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…
"What's in-fucking-side me?"
Tip: Once a series shits the bed, keep shitting. Don't stop, it'll get better. Like if Firefly, Evil Dead II/Army of Darkness, and A Goofy Movie were spliced into the Alien franchise. You can thematically see it as a sort of "putting it all to bed." Starting anew, expelling the past, etc. But really, it's just stupid wholly, tenderly embraced.
And ain't this the cutest thing ever?
Retrofits the Alien franchise with video game plasticity; the theatrical cut begins with an abstract writhing of flesh and bone, soon transitioning into a linear progression through a matrix of tunnels and vents, a parallel work to Paul W.S. Anderson's Event Horizon: in which spatial logic completely overpowers plot. A series of constant mutations and transformations, attacking everything from Capital to Catholicism. And the series' iconography turns from male rape-anxiety to some exciting feminist imagery: we begin with Ripley, kneeling, contained below a glass ceiling, and the film that follows is her ultimate matriarchal escape (a transcendence of this status). Resurrection even concludes with two uber-macho military grunts embracing! -- a gesture too gentle for the likes of James Cameron or Ridley Scott. This is the best of the Alien films.
Joss Whedon wrote this shit?
Man, Alien: Resurrection is the ugliest movie in this franchise by an incomprehensibly wide margin. It’s so much worse than Alien 3. It’s cheap and boring and devoid of any characters or drama that can be cared for. Ripley’s not Ripley. The aliens are just terrible. There’s no comradery or emotional core or character psychologies that make any sense. Sure, Winona Ryder’s beautiful and Ron Perlman’s always fun to watch and Newborn’s death is mesmerizing for reasons I don’t want to think about, but it’s just a shit film. It’s a borderline comedy that isn’t remotely funny. No amount of ugly quirkiness and cute camera push-ins can entertain me. Nor can that guy who magically ricochets bullets off of random objects and hits his target every time. Complete disservice to the franchise, waste of time, talent, money etc.
Sometimes... Sometimes you just fancy watching the shit one.
I finally see it now, why the dislike. I've always liked Alien 4. First a bit of content though. It's the first Alien movie I watched in a theater as opposed to on TV. It was 1997, and I still remember it: the opening credits alone made my heart swell. I was overwhelmed by the awesome. And the music, oh my! I got the sound track on CD. I had waited for a new Alien with bated breath and I was not disappointed: everything about it seemed larger than life and amazing. I also thought Winona Ryder was one of the most beautiful women alive, and she was mind-melting on the big screen. That, however, is not quite why the…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"I'm not the mechanic here, Ironsides! I mostly just hurt people!"
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien: Resurrection is still a mostly fun romp with a lot of crazy visual effects and a certain kooky tone that sets it apart from the other Alien films. But unfortunately, this rewatch has turned Resurrection from my favourite film in a series I didn't care for into my least favourite in a series I've grown rather fond of.
This is rather unfortunate, because it all starts off VERY well. Sigourney Weaver's Ripley is given new dimensions and wrinkles for the talented actress to play around with, the supporting cast of characters are all introduced in an intriguing and entertaining manner and Jeunet directs it all with…
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I've gotta be completely honest and upfront about this: I have never watched any of the other movies on the Alien franchise. That's right: This, the one considered the worst of the bunch, is my first brush with the Alien universe. For what it's worth, this movie actually really makes me want to watch the others out of sheer curiosity. I also really enjoyed the experience at large, if mostly because I was laughing half the way through, at scenes I'm 95% sure were not made with laughter in mind.
Anyway, what's the film about? This film actually takes place a couple centuries after the last one. In a secret research ship, Ellen Ripley, the heroine of the first few…
Better than Alien^3. Sadly it will probably get retconned in the future.
I watched the theatrical cut.
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I do love classic movies but I…