Thursday, October 25, 2012
Half of PROMETHEUS
After we wrapped our TV pilot shoot one weekend this month in New York City, I geared up for my return stand-by trip back here to Northern California. I had to fly out of Newark, NJ to O'Hare in Chicago. In Chicago, I'd catch a flight to San Francisco. The United plane for the Newark to Chicago flight was beautiful and roomy. The deluxe entertainment system looked new. One of the movies available was Ridley Scott's Prometheus. I didn't get to see it on the big screen this year. My brother did. He dug it. He's a sci-fi and fantasy geek. My sister-in-law's review was "Meh." As the excellent and groundbreaking Alien is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi horror films, I had to seize the in-flight opportunity to see if the 2012 release was a prequel to the Alien story. The opening of the movie was proof that, as I've blogged before, young actors need to study classic films if they are serious about their craft. Watching those films made before the 1980s is part of their homework. Prometheus starts with Michael Fassbender as the android David intently focused on a classic film. Old movies made it into the future and into deep space. The one being watched is director David Lean's 1962 gem, Lawrence of Arabia.