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After the beating Prometheus took from critics and fans, the rumor is that Ridley Scott proclaimed, “They want Aliens? I will give them f___ing Aliens.”  And so the Prometheus sequel morphed into an Alien Prequel. Set ten years after Prometheus, we are introduced to a ship called the Covenant.  It is carrying thousands of colonists (and embryos) and is headed for a distant planet suitable for human colonization.  Piloted by a crew… Read More

In spite of a lukewarm reception to the third film, the studio wanted to take another try at the Alien Franchise.  Although they managed to pump this one out in just three years, it is a bigger mess than the last one. This film is set around two hundred years after the last one.  It establishes a new wrinkle in the xenomorph mythology.  Not only do they borrow from their host, they… Read More

The success of Aliens had the studio rushing to try and get an Alien 3 going.  There were a lot of false starts and bad ideas that led to what we got.  Good scripts got tossed aside for weird ideas.  There were questions on whether Weaver wanted to return.  While she did finally return, she pushed for this to be the end of Ripley’s journey. Music video director David Fincher was given… Read More

This film, in part, was a response to the 2011 Thing prequel.In early interviews, (Harbinger Down Director) Alec Gillis had emphasized that it was going to be a mostly practical film.  Even the special features show an awful lot of practical work in the behind the scenes.  The studio “had a change of heart” and decided the film should favor digital over practical. There is a place for the tool of digital.  But… Read More