Happy Independence Day Weekend!

Happy, happy Friday, everybody!!! It’s a long weekend for me as I’m taking today off and a 3-day weekend for most of my American friends, yay!

Anybody going to watch a patriotic movie to celebrate the Fourth? I’ve been reading some top ten lists that contain the more solemn quality titles like Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot, Letters to Iwo Jima, etc. but for some reason, every time this time of year rolls around, I always think of Independence Day. Hmmm, so what does that say about me exactly?? Well, for one, I love an entertaining sci-fi flick, and despite its inherent cheesiness and plot holes the size of the alien’s giant spaceship, this one holds up pretty darn well.

I was awestruck the first time I saw those fiery clouds as the giant spaceship first rear its head, and even with so many disaster flicks made since then (obviously capitalizing on this movie’s success), this one still stands as one of the most memorable. The movie made a star out of Will Smith. I mean, who didn’t cheer when he punched that ugly, slimy creature, muttering ‘Welcome to earth!’ with cigar in hand and his trademark nonchalant heroism. ID4 is undoubtedly the start of his reign as king of Summer blockbusters for years following that.

Though technically the alien attacks the entire world, but the American heroism are on full display and all kinds of US landmarks are featured prominently before their imminent destruction. Oh, and who can forget Bill Pulman’s inspirational speech as the heroic US president… “And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!” Yo! Is it any wonder I include him on my list of memorable movie presidents?

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Apparently there is a two-part sequel in the works for this movie?? Sheesh, I guess I’m not surprised but I wish they’d just leave it well enough alone! It’s currently stuck in limbo as director Roland Emmerich is tackling a Shakespearean thriller Anonymous (huh?) so hopefully it’s never gonna happen.

So anyway, what’s your viewing plans? I have a couple of movies from Netflix for some reason even though my subscription is only for 1 movie at a time. But hey, I’m not complaining. The two movies I’ve got are An American in Paris (1951) and The Losers that’s released last year. How’s that for variety, huh? 😀


Enjoy your weekend everybody!