Andrew Buck

  • Movie Reviews: “Dunkirk”

      Dunkirk 2017: dir. Christopher Nolan Writer: Christopher Nolan Starring: Mark Rylance, Kenneth Brannagh, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Fionn Whitehead I have been critical of Nolan’s handiwork for some time, now. Nolan’s descent into blockbuster schlock has been graceful, but he had become a shadow of his former...
  • Movie Reviews: “Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets”

      VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS 2017: dir. Luc Besson Writer: Luc Besson Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna and Clive Owen   In what can definitely be claimed as the world’s riskiest blockbuster film,┬áValerian and the City of A Thousand Planets is the...
  • Movie Reviews: “Prometheus”

      PROMETHEUS 2012: dir. Ridley Scott Writer(s): Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshal Green and Guy Pearce   The Review   Ridley Scott’s returns to science fiction with a bang, lynchpinning his terrible creation with the seeds of ancient astronaut theory to expand the...
  • Retrospective Reviews: “Alien: Resurrection;” Theatrical and Special Editions

      ALIEN: RESURRECTION 1997: dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2003 Special Edition) Writer: Joss Whedon Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Michael Wincott, Ron Perlman, Dan Hedaya   I’ve always liked this film. Something about it so pulpy and weird, funny yet grim. It wasn’t until I did a little bit of...
  • Retrospective Reviews: “Alien 3;” Theatrical and Assembly Cuts

      ALIEN 3 1992: dir. David Fincher (2003 Assembly Cut) Writers: David Giler, Walter Hill and Larry Ferguson Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance and Lance Henriksen.   There was quite the controversy when David Fincher’s ALIEN 3 hit theaters. Not only had a freshman filmmaker been...
  • Retrospective Reviews: “Aliens;” Theatrical and Special Editions

      ALIENS 1986: dir. James Cameron (1992 Special Edition) Writer: James Cameron Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton and Carrie Hen   The Theatrical Cut After reading his script for THE TERMINATOR in 1983, James Cameron was given the opportunity to draft a script...
  • Retrospective Reviews: “Alien;” Theatrical and Director’s Cuts

      ALIEN 1979: dir. Ridley Scott (2003 Director’s Cut) Writers: Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusset Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerrit, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, and Yaphet Kotto   The Theatrical Cut   Way back in 1979, a confluence of talent converged upon Hollywood. Fueled by the...