Dec. 31, 2007, 7:17 a.m. CST
Dec. 31, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST
no smart ass remarks, not witty retort. Would be nice if he lived up to the potental that he showed in his first 3 films.
Dec. 31, 2007, 7:27 a.m. CST
That series has never been the same since.
Dec. 31, 2007, 7:29 a.m. CST
Zodiac is probably the most underrated movies of the year. I wish they would have talked about the differences between the two cuts. I guess I'll have to find out for myself. http://tinyurl.com/pv8do
Dec. 31, 2007, 7:31 a.m. CST
Yes, Fight Club is the best film of the 90's, Panic Room is entertaining and Zodiac is in its first 45 minutes very interesting but that's it. He isn't pissing me off as much as Tarantino does anyway. Happy new year!
Dec. 31, 2007, 7:37 a.m. CST
Dec. 31, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST
.... is exactly how "The Black Dahlia" should have been ! Suspenseful, showing the key characters obsession with the murder/murders and how it ruined their lives. But DePalmer fucked it so thats that.
Dec. 31, 2007, 7:44 a.m. CST
It has problems but it's such a stylish and foreboding piece of work, especially given all the problems surrounding it's production. Right from the stunning opening credits you can tell there's an artist at work. I'm looking forward to Button, seems like a new area for Fincher to be working in.
Dec. 31, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST
.... that Fincher was going to direct the Black Dahlia ! I am therefore vindicated, thank you.
Dec. 31, 2007, 7:52 a.m. CST
his movies are allways different.It is interesting to see how he is allways changing the way he does movies.Even if you dislike his work,it is allways something new and fresh he comes up with.
Dec. 31, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST
I loves me some Fincher.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST
You always struck me as a little hellmouthy...
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:04 a.m. CST
It floats my boat to hear Fincher name-checked the Dark Knight, what a Batman movie he could make! My fondness for Aliens is diminishing over time, whereas Alien 3 is growing on me. Cameron's war-flick is hugely overrated and Alien 3 is slagged off way too much. It's a beautiful film despite it's flaws. Fincher's twice the director. Ding ding.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST
by Sledge Hammer
...it's not the direction I would have gone in or the sequel I would have made or wished for, but in context of what it is I still very much love the film and rate it only marginally lower than Alien and Aliens. To me it's <b>after</b> Alien 3 that the franchise went tits up. Alien Resurrection was mediocre, and AvP and AvP:R were no better.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST
the comment about 'the redhead' from the studio was a bit timewarped but one of the best interviews I've read this year nonetheless. Cheers and happy new year. Can't wait to see this film again when this proper edition comes out.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:09 a.m. CST
Spot on analysis. Resurrection is dreadful. Alien 3 has a real funereal atmosphere to it, perfect to close the series. I've blanked Resurrection and AVP from my memory.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST
With you on that one. 4 was a surprisingly big disappointment. I wonder how good 3 could have been with no interference.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST
was a big step forward for Fincher IMO. His previous work (which I still love) always seemed to display a love for form over content but Zodiac is a near-perfect combination of form and content. Looking forward to seeing him mature further as a visual artist. Would love to see him tackle a historical.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST
by Sledge Hammer
...and yeah, it definitely would have been interesting to see what Alien 3 would have been without studio interference, and I can certainly see why Fincher's own view of the film is tarnished by his experiences while making it, but by some miracle it still turned out to be a really great film, and a fitting end to the series in my opinion...even if it wasn't the film that it was originally envisioned as being. Definitely the most unfairly maligned of the series in my opinion.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I'm sure they'll make another adaptation of Dahlia in ten years. That DePalma garbage has already been forgotten.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:40 a.m. CST
by John Maddening
He probably meant "fiefdom", Quint.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST
And I still love it so fucking much. I'm just captivated as soon as that retro Paramount logo appears. Such a beautiful film, with astounding performances. I'm just upset that because it came out so long ago, it may get forgotten at the Oscars, and it really doesn't deserve it.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST
where Graysmith is talking to Linda in jail and trying to force her to say that it was Rick Marshall, just because he's so obsessed and he doesn't even care what's true any more is fantastic. And there's so many visual wonders in this, like the shot of the yellow cab in the dark, that wonderful Golden Gate Bridge overhead shot, the tracking shot of the fireworks at the beginning. I could go on and on.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST
opinion, not trolling.
Dec. 31, 2007, 9:06 a.m. CST
You got a chance to sit and talk for nearly an hour with possibly my favorite filmmaker in the business. I wish you could have got his thoughts and opinions about shooting Zodiac with an HD camera though. Hopefully that will be on the DVD. Great work though man. It was a good read. And yes, I too have a love for Alien 3 so suck it!
Dec. 31, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST
Fight Club = Best of 90s <br> Zodiac was one of the best of the year, though unfortunately because of its release date (last winter) it will probably be ignored by all the critics and awards. <br> I don't understand how fine, incredible works like "No Country" and "There Will Be Blood" (can't wait for it), strong, male-dominated works dealing with obsession and dark subjects could be smothered with praise but the same themes and execution is ignored with "Zodiac". Oh well. <br> Mr. Fincher: you inspire me.
Dec. 31, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST
not quite Batman and Robin bad...
Dec. 31, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST
by Sledge Hammer
This time it's war!
Dec. 31, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST
Alien 3 is kind of like Robocop 2. One of those "last of its kind" sort of movies. It stands on the shoulders of an established franchise and isnt afraid to simultaneusly do its own thing and rip off its own predecessor. There are also about a half dozen shots in the movie that are just killer. (Like in the extended cut when the two guys make small talk while carrying the dead ox)
Dec. 31, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I still love it.<br><br>P.S. Above when I said Zodiac was better than Hollywood Homocide, I meant Hollywoodland, because everything is better than Hollywood Homocide.
Dec. 31, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST
I absolutely love the film. I can see how it's butchered in it's original form but I honestly think the "special edition" holds up to the quality of the previous two films. <br><br> For a start I think it has the best alien design - the look of the original with the agility of the sequel's. The set design is fantastic and the story is a great end to a trilogy (as it was at the time). <br><br> I really like the lack of weapons idea. Not just the lack of weapons, but lack of any real technology. It's a movie set in a future that seems more like the past and I really like that. After facing these monsters with an vast array of technology and skilled marines, she now has to face a single one with no weapons. It's a more personal way to end the story for Ripley. <br><br> I have to admit I was a bit dissapointed at the killing off of Hicks and Newt but it's kind of necessary really. The actress who played Newt would be in her late teens when this was filmed so would be too old and having Hicks to protect Ripley from the inmates would have taken away from her vulnerability there. <br><br> It's good to say, over time and with the release of the special edition, other people are noticing Alien 3 for the great addition to the series that it is.
Dec. 31, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST
Is it bad that I kind of wanna spend some quality time hanging out with Quint's mom? She sounds kinda cool.
Dec. 31, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST
and make The Dark Tower, cause that would just be awesome
Dec. 31, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST
Anyone remember the one sheet that stated three times the terror, three times the suspense, etc. ? Now if it stated three times the mood, three time the atmosphere...Back to Fincher, nice interview Quint..but speaking of obsessive, is it true that Fincher sometimes shoots 60 to 70 retakes of a shot until every little detail is correct? Not that theres anything wrong with that...
Dec. 31, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST
Dec. 31, 2007, 11 a.m. CST
"David Fincher: I love the first one, it’s amazing. Quint: I love Scott’s and I love Cameron’s sequel and I love… I don’t know, it’s just a great and fantastically designed universe and so I just love that stuff. ALIENS was always my childhood thing, but anyways we should definitely start talking about this special edition of ZODIAC. Now the first DVD release that Paramount put out was pretty bare bones, were you always wanting to have the definitive one? " I don't know Quint's opinion of alien 3, but the above exchange seemed like he was sidestepping the suckitude of alien3 and changing the subject. it made me chuckle.
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST
After the doctor dies. I love the movie up until that point but for some reason it isn't as compelling, interesting or as generally sexy afterward.
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST
Quint said, "Dirty Harry killed him" and Fincher was like, "no, it wasn't that lame..." That gave me a chuckle.
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST
Studied it for its cinematography, and realized how much I really do like it. Especially the newer edition. The first time around it was hard to tell who was who, with all the bald characters. The Alien effects do look like crap to me know. And killing Hicks was definitely a mistake. But killing the doctor so early was a really bad idea.
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST
The Zodiac killer was before my time but there was another serial killer in California, the "Night Stalker" that terrified the whole state. Even though the murders were happening in the Los Angeles area and I was living in San Francisco, everybody was still living in fear of him.
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST
are pretty cool. Check out the Apocalypse Now poster: http://tinyurl.com/2r5n8s
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST
who he thinks is the Zodiac killer.
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST
The Vertigo poster. It's bad ass: http://tinyurl.com/2rw4sw
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST
I remember being scared of that, too. My older brother used to talk about that and the Zodiac, and I was confused into thinking the Night Stalker murders happened in the bay area for a long time.
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST
by Leafy McPlantsalot
that everyone hated Alien 3. This is because everyone LOVED Aliens, and alien 3 takes a massive dump on Aliens in the first five minutes. People were so angry at that that there was no way they would like anything about the new film. I find a lot of people like Alien 3 now and i think a lot has to do with the separation from the second. Time has gone by etc etc etc. I dream of someday finding the asshole who first said, maybe we should kill off everyone but Riply. Geniuses.
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST
this is THE definition of a double dip! i just bought zodiac a few months ago...motherfuckers.
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST
When the initial teaser said "On Earth, EVERYONE can hear you scream," of course the finished product is going to disappoint. I remember the trailer that said: "The bitch is back" and Sigourney Weaver asking "Am I the bitch?"
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST
Cobra. In fact theres about 24 mins of new stuff in there. It fixes about half of the continuity issues, and now you actually give a shit about each of the monks in the story,instead of just being confused about whos getting picked off at the end of the movie
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST
"You're all gonna die. The only question is how you check out. Do you want it on your feet? Or on your fuckin' knees... BEGGING? I ain't much for begging! Nobody ever gave me nothing! So I say *fuck* that thing! Let's fight it!"
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST
fare and he (or she) is right. I watched the first 3 from the Quadrilogy set and Cameron's movie feels big time dated. Right down to Paul Reiser's flock-o-seagull's hair cut and upturned jacket collar. Scott's film is not dated beyond the bulky CRT monitors, but yet somehow even those work even now. Fincher's film follows in the same vein, it doesn't feel dated but suffers only from some bad composite work from BOSS studios. Alien 3 is one of my all-time favorite genre films. The Quadrilogy cut made me a true believer. Now Fincher needs to get in there and make his cut!
Dec. 31, 2007, 12:12 p.m. CST
I'm not the world's biggest Fincher fan, but he hit a grand slam with Zodiac... that scene of Zodiac appearing in a field in broad daylight in his get-up was one of the most haunting he's ever done. It had a great feel to it that reminds me of the best aspects of All The President's Men.
Dec. 31, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST
Alien resurrection was a goofy cartoon in comparison. Sorry to all those who apologize for it but fuck you, ok.
Dec. 31, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST
Aliens "cheesy", ranking it low in the series, and now complaining about Paul Reiser's hair and clothing? Give me a fucking break!! Reiser was the corporate wienie, sorry he was attired as a corporate wienie. And cheesy? Cameron was able to give scope and scale on a budget of less then 20 million dollars, even 20 years ago. There is depth to Weaver's performance, and the editing is top notch. Remember the tagline "This time it's war." And that is what Cameron made, a Vietnam analogy, with soldiers fighting an enemy they thought could be easily handled, and finding out the total opposite to be the case.
Dec. 31, 2007, 12:21 p.m. CST
Dec. 31, 2007, 12:21 p.m. CST
I held off buying it because they announced right at the beginning they would double dip, but I ain't buying shit though until they put this bitch on Blu-Ray.
Dec. 31, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST
Rotten Tomatoes rates Aliens 100%, Alien 3 32%. I know its not a fair sampling, but c'mon, 100%!!! Not a negative review in the bunch.
