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Why is Bradley Cooper always absent from GotG press stuff? He's arguably the second main character behind Pratt and is nowhere to be found with the rest of the cast on shows and promotions
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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 3 days ago

Why is Bradley Cooper always absent from GotG press stuff? He's arguably the second main character behind Pratt and is nowhere to be found with the rest of the cast on shows and promotions
LelekPL
LelekPL at 10:53 AM May 26

They probably payed relatively little for him. They only use his voice: he doesn't do his mo-cap nor press events. Hence they probably payed him less

oscarxp25
oscarxp25 at 10:53 AM May 26

He is also filming A Star is Born with Lady Gaga

cerealkiller182
cerealkiller182 at 11:26 AM May 26

He did show up solo on Ellen recently and talked GotG. I think he was there for something else though. I thought maybe he possibly wasn't into it as much this time or something, but he was REALLY enthusiastic about it.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 4 days ago

Pirates of the Caribbean is a FIVE film franchise that literally peaked at #1 and every subsequent entry hasn't even been close to the original. Weird.
JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 5 days ago

Will say one more thing about the xenomorphs in Covenant - they suffer from Jurassic World syndrome. Aka the first two movie's dinosaurs were real creatures that were fully realized on set and captured beautifully on film (also rendered with restraint when it comes to cgi). Now here we have an Alien who looks a little different (though is supposed to be the final version of the xenomorph?) but displays very little feel of the original. Instead of being intelligent and a stalking propulsion of terror it's OUT IN THE OPEN, FULLY RENDERED IN CGI, MOVING 100 MPH AND ACTING MANIC/SPED UP. It removes any tension when the creature on screen is moving at an impossible speed and looking fully digital. LESS IS MORE!
grelber37
grelber37 at 07:21 PM May 24

In general, Alien: Covenant is better during its first half in which there is more mystery to the proceedings. As you note, less is more. Sometimes, in horror, less is a lot more.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 5 days ago

The more I think of Covenant the more I like the stuff it brought back and expanded upon from Prometheus (the David character, creationism vs religion, godlike tendencies, the opening 45 minutes of the film) and the more I strongly dislike all of the xenomorph stuff (the creature always looked bad, the origin story, the movement of the alien and how it was shot, the badly edited last two set pieces). I think this will forever be a flawed film to me that I'll still want to pick pieces out of to examine further down the line.
Weapon X
Weapon X at 09:47 AM May 24

I didn't hate it, but every criticism I've so far heard is completely justified. There were enough classic horror elements to keep me invested, but once they actually started explaining things (and especially once Crudup was led down into David's secret room) I was routinely thinking, "Really?"

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 11:08 AM May 24

^ Agreed 100%. The characters were complete throwaways and even dumber than you'd imagine any rational person to be, the xenomorph origin is honestly ridiculous and the aliens looked and acted so fucking awful. I don't know.

What did you think about the xenomorph design and the finale? Especially the weird POV scene and the fact that they kept showing the alien on security cameras climbing through shit that looked like a video game. LESS. IS. MORE.

Weapon X
Weapon X at 03:56 PM May 24

The design itself was fine, the execution was way off. I think they tried to undercut showing the creature too much by having quicker cuts, but that didn't shield it being full CG. The POV filter was weird, I figured not having eyes meant the xenos had a sonar-like vision system. But the use of POV at all did remind me a little of Fincher's shots in Alien3.

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cerealkiller182
cerealkiller182 at 09:32 AM May 24

Forgot about del toro

Weapon X
Weapon X at 09:48 AM May 24

"Oh good, Benicio, you're right on time. Wardrobe's done a good job. Let's shoot some Star Wars!"
"Wait, so *hic!* I'm actually in a Star Wars movie? *hic!* I thought I had just *hic!* dreamed that."

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 6 days ago

I just discovered Bobby Roode and his "glorious" entrance theme that might single handedly get me back into wrestling. How is this dude not on the main WWE shows?
JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 11:57 PM May 22

^ phenomenal.. but I think this is my favorite:

https://youtu.be/ZVaJH8pWnWk

Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 07:00 AM May 23

i agree awesome entrance

jimmydevito
jimmydevito at 10:31 AM May 23

NXT is way better than the main roster shows right now

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 6 days ago

Everything's always so fucking wet in the Alien movies, these poor characters must have the worst sock situation
HAIL_TO_THE_KING
HAIL_TO_THE_KING at 10:22 PM May 22

forget the socks they must have the worst case of swamp ass

Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 07:01 AM May 23

yeah

BATeMAN
BATeMAN at 04:28 PM May 23

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 6 days ago

Rolling with the 2003 Director's Cut of Alien tonight.
Weapon X
Weapon X at 09:39 PM May 22

My preferred version. That shot of the xeno hanging among the chains is worth the whole thing alone.

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 10:04 PM May 22

^ was literally just coming here to post about that image! Unreal

Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 07:01 AM May 23

enjoy

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 7 days ago

Covenant's biggest failures might be what it's done to the mythos of the Alien and how small it made the universe feel. Ridley should've been exploring these ideas and themes independently and away from the franchise since the meat and potatoes of Prometheus and Covenant have nothing to do with the lore of Alien. It's just a real clusterfuck of a franchise now. Along the lines of the X-Men timeline.
dsloy
dsloy at 05:49 PM May 22

i think if they just made it a regular alien action movie itd be better than trying to keep tying it in to the original series

timmyd
timmyd at 08:42 PM May 22

I dug the hell out of it.

