Tag Archive for aliens

Book Club: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Episode 64 – Book Club: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

In this episode, Liz and Heather tackle another Book Club: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Grab your towel, down a couple of pints, and listen in as we talk about this geek classic!

Book Club: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

 

Book Club: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was originally a radio play, then a novel, then a series, then a mini-series, and finally the movie; spanning 1979 – 2005. Thanks to our friend @sealeadams on Twitter for making the recommendation to read this on the Book Club.

Listen in for the plot summary (also available on online).

Cast Members:

  • Arthur Dent, England, Earth
  • Ford Prefect, alien, Bettleguise
  • The Vogon Construction Fleet
  • Zaphod Beeblbrox and Trillion (human, Earth) aka Tricia McMillon
  • Marvin the Paranoid Android and Eddie the computer (on the Heart of Gold)
  • Slartybartfast
  • Deep Thought (computer on Magrathea)
  • Mice

Goodreads

Are you using the Goodreads app to track your reading? They have an optional reading challenge where you can challenge yourself to read and track a certain number of books per year. It’s a good app if you are a big reader.

 

Random quotes and rants flow, as always. Read instructions before asking your wife. Read them again and try it yourself before asking your wife. She will appreciate it. And think you are smarter.

Let’s Talk Period Panties…

Sorry boys, but these are important thing.

 

Also… All of the episodes of The Golden Girls are now available on Hulu.

 

Here’s Our New Goal

Get Felicia Day on the Nerdy Bitches Podcast when she is here in May for Comicpalooza. If you have a connection, help us out!! We are so wanting to have her on the show because we love her! Help Help Help!! Forward, Retweet, Call her… whatever it takes!

 

Also send us your ideas on future book club episodes!

Play

Episode 42 – Comicpalooza 2016

In this episode, Liz and Heather wrap up our coverage of Comicpalooza 2016. We are completely exhausted after the con, but had such an awesome time participating and being on the podcast program team this year!

Comicpalooza Podcast Program 2016

Wrap Up

  • We were invited by our friends at Sarah and Cassi’s Nerdy Adventure to participate in their Women in Podcasting panel Friday afternoon. This panel was so much fun! We worked with Sarah & Cassi, Jenny from I Love Flavor, and Mandy from Caster Quest. We talked about being women in the male-dominated world of podcasting, how to start your own podcast, and lessons we have learned since starting.
  • We believe the con should be any time other than June, because in Houston, it is hotter than the face of the sun. Thank everything for air conditioning!
  • We had a good time passing out our podcasting stickers and getting new people interested in the podcast. Then, we met these guys…

Predator vs Bitches Sailor Moon Gender Bend

  • That Predator guy’s mask clicked just like in the movie! It was really cool and a little terrifying! We also loved the gender-bending Sailor Moon! It was so much fun to see everyone dressed up and people were so nice and always willing to take a picture!
  • We attended Cult 45: The Movie Podcast’s live podcast show! We love these guys!! We are looking forward to doing some kind of cross-over show with them. They are our new best friends… and we LOVE Brandon’s wife Carla! Call us! 🙂
  • We also attended the Aliens Q&A, which was fantastic. We wish it would have been twice as long because with a large panel, you don’t get very far with the questions. Also, Bill Paxton totes made eye contact with Liz. She is sticking to that story.
  • We attended the Business of Podcasting panel with our own Producer Craig, along with a lot of other people who run awesome podcasts. Ming Chen was also on this panel and it was great getting to meet him.
  • Heather made it to the Boondock Saints Q&A, which was short one Norman Reedus. Sean Patrick Flannery was all sorts of hot and dirty. Good times.
  • Con Crud is a real thing. Many people feel bad now after being around so much.

Coming Up

We were thrilled to be a part of this show and are really looking forward to next year! Now, we will be returning to our regular format and will be covering our Book Club on World War Z (Max Brooks), a superhero movie catch up (Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, and X-Men: Apocolypse), and we will also be having some brand new guests that we met at the con!

