Friday, October 1, 2010

Ep. 4 - ALIEN - September 2010

Featuring special guest Missy Thompson, film critic for the Tooele Transcript Bulletin newspaper

Considering the Sequels is a monthly film podcast that examines the merits and weaknesses of specific movie franchises. Right-click the title of this post to download this episode free.

In Episode 4 we consider the “Alien” franchise. This episode also includes a concept discussion in which we talk about the role and value of modern film criticism. And, as always, we each give mini reviews of recent film releases and whatever else we’ve been watching lately.

Your hosts are Andy Howell, Karl Huddleston and Jason Pyles. Download this episode to hear why Jason thinks the “Alien” films are a feminist franchise.


— Andy names some bad Spielberg films (02:28)

I. Mini Reviews

Andy — Resident Evil franchise (04:58)

Missy — Legendary (06:38), Flipped (07:09)

Jason — Predator franchise (07:47), The Film Encyclopedia (09:17)

Karl — Flipped (09:54), Leverage (11:28), Goldfinger (12:01)

II. Concept Discussion: The Role of Modern Film Criticism (14:48)

- How the Value of Film Criticism Has Changed (20:29)

- Lengthy Critiques vs. Summarized Verdicts (23:24)

- Is Innovative Film Criticism Still Possible? (25:38)

— A Brief Message About Our Sponsor, Heftel Studios (29:42)

III. Considering the Sequels: Alien

- Alien (30:49)

- Aliens (44:04)

- Alien3 (51:52)

- Alien: Resurrection (59:34)

- Franchise Overview (1:07:34)

Wrap-Up / Credits (1:12:59)

End Time (1:16:00)

Missy, Andy, Karl and Jason give their collective verdict on this franchise, from 0 to 100:

Alien = 92

Aliens = 91

Alien3 = 47 (cinematic dead horse beating)

Alien: Resurrection = 53

Overall Franchise = 78

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E-mail us with questions, comments, suggestions:, or catch up with us on Facebook by searching “Considering the Sequels.” Visit Andy and Jason’s Considering the Cinema discussion blog, where we write about unusual films. And if you’re really bored, follow Jason’s mostly film-related remarks on Twitter.


Thanks to our official sponsor, Heftel Studios. Thanks to the Dave Eaton Element for the use of Dave’s music. Thanks to film critic Missy Thompson for appearing on our show. She recently wrote a nice article about how film critics have to evolve in the digital age, and she peripherally discusses her visit to our show for this episode. You can also find some of Missy’s past movie reviews here, and her soon-to-be husband's site at He goes by "Cinenerd."

Thanks to Bill Barnes and Kara Brewer for their artistic vision and graphic design. (Bill Barnes, we miss you still.) Thanks to The /Filmcast and the Creative Screenwriting Magazine podcast for their inspiration. Go, Dave Chen!

No horses were harmed in the making of this podcast.

Episode 4 was recorded on September 12, 2010.

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