Episode 148: Alien Resurrection

resurrectionIt’s time for the fourth film in the Alien franchise.  We have been deserted on a ship, fought off an onslaught on a planet and fought our way through a prison full of molten lead.  Seriously, what’s left to do?  Be resurrected, give birth to an alien queen, then have have sex with that queen to make a mongoloid alien hybrid, then kill the hybrid.  It gets even weirder than that.  If you like arguing, this is the podcast for you!  Clint the Reckless joins the show to act as “movie advocate” and moderator between Ron and Little Miss Horror Nerd as they attempt to disembowel one another with opposing views of the film. Learn the differences between the theatrical cut and the special edition, how close this movie came to being without Sigourney Weaver and the color of Little Miss Horror Nerd’s pubes — all on the same show!

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BETSY PALMER

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2 Responses to Episode 148: Alien Resurrection

  1. Josiah says:

    Just a few things:

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet made two horror significant films before Alien Ressurection, Delicatessen and City of Lost Children, the latter of which was well received and starred Ron Perlman, putting him back in the spot light for the first time since Beauty and the Beast. I remember that. Also, Delicatessen stars the guy from A:R who was in the wheel chair, actually a brilliant comedic actor.

    And I disagree with you that Ripley is not needed for the franchise.

    When you think about it:

    She wakes up in the first movie, discovers there’s an Alien on the ship, kills the alien, goes back to sleep.

    Then she wakes up in the 2nd movie, is recruited to go kill a bunch of the aliens, does so, then goes back to sleep.

    Then she wakes up in the third movie, discovers that she has crash landed on the prison planet and, low and behold, there is an alien, kills the alien… fucking dies…

    And then she wakes up in the fourth movie.

    So, when you think about it. It’s like sixty years between 1 & 2 (I remember she was all sad because her daughter died) and, then lets say another few years between 2 & 3, she was drifting after all, but not too many because Bishop’s creator shows up at the end… and then another two hundred years from that…

    So, about 300 hundred years all spanning in just a couple of weeks for Ripley. I feel like that’s significant in some way. That that makes her role in the cannon, intrical to the franchise… but I can’t really put my finger on it.

    Anyway, I also do like the fact that A:3 is finally getting some love after all these years. I have found myself defending it quite a bit in the past and now I feel a little bit vindicated having just read a piece which revisited it on one of those cinefile sites.

    One the greatest aspects of the Alien franchise to me is the pedigree of directors it lists: Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, each with their own very distinctive style, yet Giger’s design and aesthetics, for the most part, remain unchanged. Truly a remarkable work in regards to the producing aspect of the franchise, to keep that consistency on one hand but a freshness on the other.

    Which is why I was so abhorrently let down by the AVP franchise (both one and two)… they were made carelessly in comparison.

  2. northegreat says:

    Josiah,

    You are certainly in the majority in your thoughts on Weaver. As I stated, however, I don’t feel like her absence would have affected the box office. In fact, given her diva antics (especially in AR) I feel the movie may have been better off. All she added was overacting and an $11 million hit on the budget.

    She is not the sole reason the movie sucked. It was a joint efforts and Joss Whedon’s script bears a lot of the blame as well.

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