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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 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…
Lambert: I can't see a goddamn thing.
Kane: Quit griping.
Lambert: I like griping.
What a fantastic film, and so glorious in 35mm. Aliens is my favorite of them all, but this is a cinematic gem.
The curse of popularity is that it inspires imitation, and re-watching “Alien” today really makes you notice how many genre clichés this movie originated. Because of that, some of its suspense sequences hit their scares a couple beats too slowly – not the movie’s fault, of course, but an unfortunate fact – and many of its most famous jump scares are now easily telegraphed (is this where the “it’s only a cat” scare was popularized?).
But that slowness also works to the film’s advantage: I had forgotten just how silent and still most of “Alien” is, and how little we see of the creature itself, and how supremely effective its use of space is: The Nostromo is simultaneously massive and…
You are my lucky star. You... Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky.
Alien is amazing. Pure and simple. If you haven't seen this film by now, you really need to. It is a complete package; interesting story, great designs, eerie score and so much tension, it will have you on the edge of your seat. The level of detail is amazing too and makes me think of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Every inch of the ship looks lived in and that makes it so much better for when the Alien is lurking around. You know it's in there with them, but is it around the corner or in an air vent? Was that the Alien making that noise, or something else? Must watch sci-fi movie that also lends itself to the horror genre. Best of both worlds.
Alien opens with shots of the interior of the spacecraft, the Nostromo. Though the ship appears to be up and running, there are absolutely no signs of life. These shots are oddly unsettling and immediately give the audience a sense of unease. Such begins a two-hour cat-and-mouse chase and one of the best thrillers of all time. Alien seamlessly combines the action, drama, horror, and suspense genres in order to create a movie that flows effortlessly and never lets up. It is exhilarating, terrifying, gorgeously shot, and surprisingly moving and it stands alone as a profoundly original film.
The seven-person crew of the Nostromo has woken up from a cryogenic sleep on their way back to Earth because the ship…
Assorted thoughts on a movie that has been talked about to death:
-Love that the crew are a bunch of working-class contractors rather than scientists or explorers. Can we just talk about the bonus situation?
-The water condensation/rain set is a great shipboard visual.
-They get a jump scare out of the cat TWICE and neither time feels cheap or gratuitous.
-Even though it's outdated, I still really like the design of the ship's computer screen interface (e.g., the horizontal rectangles that Ash uses to guide the ship down to the planet).
First viewing in a theatre. Yep, still good.
Format: Digital projection, theatrical cut
Company: Maxim, Evan
An open letter to my pet beagle, Ripley, who will be going to a new home tomorrow,
I have been meaning to show you this film ever since I first met you back in February. The fact is, I chose your name because of my personal affection for this film and its main character. It may have seemed a little odd that I chose a name that began with the exact same letter as your predecessor's (Rosie, who passed away in January). In all honesty, I thought it would help express my unashamed geek culture and be a little different from normal pet names. I should have gone with Rogue, as now I don't think I'll ever…
36 Jahre sind inzwischen seit dem ersten Aufeinandertreffen von Ellen Ripley und dem unheimlichen Wesen aus einer fremden Welt vergangen. Selbst wenn es 2-3 Kleinigkeiten gibt, die man heute sicher besser machen könnte, hat sich "Alien" viel von seiner Faszination über diesen langen Zeitraum bewahrt. Die beklemmende und bedrohliche Atmosphäre – die ohne große Effekthascherei auskommt – bleibt gerade wegen dieser Einfachheit unerreicht. Es braucht oft nicht mehr als ein wenig unbehagliche Stille, um Spannung zu erzeugen. Über jeden Zweifel erhaben ist zudem das ikonische Design, seien es die einzelnen Kreaturen oder das Innere des Raumschiffs.
Tom Skerritt in the air hatch. There is no more terrifying moment in cinema for me.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…