That's quite a piece [the Aliens of 2009].
I just wanted to mention what I think was the best alien movie of 2009
was "Battle For Terra." It was a 3D animated film that came out in May
for the blink of an eye. To me it was far superior to Avatar in its
artistry, subtlety and especially it's resolution. You might want to
check it out.
Below is what I wrote on Avatar awhile back.
Avatar is James Cameron's epic (in length) military vs forest dwellers
saga. A very one note story with minimal character detail and not a
single surprising moment in any form. The Special Effects are top notch
and the 3D is amazing, but honestly when it finished the thought that I
had was ""I don't care if I ever see another 3D film ever again."" He
knows how to manipulate our emotions at all the key moments, but between
those are every action movie cliche' in the book. After having seen the
amazing storytelling surprises that I have experienced in the last
decade, I was floored that someone could still write like this,
especially considering he's been creating this in his mind since he was
a kid. What I finally concluded was that he's making a movie for the
international market, IE bare bones storytelling. A billion dollars and
counting has proven him right. I personally found ""Battle For Terra,"
that came out out earlier this year to be a much more immersive and
satisfying experience. With that one I forgot I was watching a movie!
The story elements were strikingly similar. The lame dialog kept pulling
me out of this one, but it did have it's moments. What struck me was how
the natives had the maturity level of a college fraternity. Jump through
all our hoops and you can join the tribe. Our hero offered nothing of
his own life experience to any of them, nor did they ask. Their
spiritual connectedness didn't translate in any way to their
personalities or day to day life.
Something I read elsewhere that really rang true was that it re-enforced
the white messiah idea. How it takes a white military man to save the
day. He does what they do even better, getting god and nature on the
their fighting side, and of course, gets the hottest babe in the
village. The film also says that evolution is bad. Moving forward always
makes things worse. We should go backwards. The term "back to nature"
comes to mind. As if nature is somehow not a living breathing thing that
is always evolving & changing. The film was about two warrior races
stuck in duality. The connection with nature was only skin deep,
otherwise there would've been a different outcome. A real mixed bag for
me but will hopefully inspire some true art in the future.
Also, still in theaters now is what I think is one of the best films
I've ever seen. It's "Scott Pilgrim vs The World." Quite simply one the
most fun, creative, funny, musical, and outside the box movie making
ever. I saw it three times on the big screen! That's happened maybe half
a dozen times in my life.
Anyway, sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite (maybe that's the