Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review Tuesday Double Header: ALIEN (1979) / ALIENS (1986)

This will be the last of the in-flight movie reviews...

While I was on vacation in May H.R Giger passed away. It seemed like a strange coincidence that the flight included Alien and Aliens in their original, uncut, theatrical release versions. How I just felt like watching these at that time, I don't know. It was certainly timely.

The crew of the Nostromo is wiped out by an alien that they unwittingly brought aboard their vessel after responding to a distress call. 
After the wild success of STAR WARS in 1977, the movie studios were all trying to cash in on the recent sci-fi craze. Director Ridley Scott decided to bring the vile artwork of H.R. Giger to life in a movie about this thing of nightmares. He wanted to create JAWS in space. He succeeded. 

ALIEN is one of those science fiction classics that will be a yardstick by which similar films would be compared to for ages to come. The suspense. The fear. The  ill-feeling of foreboding. While the movie is nearly two hours long, you're waiting for something, ANYTHING to happen. Scott cleverly put the clues regarding what will unfold later on right from the beginning. The Space Jockey with the chest cavity burst outwards was not a throw-away scene. 

The special effects were largely flawless. This movie was beyond original for the time period. The grittiness of the ship was perfect. The casting was dead-on. 

When ALIEN came out in 1979, I was only 8. There was no chance that I was getting in to see it in the theater as it was rated R. Years later, it came to  television. I was still young and recall being horrified by the monster. I already knew what it looked like. My brother had a toy of the vicious looking beast. I just didn't want to see what damage it was capable of. Fast forward a couple decades and I'm sitting on an Airbus A330 analyzing the flick. One of the first things I noticed was that while the effects of the space ship traveling, the landing on the planet, the creature effects, these were all outstanding. So it struck me as odd when they had the awful piped in explosions sounds from every movie when the craft landed hard. In fact, everything about that scene just didn't line up with the expertise shown in the rest of the movie. The Christmas tree lights used in the control panels, the lame showers of sparks spraying down all over. Then they leave the ship and the derelict ship was awesome. The Space jockey and the egg room, outstanding. The other poorly seamed scene was when they re-animated the android's head. Couldn't they cut to a different view, maybe the crew looking at each-other THEN go back to the head, but now it's Ian Holm instead of the prop? I suppose hindsight is 20/20. 

By large, I'd say the movie holds up well to time. Even the clothes don't seem out of place. Who knows what people will wear on a deep space freighter? Okay, I'm fine will all that. ALIEN, still terrifying after 35 years.


Ripley returns to the planet from the first movie, LRV-426, with a team of Colonial Marines to investigate why the colony there has broken contact.
After his success with TERMINATOR, James Cameron brought us a sequel to the original movie ALIEN. It's some 70 years since we last saw the only survivor of the Nostromo, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). She was rescued from the escape shuttle Narcissis. The company is not pleased with her account of how the ship and ore had been lost. Hell, they already had a mining colony on that piece of rock and there were no reports of hideous chest-bursting monsters killing everyone. They were thinking in terms of dollars and cents and a result ended up punishing her by demoting Ripley to a loading bay job.

Then Ripley was contacted. Communications with LRV-426 had been severed. They needed to deploy soldiers to the scene, and thought it would be best to have her along as an adviser if one of her creepy crawlies was, in fact, the culprit. 

The Colonial Marines are a small group of well trained colorful soldiers. No matter how well trained you might be, when you're heavily outnumbered by aliens bent on killing you, there's little hope. 

Many consider ALIENS to be the best installment in the franchise. I tend to prefer the original just because it was the vision that gave birth to a million nightmares. That doesn't mean that I don't love ALIENS. It's mostly brilliant. 


They wanted to leave the planet and nuke the colony from orbit to be sure the Aliens wouldn't get away. Then the team noticed that the plant's nuclear core was going to do that whether they liked it or not, sooner than later. Of course the child, the sole survivor of the colony, that they find is grabbed by the Aliens. Ripley decides to go back for HER (in the beginning she told them not to go back for the soldiers grabbed by the Aliens) and decided to face off with the Queen Alien. 


This scene was supposed to show what a bad-ass Ripley had become because of these monsters. The two bitches go toe-to-toe. But logically, if she grabbed the girl and ran off, the exploding core would finish off the Aliens and life would be fine. I suppose they wanted a device to add an extra ten minutes to the movie, but it seemed plain dumb. Visually it was great, and fun to watch, but logically it was stupid move on Ripley's part. She risked the life of the child she went back to save, as well as her own.
Great special effects. Great cast. Still a lot of fun to watch and still holds up to the passing of time.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

onomasticon \ on-uh-MAS-ti-kon, -kuhn \ , noun; 
  1. a list or collection of proper names. 
  2. a list or collection of specialized terms, as those used in a particular field or subject area. 
Origin: Onomasticon entered English in the early 1700s from the Greek onomastikòn meaning "vocabulary arranged by subjects." 

