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I tend to agree, however Jaws was creepy (true rubber shark) but the shark puppet didn't work for most of the film and there was a lot of working around. Also the original King-Kong should be viewed as the first use of practical special effects for the time.
Sometimes even low budget movies have surprisingly effective practical effects. How about the robots Huey, Dewey and Louie from Silent Running (1972)? They are also R2D2's grandpas, as George Lucas later borrowed the idea. Then again, what idea did he not borrow somewhere?
From when I was very very young, one of my favorite movies was the Japanese Sci-Fi Flik (a genre unto itself!) "The Mysterians". I basically remembered the scenarios, but with streaming video, I got to see it again.
It really is, as you say, funny. Trite dialog, palely disguised nationalistic comments) an portrayals of non-Japanese, and . . . the robot.
A giant ray-spewing robot - complete with a rather large conical nose that servers no purpose. Painted light-bulbs on the end-game human response to the invaders.
This before the total decline of their industry as evidenced by what they made of Godzilla.
Can't stress that "ever" too much. I mean the lighting! The pyrotechnics! The sound track! I am having almost total recall right now of ... dinner table conversations about the symbols both seen and imagined ...
The unanswered question is how drunk/high was the idiot...
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt