All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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…
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…
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 reportedly contains 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…
Alien is one of the rare horror movies I rewatch and some parts still take me by surprise, owed in no small part to the claustrophobic corridors of a derelict craft and the genuinely terrified people looking to escape from it.
A masterpiece in many aspects. Looking at it now makes me realize that it still holds to this very day. Then it has to be a real good movie.
This one'll be mostly bullet points, as it's a lot to take in on first viewing:
- Finally get to cross this off the #1 spot on my to-see list (#2 is, duh, Aliens, coming in the mail next week).
- It seems like a small observation, but the characters' motivations and actions being based entirely on their shares and bonuses as opposed to some sort of "greater truth" or nobility feels quietly revolutionary, even today (or, as Patton Oswalt so eloquently put it in the A.V. Club's "Inventory" book, "Space is a goddamn job").
- Smart of Ridley Scott to balance the action between the ensemble. It's actually pretty impossible to tell going in that Ripley is going to…
Among the most completely realized movies I've ever seen. Nothing whatsoever wasted. Still probably the scariest movie I've seen as well.
1. I have never watched Alien before this.
2. I have never had any inclination to watch it until playing Alien Isolation on the PS4, a incredibly well received and downright creepy game set in the Alien universe.
3. I am a stupid, stupid person.
Why have I never watched this before? Why has it taken 26 years of my life to actually sit down and watch Alien? I am a big girls blouse, that I will admit, and I think that knowing of Alien's big shock moments made me think I wouldn't enjoy it. I'm not a big fan of the jumpy moments you get in a lot of scary films and I'm just a bit rubbish…
Slow burning horror/sci-fi moves at an almost dull pace, though there is plenty of invention and interest in the characters and setting.
From an era when blockbusters were brainy and challenging. Every shot of this masterpiece is jam packed with meaning.
It's astonishing that this spawned a franchise that has been around for more than three decades - it's basically an art film.
Red Letter Media's at it again with another excellent commentary track.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…