Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The Search for Our Beginning Could Lead to Our End.
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
"Sometimes, to create one must first destroy."
Why do we watch movies? Some would say it's just a way to pass the time. Others would say they watch movies for their entertainment values, the spectacle and escapism they provide. Others would say a good story is the reason. Others would say it's because of the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into putting together a movie, the process through which a movie is created, the work and effort required to bring all individual elements together and make them function as one, complete and flowing piece of work. Others would say it's because of the themes and messages movies can transmit, the existential questions movies dare to ask or the contrast with…
Prometheus has landed; finally. After months of spoiler-heavy trailers we get to see if it really is a prequel to Alien and whether Ridley Scott’s return to the universe he helped establish was worth the 33 year wait. Unfortunately, even having seen the film, the answers to both these questions remain unclear.
Whilst it is a prequel in the broadest sense (i.e. existing within the same universe and occurring before the events of the previous film) it is clear why they were coy when explaining how closely it related to Alien. For me this sideways prequel is a blessing. It doesn’t directly demystify elements of the ‘79 classic but it teases familiar imagery and ideas making the film appear richer…
The ratings of Prometheus are really all over the place, especially from people who have opinions in which I value and respect. There's really nothing I find more intriguing than that, honestly. I think the one thing almost everyone can agree on is that Michael Fassbender as, the film-loving android, David really stole the show. He was the most believable character and he wasn't even supposed to be human. The one character I had the hardest time with was "digesting" Logan Marshall-Green as a Doctor, he was loathsome and I'm not even sure if it was supposed to be intentional or not.
(This is really the only comparison I'm going to make to Alien, I promise.) I did not have…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
How far would you go to get your answers?
Yup saw it again. Went to see it with a friend that hadn't seen it yet, and believe it or not I enjoyed it even more the second time. My initial thoughts on the first viewing can be read here, where I ramble on for quite a bit. I fully believe the more times you watch this film the more you get out of it. This is one of those films where viewers will form theories about what it all means. I'll run just a few by you real quick.
I think the main theme of this film is "sacrifice for preserving/creating life versus preserving you're own life at the…
2nd time watch for me, the first being in-theater on release. I recall being OK with Prometheus on first run, and while I agree with most of those who criticize the film for its logic flaws and simple characterizations - I also think those criticisms put the film on a unfair pedestal especially considering its movie DNA. The Alien films are vapid fun, loaded with human cartoons making bad decisions... Why can't Prometheus follow in those footsteps whilst adding more mythos and a cinematography upgrade?
I was wrong... it was so wrong... to think that Prometheus might be a hidden gem that will reveal more of its treasure on multiple viewings. Because watching it again only refreshed my memory of what disappointed me two years back. Is it really a prequel to Alien or is it a standalone feature that shares only strands of DNA with that horror masterpiece? As it turns out, there is still no definite answer to this question.
Set in the late 21st century & taking place in the same universe as other films of Alien franchise, Prometheus concerns a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth in the form of a star map & embark…
The reviews are right - it doesn't make much sense, the character motivations are laughable, and it's not as good as Alien. But going in with that expectation, I still really liked it - stunning visuals and design, oozing creepiness and some of the "big ideas" were softpedaled in a pleasantly understated way. Read the onion av club spoilers space for some interesting post-movie dissection.
Beautiful spaceship full of assholes with questionable actions.
I thought beforehand that this film was going to be confusing, uninspiring, and mind-numbingly scientific. But it is utterly the opposite.
Prometheus slowly builds suspense and horror in such an old-fashioned and natural way. Every story beat builds upon the previous one, and the characters' arcs rise and fall with it until everything crescendoes in truly breathtaking fashion.
Ridley Scott had all the digital toys he could want, but instead he chose to craft it in a practical and reminiscent throwback to the good 'ol days. I haven't yet seen Alien or Aliens, but I think this is the most authentic and beautiful alien film I've seen.
Finally, Charlize Theron is breathtaking. The end.
ENTRY #9 ON THE BUCKET LIST
Absolutely the #1 prequel-to-a-preexisting-classic-series ever made. Full review here: letterboxd.com/darkskyreviews/film/prometheus/
Prometheus seems to be slowly becoming one of my main "go to" films when I just want to watch something entertaining or while I work on another project and need some background entertainment. It's not a perfect film but I'll be damned if I don't really enjoy it.
Some quick notes following my recent re-watch of the film:
- Prometheus definitely works much better on the big screen.
- This is likely because the visuals is where the film shines. Case in point, the opening sequence. This is apparently due to a limited use of CGI and reliance of practical FX.
- Also, those titles? Perfect.
- Lindelof's script is pretty messy and all over the place and the less you pay attention to it the better. If I'm honest it makes very little sense...
- That said, the messiness is definitely mitigated by correct expectations and Ridley Scott's explanations. But you shouldn't need to do that much research to enjoy a film.
- Overall the "idea" of…
Not a bad film in itself, but nowhere near the excellence of Alien.
nice-looking camera work, awesome locations, intriguing set design.
Why are there so many dumb people among the crew? Stupid is as stupid does. For example: What about taking orders? What about proceeding cautiously? Argh.
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…