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Couldn't find a specific Alien-only thread..

Check this out: http://www.recollectionsofalien.com/

Jon Sorensen, miniatures builder on Alien, has been holding on to a load of transparencies that he took during production. Finally set up a website to display them all, also talks a little about his experience of working on the film.

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30th anniversary of Alien next year.

 

Just rewatched Alien and Aliens back to back,  still can't decide which is better. Regardless still they're both in my list of best movies ever made.

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14 hours ago, Don Wiskerando said:

Alien was 30 in 2009.  Aliens is 30 at the end of August.

 

Sorry I did mean Aliens.

 

Anyway can't reiterate how amazing these two films are.

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Very different genres obviously, but if I had to pick just one for my desert island, it would be Aliens. The greatest sci-fi action film ever made. A perfect film I'm pretty much always in the mood for.

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Aliens for me too. Third greatest sci-fi action film ever made after Predator and Total Recall. It's infinitely watchable.

 

It's amazing how the series has nose dived given the foundations those two films laid.

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10 hours ago, jonamok said:

Very different genres obviously, but if I had to pick just one for my desert island, it would be Aliens. The greatest sci-fi action film ever made. A perfect film I'm pretty much always in the mood for.

 

Imagine being alone on a desert island and the only thing you've got to watch is Alien. You'd be seeing xenomorphs behind every coconut and developing paranoid nightmares about crabs crawling on your face.

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5 hours ago, Bazjam said:

I love the Bret Easton Ellis podcast. They often descend I'm Hollywood trash talking and gossip, but it's always entertaining. 

 

I wouldn't mind them so much if he didn't insert a half hour rant about Generation Snowflake into every single one. Some of them are really good though, like the John Carpenter episode.

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Another vote for being mistaken that Bishop 2 was an Android.... was also convinced I'd seen a milk blood version. Hey ho memories and all that. 

 

Completely agree on the A3 special edition better but the theatrical cut had the more resonant fall in the fire. Bizarre omission but possibly a nod to all of the fights Fincher had and an acceptance that that was his final shot? Regardless. Odd. 

 

Just watched all of the special editions in prep for Covenant. I don't even hate 4, but it's a crying shame it was what it is. On paper having an Alien sequel by the man who directed Delicatessen and City of Lost Children still sounds awesome and there are some fab scenes and ideas in the film  

 

anyhow Alien 1 and 2? Love 'em. Could watch them over and over for ages. 3's a guilty pleasure. I hope Covenent at least stems the tide of each one being worse than the previous film. And yes, I do think Prometheus is the worst of the lot. 

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In my current office everyone has those hydraulic desks that you can move between sitting and standing at will. Every time somebody adjusts one it sounds just like the big doors from Hadley's Hope opening and the phrase "Hudson, run a bypass" comes into my head.

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On 13/05/2017 at 11:20, K said:

-Hill is absolutely scathing about the quality of Dan O'Bannon's original script, saying that it was absolutely terrible. The chestburster scene was what convinced him to make it, and what sold David Giler on this otherwise awful B-movie. Hill particularly despised all the Erich Von Daniken ancient astronaut stuff that O'Bannon had in there, which is interesting given this is the direction Scott took the series 30 years later. 

He always says this, even though as far as anyone can tell, the only thing Giler and Hill did was to polish up the dialogue, change the names, and add the android subplot.

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Love this promo image of the Alien from 3.

 

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Shame the quality of this model is somewhat ruined by some dodgy compositing in the actual film.

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William Gibson's unproduced Alien 3 screenplay is being turned into a 5-part comic by Dark Horse.

 

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Following the deadly events of Aliens, the Union of Progressive Peoples intercepts the spaceship carrying the hibernating bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop. But unbeknownst to them, they have also picked up another deadly passenger whose discovery will unleash a race between two governments to weaponize the xenomorph in this horrifying and poignant Cold War-themed thriller.

 

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The William Gibson script is not that great, it accentuates the weakest parts of his style - passive characters, straight-line plots - and does away with the strongest - social commentary, weird ideas. It's full of interesting little nuggets of information, and the idea of the alien getting loose on a brutalist space station operated by a future socialist state is a very cool one, but the actual story doesn't take place there, it takes place on a huge commercial station operated by the US and looking like a shopping mall. The idea of contrasting space capitalism and space socialism is thematically interesting, but the plot is pretty dull IIRC. I have my doubts as to whether it'll make a good comic.

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