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Book Review: ALIEN

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

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Since its release in May 1979 Alien has garnered iconic status, reaping critical acclaim as well as box office success, and this May marks its much-celebrated 35th anniversary.  Titan Books has re-released Alien, Alan Dean Foster’s long out-of-print adaptation, considered one of the defining novelizations ever written and we received a copy to review.

There is a reason Alien has been praised as the finest movie novelization ever written, it’s likely true.  Admittedly, I haven’t read every movie novelization, but from the many I have I can tell you they are often hack jobs.  Here we have a classic title that lends itself to a classic movie, a rare feat in storytelling.  For completionists like me, this makes a great addition to the shelves.

alien-novelIf you’re reading this then you likely know the story of Alien, if you don’t, then what are you waiting for?  The book is faithful the movie and goes into great detail which may be a bore for some (for the first thirsty pages or so).  They set up the scenes including details like technical aspects of landing, planning the course, and positioning.  The scene where they find the chamber is still scary as hell among other scenes which may actually be more intense in print then on screen.  Ridley comes off as less likable in this version, arrogant is an understatement.  So that may change the way you view the movie afterwards too, Dallas will forever be likable though.

What is wish was included was a better description of the alien.  It’s very vague which is surprising considering the detail they put into relatively small stuff.  We get detail about the egg and some theories thrown out by the crew.  Adult alien makes its appearance and it’s all up to you to decide, maybe that was the point?

Fans should read this knowing it doesn’t add any missing moments or further, but it’s still a great read that will scare you.  Now it’s time to re-watch the movie.

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Book Review – Alien: Out of The Shadows

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Alien Out of The Shadows Book Review

I think it’s been established that I’m a big fan of the Alien universe, so receiving this copy of Alien: Out of The Shadows by Tim Lebbon from Titan Books was a nice surprise.  This is a brand new official novel set between the events of Alien and Aliens and I was a little confused as to how they would try to bridge that gap.  I was even more surprised when I realized that Ellen Ripley would be part of the story.  After all…she was in cryosleep the entire time between Alien and Aliens…or was she?

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PROMETHEUS 2 Has Been Written Apparently

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Prometheus 2

I feel like I was one of the few people who actually enjoyed Prometheus.  Sure it didn’t live up to the hype and there could have been some better characterization, but there was enough there for me to enjoy it and buy it when it came out.  Those of you who saw it know that the ending left a lot unexplained yet also left a fairly clear path to where a sequel would go.  Based upon the critical reaction after its release I wasn’t so sure we were actually going to see a sequel, but dollars speak louder than critics and I guess Prometheus made enough dough.

That’s all old news but we finally have a new bit of news to share.  While doing the press rounds for The Counselor (in theaters now) Ridley Scott told Empire that Prometheus 2 has in fact been written but that he didn’t know when he would start shooting.  I did say a bit of news right? Ridley is currently filming his bible epic Exodus for 2014 and has another film planned for 2015.  That means that assuming Prometheus comes after those two, it wouldn’t even start filming until 2016.  The dude is busy.

I can only hope that the people who were bummed about Prometheus will give him a second chance with the sequel, if anything we’ll be in for another gorgeous looking film.  Hopefully the characters will be stronger this time around as well.

Today Only, The ALIEN ANTHOLOGY Is $19.99!

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Alien Anthology

Today’s Gold Box Deal on Amazon.com is so great that we just had to share it!

The Alien Anthology on Blu-ray is only $19.99.  The set includes Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection plus a TON of amazing bonus features.  In fact, this set was the first Blu-ray I bought myself so I can say from first hand experience that it’s a wonderful addition to any collection.  The restoration done on Alien is particularly great, you could probably fool people into thinking it was filmed just a few years ago.

Even if you only want the first two films this deal is STILL cheaper than buying only Alien and Aliens separately.  So…follow the link below and add this to your collection today because tomorrow the price will shoot back up!

The Alien Anthology for $19.99!

The offer has expired and the price has moved back up to $33.90, still a good deal considering but I hope you grabbed it at $19.99!

Our Favorite Sci-Fi Movies (That Don’t Begin with “Star”)

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Our Favorite Sci Fi Movies That Don't Start With Star

Science Fiction has always played a pivotal role in cinema. It is a means by which we can look into the future and speculate as to what “could be”. Our only limit is our imaginations, and our imaginations provide an infinite number of possibilities. With that being said there have been some incredible films that allow us to look forward and wonder, “what if?”. Whether it is the existence of extra terrestrials or humankind’s self destructive nature – these possibilities are fascinating.