Dec. 31, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST
...it was not a "true crime" film. It was an adaptation of James Ellroy's fictional "solving" of the murder.
Dec. 31, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST
All the problems can be explained by how it pisses all over the flick before it. Hicks and Newt die in the first three minutes by DROWNING? Bad sequel. Once you get into the brilliant camera-work and lighting, great acting (Charles S. Dutton is amazing in the flick) and everything else, you realize it's actually a really good flick. The work print on the Quadrilogy DVD only emphasizes this.
Dec. 31, 2007, 1 p.m. CST
I only liked Seven and Zodiac. For some reason his films have great visuals but poor stories, and don't even get me started on Fight Club, the most overrated movie ever. Oh, and it really pissed me off that they killed Newt and Hicks off screen in Alien 3. That was lame. Cameron hands the next director a new direction to go with Ripley, a family dynamic, and they ruin it.
Dec. 31, 2007, 1:03 p.m. CST
Only that all the Alien 3 fans have their coming out, and not the Resurrection fans?
Dec. 31, 2007, 1:05 p.m. CST
But it still sucks.
Dec. 31, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST
Never understood the dislike and critical thumbs down this film received. Beautifully shot. Somber and funeralistic. I love the slo mo shot of Newt and Hicks bodies into the fire. Very sad. And Lo and behold! Geeks like myself bringing the love! I just thought I was on the fringe on this one. Never saw the Fincher cut either, but I'm all over that next time I hit Blockbuster online.
Dec. 31, 2007, 1:13 p.m. CST
Three hours of perfection. Amazing
Dec. 31, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST
Would have been nice to hear more about this in the interview. But that aside, I was hunting around for a decent Fincher interview and I just found one! And up to date as well.
Dec. 31, 2007, 1:32 p.m. CST
by Alice Cooper Stalker
Quint, Why didn't you ask him in detail about his work directing Rick Springfield's Beat Of The Live Drum? I can't believe you missed this stellar opportunity!! Instead you ask him about Aliens 3? UGGHHH!!!!
Dec. 31, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST
As much as I love James Cameron's movies, I kind of wish Aliens was never made. It was a great sci-fi actioneer but it deviated too much from things started in Alien. For instance, the 'Company' knew about the warning beacon on LV-426 and decided to replace a crew member with Ash whose mission was to bring back the alien at the expense of the crew. This was never really revisited in Aliens except for Burke trying to do the same thing. I don't think a lone individual was devising the original plan in Alien. The whole back story of Alien. The alien ship on LV-426. The dead pilot. The warning. There is a great Alien movie to be made that tackles these questions. Why won't FOX ever make it? Why retread the same story over and over again? Sadly, I think in a few years time FOX will decide to 'reimagine' Alien and get some hack director to helm it.
Dec. 31, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST
You people are fucking nuts. Alien sucked TREMENDOUSLY HUGE BALLS. it was worse than 4. A bunch of bald European guys running around in tunnels= Alien 3. It also shit all over ALiens and ruined the ending by killing all the main characters (a cheap horror staple when they can't get the actors back or can't write). And worse of all, the Alien was a total pussy! Its like the writers were sitting around saying "hey! how can we top the Queen? i know lets make a smaller, weaker dog (or cow) alien that can be physically overpowered by a large man!" FUCKING BRILLIANT! the exploding alien ending was just plain moronic. and dont forget Bishop making a useless cameo. fucking weak, boring movie.
Dec. 31, 2007, 1:38 p.m. CST
i also think ice cream tastes terrible and prefer the smell of dogshit to fresh roses. I also cut myself cuz i'm a massive idiot. hahahAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAA
Dec. 31, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST
when i was younger. i could tolerate it alongside the previous films in a way i later couldnt with resurrection. but now i consider alien3 genuinely good. its a third approach in a series of different approaches. like someone said above, it had a funereal feel. maybe we could have had an even bigger future-war building on aliens. maybe we could have gone without ripley dying. we dont know if that would have been any good. what we got worked for me.
Dec. 31, 2007, 1:44 p.m. CST
Lookin forward to that DVD review!
Dec. 31, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST
Aliens didn't age badly! It's the best looking film ever made! There are just a couple fashion details that date the making of the film. The integration between audio and set design in Aliens has never been equaled imho. It also makes extensive use of process photography and other in-camera effects like foreground mattes that still look better than any CGI in Star Wars, LOTR, you name it.
Dec. 31, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST
Seriously, Mr. Fincher, I want to "upgrade" by getting a Blu-ray version of your masterpiece *Fight Club*. Just make sure Fox does a pristine transfer using a high bit rate in AVC. I say this because Fox can both ways with their BD releases...high AVC bit rates on stuff like *FF: ROTSS* and *28 Weeks Later* but then go really low-bit on others. I would love to see a similar package scheme like the DVD Special Edition of *Fight Club*. Hell, get Norton and Pitt back for a new commentary in the PiP for BD Profile 1.1; you guys certainly seemed like you had a great time together for the DVD commentary track back in the day...
Dec. 31, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST
by judge dredds fresh undies
But come on, love Alien 3? Alien and Aliens are masterpieces, Alien 3 isnt. But yes, compared to everything that followed, 3 is a masterpiece. Fuck me Resurrection was awful. Alien 3 took the story somewhere most people never wanted to see but at least it is a decent film.
Dec. 31, 2007, 2:04 p.m. CST
Yeah, but *Zodiac* didn't have Jemima Rooper in that "excellent" topless scene from *The Black Dahlia* in it! That was enough for me to check it out, and in the theatre at that!
Dec. 31, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST
Nobody's ranking it "low" in the series. I think it's a great movie. It has some of the coolest things going for it of any Alien movies, and trust me, it's hard for me to admit that considering I'm such a fan of the first one. But when a director, allows fashion trends and styles to be noticeably integrated into his movie, he or she runs the risk of dating the flick. And once it's dated, it completely takes you out of the whole world. When doing futuristic settings it's best to keep styles and the like as neutral as possible. Sorry, but Cameron faltered in that respect.
Dec. 31, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST
Cameron will slap the proper respect back into me with Avatar. I hope...
Dec. 31, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST
I've always been impressed by the fact that Fincher, even under oppressive studio control, was able to take a major studio, big-budget franchise tent-pole summer blockbuster picture and turn-in something so defiantly dark, moody, and ultimately nihilistic. You gotta kind of respect that. On a side note, I remembered this Entertainment Weekly article written back in '93 on the video release of the then-complete trilogy. Some interesting, if supeficial analysis: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,312477,00.html
Dec. 31, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST
has restored my faith in humanity. Thanks guys.
Dec. 31, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST
No, really. Piss poor. It appears that someone has gone back into the interview and fixed where the "thiefdom" mistake once stood. How about proof-reading the whole damn thing and fixing the other errors? It pisses me off when I have to fuckin' guess (repeatedly!) what an article/ interview is SUPPOSED to say! "Hrmm. Is that an extra word in that sentence or is it actually missing a word?" If I was a crazy bastard I could just create a Fincher interview in my crazy mind. But I'm not so I'd like to READ a coherent WRITTEN piece. C'mon, AICN. Be great in '08.
Dec. 31, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST
Alien 3 was a terrible movie. and if the hairstyles of Aliens bug you, I guess the original Star Wars films are terrible. Helmet hair!
Dec. 31, 2007, 2:56 p.m. CST
despite the studio chopping it up like shit.
Dec. 31, 2007, 3:18 p.m. CST
by Leto III
...but that film has reserved a special place in my heart. And loins. My heartloins.
Dec. 31, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST
Big surprise the "we like to be contrary" talkbackers are swimming in to praise Alien 3, but that was definitly the biggest mistep of the franchise and the best thing about it is that it cut the teeth of David Fincher and prepared him to make Seven (or Se7en). In fact watching Seven I thought it felt like how an Alien movie should feel. Similarly I thought that Alien Resurrection was flawed--too tongue in cheek--and served us all best in that it seems to provide a template for Firefly. But to be honest I wasn't happy with either Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection as parts of the Alien franchise. Ripley flying home with Newt, Hicks, and Bishop was a LOT more satisfying than any other ending since (though Ripley's sacrifice at the end of 3 was very powerful even if it was unwelcome). To me that series stopped with Aliens. I can tolerate Aliens vs Predator from a distance, it at least seems to do a lot of fan service, but it's definately not as well made a movie (I'm not even going to look at the new one Requiem) as either Alien 3 or A:R. I'm more interested in seeing Fincher's RAMA movie than another Alien flick. They'd better hurry the fuck up and make that thing before Morgan Freeman retires or something!
Dec. 31, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST
Nowadays I just don't care. A little but vocal segment loves it, so let it be. It's still an awful sequel imho, so it shouldn't be erased from our memory, but renamed to "Tales of Ripley: Part I" or something like that. Resurrection and AVP are jokes, and as for Requiem, that's Predator 3 incorrectly titled.
Dec. 31, 2007, 3:36 p.m. CST
by BADBOYBROM HC
Simple and plain. I don't blame Fincher or anyone involved other than the tosspot who greenlighted the project. I hated it then and hated the directors cut, even if it did explain the Paul McGann story arc. Just an awful script littered with awful non descript characters. What really hurts apart from the shit story, shit characters, shit effects and the fact it doesn't even really make any sense, is that it makes watching Aliens pretty much a redundant venture.
Dec. 31, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST
...but when you start with this "Aliens is a TURDFEST!" nonsense, my bitchslap hand starts trembling. AVP was a turdfest. AVP:R was a turdfest. Aliens was a damn good movie and one of the few sequels to actually measure up to the classic original. Some of the most memorable scenes and characters from any 80's action movie, really any action movie, and you people wanna scream "turdfest" because your little arty atmosphere sequel got undeservedly panned? Buncha slack jawed faggots round here!
Dec. 31, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST
And that's all I really have to say about that.
Dec. 31, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST
That'd be "Larkspur Landing". In Larkspur. Right next to San Quentin, like Fincher said. You sure you're from the Bay Area?
Dec. 31, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST
To paraphrase Jerry Maguire, "[It's] all heart, motherfucker!" The whole movie is Ripley being a surrogate mother to Newt after her own daughter grew up and died while she was in cryogenic sleep. <p> Additionally, the very thing that separates all of Cameron's movies from other action/sci-fi movies is the the heart and sense of family.
Dec. 31, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST
Anyone who calls it a masterpiece is a douchebag who grew up in the 80s.
Dec. 31, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST
And don't forget that the only good thing about Alien 3 is the cinematography! Otherwise it sucks complete! (But the long cut makes at least sense!)
Dec. 31, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST
Cameron's sense of "heart" is adding a kid to it.
Dec. 31, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST
to it," is what Mummy Returns did. "Adding a kid to it," is what Temple of Doom did. They're adding a kid to have comic relief and to appeal to a younger demographic. <p> Cameron added the kid to give Ripley more depth as a character. It was a not frivolous act. I think it is a masterpiece of an action movie and I'm a douchebag who grew up mostly in the 90's... mostly.
Dec. 31, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST
a man and a woman reaffirming their vows through the art of spy-craft; defeating terrorists is more effective than Dr. Phil. <p> Terminator 2 is about father/son dynamics while also being a statement on Oedipus and assisted suicide. <p> I could go on all day, but the fact is Cameron isn't just another action director.
Dec. 31, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST
by Leafy McPlantsalot
seriously? putting down Cameron and defending Alien 3. Cinema is dead. Rodholt... i really hope you are like only 16... because otherwise...
Dec. 31, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST
by otm shank
Walked out of that theater pissed! But over time I've learned to appreciate it quite a bit. The biggest mistake they made was bringing Ripley back for the fourth one. They should have ended her story with dignity and gone another direction.
Dec. 31, 2007, 5 p.m. CST
Cameron deserves what he fucking gets, people have been overhyping him since the beginning. I hate it when I go to Alien related forums and see that he is the one getting credit for making the Alien series great, as if Ridley Scott did nothing.
