Alien shouldn’t be as good as it is. On the page the film is a standard monster flick that fails to be anything more than a b-movie. It follows the conventions of the horror genre and doesn’t have anything compelling or fascinating. The reason why Alien works is because the look of the film is crafted and captured like a serious sci-fi picture. It’s an exercise in style and one that pays off.
Being a film buff I get accused of several things often. Being a highly opinionated person I am most commonly accused of being a movie hater because I don’t like most popular films. I also get accuse of having strange tastes (which is 100% true). But the most oft repeated one is that I like pretentious movies. The truth is that calling any film pretentious presumes your subjective reaction of a film is objective truth. To someone who predominantly watches American films something like Three Colors: Blue might seem to be some pretentious French film. In reality every element of the film serves the psychological nature of the character and furthers the plot. To me, someone like David Lynch essentially just creates a mood out of disjointed and unrelated sequences, using heavy-handed techniques to convey simple ideas yet to others he’s a brilliant visionary who throws off the oppressive shackles of traditional storytelling.
Young vampire love is all the rage now thanks to some book called Twilight. Teenaged vampires in particular are hot (no, I’m not talking about Robert Pattinson) because vampirism works well as a representation of the awkwardness of going through adolescence. Both stay up late, are broody and suck–a lot. But what about a vampire love story with a couple of prepubescent kids? We’ve had everything from stiff old vampires to young, sexy coed vampires but where are the kid vampires?
Cecil B. DeMille and Gloria Swanson are one of the iconic director/actor duos of the silent era. In fact, you could argue that the two were the pinnacle of their respective roles. Swanson was a star, about as big as Hollywood actresses come and DeMille was the Hollywood director. The duo is so iconic that when Billy Wilder casted Gloria Swanson as an actress in Sunset Blvd. DeMille got a cameo as her director in the film.
Post-apocalyptic filmmaking is on the rise. With recent films like the animated WALL-E, and Terminator: Salvation as well as the upcoming The Book of Eli and The Road its safe to say we are caught in the upswing of a moviemaking trend. But it’s safe to say that none will be quite like Shane Acker’s 9. The complex narrative, distinct visual style and creative universe ensures that whatever else comes, 9 will remain a unique and distinct movie experience.