This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
In space no one can hear you scream.
During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.
Sir Ridley Scott's epic atmospheric horror chiller space adventure set aboard the Nostromo that features a cast of memorable characters including a badass captain, a pair of wise cracking mechanics, a unique doctor of science, an unlikely heroine, and an alien creature thingy that likes to pop out at the craziest times. Deep sleep. Dallas's beard. Distress call. You would think spaceships would have bigger computer screens? The way John Hurt holds a cigarette. Parker's headband. Brett's Hawaiian shirt. Lambert's messy hair. Ash's facial expressions. Can you run in a spacesuit? Brett and Parker are my motherfuckers. Harry Dean Stanton's cigarette lighter. Ripley's sneakers. A pussycat who meows that I actually like. Fuck! The special effects are light years ahead…
I can't stay away. Every few months, I find myself called back to the Nostromo to try and figure out what it is about Alien that makes it so perfectly immersive and enjoyable. I haven't come close to being able to definitively state it yet, since Scott and crew do so many marvelous things here, but for this rewatch I focused on a few things that make Alien stand up so high among not only the rest of its sequels, but of a majority of sci-fi, past and present.
Who's on First?
Probably the most fascinating thing about this watch was realizing that Ellen Ripley does not become the primary protagonist until after the hour mark - more than halfway…
One of the most original, suspenseful & terrifying films you're ever going to come across, Ridley Scott's breakthrough feature is a masterful blend of imagination, art direction, set design, special effects, unsettling score, perfect cast, terrific performances & quality narration and is an extraordinary achievement in the genre of both horror & science-fiction which today is universally hailed as one of the greatest motion pictures of all time.
Alien follows a seven members crew en-route to Earth on board a huge commercial ship when their journey is interrupted by what appears to be a distress signal from a desolate planet. The crew lands to investigate but discovers a deadly life form which breeds within a human host. And so begins the horror... the…
Alien is everything.
Throughout my years as a film-fan, mainly unconsciously, I've searched for another Alien. A film that combines story, character, pacing, effects, cinematography, soundtrack, and direction of a mountainous order into something tangible and real. Films have come close, don't get me wrong, but nothing has touched the cinematic perfection of Ridley Scott's horrific masterwork. Even though Alien has already been made and revered for so long, I still kinda hope, within the realms of my cinephile mindset, that a film will eventually be made that will match Alien.
That won't happen.
Alien, from the first chilling frames, grabs your throat and doesn't let go. Jerry Goldsmith's twisty score and the slowly forming credits immediately set the…
Ash, that transmission... Mother's deciphered part of it. It doesn't look like an S.O.S.
When you get right down to it, Alien is a "B Movie" made with "Triple A Movie" sensibilities. The story in one broad stroke is a crew of people on a ship getting killed off one at a time by a creature. A story doesn't get more "B Movie" then that. I think the problem ended up being that every single person involved with the film wasn't interested in making a "B Movie".
I'm tempted to describe so many things about this movie with the word "genius", and I still feel that way after watching it yet again for the umpteenth time. Everything that expands…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“I admire its purity. A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.”
The future is a terrifying, unknown place. Not because we expect it to be radically different from today, but because we expect it to be littered with today’s problems in ways we can’t anticipate and may not be fully equipped to combat. Technological advancement continues apace—but will it one day outpace us? Will we be able to control it, or will it develop (or, perhaps worse, be controlled by those possessing) ulterior motives? Corporate conglomeration yields lower prices and efficiencies of scale—while also yielding behemoths markedly unencumbered by any organic ethical constraints. Will we be able to keep these massive entities in check? Science is constantly…
I watched this movie for the first time back in October last year for Hoop-Tober and was absolutely blown away, and I pretty much had the same repeat experience on my second viewing of the film earlier this evening with my brother who was watching Alien for the first time (He wanted to watch Prometheus but I told him that even though that's a prequel you should watch at least Alien first). The sheer intensity of the film kept us both hooked from start to finish, and really makes use of its excellent setting that sets a definitive example for a blend of the science fiction and the horror genres, there is…
Όσες φορές και να τη δεις αυτή την ταινία, η σκηνή με την Σιγκούρνεϊ και τη γάτα στο τελος ειναι πάντα τόσο ικανοποιητική.
Hiding in the shadows. In this 80s monster flick, 7 crew members fight for their lives against an unknown alien. The concept of the alien monster is mediocre and doesn't balance screen time well enough that makes the design of the monster goofy but the concepts associated with it are what really sells it. It builds high tension but doesn't give the full pay off. Often times the monster is cut off awkwardly and makes the tension collapse instead of explode. The 80s practical effects are strong and create universe that is unsettling and eerie for the perfect setting. There is a lack of character connection between the crew members. They don't seem to care a lot about each other…
Remember when blockbusters were great movies? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
The future, it is somehow reassuring to know, is analogue. It isn't digital, it's full of switches and buttons, lots and lots of switches an buttons.
And the Nostromo reflects that vision, it isn't clean and neat and tidy and full of sharp angles. Instead it's grubby and used and cramped and lived in, spilling over with ducting and pipes and wires. It isn't digital, it isn't either on or off, it exists somewhere in between those two extremes, like any normal living thing.
And that is the beauty of Alien. The production design is so gloriously cluttered with detail that it serves to negate what would otherwise be the all too obvious shortcomings of a dated future vision.
De lo mejor en horror que ha pasado en la historia del cine
May Film Challenge: Day #27 (Space Opera)
I don't know why I was expecting a cheesy and upbeat sci-fi adventure flick because I was incredibly wrong.
I still call bullshit on that ending though Mr. Scott.
aliens would never do that :(((
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it's amazing it's taken this long for me to see this film, considering it has everything i like in it: space, early special effects, bloody tiny aliens, & sigourney weaver. Alien lived up to every bit of hype and, despite its pervasive cultural relevance, i spent the whole movie on the edge of my seat. who could have seen that Ash would be a goddamn robot covered in milk? thoroughly freaky, suspenseful, classic, and entertaining– can't wait to continue to watch it again.
not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…
today during class something happened. My friend got there late and so missed the beginning of it so, once she…