Movie Explosions

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, an explosive engineer and special effects expert review some big explosions from movies like The Dark Knight, Rush Hour, Desperado and more. Plus, check out a visual effects breakdown from the award-winning HBO miniseries Chernobyl, and listen as Guy Pearce breaks down some of his most memorable roles, including Memento, Iron Man 3 and more. Read More »

‘Alien: Covenant’ – What Did You Think?

Alien Covenant

After questioning where human life came from in Prometheus, director Ridley Scott continues the narrative in the prequel sequel Alien: Covenant. But the trailers have indicated that this is an Alien movie that also goes back to the monstrous roots of the original 1979 movie that introduced audiences to xenomorphs. The truth is that it’s both. The question is whether that results in a cohesive, thoughtful, suspenseful sci-fi flick that’s worth your time.

After the jump, those of us on the /Film crew who saw the movie already offer their own thoughts. Read More »

best alien moments

In space, no one can hear you scream. Or make lists ranking the best moments from the Alien film series.

With Alien: Covenant hitting theaters this week, Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux revisited every movie featuring a xenomorph (yes, even the Alien vs. Predator movies) with one purpose: to watch for the scenes and beats and lines of dialogue that resonate the most. In this particular case, a “moment” is a malleable term. What stands out, really stands out, when we think back on these six movies?

We’ve included videos when available. And yes, there will be spoilers for the series from this point onward.

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(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: a defense of Ridley Scott’s controversial Alien prequel Prometheus.)

Like most of you, I walked out of my first screening of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus in some combination of confused and angry. That was the Alien prequel we’d spent the past two-plus years anxiously anticipating? The film that absolutely wasted Charlize Theron and Idris Elba, featured some of the worst character beats I’ve ever seen in a science fiction narrative, and bled all over the memory of Scott’s original Alien film? No matter how I approached the film – how charitable I tried to be in my interpretation of its story – all I saw was a barren wasteland where a promising Alien franchise might’ve stood. My hatred of Prometheus ran deep and pure.

And then a funny thing happened. A few months ago, as 20th Century Fox began to roll out new footage from Alien: Covenant and people in my social network started talking about Prometheus as if it wasn’t the worst thing since death and taxes. A few friends even argued passionately on the film’s behalf, suggesting that Prometheus, despite its flaws, was one of the boldest science fiction films to hit theaters in a good long while. This put me in an awkward position. I had spent more than four years nursing my grudge towards Scott’s film, and while I remained convinced that the film would only get worse on a re-watch, I knew it would be disingenuous of me to argue against the film without at least giving a second shot.

So I popped Prometheus into my Blu-ray player again, and wouldn’t you know it? That movie grew up a helluva lot in our four years apart.

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Alien Covenant Trailer Breakdown 59

If Alien: Covenant is a success, then Ridley Scott has no plans of leaving the Alien franchise anytime soon. The filmmaker wants the next few sequels/prequels to “gradually drive into the back entrance of the [original] film.” He has four more Alien movies in mind, and he’ll be ready to shoot the next one within 14 months.

Below, read Scott’s comments on the Alien: Covenant sequel.

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Alien Covenant

Even though we’re still a little under two weeks away from seeing Alien: Covenant on the big screen, critics have already seen the next chapter of the Alien prequel series that began with Prometheus and will supposedly continue with even more sequels that will take us back to the events of the original Alien from 1979. So what are the early reviews saying?

The consensus: though Alien: Covenant is a return to form for Ridley Scott as far as the horror, blood and gore is concerned, the director has a hard time balancing that stuff with the intellectual, thought-provoking, scientific side that made Prometheus less enjoyable than its predecessors.

Find out more in our Alien Covenant reviews round-up below. Read More »

Alien Covenant TV Spot

Yesterday brought the announcement of Alien Day 2017 along with a batch of new TV spots promoting the release of Alien: Covenant this month. One of those TV spots aired during the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournamentj last night and it included the hashtag #emohemekat. If you follow that hashtag on Instagram, it takes you to a viral account with only one post, and that post just so happened to be an extended spot featuring new footage from the movie that hints at the fate of a certain character from Prometheus. Since the reveal is a bit of a spoiler, we’ll wait to discuss it until after the jump.

Watch the Alien Covenant TV spot after the jump. Read More »

Alien Day 2017

This year brings a new Alien film to the big screen, with Ridley Scott directing yet another installment of the franchise he began back in 1979 (and has had plenty of ups and downs in the years since). Alien: Covenant will hopefully bring the franchise from the slight slump that came with the prequel Prometheus, especially with as many as four more movies potentially in the works.

Hyping up the release of Alien: Covenant, we have a new batch of TV spots that feature some snippets of new footage from the sequel. In addition, fans who celebrated the newly named Alien Day on April 26 last year will be able to enjoy another 24-hour celebration of the film franchise this year. There will be a live streaming event, an interactive trivia challenge, worldwide screenings, all-new product launches, special reveals and more.

Find out about the Alien Day 2017 details and watch some new TV spots below. Read More »

alien covenant prometheus 2

Let’s be honest with ourselves here: the earliest details about Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant made this film sound like a soft reboot, a way of continuing the series while dismissing as much of the divisive Prometheus as possible. However, after a day on the film’s set last year, it became very clear that this is very much a sequel to the first Alien prequel, even as it’s doubling down on being the prequel many Alien fans wanted in the first place. Let’s take a closer look.

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Alien Day Artwork

Don’t let your chest burst open from nerdiness, but it’s officially Alien Day! In honor of LV-426, there are all sorts of celebrations happening today including double feature screenings of Alien and its sequel, releases of new memorabilia, and a handful of new collectible prints from a few different artists.

Today Bottleneck Gallery has three new prints that are going on sale. One of them may be more difficult to get than the other two, but if you’re a fan of artwork by Laurent Durieux, Mark Englert and Chris Skinner.

Plus, Mondo has two new vinyl releases featuring the scores for Prometheus and Aliens. Get a look at the Alien Day artwork and the Mondo vinyl releases after the jump. Read More »