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:
It's surprising how few Easter movies there are. Yes, there are religious movies like The Passion of the Christ and The Greatest Story Ever Told, and a slew of direct-to-DVD cartoons, most of which not even a toddler at the peak of a sugar rush would find entertaining. But for a holiday so closely associated with inherently marketable rabbits and candy, you'd think there'd be more to choose from. Never fear: If you dig a bit deeper into your basket of treats, you can find some surprisingly Easter-relevant themes and scenes in some seriously non-Easter movies. Let's look beyond the half-melted chocolate shell to the surprising nuggets of goodness at the center, shall we?