MasterChugs Theater: ‘Predators’

In 1987, in the midst of his heyday, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in Predator, an action sci-fi mixed genre film that won over both critics and movie-goers. But just like everything successful in Hollywood, the studio system attempted to build it into a franchise. The first sequel, Predator 2, was made in 1990 and both Alien vs. Predator and AVPR: Alien vs. Predator – Requiem arrived in the last six years. A mixed bag commercially, the films received a common line from the critics: a big thumbs down. While containing the same alien species, there was no linear connection between the sequels and the original film (the final two films merely an excuse to get two of cinema’s classic creatures to do battle). With Nimrod Antal’s Predators, the fifth film in the line, that pattern comes to an abrupt and blissful end. Continue reading MasterChugs Theater: ‘Predators’

Be on the lookout for nothing

Niagra, Wisconsin is being terrorized by a gun man in camoflauge. He sticks to the woods and carries an assualt rifle, managing to shoot four people already–killing three. His people count could have been higher, but he’s in the woods.

So how has he managed to shoot so many people already? We can’t see him. (Even CNN doesn’t have a picture!) Hell, nobody called the police for the first two because everyone thought it was the Predator, and killing him will just trigger a nuclear blast.

So, be on the lookout, citizens. If you don’t see him, do not try to apprehend him. Tell the police where he might be lurking and don’t reveal any weapons. (That’ll just give your death some honor.)

UPDATE (8/1/08):

They got him! … Or did they?

Keep your eyes in the skies, and set on heat-detection mode.

History repeats itself (yet again [again])

Hey Kentucky SG-ites, it’s time to meet your Senate candidates!

Up first: former tough guy actor Sonny Landham, who is running for Senate in Kentucky, had a burgeoning career in hardcore porn movies, but had that cut short with bit parts in several 1980s movies like Poltergeist, 48 Hours and Predator. He’s not ashamed to admit it either, because that would still make him only the third weirdest member of the Predator cast to be elected governor of a U.S. state.

The Guys are pretty sure he’s talking about his early “blue film” filmography, but, hey, I wouldn’t exactly be proud of being in 48 Hours either.

And now, your sad news of the day

Here at SeriouslyGuys, we like to bring the funny. After all, it just feels remarkably great to have a smile on your face. I mean, who can’t chuckle at the wacky antics of New Zealand or the crazy hi-jinx of strippers? How could you not enjoy a story about lesbians earning the right to their name or that Sandra Day O’Connor is working on a video game?

Unfortunately, we must also report the sad news as well, not necessarily because we’re journalists (I can guarantee that I’m not), but because it is the respectful thing to do. Now is one of those times. Visual effects master and cinematic legend, Stan Winston, passed away yesterday. The genius behind the practical effects (think what’s not CGI) behind Jurassic Park, Alien, Predator, Pumpkinhead, Terminator 2, Edward Scissorhands and The Thing (a personal favorite of mine) had been suffering from multiple myeloma, essentially a cancer of the plasma cell, for seven years. His talent and knowledge of the craft will sorely missed.