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Why We Watch: Village of the Damned (1960, directed by Wolf Rilla)
In less than four minutes Rilla has our full attention in this icy, detached, thoroughly thrilling science-fiction masterwork. If there’s a more baffling opening scene in the genre, I would like to see it. You don’t have to look very closely to see this moment echoed years later by Michael Crichton, Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan, and a few episodes of “The X-Files.”
“I worked hard, I was honest, I provided for my family, and I took care of my parents.”
A section of the controversial US-Mexico border fence expansion project crosses previously pristine desert sands at sunrise on March 14, 2009, between Yuma, Arizona and Calexico, California. The barrier stands 15 feet tall and sits on top of the sand so it can lifted by a machine and repositioned whenever the migrating desert dunes begin to bury it. The almost seven miles of floating fence cost about $6 million per mile to build.