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…
This review may contain 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…
"In space no one can hear you scream."
*You guys don't even know how much I love this movie I have a poster of the cover in my locker and will get heated if anyone says Star Wars is better. Anyways:
Ridley Scott has crafted the perfect immersive experience with "Alien". There's something magical about it all, the amazing cinematography, effects, sets, soundtrack, and very real acting. The characters on the Nostromo are realistically written, they don't feel fictional and neither do the tangible events.
From beginning to end, "Alien" visually stuns. The intense landscapes, beautiful colors, and intricate details on the ship are all so well done. It's perfectly shot and at times almost feels as real as a…
SHE 👽👏 DID 👽👏 THAT 👽👏👏👏👏👏
Watched Twice, theatrical and director's cuts - though, missed some scenes as the rental DVD was severely scratched.
If there ever comes a day when this film does not enthrall me, does not terrify me, does not visually speak to me on every level, it will be a tragic day indeed. But today that seems particularly far off, as I'm curled up on my couch digging my fingernails into my knees in terror, enraptured by the score, longing for these characters to live, and both repulsed and enamored by the aesthetic design.
There has been a wave of podcasts with the herculean task of commenting on a very famous film minute by minute, talking extensively about every detail, from the sets to the actors, to the motivations of the plot. Every episode usually takes about 15 minutes to dissect only one of screen time. I got into the Alien one (www.alienminute.com) and decided that I should revisit the movie instead of vaguely remembering what mark on the door they were talking about that week.
One good thing that comes from following the podcast is that you're very aware of the structure. Pacing is so great here. It takes over half an hour just to get to the egg, and almost another thirty…
In my top ten fav films
Ridley Scott's "Alien" is a slow building suspense/horror film. This is one of the best sci-fi films I've ever seen.
Ridley Scott's story and direction blended with amazing sets and special effects make this film a true classic. The acting was great and the characters were well developed. While I feel this movie is plenty suspenseful, I could've used a little more "terror" but Alien is definitely worth the watch and was way ahead of its time.
"Bring back life form. Priority One. All other priorities rescinded."
Pure 70s claustrophobic horror that nailbites and delivers on multiple levels. Incredible world building without even prexisting setting it up. It's a gratifying rewatch which suprised me too. This movie gets under my skin. The finale climax is an extravaganza of nightmare fueled adrenaline with strobing and nauseating blinking lights and sirens. 2nd time around and I was still on the edge of my seat and I can foresee it only getting progressively better.
Frank Ocean’s list of his 100 favorite films, as published in “Boys Don’t Cry” on the release of his album,…
inspired by Jack Bower's most recent list, I decided to do an interactive list where you just comment your favorite…