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.
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…
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.
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…
Watching "Alien" for the first time in 5 years I noticed something my 14 year old self did not. Apart from the fact that it is a true masterpiece and not actually overrated in the slightest, I noticed sex. A lot of sex. Not in the obvious metaphor of the ship being named "Mother" and there being many womb shaped rooms. No there is a definite sensual tension in almost every shot of the film.
Maybe I have been watching too much Dario Argento lately, but a strong theme in "Alien" seems to be sex and the fear of rape. A man accidentally acts as a sperm that fertilizes an alien egg by forcibly and violently attacking him. This very…
Alien is a movie that stands as one of cinema's defining masterpieces.
A crossover between science fiction and horror,it changed the landscape forever for both genres.
The film is set in the future-though we don't know exactly when-and the premise is that the commercial spacecraft Nostromo receives a mysterious signal,while returning to Earth.The company that owns the spacecraft wants the crew to go check where the signal is transmited from and while they are there,an alien form attacks one of the crew.The rest bring him aboard the ship and then all hell breaks loose...
Ridley Scott,now widely considered as one of sci-fi's most celebrated pioneers, at the time was a young filmmaker, that had only directed one movie before Alien.Nevertheless…
What we get now, are horrors, slashers and action movies that are too focused on throwing action right in your face without so much as saying please first. What “Alien” realises, like “Jaws” before it, is that part of the splendour of these films is mostly found away from the explosions. “Alien” is special for many reasons but particularly because it knows exactly how much to show you and how little as well. Ridley Scott uses restraint perfectly and the end result is one of the best science fiction movies of all time but also one of the best movie movies of all time.
Echoing “Star Wars”, “Alien” starts with a huge ship called “The Nostromo” drifting in the vast…
At the time I watched this, it was far from anything I had ever seen before... And so it launched at number one on the list of my favourite films of all time!
"What's the matter man? The food ain't that bad, baby!"
Wait a minute! The black guy doesn't die first?! The woman is actually the protagonist?! Released in 1979?! What is this?!
There's an absurd amount to clamor over, which, considering my unabashed obsession with The Shining, bodes well for the film's longevity. My father recommended Alien to me a few years ago and I've seen it more than a few times since. A couple of things have begun to irk me, like I wish the Alien in the vents didn't look so much like the Creature From the Black Lagoon and Ash's robot corpse attacking Parker is more funny than scary, but of course that's all completely negligible. The…
Total genius. One of the greatest films evere made. As soon as the A L I E N title starts to appear line by line in space you can't help but smile. Great used future tech, best ever alien, corporate conspiracy, suspense horror and driven forward by proper characters.
(Seen as Alien/Aliens double bill; 3rd viewing)
3rd time seeing it and I love it even more than before. Everyone has to see this film.
Played ALIEN ISOLATION recently and after spending way too much time hiding in lockers, I decided to revisit the first movie. Yup, still a masterpiece.
um clássico de ficção científica maravilhoso.
- 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
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- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
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