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 09:09 PM May 22

@dsloy - Yeah man. The more I think about Prometheus and Covenant the more it works as something that should exist outside the alien franchise

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 7 days ago

It's exactly what the fans always wanted - an Uncharted prequel movie series starring Tom Holland! WUT?
Weapon X
Weapon X at 04:53 PM May 22

Neil Tyson ain't got time for this shit.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 7 days ago

Covenant was pretty much another Scott helmed Alien movie at odds with itself and throwing in fleeting moments of fan service where it didn't belong. This is no longer an Alien series, this is a series about an android with a God complex and the questions that come out of creationism, religious symbolism and the creation vs the creator. Which, I mean, ok cool - then DO THAT. Don't hang around Alien imagery for the sake of it! As flawed as this movie is it's at its most interesting when it's a massive 100 mil dollar blockbuster throwing out grand ideas and drawn out scenes of an android trying to create. Low and behold all of the actual Alien stuff here is garbage. Generic, lazy terrible action with BAD effects, zero tension and even worse throwaway characters than Prometheus. The movie is an absolute mess but it's a mess with parts worth discussing and something to ultimately say. Unfortunately there's a lot of bad stuff to get through to find it. 5/10.
OldKingClancy
OldKingClancy at 12:47 PM May 22

I liked the creator/creation symbolism and thought it added to the series but taking your point, a lot of what I liked was just expanded upon from Prometheus so it's not like the Alien-Verse was clamouring for that level of insight.

I definitely liked the film a lot more but I feel this is another one I'll need to revisit a year or two down the line to see how it holds up.

timmyd
timmyd at 08:44 PM May 22

sorry you didn't dig it .

JohnLocke2342 created a LIST: 7 days ago

Ranking the Alien series now that Covenant is out

1. Alien - 10/10
2. Aliens - 10/10
3. Alien3 - 7/10
4. Prometheus - 6/10
5. Alien: Covenant - 5/10
6. Alien Resurrection - 4/10
7. Alien Vs Predator - Trash
8. Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem - Trash

Based on a list by Derek237

oscarxp25
oscarxp25 at 07:20 PM May 22

I love your ratings for the last two..haha

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 7 days ago

Put it this way guys - remember the midichlorians scene from The Phantom Menace? Alien: Covenant is an ENTIRE MOVIE of that one scene.
Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 06:00 AM May 22

lol

LelekPL
LelekPL at 07:00 AM May 22

The David stuff was ridiculous but it was also the most entertaining part of the movie.

What I really disliked is all the new characters in the film. Complete blandness

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 09:14 AM May 22

^ Agreed 100%. The new characters were terrible and the finale was a lazy, generic shit show of garbage. All of the xenomorph stuff in this movie was trash.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 10 days ago

What a complete and utter waste of Tom Hardy's talents. Fuck. This is a new "Sony shared universe" that won't have any connection to the MCU at all... people realize that right?
OldKingClancy
OldKingClancy at 02:56 PM May 19

I had to look up whether this was MCU Spidey or Sony Spidey, most folk probably won't know that there's a difference.

I'll give Sony a chance with it, casting Hardy is a step in the right direction and he can do the character justice, if they have faith in the film it could turn out alright. Or it could crash and burn and Sony learns nothing but let's wait and see.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 10 days ago

Alright MFC what's the word on Alien Covenant? I have a very anticipated Sunday matinee Viewing lined up and I'm trying to keep expectations in check. I'm not someone who outright hated Prometheus, though I did have a lot of problems with it. It was ambitious and beautiful to look at but it suffered from a horrible script that gave us moronic characters and no sense of drive or energy. Once they actually get to the planet the movie falls apart and I'm just praying this one brings the best parts of Alien to the surface without giving us a half assed carbon copy. Basically something that expands on the grandeur of Prometheus with the lean and tight story of Alien.
ericodarko
ericodarko at 10:50 AM May 19

I'm REALLY excited for Alien:Covenant. I enjoyed Prometheus. I get the problems people had with it but it's not nearly as bad as those complaints suggest. Still entertained whenever I watch it. I'm really dig the cast & can't wait for the return of good ol Xenomorphs. Not looking for Alien/Aliens level of quality. I just want a creepy/scary horror/action-thriller with kick-ass production & creature design and this seems like it'll deliver. Already got plans with my lady to go as a belated birthday outing on Monday! Enjoy it, buddy!

OldKingClancy
OldKingClancy at 12:37 PM May 19

I liked it, it's a lot darker and a LOT grislier than Prometheus so it's tonally more in line with the first Alien though admittedly not as subtle. It hits the same notes Prometheus tried to and does a better job of them and some of the questions left over are answered, maybe not as in-depth as you would like but enough to sate your curiosity.

Characters do make questionable decisions but Covenant does a better job at explaining WHY they make those decisions, there's a lot more desperation involved with everyone being a couple so how you take to that depends on how far you believe someone can go to find a loved one before common sense kicks in. In truth there's really only one 'Oh my god, how fucking dumb are you?' moment.

Weapon X
Weapon X at 01:41 PM May 19

The thing I keep hearing is that it will divide people just as much as Prometheus, and so far I've seen reactions all across the spectrum. I'll find out myself on Tuesday.

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