Alien isn't just a monster movie. In many ways it is the definitive interstellar creature feature that spawned dozens of half-baked imitations (including some that had the Alien moniker) Thirty-four years after its release, the movie remains one of the best monster -- and science fiction -- movies ever made.
Monster Week 2013 is here! In honor of the giant robot-vs.-giant monster smashfest Pacific Rim, Nuketown will be reviewing creature features all this week. We're starting with, Pacific Rim itself and then moving on to a mix of great, not-so-great, and downright awful monster films.
Pacific Rim is a movie that delivered exactly what it promised: giant robots fighting giant monsters on the eve of the apocalypse. It's not great drama, it's not mind-bending storytelling, it is giant robots fighting giant monsters, with enough story to keep the whole thing moving forward.
It's time for a new Mac. My old MacBook Pro, purchased in 2008 was a great machine, and worked great for four years. I put off upgrading for a year by adding more RAM and a bigger hard drive, but eventually I reached the point where the hardware wasn't meeting my needs any more.
I love science fiction, but I've come to love baseball almost as much. As long time readers know, I came to the Church of Baseball late in life, so I don't know all the rituals and I haven't memorized all the stats ... but I do enjoy the game.
My Summer 2013 Reading List, like 2012 before it, is a space opera/military SF heavy list. I keep waiting get tired of space opera -- after all, this particular jags been going on for several years now -- but instead I find myself seeking out new books in the genre. That's not to say I'm not branching out at all; I have a smattering of fantasy novels in the list, and my graphic novel segment nicely covers horror, but at the end of the day starships battling one another for galactic dominance rule my list.