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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