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  • Alien Resurrection

    Alien Resurrection

    METROID/ALIEN MARATHON, PART 4 OF 4

    THE GAME: Metroid Fusion (2002) [played on Nintendo DS Lite]

    THE PLOT: While accompanying researchers on SR388, Samus Aran finds herself infected by a parasitic organism later dubbed the X. Galactic Federation scientists save her life with a vaccine developed from the baby Metroid's preserved DNA. After regaining consciousness, the bounty hunter is assigned to investigate an explosion aboard the Biologic Space Laboratories station, where large portions of her surgically removed Power Suit were…

  • Alien³

    Alien³

    METROID/ALIEN MARATHON, PART 3 OF 4

    NOTE: This is the definitive version of an earlier review.

    THE GAME: Super Metroid (1994) [played on Super Nintendo]

    THE PLOT: Samus Aran delivers the Metroid hatchling to Ceres Space Academy, where scientists hope to utilize its powers for the good of galactic civilization. Soon after leaving, she receives a distress signal. Ceres has been decimated by Ridley, who steals the baby and returns to Zebes!

    THE REVIEW: Every aspect of this perfectly designed…

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  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    I've never seen a franchise so obsessed with refining what a "proper" follow-up should be to such a classic first installment. Halloween is one of the most famous and iconic names in horror, despite none of its sequels being good. The tired, insipid monotony of this seminal slasher series came as quite a surprise to me and speaks to how powerful nostalgia as an almost addictive force can be. Attempts to recapture what made John Carpenter's original so beloved have…

  • Wild Tigers I Have Known

    Wild Tigers I Have Known

    Some of my favorite dreams are the ones where I'm floating effortlessly. I don't have them very often.

    I always group Wild Tigers I Have Known and Mysterious Skin together in my memory, even though the latter is far more disturbing. Mostly it's because I watched both on DVD around the same time in the 2000s (the last good decade for filmmaking, whether blockbuster or independent), while experiencing severe depression after a mental breakdown.

    Logan's dorky friend Joey talks with…

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