Predator

REVIEW: The Predator

The Predator should have worked. Co-written by Fred Dekker and Shane Black, directed by Black and starring an array of great character actors it promised a deep dive into Predator culture, a look at how the events of the original three movies tie together and sets up two potential sequels. It does all of this, …

REVIEW: The Predator

Review: Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem

Just as Predators is the bleak Ginger Rogers to the originals’ perpetually flexing Fred Astaire, Aliens vs Predator: Requiem is the Community theatre riff on AvP. There’s a bunch of great ideas here, but in every case they’re either sabotaged by the direction or damaged by the passage of linear time. Requiem follows, notionally, Kelly …

Review: Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem

Review: Aliens vs Predator

Every one wants to see champions fight. When the best of the best meet, it makes perfect sense to assume that the violence they perpetrate against one another will be extraordinary in some way. This is the lie that primary mixed martial arts organisations the UFC and Bellator have traded off for years. Remember ten …

Review: Aliens vs Predator

Review: Predators

Predators is the bleak, thousand-yard staring Ginger Rogers to the original movie’s muscular Fred Astaire. Instead of a close-knit team, this group are individuals. Instead of the Predator coming to them it kidnaps them and drops them on a game reserve planet. Instead of the hunt being a finite ordeal, the movie closes with the …

Review: Predators

Review: Predator 2

I’d forgotten how weird Predator 2 is. From the opening tracking shot of ‘jungle jungle PSYCHE IT’S LOS ANGELES!’ To the reprise of the ending of Predator, the film speeds along with the same wide eyed feral glee as it’s vastly stereotypical coked up drug lords. Perhaps the weirdest, and most successful, choice is the …

Review: Predator 2

Review: Predator

Shortly, Shane Black will have vengeance that has been decades coming. Black, who is the writer and director of the essential Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and The Nice Guys among many others was an actor before he was a director. His most prominent role was as company communications tech Hawkins, in Predator. He’s the only …

Review: Predator

The Hunting of Man: Predators

“Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter.” I’ve never really got on with Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. With the notable exception of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, both of which cleverly play …

The Hunting of Man: Predators

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