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    pixelburp wrote: »
    I'm not sure how the pacing would play with younger audiences

    I remember watching 'Alien' on video in the early 90's with a mixed group of friends. Except for me and another bloke, they were all bored to tears.


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    I actually really liked Underwater. The original script had been floating around for years and they certainly didn't cut character development from the beginning. Probably the opposite if anything. I think it originally started even later and they got out onto the ocean floor quicker.


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    I actually really liked Underwater. The original script had been floating around for years and they certainly didn't cut character development from the beginning. Probably the opposite if anything. I think it originally started even later and they got out onto the ocean floor quicker.

    I liked what it was, a mid budget, adult sci-fi, thriller which is very rare these days; but the script needed more work IMO. IIRC the inciting incident happened in the very first scene which made all the character moments feel a retrospective and hurried. Literally in one case, where we learned of someone's history after they died.

    Maybe it's cos it felt like such an obvious riff on Alien and The Abyss I was less kind to its character moments, the two inspirations both having much better executions of that aspect. But yeah, these kind of movies are borderline extinct now, which is sad.


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    Think I'll watch Alien tonight! It has been years and it's guaranteed that my wife hasn't seen it.


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    budgemook wrote: »
    Think I'll watch Alien tonight! It has been years and it's guaranteed that my wife hasn't seen it.

    How come you married her if she hasn't seen Alien???


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    El Rifle wrote: »
    How come you married her if she hasn't seen Alien???

    Ha, well that's rectified now :D

    I watched it last night, it really has up well. I found that the first half is much scarier than the second for some reason - the eggs, the face hugger and even Brett's search for the cat and encounter with the Alien. After that it remains tense of course but I was far less jumpy. Just reading a bit about what they were going for (
    making the male audience uncomfortable by having the facehugger orally rape and impregnate Kane
    then it's no wonder I found these bits so jarring.

    Also, Prometheus is an awful piece of crap. Watching Alien after so long reminded me of that. I can't see myself ever watching Alien: Covenant.


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    ^
    Alien is best viewed as a trilogy where we find that we are not the centre of the universe and that the universe doesn't care.

    Scott's meddling destroyed that.


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    "The Mauritanian" on AmazonPrime


    Well crafted production based on the true story of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who was imprisoned for 14 years without charge. Thought provoking and sad, but these things happen, and will continue to happen, until hell freezes over. Worth a watch. 6/10.


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    Tony EH wrote: »
    ^
    Alien is best viewed as a trilogy where we find that we are not the centre of the universe and that the universe doesn't care.

    Scott's meddling destroyed that.


    I rewatched Alien 3 recently and was amazed how much I liked it. I think it's crime, at the time, was that it was not Aliens. It just suffered in comparison and people's expectations were not met.


    When you view it knowing that it is different to aliens, you can actually enjoy what a good movie it is.


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    dubstepper wrote: »
    I rewatched Alien 3 recently and was amazed how much I liked it. I think it's crime, at the time, was that it was not Aliens. It just suffered in comparison and people's expectations were not met.

    When you view it knowing that it is different to aliens, you can actually enjoy what a good movie it is.

    And gave birth to probably the biggest working auteur in mainstream Hollywood, with David Fincher. Without knowing too much of the man himself I wonder how much of his future work was informed by the total díckery he endured from the studio during that shoot.

    A shame the "other" cut of Alien 3 is in such rough state, and IIRC, Fincher has shown no interest in assembling one either.

    I will say against Alien 3, it's a helluva punch in the gut after Aliens; I think it has many fine qualities if you're engaged with its obviously darker, more nihilistic tone. But killing off Hicks and Newt, off screen in the credits, was just a really bad first step in getting audiences into the film. No amount of studio interference was going to save the film's reception after that.


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    pixelburp wrote: »
    And gave birth to probably the biggest working auteur in mainstream Hollywood, with David Fincher. Without knowing too much of the man himself I wonder how much of his future work was informed by the total díckery he endured from the studio during that shoot.

    A shame the "other" cut of Alien 3 is in such rough state, and IIRC, Fincher has shown no interest in assembling one either.

    I will say against Alien 3, it's a helluva punch in the gut after Aliens; I think it has many fine qualities if you're engaged with its obviously darker, more nihilistic tone. But killing off Hicks and Newt, off screen in the credits, was just a really bad first step in getting audiences into the film. No amount of studio interference was going to save the film's reception after that.

    It's funny. The two biggest things I recall reading about 'Alien 3' when it was being made was that Weaver got a million quid for shaving her hair off and that there was serious trouble behind the scenes during production.

