Welcome back to your favorite weekly movie reviews and suggestions. We, Adam and Dan, will be your tour guides in this crazy world of cinematography. So grab yourself a soda and some popcorn and let’s get to Movie-ing.
Adam: Dan it’s Americas Birthday!
Dan : Oh I’m fully aware…
Adam: LOL Dan its 9 in the morning…
Adam: no, you’re right…
Adam: Let’s just enjoy this weekend.
Dan: Right, no one can tell us how to freedom.
Adam: Hey , when it comes to this weekend? You got a must watch movie in mind cuz I do.
Dan: Absolutely I do
I am a huge Mel Gibson fan before he lost his marbles that is, and his war movies are among the best in movie history to me. This is no different and he was paired with Heath Ledger as his son who was a very gifted actor in his own right. The Patriot is a perfect write up for this weekend because of the obvious, it’s about the revolutionary war. I used to be a history buff when I was in high school and college, but most of the knowledge I had has deteriorated, unfortunately. The revolutionary war was one of my favorites to learn about and this movie may not be the best of Gibson’s war movies, in my opinion, it’s still exceptional.
If you haven’t seen it, this is a story about the Martin family. Benjamin Martin played by Gibson, was a veteran of the French and Indian War and was called to vote on the formation of the Continental Army to fight the British. He wanted nothing to do with the fight against the British and voted against it and went home, where his son enlisted without his consent. Things start to go south after Gabriel(Ledger) returns four years later and the Martin’s are tending to wounded on both sides of a battle. Gabriel is labeled as a spy against the British and the order is given to burn their house. The movie gets intense after that, and I don’t plan on giving much away so if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it.
I truly think Gibson was brilliant with his war movies and have seen all of them. It is a fiction of the Revolutionary War, but still an excellent rendition. Both Ledger and Gibson give amazing performances and the cast is well put together. It takes me back to high school a bit and even though that isn’t always a great thing, it reminds me of where we came from and how this country came to be. We celebrate the 4th because of this event and this movie is a tribute to it, in my opinion. It is extremely violent and gory so if that isn’t for you, don’t watch this movie haha.
My movie selection this week should surprise no one. It’s basically a tradition at my house that we flip on Independence Day if solely just for that epic Presidential speech to set the mood (speech below, you’re welcome).
Independence Day came out almost 25 years ago, and while the graphics are a bit dated the rest of the movie holds up pretty well. Heck, it was pretty cutting edge back then. And because of that and its solid cast of Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum,Judd Hirsch, Robbert Loggia, Randy Quaid, and Vivica A Fox, ID cleaned up at the box office. With a budget of only 75 million, only 75 million is funny to say…. but I digress, it made a cool 817 million as movie lovers flocked to their local theatres to see it. Solid investment for someone.
ID, starts off with the earth receiving a signal from outer space. Not to far off from whats actually been happening in real life since 2018…. but thats for another day. Anyways, communications systems worldwide are messed up by strange atmospheric interference. Soon the military, scientists, and the white house staff learn that a number of enormous asteroids are on a collision course with Earth. A total doomsday event, ala Armegedon without Ben Affleck thank goodness. It’s later revealed that giant asteroids are not actually rocks at all but gigantic spacecraft.
After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the aliens are going to attack major points around the globe in less than a day. As his prediction comes true, the alien invaders all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles and Washington, as well as Paris, London, Houston and Moscow. Survivors of the attacks group together and set out in convoys towards Area 51. This is Randy Quaid’s time to shine in this movie, he doesn’t have a large rule but he brings some much needed comedic relief. Anyways, the survivors after a tour of Area 51, they devise a plan to fight back against the aliens. Led by Will Smith and company, July 4th becomes the day humanity across the globe fights annihilation.
4.3 / 5 AG Stars
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Local theatres continue to be closed… so we only have suggestions for DVD rental or purchase online. BUUUUUUUTTTTT, my local Family Video is open for da biznaz! Go support your local video rental stores, they are fantastic. Next stop on this getting back to normal train is sitting in a dark room with complete strangers and watching some movies.