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…
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…
Played ALIEN ISOLATION recently and after spending way too much time hiding in lockers, I decided to revisit the first movie. Yup, still a masterpiece.
um clássico de ficção científica maravilhoso.
A quintessential sci-fi horror from the medium's one of the greatest visionary maestros.
The quintessential science fiction film. Perhaps the most important movie to come out of the genre in the last 50 years.
Not often that you have this one come across Korean TV so I grabbed the chance. I was only able to watch the end with Hyunsook there, but I guess that is the most exciting and engaging part of the film.
My favorite parts are the early parts, the setting of the scene and the creation of this high-technology future world that is still so riven by class divisions and plain grunge work.
It is amazing to remember when this came out and look back at how old it all is by now! I am an old man!
How is it you age oh-so gracefully compared to every other science fiction film? Metropolis, The Thing from Another World, Scanners, The Blob, all are fine films with timely blemishes that can be used to detract. You are still fresh, still beautiful, still provocative, and still heart-stoppingly bad-ass. With a beautiful, grimy set, some under-appreciated character actors who hadn't hit that big break yet, and smart "less is more" directing style, you are the bar every single horror movie has to stand up against to prove their mettle.
And they all fall before you.
I luv it.
I find as I get older and become more and more of an old asshole that I am. I respect and enjoy classic films that seemed to me as a younger person, okay or borderline generic, this film was well written and thought up by Dan O'Bannon and another person I cant recall his name and Ridley ties it together with his awesome style of directing, its had sneaked it way over time into one of my most favorite films.
I can already see it, me, 70, old people's home going on about how star wars and alien are the best films ever and how eternal sunshine is just modern art and how gone with the wind is no longer timeless, god i'm crazy.... is anybody still reading this, how about supporting my love of films by show that tiny, minuscule bit of acknowledgment. THANK YOU FOR READING. Call me Mikey. :)
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