  • When you regularly flirt with an acquaintance or friend but do no more. 
Rick and Julie flirt whenever they are together, but they've never gone out. They aren't in any sort of relationship, merely a flirtationship. 

Bob has only one girlfriend, but starts a flirtationship with almost every girl he meets.

  • Cleveland: the Forest City was named after Gen. Moses Cleaveland, the superintendent of the group that surveyed the area (1796)
  • Wiley Post: American aviator completed the first round-the-world solo flight (1933)
  • John Dillinger: bank robber known as Public Enemy No. 1 was killed in a shootout with federal agents after seeing a movie in Chicago (1934)
  • King David Hotel: Jerusalem landmark was bombed by the Irgun in an attack on the British (1946)
  • Iraq: Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay were killed by US forces in Mosul; POW Pvt. 1st Class Jessica Lynch returned home to West Virginia (2003)
  • Gregor Mendel 1822
  • Steve Vincent Benet 1889
  • Rose Kennedy 1890
  • Karl Menninger 1893
  • Alexander Calder 1898
  • Bob Dole 1923
  • Martha Whiting 1924
  • Orson Bean 1928
  • Marcia Henderson 1930
  • Perry Lopez 1931
  • Oscar De La Renta 1932
  • Louise Fletcher 1934
  • Chuck Jackson 1937
  • Terence Stamp 1939
  • Alex Trebek 1940
  • George Clinton 1940
  • Thomas Wayne 1941
  • Bobby Sherman 1944
  • Richard Davies (Supertramp) 1944
  • Estelle Bennett (The Ronettes) 1944
  • Paul Shrader 1946
  • Danny Glover 1947
  • Albert Brooks 1947
  • Don Henley (Eagles) 1947
  • Alan Menken 1949
  • William Dafoe 1955
  • Keith Sweat 1961
  • Rob Estes 1963
  • Joanna Going 1963
  • Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) 1963
  • David Spade 1964
  • John Leguizamo 1965
  • Patrick Labyorteaux 1965
  • Irene Bedard 1967
  • Selena Gomez 1991

Monday, July 21, 2014

Look forward to MONDAY!


Cinthia Fernandez


Hombre Argentina December 2010


Hottie of the day


Weekend Box Office: 07/21/2014

Box Office
1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $36M
2. The Purge: Anarchy $28.4M
3. Planes: Fire & Rescue $18M
4. Sex Tape $15M
5. Transformers: Age of Extinction
PLANET OF THE APES held on to the #1 spot for the second week in a row. None of the new releases (The Purge, Planes) did extremely well, but the new rated R comedy SEX TAPE did especially badly. This weekend the new Scarlett Johansson movie LUCY comes out. I wonder if the leg-humpers will swarm the theaters? 

Monday, July 21, 2014

sparge \ spahrj \ , verb;
  • to scatter or sprinkle. 
  • a sprinkling. 
Origin: Sparge comes from the Latin spargere meaning "to sprinkle, scatter." It entered English in the mid-1500s.

  • the baxojayz initiated; those who are aware of and follow t3h bax0jayz
  • also bax0teric, t3h bax0t3ric
one: why did Kate leave Len?
two: she found out he wasn't baxoteric
  • Temple of Artemis: marble shrine that was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was burned down by a fame-seeking young man, Herostratus (356 BCE)
  • Bull Run: Confederate forces won the first major battle of the Civil War; Confederate general Thomas Jackson acquired his nickname "Stonewall" (1861)
  • Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes was found guilty of teaching Darwinism in a Tennessee high school (1925)
  • 17th parallel: following defeat at Dien Bien Phu, France agreed to withdraw troops from communist North Vietnam (1954)
  • Aswan Dam: was completed, preventing Nile floods and providing electricity and water for Egypt and Sudan (1970)
  • WorldCom: filed for bankruptcy about a month after revealing deceptive accounting had inflated profits by nearly $4 billion; it was the largest bankruptcy in US history (2002)
    • Star Trek: Make It So: Leadership Lessons from Star Trek: The Next GenerationJean Picard (1620-1682): astronomer, the first to measure a degree of the Earth's latitude
    • Ernest Hemingway 1899 - Author, journalist
    • Marshall McLuhan 1911 - Educator, philosopher, scholar
    • Isaac Stern 1920 - Violinist
    • Kay Starr 1922 - Singer
    • Don Knotts 1924 - Actor
    • Paul Burke 1926 - Actor
    • Norman Jewison 1926 - Film director, producer, actor, founder of the Canadian Film Centre
    • Janet Reno 1938 - Attorney General of the U.S. (1993-2001)
    • Kim Fowley 1942 - Record producer, songwriter, musician
    • David Downing 1943 - Actor
    • Edward Herrmann 1943 - Actor
    • Leigh Lawson 1945 - Actor, director, writer
    • Cat Stevens 1947 - Musician
    • Robin Williams 1952 - Actor, comedian
    • Jon Lovitz 1957 - Actor ("Saturday Night Live") comedian, singer
    • Henry Priestman (Henry Christian Priestman) 1958 - Singer, musician (The Christians)
    • Lance Guest 1960 - Actor
    • Matt Mulhern 1960 - Actor
    • Jim Martion 1961 - Musician (Faith No More)
    • Emerson Hart 1969 - Musician (Tonic)
    • Paul Brandt (Paul Rennee Belobersycky) 1972 - Country musician
    • Gary Whitta 1972 - Author, screenwriter, video game designer
    • Josh Hartnett 1978 - Actor

