I think I’d have had less of a problem with Signs if I’d walked into it expecting something along the lines of spiritual cinema. But the trailers I saw played up the horror/scifi aspect, while so much of the movie was about Graham’s personal spirituality. And I’m sorry, but Signs doesn’t hold up as science fiction- besides the whole water thing, the idea that the aliens wouldn’t use any of their technology to assist in collecting people seems silly without any reasoning backing it up. Miller and Skald, you guys both have plausible backstories (that I’d enjoy arguing about)- trouble is, I was expecting some backstory from M. Night Shyamalan. So I suppose my beef is more with the trailers promoting it as a science fiction/horror movie. Rewatching it recently, I must admit it does a pretty good job as a spiritual cinema type movie.
What, you want an answer to your first question? I refuse! But I’ll defend a book.
I may be the only person I’ve ever met that enjoyed Battlefield Earth. It’s borderline unreasonable premise, executed with some likewise questionable mechanisms (though nothing quite so bad as the movie. I refuse to defend the Harrier thing.). But it’s a good adventure story, and if you can stomach the switch halfway through into a political intrigue, it’s entertaining. I have never read anything else by L. Ron Hubbard, and don’t really intend to. But I enjoyed Battlefield Earth