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other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?

 
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other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
bear in mind hollywood comes from a little higher up than the production teams...
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
Men in black 1,2,3, Paul, most kids movies with aliens...

Lots of them
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
it's actually mostly dependent on political climate. "evil alien" movies are produced during times of conflict or pre-conflict propaganda, benign of benevolent alien flicks during times of "feel good touchy-feely-ness" for the most part. along with dehumanization of the "enemy" in other propaganda efforts, it allows for lessened moral conflict in the eyes of the populace when they finally beat the war drums
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
Men in black 1,2,3, Paul, most kids movies with aliens...

Lots of them
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every "MIB" flick had BOTH "good guy" and "bad guy" aliens
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
Men in black 1,2,3, Paul, most kids movies with aliens...

Lots of them
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every "MIB" flick had BOTH "good guy" and "bad guy" aliens
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Personally, I think it would be more accurate to portray them as having both good and bad in their populations, just like we have good and bad people on our planet.

I get tired of the flicks that only show horrid looking creatures trying to eat us. I know it's for the thrill of horror movie scare, but in this day and age when UFO sightings are happening more and more, people need to get more educated about the possibilities of meeting others from elsewhere without all the negative stereotypes from hollywood coloring their opinions.
"Arrows of hate have been shot at me too, but they never hit me, because somehow they belonged to another world, with which I have no connection whatsoever." - Albert Einstein
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
Men in black 1,2,3, Paul, most kids movies with aliens...

Lots of them
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Exactly, kids movies.
Aliens are a bit dumb, a source of comedy and definetly sub human in standard and intelligence. Except the bad guys, of course
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Alien Nation.......late 80's classic
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
it's actually mostly dependent on political climate. "evil alien" movies are produced during times of conflict or pre-conflict propaganda, benign of benevolent alien flicks during times of "feel good touchy-feely-ness" for the most part. along with dehumanization of the "enemy" in other propaganda efforts, it allows for lessened moral conflict in the eyes of the populace when they finally beat the war drums
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
You can barely count on your hands, movies which portrayed ET's as benevolent.

On the other hand, movies that make ET's look totally evil and stupid, are about as numerous as characters in american movies with british accents.
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
I thought 'Alien' was about a benevolent alien taking down union workers for the sake of capitalism.
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I thought 'Alien' was about a benevolent alien taking down union workers for the sake of capitalism.
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
bear in mind hollywood comes from a little higher up than the production teams...
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
Excuse me buddy, but District 9 had bad aliens also. And this is coming from a honorary nerdyessir

So you can take this info as golden :P
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
"the fourth kind" can go both ways.
'You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.'
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
Star Trek and Star Wars, Duh...
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
Avatar? This movie was basically a tale about how evil humans are. Not the first time James Cameron blows propaganda in our faces. And the movie wasn't very good either. Visually mindblowing, yes? Character development, script, story etc etc... sucked.
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
Predator, alien fighting the military industrial complex to preserve the rights of hunters.

Starship Troopers, aliens fighting the military industrial complex in order to eradicate the racist pro-mammalian agenda.
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Battle: Los Angeles, aliens trying to perform much-needed renovations to Los Angeles.
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
"star wars" was propaganda to build support for the mujahidin in afghanistan. "starship troopers" was a condemnation of "evil hive mind communism"(the book is from the 50s). "alien" and "predator" were both condemnations of "solo psycho terrorists" (ala "the jackal", and "blown away"), unibomber anyone? alien invasion flicks didn't exist until the cold war. it's all about steering attitudes about conflict.
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

More so relevant today.

Klaatu:

" I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all, or no one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We, of the other planets, have long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots. Their function is to patrol the planets in spaceships like this one and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression, we have given them absolute power over us. This power cannot be revoked. At the first sign of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk. The result is, we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war. Free to pursue more... profitable enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you"
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

More so relevant today.

Klaatu:

" I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all, or no one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We, of the other planets, have long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots. Their function is to patrol the planets in spaceships like this one and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression, we have given them absolute power over us. This power cannot be revoked. At the first sign of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk. The result is, we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war. Free to pursue more... profitable enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you"
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the UN, NATO, SEATO
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Re: other than district 9, how often do movies come out portraying aliens as the good guys?
Battle: Los Angeles, aliens trying to perform much-needed renovations to Los Angeles.
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