Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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…
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.
It’s hard to imagine the impact Alien had for people, like me, born after 1979. Its influence in genre cinema, both science fiction and horror, has been felt ever since and whilst it may essentially be an Old Dark House style movie in space it changed the landscape for both genres.
The opening is simplicity itself; after the slow ominous crawl through space and the scantest of intertitle exposition, the camera glides gently through the corridors of an empty industrial and utilitarian spacecraft before the computers whir into life, waking not only the ship from its deep space slumber but the human occupants too. It is a beautiful and evocative beginning, teasing elements of what is to come, from the…
Fantastic film that build suspense and horror like any other film. With claustrophobic sets, nauseating lighting, and intense acting, this film keeps one on the edge of their seats for the whole film.
Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver, Dan O'Bannon, H.R. Giger, Rambaldi, Jerry Goldsmith i molts més en una obra mestra del cinema. Impressionant veure-la al cinema, i més en una programa doble amb "Tiburón", a la premiere del cinema Phenomena.
Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver, Dan O'Bannon, HR Giger, Rambaldi, Jerry Goldsmith and other in this masterpiece of the cinema. Truly impressive watching it at the cinema, specially with a double program with "Jaws" at the premiere of the cinema Phenomena.
Visionado en la sesión inaugural del Cine Phenomena.
Sabeis cuando tienes la información de lo que va a pasar pero estás en puta tension porque algo, vete a sabef qué, no te hace estar seguro? Pues eso me ha pasado con Alien en cine. Y cómo te queremos, Ripley!!
Lo que sentimos viendo películas también (no solo, pero también) viene dado por las condiciones de recepción. Así que para explicar el entusiasmo que hoy siento por 'Alien', diré que esta última vez la he visto en un programa doble con 'Tiburón' en la inaguración oficial de una nueva sala de cine de Barcelona: la sala Phenomena, dedicada principlamente a recuperar clásicos en las mejores condiciones posibles. No se puede explicar: para entender qué significa Phenomena hay que vivirlo. Y lo mismo ocurre con un clásico indiscutible como 'Alien' (o con 'Tiburón', el otro título que integraba ese ya mítico programa doble inaugural de Phenomena).
(Nota: Por coherencia, la review de 'Tiburón' es perfectamente simétrica a esta).
Alien is proof that practical effects will always be more terrifying and impressive than CGI. Imagine if this film and other 80's horror films like Cronenberg's The Fly and Videodrome were done with CGI? It wouldn't even be half as effective.
Hauntingly atmospheric, the most creative and fully realised take on the cabin in the woods horror movie structure I've yet seen.
Just to point out, this is one of my favourite films ever.... I'm so obsessed with the whole franchise, like I've seen all three, and yes I said all three. I've got collectible figures of the xenomorph and everything. Like I said, I'm obsessed over this franchise, and it all started off with this film.
This film is not only outstanding, but for the time that it was made, it was well over its time. Like this film isn't dated at all, even though it was made in 79! To my eyes there isn't a tiny speck wrong with this film. I mean, what's not to like. It has almost everything a film fan wants to see in a film…
What can you say? Great!! O'Bannon (personal hero) in the film that made his career. Oh yeah and the guy that directed.
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