Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

February 13, 2014

[SOM #43]

This was the last ALIEN film produced leaving the once acclaimed series in the gutter of creature features filled with and made by talentless nobodies. The lack of gore in the Paul WS Anderson original caused the pendulum to swing back violently, the result being that this film is ONLY about the blood and guts. Its dingy, nasty, grotty, witless, artless garbage, unfit for the term "film" and the seven assembled reviewers get their critical teeth in with savage acuity.

The PREDATOR series fared better after this as the 2010 film PREDATORS was deliberately set apart from these crossovers and pitched itself as a follow-up to the 1987 original. As the spiritual equivalent of Cameron's ALIENS it gave hope for continuation of that series. With Scott's plans for the PROMETHEUS story skewing further away from the Alien franchise it could be a while before we see them emerge, dripping from the shadows once again.

Josh Garrity of Cane and Rinse, Leah Haydu of GamerDork, Sharon Shaw of Gonzo Planet, James Perkins of Geek Wad and Matt Ramsey of DorkTunes and Neil Taylor of GameBurst touch down in smalltown America and raise Hell.

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Alien vs. Predator

February 12, 2014

[SOM #42]

Director of two of the Resident Evil movies and producer of the rest, Paul WS Anderson helmed the first PG-13 foray for these licenses, combining them into one family-friendly Jurassic Park-style romp. If you've not seen it the plot could be adequately described on the back of a matchbox or indeed with crude, crayon diagrams. Humans go somewhere they shouldn't, looking for stuff. They find ALIENS and then PREDATORs show up. The humans go squish and the creatures fight. It's a right palava.

Josh Garrity of Cane and Rinse, Leah Haydu of GamerDork, Sharon Shaw of Gonzo Planet, James Perkins of Geek Wad and Matt Ramsey of DorkTunes are now joined by Neil Taylor of GameBurst as I bring this intrepid group of explorers closer to the ignoble end of one franchise that only ever needed to be two movies and another that maybe didn't even need that many.

Find out what happened thousands of years ago, hear the deep-sea sequel idea conceived and marvel at the inappropriate attempted vocal characterization of the PREDATORS.

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Predators

January 22, 2014

[SOM #22]

For the third and concluding part of our Predator specials we cover the long-awaited third movie, released two decades after the second in 2010; Predators.

Find out what we feel about the expanding worlds of this alien hunter and ultimately how they could take the series in new and exciting directions in the future.

Once again my guests are Neil Taylor of GameBurst and Matt Ramsey of Dorktunes.

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Predator 2

January 21, 2014

[SOM #21]

For the second part of our Predator specials we cover the 1990 film; Predator 2, this time starring too-old-for-this-shit Danny Glover. This one is directed by Stephen Hopkins who went on to helm The Ghost and the Darkness and Lost in Space. Once again the whole show is underscored by the music of Alan Silvestri.

Unlike last week, opinion is somewhat more divided on the subject of this one and its follow-up. Neil and I have opposing favourites and a somewhat scornful reaction to the other for different reasons. 

And my guests are Neil Taylor of GameBurst and Matt Ramsey of Dorktunes.

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Predator

January 20, 2014

[SOM #20]

This is the first of a two part series focusing on the dedicated Predator movies. We've held back on the Alien vs. Predator series for now, to achieve some semblance of narrative consistency but we will cover them later as a postscript to the Alien saga.

This first episode is all about the 1987 original (and some would say best). What seems at first an exercise in machismo actually becomes a fascinating study in hunter and warrior culture as well as a bloody tale of hardened men taken to the heart of darkness. Starring the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger himself alongside Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura and Bill Duke, stalked by the forgotten but exceptionally talented physical performer Kevin-Peter Hall as the alien hunter himself.

Music by Alan Silvestri.

Many thanks to Neil 'Kid Dogg' Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0 for joining me, along with Matt 'Mattharrier' Ramsey of Dorktunes and the GP community for yet another deep Gonzo delve into a classic movie. We return in a week for the concluding show which will cover both 1992's Predator 2 and 2010's Predators.

On a side note, to play the Predator drinking game, every time one of us quotes the movie take a shot. You will be unconscious within half an hour.

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