For the past several decades, the July 4 weekend has traditionally been a big one for the movies—school’s out for summer and adults are off work for the holiday, so it’s a great time to release big, blockbuster movies. July 3 in particular, though, is a date with a very impressive history.
For eons, humankind has looked up to the sky and wondered if it was alone. While we still haven’t answered that question just yet, fiction has stepped in to show us what that moment of first contact might look like. Sometimes it has led to a golden age of human space exploration. Sometimes, it brings on death,…
’Tis the season for graduation. That means commencement addresses. There are the ones by politicians which stir up controversy, the ones by comedians that go viral by being funny, and then there are the vast majority—boring speeches that the mostly drunk grads will never remember. Bill Pullman found another route.
Saturday Night Live opened its latest episode with an Independence Day-style alien invasion story, imagining the President of the United States as the inspiring voice of a country in dire need of hope and guidance. Unfortunately, Bill Pullman was busy, so they got Donald Trump.
We all have them. Our guilty pleasure movies. Movies we like that we don’t like to tell other people. Films that bring us unbridled joy while making others cringe in pain. Films so many people hate but you just, somehow, for whatever reason, love. This is my list.
It feels like every beloved action, comedy, or action-comedy franchise is getting rebooted with new series and sequels. Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, and, of course, Independence Day. In a way, it makes sense. As Will Smith has pointed out, we love nostalgia. But it turns out, that’s exactly why he stayed away.
Originally, Independence Day was just a generic alien invasion flick, until its makers picked a release date designed to get their movie into theaters before Mars Attacks! Then Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin did what we’d all do with that: theme the whole movie around that date.
Last year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a fireworks safety video that was tough to take seriously. In this year’s PSA, the organization turned down the explosives and instead focused on a story that recently impacted someone in the public eye.
Sure, there’s a movie sequel out now called Independence Day: Resurgence. Of course, it’s missing a lot of weird over-the-top charm that made the first movie fun. Thankfully, there’s a better option out there.
No doubt you’re wanting to plan a fireworks display this weekend to honor the most amazing country in North America and its awesome political leaders. Here’s where you can celebrate Happy Canada Day the way it was meant to be celebrated!
Independence Day: Resurgence seemed like it was going to be such an obvious hit. But the sequel to the 1996 mega-blockbuster, released this past weekend, simply wasn’t very good. Even so, I really, really hope we get a third ID4 installment, because the next movie, as we see teased in Resurgence, looks like it would…
Independence Day 3 may already be on the way. Deadpool 2 is definitely on the way. How the Flash messing up the timeline in his TV show has made one actor’s return very confusing. And the Suicide Squad movie receives its own bad theme song. Spoilers, yo!
Independence Day Resurgence feels like someone took the original film and fast forwarded to only the action scenes. Maybe that sounds good to you, and certainly the sequel’s epic scope exceeds its predecessor. But without characters that mean anything to us, there’s no drama or tension to the second round of this…
Disaster movies are one and the same—we’re all just watching them to see the world come under attack and famous landmarks get destroyed. “Oh my god, did they just do that to the Golden Gate Bridge?” “Not the Sydney Opera House!” But there’s one disaster movie that’s better than them all: Independence Day.
We haven’t even seen the second Independence Day movie yet but, by the simple fact it’s a sequel to Independence Day, we know what to expect: disaster and destruction on a global level. However, several years ago, director Roland Emmerich was planning an Independence Day sequel that wasn’t going to include any of that.
We’re learning more and more about the alien invaders from Independence Day. We knew they loved to destroy monuments, but now we have a clip where we discover that these invaders are also transmitting visions to hapless Earthlings.
Am I crazy or am I actually excited for Independence Day: Resurgence? Both, probably. As a fan of the 1996 original, it’s both crazy and exciting to think that in just a few weeks, we get to see what happens next on Earth after the aliens invaded.
I may have received somewhere between five and 2,000 emails regarding a certain comic book event that happened last week, so forgive me if the first answer is a little long. There’s a lot fo cover! But there’s also an Independence Day controversy, what Force powers still work from the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and…
Seriously, this trailer is huge—not just due to the scale of the latest alien invasion to befall planet Earth, but because this five-minute long trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence is jam-packed with new footage from the film.
When Independence Day Resurgence hits theaters on June 24, 20 years (almost exactly!) will have passed both on screen and off since the first film. That’s a long time, but for co-writer and director Roland Emmerich, the wait was a necessary evil.