Memory: The Origins of Alien Reviews

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December 9, 2019
Great and informative entry in the world of 'moviemaking documentaries'. [Full review in Spanish].
October 20, 2019
Memory: The Origins of Alien is a documentary that goes deeper than most in the genre.
October 16, 2019
The second half of "Memory" is solely focused on the infamous alien-creature-bursting-out-of-the-chest-of-Kane (John Hurt) scene. You, know, the one that we have all seen a zillion times over the years.
October 15, 2019
... with that subtitle it is no surprise that a lot of the inspiration for "Alien" came from author Dan O'Bannon's childhood.
October 15, 2019
Geeky but not too niche. Heavy but not over our heads. Choppy but never muddled. Appreciative and eager.
October 10, 2019
Like the masterful film it considers, the weird, haunting, and fascinating Memory is alternately precise and oblique in the ways it conveys its ideas.
October 10, 2019
Fascinating insight into not only the making of a masterpiece, but the inherent inspirations that trigger such bold creativity.
October 10, 2019
The film's chief purpose is to pull focus on the work of the late Dan O'Bannon (died 2009) who first dreamt up the idea.
October 9, 2019
The Origins of Alien, dissects the journey from concept to conception in microscopic detail, and with abiding fondness for [Diane] O'Bannon's work.
October 8, 2019
Plenty of the clips in Memory feature Ripley, but Weaver herself is MIA, and making an Alien documentary without Weaver is... well, it's about as good of an idea as making any other Alien movie without her.
October 8, 2019
There's no Sigourney Weaver and there's no Ridley Scott... Given that caveat, it's really comprehensive and very impressive.
October 5, 2019
Taking such a granular approach to the work provides real detail to "Alien," but also reveals some shortcomings.
October 4, 2019
While it is generally engaging to learn about the influences of the screenwriter Dan O'Bannon or the artistic process of H.R. Giger (who designed the alien), the documentary is at its least fawning when it focuses on technique.
October 4, 2019
This much I can promise: after seeing this documentary you'll never look at Alien the same way again.
October 4, 2019
... a treat for genre geeks and franchise aficionados, although the absence of Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver is a glaring omission.
October 4, 2019
It has a complex and rigorously argued set of theses that all come together at the end.
October 4, 2019
[I]t seems to forget that there's a whole lot of film remaining after the most famous scene.
October 3, 2019
Even if you're not a fan of Alien, this is an interesting look at the creative process and an investigation into how various types of story line inspired this iconic film.
October 3, 2019
"Memory: The Origins of 'Alien,'" a well-mounted peek behind the scenes of Ridley Scott's 1979 science-fiction masterpiece, is more interested in what you can see, as well as what you cannot unsee.
October 3, 2019
Much more than some filler doc destined to be a bonus feature on a future home-video release, it digs satisfyingly deeply into the film's genesis and its lasting impact on us.
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