Here’s an interesting article from the Washington Post, comparing the aliens in the just-released “Arrival” with some of the other aliens we’ve seen on the big screen.
[The aliens in “Arrival” are] serene yet daunting and huge yet indistinct. They’re heptapods, meaning they have seven legs, and they look like a cross between a giant hand and a squid; their “fingers” resemble starfish that emit an inky, smoky substance, which is how they express their entirely visual language.
But how do these captivating beasts stack up to other interstellar invaders? Here’s a look at movies over the past 40 years that imaginatively portrayed aliens…
Movies that get a mention include Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien, ET, Predator, Mars Attacks, Independence Day, Contact, District 9, Europa Report, and Edge of Tomorrow.
I’ve seen a good many of those, actually. Of the lot of them . . . let me see . . . I might actually have enjoyed “Mars Attacks” the most. It was really funny! I guess I enjoy good parodies.
Of course, make it “Aliens” instead of “Alien” and I’m right there. One of my all-time favorite movies. I’ve done my best to forget everything about the sequel.
You know what I’d like to see if I could order up a movie with aliens? The Chanur books presented as a series of movies. Wouldn’t that be great?