Alien built fear like few films before or since.
Aliens knows it can't match that fear, so it decides to build up momentum instead. Even more remarkably, it does it mostly through character interaction and fantastic world-building... mostly.
The cast are key to its success. Weaver's grit is great, Henn is both adorable and smart, and Paxton steals the show. Each of the soldiers that gets past the initial confrontation is sufficiently developed to make them identifiable, even vaguely likeable.…
"You still have a choice."
As Spielberg and his undisputed classics get older and older, we must remember to appreciate the gems he's made since Schindler's List. The fact that he'll (probably) never make a film as good as that again tends to tarnish the good stuff he's made since.
Case in point: Minority Report, arguably the most undervalued film on the Bearded One's CV. Though a box office hit, there's a tendency to gloss over it in hindsight. If…
Say what one might about the characters in the original Jurassic Park, but one thing they weren't was stupid. Jurassic World, on the other hand...
It doesn't so much milk the nostalgic teat as kill the nostalgic cow, peel off the nostalgic cow hide and parade around in it, bellowing "Look how much I look like the original film, but with a difference!" and then winks.
Its CGI is retrograde, as are its gender politics. One reason you shouldn't mistake…