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.
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…
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…
A simple, effective, frightening, demented, Gothic, and beautifully terrifying masterpiece of audacious proportions; Ridley Scott's Alien is one of the finest films ever made, and the coolest thing is that this isn't even Ridley's best work.
The atmosphere is oppressive and violating, the visuals are nightmarish and startling, the direction is subtle and free-flowing, the screenplay is wondrous in its simplicity and cohesiveness, the acting is terrific from everyone involved, the music is absolutely chilling, the production design is outstanding and awe-inspiring; everything is magnificent and potent.
Basically, if you haven't seen this, you're missing something really special. And for all Alien fans out there, please check out Alien: Isolation, a new video game that branches out on the Alien mythology. Simply put, It's brilliant, just like the film.
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…
One of the greatest sci-fi horror films ever made where a crew from outer space deal with a mysterious alien that boards the ship as it features a phenomenal performance from Sigourney Weaver as Ripley.
While ALIEN is, at a basic level, an updating of THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, Ridley Scott got so much right in making ALIEN that it became the apex movie about an apex predator. The pacing is brilliant with a very gradual build as the danger slowly becomes apparent. The sets and ships are amazing, detailed, believably lived in constructs. The characters are everyday people with their own quirks and concerns. The creature creations are almost always credible and realistic looking. The few flaws (like the incessant external noise in a movie with a tag-line emphasizing the silence of outer space and a few seconds of less than convincing creature effects a couple of times) are overwhelmed by the overarching brilliance of the movie.
I recently saw this classic ad i have to say that it blew my mind!
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I purchased Alien on Blu-Ray, along with all the sequels, so it was about time that I got around to watching this classic. My youngest brother was keen to watch this, because it is the basis for a video game he's currently playing - I was just pleased that he was watching a film from the 70s!
I've got to say, despite this being a first time watch for me, I knew next to everything that happened in this movie. I suppose that's why I've put it off for so long, because really I wasn't coming to the film fresh.
When you stand back and look at it, Alien is an amazing piece of cinema. It's visionary, atmospheric and the…
Movie 22 in my October's Horror film a day.
Holy shit. So after years of felling guilty for not watching this movie, I decided to finally see it. Is not that I couldn’t or didn’t want to watch it, but I guess I was a bit intimidated by the movie, yes I know is silly, but I can’t describe it in any other way.
At the end I kind of want to kick myself for not seeing this before. The setup is simple, the crew of a commercial space ship is forced out of their journey back to earth to investigate a strange message. The result is exceptional.
It made me think of 2001: A Space Odyssey, it has some…
Here's the thing about Alien: the alien (xenomorph, I guess technically, but I think giving it even a scientific classification robs it of some terrifying mystique) is one of the few monsters in the history of monsters that's still actually frightening once you know what it looks like. Not that this one shoves it down your throat like a razor mouth-tongue, exactly.
But nearly everything about this movie works so well, and has laid the foundation for so much that came after it. it's truly one of the most frightening movies of all time
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