Dec. 31, 2007, 5:02 p.m. CST
by Sledge Hammer
...they wanted Aliens 2, and when they didn't get that, but instead got one of the meanest edged franchise films/sequels ever, and one with a ballsy "downer" ending to boot, well people freaked and the bullshit backlash against Alien 3 began, something that, thankfully, has died down a little over the years as the appreciation of the film has grown, but the taint of said backlash still shadows the film to a certain extent. And it's truly ironic to see people actually attacking Aliens as a film now instead. <p>Me, as I've said above, I think all three films, Alien, Aliens, and Alien 3 are masterpieces in their own ways, and it was after Alien 3, when the creativity and flat out balls to "make a sequel but make it different, though still loyal to what had come before" ran dry, when that key factor that was so strong in both Aliens and Alien 3, when that evaporated and the repitition and paint by numbers non risk taking studio sequel 101 mindset took hold, well that my friends was truly when the magic died.
Dec. 31, 2007, 5:03 p.m. CST
... re-watching it now it's clear there are a lot of great things in that film, especially the look and mood of the film. The thing that really lets it down is the shit script. Killing Newt and Hicks at the start? Killing Ripley at the end? A bunch of murderers and rapists that we're supposed to care about for protagonists? Facehuggers on the Sulaco despite there being no way for them to have got there? All total arse produce, and clearly not Fincher's fault. <br><br> It's speaks highly of Fincher that he's willing to take the blame for the film's failings I think. It's a shame he couldn't have contributed some thoughts to the Alien Quadrilogy set but I don't blame him for not wanting to have anything to do with it.<br><br> Looking at the rest of Fincher's work it's clear he could have made a great Alien film if the cunts in suits had given him a decent script. I think the big problem was they let Sigourney be a producer which meant she could start dictating plot points. This resulted in her stupid pacifist desire to not touch a gun in the film and to be killed at the end (and her desire to have sex with an Alien was worked into Resurrection).<br><br> They should have done the aliens-on-earth story the early teasers for Alien3 promised instead of that shitty prison story.
Dec. 31, 2007, 5:21 p.m. CST
you ungrateful fucks should be gassed.
Dec. 31, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST
It was good, but over-rated by losers who need lives.
Dec. 31, 2007, 5:36 p.m. CST
Even Fincher doesn't like Alien 3. Typical talkbackers here always praising the underdog and crapping on great films to make a statement.
Dec. 31, 2007, 5:39 p.m. CST
Just thought I'd throw my opinion into the mix too. Rodholt is clearly wrong. To me, the scene where newt's brother moans 'kill me' and then the alien bursts out of his chest remains one of the most rending, indelible cinematic images ever created. And this film absolutely holds up. Fuck Paul reiser's hair and jacket; who cares about that? The film as a whole is timeless and feels like it as I watch it today.
Dec. 31, 2007, 5:49 p.m. CST
...when does that happen mthrndr? I thought he only appeared in one scene!
Dec. 31, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST
I love this guy. He has to be the only director to come out of the music video world who actually has as fine a grasp of story and character as he does visual style. I don't know if that will ever happen again. I almost walked out of Alien 3 when i saw it in the theater but now, every time I see it on cable I'm compelled to stop and watch it. It's absolutely gorgeous. Seven blew me away. Just when you though you've seen enough serial killer movies: wham! Suprise! No, you haven't. And what about The Game? One of the best thrillers of the 90's. I love Michael Douglas in that. A very brave performance to play the guy as such a miserable weenie. Hell, the girl has bigger balls than he does in that flick. And Fight Club. Why even say anything at all. We all knew it was a masterpiece when we saw it. I remember thinking in the theater "how the fuck did this get by the suits?" Panic Room was a dissapointment and I can't believe I haven't seen Zodiac yet but from what I'm hearing here and from other people I better buy that one right fucking now. I really want to see Fincher do Rama. This guy doing an intellectual science fiction film on his own terms? God, I drool just thinking about it. I'd say Fincher and PTA are the best hopes for saving Hollywood right now. Seeing Fincher beat the living shit out of Micheal Bay is my personal wet dream. Who wouldn't pay to see that?
Dec. 31, 2007, 6:14 p.m. CST
by judge dredds fresh undies
And it really pisses me off. All the alien films betray the decade they were produced in to a certain extent. Aliens portrays a far more convincing universe than resurrection despite the massive technological advances the filmakers had at their disposal in 97 compared to 86. And people complain about hairstyles!
Dec. 31, 2007, 6:17 p.m. CST
The scene I'm thinking about might not have been her brother. I always thought it was a younger boy, and in the 'special edition' where they show newt and her brother playing, it seemed like that was the same kid. either way, it messed me up pretty good when I was about 10.
Dec. 31, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST
hate or like alien 3, ALIENS, Alien: Resurrection, etc, etc..none of them would have existed if they hadn't sprung forth from the loins of Scott's classic. If he read these talkbacks he would probably have a big laugh and then promptly forget we even existed.
Dec. 31, 2007, 6:41 p.m. CST
by Iowa Snot Client
...and every single one of those goddamn things is going to give me nightmares. The Benji and Flipper posters will give me nightmares. I am officially freaked out.
Dec. 31, 2007, 7:07 p.m. CST
OK, Aliens was a masterstroke of sci-fi/horror hybrid. Aliens, although heavily filtered through Cameron's sensibilities, added nice touches to the mythology and still holds up as a solid SF adventure. Alien3 was not a good movie, the extended cut is not a good movie. As Fincher himself once said, the only way to make it good is burn all existing prints and start all over. It did however fuel fanboy frenzy and started the cult of Fincher. Fight Club suffered from being based on a bullshit book, and the movie itself is bullshit. More fanboy jerking off. With Zodiac...and someone above first noted it, at it's peak it puts one in mind of All The President's Men. And a BRILLIANT move by Fincher in hiring David Shire to score. It's a fine, well made film but sad to say has no chance at Oscar time. It SHOULD be, but won't.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST
That film is awesome.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:44 p.m. CST
was it "the twist"? Is that what got you? Just curious.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:53 p.m. CST
ALIEN:RESURECTION should have gone in a new direction w/o her. Let Joss Wheaton stick to Buffy. Love the Director's work, the visuals (except for the newborn) and the actors, but it was just too flat of a script.
Dec. 31, 2007, 8:57 p.m. CST
Are we talking about Fincher or Alien3? I can't help but notice that the above article was an interview with the director.
Dec. 31, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST
First i read posts from about 20 people (probably the only 20 people in the world) who think Alien 3 is great, then a few morons dare question the greatness of Aliens. now I'm hearing Fight Club sucks?!?!? Have you all gone mad? Are you FUCKING NUTS!? I have lost my faith in movie fans. I died a little inside today. thanks assholes.
Dec. 31, 2007, 9:59 p.m. CST
by 'Cholera's Ghost
Was an excellent movie if considered on its own merits, but a bad sequel like someone said. Is Fincher really rumored to be doing Rendezvous with Rama? That would be awesome.
Dec. 31, 2007, 10 p.m. CST
"Alien 3 is the strongest in the series for me. It's the film where I connect most with the character of Ripley, & the photography is absolutely beautiful". "To me Aliens just feels sooooo cheesy 80's action/sci-fi." I still prefer Alien the best, but I agree with you otherwise. It make's a really pleasant change to read a talkback where Cameron's not being treated as the second coming! I think Alien 3 certainly has my favourite score.
Dec. 31, 2007, 10:04 p.m. CST
I read this website called www.zodiackillerfacts.com and it goes through the movie point by point and disputes easily over 75% of it. My problem is not that the movie needs to be entirely accurate but that it should present things in something that is true to the spirit of what happened. My bigger problem is that the movie is meant to be about obsession and what happens when one can't win, can't find closure, and if that's true then the true story makes for a better movie than the movie's version. I respect the filmmaking technique at work, and again, I don't need a movie to be a play-by-play of staunch accuracy but the movie is so far off base that I can't really get into it.
Dec. 31, 2007, 10:16 p.m. CST
The main problem is that the film was based on Graysmith's book, which Fincher took mostly at face value. Fincher claims he did some of his own research, but really you need to blame the screenwriters who just adapted Graysmith's biased and ego-inflating account.
Dec. 31, 2007, 10:28 p.m. CST
by Blood Simple
Forgive me if my post repeats what others have said (I didn’t read the entire talkback) but I have grown to really respect Alien 3. I just got back from seeing AvP-R, and my god, what a steaming pile of dogshit that was. I was actually depressed, because these once mythical, awe-inspiring cinematic creatures have been reduced to D rate, straight to video quality shit. I revisited the first three films (I consider Alien Resurrection a disaster, but with some interesting bits) to keep them fresh in my mind, and hopefully to help forget the recent abortions. What I found was that Alien 3 had an incredibly dark, dread-filled and aggressive style all its own. It felt more like the first film on steroids. Part of the problem I think audiences had, including myself, was that it departed in style form the much-loved sequel. People wanted to see another action adventure story with Ripley and Hicks, and instead got a brooding, claustrophobic nightmare. Not what I wanted, but I applaud the attempt to challenge expectations. As others have said, the cinematography and production design are stunning – there was an artist at work. Shame Fincher didn’t get to realize the film his way, but all I’m saying is that what we did get is still infinitely better than the recent garbage Fox has served us. It’s sad, because I don’t think there’s any hope of rescuing the series, or brining it back to its former glory. So, for me at least, the series died with Ripley in Alien 3 and that film will serve, respectively, as the gravestone.
Dec. 31, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST
Sure, they're not entirely palatable, but I'll be damned if Fincher (et al) and Lucas didn't make some bold storytelling decisions. I'm at a loss to name two "popcorn" flicks from the past 15 years that were more...gonzo.
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST
when I saw Alien 3 in highschool I felt like I had been kicked in the mouth considering how much I had anticipated it after Aliens. But I watched Alien 3 about a million times through the 90's and wore out several VHS tapes, and now love it as much as Alien, possibly even more than Aliens. It's certainly better than A:R. As for AVP and AVP:R, I love both of those two, I just consider them trash popcorn cinema like The Mummy or LXG. As for The Phantom Menace, I loved it opening night and saw it in the theater about 10 times. Most folks hated it, but we're coming up on it's 10 year anniversary, and I think people will warm up to it.
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:18 p.m. CST
Aliens is certainly better crafted, but I find it a hollow experience; Alien 3 had comparatively deeper characters, superior score and performances, enveloping atmosphere, and a more sophisticated temperament. Nothing from Aliens has haunted me like Dillon's eulogy for Hicks and Newt, Clemens' confession, and Ripley's final stand against the Company. To each his/her own.
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST
instead of little stippets of it. And I too would have liked to hear more about 'Case of Benjamin Button.'
Dec. 31, 2007, 11:46 p.m. CST
However flawed, I think it's vastly superior to the insipid Return of the Jedi and the dour Attack of the Clones. (Saw it six times in the theater, and loved it more with every viewing.) Considering the media's incessant drubbings, I doubt TPM will ever escape infamy; then again, it'll be up to the younger generation to provide the last word on how the prequels stacked up.
Jan. 1, 2008, 12:21 a.m. CST
I liked the Dillon character and the Doctor. Also didn't mind the grumpy warden. But the rest of the cast was atrocious. Totally unlikeable and indistinguishable. What really bugged me was that A3 was pandering to the whole concept of showing Ripley surrounded by disgusting rapists and murderers. Putting Ripley front and centre then completely writing out the other characters off screen was lazy writing. Then what do we get? An alien that is totally animal like for the first time, running around on all fours and tearing people to shreds with its claws and teeth. Sure, a "dog alien" but totall turned the complete "alien" nature of the creature into something immediately identifiable in our own world. The last third of the movie is a disgrace as one by one we watch people slaughtered until it loses all impact and became utterly boring. Compare this to Cameron's Aliens where every few minutes, something new is happening. Running through air vents, dueling with the mother alien in the power loader, creeping about in an alien nest. And then there are the so-called artistic moments like the funeral scene with the heavy handed birth-death metaphor complete with slow-motion. And once again when Ripley dives into the lava with the new birth of the alien, complete with slow-motion. You couldn't believe Fincher could make something so contrived. Awful stuff. And the sets are just plain lousy. I can't believe how much they look like sets thrown together, yet all I hear is how praised the "look" of Alien 3 is. It could have been but it wasn't. The idea of an alien creeping around a filthy intergalactic factory is awesome. Some moments are cool but, for the most part, we get nothing from it. Oh, and we have to put up with the tired cliche where the main character tries to convince everyone there's an alien killing people and, low and behold, nobody believes her. Gee, didn't this already happen in Aliens? Did they really need to recycle this again and bore the audience to death?
