Alien 3: The Assembly Cut (2003) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Alien 3: The Assembly Cut (2003) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’ve long been an apologist for Alien 3 as a movie.  Yup it’s flaw and yup it had serious production issues but in truth I watched Fincher’s red headed step child as much as I ever did Alien (if not more). The Assembly Cut however, a faux directors cut that pieces together a vision as close to Fincher’s as you will ever get, is a very different beast.  Longer, more detailed and at times slower (in a good way), this version makes some major changes – not least origin or the Alien and cutting that horrible ‘Ripley grabs Alien as it bursts out moment’ – that make sense of the story far more.  It’s still flawed for sure (the CGI is still dated) but it’s a film that feels real and, in this extended cut, that stands aside as a very different beast to Alien and Aliens.  In short: Alien 3: The Assembly Cut deserves to be rewatched by the haters.

Best Bit: The longer opening

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Alien, Aliens, Alien: Resurrection 

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The Girl In The Spiders Web (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Girl In The Spiders Web (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Girl In The Spiders Web has two main issues.  The first is the fact that the trailer pretty much gives away the whole story – not least a pivotal end moment.   The second (and far worse crime) is that despite this the rest of it’s still pretty uninspiring playing like the Bourne movies nobody liked directed by someone that wasn’t David Fincher (thus robbing the film of the main reason to see the original US Dragon tattoo film). Foy is fine as is the rest of the cast but this just feels like Jason Bourne all over again.  Too late and nothing new.

Best Bit: Sniper

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Jason Bourne, The Bourne Legacy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 

 


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Review: Alien Quadrilogy (DVD/BR)

Review: Alien Quadrilogy (DVD/BR)

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Alien
A near perfect horror film, tense, with believable characters, a pitch perfect script and tension by the bucket loads it’s hard to think of a way that could make this film any better.  From the discovery of the Alien eggs, John Hurt’s death & Alien birth, the creature prowling the ship picking off the crew one by one, Ian Holm’s reveal as a android… almost every moment defines classic.
Classic Moment: John Hurt bites the big one!
 
Aliens: The Directors Cut
Made on a budget less that Tom Cruise would command as a fee, Aliens is the perfect example of what happens when creativity, talent and a damn good idea combine.  In reality it’s probably the best sequel of all time and certainly the best sci-fi action film ever made.  Classic moments: Discovering the Aliens, Sentry Guns, Loader vs. Queen Alien, Bishop ripped apart, discovering Newt, the motion trackers as the Aliens close in… the list goes on.  As a side note it’s sad that Cameron went from being such a skilled director, adept at making tiny budgets go far to the purveyor of such bloated tosh as Avatar & Titanic. 
Classic Moment: Get Away From Her… You Bitch!
Alien 3 – Extended Cut
Much maligned but actually rather good in its extended form, as it adds better characters, motivations and an ending that actually makes sense alongside some impressive direction and a dark, broody feel that allows the film to stand on its own two feet.   Fincher almost owns this film, as it rose out of the bowls of studio interference to become what is a stunning if water downed version of what it could have been (even in it’s extended form). As it happens this was probably the Alien film I watched most after Aliens growing up (in its original form) and that itself I think speaks volumes to the mistaken lack of quality and class of this film.
Classic Moment: The autopsy.
Alien Resurrection
Okay yes it’s pretty poor but the brief underwater sequence almost (ALMOST) makes the film worth watching.  Add in some nice ideas (and the newborn hybrid is a nice idea, albeit badly done), a good cast and you still have the weakest of all four films by a country mile but one that, at times, kids you to thinking it’s better than it is. 
Classic Moment: Aliens under water!
 

 

NOT INCLUDED BUT AVOID: 

Alien vs Predator 

Alien Vs Predator Requiem
 

Prometheus