The Alien franchise is a milestone in the history of sci-fi horror films, and now you can own all four of the original quadrilogy—which excludes Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, though those are somewhat in spin-off territory—for just $8. It’s a solid price to add whichever Alien films are your favorite to your collection without having to bicker about which ones those are. … [Read more...] about Thursday’s Best Deals: BABY YODA, Free Bacon For Life, RAVPower Charger, and More
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8) Spider-Man Noir could’ve spoken like an old-timey radio announcer. In a section of the book dedicated to the other Spider-heroes Peter and Miles find convened at RIPeter’s former secret base, one of the cutest notes is a page of little doodles from artist Vi-Dieu Ngyuen, hashing out ideas for Spider-Man Noir’s characterization. That includes the note that his voice could potentially just sound like he’s a clipped news announcer on a wireless radio, or quote iconic phrases from Depression-era history. Please imagine, and then rejoice, at the idea of Nic Cage trying to do an old-fashioned radio voice. … [Read more...] about 8 of the Coolest Details We Learned From
In an ideal world, Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s dilemma as to who to cast in their Star Wars spinoff would be easy: Go back in time and pluck a 25-year-old carpenter from obscurity a decade ahead of schedule. But failing that, my ideal casting move that doesn’t involve time travel is Aaron Paul as young Han Solo. Paul’s a tremendous actor, who’s perfectly suited to play a charming scoundrel who would definitely shoot Greedo first (which is unambiguously what Han Solo did). But more importantly, Paul showed us on Breaking Bad that he can excel at Han’s stock in trade—escaping by the skin of his teeth when everything around him goes to shit. Paul doesn’t quite have Harrison Ford’s natural confidence, and that works in his favor too—if we want to see Han before he met Luke, we want to see a version of the character who hasn’t yet convinced himself he always has the answers. We want just what Aaron Paul has—charm, nerve, and … [Read more...] about What’s your “if only they were younger” dream casting?
It’s arguable whether the cast stinted on the gravy. Johnson and Thomas hold the center of the show, dominating attention in the effortless way that stars are meant to, and they wear the hell out of their clothes. As for their acting: Has it been mentioned that they wear the hell out of their clothes? The officially designated star actor on the set was Edward James Olmos, who was also the show’s designated representative at the Emmys and the Golden Globes; he was nominated for each twice, and won one apiece. Olmos was hired to play the taciturn, upstanding boss, Lt. Castillo, after Gregory Sierra, the boss for the first five episodes, was killed off. Sierra’s decision to leave the show was a favor to the world on a par with George Raft’s decision to refuse the roles that ultimately went to Humphrey Bogart in High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon. Olmos’ performance was minimalism at its best; a slight widening of his eyes made it clear that Castillo had … [Read more...] about The “MTV cops” of
Moderan by David R. Bunch (September 11, New York Review Books) It’s been decades since David R. Bunch’s science fiction writing has been in print, save for the two stories Harlan Ellison included in the landmark New Wave SF collection Dangerous Visions. But a new collection finally tries to assemble as much of the obscure writer’s stories as possible—or rather, a certain strain of them. Bunch’s largest body of work was dedicated to stories about the fictional world of Moderan, a dystopian and satirical future vision in which the Earth is mostly plastic, men replace their bodies with metal parts, and society spends most of its time conducting largely deathless war campaigns against one another. His lasting influence stems in part from his grandiloquent and oft-absurd narratives, but more directly from his playful and impressionistic language. Perhaps no one outside of Anthony Burgess has so fully developed an alternate English-language vocabulary so … [Read more...] about My Struggle