It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of top movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Aliens.

James Cameron’s gung-ho sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic sends Warrant Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) to confront her worst nightmare, in the company of a group of cocky colonial marines who have no idea what’s waiting for them on planet LV-426. Aliens broke new ground in 1986 by turning Ripley into a gutsy maternal warrior and female action icon, which the actress nicknamed “Rambolina”. Moreover, her performance received a landmark Oscar nomination for Best Actress – the first time a female lead had been nominated for a role in an action/science fiction film. And let’s not forget the film’s other alpha female – the majestic and terrifying alien queen, who faces off against Ripley in the film’s spectacular climax.

Four reasons why Aliens rocks:

1. The alien queen, one of the all-time great movie monsters. 

2. Bill Paxton as the cowardly Hudson – “Game over man, game over.”

3. Lance Henriksen’s benevolent synthetic, Bishop.

4. Ripley’s powerloader battle with the queen – “Get away from her you bitch!”

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Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.