Mark Buckingham

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Book Review: Alien 3 by Pat Cadigan, based on the Unproduced First-Draft Screenplay by William Gibson

Alien 3 has been saddled with challenges since it was first announced. Multiple directors and screenplay efforts came forward, and ...
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Book Review: Alien: Into Charybdis by Alex White

There's a tendency in the Alien universe for humans to try to tame/control the chitinous ebony extraterrestrial monsters, and it ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Alien On Stage: Unlikely Heroes Played by Even Unlikelier Heroes

The movie Alien is defined by a number of characteristics -- high tension, elaborate special effects, a grim tone, and ...
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Pretending I’m a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story Movie Review: A Retrospective Lead-in to an Anticipated Remake

With the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 remake dropping in a couple weeks (September 4, 2020 to be exact), what ...
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Book Review: Alien: 40 Years 40 Artists by Various

I took the opportunity to review Alien: 40 Years 40 Artists because I'm an Alien nut, then realized I don't really know anything about ...
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Book Review: Aliens: Phalanx by Scott Sigler

I've been riding the Alien train for the better part of 40 years now, and through the franchises high points ...
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Memory: The Origins of Alien Movie Review: From Whence a Legend Came

I've seen many making-of and behind-the-scenes featurettes for movies before, especially ones with elaborate special effects. I've seen documentaries about ...
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The Transformers: The Movie Review: Still Got the Touch

On August 8, 1986, the original Transformers lit up the silver screen for the first time in The Transformers: The ...
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Book Review: Aliens: Bug Hunt, Edited by Jonathan Maberry

Each film in the original Alien trilogy represents a unique approach to science fiction. Alien took sci-fi and suspense and ...
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Book Review: Aliens: The Set Photography by Simon Ward

The movie Aliens turned 30 recently, and there are rumblings of another movie in the Alien universe in the works, ...
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Book Review: Alien Next Door by Joey Spiotto

In a most unexpected crossover, Joey Spiotto combines murderous monsters with children's books in Alien Next Door: In Space, No ...
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RiffTrax Live!: Godzilla (1998) Review: Catastrophic Laughs

The RiffTrax boys are at it again. This time, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, and Mike Nelson have chosen to skewer ...
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Book Review: Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon

Tim Lebbon's Alien: Out of the Shadows kicks off a trilogy of books set around the events of the Alien ...
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Sushi Girl Blu-ray Review: Reservoir Dogs’ and The Usual Suspects’ Slightly Underdeveloped Lovechild

How's this for a pitch: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Candyman (Tony Todd), Atreyu (Noah Hathaway), Donnie Darko's Frank the Demonic ...
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Surviving Progress DVD Review: How to Temper a Double-Edged Sword

Surviving Progress takes a look at the advancements human beings have made over the last few thousand years, what our ...
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The Disco Exorcist Movie Review: A Strangely Entertaining Highlight Reel of ’70s Cliches

Fade in on lava lamp and reel to reel, plenty of dust and lines tarnishing the film print, scratchy audio ...
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A Necessary Death DVD Review: How Do You Film Someone Who Wants to Kill Themselves?

”Recovered Footage” movies — ones shot with consumer-grade cameras made to look like home movies, films like The Blair Witch ...
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