Aliens

A playlist on film analysis and criticism continues with an analysis of James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi action classic Aliens, as well as why it is deserving of a place on a list of great films.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Review the elements of the hero's journey prior to watching the video
  • Most appropriate for film studies classes
Classroom Considerations

  • Video include rapid narration and frequent asides
  • The film is R rated
  • Given the sexual references in the analysis, preview the video to determine if appropriate for your teaching situation
Pros

  • The episode focuses on how the character of Ripley marked a change of women's roles in sci-fi action films
Cons

  • None
Common Core