Ryan H. wrote:
: But what is ALIENS? "Just" an action movie, albeit one with an admirable level of intensity. See, it works both ways.
Well, it COULD work both ways, if it weren't for the fact that the Ripley-Newt relationship is at the heart of Aliens
and lends it an extra punch far beyond a mere bug hunt. I could also add that Aliens
was arguably the first mainstream film to give us a genuine action heroine, and the surrogate mother-daughter relationship that they represent is still quite rare (or at any rate it feels quite rare; I can think of fathers rescuing daughters, in Commando
and Live Free or Die Hard
, and mothers rescuing sons, in Terminator 2
, but I can't think of any other mother-daughter combos off the top of my head).
: The thing is, ALIEN is such a brilliant
mood piece. The film is breathtakingly designed, shot, and edited, resulting in a film that is as chilling and uncanny as any film I've ever seen.
Yeah, I don't disagree with this, as far as it goes.
: ALIENS has something more of a story, but it loses the emphasis on the nightmarish, dream-like mood and instead places emphasis on action rather than in atmospheric dread and suspense, and I'm kinda so-so on it for that reason.
I would prefer to say that Aliens
balances these two elements, instead of emphasizing one *rather than* the other. But sure, when you get the adrenaline flowing, it's not so easy to soak in the mood.
: Y'know, I recently did a run-through of the ALIEN trilogy on Blu-Ray in anticipation of PROMETHEUS (I pretend the fourth film doesn't exist) . . .
I guess I shouldn't ask if you watched the two Alien vs. Predator
: Yes, I like ALIEN 3 more than ALIENS.
: My preference for ALIEN 3 is contingent on the ALIEN 3 in discussion being the longer "Assembly Cut," and not the much shorter "Theatrical Cut."
Y'know, I tried to watch the "Assembly Cut" several times after I bought the Alien Quadrilogy
boxed set, and I don't think I managed to stay awake through the entire thing once. That was almost a decade ago, though. (Then again, it was before I had kids, so I'm not sure what my excuse was. I fall asleep in the middle of stuff all the time NOW, but THEN...?)
: Then in the commissary chest-bursting scene, instead of being horrified and grossed out as generations of moviegovers have been, David is like, "So. They didn't scan his body. Like I said they should."
Heh. It *does* make sense that something which clamped itself onto someone's face/mouth might have deposited something in there, doesn't it?
: Of course later, when the chest-burster is revealed to have grown to enormous proportions, David immediately says, "Where'd all that mass come from? What's it been eating?"
Yeah, I've wondered that too. Hmmm. Do they store food somewhere on that ship?
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 26 May 2012 - 10:58 AM.