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Vintage Sci-Fi Movie Posters

A guy called Tim Anderson has created these brilliant ‘Vintage Style’ Sci-Fi Movie Posters for classic films such as Ridley Scott’s Alien & Blade Runner and also Larry and Andy Wachowski’s The Matrix
Vintage Sci-Fi Movie Posters Alien MilnersBlog
Vintage Sci-Fi Movie Posters Blade Runner MilnersBlog
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Prometheus Review

MilnersBlog The Concept Art of Prometheus(SPOILERS)
(Pro·me·the·us)
A figure, who represented human striving,
Particularly the quest for scientific knowledge,
And the risk of overreaching or unintended consequences.

A lot of weight rests on the shoulders of Sir Ridley Scott after 30 years hiding behind historical pursuits he’s back to show us kids how it’s done. Known for rewriting the science fiction rule book alongside Lucas and Kubrick, Scott has expectations to meet with his latest film Prometheus.

Before the viral campaign and even before the teaser trailer of the teaser trailer came out we were presented with the tag line: “They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end.” translation: An Alien prequel on creation. It seemed an interesting but barely touched subject in film, and with Ridley at the helm an exciting concept. It’s been a long while since a sci-fi film has a budget to match its ideas. Over the years surviving off early 90’s copycats and obvious Scott inspired pieces such as Moon, Pandorum (2009) and Sunshine (2007) we were in desperate need of our knighted director and here is back in his most successful arena…

Prometheus opens up with naturalist cinematography; panoramic shots of evolving terrain feed our appetite for spectacle making us reminisce on the Blade runner cityscapes. The grandeur score composed by Gladiator’s Marc Streitenfeld is woven flawlessly into the landscapes and works well to draw the audience in for that all important first scene. It doesn’t take long to foresee that this is no Alien, without having to wait for John Hurt to cough up his super noodles just minutes in we get our extraterrestrial, killing all hope for tension. Designed as a Titan Michael Angelo the humanoid (or engineer) is one of the films early surprises appearing briefly alongside the familiar fade-in credits. It is plain to see the film lacks the suspense of its classic origins opting out of the horror sub-genre and edging more towards thriller. Within the film we are presented with themes of humanity religion and the classic stables gender, pregnancy, nature and comradeship, parallels that can be drawn out clearly from its predecessors.

The design of the film is hard to flaw with the super visual effects company Weta digital seducing us frame by frame we can see this is going to be a treat for the eyes. Scott has more freedom technically and financially to mould his vision this time round and ultimately more power. Known for being a world-builder Riley’s Roman empires and dystopian cities have left permanent imprints in our minds. He now seeks to unveil a world that Alien could never have dreamt of, the spine-tingling claustrophobic atmospheres created three decades ago have been replaced by vivid open almost staged areas. The beloved space jockey set has been enlarged no longer needing Ridley’s kids as stand-ins as the mysterious control room is now double in size. The leading lady herself Prometheus reflects a perfect representation of the elusive Weyland company too uptight to show her bare wires a professional through and through. The eerie narrow corridors of the derelict ship have been Widened and de-fogged, improved with a few new H.R. Giger’s murals put in place for the diehard fans.

The spaciously designed sets though beautifully sculpted unfortunately kill the tone of the film; having so much to play with this time round it seems riley’s design ideas are basically Alien with hairspray losing a lot of its inherited charm. A promising department is in the costume design, Oscar-winning designer Janty Yates will defiantly be up for some more nominations next year with her sharp intricate designs shaping characters such as the elusive Meredith Vickers. Merit should also be granted to the creature design team the not yet evolved viper-like beings (though slightly ruined by Spall belittling the alien like it’s some common Jack Russell) have us drooling in anticipation for the DVD extras.

Tragically the main let down of the film is its dire screenplay written by Damon Lindelof a TV writer (Lost) who seems to have all of the major studios eating out of his predictable palm whipped us up a script both marketable and patronising. The no bullshit crew of the Nostromo have been downgraded to a laid back accordion playing captain and his betting lackeys; playing trivial one-liner types. The dialog seems to have lost all seriousness in pursuit of gaining a mass audience. Rafe Spall (the comedic spawn of actor Timothy Spall) alongside Sean Harris are pushed aside early on in the film cowardly separating from the group like cartoon duo Shaggy and Scooby making the expedition appear like some immature field trip.

