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The Great Summer Movies: You Have My Sympathies

In space, no one can hear you scream. On the Nostromo, you can hear almost everything. Alien is a masterpiece of sound design. Every second is dominated by a dense, carefully constructed soundscape, where the natural noises in the spaceship are a critical component of managing the audience experience. The first six minutes of the film are dialogue free, but full of ambient noise—flapping pages in a book, dormant lights igniting with a buzz. Jerry Goldsmith’s score ratchets up the tension, only to dissipate it in a wash of strings. There’s the tinkling of metal chains and smacks of water dripping, as Brett (Harry Dean Stanton) searches for Jonesy the cat; the hissing coolant and a ticking timer while the self-destruct sequence proceeds and Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) prepares to abandon ship. Maybe I noticed the sound because I recently rewatched the movie while working. I’ve seen the movie before; I was surrounded by my fellow cube-dwellers; I was using tinny headphones and a seven-inch screen. At moments, I was still terrified, totally bound up in …

The Bigger Picture: The Game Has Not Changed

It took me a while to get around to seeing Avatar. One reason for that, also coincidentally one of the reasons I have been a pretty lazy contributor to Popdose lately, is because I have been trying to finish my own film project for well over a year now. As the usher said to us before the showing, “You guys must be the last people in the world who haven’t seen Avatar yet.” I was cautious going into Avatar. My expectations were very measured; having listened to both the over-the-top praise and the silly criticisms in has received. That morning, I overheard a man complaining that it was “absolutely the stupidest thing” he’d ever seen. Others had told me that the effects were the most amazing movie experience they’d ever made. Well friends, special effects do not a movie make. I donned my 3D glasses, trying to keep an open mind but expecting to dislike it. And, for the first hour or so, my eyes mostly rolled behind my Spaceman Spiff goggles. Sigourney Weaver, usually …

TV on DVD: “Eli Stone: The Complete Second (and Final) Season”

Eli Stone: The Complete Second and Final Season (2009, Buena Vista) purchase from Amazon: DVD It’s disappointing that the earnest, big-hearted series Eli Stone never found a large enough audience to stay on the air. You may recall this ABC show as the one about a lawyer who begins having visions that show him future events that he must do everything within his power to prevent. Jonny Lee Miller stars as the titular character, playing Eli with so much charm and likability that the show’s failure to catch on is surprising. The storylines aren’t bogged down with heavy issues, which is gratifying considering this was a series that dealt with faith and a belief in a higher being.  Moreover, the show never comes off as preachy and always offered a counterpoint to Eli’s spiritual callings. Alas, television is a business, and if a series doesn’t produce good ratings, its fate is pretty much sealed. Buena Vista (which owns ABC) has released the complete second (and final) season of Eli Stone on DVD. Fans of the …

DVD Review: “Galaxy Quest Deluxe Edition”

Galaxy Quest Deluxe Edition (2009, Paramount) purchase from Amazon: DVD While the new Star Trek film continues to soar through the box office to become one of the most popular movies of the year, Paramount has decided that it’s time to take another look at the hilarious Star Trek parody, Galaxy Quest. Amazingly, it’s been 10 years since the film’s theatrical release, yet it remains one of the brightest and funniest comedies of the last decade with one of the strongest casts you’ll find in any movie. Tim Allen stars as Jason Nesmith, a washed up actor from an ’80s sci-fi television series called Galaxy Quest in which he played Captain Peter Taggart. Since the cancellation of the show, Nesmith and his TV crew castmates have been stuck on the convention circuit, selling autographs and opening supermarkets. That crew includes Sigourney Weaver as Gwen DeMarco, the sex interest on the original Galaxy Quest, a droll Alan Rickman as Alexander Dane, a Shakespeare-trained actor relegated to performing in makeup appliances and uttering the words “By Grabthar’s …