Monday, December 15, 2008

Classic space invaders!


You know its been ages since I watched an black and white film and I really forgot how pretty and awesome they can be, especially in the age where we are spoiled with CGI effects, insane sound effects, and huge budget movies that are over the top. There is just something really amazing about a well done movie when you know darn well compared to the movies of today they might as well be working with a high school budget. Not that I am putting older movies down by any means I'm really endlessly empressed with what people can do with sheer talent and creativity without relying on computers to do your dirty work.

With The Day The Earth Stood Still about to hit the big screen some of us may not remeber that its been previously done, though for many of us you may not have seen the previous version as it is circa 1951. Yes ladies that means pre color tvs, pre special effects we know today, and pre Keanu Reeves! Heh how could one possibly survive? You know there is something really cool about Klaatu's 1951 alien outfit. It reminds me a bit of vintage robots and the classic bucket head 1950's space man who just happens to be the insperation to Connor's big boy bedroom that I'm working on.

You know its ironic
Klaatu's main mission is to stop humans from using atomic power for evil doings this being the age where the atomic bomb was dropped more times than you would like to belive in test runs not to mention using it on live people. Klaatu threatens earth with the possiblity of destruction if we do not use our new found powers wisely. You know other than the whole eliminate mankind over the atomic bomb thing I sorta like this Klaatu guy. He certainly gets to the point and he does seem much smarter than the overgrown apes that run goverment at times. I mean did these guys not listen to their moms when she said "It's not nice to throw things, especially things that destroy everything in its path".

Now I'm all reved up to see the remake and it will be fun to watch the classic and new version of
The Day The Earth Stood Still with Connor when he gets a little older. You know we watched The Day The Earth Stood Still on bluray and I really was scheptical about a bluray release of a 1950s movie. I mean was it really so important to have high def on a black and white film and would the soundtrack do any justice to bluray's capabilities. The answer to that is YES, and yes! I can't even tell you how goregous it is to see a black and white film in bluray. I didn't even realize just how much detail the older cameras pick up and there is just something classy about black and white regardless if your shooting a alien. One cool extra feature that you can only get with bluray is the included video game Gort Command! which was a blast on my PS3.

Now I just need to find a way to get myself to a theather to see the new release of
The Day The Earth Stood Still.

In the meantime you can purchase your own copy of the 1950s version of The Day The Earth Stood Still on Amazon and I have three copies to give away to some lucky readers!


To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out The Day The Earth Stood Still and tell me what is your favorite Keanu Reeves movie or what is appealing to you about black and white movies.
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
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  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
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    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end Jan 15th at midnight!

220 Comments:

Gay said...

Chemistry on the set! SPEED

Jenna said...

I really like the movie SPEED. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jenna said...

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myntric said...

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure!

kj said...

my favorite keanu movie is: constantine. i love keanu, he's a hottie.

i love the older movies and tv shows. much better than the junk that's out today. i'd rather watch these than any of the new stuff.

sometimes, depending on the movie or show, black and white can make it more dramatic and suspensful.

Jenn S. said...

The Matrix is my favorite Keanu Reeves movie.

Aisling said...

The Matrix for me too.

Brenda S. said...

I really like the movie SPEED. thanks.
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dbadour said...

I love Speed.

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judybrittle said...

I liked the movie Speed. Him and Sandra Bullock were good together in that. Love the giveaway movie and saw it many times as a child. Thank you!

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I'm a subscriber.

mverno said...

speed was a good movie

coriwestphal said...

Hands down, Matrix. It was the only movie he's ever done that I've been able to watch more than once! Thanks!

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I'm also a subscriber, thanks!

Kristie said...

The first movie I ever saw with Keanu Reeves in it was Speed and that would have to be my favorite. (I watched it over and over and over again!)

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valerie2350 said...

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure - it's a classic! :)

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witchy64 said...

Oh geez,that's a tough decision!
So far I would say Constantine is my favorite...or The Watcher..okay,I'll go with Constantine.

