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Saw it yesterday. I loved it, yet was disappointed by it. My main gripe was the characters and their inconsistencies (Bill mentioned this).
Despite being just over two hours, the pacing of the film felt like an hour had been cut out. Aside from a few roles, character development was shallow at best. There were the "good" guys and "bad" guys, but their alliances weren't completely explained. I have no problem if they didn't explain it to keep you guessing, but the way it was portrayed felt like bad writing.
In spite of all this, if you have any interest in the film, definitely go see it. While it does leave many questions unanswered, it DOES answer the question I had ever since I watched the original Alien film so many years ago. That alone was worth the price of admission.
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An example of inconsistent characters:
Take the two who were left in the pyramid (what they called it) when the storm arrived. At first, they reacted in a realistic manner when they found the bodies stacked in the hallway. Then they entered the storage room containing the oozing vases, and the mutated worms came. Now one of the characters is completely fearless, practically begging to be killed like an idiot in a horror movie.
Another example is when David has Shaw on the table, telling her she's pregnant, and then sedates her. She wakes to find two people prepping her for hypersleep. She fights them off (why didn't they give chase?) and uses the auto-surgery machine to remove the alien.
Then she returns to find David and some others, who seem completely okay that she escaped. In my opinion, this is a clear example of something that was left on the cutting room floor.
Another comment: While I love Guy Pearce in pretty much any other film, he can't play an old man to save his life...
I still have that original 'The StarWars Portfolio' collection of artwork that McQuarrie created, that literally got Star Wars off the ground back in 1976. I've always admired people like McQuarrie, Ron Cobb, Sam Didier, Syd Mead, H.R. Giger, and others, who could literally create magic from a blank canvas, and made our world a little better for showing us worlds that didn't exist until they opened the box just a bit to let us peek inside.
I limited myself to just one. RIP, Ralph McQuarrie.
Working on a mix called "1969" so I've been listening to some music from 1969.
Bowie - Space Oddity
King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
Pink Floyd - Ummagumma
Terry Riley - a rainbow in curved air
Like John, my preference is weigh in on ambient musicians' whose music I like or who I feel should heard by more people (such as Matthew Florianz and Pete Kelly). If I have critical points to make, I would rather express those thoughts directly to the musicians themselves. I think that those of us who have stuck it out in our genre for a while should try to be as supportive as we can, as it is too easy on the net to drift into negativity and flame wars. The net is inherently limited as a medium for communication. I also prefer not to comment on music from artists who are friends of mine, as it might perceived as shilling if the comments are positive, and poor form if the comments happen to be a little negative.