1)Saw Prometheus yesterday. Now, I'm not a fan of horror flicks. I never saw the first Alien, at least not all the way through. I went to the theatre and after the first scene where the guy bends over these strange pulsing eggs (safety tip: when you are on an alien world, do NOT lean over strange pulsing creatures) when the bulb in the projector must have burned out because the picture went off but the sound continued. Screaming and thumping and lots of scary stuff. At first we thought it was part of the movie, but as it went on and someone thought to inquire, we were informed that "something" had happened to the projectionist. We got our money back, but then I proceeded to have at least 3 major nightmares where I filled in the rest of the movie that I'd never seen. The mind can conjure up worse fears than any movie can show.
I liked Alien 2 (Aliens) where a bunch of marines go down to the planet and Segourney Weaver kicks alien queen monster butt. Well written, exciting and scary, good characters and dialogue, good acting, good movie.
The rest of the Alien series, um, not so much.
Prometheus was visually stunning with great special effects but you know I'm really sick of Hollywood thinking that if you have enough fantastic special effects that substitutes for the lack of any coherent plot or anything other than the most cardboard characterization. Instead they stuffed in so many references to other films that were, I guess, supposed to give the flimsy plot some depth, such as naming the robot who goes awry (with no explanation) David (2001). There are characters in this movie like the stiff Ms. Vickers (played by Charlize Theron) that I couldn't figure out what part she had to play other than to walk around like she had a pole up her ass and object to everything people did. And there were things like the archaeologist in a fit of enthusiasm taking off his helmet when they reach the alien spaceship and discovering yes, the air was breathable. Say what? Or the two yahoos (no way were they scientists) who when they see an alien creature reach out to touch it. Remember earlier rule we should have learned from Alien 1. LOL. Anyhow, I consider this movie a waste of my 10 bucks (even in 3D) and over 2 hours of my time.
2. The Hunger Games. By contrast here was a movie that resisted the lure of special effects (although there are some) and focused on the characters and the story. Wow, what a concept. I thought the movie was good and actually somewhat improved on the book. Enjoyed it.
3. The Avengers. Okay, normally I'm not a huge fan of superhero leaping from impossible heights with no visible harm explosion a minute evil guy taking over the universe films. But this one was an exception, I think, in large part because the characterization was good, there was great dialogue and banter, some actual HUMOR (which helps anything) and I loved the acting. I mean it was such a crazy mishmash of Norse gods and technology and Captain America being unfrozen from ice and poor Dr. Banner trying very hard not to get angry. In addition, the guys were seriously hot, like all of them. My little slashy mind was very busy, I can tell you--particularly slashing Tony Stark and Steve Rogers (Captain America) and my favorites Thor and Loki (ohmygod). I am now a Tom Hiddleston fan. He managed to make the typical megalomaniac villain quite charming. I was almost rooting for him, or at least for him and Thor to go off somewhere and get busy, with lots of I hate you, I love you dialogue first. LOL. The movie was fun and I'd go see it again. My comment to Hollywood is no amount of explosions and special effects will make up for a lack of good characters and a good script.
Here is a lovely painting of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) by Sari Sariola.