All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
This Time It's War
When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story... all contact is lost with the planet and colonists. They enlist Ripley and the colonial marines to return and search for answers.
The action packed James Cameron directed sequel to the atmospheric horror classic Alien finds our heroine Ripley once again doing battle with the alien thingys and this time she has some help from a squad of badass Colonial Marines. Space breathing. Maybe Jonesy really does have nine lives? The way Carter Burke pets a pussy. Alien dreams that would scare Freddy. Big business brouhaha. The dangling ash from Ripley's cigarette. Bootleg Apple FaceTime. Sgt. Apone and his badass cigar. Co-ed locker room. Vasquez could kick all our asses at the same time. Virgin rescue? Bishop's knife. The Bill Paxton scream. Hudson and Hicks are to Aliens as Parker and Brett are to Alien, they are the motherfuckers. Lt. Pansy Gorman.…
Part of Hoop-Tober
“I can handle myself.” “Yeah, I noticed.”
Fifty-seven years. That is how long she had been in stasis. Her crew, her friends killed by that...that thing. The Nostromo detonated, the stowaway alien blasted into hyperspace. And then hypersleep. For fifty-seven long years, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and her tabby cat, Jonesy, had been floating through space in suspended animation. They might have floated forever had a salvage crew not stumbled across them. Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) says the odds of finding her escape pod were one in one thousand, but surely they were lower than that. Pure luck. Pure luck that she got out alive, pure luck that she was found. And what have the intervening fifty-seven…
There are very few sequels in cinema that have managed to surpass the originals and overcome the expectations of the first chapter's loyal & faithful fans. And James Cameron's Aliens does exactly that by taking the original story of Ridley Scott's Alien and expanding upon it in ways most sequels are afraid to as this second chapter is way more bigger & action-packed than its predecessor and succeeds not just as a great sci-fi horror but as a redefinition of action filmmaking as well.
The story of Aliens takes place 57 years after the events of the first film & concerns the solo survivor Ripley, whose account of what happened on the planet is dismissed by her executives as the very desolate planet…
I don't know about anyone else but I find reviewing my favourite films to be far harder than reviewing some ropey old load of shit that I've just watched.
There are a couple of reasons why this might be. On the one hand I think it is because I am more naturally of a negative disposition and find it a lot easier to hand out criticism and sarcasm than praise and encouragement. Then again, a more positive way of looking at it could be that I just find there is so much to be said about my favourites and it is very difficult to know when and where to stop.
Aliens being my favourite film, this is the most difficult…
The tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife! Think I gnawed my fingernails down to the bone before the film reached its dramatic conclusion!
What the hell happened! Saw Alien and got my sci-fi groove on, put this baby in and I got my butt handed to me on a silver platter! I was NOT prepared for a full blown sci-fi action thriller that would leave me curled up in a ball crying every time the aliens showed up onscreen!
Hudson made me chuckle, Carter the weasel made me so angry I wanted to wring his little neck, Ripley's adrenaline fueled rage grew hair on my chest, Aliens were so terrifying if I was a guy I'm pretty sure I would have experienced some beaucoup shrinkage!
"We’re on an express elevator to hell!"
(Version watched: the 1990 Special Edition from the Alien Anthology Blu-Ray set)
Alien opened with the isolated, quiet, and harsh setting of deep space. Aliens does the same thing but this time, it’s a lot less lonely, definitely not as quiet, and even harsher.
Ellen Ripley, the lone survivor of the destruction of both the USCSS Nostromo and its crew, has been travelling through space while in hypersleep where she is eventually picked up by a salvage team. It is here where the feeling of loneliness and dread is stripped (which isn't…
[1990 Extended Cut]
Fantastic, albeit slightly less amazing than the film it followed. If you prefer more action in your science fiction horror then this is the film you'll love most. If you prefer the psychological side of science fiction horror then you'll probably prefer Alien, like me.
Both are masterpieces in their own way.
James Cameron is really good at piggybacking on Ridley Scott's great first movie/world and hitting all of his marks with great aplomb.
Watching it with my girlfriend, her first time seeing Aliens. As we're approaching the climax:
"This is awesome. I agree with you that it's better than Alien, but I also agree that it isn't by much."
She's definitely a keeper.
Caught this movie over the weekend. My wife had never seen it (wth?) and once it came on, it wasn't about to get turned off. This is still a great flick and holds up after 20 years. There are so many excellent, landmark scenes from the Aliens in the roof to the face suckers in the glass room. And Bill Paxton chewing up scenery everywhere is the ultimate highlight.
My millionth viewing.
Still one of the most kick-ass movies of all time. A great companion to the first film and a wildly gory/scary/thrilling sci-fi over all.
The Xenomorphs still creep me out, Giger's design is truly awesome. I could go on, but it's all been said before. Aliens rules.
Aliens does an excellent job balancing action and horror - with engrossing actions sequences that do a good job of depowering the action heros and empowering the aliens. This isn't a conventional guns-blazing action film. This is a survival horror film with action elements, and the film pulls that off excellently.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When I was in my first year of college, my friends and I would order nachos/pizza from the local establishment, rent movies on the weekends, and spend the rest of the week quoting the films. One of the films that we would quote ad nauseam was this one. Bill Paxton has the best dialogue.
Now I've mentioned in previous reviews that sequels that surpass the originals are rare but this is one of them. It's interesting because Cameron decided that instead of making a film that copied the original, he decided to make a film that fell into a completely different genre. Where Alien was all about tension and atmosphere, Aliens is, excuse the expression, a balls to the wall…
With Alien and Aliens, we have a Godather Part 1 and 2 type situation. Both are classics in their own right, yet we're often forced to pick which one is better. In both cases, I fall on the sequel side, but I can't fault anyone for siding with the original.
For me, Aliens manages to take all the stuff established in Alien and successfully kicks it up a few notches. I find it more entertaining as a whole. Sigourney Weaver gives a better performance this time round. All of the supporting characters are more memorable than those in the first, aside from Ash. The in camera effects work is mind blowing. I prefer Horners score to Goldsmiths. And the production design, while not as innovative or influential as the first, is still excellent.
As far as I'm concerned, I haven't seen Pirahna 2 yet, but I feel safe in saying that this is James Cameron's best film.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!