All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Earth. Take a good look. It might be your last.
On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped "destroyer" spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated counterattack that fails. On July 4 the a plan is devised to gain access to the interior of the alien mothership in space in order to plant a nuclear missile.
Breathtaking and operatic cheese on the cheesiest level of cheese that cheese can achieve. Jeff Goldblum is one of the greatest specimens ever created and Bull Pullman's speech never fails to make me tear up. 'Merica.
From the director who once stated that he is "a filmmaker, not a scientist" as his defense to the plethora of historical & scientific inaccuracies present in his movies, Independence Day remains Roland Emmerich's most enjoyable & unabashedly entertaining work to date and is the picture that introduced me to this weirdo. And although it offers the same ridiculousness as his other features, it still succeeds as a solid popcorn flick that was once at the forefront of large-scale disaster films.
The story concerns an alien invasion against which the entire mankind unite together to fight for its freedom. It begins on July 2 when an alien mothership enters the Earth's orbit & deploys several spaceships which take over the major cities of…
This fast-paced and fairly enjoyable science-fiction action adventure is a typical piece of work from director Roland Emmerich, but also incorporates a few things to make it a lot better than the other films I've seen from him. Roland Emmerich is the same filmmaker who were once quoted saying "I'm a filmmaker not a scientist", but who also feels that he's knowledgeable enough to say that scholars who object to the accuracy of his Shakespeare film are liars. This doesn't in any way affect the rating or the quality of the film at hand, I guess I'm trying to say that this is a science-fiction film with fiction in capital letters.
Independence Day is pretty light on the science, which…
"Kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy!"
I just watched Independence Day three times in one sitting. Almost literally, I only really stood up to use the restroom. My father-in-law just left it on all day, and I just kept on watching it. I couldn't help but wonder what healthy, ambitious people were doing today. Probably healthy, ambitious activities. Suckers.
I had flashbacks to when I was a little turd kid and watched Empire Strikes Back on repeat, only that is one of the greatest films ever made and this is Roland Emmerich.
Not afraid to admit it though, it was a pretty great day.
Categorically absurd and wildly amusing, maybe the last completely guileless spectacle. They might as well have used pie-tins on strings instead of these gorgeous miniatures, and Emmerich's straight-up economy makes the talky parts look practically Preminger-like. Weird. Anyway, this surprisingly blows up better than ever.
Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind.
Mankind; that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests.
Perhaps it's fate that today is the 4th of July and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation.
We're fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the…
Purchase History: 1997 from the very first group of VHS tapes I ever got from Columbia House.
I’m going to be honest. I think Independence Day is one of the greatest movies ever made. I just said that and I don’t care who knows it. Back in the day, Independence Day was the go-to movie. From the years 1997-1998, I watched it every day. Sunday-Saturday, it was Independence Day. I think counting all those times I watched it, it may have been maybe 400 or 500 times, no joking. This was one of the first movies I ever remember seeing. The first thing I remember was the 20th Century Fox music playing. Then there was that American…
Ricordavo davvero poco di questo film, ma devo dire che ha tenuto benissimo gli anni, sembra un film di giusto un paio d'anni fa, sia visivamente che narrativamente (gli stereotipi non invecchiano mai, c'è poco da fare).
E poi vabbè è divertente da matti e non ti vuole ammorbare con troppi spiegoni superflui (come invece accadrebbe oggi).
Struggle to understand the desire to create a sequel for this...
Pure 90's cheese but it's just so much fun i dont care. Dont have high hopes for the sequel though.
Man...nostalgia is a tricky, tricky thing. Some things hold up so well. Some things do not. Then there are things like Independence Day which fail to evoke any emotional response twenty years later, which is odd since I watched this movie on repeat when I was a child.
I think I watched this film exactly once the whole way through after my initial viewing on 7.4.96. The theatrical experience was fun enough to justify standing in line for an hour or so for it, even though I had trouble hearing a great deal of the dialogue because of the rowdy (but genial) crowd. When I watched it again some years later, I was surprised at how awful it seemed. Flash forward to 2016, and it's (or it was) $0.99 on Google Play to purchase. Can't pass that up, and figured it would be a good barometer of whether my daughter would be into the soon to be released sequel. Turns out we both are. Yep, it's dumb as hell, but as long as you can dismantle the "How come..." and "But why..." parts of your brain, it's still kinda fun, and even more so through a kid's 1st-timer eyes.
Cool references? Some
Great action? Most of the time
Humanity is awesome? Hell yeah
Fun to watch? Always
This sci-fi blockbuster holds a special place in my heart. I was there on opening day. July 2nd, 1996. That was 20 years ago. I sat down in my seat and after that moment when the spaceships started to hover over everywhere around the world, I knew that I was going on one hell of a ride. And it was and still is. While there are some today who dismiss it as junk, "ID4" still manages to entertain after all these years and I'm definitely looking forward to "Resurgence"!
While I'm not going to dispute that I had fun with this movie, there are many things about it that I just couldn't stand. I know it's a movie, but there are times when I see characters being preoccupied by things that needn't be that much importance considering the situation at hand, and it just makes me cringe. The clichés also come out in their large numbers. While I'm not usually against clichés, I don't need so many in one film. The film is occasionally funny, the cast is great, the special effects are nice, the score is awesome (seriously, why aren't they bringing back David Arnold for Resurgence?), and it's got some heart to it. While that seems like a lot of good stuff, the film has got weaknesses in places that matter.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…