Memory: The Origins of Alien Reviews

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
It has a complex and rigorously argued set of theses that all come together at the end.
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 2, 2019
The result often feels superficial; it is neither a definitive account of the creation of Scott's touchstone of horror and sci-fi, nor a cogent analysis of its aestheticized subtexts, those gritty and unnerving surfaces and the things lurking underneath.
August 31, 2019
[O]nce the film finishes discussing said scene, it stops dead and dashes for the credits, as if Alien were a movie of one half only. Still, this is an appealing jaunt nonetheless - and a must for Alien enthusiasts.
August 30, 2019
[A] solemn and enlivening documentary...
August 23, 2019
Thanks to 20th Century Fox's rich archives and the quality of the DVD extras, there is not much in 'Memory' that warrants its claim to be the 'untold' story of its origin.
August 20, 2019
...what Philippe's documentary traces is the way in which Alien transforms the perverted (pro)creative process at the heart of its own making into the main theme and central mystery of its ongoing story.
February 8, 2019
Memory is most valuable for its fresh recontextualization of Alien in the same feminist air space as Kramer vs. Kramer and Manhattan, films that vibrate with late-'70s family panic.
February 5, 2019
It doesn't just remind you that Alien is a masterpiece but details how it got that way and why it continues to haunt us.
January 25, 2019
It's big on facts, but light on feelings; it knows what "Alien" means, but has little to say about why people love it.
January 25, 2019
With its passionate contributors and lofty ideas, "Memory: The Origins of Alien" demonstrates that, if nothing else, the study of a film can be as exciting as the film itself.
January 25, 2019
Philippe goes right to that place where the four-dimensional profundity of cinema touches the ardor of movie-buff obsession.
January 25, 2019
Buffs will be transported.