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  1. Aerosmith's greatest original material never made it on to the radio, so you'd have to listen to those early albums to appreciate them.
  2. Jimmy thinks you're wrong.
  3. I think what most stands out about Aliens today is the 'Vietnam' aesthetic that Cameron based the Colonial Marines on. It was a hybrid of Vietnam and Starship Troopers. Not only in the soldier's hubris and ineptitude, but in the look. With warfare being what it is today, Vietnam aesthetics are pretty far removed from where we've come. It makes Aliens seem older than it should.
  4. Aliens feels like Cameron's poorest aged film. Even T1, which has that grungy aesthetic and shoe-string budget, feels a bit fresher. Perhaps because T1's limitations were its charms, but Aliens just feels like it has arthritis when I watch it now.
  5. Nothing works in this movie. Nobody seems to know what kind of movie there in, especially Tom Cruise, who thinks he's in a Tom Cruise movie. Wrong.
  6. The villian...was a wacky choice. Seeing him in his armor and all that, was a little stupefying.
  7. This is the type of thing I want to see the band do. Step outside of the comfort zone of Greatest Hits to pay homage to the fallen heroes of rock and roll. Lord knows Chris deserves the reverence. Last year, we came so close to getting a Prince themed show from GN'R. There were reports last year that GN'R's Cochella setlist would be a heavy tribute to Prince. That they had rehearsed Purple Rain and others. Man, would I love to have heard that once in my life. GN'R doing Prince? Take my money right now! For better or worse, it didn't happen. Maybe because of the saturation of Prince tributes, maybe because it was one of their "debut" performances and they knew the expectation was to play their hits, maybe because it was Cochella and it was the wrong crowd. Alas, it would have been something we would have never forgotten.
  8. I guess it depends on what you're looking for in this movie. As an "Alien" movie, it's very weak. It moves so fast that there is no time between Alien's bursting out of people and litterally the next moment, being fully formed monsters that are climbing the walls and hissing. There is zero sense of dread or momentum to the creatures, it's more like "we've only got thirty minutes with these things so they need to do everything at once." As a continuation to Prometheus? It doesn't care about Prometheus, certainly not the engineers, certainly not Shaw, who is probably the most horrific cadaver that I can remember seeing in film. It cares only about David and David's narcissism. If you can put all that aside, a fair number of people actually did enjoy it, but you're better off knowing what you're going to get and what you're definetly not going to get.
  9. I can see that I was right on the nose about this film, all along... Many months ago I read a plot synopsis that some trigger-happy fans posted after a sneak preview. They broke the film down, pretty much by beat. I tried not to let it bother me, but it was hard to give the film a fair shake when I knew it jettisoned the interesting ideas that were the reason it existed in the first place. It solved the engineer issue with one deft moment and made it obsolete to the new directive; David's Little Shop of Horrors. Ah, David...Such a brilliantly written character in Prometheus. Neither good nor bad, he had such a neat role as provocateur and curious child. Maybe Ridley didn't understand that what made David so great was that they didin't swing too far either way with him, the first time. Maybe they just needed him to crank out a cookie-cutter story. Somebody had to be the bad guy. Only, he's beyond bad, beyond evil. He's so fucking mustache twirling in this movie that I expected him to tie Katherine Waters to the train tracks. I guess, in the end, the sequel with David and Shaw in Paradise was just toooo ambitious in concept. Think about it. It would have involved one human character and the head of another on an Alien planet with no other human characters to interact with. Try carving a movie out of that! I always thought that the tone of the franchise should shift into something more like Planet of the Apes, with Shaw as a prisoner on planet that was in the middle of some kind of civil war. That's how I wanted to see Ridley go about it. There's still the confounding and pretzel knotting lineage to the original Alien, to consider. That engineer ship that the Nostromo finds was sitting on that planet surface for thousands of years, enough to fossilize the engineer in the cockpit. If it was there for thousands of years, how did David's children find their way into the cargo hold? Since the Aliens were never a product of the engineers. In the end, the presence of this particular ship on this particular planet was the only question fans wanted Ridley to answer. I don't think any answer, if he even cares to try, will satisfy that curiosity.
  10. It's shocking to me that we've gone years without a full studio leak of a song! The trading community has probably dried up considerably.
  11. That's pretty cool! I never knew that performance was impromptu.
  12. I like how they've started a trend of naming characters after US territories. First we had Dallas, now we have Tennessee, maybe next time if we're good, we'll get Kentucky.
  13. This whole dance is really 20th Century Fox's fault. They've meddled in the Alien franchise since the beginning, because really, it's one of the few franchises they have and everyone has an idea. Skipping the politics of Alien 3 and the debacle of miscarried movies, they set Ridley up to produce an Alien prequel back in 2008-2009. Ridley developed it with the intention of a protege directing. Then Ridley decided he was the one with the vision for the movie so it went through changes. He probably thought that the ideas in the script were so rich, that he didn't want to sully them by endearing them to a monster movie; a film where he was obligated to show aliens chasing people down corridors. So he cut the Aliens out with Damon Lindelof's help. The film would stand on its own. It's ideas would be unburdened by the expectations of an audience that demanded the Alien in all three lifecycle forms. The moivie comes out and...too late...people were already expecting those aliens. It limps to the finish line. Meanwhile (and Ridley himself admits this), Star Wars is brewing in a huge way at Disney. Fox starts scratching. They don't have any franchise material to compete, so they go back to the old well. I'm quite sure they handed down a decree to Ridley Scott; if you want a sequel to that movie you did, find a way to put the famous monsters in it, because the check isn't written until there's blood on the wall. Just how I see it. This was a calculated dance on Fox's part. Just two years ago, Ridley Scott said the Alien was cooked, what do you think changed?
  14. I'm actually feeling glad since the majority of reviews I've read say that the second half of the film deals directly with Prometheus and in that vein, is very much a sequel to that film. Okay, no engineers, but we're at least in the same ballpark. It's difficult to make a film that marries two franchises and pleases those who want one more than the other.
  15. It seems to be a lot more conventional than the original. In my opinion, that's a good thing, but it's sure to cause a controversy among the people who love the existential shit. Then again, this is a trailer and it's designed to get you to part with your money and if they made it seem boring and stilted, those advertising agencies would dry up.