Once again, I'm looking back at previous installments of some of this summer's big returning franchises.
by me, and watching it again didn't necessarily give me any important new insight into its greatness. But at the same time, it's always a pleasure to sit down with again, even for someone who rarely watches movies more than once (even movies that I love). I was reminded of how impressive Ridley Scott's direction is, down to every little detail, and how perfectly nearly every aspect of the movie comes together, from the writing to the acting to the set design to the costumes to the special effects. These days, Alien is a huge corporate franchise and a pop-culture phenomenon, but the first movie established nearly everything important about the series with ingenuity and limited resources.