Saturday, February 07, 2009

Pyramids vs. Aliens

We looked at this film in relation to the Super Bowl ad and the monsters' appearance in the bizarre shapeshifting-reptile ad for Sobe. Well, surprise, surprise- the poster for Monsters vs. Aliens features the Transamerica Pyramid, that weird synthesis of pyramid and obelisk in San Francisco. But there's another pyramid-capped building cropped to the left (which looks a lot like WFC 3), so there seems to be a motif at work here.

Again, this is the same semiotic pairing of aliens and Ancient Egyptian iconography which we saw last week in the context of The Secrets of Isis, though it's a bit more subtle here. Apparently, the film was moved to March to avoid competing with James Cameron's Avatar, which looks to be jam-packed with all sorts of predictive-programming themes: militarism, environmentalism, space colonization, gene-splicing, walk-ins and on and on. Avatar will definitely get the Synchrosphere hopping- if it ever actually comes out.

UPDATE: From a snarky Scottish hipster site:
"I'm Jazz, man - this is my bar," said the slightly drunk Englishman as we entered a tiny dive in semi-suburban Prague. So we got talking. Or, arguing fiercely more like, because for all that this Jazz fellow was pretty funny, he was also an obstreperous bastard, and we just couldn't take his claims seriously. "We're descended from aliens, who built the pyramids" was a key theme. "I moved to Iceland to escape the apocalypse." All this, put forth aggressively, followed by "I co-wrote the New Zealand national anthem, with Mauris." "Bollocks" we said. Bit of googling the next day and it turned out he wasn't lying. But also our man 'Jazz' had failed to tell us his most outstanding claim to fame, that he was in fact Jaz Coleman, frontman of the occasionally mind-blowing post-punk outfit Killing Joke. [RJ Thomson]


  1. Have you seen the Hulu ad with Alec Baldwin as alien?


    Sorry for the MASSIVE link. This is the Chrysler Building in Detroit. It's something to see. The building immediatly to her right reminded me of this.


    This is a picture of the Austin Skyline. Check out the building in the center. That reminds me of the building to the far right of the girl (who is making a pyramids with her legs - hmmmm. . .then what would be the capstone of that pyramind? The Holiest of Holys!)


  3. Hi CK!

    The building directly over the head of the happy green alien is by Philip Johnson. It's the first "Postmodern" building of the world. it was for AT&T. Now Sony Building.


    Marking the return of pyramidal form in architecture.

  4. Am I the only one who thinks the blue blob looks kind of phallic? I mean, one eye, and his mouth separating his "head" from his body is suggestive... I think it's interesting how the green and yellow (left brain) Dagon monster is standing opposite the blue and red (right brain) eyed (I wonder if that's a reference to Seth Rogen's role in Pineapple Express) monster, with the Orange insect monster between them (to fill in the Chakra balance... Normally from bottom: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue), and the Crown (Thuther's Capstone HH) chakra above. The greyish-purple aliens could be the Third eye (Indigo, Pineal Gland) chakra. Could this really just be another War of the Gods, in Children's Entertainment form? In this case, pitting all other chakras against the Third Eye (center of the brain)? Not surprising, really...

    Jaz reminds me of a rugged character from a fantasy novel in that story...

  5. I think you guys are all right on the money with your observations. But I can't seem to find that WFC3 building in San Francisco. Can somebody help me out?

    The Sony building is called the Metreon. Suitably Mithraic name!

  6. That's a crazy movie poster. Tommy - dude, you are totally in the spirit.

    But the quote via Scottish hipster is divine. Isn't it odd how the Google seems to think "My Favorite Monsters" (aka the Id) keeps linking to all your posts? And isn't even more odd that he is currently posting about Iceland, and their widespread belief in "hidden people" among the populace.

    Cheers, Michael

  7. CK1

    This building looks more like the WFC 4 in New York. I am not located in the US but I am an Architect.
    Check this pic!;init:.jpg


  8. In March there is another great ESOTERIC/SYNC film...The name is:WATCHMAN

    This film is out exactly on 03/06/09

    great month this no? XD

  9. Hi Chris, Don't know if you've mentioned it and I missed it. But I just saw this yesterday. Space Buddies...Dogstar Buddies?

  10. I know this is an old post, but I also know you approve all the comments on your site, so I figured you would see this link.

    Check this out:

    "WHAAAAAT? Bailed Out Bank Of America Paying Consumers To See Hollywood Film"



  11. Does anyone else the the political undertones with the resemblence of the alien character to a major political leader as well as the girl monster to a female political co-hort?