Jan. 1, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST
Jan. 1, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST
I'm not quite sure what you mean by "saving Hollywood". If it has to do with the output then neither Fincher nor Paul Thomas Anderson are going to be much help as their movies don't gross much at the box-office. As bad as that sounds, that is all that matters. What will make Hollywood produce quality movies is if theatre goers like ourselves, but most importantly the casual ones demand quality. One BIG step would be to stop going to see turds from known shit-factories such as Bay, Emmerich, Ratner to name a few. Instead create positive hype from talents such as Gilliam, Lumet, and of course Fincher and PTA. I see WAY TOO MUCH talk about how talented directors who have proved themselves time and again are "overrated" and as a result their movies tank in the theatres. Then when some half assed "loosly based on a comic book, video game, something vs. something else" comes along that we all know from the phrase "A McG Film" will suck the skid marks off of a condom, people wait until they've seen it before trashing it. By then it is too late and the movie already made a billion trillion dollars and production has begun on the sequel. I just think if we (the ones paying for the tickets) reverse that then we might see movies like There Will Be Blood, and Control get a wide release and crap like Wild Hogs wouldn't even be made. And voila! Hollywood is saved! That is of course if some independent producer or film maker (Robert Rodriguez, Roger Avery, maybe)doesn't come up out of the woodwork to nurture talent and bury Hollywood instead.
Jan. 1, 2008, 2:01 a.m. CST
I never watch sci fi with bald people. It always sucks. I thought David was attached to the Motley Crue movie. Shame that didn't happen.
Jan. 1, 2008, 4 a.m. CST
I'm a big fan of Zodiac, and I don't think Alien 3 is nearly as bad as some say. Still, I wish the suits stayed away from it.
Jan. 1, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST
by Blood Simple
"Fans" have some fucked up taste, thats for sure.
Jan. 1, 2008, 6:45 a.m. CST
I still think Ace Ventura 2 is a hoot.
Jan. 1, 2008, 7:09 a.m. CST
Alien is the superior film here. Alien 3 was a beautiful failure. Aliens was a fantastic sequel. Fight Club was a great adaptation. Visually Se7en was a masterpiece. AVP is the real atrocity here
Jan. 1, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST
Quint spilling to Fincher that his mom had some freak obsession to visit criminals in the hole is by far, the definition of stopping someone in their tracks. He was dumbfuckled and speechless! Way to go!
Jan. 1, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST
I haven't a clue why you bring up the Matrix in every talkback. Anyways, the 'in thing' to do now is to say you loved Alien 3 and that Aliens was junk? 2008 must be bizarro year. The main problem with Alien 3? It wasn't entertaining. At all. Not easy movie to get though, and not because of the 'edgy' decisions.
Jan. 1, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST
This site is fantastic, has masses of them in an A-Z. Some of them are just astonishing (Apoc Now, Crocodile Dundee II, Short Circuit 2: Awesome.) http://www.cinemaposter.com/FSTalltitles.html
Jan. 1, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST
I've been saying Alien 3 was great since I first saw it back in 92. Just for the record. So I ain't jumping on any bandwagon. Aliens is great too, just in a different way. The cinematography on Alien 3 is far superior to the cinematography on Aliens though.
Jan. 1, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST
And this is coming from a guy who has been watch ALIENS since he was dick-high. It never bothered me that they killed off Hicks and Newt at the beginning of ALIEN 3. And I was seven when I saw this movie! And all this crap about "Oh gee, everybody's British, they've all got shaved heads, I don't know how to use my fucking eyes, I can't discern one person from the next, oh and by the way all Asian people look the same, too." Jesus, people, get it together. I can understand your problem with the way the film is put together. Technically, it's not even really finished. It's like a jigsaw puzzle with a few pieces missing and also some of the other pieces got fucked up when they came out of the factory so some of them don't quite fit together. But I love the imagery of the film. I love the performances and the dialogue. I fucking dig the Goldenthal's music. And Charles S. Dutton is a bad motherfucker. So, yeah, I'll defend ALIEN 3 to my dying breath, or until a more reasonable resolution can be found.
Jan. 1, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST
... is fucking insane!
Jan. 1, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST
I really your way of interviewing people, maybe it's just the nerd in me who appreciates you and Finchers discussion on film posters in the beginning, but thats a great way of getting people to talk more at ease. Tnx
Jan. 1, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST
by 'Cholera's Ghost
That image just killed me.
Jan. 1, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST
I could see them. I'm not a fan of all the futzing around with color. It was interesting for a while, but I'm just sick of it in general. All the darkness and greens and browns, yick. With a such a good-looking cast getting me to leave the theater thinking "yick" is quite an achievement. </p> btw, did anyone notice that the first kill in 'Zodiac' was a lot like the first kill in 'Cruising'? I only just saw 'Cruising' and I was like 'hey, that's almost the same kinda'. I really thought that movie was great. It got a bad rap for nothing.
Jan. 1, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST
by Gil Brooks
The facehugger you're referring to is called the "queen facehugger" (as it carried the queen embryo), and it WAS in the Quadrilogy set. I forgot if the footage of it was in the newer cut, or just the behind the scenes stuff, but there is footage on there of the prisoners finding it's dead body.
Jan. 1, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST
The haters cannot get over it!Just posted this to defend the movies,dont want to start a pro/contra MATRIX think,it is not the right place! THIS SHOULD BE FINCHER`S TB!
Jan. 1, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST
it is the giant FACEHUGGER that puts the ALIEN in the bull.One of the prisoners finds it and holds it up.
Jan. 1, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST
I agree with almost everything you've stated. In fact, not paying for shitty movies by the likes of Bay is exactly what I do but the sad truth is, it won't make any difference and that's because, due to DVD sales, EVERY MOVIE MAKES A PROFIT NOW. It doesn't matter how bad it is, they always make a profit now with the DVD sales. That's why this writers strike is such a big deal. They don't just want a piece of that pie that the studios have been hoarding for themselves, they want to split the pie evenly. The studios know that if this comes to pass, they wont be able to make the same kind of profits off shitty movies anymore because now they'll have to (gasp!) share. Notice, that the last really good year for movies was 1999. That's around the same time DVD players became affordable for most everyone. And I haven't even touched the whole downloadable issue. I think that's a great idea to spin positive hype for these truly talented filmmakers but I just don't think it's realistic for exactly the reason you stated: Too many people, especially here; love to throw around that "overrated" phrase. I think that says more about how jaded and cynical the modern audience is then anything having to actually do with the talent of guys like Fincher. Besides, I think maybe you were taking my one comment about Fincher beating down Bay a little too seriously. Although, if it happened I wouldn't break it up. Happy New Year everybody!
Jan. 1, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST
I don't think Alien 3 is underappreciated as some others here have claimed I still am disappointed by it but I WILL admit it has the best image of the entire series. The shot of Ripley against the wall, head shaved, crying and at the lowest point in her life with the alien right up against her and it's second jaw coming in close on her neck. It's definitely the most memorable image of the whole cycle for me.
Jan. 1, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST
we are a MINORITY!Example:I watched AvP2 in a sold out theater,about 650 people and I had the feeling I was the only one there who knew that AICN exists.And about 600 of them enjoyed it and on DVD it will go through the roof.And dont forget people:there are international sales,TV deals,cable and all that stuff!A SHIT movie like AvP2 costs around 30-40 mill.and sure will make a total of 150 mill.+,that is a lot of money for an easy to make,cheap talent involved,piece of SHIT!So if all of us MOVIELOVERS dont see AvP2 or any other SHIT movie it dont makes any difference!It is SAD but TRUE,we are a MINORITY.I live in Germany and I think in the USA the situation is even worse for a real MOVIELOVER!That is my theory and I have the sad feeling that I am right.That is why I am glad that there are some GENIUSES like FINCHER who try to make REAL GOOD movie!And if they FAIL sometimes,at least they TRY. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU MOVIELOVERS.
Jan. 1, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST
got a point. Double that for the asian market. They'll buy anything.
Jan. 1, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST
sometimes I think the people have too much money to BUY SHIT!
Jan. 1, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST
I totally forgot to address that "saving hollywood" comment. When I stated Fincher and PTA are the best hopes for saving hollywood I'm talking about by example. The biggest thing that separates a good filmmaker from a great one is the ability to make as few compromises as possible or, in the case of Kubrick; none at all. These guys are famous for that. They get the cast they want, the budget they want and in PTA's case, final cut and an immediate green light for anything he wants to make under his New Line contract. Mike De Luca refers to himself (when talking about PTA) as "the blank check guy". It takes balls to stand up to a studio until you get what you want. A lot of filmmakers don't do that anymore. But this is something both these guys had to learn for themselves which is what I think Fincher was getting at in the interview when talking about his Alien3 experience. PTA had a similar experience making Hard Eight. But they came out of those two productions more resolute to make movies on there own terms than ever before. If more filmmakers let the studios know that that's how they're going to approach their craft they will buckle. It happened once before. It was called the 70's. But anyway, that's what I meant by that statement.
Jan. 1, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST
Because that's the question I'd ask him. yup, New Year's was horrible.
Jan. 1, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST
...is an absolute thing of beauty. The movie itself is far from his best, but that sequence is damn near perfect in execution. There's this perfect clarity to the movement and framing of it that makes me revisit the scene alone from time to time.
Jan. 1, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST
Come on, I know you guys are holding out the secret from me. How do you make a woman swoon for your peached man breath.
Jan. 1, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST
One for each sin. Hey YooOOOOO!
Jan. 1, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST
by Kid Z
... Did Harry have a New Years party and get the entire fucking staff drunk, sick and hungover on high-fat eggnog spiked with grain alcohol and barrels full of homemade Chex Party Mix? Right now they're all gathered around the only toilet in Harry's flat doing a "circle hurl."
Jan. 1, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST
take a shower,brush your teeth,get rid of the akne,dress nicely,IMPORTENT:HIDE YOUR MANTITS,dont talk about yourself all the time,dont pick your nose AND TELL HER IN ADVANCE THAT YOUR COCK IS TINY!(if you have a girlfriend:FUCK YOU!)
Jan. 1, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST
Just how fucking awesome that cover is for the special edition of Zodiac. Goddamn! As soon as I heard that they were going to be double dipping, I decided to wait, and I am glad that I did. That thing is a work of art. Kudos to whomever designed it!
Jan. 1, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST
I've uploaded a picture of the "webbed" facehugger along with the shot of it from the extended cut:<br><br> http://tinyurl.com/2kwbyr<br> http://tinyurl.com/2k355q<br><br> Sadly you can't really see it properly in the film as it's too far from the camera and the picture quality of the extended cut is poor. Quite why they had a special facehugger for this scene I don't know, as it only impregnates the bull with a normal alien embryo. If anything it should have been the one on the Sulaco that impregnates Ripley with a queen, yet the film shows a normal facehugger doing that (but that's just another reason why the script/story is so incomprehensible and shit).<br><br> And to all the Cameron haterz: fuck you!!!
Jan. 1, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST
It's spelled S-E-V-E-N, you lackwits. Unless you pronounce it "Se-seven-en", it is categorically NEVER spelled with a '7', even if the title font leads you to believe otherwise.
