I saw Alien 3 in the theater and did not care for it much, liked it even less when I caught it on cable. There was a ton of issues with Alien 3, where they were going to go with the characters, what kind of movie they were going to make, time and budget problems, numerous directors considered, change in setting/sets/story right before shooting, unfinished script, and a studio butchering the directors final cut. The director hated the final cut so much he disowned himself from the movie. I got the Alien Quadrilogy a few years ago which had the directors cut of Alien 3, I thought the DC was much better then the original, the added scenes definitely made it feel like a complete movie and a pretty fitting ending for the series though I wish they would have gone with some of the other ideas and scripts I read about, I recommend you check it out if you can. The 4th Alien was the one that no directors cut could improve, totally pointless. I saw the "Aliens" director cut and talked about it a little, it is definitely the cut James Cameron wanted and is not just filler stuff, he had to heavily cut "Aliens" because the studio demanded a shorter movie which he was not happy with.
Yes sir, you are right on the money, Camron was giving us a full blast of his spectacular version of the ALIEN story. despite it being more action packed than ALIEN, it was still very imaginative. (tell me you didn't like that bad-*** drop ship or that APC..awesome..) But the studio didn't think so, unfortunate. Another studio gem ALIEN RESURRECTION however, was just horrible. Right down to the freakin' music. Reminded me of some old BATTLE STAR GALACTICA ****. OMG WTH were they thinking? that has got to be one of the worst sci-fi movies that I have ever seen.
As far as ALIEN 3, that was just a cluster f****. Although Charles S. Dutton along with some other actors, especially the ones from the BSC did an excellent job, I felt the story was just stupid. I mean come on, after all that **** they been thru they kill off Hicks and Newt in a crash landing and maroon Ripley on a de-comissioned prison planet with no weapons? They were on a MILITARY STARSHIP packed to the gills with STATE OF THE ART WEAPONRY. and it didn't have a lifeboat that stowed at least a few pulse rifles?..LMAO. This was they best that could come up with? FAIL Just like the PS3 game. ULTRA FAIL.
Stay in School. Use the hard stuff in moderation.
Utterly captivating since first seen at the age of 8. Goes best with the A.C. Clarke novel and a horde of books written to *attempt* an explanation at the meaning. Just ordered a commemorative 4-volume plus metal casing edition containing still images, interviews, screenplay, and production notes.
Some of mine, no particular order and there are plenty that escape me:
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein 1948
The Time Machine 1960
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1967
Godzilla-Destroy All Monsters 1968
High Plains Drifter 1973
Alien and Aliens 1979 and 1986
First Blood 1982
The Killer 1989 (Other Chow Yun-Fat - like God of Gamblers, Better Tomorrow...)
Gremlins 2 1990
Terminator 2 1991
Jurassic Park 1993
Kamikaze Girls 2004 (A way out there choice.)
Number 1 is JAWS - every time it is on I watch it
The Hunt For Red October - just watched it
Big Trouble in Little China
Meet The Parents
Die Hard 1-3
Lethal Weapon 1-2
Crocodile Dundee 1-2
The Wild Bunch
3 Original Star Wars movies
Star Trek II Wrath Of Khan
Every year leading up to Christmas for the past couple years I always try to watch
The Living Daylights or License To Kill
Meet The Parents
and then Christmas Vacation or Christmas story Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
I didn't feel like retyping the exact same list lol