Fangirl Jen said...

I'm a subscriber.

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stampedwithgrace said...

I love the movie The Lake House!!

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Kimberly L said...

I liked Constantine

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mar said...

I enjoyed Speed!

Marigold said...

When I was a little girl, my dad made me memorize the 'klaatu barada nikto' phrase, because you just never know. Even now it's a bit of a joke with us. We are, of course, intensely wary of the remake.
I think Keanu was perfect in the Matrix, but his turn in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure is truly one for the ages.

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

That's a hard one, but " Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure" is really excellent!

Rita M said...

My favorite Keanu movie is Speed. Black & white movies seem to have more character & very often don't translate well into color (Miracle on 34th Street is a good example).

Suzanne said...

Keanu was way cool in the matrix. Loved it when he stopped the bullets.

agordon10 said...

The Matrix

Sandy said...

the lake house is my favorite

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Tara said...

I like the Matrix .. great set of movies!


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Tara said...

I am a subscriber


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chromiumman said...

fave keanu film was the matrix

Cherie J said...

My favorite was Speed. Thanks for the contest!

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Carol said...

I liked Speed. I always like anything Sandra Bullock is in.
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Jackie said...

My favorite movie is Speed.

And about the black and white movies...I love them. There is something classic and romantic about them.

Jackie said...

I'm surbscribed!

Jessica said...

Bill and Ted's excellent adventure is my fave!

dwhogan said...

SPEED! Good luck to all

mannequin said...

Black and white movies are actually the ONLY movies I will watch on TV. It seems that everything being made today is just retelling of the old black and whites.

I like a movie that leaves something to the imagination; like a good book.

mannequin said...

and I am a subscriber!

lisagee said...

Bill & Ted's excellent adventure is my pick.

sito50 said...

I like both Speed and The Matrix. Either one is my favorite depending on what mood I'm in. There are so many black and white movies that should never see a colorizer. The shadows and depth of B&W so suit the mood of the film. This is one of them; Casablanca, The Third Man, and Gaslight are three more that immediately spring to mind. B&W is perfect for them.

sito50 said...

I subscribe.

DARLA KIDDER said...

My favorite movie is The Matrix.

bleatham said...

No doubt on that...Speed with Sandra Bullock!

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

bleatham said...

I am a subscriber!!

Thanks again

reddon30 said...

The Matrix is my favorite.

marleenandlouie said...

Most of Keanu's movies are pretty poor but I like the Devils Advocate.

Stephen said...

Point Break! AWESOME movie.

Carol Lawrence said...

I am subscribed thru my Yahoo reader.

Carol Lawrence said...

The Lake House is my favorite.

drming said...

My favorite is The Matrix.

Anonymous said...

Theres a bomb on a Bus..what are you gonna do?

bobbin said...

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, a classic.

Thomas Semesky said...

Speed is my favorite film.

~*Just Plain Momma*~ said...

we love those matrix movies at our house...
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pattycake said...

Speed was a good movie

Erica C. said...

Speed is awesome to watch all the time!

Tina12312 said...

My favorite Keanu movies are Speed and The Matrix, love him! Thank you!

trippyjanet said...

I love Speed...

randycur0962 said...

Keanu Reeves is my 2nd all time favorite and I like all his movies from Bill & Ted to Chain Reaction, but my favorite is all of the Matrix Series.

sweetsue said...

I loved him as the handsome doctor in Somethings Got to Give!

poet101 said...

I loved the movie Point Break

ellen cunningham said...

I'm a fan of Devil's Advocate. Thanks for the chance.

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Tammy said...

My fav movie is the New The Day the Earth stood still

redron said...

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Sunnyvale said...

Speed, Lakehouse second

Tes283 said...

Matrix
Easy choice. First original movie in a long time.

Miss Heidi said...

I thought Keanu was hilarious in I Love You To Death. Thanks.
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Belinda said...

