2.21 – ALIEN 3 and Sacrifice

The ALIEN franchise continues, as we try to make sense of a film that may not always make sense. As well as talk of sacrifice and religion, we have some not entirely un-negative discussions, including what sort of film this isn’t, ways in which it wasn’t filmed, and why Sam and Rob saw different versions.

This Week’s Watching
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016): David Yates, J.K. Rowling, Eddie Redmayne
SAS: WHO DARES WINS (2015—): Anthony Middleton, Jason Fox, Matthew Ollerton

Recommendations
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011): David Fincher, Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara
INCEPTION (2010): Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
A TIME TO KILL (1996): Joel Schumacher, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson
LAST ACTION HERO (1993): John McTiernan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham

Footnotes
These are all really good articles about the troubled production of ALIEN 3, mentioned by Rob: http://www.gamesradar.com/what-really-happened-doom-alien-3-development, http://www.cinemablend.com/new/What-Went-Wrong-With-Alien-3-According-Tywin-Lannister-68286.html, http://www.gamesradar.com/what-really-happened-doom-alien-3-development, and http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/alien/16558/looking-back-at-david-finchers-alien-3. ‘Den of Geek’ also has the following list of unused story ideas, which includes the ‘monks on a wooden planet’ narrative: http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/alien-3/33600/alien-3-the-story-ideas-that-never-made-it-to-the-screen. Finally, here’s a list of the differences between the versions of the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103644/alternateversions.