Aliens (1986)

Alien-Design-HD

Plot:

Okay so 57 years after Ripley (from Alien) survived her dreadful ordeal, her escape pod is recovered after drifting across the galaxy as she slept in cryogenic stasis. When she get back to earth, nobody believed her story about the “Aliens” on the planet LV-426. Subsequently the “Company” orders the colony on LV-426 to investigate, nevertheless, all communication with the colony is lost. The Company recruits Ripley to aid a team of hard-hitting, rugged space marines for a rescue mission to the now partially terra-formed planet. Their job is to find out if there are aliens and if there are any survivors. As the mission unfolds, Ripley will be forced to come to grips with her worst nightmare, but even as she does, she finds that the worst is yet to come.

Cast

Sigourney Weaver – Ellen Ripley

Carrie Henn – Rebecca ‘Newt’ Jorden

Michael Biehn – Cpl. Dwayne Hicks

Paul Reiser – Carter Burke

Lance Henriksen – Bishop

Bill Paxton – Pvt. Hudson

Jenette Goldstein – Pvt. Vasquez

William Hope – Lt. Gorman

Al Matthews – Sgt. Apone

Mark Rolston – Pvt. Drake

Ricco Ross – Pvt. Frost

Colette Hiller – Cpl. Ferro

Daniel Kash – Pvt. Spunkmeyer

Cynthia Dale Scott – Cpl. Dietrich (as Cynthia Scott)

Tip Tipping – Pvt. Crowe

Trevor Steedman – Pvt. Wierzbowski

Paul Maxwell – Van Leuwen

 

 

*SPOILER*

Why I choose this movie?

Watched as I had just watched the first one and had to carry on, this is a must see sci-fi movie. Ripley is a strong female character and Aliens are just soo adorable.

Tidbit

During the inquest, Van Leuwen refers to Ripley’s company ID number as NOC14472 while the data screen in the background displays NOC14672.

In the opening scene of Ripley (frozen), it shows her head tilted to her left, then the close-up shows her faced forward.

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Predator 2 (1990)

Predator

Plot

LAPD lieutenant Mike Harrigan and his self-confident detective partner Jerry Lambert soon realize that what appeared to be a bloody feud between the voodoo high priest King Willie’s Jamaican gangs and Ramon Vega’s Colombian drug gang is really the work of a terrifying third party. Peter Keyes’s federal team safeguards the crime scene even from the LAPD. Though after forensics verifies it must be an alien, who keeps making victims, the chase brings them all together.

Cast

The Predator – Kevin Peter Hall

Lieutenant Mike Harrigan – Danny Glover

Danny Archuleta – Ruben Blades

Maria Conchita Alonso – Leona Cantrell

Bill Paxton – Jerry Lambert

Robert Davi – Captain Phil Heinemann

Adam Baldwin – Garber

Kent McCord – Captain B. Pilgrim

Morton Downey Jr. – Tony Pope

Calvin Lockhart  – King Willie

Steve Kahan – Sergeant

Henry Kingi – El Scorpio

Corey Rand – Ramon Vega

Elpidia Carrillo – Anna

Lilyan Chauvin – Irene Edwards

Michael Mark Edmondson – Gold Tooth

Charles Haugk – Charlie

Sylvia Kauders – Ruth

Charles David Richards – Commuter

Julian Reyes – Juan Beltran

Vonte Sweet – Sweet

Ronald Moss – Jerome

Brian Levinson – Brian

Diana James – Leona’s Friend

 

 

*SPOILER*

Why I choose this movie?                       

I choose this movie as I love the predator and alien story lines and so on, so far predator and alien are one of my favourite non-star trek extra-terrestrial. Though this movie is not as close to my heart as the first one it still has a place on my shelf, I would say it is still worth watching. As the drama (what I call drama) is great as is the action.


TIDBITS


When Harrigan moves into the building to catch the Colombian gang, the SWAT Sergeant who tries to stop him has 3 stripes on his sleeves but has Staff Sergeant’s stripes on his hat.

The Predator is shown walking with King Willie’s decapitated head and King Willie is screaming. Decapitated heads would not be able to make vocal noise since the lungs moving air over the vocal cords is essential to vocalize.

