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April 26, 2020 5:44 AM   Subscribe

April 26th is Alien Day! Twitter celebrates with delightful material in their #AlienDay hashtag. My favorite thus far uses office supplies to a menacing end. Happy Alien Day! Hug a face hugger!
posted by hippybear (15 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
Always remember that Alien was the first film ever to pass the Bechdel Test.
posted by Etrigan at 6:30 AM on April 26 [4 favorites]


I don’t know why there’s a science officer on a commercial towing vehicle, but still, perfect movie.
posted by rodlymight at 7:38 AM on April 26


Aliens home to the greatest comeback ever......Hey Vasquez.......
posted by lalochezia at 8:01 AM on April 26


Re-watching Alien Covenant. I know that the Prometheus films are very divisive, but I'm in the camp that believes they're fascinating and good. Flawed, but so entertaining and interesting in what they're attempting to do with the mythos of the Alien series and how it pivots in focusing on the engineers.

Happy Alien Day!!
posted by Fizz at 8:08 AM on April 26 [1 favorite]


Always remember that Alien was the first film ever to pass the Bechdel Test.
A quick glance at bechdeltest.com shows ten movies released in 1949 that pass the test. And that was the first year I looked at.
posted by Hatashran at 8:51 AM on April 26 [3 favorites]


I know that the Prometheus films are very divisive, but I'm in the camp that believes they're fascinating and good.

Prometheus is a seriously flawed movie, so much so that it's hard for me to rewatch, but it still has some great moments and is overall beautiful to look at. Covenant is also flawed but I LOVE it. I really wish that the rumored 3rd Prometheus/David movie will eventually happen, but I seriously doubt it.
posted by Gaz Errant at 9:19 AM on April 26


Hatashran, it was the first in that it was the first film ever described as passing it, in the comic strip where the test was first defined.
posted by Four Ds at 10:09 AM on April 26 [7 favorites]






A quick glance at bechdeltest.com shows ten movies released in 1949 that pass the test.

I didn’t say “the first movie ever made that passed the test” for a reason. The Bechdel Test (a.k.a. The Mo Movie Measure or the Wallace Test) was first postulated (to an audience, by Bechdel herself) in 1985. And part of the joke was that you had to go back six years to find a movie that passed the test.
posted by Etrigan at 10:36 AM on April 26 [10 favorites]


I'll never be able to look at staplers the same way again. Brilliant.
posted by col_pogo at 5:35 PM on April 26


One of my boyfriend's best friends is obsessed with the Alien franchise (among other things he's obsessed with) and it came up that I hadn't seen Alien3 since it was out in theaters & I'd never seen Alien: Resurrection. So he planned a night where we'd all watch both movies.

I had put together a Ripley costume a few years prior -- it's easy enough since it's just a jumpsuit & patches easily attainable online. I was also given a Nostromo cap in the meantime. So, of course, I did the only reasonable thing and showed up for this movie night in costume.

It was appreciated by all because we are all nerds.
posted by darksong at 6:35 PM on April 26 [2 favorites]


I like Alien better than Aliens, but they're very different movies & they're both great. Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection have their high points and their low points. I did like Resurrection better than I expected, although it did come across as fanfiction.

Also, still one of my favorite comments on the Internet was someone saying "David Fincher should direct an Alien movie" because, oh honey ... do I have news for you.

(I also liked when I posted a link to the video for "Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z that Fincher directed, someone commented "David Fincher should make more music videos.")
posted by darksong at 6:40 PM on April 26 [1 favorite]


I went to see Alien: Resurrection high on cough syrup and had a very intense moment with Ripley discovering all the clones of herself and again when the alien is getting sucked outside the spaceship and dying. It was a good kind of connection to have with an otherwise not very fulfilling movie. It has never been as good to watch for me as it was that one time, but that one time was very very good.
posted by hippybear at 6:50 PM on April 26 [1 favorite]


This is rumour control; here are the facts.

While Fincher didn't want to do a true director's cut of Alien3, there's a sort of consensus cut of the movie on some of the dvd/bluray sets that's dramatically better and if anything even more tragic than the theatrical version.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 7:16 PM on April 26


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