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September 25, 2007

Bomb 20


It took a few years but I finally got round to watching Dark Star. I had not suspected John Carpenter of a phenomenological bent.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 25, 2007 07:23 AM


Excellent student film that showed Carpenter could look forward to a fine professional career. The talking bomb was a nice touch; also, the alien made out of a spray-painted beachball. Who needs CGI when you've got cool stuff like that?

On a point more closely related to your Scott Adams post, I came across this example of BDS. I'm so embarrassed to admit that once upon a time I actually read this magazine.

Posted by: utron [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 25, 2007 03:33 PM

The beach ball was among the great aliens of all time.

And the Maclean's cover is one of the best examples both of our post-moral age and of the creepy, febrile imitation of the United States is so much Canadian culture; even that of the BDS variety.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 25, 2007 04:32 PM

Favorite prop: the muffin tins.

Dan O'Bannon, co-writer here and eventually on the Alien series, played Pinback.

Possibly one of the best studies of communications breakdown ever made.

Posted by: refugee [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 26, 2007 10:45 AM

ha ha ha! You wouldn't believe how many people I have made watch that movie.. I always end up describing it as such:

" oh its hilariou.... beachball, clawed fingers.. talking bomb... tapping fingers like this":

...then I do my best imitation of the alien tapping its fingers with my hands.. and everyone looks at me like I am insane.. as usual.

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 27, 2007 09:14 AM