These things no longer surprise or tantalize us as they once did. In a very short time, science-fiction films have developed their own jargon that's now become a part of the grammar.
Jul 9 - 07:01 AM
omg ITS YOU AGAIN U ALREDY RUINED STAR WARS AND THE GODFATHER PART 2
Jul 19 - 09:59 AM
good point livinadaydream
Sep 23 - 06:37 AM
You stupid, ****ing pathetic losers deserve to die. Kill yourselves. You don't deserve to live.I don't like Alien - it's by no means a bad film, I just don't care for sci-fi. Even if I did like it, it's just the guys ****ing opinion you stupid idiots. It's his opinion. There's no need to get all "wat a fukin a hole he dunt liek ma fav movi!!! ashoel!!!!! stupied iediot!! he shud die!!!"
Sep 30 - 05:48 AM
"Go die old man."Spot on.
Nov 18 - 08:45 PM
This guy's dead, but his reviews still count? If his count, why don't Gene Siskel's?
Dec 16 - 01:41 PM
Because he posted this review on here you. Siskel apparently didn't post his review on here. It's the critics that come here and post their reviews.
Jan 3 - 10:52 AM
I think Canby here is looking at things the wrong way. When he wrote this, sci-fi epic/spectacle films were starting to take off. He seems to have pidgeonholed this movie in that sort of genre instead of appreciating it for what it really is: a horror film. In this film space isn't the final frontier, space becomes a return to the first frontier. Alien takes man's primal jungle fears and then puts it in an otherworldly setting, as realized by Swiss surrealist Giger. In his final film moment, Harry Dean Stanton stops to let the water fall on his face in the cathedral-like hangar and its imagery has always brought up images of the savannah watering-hole. You know how that ends.
Jan 16 - 07:14 AM
senial son of a b!tch
Feb 8 - 10:13 PM
Your face isn't part of the grammar.
Feb 19 - 04:13 PM
peter van wieren
Get a life or die.
Mar 7 - 07:25 AM
Who actually listens to Vincent Canby anyway? He was more of a snob than Pauline Kael, and that's saying something.
Apr 17 - 09:32 PM
Vinny, time to retire. I'll have to see how you rated "Gone With The Wind." Probably splattered that one too.
Aug 22 - 09:48 PM
The old **** died nearly ten years ago!!!
Sep 23 - 03:36 AM
Karma's a *****, that's why you're gone for ruining a flawless movie
Sep 19 - 10:39 PM
How do you give this movie a rotten tomatoe were you on crack when you watched it?
Nov 18 - 07:38 PM
Stop judging these movies as if they came out in 2009 go back thirty years and tell me this movie sucks. You had nighmares for weeks dont hate!
Dec 24 - 11:42 AM
Keep in mind, this was the guy who gave The Godfather Part II a rotten.
Dec 31 - 07:19 AM
as they once did?! this is an original you old cocksucker ****** you are probably the dumbest person who's ever lived
Jan 8 - 10:27 PM
Thanks alot jerk.
Jan 22 - 01:44 PM
So you review this movie in 2005, 26 years after the film was first made. Every sequel to this film has been made, as well as numerous others whose influences lie in this film. And what do you do? You compare it to the science fiction of today, and/or others that came after this film. For this reason, I find your review lacklustre. You should review it as it is; a benchmark in science fiction and horror filmmaking. Back in 1979, this movie was the scariest thing out there; review it as such. Surely you were alive in 1979? You look maybe 2, 3 hundred years old?
Feb 7 - 07:11 AM