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Screen Anarchists On ALIEN: COVENANT

("And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" The Second Coming, 1919 - W. B. Yeats) Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant has arrived in cinemas, and a strange film it is indeed....

70s Rewind: STAR WARS Memories, What Are Yours?

Frankly, this is a slow news day, even on the international front, so I'm bowing to the Force and sharing my 'first time watching Star Wars experience,' in the hopes that you'll have something better to share in the comments...

AnarchyVision: ALIEN: COVENANT, Cannes 2017, OKJA, LOVELESS, THE SQUARE

A look at the latest in the Alien franchise, as well as Cannes gems Loveless, The Square, and how Okja's Neflix nature has unsettled local purists....

Destroy All Monsters: Hell Is The Human Race In ALIEN: COVENANT

Spoilers. "Mortal, after all," crows the android David (Michael Fassbender) in Prometheus, upon discovering that the "gods" his crew has sought - the Engineers - can in fact be killed. In Alien: Covenant we learn that David took his name...

Our Favorite Faces Of Michael Fassbender

This weekend, Sir Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant entered North American cinemas, and aboard its titular spaceship we find a cast which includes Michael Fassbender as the artificial human Walter. Years ago we featured Michael Fassbender in our quiz (found here),...

Critical Distance: TWIN PEAKS, Please Don't Stop Your Sobbing

Minor chords always kill me. On Sunday evening, April 8, 1990, I sat down to watch a highly-anticipated show, alone in my tiny room in Brooklyn. I watched my tiny television until 9:15 p.m. or so, Eastern Standard Time. And...

70s Rewind: THE BEGUILED, Clint Eastwood in a Weird, Southern Gothic Experiment

Sofia Coppola's new version of The Beguiled will debut at the Cannes Film Festival next week, ahead of its theatrical release in the U.S. on June 23, which makes this is an opportune time to consider Don Siegel's 1971 version...

Our Favorite Faces Of Cate Blanchett

Guess whose birthday it was yesterday? Yes, Cate Blanchett turned 48, and as the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok showed last month, she still easily commands the screen and has no trouble kicking ass while doing so. In short: she rules....

10+ Years Later: Is WILLOW Still a Magical Journey?

Most people are familiar with the famous trilogies of George Lucas: The Star Wars trilogy. The other Star Wars trilogy. The Indiana Jones trilogy. (Which of course grew into a quadrilogy, whether we like it or not.) But another trilogy...

Destroy All Monsters: The Abysmal Fathers Of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

My dad went in for surgery this week, which (Thor be praised) is a new experience for our family - the first hospital visit, the first recovery period, the first time dealing with that set of worries. And no need...

Our Favorite Faces Of Kurt Russell

This weekend saw the massive arrival of James Gunn's The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, scoring over 145 million USD domestic in its first few days. And as I said in my review, it's a pretty fun film too,...

70s Rewind: LOGAN'S RUN, Forever Young

In the summer of 1976, I became a man. I saw Logan's Run. Several years before, I was a founding member of the Science Fiction Book Club. Initially we met to talk about Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C....

Our Favorite Faces Of Tom Hanks

This weekend saw the première of James Ponsoldt's The Circle (read Christopher Bourne's review here), starring Emma Watson and, interestingly, Tom Hanks in one of his less avuncular roles. Two years ago we did a quiz on him and at...

Destroy All Monsters: Did Marvel Seriously Just Pivot To The Right?

I have sympathy for anyone in a floundering, long-lead industry - whose desperation to improve matters is kept at actionable arm's length by the exigencies of the production cycle. But did Marvel Comics seriously look at the election of Donald...

Our Favorite Faces Of Rosario Dawson

This weekend saw the première of famous producer Denise Di Novi's first film as a director: Unforgettable, starring Rosario Dawson as a woman terrorized by the deranged ex-wife of her soon-to-be-husband. Reviews have been mixed (and puns regarding the title...

70s Rewind: ZARDOZ, Much More Than Sean Connery Running Around in a Loincloth

James Bond running around in a loincloth. That may be the singular image that comes to mind when Zardoz is mentioned. If another image pops, it's likely "giant statue of a head flying through the air." Out of context, the...

Destroy All Monsters: Thanks, GIRLS!

I'm not going to add much to the discussion of Girls, where other writers have ably carried the conversation, besides returning to a point I made a few years ago: I'm glad this show exists, has existed, did exist; and...

Our Favorite Faces Of Sean Bean

Today is the birthday of Sean Bean (seen here in his recent supporting role in The Martian). He's going strong at 58, and hopefully we'll have fun with him for another few decades. Not just a legendary living Internet-meme for...

Destroy All Monsters: Maybe The Trailers ARE Better

The nicest thing about a trailer is that it can't hurt you. If you're not loving the vibe, any anxieties can be immediately dismissed with a simple "meh, it's just the trailer." If everything about the trailer, though, seems doooooope...

10+ Years Later: BELOVED Remains a Haunting Tale of Love & Horror

I was a latecomer to horror film; as a kid/teenager, I was far more interested in science fiction, and was a bit of a wimp when it came to horror. Arriving at it in my 20s, it's now become a...