Ridley Scott has been directing landmark films ever since I was born, and his latest movie, "Body of Lies," will be released on Friday. His first big splash on the international scene, "Alien," hit theaters three months after I was born in 1979, and it loomed large over my childhood. I had known of it from a very early age as the movie that made my mom leave the room whenever my dad was watching it. (We had a Betamax and a library of movies that I'm pretty sure weren't actually available on the market ... but enough about that.) By the time I saw actually saw it, James Cameron's far more spectacular sequel had pretty much killed it for me -- why watch a movie with one alien when you can watch a movie with many "Aliens"?
My opinion of "Alien" is much higher today, of course, and Scott is one of those directors whose films I will always pay to see. (The others are Spielberg, P.T. Anderson, Fincher, Zemeckis, Nolan and, begrudgingly, Burton.) In the last 26 years, Scott has given us acclaimed films like "Blade Runner," "Thelma & Louise," "Gladiator," "Black Hawk Down" and "American Gangster," underrated gems like "Matchstick Men," "A Good Year" and "G.I. Jane," and misunderstood epics like "Hannibal" and "Kingdom of Heaven."
But as a film buff and a couch potato, I mostly love Ridley Scott for his DVDs.
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