    Although, I think Fincher may be being a bit silly at this point with his utter rejection of 'Alien 3', which I count as a better movie than 'The Game' or 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'. He may have had a hard time with Fox during the making of it, but it's a perfectly fine horror movie.


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    dubstepper wrote: »
    I rewatched Alien 3 recently and was amazed how much I liked it. I think it's crime, at the time, was that it was not Aliens. It just suffered in comparison and people's expectations were not met.

    When you view it knowing that it is different to aliens, you can actually enjoy what a good movie it is.

    I've always maintained that 'Alien 3' was a pretty good movie. It's certainly not as good a the first two. But it is no way the red headed stepchild of the series either. I even prefer the original cut over the assembly, which is a bloated mess and ends up just too long, AFAIR.

    Some people got miffed that they killed off Hicks and Newt, but frankly...big ****in deal. People die. Even people you want to live. So, I never had an issue with the Aliens nuclear family getting whacked. In fact, it strengthened Ripley's tragic character. I actually applauded the balls to do it.

    The biggest problem with 'Alien 3' was it's use of early CGI which, even at the time, looked pretty poor compared to the effects that came before it. But, as a trilogy, Alien is pretty damn tight. One of the best in my book. However, with all the expansions starting with the shitfest that was 'Alien Resurrection' and, hopefully, ending with 'Alien Covenant', that tightness has been eroded to the point of spoliation. In fact, I'd even give the spin off Aliens Vs Predator movies another go before I sit down in front of the official sequels again.


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    Tony EH wrote: »
    Although, I think Fincher may be being a bit silly at this point with his utter rejection of 'Alien 3', which I count as a better movie than 'The Game' or 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'. He may have had a hard time with Fox during the making of it, but it's a perfectly fine horror movie.
    I'd agree that it's not a bad movie. I quite like it. I think I can accept though that Fincher may feel that good or bad, he feels it's not really his.


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    mikhail wrote: »
    I'd agree that it's not a bad movie. I quite like it. I think I can accept though that Fincher may feel that good or bad, he feels it's not really his.

    You could speculate that after his experience with Alien 3, Fincher just said "fúck that", and made sure he never again inked a contract that didn't give him complete creative control - which given his famously, aggressively precise nature (IIRC 20+ prop laptops got smashed by Andrew Garfield before they got the right take during The Social Network), is quite the ballsy move that paid off.


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    I thought Black Panther was terrible.

    couldnt agree more, weakest of the MCU


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    I thought Black Panther was terrible.
    s8n wrote: »
    couldnt agree more, weakest of the MCU
    Maybe not terrible, but certainly over-rated.


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    I watched The Power on Shudder yesterday. It had a strong opening and middle act, but somewhat flubbed the landing when
    Val realises that the ghost is not attacking her and the child but trying to save them from the abuser
    , because the tone shifts in an unconvincing way. It's a pity, too, as the majority of the film is a strong combination of form and theme, with a dingy, decrepit 70s setting and the oppressive dark due to scheduled power cuts working very well with the narrative theme of systemic abuse and structures which enable/disregard it. Overall I would say it's worth watching even with the wonky ending, but it's a pity the ending wasn't better/more in keeping with the rest of the film.


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    mikhail wrote: »
    I'd agree that it's not a bad movie. I quite like it. I think I can accept though that Fincher may feel that good or bad, he feels it's not really his.

    What about the movie isn't his? I know Fox had their hands all over it. But I don't really know what changes they demanded. Was it changing the dog for an ox? And a few other things that showed up in the "assembly cut"? Because if that's it, then Fincher is being a bit of a twat about it. I mean if the "assembly cut" is anything to go by, I can kinda understand Fox wanting changes made. And given some of the things that Fincher was demanding (like dressing up a whippet to act as the alien), I'd have lobbied for some changes too.

    Studios meddle with film makers "visions" all the time. In fact I don't think there's been a director or writer who hasn't had their view of something changed by some studio exec. Even before Fincher was asked to get on board, several writers had their scripts rewritten and scrapped completely. Although, from what I read of those scripts, it appears to be just as well.

    Although, as Pix has said, it may have been a baptism by fire for Fincher somewhat that gave him the wherewithal to demand more say over his projects, for better or worse. But it appears that he's being a touch petulant about the situation with 'Alien 3' which, in the main, looks to have been just the usual nonsense film makers have to deal with when they make a movie for a big studio, such as script changes and budget issues.


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    Maybe not terrible, but certainly over-rated.

    I stopped watching about 30min into it.

    Had heard all the rave reviews.

    I honestly think people were afraid to say anything bad about it, cos well...you know.


