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The Buzz:

        Strange things are happening in the middle-of-nowhere-Australian-outback. Because like that part of the world isn't terrible enough, now there are strange lights in the sky that...soak up water? And make people sound like they're main-lining helium? Am I remembering this movie right?

 

 Life of the Party:

        I will admit that this movie is fairly interesting at times (or at least the times involving the aliens). This is 80's sci-fi that goes for atmosphere and build-up over special-effects and action. The acting is decent, and what few effect there are in the film are done well.   If that's your kind of thing, then this film may well be worth your time.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        The rest of us, however, will spend most of the film wondering just when it's gonna get exciting, and then eventually just wondering when it's gonna end. The movie focuses on brother #1 who's an ex-con who's a constant screw-up, brother #2 who's gone way to serious about running the family farm, and his wife who's unhappy (names aren't really important). There's also an opera-loving cop who hopelessly loves a bartender, who's in love with brother #1. But brother #1 and wife fall for each other.

        And oh yea there's something about aliens stealing water.

        And that's the main problem. I can tell you tons about the characters and the love...pentagon? But the aliens and their plans? Fuck that man, WE GOT UNHAPPY FARM WIVES TO DEAL WITH!

 

Yes, please continue to enthrall me with your love-life problems. They're MUCH more important than aliens...

The Vibe: Lazy Afternoon, Solo Experience

        If you're a fan of old drama I mean sci-fi films, then Encounter at Raven's Gate will certainly fit into your next unproductive afternoon. It might be hard to drink during this film as you pass into a sort of dead-eyed trance while it passes by, but if you can keep enough of your wits about you maybe drink every time they talk about water, or every time someone brings up the fact that brother #1 is an ex-con.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ The concept and setting are certainly there

- If only they concentrated on those points

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Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

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