governments to make public policy statements on UFOs and extraterrestrial life."

    It could be that Hollywood is a part of this plan and that movies are way to acclimate the public to the truth. You can find the article at this website:
    http://exopolitics.org/Exo-Comment-65.htm

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  21. Here is another article that seems to reveal secret government knowledge of extraterrestrial life. "200,000 year statue found on the moon." It is at this site http://thecrit.com/2009/05/05/200000-year-old-statue-found-on-moon/

    Supposedly this is a metal statue that was found in a moon rock brought to earth by the Apollo 11 astrounauts 40 years ago. According to the article the artifact is in the possession of Dr. charles, a scientist who worked at NASA for 23 years. I found it at the www.crit.com website. I wonder if the powers that be are trickling out bits and pieces of information in the media to slowly breakdown our current paradigm of the universe and extraterrestrial life?

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  22. Um, Christopher, you left out "District 9".

    That upcoming movie seem like a perfect lead-up to James Cameron's "Avatar".

    District 9 is an introduction to the idea how we humans are going to interact and deal with an ET alien species like never before. I know "AlieNation" movie and TV series covered the ground for us before, yet the aliens in District 9 are anything but remotely human. That would show us on how to deal with something so strange, so alien and so different to us.

    Now the "Avatar" is the whole deal of truly introducing us to a possible reality, in the future, of dealing with alien species and alien worlds beyond our mere comprehensions.

    I hope we get to see a full preview of "Avatar" in "District 9" at the movie theaters, if Comic-Con09 isn't that overwhelmed with shrieking girls and their parents for the "New Moon" preview.

    And what's the deal with the title, "NEW Moon" in itself? Our moon is old. Is there going to be a new moon by Earth in the future? Perhaps we might get a glimpse of the two "moons" of Earth in the movie, "Avatar", assuming the rumors are true? ;)

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  23. Rob - it's in there, I just spelled it "District Nine."

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  24. Oh, right. Seem that I only focused on a number itself instead of the word for a number. Weird.

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  25. Here is it Chris and Rob,
    the new D-9 trailer, they are definitively preparing us for something. I didn't read the book the movie is from, but i'll make sure to get it asap :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjihaK7HfGs

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