While it is easy to point to the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises because they are so iconic, we decided that would be too easy. Below are our favorite Science Fiction films that do not begin with the word “Star”. Did we miss something? Share your favorite with us on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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Fun With Short Films – The Gift

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

The Gift

Imagine I, Robot – but set in Russia. Robots are there to tend to the whims of their human masters and the cybernetic lifeforms strangely resemble those of I, Robot. These ones do tend to have a bit more in regards to facial expressions, but a very close facsimile. The similarities end there, as the plot is not as cut and dry as the Will Smith blockbuster. In this 4 minute film nothing is really cleared up. The gift itself reminds me of the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. A metaphor of sorts that is left up the viewers imagination.

It is directed by Carl E. Rinsch, whose name may be familiar as he was in the running to direct the Alien prequel. Upon it’s release, The Gift sparked a bidding war in which many believed it was for the rights to expand the short into a full length feature film. It turns out it was over the rights to make a film titled Small, whereas The Gift served as a prequel. This news is over 3 years old, and I have no idea on the future of this project. If you have any knowledge yourself, please feel free to respond in the comments below.

For those who haven’t seen the The Gift, check it out after the jump!

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Book Review: ‘The Book of Alien’ and ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual’ (re-releases)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

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In honor of the release of Prometheus, Titan Books has re-printed two Alien franchise books which have long been out of print. I was lucky enough to be able to review them.

book-of-alienThe Book of Alien
The Book of Alien by Paul Scanlon and Michael Gross seems to be more of a “art of” book, as it is predominantly full of pre-production artwork. A lot of what is here is familiar to most Alien fans but hopefully there’s a tidbit or two that you’ll discover (or re-discover) that you didn’t know. I for one was unaware that the late Jean “Mœbius” Giraud contributed pre-production art. He was only involved in the production for a short time but some of his concepts survived to be seen in the finished film.

Since this book was originally published in the late 70′s it’s not quite as polished as some people are used to, but don’t let that scare you off. There are a lot of great pieces of production art on display here as well as over a dozen solid pages of text covering many aspects of the production. Unfortunately, I feel that this book falls a bit short of being the definitive book on the making of Alien. I know somewhere out there, a great big coffee table book covering the entire Alien franchise is waiting to be made, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Aliens-Colonial-Marines-Technical-Manual-CoverAliens – Colonial Marines Technical Manual
I’ll be honest right up front. Aliens – Colonial Marines Technical Manual by Lee Brimmicombe-Wood was not the book for me. I’m a huge fan of the Alien franchise as a whole, but I’m much more interested in the behind the scenes sort of stuff. However, if you watched Aliens and thought “wow, I want to know everything there is to know about the USCMC and their equipment” then this is the book for you.

Jammed packed with extremely detailed articles covering weaponry, tanks, ships, armour, spacesuits, and more, this book is a sci-fi technophile’s dream. Almost every question you ever thought to ask about weaponry or equipment is covered in this book. Have you ever wondered what materials make up the M3 Armour Vest the Marine’s wear? It’s in here. Have you ever wanted detailed descriptions of every piece of ordinance carried by the UD-4L Dropship? It’s in here. Have you ever wondered what the maximum generating output of the USS Sulaco’s Westingland A-59 fusion reactor is? It’s in here. Have you ever…well, you get the idea.

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The book includes a lot of simple ink illustrations as well as photographs and paintings to fully immerse you in this detailed world. There is also a lot of commentary from fictional marines describing the weapons and equipment in question which really adds to the experience. It’s almost as if this book is actually sitting on some shelf in the Alien universe.

So for me, this book was just something I couldn’t fully get into. However if you enjoy military sci-fi technical jargon you’ll probably love this.

The Book of Alien
Author: Paul Scanlon (Author), Michael Gross (Illustrator)
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (May 29, 2012)

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Aliens – Colonial Marines Technical Manual
Author: lee Brimmicombe-Wood
Paperback: 159 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (May 29, 2012)

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Reel: [the films of] Ridley Scott

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

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Kees van Dijkhuizen is back with his “the biggest episode yet” of his “the [the films of]” collection (see them all here).  The video below is under 3 minutes and manages to show all 19 movies from Ridley Scott.

Films used: The Duellists, Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Someone to Watch Over Me, Black Rain, Thelma & Louise, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, White Squall, G.I. Jane, Gladiator, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, Kingdom of Heaven, A Good Year, American Gangster, Body of Lies, Robin Hood

Songs used: “Burn My Shadow” by Unkle -“She’s Long Gone” by The Black Keys – “Knights of Cydonia” by Muse

Watch it below:

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