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…
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…
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…
This really was the first time I watched this, other than in bits and pieces on TV growing up. Fantastic, of course!
A classic films that spans the sci-fi and horror genres. Sigourney Weaver introduces us to one of her most memorable characters, Ellen Ripley. The special effects stand up and don't look phony except for one moment late in the film involving Ash. The supporting cast delivers wonderful performances that make you cringe at yell at the screen during suspenseful moments. Watched the director's cut, which features a sequence that shows what happens to each crew member after they vanish. Favorite lines: "I'm altering the vector... now."
Alien is on the Mount Rushmore of sci fi films for sure. Amazingly rich in visuals and some of the best suspense I've ever seen. Many aspects of this movie are what I would consider as perfect.
I am not the kind of girl that is hiding their face in a pillow during a horror movie, in fact I am usually laughing at the first person who jump but during this movie I am not ashamed to say I jumped a few times. The visual effects were amazing in fact it's hard to believe that this movie came out in 1979 especially since it completely terrified me in 2015. As for the plot I found Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) a empowering female character with more the ability to kick alien butt. All in all I found this movie an awesome date movie if you love sci-fi and horror and a little bit of gore.
I am not a
I don't feel like I need to review this film as everyone know's about it.
The reason it's so good, is because it scares the living daylights out of you, I watched it for the first time on a day sick from school aged 14, back in 1994. I'd seen Aliens first and assumed this would be the same. It wasn't, I had to turn it off and wait another two years before I gave it a second chance.
Not much I can say about this other than it's one of my all time favorites. An incredibly stylized vision of space travel by a director in his prime.
"The Crypt Keeper" from "Tales from the Crypt" and "Alien" were two of the first things that genuinely scared me as a child. I couldn't help but be fascinated by the fear that was instilled within me from an electronic box, late at night, on an analog cable network that would occasionally air this film. In essence, watching "Alien" as a child taught me the definition of "catharsis", without being familiar with the word.
w/ commentary by Ridley Scott, cast and crew.
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…