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    Fincher said his reason for not doing a director's cut was that the film was compromised from the get-go and couldn't be fixed by re-editing it. However I also think that the theatrical cut is not that far away from what would have been Fincher's cut. The assembly cut was just that, an assembly. Fincher acknowledged the need for reshoots (technically they weren't reshoots as the studio pulled the plug on principal photography) and he oversaw most of them but left before they finished.


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    A Quiet Place Part II at the cinema yesterday. It was very good.


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    The Ice Road

    The latest of the Liam Neeson actioners.
    Really liked it as a brainless bit of drama with punching and trucks.
    Not too over the top with Big Liam and the superpowers.

    What a renaissance he's has since Taken. Good for him.


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    "Invasion Day" 2013 on Amazon Prime

    If you're a fan of ultra low budget train wrecks this is one that you will enjoy!

    China is pissed off with America's refusal to repay its debts and launches a massive cyber attack by way of chips installed in multiple devices - phones, laptops, planes, cars etc., you name it.

    The story follows one family as they try to come to terms with what has happened. Armed only with a sackful of potatoes and a chainsaw.. This international cast of mega stars including Eloy Mendez, Ethan Flower, William Frederick Knight, Asa Wallander and Jenn Gotzon keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end. There's even a brief scene - a few seconds long - when a solitary Chinese/Asian puts in an appearance! As one review says 'this is what happens when you make a movie that costs less than your sofa'.

    One memorable scene that I'll never forget is when running low on water the parents bring their small child into the toilet and get her a drink from the toilet cistern - they appear surprised that she is upset. Mind bending stuff.

    The outstanding performance is by a Mexican who's speaks no English throughout and still makes more sense than the rest of the cast. Off the scale for rating. .


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    "The Jigsaw Man" 1984 on YouTube.
    Cold War movie loosely based on the Kim Philby story and despite a stellar cast that includes Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Robert Powell and Susan George never really gets going. As a fan of the genre, and the actors, I would not recommend.

    "Siberia" 2018 on Amazon Prime.
    Keanu Reeves is an American diamond trader whose Russian partner goes missing in Siberia with a consignment of diamonds. The Russian mafia, shadowy security officials and a love interest add up to an unsatisfactory mess of a movie that has no real plot. Not a fan of Keanu Reeves' wooden style of acting. Even the snow disappoints - Siberia it wasn't! - Avoid.


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    The quiet place 2 - Was alright...kind of meh tbh.


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    Till Death - 2021

    Short thriller flick with Megan Fox. She is an absolutely terrible "actress" and I still don't know what she got done to her face but tbh has a good bod on her. There is a mildly intriguing plot device here which the title sort of alludes to that does provide for some interest. Once you're not expecting much and just turn your brain off for 88 minutes or so it's an ok veg-out piece.

    5.8 / 10


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    The Colo(u)r of Money (1986)

    Definitely one of Scorcese's forgotten films, bordering on underappreciated IMO. Scorcese really translated the smokey, clattering hustle of pool hall culture into something thrilling, evocative and it's a shame the film has rarely sat among conversations of the director's work: maybe it's because it was so blatantly a "for the studio" picture; maybe 'cos this feature has a more upbeat, underdog heart compared with Scorcese's later more nihilistic, cynical work. In any case, Sports movies can be an odd beast in general: in the wrong hands, they often fail to convey the nervous excitement of events - even if some sports naturally lend themselves to the cinematic medium better than others (9-ball pool a better example perhaps, given its colourful simplicity). So to that end, this should sit among a list of the best sports films, its foundation two fantastic lead performances in Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.

    One item that stood out, albeit in a retrospective fashion: at various points, Tom Cruise's Vincent went utterly off the rails - maniacally jumping on beds, screaming jazz hands at his co-stars - all in a manner no other actor seemed to be expecting (at one point, even tearing apart handrails on some stairs). It was manic energy almost spookily similar to his famously crazed behaviour on Oprah's sofa, all those moons ago. Made me wonder which of those two occasions was the act.


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    The Tomorrow War. 7/10 - A solid action movie and a decent waste of a couple of hours. Oh, and it stars Yvonne Strahovski too - so there's that.


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    pixelburp wrote: »
    The Colo(u)r of Money (1986)

    Fast Eddie! Funnily enough just watched this recently as well having admittedly never heard of it until I was looking at Tom Cruise on IMDB. A great roadtrip/chasing the money kind of movie that can only have been set in the US in the 70's or 80's.
    Especially enjoyed seeing a young John Turturro pop up.


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    olvias wrote: »
    The Tomorrow War. 7/10 - A solid action movie and a decent waste of a couple of hours. Oh, and it stars Yvonne Strahovski too - so there's that.

    Agreed, a pleasant surprise. Probably 20 minutes too long but better than I expected. A poor man's Edge of tomorrow.


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