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…
Alien taught me how scary a film could be.
I learned this lesson at the age of 8, when my father introduced me to the horrific events that took place on the Nostromo. When most people hear that, the initial reaction is to judge a parent for allowing a tiny child to experience a hard R rated film, but be easy on the man. He wanted to share his love for both Alien and Aliens in time to take my brother and I to the theater to see Alien 3 (which I don't hate nearly as much as most people, but that's for another time).
I don't really remember the actual act of watching Alien for the first time, but…
Masterpiece of tension, atmosphere, and characterization. I could go on and on. This movie scared the childhood right out of me.
Watched as part of Shock and Gore 2014 in Birmingham. Still an unmitigated classic in every respect.
The terror begins when the crew of a spaceship investigates a transmission from a desolate planet, and discovers a life form that is perfectly evolved to annihilate mankind. One by one, each crew member is slain until only Ripley is left, leading to an explosive conclusion that sets the stage for its stunning sequel, "Aliens."
Ich bin so froh, dass das Alien Universum erschaffen wurde! Gott, immer wieder unfassbar großartig!
I've seen this movie 10/11 times, and it's still scary as hell.
Ridley Scott, Ridley Scott, wherefore art thou good Ridley Scott?
Alien is a film that I never can seem to get away from. I always enjoy re-watching it and continue to find myself interested, even if I know what to expect. This is probably one of the first horror films I've ever seen and I can still recall sitting in my grandmother's living room with my mom, hiding behind a pillow and sneaking glances at the t.v. screen. I suppose that it is for this reason that I stumble upon xenomorphs in my nightmares. Yet, despite my fear of the creatures which roam around Ripley's ship, this film will never cease to amaze me and remains a classic "go-to" watch.
On a technical level, the film never falters. The story, however, left me feeling apathetic towards the characters' fates.
It is still one of the greatest horror and science fiction films of all time.
My previous review
Ponavljanje gradiva #2:
Survival horor (jel to postoji?) sa odličnom režijom. Nažalost Aliena vidi možda 3-4 puta na nekoliko sekundi, ali po starim majstorima ne treba previše pokazivati što uzrokuje taj strah jer se može izgubiti na napetosti . Nasreću nema hladne likove kakvi se vole ubaciti u futurističke filmove (jel valjda u budućnosti svatko gleda svoja posla) tako da na kraju i marim za njih. Ono što nažalost gubi zastarjelim lutkarskim showom debelo nadoknađuje dizajnom broda koji i mi i dalje ostaje na vrhu, nema segmenta koji ne izgleda neiskorišteno i funkcionalno.
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