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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…
As much as I love having an outsider’s opinion sometimes, I’ve always kind of hated how much of an oddball I feel when it comes to the Alien series. Having watched Ridley Scott’s opening chapter for the fifth time now I think I’ve got to a point where I must admit defeat with this one.
Firstly, I speak the honest truth when I say that Alien is a crucial part of cinema history that everyone should experience at least once. I subjected my girlfriend to it last night in order to give myself a reason to assess whether my own opinion had changed, which it hasn't of course.
During the film I found myself pondering over all the things I…
Poco hay que decir.
In a quiet room, no one can hear your screams of joy at this deliciously suspenseful film.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Peering from the darkness, inhabiting the rhythms of the Nostromo, is not an Alien, but a cat. A curious Ginger Tom, comfortable as it strolls through the Baroque hallways, rumbling along with the ca-clunks of doorways and the sinister bursts of steam. It is not a human, which is obvious but essential to understand as its nature is fundamental for survival. Any delusions of morality are unknown to Jones (or Jonesy), for it only knows how to sustain itself, shaping bonds with human beings in order to endure. A deafening void of "shining stars" and unfathomable horror awaits, with MUTHUR pushing the crew towards the source of the mystery, but to Jonesy, none of it matters.
But soon, it…
was very hard to watch with my hands covering my face
"How come they don't freeze him?"
I first watched this movie as a kid and remembered not being all that impressed. Most people I know absolutely love this first Alien film and one of my best friends is a huge fan of the franchise as a whole. I haven't seen the film in quite a while, so I decided to take another stab at it now that I'm a bit more cinematically versed. I really hoped that I would see what everyone else sees in this one, but unfortunately I don't. At least not in the 5 star masterpiece sense.
This film is extremely gritty and atmospheric, but I find huge chunks of it to be extremely boring. It starts…
The definition of a masterpiece. Every scene, every line, the way the story is layered perfectly.
We’re way out of our comfort zone this month. I think we’re getting braver, but neither Jenna or I watch horror movies. It’s not even the movie itself that’s so bad, it’s trying to go to bed that night that’s the worst! Also, whilst I won’t speak on behalf of Jenna on this point, I don’t do too well with space movies. They tend to be far too clever for my simple mind to follow. Star Wars is the exception!
Which I guess is why Alien (1979) was the perfect choice for our Blind Spot list. I mean, that’s what it’s all about, right? We teamed up for this one, also joined by my fiance, who somehow claims to love…
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