Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
It's already too late.
Two hundred years after Lt. Ripley died, a group of scientists clone her, hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the new Ripley is full of surprises … as are the new aliens. Ripley must team with a band of smugglers to keep the creatures from reaching Earth.
A completely unnecessary sequel that proudly takes over the label of Alien franchise's weakest chapter & also features an odd bit of interspecies erotica, Alien: Resurrection was seen by many as an improvement over Alien³ when it released but that's only because this film didn't have to deal with the reputation of two genre-defining chapters of the franchise & unlike its preceding instalment, it only gets worse on multiple viewings.
Set 200 years after the events of Alien³, Alien: Resurrection finds Ellen Ripley resurrected back to life through successful cloning & has the alien queen surgically removed from her body. In the hope of breeding this magnificent life form & study its biology, human hosts are used which are delivered by mercenaries but when…
Let's say you're riding a bike. You ride by the local candy store, waving to the local elderly couple making bank off of the giving of cavities to children. You ride downtown, witnessing a live concert and the general atmosphere of a sunny afternoon. You ride by a local pizza place, smelling the delectable cheeses being melted and watching the delivery guy carry 15 pies stacked up on top of one another.
The day is perfect.
You join up with a friend. The friend is a troublemaker. He's always the one bringing a fart noisemaker everywhere he goes and he somehow finds the time to tepee every house on Halloween. He's a cool guy though. As you're going down the…
....and it's all over.
We're a long way away from Ridley Scott's Alien (about 257 years or so) but with Fincher's empty Alien 3 diverting the franchise into existential gothic horror, at least Alien: Resurrection tries to have some fun.
It looks like an early outline for writer Joss Whedons own Firefly series, with a story in which he pits a roguish band of space pirates against our favourite face-fucking xenomorphs.
It's a little daft (Dan Hedaya stand up) and awkwardly macho (Big Ron P you're up) but there are some action sequences here - that in no way rival the punk rockness of Cameron's Aliens - but that do excite and raise the hearts BPM.
Sigourney Weaver often feels like a supporting character in her own damn story but Alien: Resurrection isn't a bad film, it's just not a very good one.
I've never thought about fucking a robot, but Winona would make me reconsider.
You read that star rating right, motherfuckers.
I feel like a YouTube commenter wishing for the good old days when movies like Alien Resurrection were getting made, but seriously, how many big-budget tentpole movies are getting made now (or, let's be honest with ourselves, then) where the thumbprints of at least three separate authors are visible in addition to the studio-demanded stuff? You've got Jean-Pierre Jeunet combining oddball, arty directorial choices (like a shot that takes the POV of Winona Ryder's fist as she punches J.E. Freeman in the face) with seemingly Evil Dead 2-inspired action scenes, Joss Whedon giving space assholes gruff dialogue to spit out, Darius Khondji making things all warm and dark and prettylike, and Sigourney Weaver…
In 1979: In space, no one could hear you scream.
In 1997: In space, no one gave a fuck.
I tried so hard to avoid watching this film. I have'nt heard good things about it and I wanted to keep my love for the Alien franchise intact. Then I thought, "Why not! Prometheus is about to come out so I might as well go in seeing all the Alien films. It can't be as bad as Alien 3. This can't be THAT bad!" and it was'nt THAT bad. It was much, much, much, much, MUCH worse.
I don't understand how such a great franchise can be ruined by one film, and I saw The Matrix Revolutions AND Batman & Robin! I…
2003 Special Edition
In Kürze im Podcast...
A balls-to-the wall follow up to the dark, understated third film in the series. Resurrection is an inventive, twisted story that takes place quite a while after the events of the last one. Visionary director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, working with a script by Joss Whedon, crafted a visually striking film that is also driven by good characterization and great dialogues.
Sigourney Weaver seems to be relishing this particular twist on her character and it gives her performance verve.
I think my extremely low expectations made me feel better about this movie.
The problem with this film is the insertion of comedy elements, it really skews the tone. Still, even with out the comedy elements Resurrection would continue being the least of the Alien franchise. Its not necessarily a bad film just not on the same level as it's predecessors. Visually the film looks good but nothing breathtaking. I think that's the main issue most people have with it is that its just ok nothing unique or groundbreaking, just a standard men on a mission plot. The film does have a good cast, with Ron Pearlman, Brad Dourif, Winona Ryder, and of course Sigourney Weaver, to bad more could not have been done with this cast.
fuck me this was so bad
A real mis-step for Whedon, for Jeunet and for the franchise.
Some really fun effects and, as always for anything Alien, some lovely design in parts. Also, one of my favourite bits of egregious exposition after the Call reveal, when everyone chills out for a few mins, forgets the xenomorpandh horror and chats android history to pass the apparently plentiful time.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
If Alien 3 was a sign that the saga of Ellen Ripley was on its last legs, then Alien:Resurrection is surely its final funeral oration. This fourth installment is a great looking, but lackluster, and totally confused sequel that also suffers from a severe case of inertia and preposterousness.
The whole shebang starts off on the wrong foot. Some 100 years after the end of Alien 3, a group of scientists on a super-spacestation use a sample of Ellen Ripley's blood to clone her back into existence, but what they really want is the alien that was gestating inside of her, which is also cloned along with her. Now, if memory serves me correctly, at the end of Alien 3…
I haven't seen this since I saw it opening weekend in 1997. And while I can't say that I "like" it in the conventional sense, it's actually kind of fascinating in its own special way. There is enough of an authorial stamp to make this function like the best ill-conceived match between European director and American action film, as the look, design, and feel is reflective of Jeunet's Delicatessen or City of Lost Children, but the content is all re-hashed Hollywood bullshit, remixing the popular elements of the first two Alien films with Whedon's proto-Firefly crew set against the monsters. Also, the film looks phenomenal, with striking visual effects that blend digital and practical elements effectively. It isn't good...far from it...but it's certainly interesting, and is the kind of blockbuster franchise film-making that has been carefully suppressed in this day and age for more reliable, streamlined product.
A ranking of many of the action flicks I've subjected myself to over the years, rated 3 stars or more.…