‘Alien:Covenant’ Flixnerd Review

Sure to please and divide fans of the ‘Alien’ franchise, ‘Alien:Covenant ‘ is a welcome entry into the Ridley Scott canon of ‘Alien’ films.

Forsaking the many sequels to the 1979 groundbreaking original scare fest, ‘Covenant’ serves as a thoughtful bridge between ‘Prometheus’ and the first ‘Alien’ film created.

Take note that ‘Prometheus’ is a prequel to ‘Alien,’ but that ‘Covenant’ picks up ten years after David and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw escaped the crew of the Prometheus’ fate.

So, post- ‘Prometheus,’ but still pre-‘Alien.’

For fans of the entire series of films, ‘Covenant’ fits the mold of the scary, xenomorph-on-a-rampage bloody shocker that first terrified genre fans with 1979’s first entry, ‘Alien,’ and which director James Cameron morphed into one of the best action sci-fi movies ever made, ‘Aliens.’

But it also serves as a divide between what are very Ridley Scott films (lush visuals, existential pontification, and grand scale) versus those of the directors that helmed ‘Aliens,’ ‘Alien3,’ and ‘Alien Resurrection.’

We Flixnerds love you, David (Alien3) Fincher; “Fight Club,” “Zodiac,” “Se7en,” but killing Ripley? (Still a better film than ‘Resurrection’ by miles.)

Let’s all just agree now that the ‘AVP’ entries were hot garbage. Neither fits into the mythos storytelling nor shares much thematically, save for inclusion of the ‘Weyland Corp.’ Just video-game-based cash grabs, both.

In ‘Covenant’ Michael Fassbender returns as both ‘David,’ the Weyland Corporation’s prodigal synthetic Son, and as ‘Walter’, the latest model of their invention.

‘Walter’ is a member of the crew of the Covenant, whose mission is to colonize a distant planet, presumably due to dwindling sustainability of life on Earth in the future.

While en route, another possible life-sustaining planet is discovered. And is much closer.

Fateful decisions are made. Let the sci-fi scares and story unfold!

Beautifully lensed, well-acted, and smart…’Alien:Covenant’ is scary, bloody, and satisfying!

Sidebar: If you can attend a Dolby Atmos showing, its highly recommended! The sound is cutting-edge and amazing.

There’s a lot to love about and ideas to ponder afterward with ‘Alien:Covenant.’

And ‘Covenant,’ by itself is a beautiful, scary, blood-spattered ride. Tons of scares, beautiful cinematography, and knowing winks to fans of the franchise.

The Flixnerd recommends watching ‘Alien:Covenant:The Last Supper’ both before viewing the film…and afterwards. (The link is below.)

‘Alien:Covenant ‘ prologue and trailer.

All in all?

4/5 Stars!

Fassbender, McBride, Waterston, and genius director Ridley Scott really kill it!

Must see for Flixnerds!

Bill Paxton

On the eve of the Academy Awards, a sad note, as popular character actor Bill Paxton passed away from complications after heart surgery at the age of 61.

Often a role player in his films, yet unmistakeable and talented in larger roles such as ‘Twister,’ ‘A Simple Plan,’ ‘One False Move,’ and ‘Frailty,’ Paxton embodied the familiar Everyman with grace and Texas charm.

‘Frailty,’ Paxton’s criminally underseen directorial effort, showcased an artist of many talents.

Mr. Paxton, thank you for the numerous cinematic moments and memories.

You will be missed. Condolences to family and friends of this uniquely talented and wonderfully familiar ‘Movie Guy.’

Bill Paxton homage.

The Head Nerd mourns your unexpected early passing.

We Will Miss You

Carrie Fisher, best known for her role in ‘Star Wars’ films, has passed away at the age of 60.

We also express our most sincere condolences to the families of George Michael, Garry Shandling, and my own family with the passing of Dawn Foster Pontrelli.

Courageous icons, each of them.

The scenes, the music, the comedy, and the strength of spirit are already sorely, sadly missed.

Carrie Fisher Montage


The picture is of my cousin, Dawn, who lost her eight year-long fight with cancer on Friday.

Our entertainers all passed on due to heart-related issues.

A sad Holidays, Flixnerds. Carrie Fisher, aka ‘Princess Leia’, Dawn Foster Pontrelli, Garry Shandling, and George Michael…thank you; for everything.

George Michael gives the music biz “The Finger” (doesn’t appear in his music video.)

Freedom 

Baskin. Nightmarish Turkish Horror.

Every once in a while, I stumble upon images that haunt. That defy.

Baskin Trailer
“Baskin” is a Turkish feature that, although it’s not treading any new plot lines horror film story-wise, manages to unnerve and disturb with imagery straight out of ¬†Dante Algheiri himself.

Turkish cops, who are morally ambiguous, seem to enter into a hellish ritual to which the sons of Clive Barker and Rod Serling would have felt right at home with.

If I could “wash my brain” of the garishly designed set pieces and scenes that unfold…I would gladly do so.

See “Baskin” at your own risk. It’s on Netflix, Vudu.

Not for the weak of heart. A vision of Hell itself that inspires interest in, and trepidation of, what twisted vision might next await these low-budget horror maestros moving forward.

“Baskin” unnerves. 4/5 Skulls