Alien: Covenant (2017) – Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott returns to the science fiction genre again and retreads things that have gone before in Alien: Covenant. The latest film in the seemingly indefatigable series connects the previous film, the divisive Prometheus with the first film in the series, 1979 Alien, both directed by Scott. And while I didn’t hate it, 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…

Alien 3 (1992) – David Fincher

Sure the special edition taken from Fincher’s workprint wasn’t unveiled until 2003, but it’s the only way I’ll watch the movie now, and makes the film a little stronger than its original theatrical cut. This corner of the Alien universe is my next stop on my journey with the Sci-Fi Chronicles, as it seems I’ve…

Doctor Who (Colin Baker) – Mindwarp

The Trial of a Time Lord continues with Mindwarp. This four-parter was penned by Philip Martin and ran from 4 to 25 October, 1986. As the Doctor’s (Baker) trial continues, as well as his clash with the prosecutor, the Valeyard (Michael Jayston) who presents his evidence. The story, and the case unfold, as the Doctor…

Alien: Resurrection(1997) – Jean-Pierre Jeunet

  Next up in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is Joss Whedon’s take on the Alien series, with the very divisive Alien: Resurrection. And while I, personally, despised the final act of the film, the xenomorph hybrid and all the hoopla that came with it, there are some redeeming things throughout. The stories of how Fox…

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…

Alien (1979) – Ridley Scott

I love this movie, and I’m so glad the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list brought it to me! Any excuse to throw this on the blu-ray is a good one, so I was quite happy to spend some time with the ill-fated crew of the Nostromo again. Alien is essentially a haunted-house story, and nothing really scary…

Planet of the Vampires (1965)

  14 years before the Nostromo took flight to terror in Alien in 1979, the Argos and it’s sister ship the Galliot were heading to a mysterious planet they call Aura, investigating a signal that has been transmitting for two years (I don’t know if that means they have FTL travel but I guess for…

Prometheus (2012) – Some Thoughts and Questions…

Prometheus is a film with some big ideas. This is a film I’ve been looking forward to since I learned Sir Ridley was returning to the universe that he helped create and establish. Is Prometheus a perfect movie? Far from, many of the secondary characters and even some of the leads are interchangeable. But it’s…