Alien: Covenant (2017)

“Alien: Covenant”. It’s fascinating that the sequel to “Prometheus” styles itself more after “Alien”, but then, the film itself is in many ways more a synthesis of “Prometheus” and “Alien” than a sequel in its own right. Understanding and appreciating the film is easier when viewing it in the context of director Ridley Scott’s intentions.…

Prometheus (2012)

“Aliens” diverged profoundly, but sensibly, from “Alien”, in switching from horror to action, and revolving more around family and motherhood rather than class conflict and sexual violence. It was a surprising but logical escalation and iteration. “Alien 3” and “Alien: Resurrection” attempted to iterate on those excellent first two films, but did not do so…

Predators (2010)

This film tried. It really, really did. In a way that “Predator 2”, “Alien vs. Predator”, and “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem” didn’t, “Predators” legitimately tries to make a good film about the Predator that doesn’t just coast off the marketability of the monster itself. It doesn’t really succeed in being a great Predator movie, or…

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)

What a mess. It’s more teen drama than science-fiction, and poorly done teen drama at that. When the science-fiction kicks in, it’s really just straight action, and poorly filmed action at that. All the while, everything is so damnably dark, literally dim. The central alien-Predator hybrid concept alone is nowhere near enough to sustain an…

Alien vs. Predator (2004)

On one hand, the premise of this film seems reasonable and intuitive enough – two iconic alien villains fighting each other. But it’s not just that the tones of the respective creature’s series are so different, it’s that they don’t even really have that much of a set tone, since Predator consisted of two quite…