Predator (1987)

Predator

 

Plot:

Dutch and a team of commandos have been sent into a Central American jungle to track down some missing airmen that were kidnapped by terrorists. By the time they get to the camp, the airmen have been butchered in a very violent fashion and the commandos retaliate on the terrorists’ camp. After that’s over, they wait for a helicopter to pick them up, but something strange begins to happen in the woods. It isn’t long before the commandos start getting killed off and Dutch and a girl from the camp, Anna, are the only people left and fighting for their lives. But what they discover is too shocking for them to imagine. What’s been killing them is the Predator, an alien that hunts rare species and make his trophies out of their skulls. And human beings are the new species he has discovered.

Cast:

Dutch – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Dillion – Carl Weathers

Anna – Elpidia Carrillo

Mac – Bill Duke

Billy – Sonny Landham

Blain – Jesse Ventura

Poncho – Richard Chaves

General Phillips – R.G. Armstrong

Hawkins – Shane Black

The Predator / Helicopter Pilot – Kevin Peter Hall

 

Why I choose this movie?

This was a movie I again use to watch with my grandpa, have to say I also bought it on DVD. As this is a must have movie! First of all the predator has a nice body ;D and second the idea that the hunter can become the hunted is a favourite concept of mine. This movie can be watch with a significant other, well maybe not everyone. But the action and the drama (what I call drama) is there. The story is a great and the actors and actress are great. This is a movie I will always have at home to watch.

*SPOLIERS*

TidBits:

In several scenes Mac is seen shaving. No solider, special forces or otherwise, would ever shave in the jungle as it welcomes infection which in those conditions can kill a man.

When Dillon radios for help, the voice on the other end says they will speak again at 9:30 hours. Dillon incorrectly acknowledges it as 10:30 hours.

Alien (1979)

Alien-Design-HD

Plot

So during the commercial spaceship Nostromo, who is on its return to the earth, intercepts a distress SOS from a distant planet. On the ship is the seven-member crew, who are woken up from the hyper sleep and the spaceship successively descends on the planet. Unfortunately while exploring the planet, a three-member team of the crew discovers a deserted spaceship and a huge chamber inside it containing thousands of eggs. When a curious (stupid) team member goes to near an egg the parasite (face-hugger) inside the egg attacks and attaches itself to him rendering him unconscious. He is brought back aboard, the spaceship takes off. After a little while the parasite dies and his host wakes up seemingly unruffled. Everything returns back to normal – but not for long.

Cast

Dallas – Tom Skerritt

Ripley – Sigourney Weaver

Lambert – Veronica Cartwright

Brett – Harry Stanton

Kane – John Hurt

Ash – Ian Holm

Parker – Yaphet Kotto

Alien – Bolaji Badejo

Mother – Helen Horton

Why I choose this movie?

I choose this movie, as it’s a classic alien movie (my option) and I love watching it over and over again. I saw it for the first time when I was nine (though I did have some nightmares after it but what kid wouldn’t) with my grandfather. I still love it, actually probable doesn’t help that I would love to have an alien as a pet. But who wouldn’t it is soo cute! Okay have to say most of the population that probable has seen this movie and if you or someone you know hasn’t DO SO PLEASE!

*SPOLIERS*

TidBits:

A close-up of the Alien egg when Kane is looking at it shows water droplets falling upwards off the egg, revealing that the shot was done with the camera upside down. (According to Trivia, this is an intended effect by Ridley Scott)

When attempting to remove the face-hugger by cutting one of its fingers, acid is bled out getting on the gauze, the surgical instrument and the floor but only melts away the floor. (opps)

Warmbodies 2013

warmbodies

Plot:

Okay so basically most of the world’s population are now undead horde. In the movie they focus on R who is a young and oddly introspective zombie. So when fighting with and feeding on what is a human scavenger party, R meets Julie and feels an urge to protect her. What happens next is the start of a weirdly warm relationship, which allows R to regaining his humanity. Of course this change spreads throughout the local undead population like a common virus. Julie and R finally have to face a larger issue, when the very nature of their relationship is tested. So they get caught between the fearful human forces and the aggressive “Bonies” (zombies who are a mutual threat to anything that’s alive). R and Julie have to find a way to tie the differences of each side to fight for a better world no one believed possible.

