“Alien Vault” by Ian Nathan


I discussed Alien, Ridley Scott’s seminal science fiction masterpiece, on a Mythgard podcast last year. Alien is one of my favorite films. No matter how many times I watch the film, I can’t help but be drawn into Scott’s dark, dreary vision of our future. Like Star Wars, another science fiction classic from that era, the story behind the scenes is almost as interesting as the film itself. In Alien Vault, Ian Nathan chronicles what it took to make a film unlike anything else before or since. Continue reading ““Alien Vault” by Ian Nathan”

The “Alien” Female

615Jt--UndL._SL1024_On May 3, I’ll be joining the Mythgard Movie Club to talk about Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi movie Alien. Here I share my thoughts on what the film means to me, especially when it comes to gender representation in cinema…

During the past few years, female fans have become increasingly vocal in their disappointment over the lack of female protagonists in science fiction and fantasy. To be honest, I initially found this somewhat puzzling – not because I didn’t want female action heroes, but because I thought we already had them. When I was growing up, the biggest pop culture franchises featured characters like Princess Leia and Sarah Connor, while Dana Scully, Xena, and Buffy dominated on the small screen. My favorite sci-fi action hero was (and still is) Ellen Ripley.  Continue reading “The “Alien” Female”

Happy Alien Day!

Aliens_ver1_xlgFox has declared that henceforth April 26 shall be known as “Alien Day” in honor of the planet featured in the movie Alien (LV-426). In addition, this July marks the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s Aliens (which also takes place on LV-426). The Alien franchise holds a special place in my heart and is well worth celebrating (at least the first two movies, Alien and Aliens. I pretend the rest don’t exist). I loved the action and special effects in the films as a kid, but in many ways my appreciation for them has actually grown over time. Continue reading “Happy Alien Day!”

Blomkamp “Alien” film

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Neil Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi film, Chappie, hits U.S. theaters on March 6. Earlier this month, I reviewed Blomkamp’s breakout hit, District 9. Last week, I reviewed Elysium, his 2013 followup. In 2017, we have this to look forward to…

Neil Blomkamp has announced that he will write and direct a new Alien film. Blomkamp released some concept art for his vision (available here). We don’t know much except that Blomkamp wants to continue the story of Ellen Ridley and Corporal Hicks from James Cameron’s AliensContinue reading “Blomkamp “Alien” film”