"I'm a real messy bitch. A liar. A scammer. I love robbery and fraud. I'm a messy bitch who lives…
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…
“This is commercial towing vehicle Nostromo out of the Solomons, registration number 1-8-0-niner-2-4-6-0-niner”
In a way, Ridley Scott’s Alien feel very similar to George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road in regards to its themes. A feminist reading of them can function both on a pretty basic level (a strong female hero front and center, kicking the butt of most guys) as well as looking into the more underlying possible subtexts. Both films show us a distant futuristic world, but chained down by the same patriarchal structures as today’s society – but with a rising hero breaking free from those bonds taking the center.
When I once saw this film, I jokingly tweeted something along the lines of: “Alien is a…
Alien + Aliens Double Feature! #AlienDay426
Micro changes in air density, my ass! -Ripley
Artistic Merit - Ridley Scott's sci-fi, survival horror film, like it's antagonist, is the perfect organism (film). It's provides science fiction, horror, and plenty of thrills through it's brilliant pacing. Loved the casting of this film, accentuated by Sigourney Weaver's role as as the determined bad ass, Ripley. Groundbreaking film, to which all science fiction-horror-thrillers should be compared. Rating - 4/4
Entertainment Value - Like the alien, it takes it's time to build the ultimate tension. What you don't see or hear, is truly the most terrifying thing about this film. One you find your seat, you're going to want to buckle up until the very…
Cleanse the pallet after a day of Ride Along and Garfield.
Pretty good movie
So finally after so many years I have seen this classic. And eventhough everyone is telling only the best about it suprised me actually how good it was (maybe just because I do not trust all recommendations).
The setting is wonderfully creepy. A great beginning that establishes the plot slowly and stil isn´t even a bit boring. The tension grows from the moment one does know, that they didn´t reach earth and is perfectly dragging the spectator through to the end. Even today the effects from 1979 don´t seem ridiciulous - and that´s something you can´t say about so many films (as one might see from this line - I haven´t lived at a time for seeing this movie in…
An incredible mix of Sci-Fi and horror that holds up almost 40 years later. Truly deserving of its masterpiece and classic status.
9/10 Awesome movie the only thing holding it back from a 10/10 rating is the pacing in a few sections.
Watched with Superego commentary. Corridors.
Rewatch. Still great. First time seeing one of my top 10 movies in a theater
Perfect in every single way.
"I get this ache... And I, I thought it was for sex, but it's to tear everything to fucking pieces."
films that are, in one way or another, about the discomfort of having a woman's body.
community list so suggestions…
For when that friend asks you to introduce him to some really great films. This list is not meant to…