Podcast: Craft Disservices—Alien with David R. George III

Craft Disservices presents a film whose merits were evident on its release, but the movie industry had to catch up before it was heralded as a classic. Just in time for Halloween, it’s 1979’s Alien!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and film critic David R. George III visits the show to talk about a film that’s more than a monster movie and more than a “haunted house in space.” When the menial crew of the mining ship Nostromo stop to investigate a strange signal on company orders, they discover a life-form that lacks eyes, weaknesses, or mercy. Now they must scour their ship for their deadly passenger, as it hunts them in return with the patience of the grave.

It’s nearly unthinkable now, but critics really were divided upon Alien’s release, and on the program, they discuss the cultural environment the film was released into, as well as address some critical specific responses. They also talk about the film’s genesis from the death of Jodorowsky’s Dune, the path it took from script to screen, the triumph of its casting, the verisimilitude of its fantastic setting, the impossible evolution of the creature, and the monumental talent of the man who designed it.

Plus they talk about the sensibility and necessity of a Veronica Cartwright, the vision and execution of Ridley Scott in creating atmosphere, talk about “that” scene, debate whether Ripley is a “Final Girl,” ask whether Dallas is amazingly brave or amazingly foolish, and wonder if God is evil in this universe. DRG III shares his taste in baseball films, and they go HAM on a hypothetical Movie Vault podcast!

The eight passenger is DEATH!

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New Show: “Martians: An Evening with Ray Bradbury”

As you might imagine, I know many creative and talented people—including many writers in the Star Trek universe. I happen to be friends with a man named Charlie Mount, who excels in numerous fields, including writing, directing, and acting (not to mention his exceptional sleight of hand skills). Among his many accomplishments, Charlie had the privilege of knowing and working with the great Ray Bradbury, author of many a classic novel—such as The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes—and short story—such as “The Veldt,” “I Sing the Body Electric,” and “There Will Come Soft Rains.”

Now, with co-creator Jeff G. Rack, Charlie is bringing the wit, wisdom, and writing of the iconic science-fiction writer to the stage in a production called “Martians: An Evening with Ray Bradbury.” Based on the short stories “The Strawberry Window,” “The Blue Bottle,” “The Messiah,” and “Night Call, Collect,” as well as the musings of Mr. Bradbury himself, the fully authorized show will run Friday nights from September 7th through October 12th at the Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

I’m always happy to promote the work of my friends, but rarely do I point people to fundraising efforts. In this case, though, in addition to supporting a spectacular work of art, the GoFundMe campaign for “Martians: An Evening with Ray Bradbury” also features some killer rewards. I know a lot of Star Trek readers appreciate the work of Ray Bradbury, and I’m hoping that some of you can help Charlie out, both for his sake and for the living memory of one of the greats of SF literature. Please give it a look. Any contribution at all will help.

Visit the GoFundMe Page for “Martians: An Evening with Ray Bradbury” →

 
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New Movie Review and Film Blog Website

With more than forty published and produced works to my credit, including eighteen novels, it’s obvious that I love to write. Visitors to DRGIII.com also know that I love movies. Deciding that I’d like to combine these two passions, I’ve created a movie review and film blog website. On MovieReviewsByGeorge.com, you'll find full film critiques, compact movie reviews, quick takes on various flicks, and articles about film. If you like movies as much as I do, come join me there!

Visit DRG III’s New Movie Review and Film Blog Website →

DRG III at Treklanta

David R. George III will be appearing on Memorial Day weekend at Treklanta, a Star Trek convention held in Atlanta, Georgia. The three-day con kicks off on Friday evening at 6 PM and goes through Sunday at 6:30 PM. Other attendees include actor Conrad Coates, who appeared as Admiral Terral in four episodes of Discovery; actor Gary Graham, who portrayed the Ocampa Tanis in Voyager and Vulcan Ambassador Soval in eleven installments of Enterpriseand actor Robert O’Reilly, who played the Klingon Gowron in four episodes of The Next Generation and seven of Deep Space Nine. DRG III will host a Q & A session, sign autographs, and take part in various other panels and events.

Keep checking the Events page for more information as it becomes available.