The matrix was my favorite. B&W movies seem to rely more on storyline and less on flash.
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Kelly said...

Oh Lake HousE~!!

keith said...

black and white movies have a feel of nuance that color can not convey

Think about it said...

I like the movie Speed and also Lake house

vmkids said...

I ,loved the lake house!!!!

Anonymous said...

I LIKE B & W MOVIES BECAUSE THEY DEPEND ON STORYLINE AND ACTING....
SPEED

miriama said...

I like several but the movie of the moment at our house is Constantine!

Don't get me started on Point Blank. Too hot. :)

Jason said...

The Matrix


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Beverley said...

The Replacements is my favorite movie.

Black and White film lends a stark reality to the details.

Julie D said...

Speed was awesome!

Julie D said...

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stowelljg said...

I like Keanu Reeves in Constantine.

Kim said...

Fave is The Matrix

Kim said...

and I am a subscriber

Andreah @ Life's A Hoot said...

Speed is the best Keanu Reeves movie in my opinion.

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Dave said...

My favorite Keanu Reeves film was the first Matrix movie. It was such a unique movie, and really surprised me with the big twist halfway through the film. It's unfortunate the two sequels were so poor. Thank you for the great give-away.

hues262 said...

I saw this movie, of course I was 10 years old. It would be nice to see it

jessiejaws said...

My favorite Reeves film is probably A Walk in the Clouds a nice little romantic film. He did very well in it and I'm surprised he never did much of this type.

Smooshy said...

the matrix!

Brad said...

The Matrix of course! Hope I win! dukeofapes@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

Speed was my favorite Keanu movie!

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Misty said...

gotta be MATRIX!!
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Misty said...

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Misty said...

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jlafount said...

Matrix

cdrury said...

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speed was one of my favorites

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Ally said...

The Replacements

Babalu said...

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Keanu is hawt! Thanks for the giveaway. http://cashcuddler.com

Karen said...

Loved the movie Speed.

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mindy said...

it would have to be the matrix thanks for the contest minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

JenReg said...

What is appealing to me about black and white movies is that they take me back to a simpler place in time...like when I was a child.

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Ginny said...

Matrix

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Tammy Marshall said...

Everyone likes Speed and Matrix, as well as myself. But my favorite movie that Keanu is in is Point Break. I love that movie!

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Cindy said...

The Matrix series!!

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Anonymous said...

I like Speed!

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James said...

My favorite A Walk in the Clouds.

Ralph Siegel said...

The Matrix!! Tell me you didn't freak out the first time you saw it!!

Sarah said...

My favorite Keanu Reeves movie is The Matrix.

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Misty said...

Speed!

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Misty said...

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Misty said...

got your button.
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Misty said...

blogged it:
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see above said...

Constantine was pretty good, but you can't beat the campy awesomeness of Bill and Ted (both of them!)

SeahorseLady said...

The Matrix is still my favorite.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

LINDALSHOT said...

SPEED was awesome.

betty R.~Simply Southern said...

Constantine is a family fav!
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Michael said...

Black and white movies set a tone

angelacisco said...

My favorite movie would be speed. I like the way black and white looks on my t.v it's allmost like watching art then a movie.
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Heather said...

My favorite is Constantine.

Melissa said...

The Matrix

Dan said...

Probably would have to say Devil's Advocate.

Jayfr said...

Being from Chicago, I gotta say Hardball is my favorite.

inky08 said...

favorite Keanu Reeves movie is " the matrix ", all of them :)

christin said...

i loved hardball and my husband is a huge fan of the matrix series:) thanks for the chance!
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blueeyeleo said...

matrix is my favorite one


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robt6 said...

My favorite is Matrix, enter me please.

bkh61959 said...

I really liked Sweet November, thanks for the giveaway

Dallan said...

devils advocate was awsome

katy said...

Speed is my favorite.

bkwrms78 said...

