In the past couple of nights, we've watched "Alien" and "Aliens" (which is the second movie in the series).
I think most people have seen these movies, so I won't go into detailed analysis of them.
I'll just say that I think that the Alien in these movies is one of THE best monsters in movie history. And when you get right down to it, despite the scifi setting, these are nothing more than good, juicy monster movies, closely related to the monster movies of the 50's and 60's, with technology gone awry. That extra little jaw coming out of the alien's mouth is a great addition, though!
This is monster movie à la moderne. This alien blends perfectly into the high tech world of the working spaceship, so much so that it can play stowaway and not be noticed until the ship is underway.
The image of the alien as queen bee is believable and scary, and the acidic goo that it bleeds is an extra added bonus. This is one of the rare franchises in which the sequel is as good as, if not better than, the first movie. Sigourney Weaver is much more substantive in the second movie.
Just a little lab humor...we often used barcode scanners, and one of the best jokes is to stick the scanner up under your lab coat and make it burst out of your coat, like the alien bursting out of John Hurt's chest in the first Alien movie! I tried it a couple of times in the past couple of nights, just using my hand up under my T-shirt, but it wasn't quite as striking.
I thought we had all of the Alien movies, but it turns out that we're missing the third one. It is now on order, along with "National Treasure 2," and a series that I've been wanting for a while: "Evil Dead," "Evil Dead 2," and "Army of Darkness," which is the third Evil Dead movie. I'll have more to write about them eventually, but the original "Evil Dead" scared me almost as much as "The Exorcist," so that should tell you something. The second and third movies were a little more campy and fun, but that first one is reeeeeally creepy. Oh yeah, babe...turn off the lights and ::watch the movie:: Bwah-hah-hah-hahhhh!