This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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.
When I was an agoraphobic psychotic 13 year old in 1987, my most prized possession was a VHS tape I had made myself by recording David Cronenberg's The Fly and Aliens off of HBO. I watched those movies over and over. I barely went to school that fall. I had not finished the end of 7th Grade because incarcerated in a for-profit psychiatric hospital for children, let out to go to an academic summer program, which was a bad idea because crazy, was kicked out, moved with my parents' dying marriage to a Marine Corps air base in South Carolina, and proceeded to not go to 8th Grade. Instead I watched horror movies on cable and the ones my mom…
Did the math, and I do believe, on a purely technical level, "Get away from her you bitch!" does in fact pass the Bechdel test.
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…
How To Bastardize Artistic Integrity 101, or, The Invention Of Capitalism Before Your Eyes, or, The Most Harmful Film Of All Time.
Cameron destructs any semblance of artistic integrity found in Scott's original film - no longer are we following the narrative of an intruder attacking a natural order but we are living it: Hollywood, the industry, has attacked and ruined and let itself get in the way of what may have been another breezily intellectual thriller. In the first film the Alien was an Outside Being encroaching upon sterility, but now, in Aliens, this outside being is the capitalistic studio system so hellbent on making things deliverable they lose all sense of individuality: yes, this is the first real…
As an action movie, It feels like a completely different movie compared to Alien (which is undoubtedly horror), but it's equally badass.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A very different take on the Xenomorph-Ripley story.
My personal feeling is while I appreciate upping the ante with more Aliens, it took away the mystery of what made Xenomorphs great in Alien. The lab scene reintroduced some of that with the facehuggers but it was few and far between for me.
The action was excellent throughout and managed to make me care about the majority of deaths in the film.
Oh and Newt was adorable.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
James Cameron is a genius. Gotta start out the review that way for so many reasons. First, he had an impossible task with this film. In the time period making a film of this kind believable and able to stand the test of time is difficult and you can see many contemporaneous films fail to do so. Moreover, he was making a sequel (with the same lead) just 7 years after the release of Alien which is an absolute cinematic masterwork. Second, Cameron needed to find a way to up the ante but maintain the terror. And finally, Cameron needed to find a way to make the story believable and explain why our hero would willingly put herself in the…
After watching Alien, two days ago, I wasn’t able to think about anything else than this movie. Regardless of whether I was at work or hanging around with friends, I repeated single scenes in my head permanently. I was so totally thrilled by Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, that I actually dreamt of it. Therefore I needed to see James Cameron’s second part of this quadrilogy as soon as possible. My expectations were unreachable. In my eyes, Aliens couldn’t be as great as Alien, whatever will come.
Damn, I’ve never been so wrong in all my life!
First of all I’ve to say, that Alien cannot be compared with Aliens, even if the franchise is the same. Scott’s Alien is an atmospheric…
not enough of jonesy
I'll start this review by stating this. Cameron isn't as good of a director as Scott. (At the time. We all know about Scott's quality drop in the past few years, excluding The Martian).
The original Alien has its place as both one of the best Sciene Fiction films ever made. Eight years after its release, by the time Weever's great ass gave out, they hired Cameron to direct a sequel to the hit. The sequel promised to give more action, bigger sets, more information on the mysterious species. And so the action was great and the sets where amazing and effects had made a huge leap forward. They even made the aliens a more believable species. But there were…
too 80's for my taste
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…
today during class something happened. My friend got there late and so missed the beginning of it so, once she…