Revisiting Alien

In preparation for a video on the Screenphiles Youtube channel, I re-watched Ridley Scott’s Alien (the 2003 Director’s Cut, which adds a few scenes not in the theatrical version) and doing so reminded me of a colloquialism, namely you can never go home again because not only is it overrated, it’s also a bit silly in […]

Alien: Covenant – Trailer 2

Don’t get me wrong, the latest trailer for Alien: Covenant looks pretty good–after all, it’s directed by Ridley Scott, so it goes without saying that cinematographically-speaking it’s going to be gorgeous. What bothers me a bit though is that it doesn’t seem to be doing anything particularly new. Out the box we get colonists, shots […]

Upholding The Covenant

Today 20th Century Fox released a teaser poster for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant and the xenomorph is (apparently) once again the star of the show.  Which is very odd because Scott originally wanted nothing more to do with the Alien universe, which at least partially explains why Damon Lindelhof’s rewrite of Joh Spaiths’ original screenplay exorcised […]

Passengers – Official Trailer

Visually, Morten Tyldum’s Passengers holds a huge debt to Pixar’s Wall-E, Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and Apple’s design esthetic. In other words, it’s attractive, but doesn’t appear to strike any new ground. The same thing can be said of the story, which revolves around two people who accidentally emerge from suspended animation 90 years too (or was it?), […]

The Martian – Trailer

It may have just been me, but looking at the trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian the first thing that came to mind was another Scott movie, Prometheus, which features a silica storm that looks just like the one featured in this movie. Though I am assuming that they producers are going less for hard-core […]

Tomorrowland – Trailer 3

Looking at the latest trailer for Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland, Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) and Frank Walker (George Clooney) are either running from robots, or I’m watching the trailer for  what’s quite possibly the most violent Disney movie ever made. In fact, there’s a scene that’s eerily reminiscent of another movie that probably won’t be confused with anything […]