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Shane Black, writer and director of the terrific films Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and the Nice Guys returns to the franchise he was part of at the very beginning. Black played Hawkins…who told terrible jokes to Sonny Landham’s Billy that he constantly had to explain and Billy only finds funny once. Predators did not reignite the franchise, and so eight years later we have an attempt to reboot the series.  This film… Read More

While critics and plenty of fans pummeled the first film, it was more than successful enough to get a sequel greenlit.  Directed by the Brothers Strause (that is what they direct under), Requiem is a real mess in more ways than one. The cast is immense, so you start figuring out who will die sooner than later based on how much attention they get.  The film picks up right after the first… Read More

The Predator films went quiet after the second film, and Alien films were stalled by Resurrection seven years earlier.  In that time, there had been a series of successful Alien and Predator comics by publisher Dark Horse Comics.  In 1990, Dark Horse brought the franchises together, which was one of those crossovers that you never knew you wanted until you were given it.  The Alien vs. Predator comics were very popular and… Read More

After the second film, the Predator series went dormant.  The alien hunters only saw the screen in the “team up” Alien vs Predator films.  It was not until about 2009 Predator was announced as getting it’s own new film.  It was spearheaded by Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, From Dusk Til Dawn, Sin City) and was referred to often as a reboot.  The problem with the tendency to treat every film as a remake… Read More

Directed by Stephen Hopkins (Lost In Space, Nightmare on Elm Street 5 and Race), Predator 2 is an attempt at being very different.  Instead of a jungle, we are in “the Concrete Jungle”.  Instead of a heavily muscled soldier, we have have a team of police.  The film tries to be different by being very opposite.  There are vicious gang wars that are tearing up the street.  Captain Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover)… Read More

Predator is from Arnold Schwarzennegar’s action movie heyday.  Directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard, Die Hard With a Vengeance and the Hunt for Red October) it is a capable action film.  It is a simple plot, a mercenary group hired by the government goes into the jungles of South America on a rescue mission.  Instead, they find themselves up against an unseen and unearthly killer. Arnold is the leader, hired by an… Read More