Jan. 1, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST
It's style over substance. The entire film is geared to the twist, which when revealed, makes no sense and violates the reality of the events that took place earlier. It works better as a literary device, the same type thing William Goldman has used several times in novels, and in print works very well. On screen, it doesn't work and was too obvious. The theme of the story is ok, "men need more than to drink Starbucks and look at L.L.Bean mail order" but the movie is clunky and too dependent on sizzle. The visual style was sure gimmicky, but that's all the film had to offer. Norton was fine, he always is, Pitt is Pitt, and HB Carter is still an acquired taste at best. It's one of those films, like Natural Born Killers, that revels in style, is drenched in a certain visual language all it's own, unique to this project, but has nothing to offer PAST that( although, Fight Club IS better than NBK, which is the WORST piece of shit I've ever seen). Fincher has made some solid films, Seven, Panic Room ( a nice B thriller) and Zodiac of course. Aside from the basic problem of being based on Graysmith's wrong-headed "investigation", the film is steady and gripping, the kind of adult meditation on obsession we don't see often. So yes, I again say , Fight Club falls into the "Ain't It Cool' model just fine, it's COOL, dude...but it's not a good movie.
Jan. 1, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST
Thanks for pointing that out - I forgot to mention it. It's probably my favourite in the series (though the others are great at creating atmosphere). <br><br> As for Dillion, it reminds me of some more great dialogue he has in the assembly cut. <br><br> Ripley tries explaing to him why the alien must be killed as the company will get its hands on it and he responds with "so?". She then says it will kill them all and he then says "so what? fuck them all"<br><br> That was something I always wondered about in Aliens - so what if they took some back, serves them right when it kills everyone in the company. Was cool to see a character say what I was thinking.
Jan. 1, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST
Now that Fincher is an accomplished director that has more pulling power & can steer his projects in the right direction, would he consider going back to the Alien Franchise to rectify it's problems, redeem the mess that was "Alien 3", grab it by the balls & make an new Alien movie that will make us shit our pants??? The franchise needs salvaging, Fincher needs a second chance to redo the Alien movie mess & now has the experience, the mean team-machine, the imagination & inspiration to potentially breath new life back into the franhise. Come on Fincher, do a "re-imagining" of the Alien... (but not a remake!) Grab it by the balls son & run with it! We are sick of these AVP sequals trash. Hell, I'll be happy if Fincher does totally different dark sci-fi movie. Alien 3 had great atmosphere at times; some scenes were amazing in design & style; lots of potential there. I can imagine a kickarse fightclub/alien3/seven inspired space opera... Vote Yes!!
Jan. 1, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST
I have loved Alien 3 since its release, definitely a good way to end the trilogy (Resurrection doesn't even register for me). So a big fuck you to the bandwagoners - you know who you are.
Jan. 1, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST
by otm shank
What with the rushed time frame and all the studio interference. Just the fact he made a watchable movie is testament to Finchers skills.
Jan. 1, 2008, 7:15 p.m. CST
by otm shank
best movie I saw in 07.
Jan. 1, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST
For me, Fight Club is thoroughly entertaining. The "twist" is more the mind-fuck that isn't required but is still pretty cool. Otherwise, everything about the film suggests much more than you suggest. The film raises a lot of interesting points about how our modern world actually destroys our soul. Ed Norton's character is basically sleepwalking through life not realising he is living by his instincts in an alternative life. It's much more than "people need more out of life". It suggests that we, as human beings, by trying to be safe, ordered and predictable, have, in fact, suffocated what it is to truly live. The twise is just the icing on the cake because all these themes exist before any of that happens anyway. And it isn't just "style". The screenplay and story is totally original IMHO. I love the scenes where Ed Norton hangs out in support groups just so he can release some of the emotion that has been damned up inside of him all his life. I love how a simple fight club turns into a way of life then complete anarchy by the finale. Fuck the style. Even without all the flashy camera work and CGI, this would still be a really interesting and engaging film. Unfortunately, you can join the small minority of people who love to nay-say against a truly good film just to pretend that you can see through the the supposed "facade". Let me guess, the Godfather Part 3 was the true gem in the series as well?
Jan. 1, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST
Jan. 1, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST
The IMDb is hardly definitive. The film is entitled 'Seven'. They are incorrect in listing it as such, and list many incorrect titles along with that one.
Jan. 1, 2008, 8:32 p.m. CST
Is a great movie. I know this because I just watched it. The people who bemoan that it is "low key" should rent Suspect Zero or some other over the top, cliched serial killer movie. Fincher managed to construct a fascinating, thrilling, subtle, and yes informative flick. Making a film based on a real life event that manages to not only be truthful but also entertaining is a difficult task for any filmmaker. Kudos to screenwriter James Vanderbilt, Fincher, and the cast for making me as obsessed with the Zodiac case as Graysmith was, at least for two and a half hours. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Jan. 1, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST
Actually, this talkback is supposed to be about Zodiac. Bottom line: Alien 3 is a good movie, but it was dissappointing sequel because it killed off Hicks and Newt so fast. It basically shit all over Aliens because the audience spent so much time worrying over whether Newt and Hicks, especially Newt, would survive. They survive to die five minutes into Alien 3. Really fucking lame! Otherwise, Alien 3 is a good satisfying ending to a trilogy. Fuck Ressurection! I love you Joss Whedon, but why is your name on that script? Congrats to Fichner. Zodiac is a great film.
Jan. 1, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST
by 'Cholera's Ghost
I thought that because Fight Club didn't actually spell out some stupid "just be yourself" or other after school special message was a real testament to it. The ambiguity at the end was an excellent way to take its anti-dehumanization and anti-authority themes to a conclusion that was free from any kind of the false ideological constructions it satirized. A funny, thought-provoking, asskicking film from start to finish. As far as rich people being the "real men" of our day, I couldn't disagree more, but of course debating what a "real man" is is another can of worms.
Jan. 1, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST
by 'Cholera's Ghost
I took as a nice way to symbolize how Norton learned to integrate the warring pieces of his personality and become his own man. There's a lot of meaning one can infer from it, even at the same time it was just another cool way to mindfuck with the audience.
Jan. 1, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST
With your noted advice I'm sure to make 2008 two thousand GREAT!
Jan. 1, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST
by The Mothman
I've tossed and turned on my opinions of FC since it was released, but in the end I've settled somewhere close to you - it's an entertaining movie that incorporates that most dangerous kind of fiction, the kind that does actually bring up a few good points about modern living. However, bring it up is pretty well all it does...as soon as the clubs turn organised it's no longer an American Beauty-ish window on modern life, it's a brilliantly done fairy tale. Why? Getting punched in the face hurts, and no-one, no matter how depressed, would make it a weekend jaunt. Except, of course, for the idiots who actually tried to make their own clubs, and the scumbags who go out weekends just to harass people who want to relax. And the schoolkids who want some good footage for Youtube. Actually, maybe that's another accidental point the film makes, showing how people can always be relied upon to intepret things the wrong way ie in the film "hey, it works for this guy, let's syndicate the idea!", in reality with people watching the movie "hey, that fucking looks like fun, let's do that after we finish our six-packs!"
Jan. 2, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST
it went on forever, only to have, no satisfying conclusion. it was soo fucking bad.
Jan. 2, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST
by dragon of sorcerer
..."in some ways the most interesting film of the series." Go back and watch the Siskel and Ebert review... they point out many of the film's strengths, even if neither really liked it. Alien 3 certainly spends more time in my DVD player than the other two... it's flawed, but it's so out there that I'm drawn to it and still admire Fincher's chops. Alien: Resurrection isn't bad if you completely forget that it's a part of the series... it didn't belong in the series at all, and resurrecting Ripley was dumb, but it's enjoyable if you can imagine that it's a stand alone film. If Whedon had directed, maybe it would've been something. Zodiac is Fincher's best film, with Seven and Panic Room second and third. I can't get into Fight Club, which seems trite, dated, and in bad taste post-9/11... well made, but probably his worst film. Fincher's great overall, and I really look forward to his next.
Jan. 2, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST
If you want to split hairs, I believe Fincher's original title was supposed to be VII. Regaurdless, it is spelled SE7EN in the opening credits. And yes, I (Heart) Huckabees actually has a heart in the title.
Jan. 2, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST
OK, here's the thing - the title of the film is 'Seven'. Using the font or style to dictate the title is inane, much like if you referred to ALIEN 3 as 'ALIEN^3', because you couldn't represent the superscript in most typefaces. Or, for example, if you insisted on referring to BEVERLY HILLS COP as 'Beverly Hills COP' because of the font. The title of the film is SEVEN.
Jan. 2, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST
Jan. 2, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST
Too touch on downloading movies. Might that also be a key to instill quality into big budget movies. I don't know how easy or difficult it is to do at this time, but I know that since Napster started music sales have declined. Bands like Metallica blamed downloading solely for their CDs not selling, but I think it served more as a "try it before you buy it" sort of deal. People would download their music, realized it sucked, and moved on to something else. On the other hand you got underground bands that use the same thing as a tool to promote their music. They don't make money on it anyway so what's it gonna hurt if they let people listen to it for free. In time (at least for me and a lot of people I know) more and more of these bands were seeked out and their actual CDs were purchassed because the music was good and we knew that if we supported them, they would make more albums that we could enjoy. Bands like Metallica are obviously still making money, but I think now they actually have to put some effort in their music if they want it to sell. NOW, this may be isolated and it is wrapped neatly in my (not so) tight little talkback but I think if this can happen to music it can happen to movies. You Tube isn't exactly an example of quality, but it does show how technology has reached the point where ANYBODY can make a movie. If you get the right bunch of people together who actually have a passion for what they are doing and they can find the time to film something when they aren't working at their day jobs it will be just a matter of time before we get more PRIMERs and BRICKs. Hollywood would have no choice but to man up and put some passion in their movies if they want to keep up.
Jan. 2, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST
Touche. To my defense, it is widely known as being spelled as SE7EN and to call someone a lackwit for spelling it as such is being a bit obtuse. As for the poster, those are generally handled by promotions departments and not necessarily the film makers.
Jan. 2, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST
Jan. 2, 2008, 2:33 a.m. CST
It is indeed widely misspelled as such, and I apologise for calling everyone a lackwit. I'm sure a couple of you are OK. And yeah, that DVD cover is a stylised spelling, not the actual title of the film. The original VHS and DVD releases spelled it correctly.
Jan. 2, 2008, 2:51 a.m. CST
I'm just going to agree to disagree here. Let's say we have ourselves a little hug. We can then get together and watch THR3E and direct our unplesantries toward something a bit more deserving.
Jan. 2, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST
I thought Fight Club was David's worst movie so far, for its sheer self-indulgence and smarmy fourth-wall commentary. Seven was an average serial killer movie -- the difference is the twisted ending and its realistic gore/yucky effects that made the audience ill. David Fincher said, "I like to make movies that scar". Panic Room's an average thriller with a typical lousy ending. The Game's almost good for its intense atmosphere and weird story, but it should be seen only once. The first time I saw Alien 3 theatrical cut when I was 13, that made an impact on me -- seen it a number of times, even owned it on laserdisc at one time. Production design, cinematography, unique direction and weird story & characters -- I thought it's almost good. Roger Ebert was right when he wrote "the best-looking bad movie I've seen". I thought David was a terrific visionary director despite the horrid flaws of the theatrical cut -- plot holes, ridiculous dog scene (the same size of a dog alien -- did it grow rapidly in microseconds?) & whatnot. I didn't have a problem with Ripley's justification for committing suicide at all, hence Alien Resurrection should not exist. Alien 3 still hold up fairly well after all the years, with the assembly cut that patch the plot holes and more realistic with an ox scene. I may not like David's movie choices, but he's a great director with vision that rise above the rest of the crap. Less flashy effects (minus Fight Club) typical of former music video directors who throw everything at the screen and emphasis on the substance of the story. I went to the movies to see Zodiac two weeks after release, and I was blown away. Went to see the movie again two days later. Too bad about it being a flop at the box office because of the audience's short attention span deceived by the trailer that somehow emphasize serial killer thrill rather than crime solving procedural. I thought David should at least receive the Oscar for Best Director. I hope Best Pic and Best Screenplay also. Zodiac is still number one of the best movies of 2007 IMO. Great work of art. I'll buy Zodiac dir's cut DVD when it comes out, at least Dave put Alien 3 fiasco behind him. I'd still like to see David and Roger Avary work on a project. Roger took an awesome picture of David playing Madden playstation game while talking on the phone on Avary's since defunct web site.
