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James Cameron : A Tribute

James Cameron applies his engineering background’s eye to the smallest details on every one of his films. Not for nothing have crews on his legendary shoots defiantly sported T-shirts emblazoned with legends such as “You can’t scare me, I work for James Cameron.” He demands a lot, from both crew and audience:  “If you’re gonna […]

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James Cameron And The Xenogenesis Of Aliens’ Powerloader

It’s an iconic moment in action film history – Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), previously hidden behind a huge locked door and thinking fast, stomps out in a previously viewed innocuous – looking “future fork-lift” to smackdown the Alien Queen chasing a scuttling Newt (Carrie Henn) around the Sulaco hold. Just how did writer / director James Cameron […]

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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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Fear The Dark Side – A Prometheus / Star Wars Mash-Up

“Is the dark side stronger?” Based on this edit, using the creepy music from the Prometheus trailer, it can make the world of Star Wars seem bloody terrifying. More sterling work from @NickSkwalk as a fun way to join in Alien Day 426 – the Alien franchise is coming back to the big screen in a […]

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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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The Top Ten 80’s Alien Movies

The decade of the 1980’s was a time of paranoia and displacement. With most worrying about nuclear meltdown and radioactive death, it was no wonder we looked to the stars for escape. Here is a list of some of the best alien films from that era:   10. Alien Nation (1998) Los Angeles, 1991. Aliens […]

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Top Alien Saga Moments Part 2

In response to Tim’s super best moments. I have come up with an inevitable sequel. Dallas hunts the Alien (Alien) The Alien is loose on the Nostromo, Kane is dead, Brett is killed and the Alien takes his body into the ship’s air shaft. Dallas has a plan. He will flush the Alien out of […]

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Cold War, Cold Star Beast: William Gibson’s Unmade Alien III

    With Neil Blomkamp scoring by posting some Alien concept ideas he had on Twitter, and enlisting the support of his Chappie star Sigourney Weaver to get his own Alien film greenlit, now is an opportune time to look back to the ’80’s at sci-fi author William Gibson’s (Neuromancer) script for an as yet […]

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