It will be hard for some of you youngsters to believe, but there was a time, not so long ago, when one did not have a global forum in which to air one’s frustrations, nitpick movie mistakes, and call filmmakers hacks. Yes, before there was an internet, we could not simply log into the comments section on IMDb or YouTube and let the world that know that “tHis mOOvie SUx BALZ.” No, we had to put forward our theories of cinematic ball-suckiness person-to-person, perhaps while standing around a water cooler or huffing paint in our parents’ basement. There were even times, believe it or not, when we would become so irate over the shortcomings of a film or TV show that we would sit down, compose our thoughts, and mail them to a magazine.
Such was the case back in 1987, when numerous angry fanboys took to the letter column of Starlog Magazine to vent their hatred for a little science fiction flick called Aliens. Yes, that Aliens. It seems that not everybody thought it was the classic it’s come to be regarded as, and many fans wrote in to nitpick various elements of the film and whinge in general. Where it gets interesting is in what happened next. As pointed out via Reddit, director James Cameron actually addressed the complaints personally in the magazine’s 125th issue. He corrects misunderstandings, explains that some confusing aspects were the result of deleted footage (much of which appeared in the later director’s cut), and generally defends his work.