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Originally Posted by striv:

what the heck? am I the only one to consider Alien 3 as their favorite Alien flick?

My preference pretty much go in the order of release.

 

However, I don't have the hate-on for 3 that others seem to.

 

I like 3, just not as much as the first two.

 

There are only three "Alien" movies.

Not four, anything but four...

Otherwise, they were all pretty good.  :-)  I kind of liked the prison planet / monastery thing.  It had atmosphere.

Still seeing parallels with the story of Beowulf, btw;
  1. Supposed distress call leads space-faring, umm -- not exactly warriors but you get the idea -- to an abandoned mead hall.  I mean, derelict ship.  Either way, looks like some sort of monster was the party-pooper.  Monster proceeds to terrorize aforementioned not-warriors on their own turf, until smacked-down,
  2. Last remaining not-warrior sallies forth and takes on the monster's mother, on *her* turf,
  3. And in this one, they kept calling it a `dragon'.
  4. Brain-fart, ignore.
See what I mean?


Cheers,
Patrick.

Somebody has to say it, and I am an outcast anyway. Alien was great in its own time frame, but taken in isolation, I really prefer 4. The bunch of misfits brings nostalgic memories of long roleplaying game sessions with similar misfits, while horror movies just leave me cold.

 

Just consider Ripley not as a character but as another alien, focus on the rest, and enjoy the film...

Alien is amazing, but it makes me so uncomfortable I can barely sit through it. I guess that would make it the most effective of the three in some ways?

 

Aliens is more my speed. Great characters and great rollercoaster ride. No long 30-50 minute sequences where nothing happens but oh god oh god, it's gonna happen any second now.

 

I found the other two kind of a let down after them unfortunately.

Originally Posted by Psychophant:

Somebody has to say it, and I am an outcast anyway. Alien was great in its own time frame, but taken in isolation, I really prefer 4. The bunch of misfits brings nostalgic memories of long roleplaying game sessions with similar misfits, while horror movies just leave me cold.

 

Just consider Ripley not as a character but as another alien, focus on the rest, and enjoy the film...

I was OK with most of it.  Mainly for the same reasons as you.  Unfortunately any good karma built up during the first part of the film was completely used up, and then some, by the ending.

 

But... none of that has anything to do with why it's not an "Alien" movie.

I definitely liked Alien3 when it came out, especially the bar code tattoos.  I still say the only movie-inspired tattoos I'd consider getting would be the bar code from Alien3 or the SPQR from Gladiator.  Anyhow, it was a bit of a letdown that the other folks in cryosleep copped it and didn't play a part in the story, but maybe it was just a case of having the guts to do something different with main characters (ref. Game of Thrones).  I think the third in the series is a bit eccentric, but an interesting dial-back from the bigness of Aliens. Michael Bay could never approve of such a move.

 

Alien: Resurrection I haven't seen in a very long time.  I know I got a kick out of the gigantic boots everybody wears, and it did have its own sort of style about it in general, but I think I almost felt the movie was a bit of a mockery of the franchise at points.  However, the whole human-xenomorph hybrids seem to have telegraphed (in the real world, not the movies' timeline) some of what we saw in Prometheus

 

Alien is a classic for the ages, as far as I'm concerned.  I saw it in a theater when they re-released it back in the early 2000's, and that cemented my opinion.  With that big a screen, the strobe lights and steam/fog in the Nostromo really made for a far more effective disorienting effect than just seeing it on a smaller/dimmer screen at home.

 

Yeah, Metro Dynamics, my brother and I rented the SNES game back in the day.  Pretty fun, as I recall.

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