Category Archives: Movies

Alien / Aliens

So, I was looking at BANANA ALIEN today, and it got me musing…


Some things to think about while watching

ALIEN (1979, dir: Ridley Scott)

  • The first time you watch the movie, you think the survivor is going to be the handsome captain played by Tom Skerritt. Instead, it is Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) — a female.
  • The name of the ship’s computer is Mother.
  • Ripley refers to the Alien as “you bitch.”
  • The underside of the facehugger alien looks like a vagina.
  • The function of the facehugger vagina is to impregnate a male.
  • The character Lambert is impaled by the Alien through her vagina.
  • The opening scenes showing the ships halls and cryogenic sleep pods resemble traveling through a birth canal to wombs.
  • The android ash tries to suffocate Ripley with a rolled up (i.e. phallic) skin mag.


Some things to think about while watching

ALIENS (1986, dir: James Cameron)

  • People run around and shoot shit.




My Favorite Psychiatrists! (Excluding My Big Brother)

Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) from Batman Begins (2005). Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane in World's Finest #3 (1941, DC Comics)

Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) from The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Created by Thomas Harris in the novel Red Dragon (1981).

Dr. Philip K. Decker (David Cronenberg) from Nightbreed (1990). Created by Clive Barker in the novel Cabal (1988).


(P.S. I started reading Cabal last night, which is what brought this on. Nightbreed was one of my favorite movies for many years after it came out. I really ought to watch it again some time…)

Toshiro Mifune

I just learned today from reading this article ( that in 1977 Paramount was considering Toshiro Mifune for the role of a Klingon leader in a proposed Star Trek motion picture called Planet of the Titans (before Star Trek: The Motion Picture actually came to pass).

I imagine the idea didn’t get very far, but the very thought that one of the three or four greatest actors of all time was considered for both Star Trek **and** the role of Obi-Wan in Star Wars (1977), but only ended up in Steven Spielberg’s awful 1941 (1979) is just too heartbreaking for this geek to contemplate any further.