Sunday, July 20, 2014


James Garner Dead at 86

Small and big screen actor JAMES GARNER has passed away. No immediate word on the cause of death. He was 86.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

embroil \ em-BROIL \ , verb;
  1. to bring into discord or conflict; involve in contention or strife. 
  2. to throw into confusion; complicate. 
Origin: Embroil entered English at the turn of the 17th century and comes from the Middle French embrouiller.

  • bacon prepared by t3h bax0jayz
renee: this bacon is amazing!
soula: that's because it's not bacon, it's BAXON!

  • Locust Plague of 1874: largest recorded swarm of locusts descended on North America's Great Plains, destroying some $200m in crops; the plague lasted about 10 days, but larger-than-usual swarms of locusts continued to plague the area for several more years
  • Sitting Bull: Sioux leader surrendered to the US Army under a promise of amnesty (1881)
  • Abdullah I: the king of Jordan was killed by a Palestinian gunman in Jerusalem (1951)
  • Sirimavo Bandaranaike: was elected leader of Sri Lanka, becoming the world's first female prime minister (1960)
  • Special Olympics: took place for the first time, in Chicago; 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities competed (1968)
  • Neil Armstrong: the astronaut became the first human to set foot on the moon (1969)
  • Francesco Petrarch 1304
  • Veron Felton 1890 - Actress (Picnic, The Oklahoman)
  • Theda Bara 1890
  • Sir Edmund Hillary 1919 - Explorer, first to climb Mt. Everest
  • Ted Schroeder 1921 - Tennis player
  • Lola Albright 1925 - Actress (The Tender Trap, The Impossible Years)
  • Robert D. Maurer 1924
  • Michael Gielen 1927
  • Mike Ilitch 1929 - Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza franchises, owner of Detroit Red Wings
  • Sally Ann Howes 1930 - Actress (Dead of Night, Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang)
  • Nam June Paik 1932
  • Chuck Daly 1933
  • Sleepy LaBeef 1935
  • Butch (Fred) Baird 1936 - Golfer
  • Diana Rigg 1938 - Actress (Medea, King Lear, The Avengers)
  • Natalie Wood (Natasha Nikolaevna Gurdin) 1938 - Actress (From Here to Eternity, West Side Story, Rebel Without a Cause)
  • Tony (Pedro Lopez) Oliva 1938 - Baseball player
  • Jo Ann Campbell 1938
  • Pete Hamilton 1942 - Auto racer
  • Mickey (Mitchell Jack) Stanley 1942 - Baseball Player
  • Chris Amon 1943 - Auto racer
  • John Lodge 1943 - Musician (The Moody Blues)
  • T.G. Shepherd (William Bowder) 1944 - Singer
  • Betty Burfeindt 1945 - Golfer
  • Kim Carnes 1946 - Singer
  • John Almond 1946 - Musician (Johnny Almond and the Music Machine)
  • Carlos Santana 1947 - Musician (Santana)
  • Frank Whaley 1953
  • Paul Cook (Sex Pistols, Professionals) 1956
  • Donna Dixon 1957 - Actress (Wayne's World, Dr. Detroit)
  • Mick McNeil 1958 - Musician (Simple Minds)
  • Radney Foster 1959
  • Dino Esposito 1963 - Singer
  • Chris Cornell 1964 - Musician (Soundgarden)
  • Stone (Carpenter) Gossard 1966 - Musician (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog), also known as Carpenter Newton
  • Reed Diamond 1967
  • Josh Holloway 1969 - Actor ("Lost")
  • Ray Allen 1975 - Basketball player
  • Charlie Korsmo 1978 
  • Gisele Bundchen 1980 
    Julianne Hough 1988