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  1. Alien: Covenant

    What I find terribly derivative about all these Alien movies is that the plot has become so boiler-plate. Crew of an American spaceship stumblesupon uncharted planet and is hunted. No sequel or prequel will tell that story better than the original, so why repeat it with each entry? In trying to expand the first film with prequels, he waters it down with a story that echoes it!Echoes it down to a character that looks and acts just like the series main protagonist. Prometheus itself was bold in that it tried to tell a story about wicked gods, but in the end, even that film wimped out. There was one engineer in the whole film and the rest of the film was about- a crew of American astronauts being hunted! Stale. I was excited for the Promethueus sequel only because it looked like it would break the mold. It was going to be about one human character and the head of another traveling to a hostile world populated by gods. I envisioned something along the lines of Planet of the Apes, with Shaw fighting for survival amongst a cast of indigenous and intelligent creatures. Some friend, some foe.A film like that would have been absolutely wild. You could easily have fit the xenomorphsinto a story like that, too. Instead, we have this plot synopsis provided by Fox: Headed toward a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew members of the colony ship Covenant discover what they believe to be an uncharted paradise, but it is actually a dark, menacing world in which the only inhabitant is the synthetic David (Michael Fassbender), Sole inhabitant. That means noengineers in this film. Whichalso means no answers. I just feel Ridley from the beginning had a chance to do both. To tell a tale about mankind's first encounter with their creators and a balls out film where Engineers unleash their most wicked creations on us. As it is, Ridley tries to do one or the other without much commitment.
  2. Alien: Covenant

    I've got to say...the trailer is cool enough, I just don't like the fact that Ridley is trying to shoehorn Alien into Prometheus (or is it Prometheus into Alien?) after a false start. Of course, Aliens were what we always wanted out of an Alien prequel, but Ridley chose to make a film that was a cousin to Alien and now he's selling us on a film that's a sibling to Alien. Prometheus wasn't a bad film, but it left a bad taste. In the classic case of a man who wants to have his cake and eat it too, he's trying to marry the narratives of two different stories and I really believe that we're going to suffer for that. Here's what I mean; I imagine this film will have very little to do with engineers and gods and instead be an all out monster movie. It's easy enough for Ridley to do a film where humans run around a planet shooting weapons at Aliens, but how many times have we seen that? Enough, I think. The fact that we're getting a character who has the Ripley haircut, the Ripley tanktop, the Ripley rifle, who might be Ripley's mom, is a real eye roller for me, because it speaks to the lack of imagination going into this. Anyone so inclined can read the comments on 4chan from those who attended a test screening and you can see this is going to be a very safe Alien movie and not something that is going to further the narrative or the understanding of the mythology as a whole.
  3. How long has Slash been using the Gibson SG?

    I'm an SG player myself.I find that they've got the best of both worldsas far asdepth of tone and playablity, so it's always nice to see Slash dust the cobwebs off of his. I can't say I've seen him gig with it many times, but in his book, he talks about how he used a vintage SG to get a mean, snarling tone that served My Michelle, very well. The SG has more of a strident sound than a Les Paul, a little more treble-y bite to it. Hope to see him use it more often.
  4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story **SPOILERS**

    Such a great example of aclimaxing elevating an otherwise flawed film. Wow the audience in the end and they will forgive the film for its warts. They sure did fucking wow me. I've seen the movie twice now and the last fifteen minutes islike a shot of adrenaline. I can only hope that Disney raises the bar with each new film.
  5. "Arrival" is the best movie to hit theaters this season

    It is quite good, but I didn't find it pleasurable to watch. Obviously, this isn't the kind of sci-fi one watches for pleasure. Dennis V is among the best working today.
  6. If the World was written by Axl and Pittman in Axl's home studio. Sometime in, or before 1999. Same with Madagascar.
  7. how good is Garden of Eden

    I hold it up as one of the highlights of UYI. If I had my druthers, it would have opened the first album. Completely taking the place of Right Next Door, a song I never cared for and always thought of as under-realized. Garden of Eden is like a runaway train. I adore the music video too. So punk rock. Love the song-along!
  8. Prostitute is a wonderful song

    The title was always way cooler than the song ended up being. All those years, when "Prostitute" was name-dropped in the gossip articles, I got to expecting a very different type of song.
  9. Suicide Squad/Jared Leto as the Joker Thread

    He was very pretentious in his performance and the filmdoesn't leave room to show the definitions of the Joker, so you're just left with him sort of entertaining himself. He cackles, he croons, he waves his hands and gestures emphatically and he tries to look scary. The film failed him and he failed the film.
  10. Suicide Squad/Jared Leto as the Joker Thread

    Got to say, this wasn't as stillborn as every review would want you to believe. I actually enjoyed myself. Then again, I never had high hopes for this film to begin with. But it was passably amusing.
  11. Stranger Things // Netflix Original Series

    I applaud how it has that sentimental 80's feel to it. Not just in the production, but in the way the characters carried themselves and interacted. That was the show's strongest asset. Although I was satisfied by it, I did feel it was sort of underdeveloped in the later episodes. Matthew Modine is a perfect example of this. His Dr. Brenner character never got to do much and we never saw much in the way of his personality.
  12. Axl, you need to play Slither, please. I'll be waiting in Foxboro. You really will tear the roof off of that place if you break out that song, just once, this tour. But do it in Foxboro, if you'd please.
  13. Any chance of "Always On The Run" or "By The Sword"?

    I'm putting good money on Slash coming out during Lenny Kravitz's set to do "Always." Much, much less of a chance of it happening during the Guns set. I fully expect something of the sort to happen.
  14. He's not wrong, but he's not right, either. Kalodner has made his name famously telling artists that 'they're wrong.' He's all about polishing something to the point where it's so accessible that it has no edge. There would be nothing dynamic about a Guns album if he had authority. But part of what he's saying is right; you should challenge the artist. Often times, it's the pulling indifferent directions, the creative tension, that produces remarkable results. Personally, I think if GN'R manages to record and release a new album, that in itself wouldbe a titanic miracle. Whether or not it wouldbe something that would hold up to the legacy, would be incidental. But yeah, no need to call John Kalodner for his opinion.
  15. Stephen King's Cell (John Cusack, Sam Jackson)

    John Cusack should headline every Stephen King film adaption. I actually always had Cusack in my head when I was reading 11/22/63. He still is Jake Epping, as far as I'm concerned.