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.Read more
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.Read more
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[…]Read more
Monster Week is returning to Nuketown. In honor of Guillermo del Toro’s giant robots-vs-giant monsters flick Pacific Rim’s release on July 12, we’re going to be talking monsters — and nothing but monsters — for a solid week. The event[…]Read more
I never watched the teen noir detective drama Veronica Mars when it was on the air. When it went off, friends kept discovering it and warning me about the inevitable heartbreak from knowing there would be no fourth season of[…]Read more
Every year for 20 years I asked for Electronic Battleship for my birthday. I never got it, and instead made due with the standard, analog iteration that didn’t have cool sound effects. Flash foward: I’m 41, and I still don’t[…]Read more
There’s a new featurette up on YouTube for Season 3 of HBO’s A Game of Thrones series. Unfortunately I’m still waiting for Season 2 to come out on Blu-Ray in February 2013 so I can catch up with the series,[…]Read more
Geeks rejoice! Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is being re-released in IMAX theaters from Sept. 7-Sept. 18, 2012. This isn’t a George Lucas “Greedo shot first” re-release; Spielberg hasn’t changed anything in the film itself, save[…]Read more
This is turning into one geeky summer for television, with five science fiction shows on the air at once — Futurama, Falling Skies, Warehouse 13, Eureka and Alphas — and most of them are actually good!. Join me as I[…]Read more
Last week my wife surprised me with a Tron-inspired birthday party (my birthday’s December 17, the same day that Tron: Legacy was released). As part of that, she asked the good folks at Cupcake Ladies to create Tron cup cakes.
Which they did. The photo at left was taken by my friend Jason Alley (view the full-size photo on Flickr) and yes, the cupcakes did taste as good as they look.
The cupcakes made my day, and were the perfect prelude to heading to King of Prussia to watch Tron: Legacy in IMAX 3D with my friends. It was a good movie — I describe it as pure, distilled 1980s wrapped in glass. My 12-year-old self loved the film. My 39-year-old self was happily distracted by the beer sampler I drank at Rock Bottom Brewery before the movie.Read more