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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

In Hollywood, no one can hear you scream: "When can I see the movie?"

There's been some buzz lately about the Alien prequel. I'm still trying to distinguish fact from fiction and figure out the only thing I want to know . . . the most important thing of all: WHEN CAN I WATCH IT?

I never go to the theater to see a movie. I figure, why bother? I can rent it, sit at home on my comfy couch, with my sweet dogs, drinking a beer and eating nachos. Until someone comes up with that kind of movie theater (or at least one where I can bring my dogs without having to sneak them in as seeing eye dogs), I watch at home. But this one might actually draw me out of my house and into the communal joy of the movie-theater experience.

I just hope it will be worth it.

It seemed like I waited forever for Alien vs. Predator. There was so much discussion about it and they even made an "Alien vs. Predator" game. And we waited, and waited, and waited for the movie. When the movie finally came out, I was so excited I was practically apoplectic. And I liked it (the movie; I didn't like being apoplectic). The Bishop thing confused me, though. So his company eventually makes the Bishop robot that we see with Ripley in movie #2; but why does it look like him? I mean, we are talking centuries pass before the Bishop droid is made. It would be like Microsoft making a Bill robot in 2179).

I didn't have to wait as long for the next movie, AVP Requiem. I wish I had. Maybe they would have had time to come up with a better script. It was SO bad. And boring. And shot too dark for me to even see what the hell was going on half the time. But they didn't just disappoint me, they made me mad. They had such a great premise: a Predator-Xenomorph cross. SQUEE! How delicious is that? But somehow they still managed to flub it up. Bad . . . bad . . . bad.

So I am cautiously optimistic about the prequel. It seems they have Ridley Scott back on board, so that's a good sign. And he seems to want to take it back to its "art of H.R. Giger" roots, which would be good, too (so much dark, freaky atmosphere in every scene). So we'll have to see how it all works out.

As for the script: I was only kidding about my impatience. Take your time, boys. Do this one right!

Some links, if you're curious:

Film: Ridley Scott's Alien Prequel Details Revealed

ReelzChannel: Recent Alien Prequel Rumors Debunked

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