Happy Anniversary: Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection

by Ethan Alter June 7, 2012 11:24 am
Happy Anniversary: <i>Alien 3</i> and <i>Alien: Resurrection</i>

Before Prometheus arrives in theaters tomorrow, let's celebrate the anniversaries of the last two films in the original Alien cycle.

The Book of Alien: In Space, No One Can See You Read

by Daniel Manu May 29, 2012 1:35 pm
<i>The Book of Alien</i>: In Space, No One Can See You Read

After months of tantalizing teasers and trailers (and teasers for teasers and trailers for trailers) for Ridley Scott's new science-fiction film Prometheus, the unofficial (or, rather, officially unofficial) precursor to his iconic 1979 Alien is finally just over a week away from its U.S. opening. And aside from rewatching the other movies (except the dreadful, embarrassing Aliens vs. Predators and its follow-up), we can think of no better way to both pass the time and get even more pumped than by perusing The Book of Alien, released today by Titan Books. Originally published in '79 as an official tie-in to the first movie, this slim but oversized tome written by Michael Gross and Paul Scanlon eschews hyperbole for a journalistic (albeit authorized by the studio) narrative about the conception and creation of a future classic -- a status that nobody interviewed within its pages could've anticipated at the time. If you care at all about Alien, or are simply curious about Prometheus, here's why it's worth a look:

Movies Without Pity Awards Week 3: Alien Invasion

by Ethan Alter January 23, 2012 11:00 am
Movies Without Pity Awards Week 3: Alien Invasion

The Oscar nominations are announced tomorrow, but in the meantime, you can register your own opinion on the best and worst of the past year in film via The Movie Without Pity Awards.

From Alien to Super 8: Is the Big Reveal Worth the Wait?

by Ethan Alter June 8, 2011 6:02 am
From <i>Alien</i> to <i>Super 8</i>: Is the Big Reveal Worth the Wait?

We all know that J.J. Abrams loves his mysteries and so far the biggest mystery surrounding his new alien invasion movie Super 8 -- apart from how jealous Dakota Fanning is that her baby sister Elle is working with folks like J.J. and Sofia Coppola while she's stuck in yet another Twilight movie -- is what the extra-terrestrial looks like. Abrams has played this game of "hide the alien monster" before, most notably in the 2008 Godzilla riff Cloverfield, which he produced. In that film, after spending the entire movie running away -- or, more often, dumbly running towards -- the unseen beastie, the remaining survivors at last come face to face with the creature and... it's about as scary as that big red Rambaldi ball from Alias. Here's hoping Abrams learned his lesson with Super 8 and devoted more time to designing a monstrous creature that's actually, y'know, monstrous. Moviegoers will find out for themselves this week, but in the meantime, here's a look back at previous alien invaders and whether they passed the fear test when we finally see them in all their horrible glory.

I Want My VOD: Save the Date

by Ethan Alter November 30, 2012 2:02 pm
I Want My VOD: <i>Save the Date</i>

You don't have to go to the theater this weekend to see Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie in the same movie.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

by Ethan Alter October 9, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Maybe this crystal ball can answer all the questions I have about Prometheus."

The Best of Prometheus, By the Book

by Daniel Manu June 11, 2012 2:26 pm
The Best of <i>Prometheus</i>, By the Book

Based on the avalanche of reviews, insightful theories, barely disguised apologias, and raging message board debates that have flooded the web since Prometheus finally opened in the U.S. this weekend, there's not much that the film's admirers and detractors can agree upon -- except perhaps this: the film is gorgeous to behold. So much so that even the most underwhelmed Alien fan may enjoy poring over the lushly illustrated Prometheus: The Art of the Film from Titan Books. Here's why it's a worthy addition to any geek's overburdened bookshelf. [Major Movie Spoilers Below]

Prometheus: It’s Lost… in Space

by Ethan Alter June 8, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Prometheus</i>: It’s <i>Lost</i>… in Space

Few collaborators have seemed better matched than the minds behind Prometheus, writer Damon Lindelof and director Ridley Scott. After all, both men are big picture guys who enjoy building worlds that viewers can lose themselves in for two hours or six seasons. In movies like Blade Runner, Legend and even the otherwise lackluster Robin Hood, Scott paints on a giant canvas, transporting audiences to the past, the future or a fantasy realm. Meanwhile, throughout the run of Lost (particularly in its early seasons), Lindelof and his co-executive producer Carlton Cuse successfully created an environment where mysteries and secrets seemed lurked around every corner and down every hatch. So unleashing these two on a tentpole sci-fi blockbuster, with an apparently limitless amount of resources and money at their disposal, sounds like a recipe for an enormous spectacle of epic proportions -- one of those films that's simply bigger than life. [Warning: Spoilers Ahead]

Trailers Without Pity: Prometheus

by Ethan Alter May 11, 2012 12:41 pm
Trailers Without Pity: <i>Prometheus</i>

Next to The Dark Knight Rises, no summer blockbuster has us more intrigued than Prometheus, Ridley Scott's belated return to the science fiction genre and the Alien franchise that rocketed his career into the stratosphere some three decades ago.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

by Zach Oat December 6, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cowboys fight aliens. How can you possibly screw that up? Here's how...

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