Kate, Carole, and I went to happy hour at Toi, which featured tasty $3 appetizers. When we'd had enough, we walked over to Cinerama to see the director's cut of Alien. I thought that I'd seen it before, but there were many parts that I didn't remember. I was really interested in the difference between the 1979 image of the future and the 2003 version. Watching older movies, I'm always amazed at the much slower pacing. I read that some of the pacing is actually faster in this version, but it still was noticeably slow in parts.
Much of the movie seems to exist for the sole purpose of arriving at particular images: glistening sweat, the cat and the alien, half-reflections, Sigorney Weaver taking off her clothes. The whole film really looked great on the giant screen and because of this, it's easy to forgive the occasionally spotty plot.