Episode #077[edit | edit source]

Aliens is an episode focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the Podinator: Judgment Cast miniseries covering the filmography of James Cameron. Posted 1 Oct 2016.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Fran Hoepfner flies in from Chicago to join Griffin and David in discussing James Cameron's third motion picture. Just think about that - this huge thing was just his third movie.

Random points of discussion: Alien Day is 4/21. The director's cut has more Newt. James Cameron's infamous Alien$-with-a-dollar-sign pitch. The Vietnam metaphor. Cameron's fondness for showing technical processes onscreen. Thirsty Paul Reiser and decent uncomplicated Lance Henriksen. "HAHAHAHAHA! ... Bay twelve please." Sigourney Weaver's Best Actress nomination for Aliens.

Questions for discussion: How does this film cement James Cameron's motif of strong woman characters -characters with not only agency, but now with authority and gravitas among the cast? What was Sigourney Weaver's pseudonym on the callsheet for a project that Griffin was also in? What were some of the amazing scripts and pitches for Alien3? In the series of Alien movies, how does each installment work as a metaphor for stages of American society?

This seems to have been the earliest mention of the Blankies subreddit, which Griffin and David had just discovered.

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

  • Fran's favorite Marine: Jenette Goldstein as Vasquez, in her first movie role
  • Griffin's favorite Marine: Bill Paxton as Hudson
  • David's favorite Marine: Al Matthews as Apone
  • Michael Shannon: Big Chicago
  • David's name for the Deepwater Horizon film: Dirty People: The Movie
  • Ben: getting into fashion
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