Friday, 24 September 2010

It's Spanish Found-Footage-Sci-Fi-Rom-Com Friday!

Extraterrestrial (Extraterrestre for the linguistically pedantic among you) is a new film by Nacho Vigalondo, director of Timecrimes, The Incredible Suit's best film that was made in 2007 but not released in the UK till 2009. I'm quite excited about it.

Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes for the etc etc) was a cracking time-travel-mystery-thriller carnival of bonkers that proved what could be done with a great idea but not much money, so when Vigalondo announced his next film would be about an alien invasion, literally THE ENTIRE WORLD waited with bated breath to see what would happen.

And what's happened so far is two posters which appear to be marketing two completely different films. The found-footage / fake documentary version:
...and the sci-fi rom-com version:
I'm not sure which of those two versions I'm more excited about, although the Space Invaders poster is a genius visual summation of the synopsis - boy meets girl, falls in love, aliens invade.

Here are Vigalondo's own thoughts on the film, as detailed in his blog and translated by one of those reliable internet translatobots:
And who am I to argue with that?

Meanwhile, here's Vigalondo's 2003 short 7.35 In The Morning (it doesn't matter what its Spanish title is, stop going on about it), which is suitably daft and is as good a way as any to spend eight minutes of your life.

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  1. Marge Gunderson aka SongWarMonger24 September 2010 at 09:31

    Sounds a little like Mosters to me. Both the posters are really good.
    I managed to catch TimeCrimes when it was on tv recently. I thought it had some neat ideas done in a very simplistic way. However, the lead character annoyed me a bit by going out of his way to recreate what he had seen before (I hope you understand what I mean by that without me going into detail and posting plot spoilers). Good ending though.
    Good old translatobots! I'm afraid I gave up half way through reading that.

  2. Marge Gunderson aka SongWarMonger24 September 2010 at 09:32'll have to get used to my typos...sorry that should be 'Monsters'.

  3. Q: What do you call a man with three balls.

    A: ET. The Extra Testicle.

  4. The first poster borrows an idea from the car wing mirror in Jurrasic Park. In this case it is a camcorder screen and I hear the voice over saying "Things in your camcorder screen may be more frightening than they look."

    Watch any Sci-fi movie set at any time in the future and it always betrays the technology and fashions of the period in which it is made. However farsighted a person is, it is always from the perspective of their today. By the time 2001 arrived the sci-fi technology in the 1968 film 2001 already looked dated. In an age before mobile phones Kubrick put Floyd in a large Bell Telephone booth to make a call home. Iconic airline Pan-Am, the space shuttle operator in the film went bust in 1991. HAL and his brain the size of a giant walk in cupboard would by 2001 have been the size of a regular equipment bay. CGI had already replaced the synchronised film projectors Kubrick used for cockpit displays.

  5. It's Spanish title is '7.35 De La Manana' init, didn't you even know that! Coulda done with subbies but.

  6. It's got closed caption subbies innit. Click the up arrow on the right, then the middle square that pops up. Bob's.