REEL Table Talks Episode 1 – Alien (1979)

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Here is the first episode of REEL Table Talks.

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To celebrate #AlienDay426, Film Faculty contributors Leslie-Ann Scullion, Jason Beaulieu and Carrie Lynn have a round table discussion about Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) hosted by Jason Michael (Film Faculty). Speakers discuss the following topics:

Pick your question:

Question 1: What was your introduction to Alien? (@1:00)
Question 2: What was your initial reaction to the film? (@8:43)
Question 3: Which is your favorite film? (@15:34)

Dissecting Alien: themes, motifs, visual language and criticism (@20:31)

Final Question: How does Alien relate to today? (@1:01:28)

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Leslie-Ann Scullion
Jason Beaulieu
Carrie Lynn
Jason Michael

Works consulted

Bolich, Celia Madeline. “_Alien_Thoughts: Spectatorial Pleasure and Mind Reading in Ridley Scott’s Horror Film.” University of South Florida Scholar Commons, 2011. Print. (

Bundtzen, Lynda K. “Monstrous Mothers: Medusa, Grendel, and now Alien.” The Gendered Cyborg: A Reader. Kirkup, Gill, Linda Janes, Kathryn Woodward and Fiona Hovenden, eds. London: Routledge, 2000. 101-09.

Doane, Mary Ann. “Technophilia: Technology, Representation and the Feminine.” Liquid Metal: The Science Fiction Film Reader. Ed. Sean Redmond. London: Wallflower Press, 2004.
Graham, Elizabeth, et al. Meanings of Ripley: The Alien Quadrilogy and Gender. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. Print.
Luckhurst, Roger. Alien, BFI Film Classics. British Film Institute, 2014. Print.
Notable sources on the web for further analysis:
Alien analysis:
The Film Emporium:
And how could we exclude Roger Ebert’s 2003 revisiting of the film:

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