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30(ish) Days of Alien: Day 17 – They Shot Dark Horror Pictures, Didn’t They?

I hate bright movies. I’m not talking about movies that are hopeful or optimistic. I’m talking about lighting choices. I hate movies that are unnaturally well-lit. Advertisements

30 Days of Alien: Day 14 – Cigarettes and Cathode Ray Tubes

Predicting the future isn’t easy. The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that George Lucas was a genius for setting the Star Wars saga “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” because it gave him carte blanche to do whatever he wanted. Laser swords? Why not?

30 Days of Alien: Day 13 – There Must Be Some Kind of Way Out of Here

In the 1960s and 1970, it’s safe to say that the war in Vietnam was the national obsession of the United States of America and the Western world in general.

30 Days of Alien: Day 12 – The Ensemble

Alien was a risky play for Brandywine Productions, 20th Century Fox, and director Ridley Scott. Prior to the release of Star Wars in 1977, the sci-fi genre hadn’t produced many legitimate blockbuster films. On top of that, Alien’s screenplay closely adhered to the pattern established in slasher movies of the day; only one character – … Continue reading

30 Days of Alien: Day 9 – What’s Up, Giger Lily?

By this point in my “30 Days of Alien,” I’ve written eight articles about the film, and not one of them has paid any significant attention to the film’s title character. I’m referring, of course, to the alien creature itself. That all changes today.

30 Days of Alien: Day 8 – How the Sausage is Made

There’s a phrase that’s sometimes used in Hollywood: “Development hell.” It’s usually used to refer to projects that get bogged down in all manner of negotiation, politics, script rewrites, casting problems, and so on – the type of movies that may or may not ever see the big screen, and even if they do, it’ll … Continue reading

30 Days of Alien: Day 7 – Genre Hybridity: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together

When you’re a film student who spends much of your life either writing or talking about film, you often find yourself trying to come up with examples that demonstrate various points or concepts. It’s natural to feel more comfortable with certain films than others, so over time you tend to develop a group of movies … Continue reading

30 Days of Alien: Day 2 – A Time and a Place

If in the final analysis the other 29 articles about Alien that I’m going to write this month mostly constitute an attempt by me to extol the virtues of Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver, and the entire creative team behind the film, then let this one article represent Alan Ladd, Jr.’s day in the sun.

Listmania: The 10 Greatest Examples of Film Noir, Part II

Listmania is a weekly feature on I Wonder If You Wonder. Last week, I wrote about films 10 through 6 on my list of the greatest noir films of all time. This week: the Top 5.

Listmania: The 10 Greatest Examples of Film Noir, Part I

Listmania is a weekly feature on I Wonder If You Wonder. This week’s focus: film noir.

Current wonderings…