Film Review: Prometheus

Film Review: Prometheus

Prometheus is one of those films that you are much better of not knowing anything about going in. Which is why I almost didn’t write this review. The less you know going in the better. The trailers actually did a great job of giving you just enough information to get you in the theater, and without any context, really very little information beyond that. So I urge you, please stop reading this review, if the trailer intrigues you enough, then go see the film. My review won’t contain any spoilers, but regardless, I think Prometheus is a film that should be experienced with no opinions other than your own influencing your experience. [Read more…]

Video of the Week: Prometheus Trailer

Video of the Week: Prometheus Trailer

This is probably my most anticipated film this summer next to the Dark Knight Rises. I’ve tried to know as little as possible about it outside of the fact that there is some relation to Ridley Scott’s Alien, but, it is a story independent of that film. It stars Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Patrick Wilson, and Charlize Theron, and was written by Damon Lindelof  and Jon Spaihts. I seriously cannot wait for this movie, especially after this trailer.

 

Review: Cowboys & Aliens

Review: Cowboys & Aliens

‘Cowboys & Aliens’ from the very talented Jon Favreau merges two of my favorite genres, Science Fiction, and Westerns – but does it succeed? Based on a graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, the film opens in the fashion of most typical westerns, a character shrouded in mystery rolls into town.

Our stranger is played by Daniel Craig. He wakes up in the middle of the desert, a strange metal object attached at his wrist. We learn quickly that he’s a wanted man, by the law, as well as an influential land owner/cattle man by the name of Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford).

The aliens are revealed as a showdown is taking place between the law and Dolarhyde’s men. Alien ships swoop down, snatching up the townspeople. Following the attack, the town puts together a posse to set out and save their friends and family.

The juxtaposition of alien lasers and late 1800s weaponry is amazing. How little affect the humans weapons have on the aliens is fantastic. The story has some interesting twists and turns, and the film has a great start, no doubt due to the talented writers behind the film.

Where the story falls apart is in its third act. Without giving anything away, there are a few twists and turns to get us to the finale, but the path in which we get there is riddled with plot holes. But despite these, the excellent casting and talent and of the actors in this film keeps us engaged.

There is a good mix of puppet work vs CG, but my one gripe with the film is one specific action sequence that involves one of the characters jumping onto the aliens ships. There was something about the effect that definitely took me out of the film.

The film was definitely a good western, but I don’t think it went far enough in staying close to that genre. There is something tragic about many westerns, and ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ was missing that sense of tragedy. Don’t get me wrong, it has its tragedy, but, it definitely felt restrained.

Despite it lacking in some crucial moments, ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ is an excellent film. Daniel Craig’s performance, coupled with some genuine great moments with a supporting Harrison Ford make this film absolutely worth seeing in theater.

Writer Dan O’Bannon Dead at Age 63

Dan O’Bannon, best known for writing the original “Alien” movie has died at the age of 63.

O’Bannon got his start in 1975 at USC, where he collaboarated with fellow student John Carpenter to create “Dark Star.”  That short was eventually expanded to a full-length feature, which launched both O’Bannon and Carpenter’s careers.  O’Bannon worked on George Lucas’ original “Star Wars,” in computer animation, before giving up that career to write full-time.  After an adaptation of “Dune” failed to get off the ground, O’Bannon worked with co-writer Ronald Shussett on what became the first “Alien,” film.  Along with H.R. Giger and Ridley Scott, O’Bannon is credited with the success of that first movie.

O’Bannon also wrote “Heavy Metal,” “Blue Thunder,” and “Life Force,” before trying his hand at directing with 1985’s “Return of the Living Dead.”  More recently, he wrote the script for Paul Verhoven’s “Total Recall.”

O’Bannon died on Friday, after a long battle with Chron’s disease.  O’Bannon’s wife says that she plans on trying to publish his un-seen work, allowing fans to see more of his material.  For fans of sci-fi, O’Bannon will be sorely missed.

Ridley Scott to Direct ‘Alien’ Prequel

Ridley Scott to Direct ‘Alien’ Prequel

alienIt makes me ridiculously happy to report this. Ridley Scott is returning to the Alien franchise as director.

20th Century Fox has hired scribe Jon Spaihts to write a prequel to the 1979 film that Ridley Scott directed. The film tells the story of a commercial towing ship that responds to a distress signal from a nearby planet. They discover too late that the signal was coming from an empty ship was actually a warning.

There have been three sequels since the original Alien, and it was the pitch for an Alien reboot by Spaihts that got Scott interested in the project.

I cannot wait.

Sigourney Weaver Talks ‘Alien’

It’s been quite a while since there has been any serious talk of a new Alien movie (put the Alien vs. Predator films aside). The true fan base would love to see Sigourney Weaver return in her iconic role of Ripley, wouldn’t we?

Weaver told OK Magazine that if she had a director like Ridley Scott (Ridley, or is just ‘like’ Ridley enough?) she would definitely do another. Regarding her age, Weaver told the mag, “I’m not going to start apologizing. Sophia Loren is my inspiration. She is a woman who has never apologized for being herself.”

For those of you who saw WALL-E and heard a familiar voice over the PA on the space ship, that was Weaver. Personally, if Ridley were to take the reigns of the franchise he started, I’d have a hard time not being excited.