1980s, 4/4, Action, Horror, James Cameron, Review

Aliens

There are several ways to approach making a sequel to a successful genre film. One of them is "bigger is better". James Cameron's 1986 Aliens might be the textbook example of how to do that. The movie follows so many of the same basic plot points and character models as the first that it could… Continue reading Aliens

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1970s, 4/4, Horror, Review, Ridley Scott

Alien

The title to this movie is so utterly perfect, much like the rest of the film. In terms of straight entertainment, I find Alien to be a pinnacle of tension building terror in film. It's one of the most thoroughly entertaining horror movies ever made. I love Ridley Scott, I call myself a Ridley Scott… Continue reading Alien

1960s, 4/4, Comedy, Review, Stanley Kubrick

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

#4 in my Ranking of Stanley Kubrick films. Mutually assured destruction is inherently absurd because no sane person would trigger it. Only a crazy person would do that, and once that happened all the sane people would try to prevent it. That’s the basic premise of Dr. Strangelove, and Kubrick takes the concept to its absurdist… Continue reading Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb