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Scene Is Believing: Alien

The Chestburster scene, Shepperton studios 2001: A Space Odyssey on one level considers the birth, ascent and re-birth of mankind into a “star child”, gazing serenely upon the Earth and us, the viewer, with untold possibilities. Alien represents the Freudian nightmare tucked away in the recesses of the mind, a disturbing perversion of birth: life […]

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Ghostbusters: Bustin’ For 30 Years

Ghostbusters celebrates its 30th anniversary on June 7. Vanity Fair has a brilliant article with fresh interviews from some of the major players involved to commemorate the occasion. Here are a few highlights, plus contemporary TV interviews with Harold Ramis, Dan Ackroyd, and Rick Moranis, courtesy of Larry Wright. The supernatural comedy was considered a […]

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Guilty pleasures: Avatar

Make no mistake, 3D greatly enhanced the Avatar experience, but each subsequent viewing, even on the TV screen,  still succeeds in transporting me to the most incredibly realised alien world. Avatar is a romantic epic, an ecological action tale, where director James Cameron wears his conservationist streak not just on his sleeve, but spread all over the big […]

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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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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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