Friday, March 25, 2011

The Loft's Favorite Movie Aliens

Aside from being a radical feminist text, James Cameron's Aliens is also a badass movie about the titular subject--acid-bleeding, Ringwraith-shrieking beings from outer space.  Since we'll be playing the film this Friday and Saturday as part of our Cult Classics series presented by Bookmans, we got to thinking about our favorite on-screen extra terrestrials.  Here we go:

Dale Meyers, Projectionist

The Mothman, The Mothman Prophecies

Christian Ramirez, Floor Staff

Gonzo, Muppets in Space

"I mean, who can't relate to being called a 'whatever' and have aliens talk to you through your cereal? It's a pretty universal story, really."

Amy Harclerode, Development Director

E.T., E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Soloway, Office Manager

Jeff Bridges as Starman, Starman

Tim Keene, Floor Staff

Roy Batty, Blade Runner

"Because he holds the longings I feel.  The anger, the sorrow, the resignation and the beauty."

J.J. Giddings, Operations Director

The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman's Breast, The American Astronaut

Dave Paiz, Facilities Manager

The Thing, John Carpenter's The Thing

"You can't see it coming, it doesn't waste time laying eggs, it can hide anywhere, imitate anything and turn your head into one of those disgustingly horrifying crab-spider type-things - game over, man."

Alyson Hill, Projectionist

Zaphod Beeblebrox, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Pedro Robles, Assistant Manager

1. The Aliens, Mars Attacks

"One can't hate an alien race that would put Sarah Jessica Parker's head on the body of a chihuahua. Not to mention their great technology & unique Achilles heel."

2. Stitch, Lilo & Stitch

"Engineered to be a destructive force, one can't help but wonder why they made him so damn cute. If I was lucky enough to befriend this alien, we'd have one hell of a night on the town."

Kyle Canfield, General Manager

"I feel as if this should really be broken into two categories... dangerous aliens and peaceful aliens. Because how does one truly compare a Predator to an Ewok."

Favorite Peaceful Alien: Puckmarin, The Flight of the Navigator

Favorite Dangerous Alien: The Aliens, Mars Attacks

"I think the reason for these choices is because life is best when it's humorous. And even when life is most tragic, I would still prefer being stuck in a situation that can make me laugh, rather than soil my pants at some Face-Hugger Alien coming after me without Ripley around."

Zach Breneman, Business Manager

Mac, Mac & Me

"In this instance, substitute "worst" for favorite.  When I was a kid, I truly loved these freakish E.T. rip-offs, and only when I was slightly older did I realize why I'd get a sudden Big Mac craving any time this movie was on.  Most blatant product placement this side of Wayne's World, only here it's not a joke."

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