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.
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…
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…
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…
I will never get tired of that title card. I remember reading an article somewhere saying something like: "The Alien title is placed at the top of the screen, reminding us to keep watching the stars." I think that's a pretty interesting idea.
The facehugger is some real scary shit, it used to make me paranoid as a kid, so many sleepless nights, damn you Giger (rest in peace). If there's one thing I've learned in horror science fictions, it's to never stick my face too close to an unknown object. Wait a minute, that's common sense. Now I'm convinced that Weyland Corp only hires…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Beautiful film. Science fiction at its finest.
Parte 12 de Hoop-tober
Hay películas para las que no pasa el tiempo. Y Alien es una de ellas. Roza la perfección en casi todos sus elementos: diseño, dirección, efectos especiales, sonido, fotografía e interpretaciones (es imposible no sentir el miedo de Ripley y hacerlo tuyo). Vamos que Alien es una PUTA OBRA MAESTRA.
Y si no la has visto ya tardas.
Direction - ★★★★
Acting - ★★★★
Writing - ★★★★★
Cinematography - ★★★★½
Visual Effects - ★★★★
Music/Score - ★★★★
Editing - ★★★★★
Sound - ★★★★★
Costume Design - ★★★★
Makeup - ★★★★½
Classics are called so for a reason. Still creepy and claustrophobic, you can never not be disturbed by the gut wrenching sound of the chest burster coming out of John Hurt or the uncomfortable horror of Ian Holm shoving the rolled up paper down Sigourney Weaver's throat. Giger's alien is still one of the best cinema monsters every created, simple and deadly and beautifully not over exposed that you feel hairs on the back of your neck stand up wondering if it could be hiding round that corridor, or the vent above. Horror films today should take note, that less is so very very much more!
Holds up every re-watch. Basically a slasher film in space. Really well done room tone and lighting. There's a cat, too.
Saw this in theaters last night. It still scares the shit out of me as much as it did the first time I saw it.
Ο τρόμος όσα χρόνια και αν περάσουν θα παραμένει ίδιος.Και ο έρωτας για την Sigourney Weaver.
Upfront a phone lights up,
Pissing off eyes and angering moods,
moods of black space and icy winds
and slippery lit corridors that won't end.
Poor Kane, throat-fucked by horror itself,
a creature felt in gut and bone and
slick shining glistening; alien.
Is your lesson learned?
Has Kane taught you nothing?
In egg infested rooms,
rows and rows of parasitic gloom,
do not touch anything, Not a thing,
else black space become your tomb,
quietly spelling doom for you,
your friends, and your entire crew.
Alien is a 5 star sci-fi film, a 5 star horror film, and a 5 star art film rolled into one uniquely effective package. It's quiet, unsettling, and flawless.
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