Independence Day (1996)

Rated PG. Apart from quoting a few lines in the movie (which aren’t bonafide swears), we’re pretty clean here.

Independence Day

We conclude Sci-Fi Month by going into the Mother Ship and praising/bashing one of the biggest movies of all time. Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin have made plenty of action and disaster flicks in their day, but ID4 is their best…yet also one of their dumbest. It’s also terribly fun, despite all the death and destruction. Will Smith became an alien-punching superstar, Jeff Goldblum quirked it up in his one-of-a-kind way and Bill Pullman got to give one of the greatest speeches by any movie president. Oh, and Randy Quaid got to be a loose cannon. There’s just so much to love and so much to mock. Enough preamble though. You need to pack a missile in your carry-on, give your special lady a tacky engagement ring and hack into the 398th Ellises’ Analysis.

Well Actually: Steven Hiller is a Marine pilot, not a Navy pilot. Also, the disaster movie 2012 was released in 2009.

A remarkable way to prepare for an assault on an alien invader is to load up on Sparkplug Coffee. Go to Sparkplug’s site. They’ll give you a 20% discount when you use our promo code (“top100project”).

Twitter time: @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis

Ryan has another podcast and it’s about sports movies: Scoring At The Movies


Coming Attractions Trivia Answer: ???

1996 U.S. Box Office and Top 200 Adjusted For Inflation

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1996 in film

1996 Academy Award winners and nominees

The Visual F/X team’s Oscar acceptance speech

Links to: Independence Day: Resurgence and Men In Black and Stargate and the 1953 War Of The Worlds and the 2005 War Of The Worlds

Previously on The Ellises’ Analysis: Donnie Darko

July 5th on The Ellises’ Analysis The Descendants