Today is the fourth of July, the day we celebrate all things America. From sea to shining sea…From Guam to the Virgin Islands…From Steve Guttenberg to Honey Boo Boo…we all celebrate!
Thus, the ALL-TIME BEST 10 MEDIA ABOUT JULY 4TH!
10. 1776 (1972)
I can count the number of musicals based on the American Revolution on one finger. So, if you like to see the founding fathers randomly burst into song, 1776 is right up your alley. If you don’t, the movie/musical is still likely to provide some unintentional comedy. So grab your powdered wig and get ready to sing for your freedom. Hmm…Braveheart: The Musical?
9. Independence Day (1996)
On the surface, this seems like a pretty patriotic movie. Americans band together to take down conquering aliens. Even Jeff Goldblum’s incoherent rantings seem to make sense. This is like the perfect July 4th, right? Well, when you consider the world has pretty much been destroyed by the aforesaid aliens, leaving billions dead and the survivors leaving their fate up to Goldblum, this is a pretty horrific movie. But there is that great scene at the end where Will Smith finally gets his BBQ…so that’s something at least.
8. “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”-Bruce Springsteen
Nothing quite says summer like this track by the Boss. Springsteen takes you through a perfect Independence Day in the Garden State. While love is certainly on his mind, Bruce’s stream of consciousness guides you through the giddiness and innocence that is youth.
7. John Adams (2008)
John Adams was one of our founding fathers and even died on July 4th. His life was the subject of an outstanding HBO miniseries starring Paul Giamatti. There are so few GOOD movies or series about the American Revolution, making John Adams an absolute treat. The acting is superb and the story is really fascinating, even if you’re not a history buff.
6. “Independence Day”-Martina McBride
This song really isn’t about July 4th or American independence. Rather, it’s a pretty moving number about domestic violence. Many though, still believe this song is about patriotism and the good old USA. “Independence Day” is best remembered for its controversial music video. If you get a chance, you might wanna check it out.
5. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
It’s still strange to see James Cagney sing and dance, but dude had some serious skills. Yankee Doodle Dandy was a solid musical about the life of versatile star, George M. Cohan. Cagney was outstanding per usual and the film can be quite the “pick me up” for holiday weekend viewers.
4. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
This is not exactly the most patriotic entry on the countdown, but Ron Kovic’s frustrations are pretty understandable. Over the course of the movie, you go from a post-World War II utopia to the hell that was Vietnam. This is probably not the “feel good” affair you want to watch with the kids this weekend, but an important film, nonetheless.
3. Jaws (1975)
What better exemplifies July 4th than a brutal shark attack? The carnage represents the blood spilled nearly 250 years ago…or something. Jaws made people rethink going in the water or keeping a great white as a household pet. This 4th of July, be on the lookout for Jaws and his buddies, spoiling cookouts nationwide.
2. Rocky (1976)
There’s really no better representative of America than Rocky Balboa. The underdog spirit, the “never say die” attitude, the massive consumption of raw eggs…everything that is America. Rocky got his title shot against Apollo Creed on July 4th, and we got some serious fireworks. In reality, both fighters would have probably died in the third round with defense that bad. Oh, well.
1. “Lou Gehrig Day”-July 4th, 1939
The Yankee game that day took a back seat to one of the most memorable moments in sports history. Gehrig who was terminally ill, addressed Yankee Stadium, delivering one of the most inspirational and emotional speeches in American history. Here is the opening stanza:
“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.”
(Courtesy of http://lougehrig.com)
Have a great holiday!
For Monday, the ALL-TIME BEST 10 MOVIE TIME MACHINES!