Alien 3 (1992)

Alien 3 (1992) – So in 2003 the Alien series came out in a deluxe edition box set somewhat stupidly called the Alien “Quadrilogy.” (Quartet. The fucking word is quartet.) Ridley Scott came out with a new Director’s Cut of Alien. James Cameron supervised the restoration of his Director’s Cut of Aliens. Jean-Pierre Jeunet created … Continue reading

Aliens (1986)

Aliens (1986) – Sequels suck, or so they say. I personally believe that blanket statements are always wrong. ALWAYS. (See what I did there?) Obviously, everyone can come up with exceptions to the “sequels suck” rule. The Godfather Part II won the Academy Award for Best Picture and is considered by many (yours truly included) … Continue reading

Alien (1979)

Alien (1979) – So Starfleet is a pretty cool idea. I mean a sort of egalitarian organization that goes around exploring and keeping the peace. That’s part of the utopian vision of Star Trek. (Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, anyway, I don’t know so much about J.J. Abrams’s…) A lot of space-set science fiction tends to … Continue reading

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 (2004) – There is no more ridiculous blanket statement that permeates the world of film snobbery than “sequels suck.” If you say that, you don’t know what the fuck you are talking about. Yeah, many series have a case of diminishing returns as they go on and on, but there are sequels that … Continue reading

Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus (2012) – Ridley Scott has not made a science fiction movie in 30 years, since his unparalleled masterpiece Blade Runner. Almost as good (and definitely more popular) is Scott’s second-best film Alien. Alien kicked off a franchise given us the great sequel Aliens, the sequel which I like (though few others seem to) Alien … Continue reading

Men in Black 3 (2012)

Men in Black 3 (2012) – Sequels are not necessarily a case of diminishing returns. While there is definitely plenty of hollow retreads like The Hangover Part II, there also flicks like The Godfather Part II, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and [technically] The Silence of the Lambs. Loosely based on a comic by Lowell … Continue reading

Network (1976)

Network (1976) – The following article was originally published on on 29 April 2011. “I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a … Continue reading

Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

Take Me Home Tonight (2011) – This article was originally published on on 4 March 2011. I frequently see commercials, or rather public service announcements, preaching the importance of the first five years of a child’s life. Apparently they are the most influential in a human being’s development. Well, the first five years of … Continue reading

An Open Letter to James Cameron

The following article was originally published on on 19 March 2010. Dear Mr. Cameron, Firstly: big fan. Seen most of your movies (have yet to track down Piranha II: The Spawning, but will most definitely get around to it) and have enjoyed all I have seen. I know I am a lowly community college … Continue reading

Attack the Block (2011)

Attack the Block (2011) – I’d been hearing about Attack the Block for a while before I got around to seeing it. Most of what I was hearing was that it was a phenomenal alien invasion flick from the U.K. that was being unfairly under-marketed in the U.S. Plus it’s produced by Edgar Wright (and … Continue reading