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The Films Of Ridley Scott: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 7, 2012 12:00 PM
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Ridley Scott is, in some circles anyhow, a god. Practically treated as royalty with laudatory genuflection from certain film enthusiasts — generally genre fetishists — he has turned in two unimpeachable cinema touchstones, "Blade Runner" and "Alien," plus a few other arguable modern semi-classics including "Black Hawk Down" and "Gladiator." But his track record overall? Scott's batting average isn't exactly amazing across the board, and while he has major peaks, his work can be frustratingly uneven for someone who is clearly and masterfully talented. While a craftsman of technically marvelous and grand spectacle cinema, his films can also be inordinately soulless and have become increasingly so with each film (Sigourney Weaver famously said that Scott paid more attention to the props and extraterrestrials than the actors on "Alien," but somehow that picture still worked).

BAMCinematek Celebrates Tangerine Dream: We Pick Their 5 Best Soundtrack Scores

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 5, 2012 6:28 PM
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As the New York Times so aptly observed this weekend, eerie '80s synths score are synonymous with the German experimental electronic music group Tangerine Dream. And yet, the group and their sinister and moody, but anonymous modulations, we're never celebrated as loudly in that era (or since) compared to the works of other '80s synth-heavy composers like Harold Faltermeyer ("Top Gun," "Fletch," "Beverley Hills Cop"), John Carpenter ("Escape from New York," "The Thing") and Vangelis ("Chariots of Fire," "Blade Runner").

Ridley Scott Reveals He's Working On The Biblical Tale 'Moses'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 12:58 PM
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One only has to look at Ridley Scott's IMDB page to realize of the many, many, many, many projects he has in development, at the age of 74, the sand in hourglass is running out and he's not going to get to them all. But don't tell him that, as the director keeps piling them on. Most recently the "Blade Runner" sequel and a western that's most likely "The Color Of Lightning" have been buzzed about the most, and of course, there's "The Counselor" which he'll shoot this fall. And we presume that after "Prometheus" opens this weekend, provided all goes to plan, sequel chatter will begin to pick up around that film as well (he's already been talking about it). But of course, there's even more he's working on.

Ridley Scott Admits He Cut 'Prometheus' For Ratings, But Says There Won't Be A Director's Cut On DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 9:23 AM
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"MPAA, get your house in order,” Ridley Scott said earlier this year as he was in the final stages of getting "Prometheus" ready. And while there was some concern that the highly anticipated film might be neuteured for a PG-13 rating, fans were relieved when it was officially confirmed that the film will be rolled out in theaters with an R-rating. But it seems Scott still had to make some sacrifices to get the movie out there.

Is Ridley Scott's Western 'The Color Of Lightning' Penned By Larry McMurtry Finally Moving Forward?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2012 12:28 PM
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Everything in the movie world about Ridley Scott over the past few months has been about "Prometheus," "The Counselor" or that "Blade Runner" sequel he's doing, but here's something that's thankfully about none of those things and more proof that at 74 years old, the director show no signs of slowing down.

5 Fractured Fairy Tale Movies Worth Watching After 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 31, 2012 11:57 AM
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Once upon a time there existed a cinematic landscape where not every feature-length fairy tale movie was drawn from a classic story, and the descriptor “fractured fairy tale” didn’t just mean gross-out humor and a Scottish-accented Mike Myers playing a big green ogre. While some of those films have certainly succeeded (this writer has a soft spot for the first “Shrek”), the kind of tale that the likes of the Brothers Grimm would collect in their oeuvre of beloved folklore was often of the darker-hued variety – pitting characters in bleak struggles that would see them rise from the ashes as better individuals for it in the end. Yes, the stories were simple, but they also served as a basis for many of the storytelling tropes that are used today – and may have influenced a few of our own moral compasses, with the fables acting as parables for life's lessons.

Review: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Is A Gorgeous, Fascinating Muddle Of Ideas That Can't Stick The Landing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 30, 2012 7:11 PM
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Ambition is a rare thing in movies these days, especially when it comes to summer blockbuster fare. There might be ambitions to blow up bigger things, or include more bad guys, or feature more stars, but in terms of real ambition -- telling big stories, about big subjects, on a huge canvas -- only a handful of filmmakers are really playing ball. Far more so than its predecessor "Alien," which is, after all, pretty much a haunted house designed to scare the living hell out of you, Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" has big ambitions. It wants to ask the big questions -- where do we come from? Why are we here? -- while also serving as a 3D, CGI-filled thrill ride.

Early Reviews Say 'Prometheus' Impresses Visually, But Not All Agree The Movie Delivers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 12:30 PM
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"Prometheus" has landed. The highly anticipated return to sci-fi by Ridley Scott and the quasi "Alien" prequel is opening in theaters overseas today, and the first reviews from the trades and a handful of papers have arrived. And for the most part it seems the wait has been worth it, while a few argue that while the spectacle on screen is impressive, the movie doesn't have the substance to back it up.

Watch: Celebrate The Release Of The One Millionth 'Prometheus' Featurette By Taking A Look At The Ship

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 29, 2012 12:44 PM
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Guys, stop everything! Finally, after months of silence, there's finally some footage from Ridley Scott's "Prometheus!" So far, we know almost nothiing about it, but a new featurette has... Wait, what? What do you mean there have been endless trailers, TV spots and featurettes over the last few months? I mean, it's not like they've released almost every frame of the film before it hits theaters or anything, surely? Oh.

Ridley Scott Says Harrison Ford Will Likely Appear In 'Blade Runner' Sequel, But Won't Be The Focus

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 27, 2012 10:40 AM
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It's a Ridley Scott-packed weekend. The filmmaker's secretive, kinda "Alien"-related film, "Prometheus," is right around the corner and the buzz and promotion are at an all time high. That film's star, Noomi Rapace, is on the cover of the New York Times magazine this weekend (with some spoilers along to boot), and as an extra added incentive to see the film in theaters (like you need one), Fox and The Weinstein Company evidently plan to put the trailer for Quentin Taratino's "Django Unchained" in front of it when it opens on June 8th. 

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