My favorite Keanu Reeves movie is Constantine! Great movie!

denyse said...

Speed- and he is soooo hot!

Ken said...

I like his two sides. The Matrix and Bill & Ted movies are my favorite Keanu Reeves films. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I like both Speed and the Matrix trilogy.

deedleweedle said...

I'm not a big movie person, but I liked Matrix.

Anonymous said...

The Matrix, original. Amazing. Didn't even know who Keanu was until then. Now, he's a legend.

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Kaycee said...

The Matrix- the first one. I love the elegance in B&W movies!

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bison61 said...

The Matrix would be my favorite

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tutugirl said...

I love the Matrix!! I'm not sure what I love about old B & W films, maybe there was an innocence about them. They left things to the imagination unlike movies today.

MonCherie said...

I loved him in The Lake House, and of course...Speed

booklover said...

I don't have a favorite Keanu Reeves film, and I'm not sure I can say I am a fan of black and white films, but I do watch them because there were some great movies made in black and white and many of them have more substance than the movies made today.

Erin said...

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure!!!! when i was younger that was my friends and i sleep over movie!!! i think i have seen it like 5000000000 times!!!!

And I just LOVE Black and White movies!!! they are my favorite! they really add something! The Art of it i think just makes movies better!!

yyeres said...

the matrix, the first one was my favorite. thanks for the contest!

jb said...

The Matrix is my favorite Keanu Reeves movie.

Daniel M said...

constantine - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

justicecw said...

I love the movie Speed! My friends and I used to quote from it in high school! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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klp1965 said...

i loved keanu in the watcher :)

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idahomom said...

Speed

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The Matrix!

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Samantha P said...

Speed of course!

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also a subscriber!

Ardy22 said...

Matrix was edefinitely my fav movie by him

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Carolyn said...

The kids and I enjoy Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.

I love the glamour of old movies.

Carolyn said...

I am a subscriber!

CanAmBlond said...

My favorite Keanu movie is Matrix, but Speed is a close second. Thanks for the chance to win this classic movie!

Angela said...

Keanu - now there's some eye candy. Loved Devil's Advocate, Matrix, even Bill and Ted. Have to say my favorite was Speed.

kat said...

My fave movie is Constantine !! And I also feel that black and white movies are mysterious and you don't have a clue what is going to happen next. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Erin said...

My favorite Keanu Reeves movie is the Matrix trilogy. Black and white movies have that great classic feel!

Anonymous said...

The Matrix Revolutions

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Anonymous said...

"The Lake House"

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amyd29 said...

All I have to say is Johnny Utah!!


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ky2here said...

Wow! Has no one seen 'My Own Private Idaho'? He (and River Phoenix) were perfect in that movie.

Anonymous said...

point break

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mommync3 said...

Speed is my favorite Keanu movie.

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Jinxy and Me said...

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is my favorite Keanu movie.

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lisalmg said...

My favorite Keanu Reeves movie is A Walk In The Clouds. Thanks!
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Kyle Banderman said...

No doubt my favorite is Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure!

Thanks for the contest!

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walters123 said...

Matrix was my favorite.

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Diana D said...

I loved the movie Lake House. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

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jennifer57 said...

speed :)

terra_onyx@yahoo.com said...

A lot of older black and white movies are being remade. I think this is due largely to the fact that the older movies had intensity and substance. They were able to grab you with a whisper and make you shudder by playing with your minds imagination. I have always enjoyed the black and whites over more modern versions. There is some classic style that appeals to most people.

mom2anutball said...

Definately Speed, he was so hot in that movie!! :)

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Im a subscriber!

angieplays said...

I own the Matrix Trilogy. But another one was a movie called Point Blank, I think about surfer robbers.

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dvice said...

My favorite is Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Maja said...

matrix

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John Deal said...

I really don't much like black and white movies. AztecFeller@aol.com

deidracox said...

my favorite was THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE
i loved the spooky creepiness of it all:)

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