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Thursday, July 1, 2010

4th of July Films

Before you put the steak on the grill and watch the fireworks on Sunday, Reel Talk remembers some of the holiday movies that kept us on the edge of our seats while celebrating independence and heroism on the big screen:

Born On The Fourth of July (1989): Easily one of Tom Cruise's best performances on screen, the Oliver Stone-directed Born also shows a side to patriotism that many didn't get to see too often on screen at the time--the pitfalls of a soldier so scarred by his experience that he resented the very thought of his own patriotism. Born On The Fourth of July is dramatic, thought-provoking and kicked off the career of one of Hollywood's most magnetic stars.

Independence Day (1994): This blockbuster spawned a host of July 4th million-dollar box office juggernauts when Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Will Smith exploded onto the big screen in a career-making role as Captain Steven Huller, who tackles the daunting task of fending off alien lifeforms that threaten to devour planet Earth as we know it. Awesome special effects, hilarious banter and major star quality make Independence Day blast to watch.

Armageddon (1998): We've all seen movies about the end of the world, but add Ben Affleck at the top of his game, action dynamo Bruce Willis and a monster ballad from the Bad Boys of Boston, and you've got the makings of a summer hit. When an asteroid the size of Texas terrorizes the Earth, it is up to the brilliant (albeit adrenaline-fueled) minds of NASA scientists (led by Willis, along with Affleck) to stop it in its tracks. Armageddon is like a joy ride to the end of the earth. And we couldn't get enough of it.

What's your go-to July 4th movie?


Danny King said...

Tom Cruise is truly astounding in that film. The scene on the lawn when he returns home is one of the more heartbreaking moments I've seen in recent months.

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Good list Candice.

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