Currently I am on a train on my way to the office as I have to work today supervising a deep clean - woo!
But I would like to very quickly share with you the final realisation of literally years of deliberation.
So you regularly hear the question asked:
If you could only watch one more film for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ok I admit, I am normally the one asking that question... But it's still a valid question.
For literally years I have struggled with this question.
Just what would I want to be the only film I watch? With something like 500+ films in my collection just what would be the film I would be happy to watch over and over again?
Would it be Fight Club? The clever film that speaks for so many men of my generation?
Would it be Back to the Future? A wonderful family film that never really gets old?
Perhaps it would be Repo:A Genetic Opera?
Well today I realised what the answer was:
James Cameron's Aliens.
I know, big surprise right? -Yeah that was sarcasm, it's only my favourite film in the world ever!
But until this point I have been unwilling to say that I would pick this film. The reason? Because it bothers me that if it was the only film I was able to see, if I would grow to resent and dislike it, and how terrible that would be for me.
This morning however I realised where I was going wrong, how I was looking at this from the wrong side.
The question is not: "what film would I want to watch over and over again?" The question is actually: "What 1 film do I not want to loose from my life? What film has made me a better person, sparked my imagination and driven me to achieve? What film can I not bear to live without?"
And in answering that the result can only be Aliens.
If anyone tells you there is a deeper meaning to the film, then they're just being a pretentious ass justifying their over priced media studies degree. There is absolutely no deeper meaning.
Aliens is an Action-Horror-Sci Fi film, it fits snugly in that small genre and performs exceedingly well there, but it is less the film itself and what it has done for my life which is why I can not bring myself to imagine a world where this film does not exist.
It is based on my love for this full that I am who I am, this film and what has come from this film has given me the strength, courage and need to do many things that I would not have it it had not been for this film.
I have made many life long friends on the back of this film, I have joined, inherited and nurtured an online gaming clan in the game AvP, which had it not been for Aliens would have never existed.
It was this online community which nurtured me with both the bottle and the cane through my angst filled teenage years and saw me emerge a better man because of it.
So much has happened in my life that is either a direct or indirect result of this film and it is for all these reasons and more that I am declaring this film, Aliens as the film I would pick if I could only see one more film for the rest of my life.
It is on that note that I bid you good day, stay safe and I'll see you Cryptside!
- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley