Review: Prometheus

The ability to appeal to the viewer’s philosophical foundations, in the most intrinsically beautiful sense of the bounds of the human mind, and subsequently challenge them is the defining characteristic of Prometheus.

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Shorts Program: Ridley Scott Edition

As we mentioned in our Ridley Scott Retrospective earlier this week, Scott started out as a designer and producer/director of commercials before entering the world of cinema with 1977′s The Duellists and cementing his place as a feature film director with 1979′s Alien. And he didn’t stop after he became a big-time film director, but continued...

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Countdown to Prometheus: The Legacy of Alien

The Alien franchise is unusual for several reasons. It started with a highly successful, even visionary, film from an almost unknown director (Ridley Scott’s The Duellists had been a modest success in England, but it was Alien that boosted him to international fame). Seven years later came a sequel from a different director, set in the same universe but...

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Now Playing at the Row Three Rep: What is Human?

[Row Three programming if we owned a Rep Cinema] Blurring the Line Between Android and Human Metropolis – 5:00pm Blade Runner – 8:00pm A.I.: Artificial Intelligence – 10:00pm bonus: Battlestar Galactica – all night and the next week With the concept of mankind creating sentient robots and androids inevitably follows the question of how...

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Finite Focus: Monsters vs. ALIENS

[Prometheus is coming. And to celebrate the Alien universe and all its permutations, I'm pulling this 2009 Finite Focus entry from the archives, which looks at one of the quieter moments in Jim Cameron's entry into the series] When one thinks of James Cameron‘s re-invention of the premise from 1979′s Alien, it generally is the macho bravado of the...

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Music in Film: Legend (1985)

Artist/Composer: Tangerine Dream Produced and Arranged by: Brandon K. Verrett Duration: 73 min Label: BuySoundtrax This review is actually a case of good timing for our Ridley Scott extravaganza rather than a carefully planned post. I’ve been in touch with a specialist promotions firm I’m going to start working with to review soundtracks on my blog...

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Countdown to Prometheus: A Ridley Scott Retrospective

With this week’s release of Prometheus, Ridley Scott returns to his roots, revisiting the world of his second feature film for the first time in over thirty years. It seemed like a good time for us in the third row to look back over Sir Ridley’s career as a whole; with brief essays about selected films from throughout his filmography as well as a...

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