Great American Moments in Hollywood Cinema

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5. Independence Day – The Prez Rallies the Troops

Gotta admit, Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day” doesn’t really hold up to repeat viewing. And this is coming from a guy who saw it twice in theaters. It’s actually pretty bad, in a good-bad sort of way. Over the years I’ve actually grown to hate Will Smith’s generic “smart-mouth black guy” character in the movie, and I think by now everyone has pretty much ridiculed the film’s “upload a virus to the alien computer using an Apple” bit to death, so I won’t pile on. The film’s best American moment has to be when Bill Pull, playing the film’s President, rallies the troops for one final attack against the invading (and seemingly invincible) alien horde. Hell, he even references independence day!

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  • Shazam!

    How come you didn’t do a similar story on July 1st for us Canucks? Oh wait, I remember now, nobody makes movies about Canadian history outside of Canada!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Huh? There are Canadian movies about Canada? I think Michael Moore did something called “Canadian Bacon” a few years back…

      • Brent

        What’s a ‘Canada’?

        • Anonymous

          I think it’s a suburb, just a couple thousand miles or so outside of LA, where Hollywood likes to go to shoot their made-for-basic-cable shows and movies.

        • Anonymous

          I think it’s a suburb, just a couple thousand miles or so outside of LA, where Hollywood likes to go to shoot their made-for-basic-cable shows and movies.

      • Brent

        What’s a ‘Canada’?