It’s Aliens Jim, but not as we know it – ★★★

Among sci-fi fans the age old debate of which is better Ridley Scott’s Alien or Cameron’s Aliens is set to continue, with Prometheus - the latest offering from Scott – unlikely to dent either classic.

Alien is regarded as the more tense and atmospheric of the two with the alien design by H.R. Giger resulting in one of the most iconic creatures ever created for film. Cameron does what he does best, action, and Aliens is a no holes barred action extravaganza, taking the elements that Scott had in place and cranking them up to eleven. David Fincher took over the baton for Aliens 3 managing to make a film out of the production nightmare surrounding it but his film was seen as the weakest link until number four, 1997′s Alien: Resurrection, came along. We won’t even mention the Alien v Predator nonsense. So when word began circulating that Scott was going to direct a new Alien picture the movie world went a tiny bit ape-shit.

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Ridley Scott + Cormac McCarthy + Pitt + Bardem + Fassbender + Jolie + Cruz = Success

| o | - Ridley Scott, fresh off directing 'Prometheus', will tackle Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counselor'.

News this morning from The Hollywood Reporter that Penelope Cruz is the latest name to be circling Ridley Scott’s forthcoming The Counselor. The film is most notable for featuring the first screenplay by acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy who illiterate cinephiles will know from writing the books that The Road and No Country for Old Men were based on.

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“We are the Gods now!” – Prometheus TED 2023 talk

| o | - Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland in Prometheus which lands on earth this June.

So we try not to follow the typical pre-release hype cycle that a lot of movie websites indulge in. Every new still or poster getting its own post in the months leading up to blockbuster release, and then once it’s released maybe a quick review, leave your money on the bedside table and out the door, never to be spoken of again.

But this little bit of viral marketing genius for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus that showed up yesterday is a little different…

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Your Film Festival

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So Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender must have hit it off on the set of Prometheus as they’ve teamed up to launch Your Film Festival.

It’s a subsite on YouTube where you can submit your own movies, they’ll judge them and the successful winner will be given $500,000 to make their movie. Scott was obviously bitten by the gorilla/indie film vibe when he worked with Kevin Macdonald to compile Life in a Day and it’s great to see someone of his talent offering his services to the budding directors of the world.

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The Grey

Second chances with wolves - ★★★

A decade ago Joe Carnahan was considered one of the Hollywood’s most promising film-makers. The high-praise following the release of Narc – an uncompromising look at two under-cover Detroit cops who get tangled up in the corruption of the city’s drugs underworld – suggested he was set for big things. But then, as often happens, crisis hit. This time in the form of Mission Impossible III

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