Third time's a charm - weird, but this (also weird) film gets better with every viewing (but not sure it can go any higher). Safe to say - I hated it on release.
A brilliant failure, but still brilliant - what a colorful cast of characters (screenwriter Joss Whedon later used them as a base for "Firefly", with Ron Perlman being 1:1 Jayne here), fantastic production design and miniature work by Pitof/Marc Caro, some great sequences (clone lab, underwater attack...),…
All the talk about Neill Blomkamp's take on Alien and ignoring any sequels after "Aliens" made me curious to revisit this part, which I've only seen once on VHS (so you can imagine how long ago that was...).
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to watch it with producer's commentary (Fincher famously declined to participate in re-assembly), but, even as stand-alone film, "Alien 3: Assembly Cut" is very competent, full fledged entry in series and should not be ignored at all, despite any other sequels that may come (although they are welcomed with open arms).
Continuing the estabilished trend, Bennet Miller's "Foxcatcher" is one of the most subtle, nuanced mainstream dramas of recent years and delivers powerhouse performances of all three male leads, especially from almost-unrecognizeable Carrell.
Follow this one, as the nominations are sure to follow.
Tough, gritty and quietly powerful, this film not only delivers great Guy Pearce and surprising Robert Pattinson performances, but also answers one of the most important questions out there - is Australia really the best place to be after the apocalypse? Definetely not!
With influences ranging from "Max Max" (the 1st one) to "High Plains Drifter", this is "The Road: Down Under". Highly recommended!