Jan. 2, 2008, 5:45 a.m. CST
by Movie G 3000
I think too many people are giving David Fincher a free pass on Alien 3 because of the films he has made since but I just can’t do it. I remember reading a article about the making of Alien 3 and it pretty much said Fincher was trying to be too much a perfectionist when it came to the lighting and camera work. It said nothing of him fighting for a new script. I know he wanted a cinematographer that he felt like he could trust but I think he put too much emphasis on it. As much as us geeks like to bad mouth Michael Bay he made a film about 4 years later(THE ROCK) that cost about the same thing and looked just as good and most importantly he made it entertaining. Alien 3 is not a good film because its just boring as hell. Also Stanley Kubrick made a film that he was a director for hire on called Spartacus and even though it wasn’t a true Kubrick flick it was a great one. Just food for thought
Jan. 2, 2008, 5:55 a.m. CST
Hands down. Fincher is one of the most innovative and exciting directors working today. I'm soooo buying this...
Jan. 2, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST
The first thing you say is basically "I just saw your new director's cut of Zodiac and didn't notice a difference." What a way to help sell the DVD for Fincher! He was obviously offended ... probably put in a lot of thought to the scenes that were added.
Jan. 2, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST
yes, I entirely agree with that assessment. I think the only reason internet movies haven't picked up yet is because of broadcast quality. That's the main reason why independent filmmakers still rely on dvd instead of the net but when that changes it's going to turn hollywood upside down just like the music industry as you pointed out. They have no financial model for it yet but I know the techs are already planning something called "The Entertainment Hub" (I imagine it something like that giant video screen the McFly's had in there future home in BTTF part 2) which will combine your cable, internet and satellite radio in one. The idea is to one day have a million different channels and instead of waiting to watch a show, you choose what you want and discard the rest. Hollywood is already scrambling to figure out how they're going to deal with this.Oh, and there was a great article in Rolling Stone a few months ago were a record executive claimed the downloading issue left the music industry "in shambles". I think it's a very exciting time in entertainment because we are on the cusp of some radical fucking change. it will be very interesting to see how it all plays out. These suits had there fun but now they're starting to shit there pants. I think this is were quality product comes in because yeah, you can burn a DVD but if you really love a movie you WANT the official release. How many of you would have been satisfied with a burned copy of the Lord of the Rings Extended Editions? Not me. I want that box and all the cool stuff it came with. Ah, the times they are a changin. Thanks for bringing up the whole downloadable thing Hamslime. Made me remember a lot of points I hadn't thought of yesterday. May the force be with you, man.
Jan. 2, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST
Aliens >>>>>>> A3 . Christ, Fincher even hates 3.
Jan. 2, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST
It was the perfect time to pick at Fincher's brain...and to discover if he has any interest in "superhero fantasy", though I'm guessing his interests would retain the darker elements he is known for. Perhaps a focus on our favorite Dark Knight Detective?
Jan. 2, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST
I watched the director's cut of Alien 3 again last night. It's a bit of a draining experience, as a good Alien movie should be. Things are so bleak and harrowing that it's tough to make it all the way through the movie. I think the tipping point in public perception back in 1992 must have been all the bald rapists and murderers it seemed we were supposed to sympathise with, or at least root for. I, for one, said good riddance each time one of those cocksuckers bought it. I have a real hard time with the Newt autopsy scene, usually skip it. The last twenty minutes are pretty crap and I actually turned it off right at the point where they start scheming to melt the alien with molten steel. <p> Anyhow, now I gotta watch the first two again, and it's been less than six months since the last time for both of them. I think it's obvious we won't get another "real" alien movie by an auteur director any time soon. My vote would be Alex Proyas or Zack Snyder. It'll probably happen ten years from now with someone nobodoy's heard of yet.
Jan. 2, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST
Yeah, I think there are more fans of the ALIEN property than they realize. Many of us just won't get suckered into such huge disappointment, as we form an early opinion based on feedback, via internet or otherwise. I mean, I was actually interested in this new AvP flick, getting a sense of the enthusiasm of the co-directors. But based upon what else I've heard and read, I'm not about to jump on THAT bus. They should just wipe the slate clean at this point...and reboot the franchise. If they do, I'm interested once again. And I would remain so...until I can form an early opinion, based on what I see and hear. It just has to be worth the time, the effort, and the money. Otherwise, we will just ignore it. (And yeah, we may have to wait a while for that reboot.)
Jan. 2, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST
However, Fincher didn't want to do an origin story; he wanted the first film to start off with Spidey already in action.
Jan. 2, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST
That movie still amazes me for looking as good as it does. It stands against everything that is wrong with the industry right now, and I'm looking at you Alien 3 with your CGI Aliens and POV Alien Cam. There's more bang for buck in Aliens visually than any movie I can think of. I had what, a $25 million budget? As for Alien 3, it's the most disappointing movie I've ever seen. Nevermind the obvious stupidy of an electrical fire blowing up a military spaceship (no halon in the future?), they shave their heads because it's a planet covered with lice yet have a dog, anybody PAYING to bring supplies so they can allow inmates to keep a mission planet going, the guy working the crane didn't notice the dog, etc. The Aliens lack motivation is the biggest issue with the movie. It's freaking Jason in a rubber suit. Don’t give me this “Alien 3” is the smart one. It’s a piece of crap “kill people in interesting ways” script that completely ignores all elements that made the creature creepy to begin with. You know, how it’s not out to eat you, it’s trying to get inside of you. Instead it just runs around killing stupid monks/hosts for no apparent reason. It's not hungry, threatened, or every slightly annoyed as far as I can tell. Best of all, it doesn't kill Ripley because she has a Queen in her, but instead of cocooning her up safely in a vent someplace, it lets her run around where she can fall into a molten lead vat. Face it, Alien is a haunted house. Aliens is a roller coaster. Alien 3 is David Letterman Alien Cam gimmick. Oooh, if only we could have explored Aliens adapting to their environment with webbing to swim with.
Jan. 2, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST
Alien & Aliens were excellent because they had real characters in them. The AVP has lost touch with the audience because the characters have become flat. I see AVP more as a cheap circus side show in comparison. What Alien needs is a new story; A STAND ALONE STOREY. It doesn't have to have anything to do with Ripley, nor the army, nor the company; The alien seed could have spread elsewhere throughout the galaxy. There could be a story of another group of people out their in the universe... Here is an example: Another derelict space jockey craft is discovered by a small minerals exploration survey ship: A crew of about 10. They use a special rock driller machine (similar to the power loader in aliens except it has a large rock drill on one arm & an explosives charger on the other) in which they call "ALICE". A survey guy takes ALICE through space to take 'samples' from the Jockeys space craft shell. Something is triggered & a vent in the Jockeys ship opens. The ALICE enters... discovers 10 or so dead space jockeys... finds the chamber of eggs... picks one up & returns back to the survey ship... They isolate the egg & start to dissect it. The acid burns through the floor & the face hugger escapes. This is where the story changes. The survey ship ends up crashing into the hull of the space jockey derelict space craft!! The survey team gets resourceful & try & fix the ship. They contend with the alien; but also a bigger, meaner threat is discovered lurking within the Space Jockey corridors. A new Giger Design. A new Space Jockey secret. Large set pieces full of alien architecture. New & real characters. Damn, just employ me you un-imaginative money hungry fox bastards!!
Jan. 2, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST
Domi, I don't harbor the same dislike of 3 as you, but that statement was on-the-mark, and funny as hell.
Jan. 2, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST
haha Nice points. The petty failures of Alien3 is quite amusing. I'll jump on the bandwagon, but I will state how much potential Alien3 had... so much lost oppotunity. 1) The scene where Ripley runs through the corridor & then yells "IT'S HERE, IT'S HERE!!" & then the warden yells to shutup & to get her out... then the alien comes down from the vent & plucks him out of the room. A Dood yells "fuck!". It's a good scene, but has so much more potential. The Alien should have jumped back out of the vent & been more of a threat; jump on another prisoner, bite his head off; swings it's tail & stabs another guy in the chest. The prisoners scream. Total chaos as everyone trys to flee. Alot escape through the door & then try to slam it shut. A couple of prisoner scream as they get locked in the room with the beast... The alien turns slowly & faces the terrified prisoners. No escape. Certain doom!! Lost oppotunity!! 2) As Domi said, if the queen was in Ripleys stomach & the alien knows about it... the alien could have started preparing the nest. It would have been an interesting twist. 3) The Dillon vs Alien fight in the empty lead vat was too short. 4) The ending of Alien 3 could have been more depressing. Seriously! Ripley's gonna die anyway... the ulternative: The company do end up capturing Ripley. They take Ripley to their ship & trap her in a high security cell. The queen ends up popping out of her chest, she dies & the company dissappears into the depths of space with their captured Queen... Roll credits. 5) Have Newt survive. Ripley Dies. Sigourney Weaver is selfish. NEWT FTW!!!
Jan. 2, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST
Zodiac = Best film ever made about a serial killer. Hands down, nothing out there comes close. Dalmer, The green river, Summer of Sam, that Ted Bundy Movie... all of those movie adaptations do not even come close. Fincher must have done some hard yards putting together the Zodiac story; He & his team thoroughly investigated the history of the killer & made it as factual as possible. Grounded in reality, I found it engrossing. The characters were great! Obviously basing the characters on real people & their story arc following what actually happened in real life; the result may end up messy, but that is just the way reality is. It's Interesting, informative, & best of all: bloody thrilling.
Jan. 2, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST
Wasn't there supposedly a dream sequence where Ripley wakes up to find the surgical marks on her chest because the company got their girl? I heard of rumor of it and totally thought it was heading that way right after the scene where Ripley sees the ultrasound (like she passed out at that point). There's that throwaway "I'm going into the basement" line and she smashes a pipe (thinking it's the Alien) and it's full of lice. 10% dreamy, 90% lame. It would explain another of the movie's stupid insults to the built up universe (realistic space travel time) of how Hendrickson's ship got to the planet in like under 24 hours. Oh yeah, I know everybody apologises for Newt's/Hicks deaths being necessary. But do you have to kill them in the rediculous manner of a crash landing? Ripley was floating around for what, 80 years? A military escape ship with no landing gear heads straight for the nearest planet to crash and kill 3/4 of the passengers? Ugh. Given, I like Fincher as a director and my friend (who hadn't seen any Alien movies) liked Alien 3 when it saw it with me. So there's probably weight to what somebody brought up that it's a better movie than sequel, but I seriously don't think I've ever felt as angry after seeing a movie as Alien 3. Hahahaha, we'll pour tons of molten dead on an Alien and he won't be crushed so we can have a cheesy "He's going to get up" jump scare for the bored audience. And it'll be clever, because Ripley will spray water on the Alien. That'll be cool. Man, I hated that movie. I'm surprised the British "love interest" didn't dress up as an Ewok at some point and make sweet love to Ripley with some synth pop music in the background.
Jan. 2, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST
never should have killed newt or hicks, never should have been just one creature, never should have lied in the trailer that it would be on earth. there were so many things wrong story-wise with that movie that it still saddens me.
Jan. 2, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST
by lavatory love machine
Jan. 2, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST
The alien minatures just didn't work. Most shots where the minature is edited onto scene looks out of place. It is like the lighting is wrong or there is a weird glow of the alien that doesn't match it's settings. There are a couple of scenes in which the does actually alien looks terrific. The are few very quick scenes that work, the eye doesn't register that it is fake. There is one scene worthy of a mention; the scene where a prisoner finds the alien chomping on a corpse. The alien looks magnificent, the full design on screen is realised, it's movement is freaky; yet it still looks a bit out of place. Again: the tone & lighting on the alien just doesnt match the settings & it is hell obvious. In comparison to Aliens, Alien3 FX look amature. Brilliant Alien design, the best of the series (Big Horrah to Giger!!) but FX implementation needed more work. They may have run out of time & couldn't capture the alien minature properly. IMO It would have been better if they spend a bit of extra time testing the fx, experimenting with lighting & that sort of thing.
Jan. 2, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST
I don't want a fucking reboot. I just want them to make an Alien movie that is like the Dark Horse comics... a stand-alone story that takes place in the same universe, but has little or nothing to do with Ripley. Aliens: Berzerker is sitting there ready to film!
Jan. 2, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST
"A New Giger Design" YOU FAIL. The worst thing about all the Alien movies is when they try to change the morphology we're familiar with: egg, chestburster, warrior, drone, queen. That's all the morphology I want to see in an Alien movie. It's horrifying enough without "shark aliens" or some bullshit. Did we learn nothing from the lameness of the Predalien, which I have hated since Dark Horse did it in the completely garbage "Aliens: Colonial Marines" (one of the worst Aliens comics, not recommended!) or the AVP games.
Jan. 2, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST
Just wanted to say, I was as disappointed as anyone when I saw Alien 3 on opening day in 1992. That was the very first time I was excited enough about a movie to know the opening date and arrange to be there for the showing. It was not that simple as I had just turned 16. The theatre was being very adamant about checking ID, minimum age 17, so I had to do some ticket swapping in the bathroom to get into the show. Domi nailed it for me with this comment: <p> <i> It’s a piece of crap “kill people in interesting ways” script that completely ignores all elements that made the creature creepy to begin with. You know, how it’s not out to eat you, it’s trying to get inside of you.</i> <p> That was a big part of my disappointment at the time. I still don't get a lot of satisfaction from the movie as a whole. It's a case of the whole being lesser than it's parts, perhaps.
Jan. 3, 2008, 12:47 a.m. CST
Giger designed the original Alien, the Space Jockey, the derelict space craft & the Egg Chamber; He also designed the Alien for Alien 3. The design was changed by a new FX team in Aliens who created the Queen & put ridges on the aliens head; so therefore they made it inconsistent. For Alien3 it was redesign back to the original alien (smooth head) but gave it more of an animal appearance; based on a cat I believe: this gave the impression that the alien took distinguishable features from its host. Now I’m not saying to totally redesign the alien (Shark alien?? Now that would be stupid!! haha) but Giger is a talented artist, and should be hired again for his weird out of this world designs. If not to redesign the original alien; but to do set design, creating an "alive" space jockey, creating his impression of alien landscapes etc. His designs are inspiring. We have seen the alien too much in the subsequence sequels & there is no more suspense of the unknown, we know exactly what it is & what is capable of. What I would like to see is a "re-imagining" of the Alien. It could be a different species all together, but somehow linked to the space jockey. A while ago there was talk of an "Alien Emperor"... a male alien that grows older, gets bigger & bigger & ends up becoming the Queens mate. Like in the Lion / Gorilla world, the biggest male gets to mate with the female: Hence the queen gets fertile, Hence the eggs layer. Something has got to mate with the queen to make it fertile... Giger did a drawing of a beast which could be similar to the 'Alien Emperor' (he named it the Anubis). Google "Giger ANUBIS" & check out the pictures, it’s interesting.
Jan. 3, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST
I'd be cool with that. I assumed you meant a design for a new creature. I know Giger didn't design the queen, but it fits in. After that I don't want any new designs.
Jan. 3, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST
Because HD-DVD is fucking dead. Not just dead, but rotting like grapes left far too long on the vine. It's funny when you walk into a store like Frys or Best Buy, and they have their HD section split 50/50 between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, and everyone is crowded around the Blu-Ray half while not a single person so much as glances at the HD-DVDs (at least, not without swearing and demanding to know why The Thing isn't on Blu-Ray yet). The statistics also don't lie. BR outsells HDDVD 7:1 in Europe, 4:1 in the 'states. No, I'm done with DVD (at a formidable 500+ movies/tv-box-sets at that) and if there's no Blu-Ray release I'm just not buying.
Jan. 3, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST
by The Founder
Give me a phucking break. You fan boys will anyone you deem cool a pass and make excuses. Sure Fincher is a good director, and more then likly it was mostly FOX's fault with A3, but it's hypocrital to blame Ratner for X3 when ratner faced the similar problems that Fincher did. I don't get it. At least x3 was better then A3.
Jan. 3, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST
You have been quite the muse these past few days and it's been a pleasure conversing with you. What you said about the "Entertainment Hub" and downloading movies got me thinking of an idea that could possibly streamline indie movie making. Here's an idea! Anyone else reading feel free to steal this, as I don't have the resources or knowledge to put it into action. Have a website that combines You Tube and those torrent sites. You use the "You Tube" portion of it to show small clips or trailers and (to address the broadcast quality) next to the window would be a link to the torrent if you wish to download the whole movie. This would of course be geared towards indie film makers and there would be no trailers without permission to download the entire movie. This would prevent having hundreds of Dark Knight trailers and no movie (this is our playground, Hollywood can play elsewhere). As you know, anytime you do something meant to network with like minded people it eventually gets corrupted with worthless ads, porn, ect. (see Myspace and You Tube for that matter) This seems to be a simple idea and could be benificial to anyone who would want to have their work seen. Obviously they won't make any money off of it, but it would be a good jumping off point to get your movie out there and unlike film festivals it would be free and world wide. There's so much more you could add to this such as profiles and message boards to help cinematographers get together with writers ect. It could be a one stop shop for everything you need to make, watch, or show truly independent movies. Assuming of course this hasn't been done before. In which case point me to it. If not (and I do realize I'm being highly optimistic) there's more brainstorming that could be done to make this work and turn movie making into something fun and attainable. There's already You Tube of course, this could just bring it to the next level.
Jan. 3, 2008, 4:56 a.m. CST
X3 better than Alien 3? WTF are you talking about? The opening title sequence of Alien 3 is better than the whole of X3! Jeez. There are some crazy folks out there in the world.
Jan. 3, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST
WOW 500+!Who gives a SHIT.I didnt know that there are BLU-RAY PLANTS!Why dont you go out on the street and tell random people you got 500+ DVD`s.Fucking swank!
Jan. 3, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST
They are counting PS3 games as part of the Blu-Ray statistics. Take out PS3 games and HD-DVD sells the same as Blu-Ray, i.e. fuck all. The entire HD market is tiny and consumers aren't interested. High def downloads will be the future (unfortunately, because of the DRM).<br><br> Sony are getting desperate with their mis-information.
Jan. 3, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST
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Jan. 3, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
I like them all, though Alien 3 is my least favorite. Fincher and PTA are the best directors that started out in the 90's and are still working today. I think their best work is still to come, unlike somebody like Tarantino.
Jan. 3, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST
...in which the audience burst into applause at the end. I had never experienced that. It's happened a couple times since then, for me, on, say, opening nights for a Star Wars or Harry Potter or LOTR, but at the time I was really shocked by it.
Jan. 3, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST
Was it because they were happy the ordeal was finally over? Tell me you were in England. I heard it played much better over there what whatever (insert your own joke) reason. I seriously don't get the apologists for Alien 3. It wasn't scary like Alien. It wasn't exciting like Aliens. Given it was painted into a corner because it couldn't hope to out thrill Aliens and the shock factor of Alien couldn't be recaptured (the reason Aliens smartly switched genres from horror to action), but "Monks on a prision planet with lice and a dumb dog" doesn't strike me as the killer new idea to continue the franchise. None of the characters were memorable (seriously, name one other than 23/26 or whatever his IQ was). I can't remember a single good line. It had a decent look to it, even if it basically was "let's make everything look drab and depressing like 1984... but dirty". I've already gone over how stupid and insulting to the fans of the first films the script was. I mean I have my share of lame movies that other people probably think I must be retarded for liking, but I can't think of one redeaming factor in Alien 3 other than the director eventually made some really good movies and some lousy ones (Panic Room? God that was terrible, like revisiting Alien 3 without giving a crap about it). And I'm sick of Alien 3 being the studio's fault. It wasn't their meddling, it was selecting that script and throwing a first time director on it who seemingly hadn't seen either of the previous two films or wasn't willing to throw his hands up and scream "this is so idiotic, somebody rewrite this before I do it myself!".
Jan. 3, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST
was awesome for it's originality. Fantastic species design and all it's stages of life. Fantastic set designs, with the alien ship, chair, pilot...etc. It's one rare movie that truly felt alien in nature. You felt like you were in deep space and abandoned. Great cast, F/X, score and suspense. 10/10
Jan. 3, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST
was a fantastic film. A perfect sequel because it knew not to compete with an original masterpiece. JC took it in a new direction. Absolutely memorable characters. Apone, Hicks, Hudson Vasquez, Newt, Gorman, Burke, Drake, Spunkmeyer, and Bishop. Excellent dialogue with some classic one liners. Funny, suspenceful, action up the ass, and some kickass hardware. It still blows away a lot of films today 22 years later. 10/10
Jan. 3, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST
was only made to make money. No one gave a flying fuck respect about the franchise/story. That they were molesting it to the point of abuse. Alien 3 is a retarded attempt to continue a series that should of been done after 1986. Only unless Ridley Scott and/or JC were going to continue it. I would love a movie to explore the back story of man prior to the Nostromo and both alien species. Alien 3 - what a fucking joke. "So, how do we make this film different then the first 2?" "I know, lets shave everyone's head." "But why?" "I don't know, give them lice or something." WTF! Didn't the Alien that popped out of the dog look a little to big, if I remember correctly? I fucking hated Alien 3. Yeah kill off the entire supporting cast. This movie sucked horse cock.
Jan. 3, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST
a better attempt at continuing the franchise but a total farce. The only think I liked about Alien 4 was how the aliens swam in the water scene and the credits, because that meant it was over. I like 4 better then 3. It had a better cast and scale. One of the many stupid scenes was Ryder shouting "Father!". They had way to much slim too. Not a good way to end the franchise....for now. 4/10
Jan. 3, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST
Fuck off to all that were involved. This idea makes no fucking sense and doesn't even belong on the screen. Leave it in a fantasy comic book so it can be used as ass wipe later. In other words there hasn't been nothing worth a shit regarding Alien/s since 1986. With 4 attempts since. This shows you just how fucking stupid Hollywood is. "Ok, lets green light this turd, and this turd, and maybe if it makes 50 mil we'll green light a sequel turd. And don't rule out a spin-off turn and a prequel turd.
Jan. 3, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST
You thought the FX were good in Alien? Are you serious? The creature LOOKED great, but wheneve rit had to movie it looked like a fucking Frankenstein monster. I refer specifically to the scene where the Alien offs Kotto and Cartwright. It looks, to be kind, utterly ridiculous.
Jan. 3, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST
Spot on dude. And hilarious.
Jan. 3, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST
what the fuck do you expect? The chestburster, the jaw in the skull, the ship, the eggs...Yeah, well done. Don't ask me why it moved slow and weird. It doesn't matter how good Alien 3, Resurrection, AVP 1&2 looks, Alien and Aliens does circles around the rest because it has an actually STORY and CAST!
Jan. 3, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST
... is the slow-mo shot of the xenomorph outside the ship at the end. For some reason the music and cinematography here always bothered me. I can see why Ridley had the sparks hitting the lense, as it would sell the versimilitude of the space setting by drawing on people's memories of NASA footage of booster separation, etc.. yet somehow it just reminds me of the Buck Rogers end credits.
Jan. 3, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST
by The Founder
The aliens should always be scary when they are featured in in a fuilm much like the ist two, but think to those dickheads and putting on poor creative talent the AvP series was DOA. What should have been one of the greatest match ups in film history as well as total awesomness was totally gutted by them fools that run FOX. AvP 2 was a joke.
Jan. 3, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST
by Ray Gamma
"Alien Vs Predator" is to "Alien"</P> <P> as </P> <P> "Star Wars Holiday Special" is to "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope". </P> <P> </P> <P>In other words, a franchise-destroying embarassment.
