A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
Alien or aliens?
Which one do you like more and why.
For me it's alien because I don't like how aliens Went all action.. Don't get me wrong I still love aliens.
Get away from her, you BITCH! One of the greatest sequels of all time. Jim Cameron may be a raving lunatic, but fuck me in the biscuits he knows what he's doing behind the camera.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“I think, in terms of actual technique, its crude compared to films that are made now, but, I think, in terms of storytelling, it’s as good as I’ll probably ever be, which is what film making is all about. It’s about the people. It’s about the relationships. Of course, then they made the third film and killed everybody.”
— James Cameron
57 years after the events of the first film, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is found and awakened from hyper sleep to discover that a terraforming colony has been set up on LV-426, the planet wherein she and her fellow crew of the mining cargo spaceship Nostromo first encountered the titular aliens. When Earth-based communications loses contact with LV-426, a band…
In my opinion, this film isn't better or worse than 1979's Alien. It's just a different film with the same quality.
This time around James Cameron takes the directors chair and puts his own spin on the franchise. His blue-lighted, action heavy thriller is definitely a change of pace from the original, but it's just as exciting. Aliens once again contains amazing sets/visuals and a story worthy of the franchise. The cast is also just as memorable and had a surprising amount of development and emotional depth. This is a must see for fans of the original or sci-fi fans alike.
"That's it, man. Game over, man. Game over! What the fuck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?"
One of the Greats!
I have a curious relationship with the Alien films.
Technically I know this is brilliant, just like its predecessor in fact. I know how deeply significant and massively influential it is in terms of sci fi cinema and the genre as a whole. I can appreciate just how damn edge-of-your-seat Aliens is and admit it is a scares and thrills spectacle with an air of tension that is extremely palpable. It's really entertaining stuff.
But I don't love the Alien films.
There I've said it.
And it's that elephant in the room that makes rating them really difficult.
Because if a rating should mark how much affection you hold for the film than the four stars you see here is…
"Stay away from her, you BITCH"
The line that changed science fiction forever.
Also who would think that at one point, James Cameron was pretty successful in making sequels that sometimes trump their originals! While Alien to me may have been along the lines of horror, this is pure science fiction. Bigger budget, bigger action and bigger alien battle against Weaver and her new gang.
If ever you feel bad about yourself, just remember you'll never be as lazy as the person who named this movie.
inspired by Jack Bower's most recent list, I decided to do an interactive list where you just comment your favorite…