Cast (Main):

R – Nicholas Hoult

Julie – Teresa Palmer

Nora – Analeigh Tipton

M – Rob Corddry

Perry – Dave Franco

Grigio – John Malkovich

Kevin – Cory Hardrict

Director: Jonathan Levine

Writers: Jonathan Levine (screenplay) and Isaac Marion (novel)

My thoughts on it:

So I loved it! It was funny and not too sappy for me. Loved the zombies and bones. The way they did this made it just wow, basically it’s a zombie Romeo and Juliet.
So far most of my family and friends have all loved it. ^_^
Also love the music from the movie.

**SPOILERS**

What I noticed after re-watching the movie while note taking. Did you notice them too?

So Julie and R are running away from Bonies. They run to and through the parking garage to use the red convertible to get away. As Julie is getting into the car, she grabs the windshield to sling herself in the driver’s seat. Of course since the windshield is dusty, you can see where she grabbed the windshield from all the past takes of filming what I assume to be this scene.

The scene where Julie goes out to the balcony, she leaves the door open just a bit. When Nora interrupts Julie on the balcony, the door that Julie leaves open a crack makes a distinct unlatching sound.

Tidbits:

So did you know, when R is talking to Julie outside her house the scene is referencing to the balcony scene of “Romeo and Juliet”.  It even has a similar take on it.

Also those portraying the zombies chose not to blink. I was only after they started to become more human did they start to blink. This leading too many retakes I’m thinking.

Consumers History

The consumer has always has to travel to purchase basic need and foods they did not grow themselves. In earlier times they would travel to market places and fairs so they could purchase these items from stalls or small general mercantile stores. Unlike today one would have to either travel to a number of small stores or stalls to purchase various items. Items specific stores were common in larger towns and cities. Forts and frontier towns has general mercantile stores where dry goods and items such as cloth, needles, pots, etc. could be purchased. Meat and other perishable items could be purchased but usually at different store or stall in the market place or fair. Shopping as we know today did not exist.

In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century most items could be purchased from stores similar to today’s co-ops. These stores usually referred to as “Mom and Pop” stores carried a small amount of a wide variety of items. The “Mom and Pop” stores did not have set prices and the cost of an item could vary greatly between them. The stores were usually run by the owners who would set the price and could change it at any time. Inventory could also change depending on the whims of the owner. In the 1916’s this all began to change with the introduction of the “Piggly Wiggly” department store.

The idea behind the “Piggly Wiggly” department store was the customer could browse up and down sidles where merchandise was on display. This enabled them to choose the merchandise they wanted in quantity they required, place it into a self-serve basket which they took to the cashier at the front of the store, paid for the items and left. The merchandise was all labeled with the prices and there was no haggling involved. The owner, Clarence Sanders of the “Piggly Wiggly” department stores hoped this style of shopping would increase his profits as the customers who see the merchandise and pick up items they had not thought of purchasing prior to seeing them on the shelves. In 1926, the stores sold more than twice the merchandise of another store. Although, “Piggly Wiggly” never reached the success of other big department stores, one could say that it paved the way for the department/superstores of today. Just like the superstores and department stores of today, “Piggly Wiggly” tried to carry everything one could be looking to purchase.

“Piggly Wiggly” advertised how convenient they were to shop at, with their large grocery selections which allowed women to choose what they purchased. This was all available without the pressure of a salesman standing over her. She was free to select items off the shelf and bring them up to the cashier where she paid for them and took them home to her family. “Piggly Wiggly” gave the average household an inexpensive way to purchase goods and this idea became the forerunner of the department/superstore we know today.

The start of the large grocery stores became the end of many of the smaller “Mom and Pop” shops which could not compete with the pricing. “Piggly Wiggly” was able to have lower prices because its profit margin depended on mass purchasing rather than the large profit margins. Many of the “Mom and Pop” style stores still in operation today are here because they offer convenience. Located away from the large grocery and superstores, they rely on the customers who forgot on or two items and did not want to travel to the larger store. They have limited merchandise and their pricing is higher, customers pay for the convenience of the store rather than the lower pricing.

Books read to help write this:

Soap, Sex, and Cigarettes: A cultural history of American advertising second edition by Juliann Sivulka

Satisfaction guaranteed: the making of the American mass market by Susan Strasser