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A Movie Ranking: Sigourney Weaver

When you think of an iconic actress Sigourney Weaver is undoubtedly a part of that special list. Ever since I saw her in ALIEN I was a fan. Today, for this week’s Movie Ranking, I wanted to highlight one of my favorite actresses and update her list. Enjoy!

10. Finding Dory

Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, and Hayden Rolence in Finding Dory (2016)

As a child, Finding Nemo was one of my favorite movies. Finding Dory isn’t.

9. The Tale of Despereaux

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As a child, my mother used to read me this story all of the time. I used to also watch this film every now and then and clearly, it was nowhere near as good as the book.

8. A Monster Calls

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I saw the last half of this film a while back and I found it to be rather interesting. I wasn’t struck by the emotional weight of this movie because I didn’t know what was going on but it was definitely a film worth remembering.

7. Wall-E

Ben Burtt and Elissa Knight in WALL·E (2008)

Wall-E isn’t a horrible movie but compared to Up, which it beat for Best Animated Picture, there’s no contest.

6. Annie Hall

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Sigourney Weaver makes a brief appearance in this Oscar-winning film and I think I saw her but I can’t be quite sure. Whatever the case, while this movie is pretty good it could’ve been better.

5. Ghostbusters

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Ghostbusters is one of those movies that is iconic for a reason. It’s so much fun and honestly, I don’t watch it enough. I love Sigourney Weaver in this film. It’s a nice change of pace from her role as Ripley in ALIEN and yet she still manages to command the screen.

4. Ghostbusters II

Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson in Ghostbusters II (1989)

I actually like Ghostbusters II more than the first one but honestly, I’ve only seen it once so I can’t exactly give a full verdict. But once again, Sigourney Weaver was great. That much, I do remember.

3. Avatar

Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington in Avatar (2009)

While basic, Avatar is made really, really well, making it one of the best movies ever made. The imagination, the world-building, the characters, the music, everything stands out in a very exciting and unique way that still hasn’t been replicated. And Sigourney Weaver manages to shine as the stern but caring Dr. Grace Augustine who (SPOILER ALERT) unfortunately dies in the film. 😟

2. ALIENS

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I mean come on, this movie is amazing and Sigourney Weaver is at her absolute best. Unlike ALIEN where we just getting introduced to Ripley, the sequel allows her to shine, showcasing her vulnerable moments when she’s facing trauma and how she overcomes her fear and turns into a gun-wielding hero. It’s so amazing!

1. ALIEN

Alien (1979)

Okay, it’s a fact. ALIEN is one of the best movies ever made. Undoubtedly. Nothing like it has been made since. The film is movie gold. The story, the horror, this movie never gets old and Sigourney Weaver is an icon because of this film. She was amazing in this movie and instantly became one of my favorite heroines of all time.

So, there’s my A Movie Ranking featuring Sigourney Weaver.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fascinating day.

A Movie Ranking: Sigourney Weaver

When you think of an iconic actress Sigourney Weaver is undoubtedly a part of that special list. Ever since I saw her in ALIEN I was a fan. Today, for this week’s Movie Ranking, I wanted to highlight one of my favorite actresses. Enjoy!

Fun fact. Did you know that Sigourney Weaver is 71-years-old?

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Um…wow! Okay, let’s get to the ranking.

7. Finding Dory

Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, and Hayden Rolence in Finding Dory (2016)

As a child, Finding Nemo was one of my favorite movies. Finding Dory isn’t. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Sigourney Weaver

My Introduction to the ‘ALIEN’ Franchise

A couple of years ago ALIEN: Covenant entered theaters and because of this I became very curious about the movie that started this frightening franchise. Now my first encounter with the horrific specimen wasn’t in the form of the movie. It instead was because of a game.

Several years ago I got Mortal Combat X for my wonderful XBOX One. Through the months the game introduced new characters and one of them happened to be Alien. When I saw this terrifying creature I was excited. It was a new character to play on the fighting game and I am proud to say I am very good at him. I had no idea I was playing a character that inspired a generation of filmmakers to try and recreate the same sense of horror in science fiction, whether that be in a movie or a video game. When I found out Alien was a movie character I was definitely intrigued but I wasn’t completely interested in watching the film. Then I saw this new ALIEN flick coming out that May and my curiosity began to boil. Continue reading My Introduction to the ‘ALIEN’ Franchise

Ranking 50 of the Top 250 Movies on IMDb: Part 4

Three parts, thirty movies, twenty left to list. As the list dwindles choosing which films rank higher over others gets harder but I am ready to send you all the next part to this thrilling series. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

19. Coco

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When Coco was coming out there was so much buzz around the film that I didn’t want to watch it but when I finally did I was blown away. I watched it late one evening and even though I was up at around one in the morning I wasn’t tired at all. This movie made me smile, it made me laugh, but most importantly, it made me cry. Oh my goodness, I cried so hard and couldn’t stop. This movie plucked my heartstrings as deeply as Miguel loved plucking the strings of his guitar. Lovely movie!

