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Sunday, August 15, 2004



HAVEN'T YOU HEARD OF BREATH MINTS?!

Can't say I'd really recommend watching the Alien vs. Predator movie to anyone who's not a fan of these two. But watch we did, me, Lyndon, Az, and Ryan upon the invitation of our friend and fellow Denner, Jon to take advantage of the free tickets to the advance showing of the movie last night. Story goes that a hidden set of pyramids has been discovered beneath the Antarctic and upon further investigation turns out to be a set of ruins founded by ancient ancestors of the Egyptians, Aztecs, the Khmer tribe that built them pyramid ruins in Angkor Wat, Vietnam. A team of scientists from different background have been hastily gathered by Weyland Corporation to go on a scientific expedition personally led by its multibillionaire leader Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen). Unfortunately one predictable blunder after another by the hapless humans trigger a series of events that prematurely started a hunting game between the Alien species and the three Predators. Turns out the every one hundred years the ancient civilization used to make human sacrifices by way of offering a group of people willing to be inseminated by face huggers. The movement of the Predators' hidden weapons in the middle of the pyramid triggered the start of the hunt. The pyramid served as a hunting ground with passages constantly changing every ten minutes to make things very interesting for both monsters.

A lot of questions are raised upon watching the film like how come one set of small ancient tribe have three sets of distinct cultures that wouldn't be existing for at least three to four centuries? How can three distinct languages from three different timelines exist in one cuneiform tablet without causing confusion to the reader? How could a group of humans figure out impromptu what was written or happening without as much as a prolonged background research? Of course there's the requisite number of characters that would be killed off one by one. Based on the character quirks it's almost easy to figure out who's going to be killed off next, like the goofy Graeme Miller (Ewen Bremner). It's also a no-brainer to figure in the first ten minutes of the movie who's going to left by the time the credits roll in the end. The nice thing about all this is that it ties up a lot of background stories to the three Alien movies and an understanding to its connection with the Predator.

We all hung out at McDonald's where we waited the rain to stop after the movie. I swiped these drawings Ryan left on the table.


Predator drawing done in pencil.


Alien drawing done in ballpoint pen.

I thought it would be a shame to just leave it there. Pretty cool, huh?

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