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.
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…
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…
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…
I will never get tired of that title card. I remember reading an article somewhere saying something like: "The Alien title is placed at the top of the screen, reminding us to keep watching the stars." I think that's a pretty interesting idea.
The facehugger is some real scary shit, it used to make me paranoid as a kid, so many sleepless nights, damn you Giger (rest in peace). If there's one thing I've learned in horror science fictions, it's to never stick my face too close to an unknown object. Wait a minute, that's common sense. Now I'm convinced that Weyland Corp only hires…
I watched this film ages ago when I was a kid, but I wasn't able to fully appreciate it.
The last 20 minutes of Alien was one of the craziest, most intense and enthralling movies experiences I have had in a while.
Sigourney Weaver is fantastic. The cinematography and editing are excellent, especially in that scene when the alien kills Brett and it cuts back and forth from Brett to the cat with the light on its face... so awesome.
Watched the special edition version
This is a really cool movie. Maybe a bit boring at the beginning, but I can suffer through boredom if it's paid off by a phallic monster (pardon me, alien) eating its way through a crew of space ship people (or whatever it does to them once they're dead ;) ) -- usually I root for the monster in movies like this, but when Sigourney Weaver kicks this alien's ass I felt like cheering for her. I mean, if I had to decide whether or not to kill everyone in the world by alien invasion the reason I would not do so is Ripley. And even if she turned back to look I wouldn't turn her into salt. So yeah. It's a cool movie.
Amazing, ground-breaking film that elevates a standard horror plot with incredibly cinematography & set-design and well drawn characters that engage in dialogue that feels realistic unlike other space operas of the time.
This is a film about a woman and her cat.
1979's Alien is exactly what you think it is ... and that's a good thing.
It is the defining Sci-Fi, survival horror film of not only the 70/80's but arguable of all time. I don't have much to say here because it's all already been said, Alien is amazing. The acting is good, the sets and atmospheric and claustrophobic and of course the Xenomorph is outstanding. Big ups to Bolaji Badejo for that. He was the actor in the skin tight suit that brought the Alien to life.
If you're a fan of Sci-Fi or Horror this film will leave you both satisfied and terrified.
Its great. Everyone else has already said it so I cant add anything more
Take note: I gave this movie a higher rating than Citizen Kane. I stand by it. The pacing and atmosphere are incredible. The combination of suspense, story and dread are palpable - even after many viewings.
I finally got around to seeing this!
Alien is a very original, suspenseful movie made by Ridley Scott. It looks incredible, even though it was made more than 30 years ago. The set designs, the effects, the general look of the movie, it's all magnificent. It's accompanied by a bone-chilling score which leaves you very tense.
The acting is really great by everyone in the cast, but Sigourney Weaver absolutely killed it as Ripley. She is one of the most memorable female characters in movie history, and now I can see why.
The first hour or so was absolutely incredible. But when the Alien started to sneak-kill them one by one, the movie lost some of its magic, at least…
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