I can barely wait.
The director's cut of Alien will be released. I am so eager to see Alien on the big screen. It has always been one of my favorite movies, and I consider it, as a filmmaker, to be one of the most visually interesting films ever made.
In addition to Hans Rudi Giger's design for the alien itself, which is, frankly, my favorite monster of all time...
...there is the millieu of the film itself. The starship is not an exploratory vessel, nor is it a battleship. It is essentially a rusty old Mack truck in which the there is a door rusted shut, the stereo has a popping speaker and the transmission doesn't always shift.
The crew consists of people you don't normally find in science-fiction... or even horror. Instead of the scientists, heroes or nubile teenagers these genres suggest, Alien's protagonists are the truckdrivers that would operate that rusty Mack truck. We are introduced to them by Parker (Yaphet Kotto) and Brett (Harry Dean Stanton) squabbling with Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt) over their union shares.
Left to right: Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), Ian Holm (Ash), John Hurt (Kane), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Sigourney Weaver (Ripley) and Yaphet Kotto (Parker)
The cast is totally believable. Each one of them invests their parts with a lived-in reality that fits the Nostromo itself. Kotto and Holm in particular come across quite well.
Ridley Scott's use of the Panavision 2.35:1 aspect ratio is a great example of how widescreen be effective.
The framing sometimes adds an extra layer of tension and, despite the widened dimensions of the anamorphic image, can add to the sense of claustrophobia.
Despite the alterations made by Scott, the music is one of Jerry Goldsmith's best scores. The coldness of space and total alien-ness of the titular beast is communicated by his harsh textures featuring scratching strings, and bizarre sound elements that appear whenever the alien itself is on the screen.
So, here's where I'll be tomorrow, if you want to assassinate me...
Rated R • 1 hr. 57 min.
2:00, 4:45, 8:00, 10:45
Loews Roosevelt Raceway
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Incidentally, since Waystone has posted a picture of her actual visage, I figured I'd do the same:
This is what I look like.
No, I'm serious.