Remembering “Alien” And Anticipating “Prometheus”
Sprung from the gelatinous innards of an obscene egg on some far-off planet, a hideous, squidlike thing leaps onto the startled face of a hapless astronaut. Yuck! What could be more basic than “Alien”? A crew of space travelers on a commercial mission picks up a strange organism on a remote planet and brings it aboard ship, where it disappears, metamorphoses and proceeds to eat our heroes one by one.
Newsweek June 18, 1979
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Coppola’s antiphony of themes of innocence and corruption, his artful mixing of domestic detail and cold killing, are what raise this film far about the ordinary gangland epic. The story of the fall of the Cosa Nostra Don, Vito Corleone, and the rise to power of his son, Michael, is as much a story of family loyalty as it is a saga of power struggles in organized crime.
Newsweek March 13, 1972
Now Kubrick has a new movie, taken from the brilliant and shocking novel by British writer Anthony Burgess. The film is not without its small failings, for a man who makes as many daring leaps as Kubrick is bound to slip from time to time, just as he is insured against ever boring us. “A Clockwork Orange” is also a characteristically frosty piece of filmmaking, shorn completely of sentiment, working through brilliant ironies and dazzling dramatic ideas that please us, provoke our laughter, galvanize our intellects, win our admiration- but never touch our hearts.
Newsweek January 3, 1972 [Cover photo by Kubrick]
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