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Final Review Episode #19: Independence Day (1996)

FINAL REVIEW | EPISODE #19 “Independence Day” (1996) (Dir. Roland Emmerich)

Claudio and Oz kick the tires and light the fires for this deep dive into disaster movies, Roland Emmerich, and the seminal 1996 alien invasion flick: Independence Day. The hosts battle over the greatest 90s disaster movie (ID4 vs Armageddon), the underappreciated greatness of Will Smith, and Oz breaks Claudio’s heart with his picks in one category… Categories this week include Top 5s for Roland Emmerich, Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, disaster movies, 90s special effects, movie presidents, and – a big one – movie speeches.

“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 Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”

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