“Alien” Has Nothing on This

Nature can be a real asshole. This video is not for the squeamish:

I’m pretty sure this type of wasp partly inspired the birth cycle of the creatures in the Alien movies. Nature takes it farther, though, in terms of being horrifying, albeit with a certain sense of karma. The narrator notes: “One of the greatest dangers the larvae will face is being themselves impregnated by other species of parasitic wasp.”

Then there’s this: Continue reading


The First Time “Alien” Disappointed Us

I was just thinking about the moment in 1992 when the Alien franchise stopped being completely awesome. Alien3 was a decent movie in its own right, but it did not measure up to its predecessors. It didn’t help that it started out with a pretty epic bait & switch:

Yup, it really said “In 1992, we will discover on Earth, everyone can hear you scream.”

The actual theatrical trailer combined some pretty good teasers with some pretty bad cheese: Continue reading


“I will find a center in you…”

You might not think that the xenomorph could be a source of enlightenment…


…and you’d probably be right to think that (h/t Jason).

On the other hand, as a Facebook commenter pointed out, it offers an opportunity to revisit a Tool classic that also addresses the question of finding one’s center: Continue reading


SciFi Glory that Never Was

Via mashable.com

Via mashable.com

I’m actually a fan of David Lynch’s Dune, despite its many flaws. (A lot of people seem to like that Sting was in it, for whatever reason.)

The 2000 television miniseries made up for some of the deficiencies of Lynch’s version, but added in new deficiencies of its own.

The Children of Dune miniseries was much better (I especially liked the Godfather-esque montage at the end of the first episode, with a song in the actual made-up Fremen language.)

Simply knowing that another version of Dune—directed by Alejandro “Free SXSW Hugs” Jodorowsky, designed by H.R. Giger, and featuring Orson Welles as Baron Harkonnen and Salvador-fucking-Dali as Emperor Shaddam IV—could have existed but never came to fruition makes me ponder the value of everything that has happened in human history from that point in the 1970’s onward.

At least there is a documentary about how the movie did not get made.

The movie business is finicky. Remember how Saw had six sequels?

At least Giger went on to give us Alien.

Photo credit: Via mashable.com.