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Fan Friday: Alien (2-Disc) Box Set

Alien Movie Poster
Alien is a film that people try to forget... not because it was bad, but because it's been replicated in so many Sci-Fi/Horrors that it has redefined the genre and claimed deep space. It's hard to watch a deep space science fiction movie and not think of at least one element from Alien.

The success of the film has led to a number of sequels and spin-offs, which have all managed to capture some of the spirit from the original. The film has been hugely influential. Ridley Scott's career is renowned for films like Alien and Blade Runner. Sigourney Weaver's acting portfolio has been defined by her brute role in the Alien saga.

Alien was a monumental film in it's time and the scream from that classic scary trailer, still reverberates today. Timeless cinema is hard to come by and it's that quality that has made the film so contemporary. The massive sets, the before-their-time special effects... the performances, direction... what is there not to like about the film?

Alien has been digitally-restored in all its glory with a second disc loaded with special features to give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what went into the making of this Sci-Fi epic. This edition contains the original 1979 theatrical version and the 2003 Director's cut, digitally restored and recut by Ridley Scott himself!

An Alien (2-Disc) Box Set is up for grabs for Fan Friday on the SPL!NG page on Facebook. If you want to stand a chance to win fantastic giveaways like this every week, join up... here.

 
At the Movies: 23-30 Oct

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New cinema releases and the SA box office top ten movies now showing...

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK: 28, 30 OCTOBER

THIS IS IT Music / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
PANDORUM Horror / Movie Trailer
WHATEVER WORKS Comedy / Movie Review / Movie Trailer

SA BOX OFFICE (NFVF): 23-25 OCTOBER, 2009

1. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS War / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
2. THE UGLY TRUTH Comedy / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
3. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS Animation / Movie Trailer
4. UP (incl 3D) Animation / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
5. GAMER Thriller / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
6. FINAL DESTINATION 4 (incl. 3D) Thriller / Movie Trailer
7. TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3 Thriller / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
8. JENNIFER'S BODY Horror / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
9. IMAGINE THAT Comedy / Movie Trailer
10. FAME Music / Movie Review / Movie Trailer

NEW RELEASES LAST WEEK: 23 OCTOBER, 2009

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS War / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
GAMER Thriller / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
FOKOFPOLISIEKAR Rockumentary / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
LITTLE ASHES Biography / Movie Trailer
MOON Sci-Fi / Movie Review / Movie Trailer

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Fan Friday: A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind
Do you remember A Beautiful Mind? The film that won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Writing from a grand total of 8 nominations including Best Actor... Russell Crowe couldn't put a foot wrong back then... The Insider, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander - although the jury's still out on Proof of Life with Meg Ryan. He's still an excellent actor with a fine track record, but this seemed to be his golden age at the dawn of the new millennium.

Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind is a biographical drama about John Nash, a brilliant yet socially inept mathematician, who accepted secret cryptography work on Soviet codes for the government and overcame a severe mental disability to eventually win a Nobel Prize. The film's phenomenal cast includes: Jennifer Connelly in an Oscar-winning role, Ed Harris, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg and of course, Russell Crowe.

A Beautiful Mind succeeds in telling a real story from a unique angle, making the whole biographical element mesmerising and intriguing. The excellent performances, intelligent script and touching true story all contribute to a fine original film that beat out Gosford Park, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, In The Bedroom and Moulin Rouge for top honours at the Academy Awards back in 2002. A Beautiful Mind deserves a place in your DVD collection and could be yours this Friday.

A Beautiful Mind DVD is up for grabs for Fan Friday on the SPL!NG page on Facebook. If you want to stand a chance to win fantastic giveaways like this every week, join up... here.

 
Trailer Showdown: Paranormal Activity vs. Test Audience


The Invisible ManParanormal Activity is being pinned as this generation's "The Exorcist" with reviews ranging from "Scariest Movie of the Year" to describing the audience as having been "physically-shaken". The film follows in the tradition of The Blair Witch Project, REC, Quarantine and Cloverfield in bringing a reality to the events happening with a hand-held camera as a couple investigate the possibility of a demonic disturbance in their new suburban home.

Writer-director of Paranormal Activity, Oren Peli, uses tension, character and the audience's imagination to elevate the film's scare factor. Not being able to make out whether it's a ghost or not, keeps the audience in a heightened sense of uncertainty, where any sudden movements on screen could send an movie-going audience scuttling.

The intimacy of the setting, simplicity of the story and authenticity of the characters, brings this "home video" into our realm. Suddenly, the cinema opens itself up to the world of Paranormal Activity and invites the atmosphere into our space. Big mistake. This is definitely one for the Ghostbusters... Real, Original, Live-Action or otherwise.

Horror fans will love this indie gem for its edge-of-seat tenacity, while the faint-hearted will be talking about it for days. Paranormal Activity is a movie that will stay with you - it doesn't play too gimmicky and is homegrown enough to carry a deep sense of realism.

Watch the original Paranormal Activity trailer and then watch the one with a test audience's actual responses to the film.

 

 

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