Welcome to Earph!! A place where Fresh Princes, fly-human hybrids, and crazed Griswold cousins can come together, deliver one-liners, and defend their planet from alien invasion. Outer space, not Mexico. Hey! One of the first trailers I can recall remembering was the teaser for Independence Day. Sightings around the globe, mounting anticipation (without it’s consent, that’s how crazy this thing was), a single beam of light shooting downward into the White House. A few seconds of wuh-huh then kaboom! Later American government icon, thanks or playing. This movie defined blockbuster in my cinephilic mind, an explosive event of epic cinematic proportions.
The Fourth of July, finally getting it’s own film treatment. Make room Halloween and New Year’s Eve, here’s a third flick for that much sought after pseudo-holiday trilogy no one was planning! Spanning three days of cosmic chaos and intergalactic intrigue, ID4 presents a catastrophic scenario, a game-changing weekend of fear and wonderment. Humans versus aliens is not a new concept, but this tale utilized a new generation of technology and movie magic in an effort to reinvigorate the genre. Among it’s many awards received, this won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, deservedly so. Blowing up national and global monuments? Bold. Deciding the invaders should make a huge entrance instead of sneaking in, infiltrating covertly, etc.? Eye-popping. Massive alien ships hovering over the world’s largest cities, initially eyesores, quickly turned lethal? Chilling. Popcorn flick, personified.
Immensely fun, despite eighteen years of existence and a significant cheese factor. Clever, funny, evocative of emotions I would prefer remain dormant. Wastes little time before exploding things. At least a pair of sequels are in the works, which could be either awesome or hilariously terrible. Either way, we win. The new fad in Hollywood seems to be furthering seemingly dead franchises from years earlier, which is both exciting and pathetic. Rumors of Jeff Goldblum bringing back the swagger without Will Smith dampens my hopes. A quality ebony and ivory duo is a treasured dynamic. JD and Turk. Shawn and Gus. Iron Man and War Machine. One shouldn’t save the world without the other, should they? Perhaps the answers reside among the stars, beyond our understanding. You know, where the homicidal beings dwell. ‘Merica!!
directed by Roland Emmerich
written by Roland Emmerich & Dean Devlin
favorite line: “No, sir, just a little anxious to get up there and whoop E.T.’s ass, that’s all!” Capt. Steven Hiller