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Wow, how the time flies as you age...
Thursday, August 19th 2004 10:55pm

I bothered to put up a page for my reverse dependency package checker script for Debian. Sure, it's stupid simple, but hell, maybe somebody will find it useful.

And I went to see Alien vs. Predator tonight. Overall, a minor disappointment, but still a good flick.

First, the goddamn fucking thing could have used some more fucking profanity and a shit fucking cock sucking R rating. PG-13 my ass. I suspect that, at least in a few noticeable scenes, things were either force-cut, or the directors or effects guys really held back...just for ratings sake. Sheesh. The taming of this film to provide access to a larger audience (think "Hey guys, our market research shows that the majority of theater money is made from pre/teens, and we project we can make $xx.yy if we smooth this down to a Britney-friendly PG13...") was probably my main complaint...

But really, it wasn't horrible. In fact, as usual, I'm being overly critical.

Aside from the rating, the first half was basically a "Hey, the action film audience is stupid, we have to spell things out..." while doing mediocre character development. Yes, we fell in love with Ripley, then with Dutch, but nobody in this film came close. Even though I quite like Henriksen and his acting is always great, his character just didn't deliver (yeah, I blame the writing).

The shots of the Alien queen, however, were brilliant. Probably the best (IMHO) of any Alien film, and I think the movie matched the mythos from both movies really, really well.

It's worth seeing, tho I'd probably recommend matinee. I guess what probably pisses me off is the great potential that this concept had. I wanted, no, seriously, really fucking WANTED this film to be great. I mean, who didn't want to see this after the end of Predator 2? Instead, years later, Hollywood continues to bastardize great ideas for money, and so I have to give it a generous 5/10.

When did I become such a film critic? High school. :)

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