Near Dark (1987) – Kathryn Bigelow

If Fright Night got me into horror movies then Near Dark, the next vampire film in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book showed me that the undead could be vicious, occasionally hate their existence and live on the edges of the night. Despite the ending (actually the return to humanity sequence) of the film,…

Predator 2 (1990) – Stephen Hopkins

Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Robert Davi, Maria Conchita Alonso and Ruben Blades are in the sights of an alien in Predator 2, the next stop as I close in on the end of the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Following on the trail of the original 1987 film, Predator 2 is a bit of a…

Galaxy of Terror (1981) – Bruce D. Clark

The next stop for me in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is the works of James Cameron, and this is where he got some of his start (and where a behind the scenes worker, Bill Paxton, also did some work) as the film’s production designer. Cameron did some special effects work for this Roger Corman produced B-movie (something…

Trailer Tracks: Twister (1996) – Jan De Bont

This movie was like a ride in a theme park. It didn’t claim to have much of a story, just some interchangeable characters, some pretty impressive special effects, and a good solid two hours of entertainment. Filled with recognizable names and faces like Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, Jami Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cary Elwes and…

True Lies (1994) – James Cameron

  The 101 Action Movies list gave me a chance to revisit a James Cameron movie that I seem to constantly forget about, but love to watch every time it is on… True Lies. Cameron directs this actioner which has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek, and amps up the action sequences that come…

Aliens (1986) – James Cameron

This time it’s war, as we return to the universe created in the original Ridley Scott sci-fi flick. James Cameron takes over as storyteller and director in this entry in the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is still in hyper-sleep, just as we left her at the end of the first film, but…

Apollo 13 (1995)

I love this film. Like The Hunt For Red October before it, this was one of those films that I put on in the video store during my shift because it is heavily dialogue driven, a great score, fantastic actors, and just carried me through my day. And like Contact, I won’t watch it for…