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…
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…
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…
Ridley Scott's best Masterpiece.
watched the Directors cut.
Perfect concept really scary shit imprisioned in outer space with this creature
The strange thing about Alien is that I can never seem to find any faults in it. It's truly a masterpiece. The atmosphere, the attention to detail, the great female lead. Allot of people often choose Aliens as their favourite film of the Alien franchise. I have to disagree. Don't get me wrong, I love Aliens, but something will always stand out in the original for me. One of my all time favourites.
“En el espacio nadie puede oír tus gritos”. Probablemente, el markéting cinematográfico nunca haya parido –osado verbo para usarlo en esta película- un eslogan más genial. Y es que, a estas alturas, lo demás es Historia: emoción y terror gracias a un “suspense” que no necesita de enseñar al bicho para crear angustia. Por no hablar del entonces atrevídisimo protagonismo femenino. Sigourney Weaver siempre le estará agradecida a la teniente Ripley.
The pacing. The sense of pure discovery. That discovery turning into this manifestation of humans great fears. I still really dont know how Scott was able to put in a full minute of someone just having water drip onto his face, but it works...it works very well. Its just a masterful control over pacing; semingly a perfection and elevation of the slasher\bmovie type that came before.
Honestly, though, the aesthetic and kentic abilities would have been for naught had the film not had the humans. Basically, the humans are true characters. They all have their own hopes, goals, and flaws, and non of it feels contrived. You see yourself plainly in every single one of the humans. These are real…
It's a gooder.
For a film highly regarded as one of cinema's finest films, it kind of falls flat in some departments of film making. It does have some predictability, even though I knew what happens in the end, I still put myself in the shoes of a first time watcher of "Alien", and I still saw it coming. Sigourney Weaver was so heavily placed as the main protagonist that you knew she was going to get out of this. But my main issue with "Alien" was the pacing and how I didn't get fully invested into the picture. I was very interested during many sequences that featured the crew fighting off the alien, but other dialogue driven scenes left me checking my…
*2003 director's cut
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