THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Red Letter Media for so succinctly summing up everything that was confusing about Prometheus.
Alien worked because of Sigourney Weaver’s iconic Ellen Ripley. She was a normal person like you and me, who found enormous inner strength when thrown into the middle of the ultimate claustrophobic nightmare, with nowhere to run. There were no giant, rolling spaceships. There were no screaming, alien-ooze-infected zombie attacks. There were no deus ex machina squid monsters to save her. There was a woman and her fear, and nothing to save her but her wits and an indomitable will to survive. She was the opposite of the Xenomorph, the opposite of the murderous android, Ash. Ripley was human, and she embodied the very reason why scientists would travel to distant worlds to find out who and why we are.
Prometheus has no Ellen Ripley, no humanity, and as a result, says absolutely nothing about us worth hearing.
submission from pastelfae:
Read this. You can’t just look with your eyes, you need to look with your mind.
You can’t see with your mind if what you first see with your eyes makes no sense. But this is a very interesting and well-thought-out review. I admit, I couldn’t get past the plot holes and poor characterizations to analyze the themes behind Prometheus, so my review was devoid of any discussion of deeper meaning.
At the time of viewing, and moreso after reading this article, I acknowledge that there were interesting themes running throughout Prometheus, especially regarding the mythical titan Prometheus, such as self-sacrifice and humanity’s fear of death.
However, if Scott and Lindelof really intended that the black goo was responding to humanity’s “psychic atmosphere” and if proper interpretation of the film requires us to realize that Jesus Christ was actually Space Jockey Jesus and his crucifixion is what first angered our heretofore-benevolent creators, then Prometheus missed its mark far more than I first thought.
Interesting. Thanks for writing!
Thanks for the review! It doesn’t come out here in the US for another week :( but I’m excited! I’ll try to have low expectations
Great input on the alien books, thanks!
More great novel reviews! Thanks, Caleb!
Last night, I went to Cinemagic to see David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake. The film was great, but that’s a whole different blog post. What I really got excited about was a film trailer.
So there I was, settling into the old, creaky theater seat, pouring myself a paper cup of Cotes du Rhone from a screw top bottle, when I recognized the straight graphic lines on the screen slowly developing into letters, a la 1979 Alien trailer. I immediately knew what was happening. Prometheus.
Considering that the trailer is supposed to hit tomorrow, it’s no surprise that it is running before Dragon Tattoo, one of the most highly anticipated films of this season.
Aside from the throwback style to Scott’s original Alien film, the Prometheus trailer was filled with stunning images of distant worlds. Waterfalls; cloudscapes; spacesuits; fire; vast, open spaces with things crashing into them; giant, stone faces; gloomy, Alien-esque color palettes; and— almost most importantly— the space jockey. No reveals or detailed shots of the space jockey, but instead just glimpses of our friend, the original chestbuster host. The images were cut with no dialog, but instead just deep, booming bass (Inception trend, anyone?) and indistinguishable, high pitched, pulsating sound— which, again, feels reminiscent of the 1979 Alien trailer.
But I don’t really need to take more time describing it— the trailer will be available for everyone to see soon enough. Even some pretty basic Google skills will reveal bootleg, shaky camera captures of the trailer (wait for the HD thing; it’s worth it).
Which sort-of leads me to my overall point: I’m very, very excited about this film. I usually can keep it together when it comes to cinema; I mean, it’s just a film. But something about this one has me hooked, and I can’t wait to see this.
Nice work, Mr. Scott, and whoever else is closely guarding the marketing of this thing.
I’m more excited than ever!
So I watched the re-mastered Alien blu-ray tonight in the dark and with the sound up…
SO pretty, I wouldn’t have thought it could look so good, definitely worth getting on blu-ray compared to my DVD set…
Thanks for the review!
Elder predator from NECA series 3.
This dude is seen at the end of Predator 2 giving Danny Glover a gift for kicking that other predator’s ass.
This marks the first new game I’ve played in a very long time, and it didn’t take a very long time to beat, two days to be precise. Aliens: Infestation is a Metroidvania style side-scroller set in the aftermath of the film Aliens from the studio that will be bringing us Aliens: Colonial Marines…someday. It’s a decent game, way too short and a little repetitive, but still engrossing enough to make it hard to put down. Except for a really miserable zero gravity platforming section near the end of the game the difficultly is pretty simple, especially once you get the flamethrower. The story is pretty threadbare, and most of the characters are nothing more this disposable grunts, but I did really like the goth chick marine, I made sure to play as her and keep her alive all through the game for amusement’s sake. So overall you could find better games in this style, but if you’re a big fan of the franchise or genre then Aliens: Infestation is well worth a look.
|—||excerpt from Roger Ebert’s original July 18, 1986 review of “Aliens”|
(Late) Day 24 of my Horror-Icon-A-Day Project
The Alien (Alien)
I don’t care who you are. If you saw this in the middle of the night all up in your face, you’d probably cry like I did the first time I saw this as a 5 year old
When Predator first came out on DVD in the UK many fans were extremely disappointed to find that it had been pointlessly snipped by censors to the point where it resembled a TV edit.
Thankfully, the mistake was soon rectified with a two disc special edition that had the snipped footage restored and came complete with a truck load of extras including a retrospective making of, a tribute to the Predator himself, Kevin Peter Hall and some great anecdotes…
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What did you think??
I really enjoyed the art.
I also liked that it didn’t leave out much; if done today, I’m sure they would have packed it into 15 pages instead of 58.
(Sorry some of the pages are out of order; tumblr’s queue still has some bugs)