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Check Out This Teaser Video for Ep. 11 – CGI in the Original ‘Star Trek’

The crew of the Starship Enterprise, from Star Trek, in a rock band

Where we debate the value of the CGI additions to the remastered, original ‘Star Trek’ series, and Chad shows his utter ignorance of proper Enterprise technical terms. It’s a nacelle, Chad. A NACELLE!

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Podcast Research – ‘Aliens’: See Why Alien Queens Fear this Woman

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Riply in Ridley Scott's movie Alien

Ripley’s showdown with the alien queen at the end of Aliens is one of the most thrilling scenes in cinematic history. With young Newt in peril, the loading doors suddenly open and there stands her protector, clad in a power loader suit, impressive hydraulic claws at the ready. The fact that Ripley’s wielding of this suit of …

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Podcast Research – ‘Alien3’: A Jaw-Jutting Look at the Alien

Creature from David Fincher's Alien 3, by H.R. Giger

The third Alien movie has a lot of problems. Not the least of which, as Ross points out in our Alien podcast episode, is that everything Ripley works so hard for in Aliens is negated in the first 20 minutes or so of the movie. It’s okay for a movie to buck expectations and go for a ‘darker’ …

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Podcast Research – ‘Alien’: Does Your Photo ID Look as Good as Ellen Ripley’s?

Soundstage image from Alien, a science fiction movie by Ridley Scott

Actress Sigourney Weaver was a scant 29 when she essayed the role of warrant officer Ellen Ripley in the film Alien. As Chad outlines in our Alien Films episode, she was up for the role against Meryl Streep, but beat out the more seasoned actress, whom she had gone to school with. Don’t worry about Meryl though, she …

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‘Aliens’: The Satisfying Death of Carter Burke

Stand-up comic Paul Reiser only really had Diner and Beverly Hills Cop under his belt as major movie roles before being cast as the slimy Carter Burke, company man to the Wayland-Yutani corporation, in Aliens. Starting out as a seeming good-guy who’s trying to smooth the way for Ripley’s return from 57 years of floating through the galaxy in …

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Podcast Research – ‘Alien’ Design: From House Harkonnen to Huge Honkers

When you consider all of the movie projects over the years that have been floated and then sunk under the waves of failed financing, at the top of the list has to be Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious attempt at bringing Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi book series Dune to the big screen. Here is the trailer for a …

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You’ll Burst a Gut Laughing at This ‘Alien’ Spoof

It’s tough trying to remember everything about a movie series when you’re recording a podcast about it, but we still deserve multiple can-can kicks in the ass for neglecting to mention the Alien parody sequence from Mel Brooks’ classic 1987 sci-fi spoof Spaceballs. Not only do you get pretty good lookalikes of the Nostromo crew, you get poor …

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Nerdstalking Podcast Ep. 013

Where we discuss the five major flicks in the Alien movie franchise: Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997), and Prometheus (2012). The AvP movies get the occasional mention, but we decline to discuss them in-depth. We start out the show covering some upcoming and imminent genre stuff, such as Marvel’s Doctor Strange, …

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‘Alien’: The Nostromo Crew

Here is your crew of the USCSS Nostromo, tasked with hauling valuable ore from the outer colonies to Earth. Just a group of people trying to do a job, until a mysterious signal lures nearly all of them into the jaws of something horrible. Left to right,  you have Kane, XO; Lambert, navigator; Dallas, captain; …

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Podcast Research – ‘Alien’ Design: The Xenomorph

A concept drawing for the sci-fi movie Alien, by Ron Cobb

One of the signature features of the titular creature(s) from the Alien franchise, besides their elongated heads, sharp teeth and lethally telescoping tongues, are their ability to grow quickly into a menace for those unfortunates that come across them. The design of these dangerous beings morphed in a similar manner.

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‘Prometheus’: The Perils of Running in a Straight Line

I enjoyed Ridley Scott’s 2012 return to the Alien milleu, Prometheus. A prequel to the first film, it details a team travelling to a far star cluster to find the origins of life on Earth, and the nasty things that await them there. I enjoyed it, but I can certainly see why some people have a problem with …

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Alien Design: The Terrible Beauty of H.R. Giger

You can’t have a discussion about the Alien films without talking about the beautifully horrible works of Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger. Creating the creature, its environment, and the derelict spaceship in which it is found, Giger’s designs for the film reverberated not only throughout the series but also across the cinematic landscape as a whole. When …

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‘Aliens’: Images of James Remar as the original Hicks

It’s easy to see why James Cameron originally cast actor James Remar as Cpl. Hicks in Aliens. Remar looked good in the armour, exuded a commanding presence and even had a history with producer Walter Hill, having appeared as Ajax in the Hill-produced classic The Warriors. But it was not to be. There are conflicting reports as to …

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Siskel and Ebert Review ‘Aliens’ in 1986

The fat guy and the other one give a pretty brain-dead review of Aliens in 1986.

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