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Alien: Covenant is Faithless

In every cop TV show there is a scene where the detectives have to visit the family of a murder victim and inform them that their loved one has been killed senselessly. The family cries or yells, and the cop either shrugs it off or says something really pithy. My dear, dear Alien fans, I am the detective and I am on your doorstep. Knock, knock. I am going to do the merciful thing and spare you the hundred...

Throwback Thursday: In Space, No One Can Hear an Alien Scream

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. With the imminent release tomorrow of the latest film in the Alien saga, I figured now would be the perfect opportunity to look at this space opera franchise and what the individual production teams have brought to each installment. As discussed in last week’s column, a confluence of events...

Throwback Thursday: Dark Star Is an Excavated Classic

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. I’m going to start off this throwback with a big ol’ declarative sentence. Dark Star is not a good film. There. I’ve said it. You might be wondering why I’m devoting a column to its existence, then. It might not be a good film, but it is an important...

Life Is the Latest in a Long Line of Bug Hunts

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: six people are trapped in one location with an implacable, unknowable, and unfeeling monster that eliminates them one by one while they struggle to understand the lack of empathy and meaning in our cold, lifeless universe. That’s right—I’m talking about The Bachelorette! That scenario would also, I suppose, describe any haunted-house or psycho-killer horror movie shot in the last 40 years. Make the location a spaceship and the monster from another planet...

Throwback Thursday: With No Melodrama or Space Battles, 2001 Is Still a Space Opera

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. After a short overture, we’re brought into this film by the opening strains of Richard Strauss’s “Also sprach Zarathustra.” Then the tile card appears. Even if you haven’t seen the film, you’ll know by those musical strains what I’m talking about: 1968’s Stanley Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s rare...

Throwback Thursday: V stands for Visitor and Victory

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Before the term “binge-watching” became a thing, watching TV on your computer was possible, and cable channels dominated the ratings due to the fragmentation of audiences; the Big Three networks—CBS, NBC, and ABC—relied on event series to blow their competitors out of the water. One such event idea was...

Throwback Thursday: Jumping in the Way Back Machine to Watch Flight of the Navigator

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. In 1982, the world was thrilled by the adventures of a boy and his alien, who just wanted to phone home. In 1986, audiences of a much smaller variety got to watch the adventures of an alien and his boy, who just wants to go home. I’m talking about...
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