By Grabthar’s Hammer, 1999’s “Galaxy Quest” salutes sci-fi fandom…

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the 1999 sci-fi comedy “Galaxy Quest”, written by David Howard & Ron Gordon and directed by Dean Parisot, is quite possibly the greatest Star Trek movie never made. “Galaxy Quest” really is “Star Trek,” as much as “The Orville” is also Star Trek by any other name. But unlike…

ALIEN (1979) is still a ‘perfect organism’ after 40 years…

Spring of 1979. A new, post-Star Wars, R-rated science fiction movie was in theatrical release, and it is to my great regret that, as then-12 year old kid, I didn’t see it in those days. Don’t get me wrong; I really really wanted to see it. I eagerly read every article about Ridley Scott’s scary…

Where did the once-brilliant ALIEN franchise go so wrong?

With the imminent release of “ALIEN: Covenant” (coming in May) I wanted to discuss the ALIEN franchise in general.  But I became more intrigued by this question: at what point did this once brilliant franchise go so wrong? The first two films are unabashed classics.  As ALIENS director James Cameron has said, ‘the first movie…