08/02/2011 04:30 pm ET | Updated Oct 02, 2011

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Cowboys and Aliens

2011-08-01-cowboysaliens20110716030808341_400.jpgIt's genre-meets-genre at your local multiplex, and not since Gene Autry faced down an advanced, subterranean civilization in Phantom Empire has the American west faced such daunting enemies as are encountered in Cowboys and Aliens. With Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig bringing steely resolve to their roles as bitter foes forced to set aside differences in order to ward off an impending invasion of vicious, and quite greedy, aliens, the film -- under the direction of Iron Man's Jon Favreau -- is an intriguing mix of western conventions and summer blockbuster thrills. Join special guest Orenthal Hawkins as he joins Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons in a debate over whether the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, as well as an exploration of why aliens always seem to be on the short-end of the evolutionary development chain, and a discussion of whether there are better ways to build secure, interplanetary vessels.

Also in capsule reviews: Larry and Dan discuss the low-budget, alien invasion film Attack the Block, and Dan gives his take on the experimental fantasy-drama, The Future.

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