Make sure you are following us on Twitter (@nerdybitchespod), Instagram (@nerdybitches), Pinterest (@nerdybitches), and Facebook (Nerdy Bitches Podcast).

Play
CPPodFam logo

Episode 40 – Classic Movie Club Alien/Aliens

In this episode, Liz and Heather introduce their very first Classic Movie Club: Alien/Aliens in preparation for the upcoming 30th anniversary Aliens cast reunion at Comicpalooza 2016 June 17 – 19. Classic Movie Club Alien Aliens

We are combining both Alien and Aliens in this review. We are looking forward to other Classic Movie Clubs in the future.

Classic Movie Club Alien Aliens

Alien

Released in 1979. This movie was pretty tense, and we can see this at the time being scary as shit. There was so much tension and claustrophobia in this movie – It’s a capsule in space…nowhere to go. The feeling of being trapped is probably the deepest human fear. These movies force you to face the fear since there is no escape.

We watched the two movies back-to-back and it was very interesting to see the difference both the Director and script can make.

One of the main antagonists in Alien is the computer – Mother. Also, Ian Holm’s character turns out to be a robot, and they didn’t know he was a robot (and the robot goes nuts). The robot has a directive that the main goal is to get the alien – crew expendable. “Holy blinking lights!” – Heather. They had a pretty awesome light bulb budget. If you have photo epileptic seizures, you may want to skip this one.

The Alien – that shit escalated quickly! It went from Face Hugger to penis with teeth to massive monster in a matter of hours. It was also ONE monster, rather than a bunch. It almost makes it scarier, because you just don’t know where it is.

Self destruct sequence – This is the most complex self-destruction sequence we have ever seen. And then, there is no way to cancel it. They should change that. This has inspired some of the favorite things that pop up in other movies – like the self-destruct sequence in Spaceballs.

Cryo – Why does Ripley have to get in with only porn panties? Can you not go into deep sleep in a jumpsuit? Also, she is the only one to make it out of the first movie, which is tragic. At the end of the second movie, she will be the only one to get out. From an HR perspective, they are going to start thinking it’s her.

None of this would have happened if John Hurt could have kept his damn balance.

Classic Movie Club Alien Aliens

Aliens

Released 1986 – The premise here is that Ripley’s escape pod has been found 58 years after the fact. The cat is also still alive, so probably the oldest cat on record. Now, Ripley has been found by “the company” and has been asked to go back to this planet as a consultant under the agreement that they would NOT be trying to get any of the aliens off the planet, but to rescue the 70 families that were now living on the teraformed planet. The company has a giant military presence in order to make this happen.

James Cameron tends to use the same actors in all of his movies, so we recognize these people, but they don’t have enough personality to form a connection with. We were kind of rooting for the aliens over the humans, since the humans were just annoying stereotypes. We are talking to you, Bill Paxton. We LOVE you, but for all of the 1980s, you played nothing but whiny bitch characters.

We thought originally that Paul Reisser’s character was going to be the romantic interest, but fortunately that didn’t happen. More so, he turned out to be a rapist. Then, there is the character of Newt. We really like this, but it’s almost like they couldn’t get Ripley into action unless she had a child to mother, and then she would start lactating, and save the day. It felt manipulative. They also trained her on a 2-minute instruction on how to shoot a gun, but when Newt goes missing, she duct tapes two guns together and goes hunting. They could have made her a badass, but it just didn’t have enough build up.

We didn’t find either of the movies scary. Maybe if we watched it back in the day it would have been, but we now see things that are so much more graphic that this didn’t hold up in the scary-genre. Aliens was a decent action movie, but there were a lot of things that could have been different.

Classic Movie Club Alien Aliens

Come find us at Comicpalooza June 17 – 19! We will be at the Aliens panel for sure, and will also be participating in a Women in Podcasting panel on Friday, the 17th.

Play