A few of my favorite things


Went to see Shrek 2 with Neil.  This was the second I was seeing the movie, but it was well worth it.  Like the first this one was filled with humor both subtle and outrageous.  I always love it when a movie pays homage to others, and this had lots.  The picture of Stonehenge with spinal taps’ characters in it was priceless, as was Fiona catching her wedding ring on her finger a la Fellowship of the Ring.  But the best part of the whole movie for me was when Shrek gets mauled by Puss.  Puss gets under his shirt and you see a bulge under Shrek’s shirt while he gasps and clutches his chest in pain.  Seconds later Puss thrusts through his shirt in a recreation from that unforgettable scene in Alien where Kane dies violently when a chest burster blasts out of him during dinner.

fun and happy! equals Gruesome and bloody!

The Alien saga has had a huge impact on my life.  When I was 6 my uncle took me to see Aliens (yes he really is that cool).  While I have trouble remembering the sheer terror i went through at that movie, I do remember latching onto my uncles arm and refusing to let go, eventually giving him black and blue bruises up and down his arm.  For months after that I saw aliens lurkign in the shadows everywhere and i had trouble sleeping at nights and i had to have hte lights turned on all the time.  Of course, i soon overcome those little fears and became the well adjusted guy I am today.  NO seriously.  I’m not scared of the dark anymore… (much).


He was also responsible for letting me see Trainspotting and Terminator 2 (while telling my parents we were going to see Bill&Ted’s Bogus Journey).  Too cool for words.


Comments (10)

  1. I laughed so hard at that scene that I think the whole theater turned towards me. My wife surely did. Yeah, I’m a big Alien[s] fan :)

  2. I laughed so hard during Shrek 2 that I cried. It was a great movie.

  3. bg says:

    my wife has just got back from an auction at bonhams (in the uk) where the alien that jumped out john hurts stomach (pictured in your blog) was being sold, the expected price was 10,000 gbp, but it actually went for 25,000 gbp.

  4. SquashedTwinkie says:

    Alien(s) was so scarry that Jord didn’t let me watch past the first 30 min because he didn’t want to be responsible for me having a heart attack. I think I may have been overly tense.

  5. Vince P says:

    Ok, I know i’m like a month behind on this.. but Aliens:Director Cut is like one of my favorite movies. What did you think of Alien^3 and R.

    Frankly after what Fox and S.Weaver did to the characters in part 3, I just sort of pretend that the two latter movies don’t exist.

    They really ruined what could have been a truely awesome franchise.

  6. Vince: I _hated_ The Director’s Cut of Aliens. It totally ruined the movie for me. Making newt and her family visible just broke so much of hte desolation and fear that you get entering the base.

    I think it was 100% the right decision to have removed those scenes :-)

  7. Vince P says:

    I can see not liking the Jordan family takes a trip to the Derilict ship, particularly since the pre-catastrophe Newt is an annoying little bitch, but all the additional scenes rock and add a lot of emotional context or whatnot.

    Though I did think it was cool to show the ship as a direct tie to the first movie, and the sound editing when Newt’s mother comes back to the truck is awesome if you have the volumne jacked.

    What about the next two movies?

  8. Vince: I think my biggest problem was that when I originally bought Aliens, it only contained the directors cut. So while the scenes were interesting, I couldn’t disable them to get to the movie i knew and loved. Ugh!!

    I’ll comment on the next two soon. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of the Alien’s universe and I think each movie captures a fascinating glimpse into different facets of it (but "Aliens" will always be my favorite). I’m also a huge fan of *some* of the work that Dark Horse Comics did here. THey butchered it in some places, but there are real gems out there with unbelievably amazing stories and gorgeous art as well.