All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
The X Files
Fight the Future!
Blackwood, Texas: After falling through a hole in the ground, a young boy is infected by the alien Black Oil. One week later, in Dallas, a federal building is bombed by terrorists, killing five people, including the Blackwood boy. Mulder and Scully, now part of an FBI anti-terrorism unit, learn that the boy as well as three other victims were dead even before the bombing, cause of death: an alien virus. In the Texas desert, the agents find an agricultural complex that may hold the key to unlocking the government conspiracy surrounding the extraterrestrials and their lethal virus which Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.
The X Files television series began when I was nine years old, and I was hooked after about six minutes of the first episode. Thanks to the miraculous invention known as the DVR, the way I see the world of weekly television has changed drastically. Half the time I forget a show was even on that day until I check later at night and see it waiting for me, whenever I want to watch it at my convenience. Not in the mood to watch Game of Thrones for the next four weeks? Just let em' pile up and binge watch it on a Saturday afternoon!
I love recording forty different things and skipping commercials as much as anyone else, but…
Well, this was a very nice trip down memory lane. I saw THE X-FILES movie on opening night, and even gave an (effusively positive) interview to a TV news crew on the way out. I also remember being dismayed when I found out that a lot of fans were disappointed in it, because as a fan from day one (literally, I was one of the few people who watched the series premiere back when it was thought to be a sure failure), it was everything I could have wanted in a movie version.
I also never understood the criticism that it's "just like a two hour episode of the show." One of the things that I love the most about…
if you weren't a fan of The X Files and around in the summer in 98, it's probably hard to imagine what a big freakin' deal this movie was back then. i mean this was a big, BIG movie that was set in between seasons 5 and 6 of everyone's then favorite TV show. it was a movie that had to satisfy the obsessed, rabid fan base and play to the folks who knew nothing about the series' overly complicated crazy conspiracy plot lines. seriously, this movie had so much going into it, it's a damn wonder it not only was a great time in 98 but still holds up so well 17 years later.
The plot acts basically as…
As an obsessive fan of The X-Files, there was no greater event in 1998 than the release of Fight the Future, the long-awaited transition of Chris Carter's seminal TV series to the big screen, a series that genuinely helped shape television going into the 21st century and was *the* pop culture show of the 90's, the series that resonated so deeply with an era of growing paranoia about personal freedoms & distrust in the powers that be. A tall order then for regular series director Rob Bowman, in his feature film debut no less, to transfer the adventures of FBI agents Fox Mulder & Dana Scully onto the silver screen, especially given the film was conceived by Carter both to standalone, bridge…
Although I definitely see more glaring flaws within some of its preposterous and unexplained plot points more now than I did when seeing it in theaters at the age of 14, I am still wildly entertained by this movie every time out.
The chemistry between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson remains seamless and consistently a joy to watch, and together they create such a solid backbone to hold their debut movie as Mulder & Scully above water. I don't get into much television, just never have, but The X Files had that perfect bit of casting up top to draw me in, and this movie did not disappoint.
It's fun every time out.
*This is a review of the new season.
I attended the screening last night. The crowd and the atmosphere was amazing. It was a packed house of enthusiastic fans and there was plenty of laughter and applause.
I love that they kept the old opening credits. It didn't even look like they remastered it or cleaned it up. It's the same, creepy, grainy, low-res images and the same, old, creepy theme.
The season premiere is an okay episode. It's great to see Mulder, Scully, and Skinner together again. There's also a big plot twist here that's quite fascinating. I'm interested to see where they'll go with that. The problem with the premiere is it's a premiere for the fans—both casual…
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I'll always love the on screen relationship between Mulder and Scully. Felt like a longer episode rather than a film, but still nice.
Retention of most of the essence of the series doesn't grant the movie immunity from feeling like a time dilated episode. Similarly the scaled up ambitions to rack more intrigue while providing "answers" kinda falls flat, as it is supposed to I guess, for an ongoing series. It didn't really work as well for me as the episodes, nor did it feel like it needed the structure of a movie to tell the particular story well, besides the special effects budget maybe.
It's OK. It's a bit on the serious side. The X-file episodes that I enjoyed were the ones that had a bit of a dark sense of humor. There's no humor here, so it feels like something is missing.
i started watching the x files the past few months starting with episode 1. having never seen the series before, i was really enjoying how the series was right in my wheel house. if you're a fan then this movie will be great for you. it's hard for me to decide what you will get out of this if you haven't followed along with the show, but i imagine you wouldn't be too impressed since it picks up right where season 5 leaves off and goes straight into the alien virus story arc (which is the main arc of the show.) so i can't really recommend it as a stand alone movie, but definitely can for fans of the series. i would give it 4 stars as a fan, and 3 stars as a non fan. so 3 and a half to average it out.
The entire climax is aesthetically attempting to replicate [the Alien] franchise's atmosphere and suspense and it doesn't work. The film’s best parts become those quiet moments that can't help leaving non-fans bored.
After the mini-series earlier this year, I decided to binge the original show, which I'd never followed with any regularity. That said, I can offer despite what it's creators tell you in the DVD extras, this movie makes a heck of a lot more sense if you have watched the first five seasons of The X-Files. Picking up where season five ended, the FBI division that investigates strange or unexplained cases has been closed, largely do to the work of the mysterious 'smoking man' (William B. Davis). Agents Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny / Gillian Anderson) have been re-assigned to regular FBI status, but soon find themselves on the case again after an explosion at the Federal Building in Texas.…
The X-Files was my favorite TV show of the 90s, and its recent revival renewed my interest to re-watch the whole series again, including its two films, Fight the Future and I Want to Believe. I loved Fight the Future all the way back when I saw it in theaters and I enjoy it even more now. This is an excellent, two-hour encapsulation of what I love about the series, only done on a larger scale truly befitting of the big screen.
Fight the Future picks up where season 5 left off, with the X-Files having been shut down and our heroes Mulder and Scully re-assigned. A bombing in Dallas uncovers further layers to the massive alien conspiracy with Mulder…
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