Monday, June 11, 2012

Movie Monday: Independence Day

You know, I was seriously planning on watching Clueless this week. But then I started rereading the Tomorrow, When the War Began series for the first time since high school, and suddenly watching a movie about defending your home from an unknown invader seemed like a perfect idea. Okay, so in TWTWB, Australia doesn't get invaded by aliens, it gets invaded by a mysterious and nameless foreign country (fun fact: I must have been watching too many James Bond movies when I first read those books, because I was convinced the invaders were Russian. Never mind the fact that Russia isn't exactly short of land...). But that's totally not the point.


Reasons why Independence Day is awesome:
1. Will Smith as Steve Hillard. Seriously, he's fantastic in this.
2. Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson. Okay, so he's basically playing the same character that he played in Jurassic Park (including one of the same lines!), but he's still great.
3. Bill Pullman as the President. Do we all remember Deidre's and my theory about Bill Pullman having magical hair? Apparently his magical hair gets him a Presidency.
4. The "OMG, will they make it???" escape from Washington.
5. Excellent use of REM's "It's the end of the world as we know it".
6. The aliens. They're not very impressive, but they're still effing creepy.
7. The scene where Steve is reading the paper in the driveway, completely oblivious, while the neighbours are packing up and moving out.
8. It's aged surprisingly well, if you overlook the enormous telephones and the old school computers...
9. David's boss. He's pretty hilarious. Until he gets blown up...
10. Adam Baldwin! Playing the complete opposite of Jayne Cobb, except he's still a spectacular shot.
11. Judd Hirsch as David's dad. He's BRILLIANT.
12. It's a Roland Emmerich movie. The dude LOVES him a disaster movie. And he does it pretty well, too.
13. Margaret Colin as Connie.
14. Randy Quaid as Russell Casse.
15. It won an Oscar. WHO KNEW?!?!
16. Harry Connick Jr. Again, before he gets blown up.
17. The scene where the mad scientist guy gets slammed up against the glass. I've been watching this movie for a millionty years now, and I STILL jump every single time. Even though I know it's coming. 
18. The scene where Steve is dragging the alien through the desert in his parachute. Pretty much my favourite thing from the entire movie.
19. I would totally have blown up Welcome Wagon too. Those lights were kind of epilepsy enducing and headache causing.
20. Everyone's faces when they find out Area 51 is real.
21. Organising a worldwide counter attack using Morse code. Old school, FTW.
22. The crazy doctor dude who's in charge of research at Area 51. He's been pulled straight out of The X-Files.
23. The two little kids. They're kind of adorable.
24. The President's big pre-battle speech about not going quietly into the night? Filmed in front of the hangar that housed the Enola Gay 50 years to the day after the Enola Gay dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Forget the fat lady! You're obsessed with the fat lady!"
- "Welcome to Earth."
- "Must go faster. Must go faster, must go faster."
- "No, you did NOT shoot that green shit at me!"
- "It's the White House, for crying out loud. You can't just drive up and ring the bell!"
- "Oh God, I hope they bring back Elvis!!"
- "Daddy let me watch Letterman." "Traitor..."
- "Y'know, this was supposed to be my weekend off, but nooooo. You got me out here, draggin' your HEAVY ass through burnin' desert with your dreadlocks stickin' out the back of my parachute. You gotta come down here with an attitude, actin' all big and bad... AND WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SMELL??????? AAAAAAAAAH!!!!! *kicks alien* I could've been at a barbeque!!!"
- "Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. 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!"
- "Hello, boys! I'm baaaaaaaaaaack!!!"
- "Now THAT'S what I call a close encounter!"
- "Is that glass bulletproof?" "No sir."
- "Oops." "W-what do you mean, oops??" "Some jerk put this *picks up Post-it note* the wrong way round." "Don't say oops..." "What do you say we try that again?" "Yes, yes.  Yes. Without the oops."
- "There was nothing we could do!" "Oh don't give me that! You knew about this for a long time! What with that spaceship you found in New Mexico! What was it called... Roswell, New Mexico! And that other place... uh... Area 51, Area 51! You knew then! And you did nothing!" "Mr. Levinson, you're mistaken. There is no Area 51. There is no spaceship." "Uh... Mr. President? That's not entirely accurate..." "What, which part?"
- "I don't understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?" "You don't actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?"
- "I picked a hell of a day to quit drinking..."
- "We're not hit! We're not hit! Stop side-seat driving!!"
- "Once again, the L.A.P.D. is asking Los Angelenos not to fire their guns at the visitor spacecraft. You may inadvertently trigger an interstellar war."

