Aliens (1986)

Sequels are rarely as good as the first film of a series, let alone better. They rarely meaningfully iterate on the first film, and instead just reproduce it, except “bigger” or with some other gimmick to justify their existence. “Aliens” does not do this. It’s not even the same genre as “Alien”; it’s action instead…

Alien (1979)

The perfect synthesis of science-fiction and horror. The worldbuilding is refreshingly lo-fi science-fiction (the blue-collar aesthetic is a welcome innovation), the plot is straightforward (right down to the slasher-like steady elimination of characters) but smartly-told horror. The design is an unsettling mix of both, H.R. Giger’s bio-mechanical vision straddling the line of the two genres.…