Great Moments in Cinema: Alien

Part of the brilliance of director Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) is the way in which it demystifies space travel.  His characters aren’t heroic astronauts or brilliant scientists or mystic space knights.  Instead, they are blue-collar working stiffs who just happen to make their living on a mining ship that traverses the stars.  It is a clever (if not wholly original) […]

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