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.
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…
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…
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…
Alien taught me how scary a film could be.
I learned this lesson at the age of 8, when my father introduced me to the horrific events that took place on the Nostromo. When most people hear that, the initial reaction is to judge a parent for allowing a tiny child to experience a hard R rated film, but be easy on the man. He wanted to share his love for both Alien and Aliens in time to take my brother and I to the theater to see Alien 3 (which I don't hate nearly as much as most people, but that's for another time).
I don't really remember the actual act of watching Alien for the first time, but…
Besides being The Mother of all Alien films it is ALSO one of the MOST influential films in recent movie history! Ripley's kicking ass and taking names persona was a breath of fresh air!
I'm still having difficulty deciding which was better the simmering hot foreplay that drove you mad with suspense and increasing anticipation or The Big Pay Off itself! While it's possible to have one without the other, I find it's a much more exhilarating and satisfying experience to indulge in both!
The film is an exquisite masterpiece! Any attempt at trying to communicate the wonders of this film with mere words and trite praises is like trying to nail JELL-O to a tree it just can't be done!
It's been about 5 years since the first time I ever watched Alien. Can't believe I've waited so long to revisit it! I appreciated the film much more this time around and there are just so many aspects that make it such an amazing blend of horror with science fiction. The visual effects still look gorgeous and quite realistic. You really feel like you are in space on this epic journey. Another thing that works remarkably well is the suspense. Wow, this film truly delivers a lot of clever and effective scares! Some may argue that it can get a little slow at times, but that's precisely why it's so brilliant for me. Director Ridley Scott keeps making you wonder…
At its most fundamental level, "Alien" is a movie about things that can jump out of the dark and kill you. It shares a kinship with the shark in "Jaws," Michael Myers in "Halloween," and assorted spiders, snakes, tarantulas and stalkers. Its most obvious influence is Howard Hawks' "The Thing" (1951), which was also about a team in an isolated outpost who discover a long-dormant alien, bring it inside, and are picked off one by one as it haunts the corridors. Look at that movie, and you see "Alien" in embryo.
In another way, Ridley Scott's 1979 movie is a great original. It builds on the seminal opening shot of "Star Wars" (1977), with its vast ship in lonely interstellar…
Even though I own this on VHS, I hadn't seen it in a couple of years. For that, I decided to watch the original theatrical release, which Ridley Scott has said he prefers. The film is a slow-yet-perfectly paced suspense/horror film that features the alien slowly wiping out the Nostromo crew before facing Ripley herself. I loved Scott restraint (kinda like Spielberg's with Jaws) in showing the creature. Because of that, we are treated to perfectly intense and nerve-wrecking scenes that tease us not with what we see but with what we don't. One example is the scene where the creature first appears all-grown behind Brett as he is looking for Jonesy, or the scene where Dallas inspects the air ducts. Great film.
(review written in 2009)
Cinema viewing of the directors cut.
This movie has a set up that almost every horror movie has. 1 evil monster kills everyone except one who he/she defeats at the last minute, this movie is no exception, but it somehow makes it a phenomenal movie. The acting is outstanding, the shots are superb, and the alien specie is unique in every aspect. I doubt you (yes you the reader) have not seen this film, but just in case you haven't I just have one thing to say. WATCH IT!
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Alien es un clásico y todos lo saben. Algunos incluso lo saben sin haber visto la película. Esto es porque Alien introdujo muchos elementos que hoy son claves en las cintas de terror y de ciencia ficción. Alien, por ejemplo, nos hizo sentir terror en el espacio. No el terror casi intelectual de 2001 Odisea en el Espacio, sino un terror visceral y claustrofóbico, aumentado por los estupendos valores de producción y la sin igual y hasta entonces novedosa imagineria sexual y sicológica.
Alien tiene mucho a su favor, partiendo por el ritmo pausado que deliberadamente su director impone, un diseño de producción que no se esfuerza por situarnos en un futuro lejos de ser inmaculado y por la idea…
Yeah it's good, but it doesn't have Bill Paxton and Vazquez.
'In space nobody can hear you scream' was the great tagline for this film, Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi horror Alien. Sigourney Weaver is a strong female lead in her breakout role, although I was impressed by the whole cast, especially the girl who plays Lambert, she really brings a sense of fear and desperation to the surface of her character. Alien has aged very well considering it was made way back in 1979. I love the different set designs. Sometimes not relying on CGI can be a good thing and models and hand crafted set designs can evoke more of a mood or tone and this is true in Alien. Atmospheric, gripping and memorable.
Έμενα αυτά τα sci-fi δεν μου αρέσουν οπότε ήξερα εκ των προτέρων ότι δεν θα μου αρέσει το "alien"... έχε χάρη που ένα από τα new years resolutions μου ήταν να δω όλες τις ταινίες που περιέχονται στο βιβλίο του Roger Ebert "Τhe Great Movies".
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
- Pulp Fiction
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