- Alien (1979) dir. Ridley Scott
- Alien vs. Predator (2012) by Michael Robbins
- Aliens (1986) dir. James Cameron
- Predator (1987) dir. John McTiernan
- Alien 3 (1992) dir. David Fincher
- Predator 2 (1990) dir. Stephen Hopkins
- Prometheus (2012) dir. Ridley Scott
- Alien: Resurrection (1997) dir. Jean Pierre Jeunet
- Predators (2010) dir. Nimród Antal
- Alien vs. Predator (2004) dir. Paul W. S. Anderson
- Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) dirs. The Brothers Strauss
And but whereas many of these films focus on the hyper-violent, pell-mell confrontations between humans and aliens; humans and predators; aliens and predators; aliens, predators, and humans; humans and humans; and predators and predators—Robbins finds an altogether novel approach, making violent confrontation out of the waste of America’s cultural idiolect and his attempts to ironize it past the point of irony, smashing all the broken bits of ad slogans and song lyrics together in a particle collider built by a dysfunctional team of scientists comprised of Axl Rose, Rilke, and the marketing gurus at Forever 21. In the inevitable explosion, Robbins seems almost to prove that by making the ugliness of our language ugly again he can make it sublime (“Let’s put the Christ back in Xbox”)—or at least very and painfully funny.
About the Author: Gregory Brown
Gregory Brown, Reviews Editor, hails from Vancouver Island, in beautiful British Columbia. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro MFA program for Fiction and Memorial University of Newfoundland's Master of Arts program in English Literature. He is the recipient of the Roy Daniels Memorial Essay Prize and his fiction and criticism have appeared in Postcript and Paragon.