From the moment Prometheus ended, I couldn’t digest it. There was something too Frankenstein-esque about how the story seemed to shoehorn and then outright bolt things on to get into the Alien universe so Ridley Scott had an excuse to do a sequel that got us closer to the first Alien film and its events. In essence, Prometheus is the film that nobody needed. So where does Alien: Covenant sit after the rancour of the first prequel? More after the jump plus NSFW trailer.
In a perfect world, Walter Hill’s record as a director would be unblemished. Streets Of Fire, 48 Hours, The Warriors, Southern Comfort, Red Heat. Any of them would define the 70’s and 80’s in American cinema and its goals. Unfortunately, everybody’s run ends somewhere. Hill’s ended with this abomination of a film, Supernova, and took him over twelve years to be trusted with another movie. Which is sad given that the film could have been a great film both in terms of pacing and execution.
It’s a new year and here at the Capricorn Theater, I’m looking forward to the time ahead and I’m writing my first (future) year in cinema. Both what I’m looking forward to seeing in cinemas and what I’ll have on the site from home video releases. For the last year, I’ve been busier than ever writing on my site. Over thirty reviews and posts which is more than what I had posted in the previous six years or so before that. This might be worthy of a pat on the back, I’d like to do better. While this will read in parts like a wish list, I would stress that some of the cinema releases may not be released here in Ireland so they might end up as video reviews. So here’s what this year holds in store for the site.
After Prometheus, I really was wary of Ridley Scott going into sci-fi. He’s a guy who thrives when he was tackling different subjects one after another (Alien and Blade Runner led to Legend and Someone to Watch Over Me, Gladiator led to Hannibal and Black Hawk Down) so when he said he was going to adapt Andy Weir’s book The Martian to star Matt Damon so soon after his problematic return to the Alien universe, I was not in a great frame of mind to watch it.
My first experience with Italian horror and science fiction has two rocky but excellent starts. The horror came in the form of Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond and House By The Cemetery (Thanks so much Mick, for recommending and loaning them to me). Watching them on the brand new DVD format (Wave of the future!), I loved Beyond and couldn’t finish House as I was too scared of it (Thanks so much Mick, for recommending and loaning them to me!). Watching them, I could understand their appeal: they were quickly edited, well paced and had decent actors in them who just tackled the work and nothing more.
Like a forgotten story, Ridley Scott’s Legend keeps coming around all the time to remind me that fairy tales can still look and sound credible and that they have to power to entertain and captivate audiences if done right. A battle for the light against the very manifestation of darkness itself, a quest to save a person’s one true love before they are destroyed and sacrificed on the altar of desire and covetousness. A sumptuous looking film, shot in ochre dungeon oranges, pale whites of winter and hazy technicolor dreams of meadowy youth. Yeah, Legend is all of those things and more. Continue reading