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Episode Info: Because we have loved the Alien movies for as long as we can remember loving movies, the FOEC podcast here presents the first of three episodes in which we review all of the previous movies in the Alien series in anticipation of the release of Ridley Scott's latest entry Alien: Covenant. This first episode covers Scott's seminal arthouse sci-fi slasher Alien, as well as James Cameron's pluralised action extravaganza Aliens. Sandy, James and Jeremy are joined by fellow inveterate alien lover Joe and we hope that you enjoy nerding out over the Alien series as much as we did :)Next week we will cover the lesser loved entries in the original Alien series. Our trio of episodes will conclude a week later with our review of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Listener feedback is always appreciated and we would love to read your responses to our discussion on the final episode of our Alien special. You can write to us with your coherent thoughts and rambling brain droppings related to all things xenomorphic at or leave us a review on iTunes. Back episodes of the podcast can be found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, A-cast and Mixcloud. SHOWNOTES:00:00 – Discussing Ridley Scott's Alien + audio clip.19:00 – Discussing James Cameron's Aliens + audio clip.THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)FILMS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:Dark Star (1974, USA – dir. John Carpenter)Dune (France/USA – dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky) an un-produced attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's novel for the big screen. We highly recommend checking out the fascinating documentary Jodorowsky's Dune (2013, France/USA – dir. Frank Pavich) about the pre-production of this ill-fated film from which Alien eventually emerged.Star Wars (1977, USA – dir. George Lucas)Alien (1979, USA – dir. Ridley Scott)The Empire Strikes Back (1980, USA – dir. Irvin Kershner)Aliens (1986, USA – dir. James Cameron)LINKSRoger Ebert's original review of AliensLittle White Lies magazine's article on the many amusing international posters for Alien and Aliens. When she was cast as Flight Lt. Ellen Ripley, the lone survivor of the Nostromo, Sigourney Weaver was a virtually unknown actress with aspirations to become known for her stage work rather than become a movie star. The role would not only propel her to A-list actor status but also establish her as the prototypical kick-ass action heroine of 20th century cinema. Bolaji Badelo was a graphic design student in London, when he was spotted by members of the Alien crew in a pub near Shepperton. He was then hired to wear the 7'-tall alien suit. ...
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