Aliens is an utter thrill ride and one of the best movies ever made, so well-liked and well-remembered because it's more than just a dumb Michael Bay-style action film. The film takes Ripley and transforms her into one of the best, well-rounded, and most memorable action heroines of all time, and her emotional course through the film and her relationship with Newt is awesomely done, providing a far better character arc than any of Bay's films or her redundant course in Alien Cubed. The thing is directed with such pace and shot so well that it creates more than a film, but an experience. The power-loader vs. Queen fight definitely takes a step in the "WTF" direction, but by then the movie has already cast its dice into the "larger than life" category, and so the fight is utterly kick-**s, and one of the rousing, true great climaxes in movie history. And this is how the film will be remembered. I respect your opinion, Alien Cubed fans, but just as I must accept that AVP1 is hated and despised by many, so too should you consider that Aliens will be remembered as the above description for centuries to come. And no, I'm not forcing my opinion on you or any of that authoritarian BS, I'm just saying. Feel free to choose to deny Aliens' success, if it pleases you and makes you happy, and I'm serious.
Wait, was this a thread about the TEDTalk thing, or another Aliens vs. Alien Cubed bashing thread? I don't remember.