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- 2011.May.16 / 9am
Aliens (special edition)by: Tysto.Commentaries • tags: 1980s • Alien • feature • free • directed by: James.Cameron • stars: Bill.Paxton • Lance.Henriksen • Michael.Biehn • Sigourney.Weaver
From Tysto commentaries:
James Cameron blasts you out of a cannon (after loading you and packing you with powder for, like, 40 minutes) at a whole host of aliens (which you don’t actually hit for another 35 minutes) in this sequel to the timeless monster movie Alien. Join me as I examine the special edition and its themes of motherhood and self-actualization and blowin’ sh*t up and corporations are bad.
I compare the film to the original and to various other films by Cameron and others. I go Wierzbowski hunting. I imagine Jerry Seinfeld in place of Paul Reiser. I call it “nearly perfect”, altho I lament the concept of the alien hive with a queen. And I call out all the little Cameron-romance moments (“We’re gonna die! I kind of like you!”).
At no point do any of these female characters need rescuing. … Even Newt doesn’t need to be rescued! [laughs] There is a different version of this movie in which Newt becomes the one who is in charge.— Tysto Commentaries,
I think of Paul Reiser as a very wimpy, reedy, little New Yorker … kind of a person in real life. [laughs] And I assume that he doesn’t have any internal fortitude at all and therefore would not go on a mission like this.— ,
This is one of those moments that I treasure in film. … This slow realization that everything you’ve been doing up to this point has been a terrible, terrible mistake.— ,
[re: Hicks and Ripley] It’s a James Cameron romance, tho, right? ‘Here, let me show you how to operate this gun.’— ,
We’ve found ourselves some 1980s ventilation ducts. They’re so big that people can run around in them just bending over.— Commentaries,
[re: weird ventilation fans] I don’t know what this thing is, but why in the hell would it be built this way? [laughs, then as Weaver's character from Galaxy Quest] This episode was badly written!— Commentaries,