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.
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…
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…
I walk into the cinema at around 11:50 PM, just ten minutes until the lights dim, but this isn't an ordinary midnight screening. A palpable buzz is in the air as a rather large crowd of people are taking their seats, and I find a nice comfy spot on the left side, a perfect view of the screen. I look around the room and realize every seat in the place is a perfect view. If I were forced to stand for the duration it would have qualified as a perfect view. A cinematic experience I will surely never forget is just about to begin, and I can't wait.
If you read my previous review of one of the finest films…
It's been about 5 years since the first time I ever watched Alien. Can't believe I've waited so long to revisit it! I appreciated the film much more this time around and there are just so many aspects that make it such an amazing blend of horror with science fiction. The visual effects still look gorgeous and quite realistic. You really feel like you are in space on this epic journey. Another thing that works remarkably well is the suspense. Wow, this film truly delivers a lot of clever and effective scares! Some may argue that it can get a little slow at times, but that's precisely why it's so brilliant for me. Director Ridley Scott keeps making you wonder…
[Theatrical Cut] (Cribbed from my own contribution to Go Into The Story's 70's Movie month)
Instead of waxing lyrical about how Alien is Ridley Scott at the top of his game, I’d rather talk about how it feels to experience the film.
The film opens quietly and free of humans, we see the vastness of space and then the enormous exterior of the Nostromo before cutting inside to a maze-like, artificial environment, made up of interface screens and flashing lights.
We are alone out here, protected only by a computer and our own ingenuity. The sense of unease builds from the eerie opening moments of the slow reveal of the title and only intensifies at each stage.
There is an…
Probably the best grown-up science fiction film ever made.
It's astonishing how modern this film feels. Watching it on the big screen with an audience will have you doubting it's been 35 years since this movie was released. This movie is as close to perfection as most films come.
An absolute classic that without a shadow of a doubt stands the test of time. The sheer attention to detail paid to the set, costumes, effects and characters is magnificent.
Ridley Scott's finest moment in my opinion.
Alien is a film that influenced the sci-fi horror genre and basically birthed modern sci-fi horror as a whole. With this being said and its influence not at all discounted, I actually didn't enjoy this as much as I expected to. I still highly enjoyed it and liked a grand deal, but I didn't fall head over heels in love with it like I expected. I actually prefer John Carpenter's The Thing as far as both cinematography and narrative goes, as the premise seems more interesting to me psychologically, but this film in particular feels a similar sense of isolation: whereas this film takes place mainly on a ship, isolated from the universe, the latter film takes place in the…
After his impressive directorial debut, 1977's period piece The Duellists, with his second film Ridley Scott went on to make one of the biggest classics in the science fiction and horror genres. Alien is an arresting film on many levels. With a haunting and eerie atmosphere and with really interesting characters, this movie has a nightmarish feel from beginning to end that suited perfectly its intriguing and frightening plot. The original design of the alien creature as seen in this film and its mostly suggested presence remain to date some of the creepiest things in movie history.
A thrilling movie that was way ahead of its time that has timeless special effects and a great performance from sigourney weaver.
'I can't lie to you about your chances, but you have my sympathies.'
Alien is not only a benchmark for the genres of horror and sci-fi in film, it is also an example of how the best characters are not defined by parameters set by a screenwriter or two. If reports are to believed, all seven characters in Alien were written as non-gender specific, but it was not for some time that it was considered that Ripley could be a woman. It is telling that the woman regarded as one of the strongest female characters in film is one who is not defined by her gender, and who is unshackled by gender expectations. Thus, it is as much in its…
επειδη μου λειπει πολυ η Ellen Ripley και τη θυμαμαι κατα καιρους, ηρθα να πω οτι ειναι ισως ο καλυτερος και ρεαλιστικοτερος γυναικειος χαρακτηρας που εχω δει ποτε σε καποιου ειδους 'τεχνη'
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