The Alien Movies

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Ridley Scott's involved in another sequel to the prequel
Alien: Covenant Sequel Reportedly Being Written, Ridley Scott to Direct



A sequel to Alien: Covenant is reportedly being written, with Ridley Scott attached to direct. Scott's 1979 Alien film is a sci-fi horror classic that made an icon out of Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley and introduced the world to the terrifying Xenomorph creature. In the forty years since then, the franchise has seen multiple films released to varying degrees of success or failure, including three sequels and a pair of Alien vs. Predator spinoffs. More recently, Scott returned to the property with two prequels (Prometheus and Alien: Covenant) that explored the story behind humanity's origins and the evolution of the face-hugger.
https://screenrant.com/alien-covenant-sequel-writer-director-ridley-scott/
 

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Keep going, Ridley, you'll get that sequel right eventually!
 

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A gnostic interpretation of Prometheus which adds a few more layers to the tapestry of reasons why it's in my best 10 films of our times.
https://runesoup.com/2016/05/solving-prometheus-the-most-astrognostic-film-ever/

I'd add to Gordo's astute observation of the headless rites and the Weyland IS Prometheus take, that Weyland might also represent a form of Orion - note the dog and the questing hunting motif which gives us some of the film's internal structure.
 

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Dark Horse to Publish 'Alien: The Original Screenplay' Comic
The five-part mini will adapt Dan O'Bannon's first take on the space horror classic (...) follows O'Bannon's original version of events, heavily rewritten by Walter Hill and David Giler before production, and is described simply by the publisher as "an alternate line of events." Among the differences? In the very first version of the story, the spaceship isn't the Nostromo but the Snark…


https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/h...original-screenplay-comic-book-series-1270420
 

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I haven't seen Alien in twenty-ish years and not seen Aliens in a while, is it clear whether humans have encountered an alien life before within the World of the films? From memory it's never stated one way or another.
 

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I haven't seen Alien in twenty-ish years and not seen Aliens in a while, is it clear whether humans have encountered an alien life before within the World of the films? From memory it's never stated one way or another.
In later films it's made clear that alien life has been encountered before, at best it's ambiguous in Alien. Saw it again in the cinema last year. It was great on the big screen, especially the scene where the cat watches Harry Dean Stanton being devoured by the Alien.
 
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In later films it's made clear that alien life has been encountered before, at best it's ambiguous in Alien. Saw it again in the cinema last year. It was great on the big screen, especially the scene where thr cat watches Harry Dean Stanton being devoured by the Alien.
Yes the cat and Stanton both did excellent work.
 

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Just watched Covenant again. God its lazily written not just the whole biosecurity issue, but they could have got mother to scan you know who near the end.
 

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Alien (director's cut) was on TV last night and I couldn't resist watching it for the umpteenth time.
Still the ultimate gothic horror in space, but dare I say it's starting to show its age a bit?

The miniature model for the exterior shots of the Nostromo isn't very convincing and the animation scenes in space look a bit shaky.
The room-sized blinking lights and green-screen retro monitors for a supposedly futuristic computer are implausible.
Ash's "reanimated" head stuck through the floor now looks ridiculously fake and the cut between trying to keep the obviously rubber head upright and Ian Holm's real head is very jarring.
Why would a high-tech spacecraft, presumably capable of FTL travel, have hanging chains and dripping plumbing everywhere?
Such gross overuse of strobe lighting has been out of fashion for many years now and the least said about the crew lighting up a cigarette every few minutes, the better!
One thing I really noticed last night, which was perhaps a little ahead of its time, was that every character is pretty well asexual. They're only ever referred to by surnames and there is no use of the personal pronouns he or she.

Still a magnificent movie and the standard by which all subsequent sci-fi should be judged, but perhaps just getting a wee bit long in the tooth now?
 

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Alien (director's cut) was on TV last night and I couldn't resist watching it for the umpteenth time.
Still the ultimate gothic horror in space, but dare I say it's starting to show its age a bit?

The miniature model for the exterior shots of the Nostromo isn't very convincing and the animation scenes in space look a bit shaky.
The room-sized blinking lights and green-screen retro monitors for a supposedly futuristic computer are implausible.
Ash's "reanimated" head stuck through the floor now looks ridiculously fake and the cut between trying to keep the obviously rubber head upright and Ian Holm's real head is very jarring.
Why would a high-tech spacecraft, presumably capable of FTL travel, have hanging chains and dripping plumbing everywhere?
Such gross overuse of strobe lighting has been out of fashion for many years now and the least said about the crew lighting up a cigarette every few minutes, the better!
One thing I really noticed last night, which was perhaps a little ahead of its time, was that every character is pretty well asexual. They're only ever referred to by surnames and there is no use of the personal pronouns he or she.

Still a magnificent movie and the standard by which all subsequent sci-fi should be judged, but perhaps just getting a wee bit long in the tooth now?
You have to watch Alien, STOS, and Star Wars (the original - please no CGI) with your head in that period. just as you watch Night at the Opera, which is howlingly funny but from another era.. All of them were ahead of their time (yes even the chenille table cloth), all were works of genius. By the way I think that the cargo hold of the Nostromo was designed deliberately to provide a contrast with the leadership/crew area. This is what all cargo holds will look like forever. They transport ore - dirty and of odd sizes and hard to shift. It's where the laborers work. There was an implied sexual relationship between the captain and Ripley which was lost late in the process, but you can see it in some of the line readings. As it was finally edited, it's just a tantalizing mystery..
 

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Why would a high-tech spacecraft, presumably capable of FTL travel, have hanging chains and dripping plumbing everywhere?
I thought this too when I first saw the film.
After thinking about it, maybe it's something to do with the ship's water recycling system/air con/cold storage etc.
 
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