The robotic ice queen Meredith Vickers played flawlessly by Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron (monster) is another let down, her hidden agendas giving us hope for a weyland-yutani company backstory instead progress to a mini family soap opera. But on a lighter note providing the film’s most shocking moment is our would be protagonist Elizabeth Shaw, The Ripley reincarnate played by iconic Swedish actress Noopi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is a god fearing scientist with a love for do-it-yourself surgery giving an on-screen c-section that us girls won’t be forgetting for a long time! The ballsy female though lacking Ripley’s butchness is one to watch. Another act that really stands out is Irish-German born actor Michael Fassbender his catalytic performance as the ‘I’m-a-real-boy’ David certainly attempts to hold the film together, the android Pinocchio models himself off Peter O’Toole’s performance in Laurence of Arabia; the character famously known for his struggles with personal identity and his divided allegiance makes a perfect preface for David’s character and themes to come.

Prometheus is certainly not a bad film the ideas and intent are clearly there; to critically shun the film on all sides would be ignorant. Were the film downgrades in story it beautifully upgrades in design deserving to be appreciated on the best platform possible: IMAX. The incomplete feelings were left with at the end of the film is muted by the arguably studio prompted sequel bait. The unanswered questions are packed away with post surgery Shaw as she is whisked away in the derelict ships twin. If the studio hits it target then Pandora’s box will hopefully be opened in years to come, so buy your cinema tickets and wait in anticipation.

VERDICT: We have jumped from a tension built Hitchcock to a shock horror Wes Craven. A design monument of the moment, certainly no classic.

2.5/5

FAMOUS LAST WORDS: “With science-fiction you have the opportunity of being able to do anything you want, with the digital assistance, and it’s up to you to not do anything foolish or silly or daft, or non-credible” Ridely Scott.

The Space Craft Prometheus

The Viral Marketing campaign has kicked off in earnest for Ridley Scott’s new film Prometheus, this stunning new high-resolution image of the space craft Prometheus was revealed today through some amazing login and passwords which some ingenious people figured out for the website Project Prometheus.

Click to enlarge to see the stunning detail, including the nice touch showing tiny wisps of propulsion from the engines.
The Prometheus Space Ship

The Prometheus Spaceship 2

Here’s what GeekTyrant had to say on how they solved the first image puzzle

I don’t know how people find time to figure these things out, but to gain access to the image, users figured out that if they added the word ‘Eridu’ to the URL, such as ProjectPrometheus.com/Eridu, and then type in “tell abu shahrain” as the password, you will get the image above.

So what does Eridu even mean? According to Wikipedia, “Eridu is an ancient Sumerian city in what is now Tell Abu Shahrain, Dhi Qar Governorate, Iraq. Eridu was considered the earliest city in southern Mesopotamia, and is one of the oldest cities in the world. Located 12 km southwest of Ur, Eridu was the southernmost of a conglomeration of Sumerian cities that grew about temples, almost in sight of one another. In Sumerian mythology, Eridu was originally the home of Enki, who was considered to have founded the city, later known by the Akkadians as Ea. His temple was called E-Abzu, as Enki was believed to live in Abzu (“Deep Ocean”), an aquifer from which all life was believed to stem.”

I have no idea what this has to do with the movie, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. Make sure to click on the image to enlarge! You can watch the epically awesome trailer for the film here if you haven’t seen it yet, or just want to watch it again.

Here’s the Space Map image that was also released a few weeks ago as well
Prometheus Space Map
I just hope they don’t peak to soon.

The Art of Prometheus

Prometheus HR Giger

Is this the handy work of the original and brilliant Alien artist and sculpture HR Giger, Ridley Scott did mention he would be working on the new ‘back to the roots’ Alien movie Prometheus.

Ridley on the subject:

I brought him in, I showed him what we were doing, showed him the story and he liked it a lot. So he’s doing a little bit of work for me. He’s been doing some murals, big murals, which we’ll see in almost one of the first chambers we encounter when we land where we’re gonna go.

It does have all the hallmarks of his handy work, including the slight resemblance to an Alien Queen…all will be revealed on the 8th of June.

It’s EPIC!!

Don’t get excited..we’ll not too much, it’s only a ‘trailer for a trailer’ for Ridley Scott’s first sci-fi movie in many years, Prometheus which is now online. It’s a 30 second “trailer preview” for the actual trailer that will be released online this Thursday. It has some behind-the-scenes footage (as well as a tiny bit of actual footage) interspersed with Scott talking about the film on set (though the grainy stylistic flourish is quite appealing). It ups the horror aspect of the flick, something I was extremely happy to see, as it has connections to Scott’s Alien, it really does look like he’s drawing from the horror tone of my favorite classic horror/sci-fi epic instead of simply making a sci-fi actioner.
Teaser for a Trailer
Beautiful 'Nostromo-esque' Engines Nostromo Mark II??
More Eggs??
Alien AcidIts got ACID FOR BLOOD
Get the Flame Throwers OutGood old flame throwers
Chest Buster?Chest buster action???
Your Quarantined Go to Quarantine..your not coming in!!You First
You first!
It's got ACID FOR BLOOD!!!Arrghh