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Yep! There was also an alternate ending shot where we see a dog (presumably The Thing) that has survived the explosion. It begins walking away from the camp but turns around to look at the blaze one final time before sprinting off into the distance. This ending was used in one of the TV versions. The Blu-Ray I have sucks. The quality is great, but all it has is the movie and director commentary track. No bonus features or even a trailer. My 1999 DVD has more. ALIENS: This one hurts because it used to be among my top 5 favorite films, but I rediscovered it after nearly a decade of not seeing it and...well, I just think it sucks now. The writing is mostly at fault; these characters are among the most one-note and cliche ever. Even Paxton, who I love, plays such a sitcom stereotype. The tough guy? Check. The coward? Check. The jock? Check. The tough chick that can kick ass more than the guys? Check. A token black guy with a deep voice? Check. The only thing missing is the fat guy who's always hungry and the Nickelodeon checklist of stock characters would be complete. The corporate guy is the most obvious villain ever, and it's hilarious that the film tries to play his villain reveal as some sort of twist. Literally the first time you see his Mansley-from-The Iron Giant-looking head and his slimy speaking delivery, you know he's up to no good, but I guess James Cameron thought we were all too stupid? I'll never understand why Hicks is considered to be an action movie legend when all he does is stand around with grit teeth and shout cliche action dialog like "there's no time, we gotta go now!" He has no real character traits besides being tough, which on its own is very boring. Aliens is also ungodly long and boring; the xenomorphs don't appear until 59 minutes into the movie. That's ridiculous! I know you gotta build suspense, but c'mon, trim it down a bit! The xenomorph effects are still good but a lot of the miniature shots look like obvious miniatures. I don't even think the action is that great. The only things I can confidently say I like about Aliens are the musical score, the climactic fight, and Ripley's story. James Cameron as a whole is massively overrated, and the only movie by him that I truly think is great is The Terminator. Terminator 2 and True Lies are both enjoyable fun, despite their flaws, but everything else ranges from meh to bad. 90% OF THE MCU: I'll never really get why these films are so popular. Most of them aren't bad, but most of them aren't good either. They're almost all within the 5-6/10 range for me, and follow the same generic formula of story and characters. I don't like the mishmash of random tonal shifts, how one moment it's a gritty drama and the next it's a goofy sitcom, and I don't think the serious moments hit nor are the comedy moments actually funny. I don't even think the action is that great, as it's mostly the quick-cut close-up a-million-edits style of action we're used to today. I just don't get it. I'll stick to Raimi's Spider-Man, which perfectly balances the humor and drama that comics are supposed to have, with its well shot action scenes that still hold up nearly two decades later. 90% OF CHRISTOPHER NOLAN'S FILMOGRAPHY: I just think he's a boring filmmaker. None of his films are bad either, but none of them really click with me or hold the gravitas that the film is clearly trying to have. I love Momento but that's about it. Considering Ragnarok is one of the few MCU movies I'd consider to be really good, Imma have to disagree with you. The script definitely portrayed Bill Harding as this pseudo-eccentric prodigal figure who was "one with the storm", a living legend in the meteorology world of sorts. Tom Hanks had been originally cast in the role and I bet he would've played the role much differently. Bill Paxton is a great actor but plays the role as more of an everyman, somewhat losing the eccentricity of what the script intended. Yep. Both films are hilariously dumb, but Twister knows it's dumb and fully embraces it. Independence Day doesn't know it's dumb and instead tries to be some three hours long sweeping character ensemble epic. The creators of Independence Day actually submitted the film to the Best Director, Best OG Screenplay, and Best Picture categories at that year's Academy wouldn't do that unless you genuinely thought your film was that good. They were trying to make something serious without realizing just how stupid their product was. Twister, however, is quick, fun, and isn't trying to be some groundbreaking masterpiece. r/whooooosh For a character who's been there since day 1: Oscar. He's pretty sympathetic during Michael's unintentional abuse in the early seasons, but afterwards he becomes incredibly entitled, selfish, and unlikable. The way he needlessly attacks manager Jim for everything he says and rallies up everyone against him based on simply mishearing what Jim's saying, who's just trying to do his job and make people happy, makes me angry. For a later character: Nellie. She's not funny, interesting, unique, or likable. Every time she comes on screen, I'd prefer to just stare at a blank wall until it cuts away from her. My guess is that it probably figured it couldn't successfully escape without assimilating/killing all the men at the base first. Notice that the dog-thing doesn't assimilate its first victim until after Mac and Copper bring back the split-thing corpse? The camera lingers on the shot of the dog ominously looking at the situation. The thing probably knew that the humans were smart and would soon figure out how the thing worked by studying the corpse, and would then turn their suspicions towards the dog next. It probably had to spring into action and assimilate some people before being discovered, which it probably knew would inevitably happen. I suppose it could be possible for the dog-thing to just sneak around the base for weeks scrapping together pieces necessary to construct a spaceship in incognito... I think it's just a common misconception that the Thing can infect people on a microscopic level like a virus. If that were the case, Bennings would've been assimilated from the get-go after being licked on the mouth by the dog-thing, like three minutes into the movie. Mac and Doc would've been assimilated from picking up and carrying the split-face carcass on board their helicopter. Everyone in the blood test scene would've been infected by sharing the same scalple. Blair would've been assimilated from putting the pencil eraser in his mouth. Also, if the Thing COULD infect through casual contact, it would have absolutely zero need to assimilate people by going around and painstakingly revealing itself over the course of a week. It could literally just put cells of itself on any place, like you said. Why would it choose to go days out of its way by doing the hard road? I think that if a single Thing cell was inserted into the human body, the immune system would likely kill it. Sure, we do see that a single Thing cell can assimilate cells on a cellular level, but perhaps this can only be done in small environments, like in a petri dish. Humans have 39 trillion cells in the body, so for one single cell to attempt to overthrow 39 trillion cells would take a long time. This is all speculation I guess. Toodles! View all replies >