"I'm a real messy bitch. A liar. A scammer. I love robbery and fraud. I'm a messy bitch who lives…
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.…
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…
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…
It gets five stars for the set design. (There's some other good stuff in it too).
It's weird how Aliens is in many ways the opposite of Alien and yet it still works like gangbusters. Not scary, tons of fun.
Plus that great Ripley line.
So this is all about picking your kid up from school, right?
Serious question: why do people consider "Aliens" to be a guy's movie?
I've seen this film many times over the years, but my viewing last week was the first time I'd seen it in a theater setting. And I was surprised by how few women were there, and how masculine the atmosphere was.
Because...to me, "Aliens" is just so obviously a woman's movie. It's not even a neutral movie, gender-wise. It's entirely about motherhood/women coping with trauma/women struggling for respect and authority in the workplace/etc. And luckily, following this screening, a female writer from BuzzFeed interviewed Sigourney Weaver (!!!) and a huge portion of their discussion about "Aliens" centered it as a story about women.
Still, it makes me uncomfortable that, when people talk about "movies for women," they aren't usually talking about "Aliens." They should be.
i heard this way better than alien, and it was. waaaay cooler and more exciting!!!
It's Aliens. What do you want from me?
Very different beast from Scott's film, almost its equal.
This is my kind of film. Boom boom shooty boom. Very dark (visually), though. But so was everything in the 80s.
I already wrote what is good about the first Alien movie in its review. So I will not start bytelling, what the 1986 sequel lacks, but with weaknesses it has:
1. There is a moment when Ripley mentions, that she doesn´t like synthetic persons. However, the question why the robot in the first movie had the mission to bring back an Alien and that obviously the company they are all working for gave him this mission isn´t mentioned. So it´s another weakness that the story is just repeating in this part - with giving the I-want-to-save-this-for-military-science-part to a human being this time.
2. They are thinking about the fact, where they can shoot with their guns very late...
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