Monthly Archives: November 2008

The Return of Aliens!

by Irma Arkus

After all my constant whining (it seems that execs actually download and listen to HiSciFi, or so I’d like to believe) it’s official! Aliens are coming back in full force!!!!

Today, announced is the return of Alien franchise, Sigourney Weaver in tow to reprise her unforgettable and unmatched role as Ripley. It may be interesting to note that at first, the role was cast for a male actor, only to hand it to Weaver. It still resonates as one of the major female-centered action films, against one of the most frightening creations ever invented – the highly adaptable, acid, double mouthed predator of all times – Aliens.

That is not even the best part though. Scott Ridley is also joining the production as director and producer.

This will be fantastic!!!!

UPDATE: Terminator: Salvation

by Irma Arkus

McG promises to kick ass: according to BBC, his direct quote is Terminator:Salvation will “push the envelope.” My comment? Finally!

After so many years of Terminator franchise experiencing an agonizing and grueling death, Salvation indeed is at our doorstep. Stop wondering what apocalypse would be like, and start envisioning it!!! Why? Because this is one thing new in the world of entertainment. For one, I have had enough of “hero saves the day!” stories. For one, I want the day to go really bad. So bad in fact, that I do not know if the hero will even get to survive.

McG promises to do exactly that – deliver a new Terminator film, one imbued with quality (read: Christian Bale), new special effects (read: Terminator), as well as enough action set in an post-apocalyptic setting.

Rumours fly that even Schwarzenegger has allowed his mug to be pasted onto Terminators. so there…it shall be fun!

Valkyria Chronicles Jumps to Anime

by Irma Arkus

Rumours are that Sega’s PS3 RPG Valkyria Chronicles are to become an anime serioes by Aniplex’s A-1 Pictures. The beloved game already has an intricate storyline, and tends to lend itself easily to serialisation.

Update: Akira, Ninja Scrolls

by Irma Arkus

Latest word on Leonardo DiCaprio’s production of live action versions of two famous anime titles: Akira and Ninja Scrolls, is that he is not going to appear in either, but will instead, focus on production work only.

As reported by MTV News, DiCaprio deems himself to be a great fan of anime, and these titles, Akira and Ninja Scrolls, are a few of his favorites.

While many fans are concerned with bringing live action versions of Akira and Ninja Scrolls, DiCaprio promises to have great scripts prior to engaging the films into production. Many fans are expected to be compelled to committing acts of rage.

Star Trek Update

by Irma Arkus

J.J. Abrams’ version of Starship Enterprise has finally been revealed, as have the first scenes of the acclaimed production. In his interview with, Abrams recalls his initial awe of the ship’s exterior while watching 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture: “when you flew around the ship, you could see all the different panels that made up the ship…It was the first time I had ever seen that level of attention, that love of detail, given to the tangible, practical reality of the ship.”

Abrams promises an equal attention to ship’s detail. We, on the other hand, promise to latch onto anything he says, and print funny stories about nonsense like what the ship is going to look like. Why? Because we can’t wait to see the new Star Trek film.

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RIP: Michael Crichton

Mere days ago, Michael Crichton passed away at age 65. Upon many occasions, I’ve expressed a severe disagreement in regards to often offered commentaries on Crichton’s literary contributions, and I would like to use this opportunity to clarify these, as well as remember an entertainer and writer.

It is undeniable that Crichton’s contributions to literature have dazzled and entertained us all. From Andromeda Strain, The Terminal Man, Congo, Sphere, Jurassic Park to ER, Crichton has managed to infuse his works with facets of science that amuse, frighten and most importantly, conjure up some of the best of 20th century entertainment.

While some of his works can be classified as science fiction, I would never categorize Crichton’s works as such, because his real strength was in creating Hollywood dazzle in print, weaving techno-thriller stories that touch upon science.

While this cannot be considered works in science fiction genre, Crichton was undoubtedly a master who excelled in bringing much of it to small and big screens. Director of Westworld, screenwriter of Jurassic Park and creator and screenwriter for ER, Crichton has undoubtedly left a mark.

There have been many critiques that I have offered in the past regarding Crichton’s creations, and I firmly stand by them. Crichton has in many ways represented everything I resent from the world of entertainment, and yet his reach was so wide that it is difficult to dismiss his contributions, or easily summarize them.

Handsome, wealthy, Harvard educated, specializing in thrillers that are meant to frighten audiences with voices of new technologies, or discoveries that are barely reaching out of labs, Crichton’s novels appealed to our lizard brains, often appreciative of simplistic storytelling. Yet, I cannot in my own conscience define all Crichton’s works as such, because he delved into cinema, and techno thrillers, and fantasy, and sometimes even simplistic science fiction.

He represented all we expect to visualize from Hollywood, and ultimately, all we despise in Hollywood at the very same time. There goes an artist I didn’t love.

HiSciFi – Independents, All About Indie Comics, live with Chris Brandt

This week we had the pleasure of having Chris Brandt join us live to discuss his latest documentary, “Independents: A Guide for the Creative Spirit,” a showcase of indie comic book artists. Being an independent anything these days is a difficult as well as exciting prospect, and Brandt, a long time artist as well as a fan, dedicates this film to the art of comic book creation.

Check out the Independents.
HiSciFi – Independents, All About Indie Comics, live with Chris Brandt