18. Die Hard

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Die Hard is definitely one of the best action movies of all time. And what makes it even more outrageously awesome is that Die Hard is, essentially, a Christmas movie. When you think Christmas movie one may immediately think of films like Home Alone or A Christmas Story but Die Hard is just as fun to watch while celebrating the wonderful holiday.

This movie will leave you gasping and wincing and shouting at the screen as it rivets your eyes to the screen from the beginning of the action to the end. And Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman’s performances on this movie were particularly sublime. I’ve only seen Die Hard twice but both times I watched the film I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Throwback Friday: The Evolution of Women in Entertainment

Another week has passed and that means it’s time for my weekly segment of Throwback Friday. For the first day of February, I wanted to celebrate women and this post I wrote a while ago does just that. Enjoy!

Today I’m going to look through some of the movies I’ve seen that have impacted me the most and how the women’s roles in these movies have gradually changed, for the better, over the decades. I’m so excited to share this with you and I hope you enjoy!

(I just want to let you know, this is going to be a very long read.)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The wispy dreams of journeying somewhere over the rainbow become a startling reality for Judy Garland’s Dorothy as she’s knocked unconscious in the midst of a tornado is the story of The Wizard of Oz. In 1939 Dorothy was quite the heroine in cinema. Yes, she was scared at times, and yes there were some moments when she slightly fit into the mold of a damsel in distress but she was also strong, courageous, and brave and at that time in the world when women were still looked upon as housemaids and nannies she helped to break that mold of what women’s roles in cinema could be portrayed as.

Casablanca

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Casablanca is heralded as one of the greatest movies of all time and while it is a well-written film it definitely does not portray women in an inspiring light. Ilsa Lund is the epitome of a damsel in distress as the film stresses her romance for the movie’s main protagonist, Rick, despite the fact that she was still married. I probably would’ve enjoyed the film a lot more if she hadn’t been a damsel in distress.

An American in Paris (1951)

Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris (1951)

This is one of my favorite musicals of all time, introduced to me by my wonderful mother. She said this was one of her favorite movies and for a long time, I didn’t want to see it because I’m not a fan of musicals but it actually was worth the watch. This movie, however, does not depict women in an entirely respectable fashion.

The entire plot of the movie is wrapped around these two men who fall in love with the same woman. Gene Kelly’s Jerry Mulligan, of course, wins her heart in the end but this movie feeds on the typical portrayal of women in cinema. Lise Bouvier (Leslie Carson) isn’t a strong woman who Mulligan fauns after for an entire movie and eventually is rewarded with her love. No, she’s a confused young French girl who can’t decide which man she wants to be with for the rest of her life. I love this movie but the representation of women in film has come a long way.

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‘Alien’ or ‘Aliens’: Which Movie Is Better?

The Alien franchise has made a combined $1.3 billion dollars over six movies making it one of the most successful science-fiction franchises ever created. Of course, the two best films are the franchise’s first two entries; Alien and Aliens which star Sigourney Weaver as one of the greatest heroines ever conceived in movie history. These movies, helmed by two of the greatest directorial minds in our time, Ridley Scott and James Cameron, are absolutely phenomenal pieces of work.

They’re scary, wracked with suspense, and each movie tells a concise story that is perfectly made and yet they couldn’t be more different.

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Alien is a film unlike any other science-fiction film ever made. It’s quiet, it’s compact, it’s intense, and it is 100% terrifying. Alien just may be one of the scariest films ever made due to its disturbing moments that will haunt even the staunchest person. From the parasite jumping on the dude’s face to the robot’s horrific killing spree malfunction, this movie is on another level of horrifying.

Ripley’s heroism and bravery in that situation are on full display as she tries to keep a level head amidst the deathly chaos and manages to kill the alien as she blasts it out to space. As the movie comes to an end it seems that this story has come to a satisfying conclusion but unfortunately for Ripley, it hasn’t.

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