n space, no one can hear you scream… with joy, over the fact that there’s a new Alien movie coming out

this month. Yes, my chest is practically bursting with excitement over the fact that not only are cinema’s scariest space-monsters back, but so is original director Ridley Scott. As such, let me take you back to the beginning…

It was 1979 when one bright spark had the idea of taking a standard haunted-house-horror-movie format, swapping out the scary mansion for a creepy spacecraft, and changing the vengeful ghost for a hungry alien. Well, that bright spark was Mr Ridley Scott, and as it turns out, it was just the start of many good ideas. “Oh look, there’s John Hurt. He’s famous, I bet he’s going to see this through to the end.” WRONG – let’s shit the audience up by having a horrible creature burst through his chest in the middle of his lunch! “Oh, well, at least Tom Skerritt is in charge, he’s all manly and beardy. I bet he’s going to take care of business.” WRONG – he’s next to fucking go, leaving the whole thing down to


his second in command – who just happens to be a goddamned lady! Ten he topped the whole thing off with a mech-organic Alien that blends in with the pipework, has two mouths, and concentrated acid for blood. Fucking genius.

So skip back to 2017, and three sequels, a prequel, and some horrible spin-off “vs Predator” bullshit later, where does Alien: Covenant fit in? Well, this is the second prequel (following on from Prometheus) and it seems clear that, following criticism from some quarters regarding Prometheus (Philistines), Mr Scott seems keen to go back to his “good ideas” drawing board. For a start, there are “proper” aliens in this one. Big, slimey, dome-headed Xenomorphs. Ten there’s Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts…), in a vest, with a gun, doing her best Sigourney impression. Well, that all certainly sounds familiar, which is what you would expect given that this promises to be the movie that ties Prometheus into the Alien franchise good an’ proper, but will it be awesome? Watch this space.


What? DVD of the month? Tat shit X-Factor with animals movie? Let’s address all that now. Firstly, this month’s DVDs are pretty rubbish and I didn’t have much to choose from. Secondly, Sing is actually pretty good.

Sing tells the tale of a down on his luck, yet eternally optimistic koala named Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), who hosts a singing contest to raise the funds to save his beloved, ailing theatre. Despite its obvious parallels to X-Factor, this plays out more like the Muppets in its “let’s put on a show to save the theatre” set up, and owes a great debt to vintage Hollywood musicals. Te contestants are interesting enough despite being well worn character archetypes; Johnny (Taron Egerton), a gorilla who is reluctantly following in his criminal fathers footsteps, Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), a

mother of 25 piglets who is so busy she doesn’t even notice that she likes to sing, Ash (Scarlett Johannson), a porcupine currently in her boyfriends shadow in a punk duo, shy but talented elephant, Meena (Tori Kelly) and Mike (Seth McFarlane), a greedy and selfish sax-playing mouse. All have fun back stories and the big name cast bring them to life convincingly.

Due to a couple of films that failed to get started and a long production on this, it’s been a whopping 10 years since writer/director Garth Jennings last full-length feature, Son of Rambow. Along with that and the much maligned with flashes of brilliance Te Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, this is only his third film. Hopefully the success of this will help pave the way towards getting future projects off the ground.


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