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The Internets react to PROMETHEUS: Dr. Shaw texts & James Franco reviews

So Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS landed in theaters this weekend, and while $51.1 million is nothing to joke about, a group of talking animals did beat it in the box office. The reaction, at least among my friends who saw it, was tepid. Some things about it were great, others…not so much. That said, the cinematics blew their minds and the story provided some food for thought. IndieWire served up their good, bad and ugly thoughts on the film, and people across the Internets are not only chiming in, but having a lot of fun riffing off the film:

  • Above is a clever poster for PROMETHEUS done up in the pulp style of the 1950s. Take that, minimalist movie poster trend!
  • I’ve noticed that this “text message” dialogue between Noomi Rapace and an Engineer has gone viral. It’s pretty hilarious, especially at the end, but if you don’t want spoilers you should aggressively avoid this.
  • Here’s a fascinating behind the scenes interview with the team responsible for injecting the film with the sound effects, some of which was created from using the sound of a soda can being opened and pop rocks.
  • The Wall Street Journal asks whether the social media driven marketing campaign for the film that helped create a lot of the film’s initial positive buzz might now be hurting the film “as some disgruntled and disappointed fans [take] to Facebook, Twitter and influential film blogs to express their disappointment with the film.”
  • James Franco puts his education from UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Brooklyn College, Yale, and RISD to use and weighs in with his own review of PROMETHEUS for the Huff Post.
  • Here’s an awesome fan-trailer for the film made aggressively in 2-D with paper cutouts.
  • What your favorite film in the ALIENS franchise says about you. This aesthete prefers ALIEN VS. PREDATOR. Go ahead, judge me. Hate me. Good. Use your aggressive feelings, boy. Let the hate flow through you.Take your Jedi weapon. Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it. Give in to your anger. With each passing moment you make yourself more my servant.
  • Before Ridley Scott there was Rubens who created this famous painting of Prometheus.
  • Lastly, here’s a photo Bolaji Badejo, the 7′ 2” guy who wore the alien costume in the original 1979 ALIEN. Badejo wasn’t an actor, but a design student discovered in a bar for the role. This was his only film credit.