So. Thoughts? Love it? Hate it? Fight the urge to yell "AND WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SMELL???" Will Smith style when something smells bad (which, I've just discovered, was unscripted - the lake where they filmed it smells like decaying brine shrimp and no one told Will Smith. Lol forever.)? Think Bill Pullman has magical hair? Because, seriously, he does. He was the Patrick Dempsey of the 90s.

K xx


  1. So... Will Smith did an interview with Ellen recently and I LOVED this conversation he had about his kids, aliens, the president, and Area 51. It's at about 3:30. (Before then there are other awesome stories about his kids)

    1. Ahahahaha, that is so spectacularly awesome.

  2. Okay, I have to admit - I love this movie. I pretty much watch it every time its on TV (which is quite a lot). I agree with everything you've said here.

    And I add, its the only movie I've ever seen with Jeff Goldblum where I find him marginally attractive.

    1. Thank you for agreeing. Because there are so many people who are like "Ew, really? You still watch that crap??", and I'm all "Uh, YES. BECAUSE IT'S AWESOME."

  3. YES. Yes to everything you said. I ALWAYS cry at the President's speech at the end, pretty much without fail. Because I'm an emotional slob.

    And also the line, "We got to work on our communication skills." or something to that effect. Or did I make that up?

    1. OMG. I love that line. I can't believe I left it out!!!! :(

  4. "Crazy Doctor dude" aka Dr. Okun, is played by Brent Spiner, who is probably best known for playing Star Trek: Next Gen's android 'Lt. Cmdr. Data'.

    1. Oh my GOD. I *knew* I recognised his face from something!!! Although considering most of the Star Trek I've seen is in the form of gifs or 2 minute clips, it's not surprising that I didn't make the connection. Thank you for that completely awesome bit of trivia :)

  5. This. THIS.

    (Love everything about this movie review, mmmkay? Heh heh.)

    I love Independence Day with the fire of a thousand suns. With every fibre of my being. With a love that burns brightly and--

    Okay, shutting up now.

    But I mean, SERIOUSLY. Like Coyote Rose, I always watch the damn thing when I happen upon it on TV (which here in Oz isn't that often, at least not on free-to-air...I don't have Foxtel). It doesn't matter that I've seen it a gazillion times since first seeing it at the movies in 1995. Nope. Because imma watch it again, dammit!

    And I've always thought Bill Pullman was a rugged charismatic dreamboat...there's just smthg about him! And he was somehow even HOTTT in While You Were Sleeping, even though he wore 90s jeans and flannel shirts.


    I also loved Will in the movie, and Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsch. And Harry Connick Jr. Oh, what the hell, I loved everybody.

    REM's "It's the End of the World as we Know it" is awesome, as is REM. (I've loved them since I was a kid, though back then I didn't know it was them, just knew their songs...hee!)

    The aliens were indeed CREE-PY to the nth degree. ::shudder::


    1. Correction: I saw the movie in 1996, which is the year of its release. Pah!

    2. Bill Pullman's hair is even more spectacular in While You Were Sleeping than it is in ID4. I don't know how it's possible for him to be hot while wearing 90s jeans and flannel either. I guess the same way it's possible for Josh Jackson to be hot while wearing skater boy pants and Hawaiian shirts... ;)

  6. I have seen this many times, and still love it (in fact, I'm kinda contemplating watching it now). I do have a confession though - I once bought this on DVD to give to someone for their bday and then I just kept it for myself... oops.

    1. That is an excellent decision, and I wholeheartedly support it. As long as you subsequently bought them something else... ;)

  7. Wow, I haven't seen this movie in pretty much forever. It sounds like it might be time to watch it again.

    1. I think it's one of those movies that people tend to forget about - maybe it gets blended into Men in Black somehow?? - and then you stumble across it on TV and go "Holy crap, this movie is awesome." So yes. Rewatch it.


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