We frequently think of Ridley Scott as a master, a filmmaker with huge ambition and bigger talent who can bring any vision to the big screen. His resume certainly seems to confirm that. Space opera, war movies, period pieces, spy thrillers, Best Picture winners — he’s pretty much done them all. Still, out of the 22 films Scott has directed, including this week’s release Exodus: Gods and Kings, how many of them are actually good? What about great? It’s a pretty high percentage. Below, we rank the top 15 best Ridley Scott movies. Read More »
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Ridley Scott‘s 1979 masterpiece Alien taught us that in space, no one can hear you scream. 20th Century Fox has just announced the specs and box art for their brand new, 35th anniversary Blu-ray for Alien. Check out art and press release for the Alien 35th anniversary Blu-ray below. It’s out October 7.
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Sigourney Weaver is playing Ripley again — or, more precisely, she’s remaking her first turn as Ripley. The cast members from Ridley Scott’s Alien (minus Ian Holm and John Hurt) are reprising their roles for a downloadable content (DLC) expansion for the forthcoming game Alien: Isolation. So we’ll hear Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton and Veronica Cartwright once again doing the roles that made them icons for a generation of sci-fi and horror fans.
The expansion will allow players to take control of Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley, and also Captain Dallas, and Parker as they attempt to survive the incursion of the original xenomorph aboard the cargo ship Nostromo. Read More »
By now, most fans have come to terms with the fact that Ripley’s Alien story is over. After four films, the character has been put through the ringer numerous times. She’s lost everyone she ever loved, died, been resurrected, and more. It seems the people who control the franchise had long since moved beyond her story, instead focusing on prequels in Prometheus. But the star herself doesn’t think it’s over.
Speaking at the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival, Sigourney Weaver said she “could imagine a situation where we finish telling the story” and that she feels “like there is more story to tell.” Read the full Sigourney Weaver Alien 5 quotes below. Read More »
H.R. Giger showed us nightmare visions that were unlike those anyone else had conjured. The man who designed the Alien for Ridley Scott belongs in the pantheon of visionaries of the horrific alongside Hieronymus Bosch and Francis Bacon. Giger visualized concepts that are particularly modern, as they meld biological and mechanical elements, and are harrowingly seductive in their curvaceous sexuality. Now H.R. Giger has died at the age of 74, due to injuries sustained in a fall. Read More »
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Our friends at Blurpy have alerted us to Brian Taylor‘s awesome Ridley Scott movie poster print series. Taylor, who also goes by the nickname Candykiller, is a Scotland-based graphic designer and illustrator who has worked mainly at design and advertising agencies. Candykiller has released the first two prints for the movies Blade Runner and Alien, available for purchase on Big Cartel. He has also uploaded a preview of his poster for Legend, and I’m sure there will be more in this series. Check out the Candykiller Ridley Scott poster artwork after the jump.
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The best movie posters transport us into their world. In a single image, they sum up the characters, settings and emotions of a two hour movie. Most posters do this pretty easily, with a crucial image or actor from the movie, but others take the long way. For example, by literally mapping out the entire path of every character in a movie in one image.
Philadelphia based artist Andrew DeGraff does exactly that. He watches a movie, hand draws and paints all the locations, then guides each character via a specifically colored line, from location to location. At the end, you’re left with a stunningly detailed representation of an entire movie. Andrew DeGraff maps the movies.
In the past, DeGraff has done this with the Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones trilogy and more. Saturday March 29, he’ll open his second solo show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles called Cartography. This time, he’s mapped out films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Princess Bride, The Breakfast Club, Alien, The Shining, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Below, see a few of the images from the show and read more about DeGraff’s process.
UPDATE: We’ve added an exclusive reveal of Back to the Future and a hi-res version of Lord of the Rings. Read More »
Most artists have a style. A unique, original look for their art that distinguishes it from the rest. Most artists, however, aren’t Kevin Tong or Martin Ansin. Just when you think either artist is best at one thing, they’ll change it up and do something totally different. Realistic, exaggerated, mechanical, lyrical, Tong and Ansin are unique for being so diverse. And now, the pair are teaming up for a Mondo Gallery show based on fantasy and sci-fi.
Ansin and Tong’s show opens at 7 p.m. March 14 and remains on display through April 12 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. Below, check out some of the work including new posters for Alien, Aliens, The Wizard of Oz, Flash Gordon, Prometheus and Psycho. Plus, find some info on the latest Mondo vinyl: the score for Gravity. Read More »
There hasn’t been a universally loved Alien movie in almost thirty years. After Ridley Scott’s original and James Cameron’s sequel, most fans have found something to dislike about the three films that followed. Even the video games that take place in the universe have failed to capture the xenomorphic magic of the 1979 and 1986 films.
Now, Titan Books is trying to buck that trend that by publishing a brand new trilogy of novels, officially licensed and set in the Alien universe. These in-canon stories place between the first two films and dovetail with the movies in interesting ways. The first novel in the series, Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon, hits bookshelves Tuesday January 28. You can read an exclusive excerpt from the book below. Read More »