Invaders from Mars  

Posted by Aj

Once again another great movie shown to us by phil, Invaders from mars is supposdely one of the great movies of the 50's. Compared to the Invasion of Body Snatchers it doesn't have that much despair in it. its more along the lines of being a bit funny and playful at the same time. Its starts of as a average movie and then starts turning into a nightmare. Ground that swallow up people, tunnels underground, and the weird aliens that keep running through the tunnels. The leader was a head, inside a bubble who seems to control the aliens via the mind.


The story starts of by a child looking out his window and seeing a flying saucer descend on the other side of the hill. Then there is a whole conversation about it with his parents with the parents end up convincing him it was only a dream. At the start there is a very strong sense of ambiguity but as the movie progresses we don't feel so any more, as we have a clear ideas of exactly what's going on. At the time of the movies release i am sure it had the state of the art effects and costumes, but for me I found the movie to be rather funny, to an extend were it almost took all feeling of unease or horror.


The acting was brilliant but some of the words such as the word "gee" used by the child was once again very funny. There was also the really poor costumes which looks quite bad to us maybe at that time it was acceptable. The movies did use a lot of stock image and repeat clips as they ran out of money towards the end. Overall an excellent sci-fi movie, i did enjoy the movie and the classic sci-fi story.

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Online Interim Review 15/12/09

No developmental work - again. Sigh. You're making this very difficult - and rather joyless. I just hope you're having some interesting ideas. I wouldn't know.

Please see the following 2 posts for general advice re. your written assignment; suffice to say, Aj - you really need to ace this test and restore some trust. Make it a good one.

15 December 2009 at 23:24

Written assignment Unit 3 Part 1

Consider carefully the following learning outcomes for your essay and structure your assignment accordingly. You must demonstrate:

1) Knowledge and understanding of ‘the Uncanny’.

You should begin your essay by defining ‘the uncanny’ in theoretical terms (i.e. according to Sigmund Freud, Jentsch, and anyone else with a helpful or clear definition). You will be expected to include a quoted source by which to demonstrate your understanding; the essay, ‘The Uncanny’ by Freud is rich in useful observations – so use it; you’ll want to consider the concept of the ‘unheimlich’ and the sorts of motifs/artefacts that create the uncanny experience.

2) A developed ability to engage in research.

At this stage of your course, you are expected to research your subject area in order to enrich your discussion and corroborate your analysis. No essay at this stage should be written ‘off the top of your head’ or without a clear research agenda. Research might include a variety of film reviews, artist statements, images, books, critiques and articles. Research requires that you READ and take notes! For instance, if you are looking at Invasion of the Body-Snatchers in relation to the uncanny, first cross-reference lots of reviews/articles about the film. Make a note of any recurrent terms or ideas and when you come across a term you don’t understand or are unfamiliar with – investigate it! Try google searching associated terms together– for instance ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers & uncanny’ – as you may find research material that relates very specifically to your discussion.

There are no short-cuts to an intelligently written assignment – focused research = successful essays; without research and a body of evidence, your essay is simply ‘chat’ and of no academic significance. Be significant!

3) The ability to synthesise a range of research applied to arguments.

Put more simply, this means that once you’ve completed your research and gathered together your key ideas, you are then able to use them to ‘unpack’ your chosen subject; think of your research as a precision tool-kit especially selected by you to ‘dismantle’ your case-study or studies (i.e. the film, image, programme, artwork you’ve chosen to discuss)

4) The ability to clearly and academically communicate ideas.

This is all about your writing style and your ‘voice’ – too many of you are writing as if you’re talking, and it’s a habit you need to lose asap in this context. So you must avoid slang and clich├ęs; you’re not on the street or down the pub, you’re in a formal space with formal conventions.

Avoid the first person; instead of writing ‘I think that Invasion Of The Body-Snatchers is about the fear of conformity’, consider instead ‘It is arguable that Invasion of the Body-Snatchers is about the fear of conformity’.

15 December 2009 at 23:24

Written assignment Unit 3 Part 2

Please don’t ‘narrate’ your own research – for instance ‘I looked on the internet and found this interesting article’ – No! No! No! Your reader doesn’t give a damn about ‘how’ you came by your research – just use it effectively and formally.

Punctuation – please use it! Try proof-reading your paragraphs out loud – if you’re gasping for breath by the end of them, you’re in serious need of some full-stops, commas and semi-colons. If you’re uncertain how to use them properly please visit - and that goes for apostrophes too!

Capitalisation – all film titles, book titles, artist names etc – should be capitalized every time you include them; Invasion of the Body-Snatchers, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover etc… Likewise, when first referring to a film please include director and release date.

Footnotes are NOT to be used to reference quotes within the body of the essay; use Harvard Method. Footnotes can be used to include additional information external to the main body, but useful for the reader’s broader understanding of the subject area.

Italicize your quotations!

Double-space your document!

If you refer to something visual as part of your argument – you must include a supporting illustration as supporting evidence.

Finally – PROOF-READ your assignments before submission; I am not an English teacher so don’t want to be forever correcting spelling mistakes, typos or ‘right’ words wrongly substituted by a spellchecker. Make time to polish your written work, as you would your creative project work.

Good luck!

15 December 2009 at 23:25

Also - if you haven't done so already, can you add the CG Arts central blog to your reading list - if you become an author, you can use it post problems and get answers from your classmates on all three years - just post your email as a comment, and Liam in the third year will set you up so you can post.

Please join & follow

15 December 2009 at 23:25

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