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Alien 3: Paranoia In Pinewood – An Actor Recalls

We’re so used to puff piece interviews and featurettes on major movies now where everyone says how much they all got along, “the script was perfect,” and so on, it’s a bit of a surprise to find that quite often the film-making process is fraught with difficulties, from personality clashes to production deadlines, writer sidelining, and […]

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What’s In The Box? David Fincher’s Fridges

The devil is in the details. And one detail that crops up in all David Fincher’s films is the humble refrigerator. It’s a harbinger of doom (Seven), a key to plot development (Alien 3, an er, mortuary fridge), or an indication of a house that’s merely an empty set (The Game). In the case of The […]

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The Best (and Worst) Alien games

Making games of films is problematic at the best of times. In fact it is almost as problematic as making films of games. The result is nearly always a total failure and rarely fun or memorable. With a franchise as open to potentially creative, inventive and innovative game-design as the Alien saga, there surely must have been a rich selection of […]

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Tim’s Top Alien Saga Moments

Here at Cinetropolis, we love the Alien movies (some of us even like Prometheus!). We feel there’s nothing better than quoting Hudson (“Game over man!”) or chewing our nails as Ripley races back through the decks of Nostromo to turn off the self-destruct (“Goddamnit, Mother!”). So without any further ado, here is my list, the first […]

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Welcome to the Machine – Alien 3

Studio interference is not a new phenomenon. Studio suits have always thought they know better than the creative people they hire, which is like hiring a grandmother to suck some of your eggs, but then insisting you show her how it is done. They regard the idea of trusting a creative talent with their money […]

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David Fincher 1999 Film Comment Interview on Fight Club

  The following is an article and follow on interview with director David Fincher from the September/October 1999 issue of Film Comment, by Gavin Smith.   “Self-improvement is masturbation. Maybe self-destruction is the answer.” It’s tempting to describe David Fincher’s stunning, mordantly funny, formally dazzling new movie Fight Club as the first film of the […]

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