The United States has been knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium. It was a fun roller coaster ride while it lasted, but ultimately we all knew that it would end halfway through a loop-de-loop, leaving us hanging upside down. Thankfully, American football will be the rescue team sent to get us down safely.
But now that I'm a hardcore soccer fan, I suppose I should become a fan of the local sports team. GO HOUSTON DYNAMITE! I hear Brian Ching is pretty good.
Anyway, July 4th was yesterday. Happy Birthday, America. But the day carries extra special importance for me because it serves as a yearly reminder of one of my favorite movies of all time...
Featuring a second team all star cast of Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum, ID4 shines as a summer popcorn blockbuster. It's simply the best aliens-invade-Earth-humans-inexplicably-repel-them, feel good, explode-a-thon story since H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds radio broadcast.
Sure, there are huge plot holes, but we're Americans and we win gold in Plot Hole Vaulting every Olympics. If your disbelief is easily un-suspended, just relax and enjoy the spectacle of...
- Will Smith smoking cigars and punching an alien in the face...
- Bill Pullman -- the President of the United States, mind you -- doing his best Washington Crossing the Delaware impression and leading a squadron of fighter jets during the climactic last stand...
- A nervously sweaty Jeff Goldblum clattering away at various keyboards.
Throw in plenty of memorable quotes, Jewish stereotype dad, and a consistently drunk
Dennis Randy Quaid and you've got a movie that simply gets better with time. Also it has a speech so good, so America, that I feel it should be carved in stone somewhere in the Smithsonian.
It's one of the quintessential 90's movies. And now apparently there'll be a sequel! They'll probably blow it, but I'll still watch it and then complain about it on the Internet.
Watch this hilarious trailer spoof from Honest Trailers, and then watch all the other ones they've made. Great stuff.
Anyway, feel free to talk about this, or anything else you'd like tonight. Happy Saturday.