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.

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.

White Zombie (1932)

White Zombie from 1932 is a great movie that I have personal watched over and over again. Now this is not a movie for everyone but for those of us that love the old monster and black and whites it’s a classic.

Plot:

Young wealth man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he falls loves away from her fiancé, but instead the witch doctor turns her into a zombie slave.

History:

“White Zombie” was actually the play “Zombie” which opened in New York February, 1932. The author, Kenneth S. Webb, sued Edward Halperin and Victor Halperin (film’s producers) for the movie, the judge on the case voted in The Halperins favoured.

The film was shot in only eleven days, completed March 1932.

Opening credits has a voodoo chanting that play in the background is just a sample in the song “El Imperio del Mal” by the Spanish rock band Migala.

The film was thought lost until it was rediscovery in in the 60s. Another court battle was fought between film distributor Frank Storace and the estate of Stanley Krellberg, the copyright owner of the film.

Storace wanted to reproduce a restored version of the film but the estate refused him access to the original footage in their possession. In the end Storace gave up the court battle. Therefore he did not win the access to the original footage.

CAST:

‘Murder’ Legendre – Bela Lugosi
Madeline – Madge Bellamy
Dr. Bruner – Joseph Cawthorn
Charles Beaumont – Robert Frazer
John Harron – Neil Parker
Brandon Hurst – Silver
Von Gelder, Zombie – George Burr Macannan
Chauvin, Zombie – Frederick Peters
Maid – Annette Stone
Ledot,  Zombie – John Printz
Pierre, Witch Doctor – Dan Crimmins
Zombie – Claude Morgan
Zombie – John Fergusson

Favorite thing:

Okay, so my favourite thing about this movie is how ‘zombies’ are seen as in the movie and the atmosphere.

Tidbit:

Did you know that the singer Rob Zombie named his first heavy metal band, White Zombie, after this movie.

*SPOLIER ALERT*

Little things I noticed:

When the Madeline sees Legendre’s face in her wine, she begins to set the glass down with both hands, she is mostly using her left.
In the next shot though her right hand is holding the cup and her left is on the table.

When she is removed from the crypt, the pallbearer zombies carry her open casket head first. Cut to the procession going up the hill outside the crypt, she is now feet first.

Revealing mistakes I noticed:

Parker drunkenly staggers to Madeleine’s crypt through the graveyard, he grabs a tombstone in passing. The tombstone wiggles a bit.

Also when butler is being thrown into bubbling water by the zombies, he holds his nose as he goes in, while he is supposed to be paralyzed.

Little History of Zombies:

Zombies in “White Zombie” are animated corpse that are raised by witchcraft.

The term zombie can also be applied to describe a hypnotized person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, however ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli.

As in the late 19th century, zombies have acquired notable popularity, particularly in North American and European folklore.

Though in modern times, the term “zombie” has been attached to an undead being in horror fiction, this is often drawn from the representation of zombies in George A. Romero’s 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead”.

Zombies have appeared as plot devices in various books, films, television shows, video games and comics.