Jan. 3, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST
Resurrection had better actors than Alien 3? Eh?
Jan. 3, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST
had more interesting characters then Alien 3. I hated everyone in Alien 3. I don't know who's a better actor or not but maybe it's because everyone looked the same because of their bald heads. Alien 5 should be done by Ridley Scott and JC and should start off right where Aliens left off. Newt "Can we dream." From there both Alien 3 and Resurrection were dreams. THEY DIDN'T HAPPEN.
Jan. 3, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Xenomorph may refer to: * Xenomorph (Alien), a fictional species from the Alien universe. The Alien was never classified as "Xenomorph", the reference simply meant "other form" than human.
Jan. 3, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST
by otm shank
more like nightmares.
Jan. 3, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST
Perhaps it means a certain type of species. I never considered the name to mean the Alien themselves. I mean Ripley had to explain what it was and the marines were not familiar with it.
Jan. 3, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST
nightmares at the cinema.
Jan. 3, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST
So could you cocks stop using it? Jesus, we're talking about movies here.
Jan. 3, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST
Well, I've lost all credibility here.
Jan. 3, 2008, 7:20 p.m. CST
But I prefer Burger King when it comes to shitty fast food.
Jan. 3, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST
Those subsequent sequels to the whopper, like the double bacon, double pattie whopper, the chicken pattie whopper... they degrade the Hungry Jacks / Burger King franchise. I had a burger the other day & it had none of those seedy things on the bun; it's like they reduced the budget, rushed production, & the quality of the over burger suffers. DAMN YOU FOX EXECUTIVES!!! YOU HAVE GOT NO IDEA, YOU ARE MONEY HUNGRY & I AM NOW HUNGRY HUNGRY AND I NEED TO EAT A BURGER!!! MUST... RESIST... URGE TO WATCH... AVP... EAT... ORIGINAL... WHOPPER... GET... GUT ACHE...
Jan. 3, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST
That really solidified my thoughts on Fincher being the man.
Jan. 3, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST
Xenomorph literally means "alien form." So I'm sure in the future, any alien species could be referred to as a xenomorph. They refer to it in the Alien series as THE zenomorph because it is usually the singular topic at hand during those dialog scenes.
Jan. 3, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST
...complete with a few new scenes to help with continuity, some scenes totally redone, new improved special FX, the webbed facehugger; Get those great ideas that were suppressed by the Fox executive onto film. Sigourney Weaver, Charlse Dutton & Charlse Dance still all look good... so get them in the studio again for a few week to do the re-shoots. Hopefully half of the movie can be reworked. Do it Fincher!! People are still debating A3 all this time later... This definitive Fincher Version needs to be done! It's your first movie, grab it by the balls & run with it! Get Weta involved! Redeem Alien 3! REEDEEEEMA!!!
Jan. 3, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST
by otm shank
I can't see him ever going back to that film or any new Alien film for that matter. He came away from that first experience more than a little butt-hurt.
Jan. 3, 2008, 10:11 p.m. CST
by 'Cholera's Ghost
Alien's strengths vastly outweigh a few FX issues, a lot of the important elements of which were really quite good. The eggs and the facehugger, etc. we're creepy in how real they came across. Granted, they were relatively simple, but damn effective. The fact that some of it wasn't all that never bothered me in the least. You can always find something you don't like in anything, but Alien is incredibly strong and well-aged despite everything.
Jan. 3, 2008, 10:13 p.m. CST
by 'Cholera's Ghost
Jan. 3, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST
They all look pretty good to me. Especially the egg and the facehugger. That's some good shit. The only part that seems really phoney to me is when the alien gets blown out the airlock at the end. It looks like it's just a dude wearing leather pants. Other than that, though, it's all good.
Jan. 4, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST
The suit looked great in Alien, but the guy wearing it was a moron as were the people telling him what to do in it. The Alien was slow and plodding whenever you saw it move. That's not scary, it's whack! Doesn't matter what year it is if you've got fools working the suits. But all the designs were great. <p> Alien 3, the special effects were pretty bad. But I think it had the best looking alien design and the best "guy in suit" shots of all the franchises. Anytime they went away from the puppet and to an actual guy in a suit, it looked fantastic, seriously. The only time they looked better was in Alien Resurrection during the scene with the 3 aliens in the cage.
Jan. 4, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST
Great idea and thanks for the complement. Likewise. I think the future of the internet will be to replace these "independent film festivals" that have already been overrun by hollywood. There's a void to be filled and sooner or later technology will fill it. I think how it will work is, you'll download your movie on the net and the ones with the most "votes" or whatever gets a 35mm print struck and shown in theaters. I think the future for independent film will be to debut on the net with the theater as the "end" destination rather than the other way around.
Jan. 4, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST
when it had to. Think about it. In the airshaft with Dallas it lunged quickly at him, too fast for Dallas to even flinch. When Parker tried to run up on it it swatted him away with it's tail. The only times when it was slow was when it snuck up on Brett, and he was frozen with fear and it didn't need to move fast, and when it came up on Ripley in the shuttle. It's not mentioned in the film but the Alien was at the end of its life cycle by then, according to Scott, which is why it was sleeping in the shuttle and appeared lethragic. No, it wasn't the hyperkinetic, crawling upside down on the walls like Aliens, Alien3, but it was effective and well within the tone of the movie. 20 years from now people will be saying the Aliens in Aliens moved too slow. This will not end, trust me.
Jan. 4, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST
This crazy talk back has been going on strong for 5 days in a row.
Jan. 4, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST
VERY interesting about the Alien being at the end of it's lifecycle in the first film. The original mythos was so much more interesting than Cameron's Queen alien. Cameron wrecked the mythos. He made a great film, but a terrible sequel. <br><br>As far as how fast the Alien moves, All it does is put it's arms up and grab Dallas, the body does not move. With Parker, it looks ridiculous! The Alien is so stiff and weird. Same with Cartwright's death. It moved dope in the escape pod. A few of the shots are just so bad it really wrecks it for me everytime, because I laugh out loud.
Jan. 4, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST
That's, uh, that's all I've got right now.
Jan. 5, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST
Forget the idea of an Alien 3 Fincher edition - he wants nothing to do with the movie. He refused to particiapte in the Fox Quad box, it's NOT something he wants to revisit. Can you blame him?
Jan. 5, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST
Alien 3’s major let down was the script, I mean rewritten between shooting and Vincent Wards early script a wooden monastery planet wtf?, and the David Twohy treatment which the prison element was taken from (looks like he got his movie made the way he wanted with pitch black) the final script is really just a mish mash of different ideas, the old saying too many cooks spoil the broth. The movie was pretty much screwed before fincher touched it. When I first watched it in 93, I was disappointed mainly because I’d read all the darkhorse comics and expected something their scale, but after watching the recent avp movies I can really appreciate alien 3. The last two films in the alien Quadrilogy have a heap of style, they just suffer from stupid ideas, resurrection with Joss Whedon turning Ripley into Buffy, and adding the hybrid. There were rumours running around that James Cameron and Ridley Scott were displaying an interest in returning to the series with Scott directing and Cameron involved in the script, focusing on the space jockey race (seems like a good idea) , I say get them both involved in the script writing process and bring in a new director some one above said Danny Boyle I think he would be an awesome choice but something tells me he would probably pass it up.
Jan. 6, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST
If you find yourself in the Omaha area (Nebraska, U.S.A.) my friends have a double feature horror movie night. http://tinyurl.com/32j9w2 Sometimes if we get the urge we'll play some shorts or videos we made that week. Here is a couple of mine. http://tinyurl.com/2j4pe3 http://tinyurl.com/33coj6 If you got any I would love to see them.
Jan. 6, 2008, 7:51 p.m. CST
Fincher can't deny his roots. A3 is his first movie; its part of his legacy now... just like Scott & Cameron, they lost their directorial virginity with those movies. It will haunt him all the way through his career. He has to stand up to the plate & grab it by the balls. He now has the experience & the kickarse team to do it. If he is doing Rendezvous with Rama then he could possibly do A3 as a side project using the Rama FX Team. Weta would probably do the FX... a few new scenes, a few redone FX, get Weaver to join the supporting cast of Rama & then get her to redo a few of A3 scenes, get some random guys & shave their heads to act as prisoners... BAM: the Fincher Extended Ultimate Load-Blowing Final Cut!! The Possibilities are endless... You know you'd buy the DVD. A3 is what it is, A3 needs to be revisited before Alien 4 gets made (yeah that's right, A4 is not resurrection, resurrection will become a stand alone film.)
Jan. 6, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST
This book is so Fincher. Not sure how happy I am to hear that the screenplay is different from the book but it looks like it will spend more time on Ness than the GN did. Matt Damon would kick ass. The ending of this book was the freakiest and most tense thing I've ever read in comic-dom
Jan. 7, 2008, 3:14 a.m. CST
But it stands out as such because every alien that came after it moves so darn quickly. It still doesn't bother me probably because the film was so effective in practically every respect when I saw it. It's kind of like the slow ass light saber dual in the first Star Wars and what we saw later in the prequels.
Jan. 7, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST
i always suspected that he hated Aliens because he took all the progress from Aliens and destroyed it all in mere minutes. And here he says he only liked Alien.
Jan. 7, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST
... and now I hate Alien 3 again. It really does take Cameron's movie and give it an ass reaming in the first five minutes. It almost ruined the end of Aliens because it's like Ripley is laying Newt down in her grave. Aliens is one of the greatest films of all time, no need to qualify it by limiting it to sci-fi or monster movie genre greatness.
Jan. 7, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST
Not sure if Quint is trying to get into her panties or just trying to get more interviews...probably the latter. lovely redheads sure are lovely though...I can relate.
Jan. 7, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST
Ok, "suck" is strong but it is a vastly inferior film, especially if you watch it these days...too many plot holes and poor character motiviation.
Jan. 8, 2008, 12:40 a.m. CST
...is the macho bullshit with the marines. Sure, this turns out to be mostly a pose after they get their asses handed to them, but it still makes me cringe. Almost. Overall, though, it's a solid film.
Jan. 8, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST
I really don't need to see Harry as Pennywise the Clown. I'm gonna have that shit stuck in my head now. Thanks for ruining a cherished shitty TV movie from my childhood, AICN.
Jan. 9, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST
..who liked Aliens 3. I don't LOVE it, but I do like it. However, am I the only one that thought, "wait, did he just name check ST:TMP? wait.... wait... what if Paramount just went with big name directors for sequels to the Abrams reboot? Holy shit!.... wait.... what if Fincher directed a Trek film?!" Yeah, I probably am. But whatever, that would rule. Didn't know he was directing Torso, either. I'll be in the theater for that one.
Jan. 9, 2008, 2:28 a.m. CST
No S. Heh.
Jan. 9, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST
And I love THE MOTION PICTURE. It's probably my favorite.
Jan. 11, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST
He'd understand the character and Robert E. Howard's vision better than any director today who would only focus on the surface elements (bodybuilder actor, flashy 300 sword fights, b movie qualities). Fincher would make sure Robert E. Howard returned rather than an old action star who would only be in it to cash in on past glory.
Jan. 12, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST
I really don't think you want either of those two movies made by a guy who seemingly relishes making movies 1/2 the public doesn't "get". That's an amazing choice with an original movie, but pissing all over beloved previous films to make some stupid point that it's "my movie" is another story entirely. From Alien 3, I feel like research and being faithful to the history isn't his strong point. Stay away from sequels, please.
Jan. 12, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST
You should research the history behind ALIEN 3. And many Robert E. Howard fans don't feel any of those Conan films were "beloved". They're still waiting a for a real CONAN film. Someone like Fincher already touched on similar REH themes in his previous films and he understands how to present violence in a effective cinematic manner, not sword and sandal choreography. If CONAN had someone like Fincher working on it, the public will support it because it would finally present REH's vision of civilized man. Just like the public supported Se7en by having it make 65 mil when it was done on a fraction of the budget.