Alien ★★★★

Gonna go ahead and log this because I've had it on HBO in the background for over an hour and I'm just captivated by it.

I am sure I saw it once before, after I saw Aliens, when my dad was trying to catch me up on the film that came before it. But on a tiny TV on VHS during the day on a custodial weekend I'm sure I got nothing from it.

It's amazing. Tense and horrifying and meditative and weird and magnetic. The worst thing about it is honestly the alien (in every form), who looks about as stupid and plastic as you can possibly imagine. Giger's designs are amazing on paper but we're super-lucky that bigger budgets were eventually deployed to fill in the blanks. That wouldn't have happened if this didn't do so much inside its tight constraints.