Episode 8 – Cowboys and Aliens



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It’s 1873 in New Mexico Territory and a man wakes up lying on the ground with complete amnesia. The only thing he knows is that he speaks English and that he can’t get that weird thing off of his wrist. He soon finds out that he is a most wanted outlaw named Jake Lonergan. Then things get weird. Aliens are attacking the town, Absolution, capturing people, and that thing on Jake’s wrist is a weapon.

STARS
* Daniel Craig from James Bond
* Harrison Ford from Indiana Jones and Star Wars
* Olivia Wilde from House

Rotten Tomatoes 43%
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cowboys_and_aliens/

IMDB 6/10
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409847/

Based on graphic novel, “Cowboys & Aliens” published in 2006

THE SCIENCE
* Gold
* Aliens
* Ella Swenson
* Shapshifter
* Regenerated her human form in a fire
* Invaders
* Scarfaced alien

THE PRODUCTION
* Budget
* $163 Million budgeted
* $175 Million gross within three months
* Production
* Universal & Dreamwork
* Pitched in 1997 with writer Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who wrote the graphic novel
* GP released in 2006
* Robert Downey Jr took interest in 2008, but stepped down and Daniel Craig stepped in.
* Harrison Ford added in 2010 and Spielberg helped develop into a big blockbuster feel.

THE THEMES
* Corruption
* Greed
* Conflict with natives
* Man vs other
* Man vs Man

THE GOOD
* Concept and story
* Cheesy tropes

THE BAD
* Harrison Ford
* Every trope ever…

The theme music in this episode is URBAN JUNGLE 2061 by Eric Matyas www.soundimage.org

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