A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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“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…
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I've always found Ridley Scott kinda dull but it's part of his style so I can dig it. Ash being a robot was super cool.
I liked the movie but afterward I got into a horrible fight with my girlfriend at my parents' house.
Alien disappointed me a fair bit. I had heard nothing but greatness for this film, yet it took almost half an hour to get somewhat interesting. It was dull. The only character I know the name of is Ripley, and the rest feel incredibly underdeveloped and insignificant, but it's the complete opposite for the Alien. It was intelligent, had great defensive methods which added a real danger to it, and the VFX was good (especially for the time). The majority of the film contained some genuinely cool moments and the horror element was good. It's just a shame the whole thing felt like a drag to watch, at the ending was cool.
I've been actively wanting to watch this movie for months, but was never in a position to actually watch it. I think all of this waiting made me conflate it too much, I think I became overhyped- it was just a pretty good movie. Maybe it's because I knew all the plot points from other pop culture, or maybe it doesn't hold up that well (though the alien looked cool, especially the larvae and infestor), but I really wasn't as blown away as I thought I'd be. Ridley is definitely a fantastic charcater, I love most of the crew honestly, but it's paced in a way that you don't really get to spend time with anyone outside of exposition or…
Part two of the Scott brother's double feature.
Cinema perfection. Alien works perfectly in both the horror and sci-fi genres. I would say more, but nothing else needs to be said.
Five space cats out of five.
Lets hope extra terrestrial life isn't anything like that satanic organism.
This movie is my aesthetic.
Such a good movie!!!
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A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…