This weekend I'll be queuing up the previous Alien films** and giving them another look. I can't say how many times I've watched all except the most recent -- it's likely in the single digits, though the first might well be more than that. I find them all visually interesting and unique. The story architecture is identical throughout, but as Peter Sobczynski points out, "Each film has changed things up each time by taking the basic formula of what one can rightly expect in an 'Alien' film and filtering it through different stylistic, narrative and philosophical approaches, in order to give viewers new ideas to contemplate and new terrors to leave them shivering in their seats."
They're ambitious genre films, in other words. More, please.***
**Minus the AvP series, which is best viewed through an ironic lens.
***"These creatures are to biological life what antimatter is to matter." Someone please greenlight the William Gibson script for Alien 3.