All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
Alien is everything.
Throughout my years as a film-fan, mainly unconsciously, I've searched for another Alien. A film that combines story, character, pacing, effects, cinematography, soundtrack, and direction of a mountainous order into something tangible and real. Films have come close, don't get me wrong, but nothing has touched the cinematic perfection of Ridley Scott's horrific masterwork. Even though Alien has already been made and revered for so long, I still kinda hope, within the realms of my cinephile mindset, that a film will eventually be made that will match Alien.
That won't happen.
Alien, from the first chilling frames, grabs your throat and doesn't let go. Jerry Goldsmith's twisty score and the slowly forming credits immediately set 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.
“I admire its purity. A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.”
The future is a terrifying, unknown place. Not because we expect it to be radically different from today, but because we expect it to be littered with today’s problems in ways we can’t anticipate and may not be fully equipped to combat. Technological advancement continues apace—but will it one day outpace us? Will we be able to control it, or will it develop (or, perhaps worse, be controlled by those possessing) ulterior motives? Corporate conglomeration yields lower prices and efficiencies of scale—while also yielding behemoths markedly unencumbered by any organic ethical constraints. Will we be able to keep these massive entities in check? Science is constantly…
Visually, for 1979, the film is quite rich. While some of the shots of the spacecraft and alien are downright laughable by today's standards, the one major quality that they hold is a material nature. With CGI, no matter how brilliantly an image is constructed, its artificiality shows. With Alien, its film quality plus the material/tangible use of everything gives it a greater sense of reality, primarily with one's sense of touch. The alien and the spacecraft have a flesh which one can imaging touching: a stubbly, matte aircraft, the scales, the oozing flesh. There's something very David Cronenberg happening here and its the body-horror images.
The film's sound-design is superb, with many of the effects and the careful adjusting…
Uma enorme riquesa de detalhes, surpresas e a personagem principal é muito forte e carismática.
I hate cats.
One of my all time favorites. In terms of space horror, nothing compares to this film
Top ten sci-fi
Absolute horror classic and is well worth a watch. The only problem with this movie is there's something lost from the film when viewed by a younger audience.
Watched it with my 69yr old Mum.
Her first time. She had no idea what was coming.
she likened the moving face hugger in the egg to the 20 week scan of my brothers baby, then spent the rest of the movie threatening me with death if I told him. Gold.
(Very concerned about Jones.)
Film 12 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
Tense, scary, slow-burning, but always interesting and I'm always insanely impressed with the design of the Alien itself.
There isn’t much I can say that hasn’t been said before - classic, stunning, masterpiece. But, for some reason, I didn’t enjoy it as much this time around. Not that I can fault it, per se. I’ve always thought the build up was slightly too long but the second half is first rate (some annoying logic leaps aside). Whatever it was, it just didn’t work as well as I remembered.
The blu ray is absolute perfection. PQ is astoundingly good - pin-sharp yet entirely filmic, every detail rendered beautifully. AQ is similarly impressive, from the random hums and beeps of the ship to the bassy heartbeat during certain sequences. An audio-visual treat.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…