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

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

An Open Letter to James Cameron

The following article was originally published on 12ftdwende.com 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

Predators (2010)

Predators (2010) — Finally!  This is the first Predator sequel that actually lives up to the potential of the franchise (still not as good as the first one though).  It’s definitely got flaws (Adrian Brody as a badass?) but nothing that isn’t made up for by the awesomeness of predators hunting and killing people in … Continue reading

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) — This movie just about is the unwatchable piece of dogshit it’s made out to be. Alien Vs. Predator was a flawed and mediocre movie but every flaw it had seems to have been overcorrected here in the opposite direction to the point where it sucks even worse.  In Alien … Continue reading

Alien vs. Predator (2004)

Alien Vs. Predator (2004) — This movie isn’t quite the unwatchable dogshit some have made it out to be, but it is profoundly mediocre at almost every turn.  The combination of the two franchises is one highly anticipated by geeks ever since that alien skull donned the hunter’s trophy wall in Predator 2.  This movie … Continue reading

Predator (1987)

Predator (1987) — Just before going on to direct the gold standard of all action movies (Die Hard) John McTiernan gave us this rumble in the jungle.  This film starts out as a “men on a mission” story and then gradually transitions to the alien horror subgenre.  Arnold Schwarzenegger does what he does best in … Continue reading