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Old 08-14-2010, 10:36 PM
 
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That movie seems to be referenced often and in high quantities.
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:12 PM
 
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I'd argue close enocounters of the third kind had a bigger effect on sci fi as it was released in 1977 and aliens came out in 1986.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:53 AM
 
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ALIENS was hugely influential, but I think people often miss the reason why.

Most of the imitators miss they point. They seem to think ALIENS was great because it mixed science fiction with action.

ALIENS is a great action movie, no doubt, but that isn't what made it great. ALIENS is a great movie because it concentrated on character. The action is thrilling because we care about the characters.

Character was a staple of most of Cameron's movies up until his most recent, AVATAR. With AVATAR, Cameron seemed to care more about developing the plot and the technology than the characters. Still not a bad movie, but hardly up to Cameron's standards. Kind of sad to compare it to a movie like TERMINATOR. AVATAR had a budget that could have fed some countries for several years and still had money left over, and in the end, it was just a so-so movie. TERMINATOR was low budget, almost a B movie in fact, and was a great story.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:44 AM
 
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I'd argue close enocounters of the third kind had a bigger effect on sci fi as it was released in 1977 and aliens came out in 1986.
The next time I see a Close Encounters of the Third Kind reference in a movie or video game will be the first time. Stuff is lifted whole cloth from Aliens, and this in games that are classics in their own right.
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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The next time I see a Close Encounters of the Third Kind reference in a movie or video game will be the first time. Stuff is lifted whole cloth from Aliens, and this in games that are classics in their own right.
There's MUCH more to scifi than video games - you do know that, right?
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:43 PM
 
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Don't underestimate the influence of Close Encounters. It's beginning to fade now, but it got the whole "alien abduction" ball rolling. It was hardly the first, but it popularized that trope. Without Close Encounters of the Third Kind, there would have been no X-Files.
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:43 PM
 
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There's MUCH more to scifi than video games - you do know that, right?
Yes. What are some books or movies (or even games) that were influenced by Close Encounters of the Third Kind?
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:44 PM
 
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Don't underestimate the influence of Close Encounters. It's beginning to fade now, but it got the whole "alien abduction" ball rolling. It was hardly the first, but it popularized that trope. Without Close Encounters of the Third Kind, there would have been no X-Files.
I thought the stories had been around for a while, but being born after the movie came out perhaps I have that screwed up. I mean yeah the Whitley Streiber stuff came out afterwards, but the story shown in the movie Fire in the Sky happened back in the 60s didn't it?
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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To me, the 4 most influential sci-fi movies of all time were "2001 a Space Oddysey", "Star Wars", "Blade Runner" and "The Matrix"
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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They have found alien paint in caves which date way back to before the movies.

Do I beleave in Aliens

The movie Aliens I actually think the sequels are better then the first and the first was really good. All in all all of them were pretty good the worst one was the one where they are in the prison on another planet.
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