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Topic: Alien

Galaxina / The Crater Lake Monster

Two totally unexpected Blu-ray remasters


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Two movies I never thought I’d see remastered for Blu-ray, much less on the same disc?
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Alien 2: On Earth

Now that’s Italian!


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
One year after Ridley Scott’s “Alien” terrified 1979 moviegoers, “Alien 2” presumably baffled them.
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Report to the Commissioner / Harry in Your Pocket

Two great '70s crime thrillers


Thriller

Rod Lott
So ripe were the 1970s for great crime thrillers that we’ve forgotten about a lot of them, through no fault of our own.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead

The true story behind ‘Send more paramedics.’


Documentary

Rod Lott
What the recent book from the same writers failed to do, the documentary "More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead" succeeds in spades: delivering a concise, compelling and entertaining look at the 1985 cult classic "The Return of the Living Dead."
 
Monday, November 7, 2011

The Darkest Hour

It’s not so bright.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Two American entrepreneurs (Speed Racer's Emile Hirsch and The Social Network's Max Minghella) travel to Moscow in the hopes of turning their Globe Trot social network into a $10 million company with one meeting. Instead, they're ripped off by a Russian colleague and, to make matters worse, are at ground zero of an alien invasion. At least they get to meet some babes first.
 
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sector 7

For sci-fi thrills, '7' is no heaven.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Alien has no shortage of rip-offs, but Sector 7 has the distinction of hitting video while Prometheus is in theaters. While Prometheus isn't great, it's better than Sector 7. Heck, even the much-maligned Alien vs. Predator is better than Sector 7.
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Extraterrestrial

A close encounter of the awkward kind.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
One of the hotter tickets at last fall's Fantastic Fest was Extraterrestrial. I couldn't get in. I understood why at the time: It's the new film from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo! Now that I've seen it, I wonder how many who did get in wish they hadn't. It's a huge disappointment.
 
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition

Consider that an uprgrade.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
"Let's do it," says Arnold in the opening minutes of Total Recall. "Let's go to Mars."
 
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXIV

You could try to kill it with a forklift, but why?


Television series

Rod Lott
XXIV, VXI, XXX, IV, X — hell, it's all Greek Roman to me. All I know for sure is that each and every box set that has been or will be released of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is worth owning. Since the new Volume XXIV falls into that category, it, too, qualifies.
 
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Storage 24

Blokes and the beast.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Britain’s on high alert after a plane falls from the sky from unknown causes. Terrorist attack, perhaps? At a 24-hour storage facility — hence the film’s title, Storage 24 — the ensuing crash has locked down its security system, effectively trapping people inside. Oh, and one gnarly alien.
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013
 
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