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Old 10-11-2016, 12:23 PM   #17911 (permalink)
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And yet Spielberg did pretty much the exact same thing in Saving Private Ryan with countless throwaway characters, and yet still managed to not make them into walking self-parodies for the most part. Aliens is a fun movie, but pretty much the only character in the movie who wasn't a cardboard cutout was Ripley.
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:29 PM   #17912 (permalink)
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Saving Private Ryan has some of the best action sequences I've seen. That movie is gold.

He also had an amazing ensemble cast to work with.

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Old 10-11-2016, 12:30 PM   #17913 (permalink)
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All of the Alien movies are essentially different visions of the same story.

Alien is the creepy suspenseful horror movie
Aliens is the action sci fi movie
Alien 3 is the gritty psychological thriller
Alien Resurrection is the campy special effects eye candy movie

It all depends on my mood. There are even times I reach for Alien 3 - as long as it's the Workprint cut.
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:34 PM   #17914 (permalink)
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And yet Spielberg did pretty much the exact same thing in Saving Private Ryan with countless throwaway characters, and yet still managed to not make them into walking self-parodies for the most part.
Agreed. Although Spielberg was re-telling history. Cameron was telling a Sci-Fi horror fairy-tale.
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:53 PM   #17915 (permalink)
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Saving Private Ryan has some of the best action sequences I've seen. That movie is gold.

He also had an amazing ensemble cast to work with.

He also had Vin Diesel, who was considerably more believable than most of the cast from Aliens.
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:12 AM   #17916 (permalink)
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Citizen Kane.
Quite possibly the most overrated film I think I've ever seen. Bar a few creative camera shots, and some notably solid character writing, it was beyond average.
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I definitely agree that it's overrated, but I still think it's a phenomenal film that gets at least 9/10 from me.
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But who the **** cares what's actually happening to anybody in that movie?
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:27 AM   #17919 (permalink)
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Citizen Kane.
Quite possibly the most overrated film I think I've ever seen. Bar a few creative camera shots, and some notably solid character writing, it was beyond average.
That's because all film cliches we've used for the past half century were established by that film. It was groundbreaking for the day.
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I definitely agree that it's overrated, but I still think it's a phenomenal film that gets at least 9/10 from me.
What exactly was so appealing about it for you?

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That's because all film cliches we've used for the past half century were established by that film. It was groundbreaking for the day.
I get that, but an analogy for that would be "just because someone was the first one to pick their nose, doesn't mean that first nose pick was beautiful, it's still just someone picking their nose"
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