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June 30, 2009 - Kim Collette
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Macaroni Salad.....Fireworks.....then what? If you're like me there's nothing better on the Fourth of July than ending the holiday with an All-American night.....pop some popcorn and watch a movie. Here are some patriotic movies to choose from to help celebrate America's birthday.
Independence Day: Will Smith leads the military to victory against hostile aliens on what else...Independence Day. You'll get some laughs from Jeff Goldblum. Not to mention my personal favorite, Harry Connick Jr. has a small role in the film!
The Patriot: Very, and I mean very, loosely based on historical fact, but an entertaining flick none-the-less. Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is forced to join the American Revolution to save his farm and family. Plus, his son is played by the late Heath Ledger. Check out one of his star making roles.
Patton: This one is definitely on here for my Dad. A biopic of one of the most famous generals ever. I can't say I've ever watched this movie myself....but I might just choose it this year for my movie viewing. And....in turn...score some brownie points with the Dad!
Mr.Smith Goes To Washington: I Jimmy Stewart movies and this one is no different. A classic American take on standing up for what you believe in. Even in today's cynical world, it makes you believe change IS possible even if the ride is bumpy!
Rocky: You're probably scratching your head! But, think about it. What film better shows the never-say-die and can-do spirit on which America prides itself? C'mon you know I had to include 1 sports movie!
Saving Private Ryan: Definitely a five-star movie! The opening sequence is unforgettable. The plot? A group of soldiers is sent on a rescue mission to save the only surviving brother after 3 others are lost in battle. I can watch this movie over and over again.
Flags of Our Fathers: This movie is based on the book by James Bradley. 6 soldiers raise the American Flag on Mount Suribachi during the 1945 battle of Iwo Jima. The photo time-stamp of the flag raising became a historical symbol for America.
National Treasure: In search of the Knight's Templar Treasure, Benjamin Franklin Gates, played by Nicholas Cage, goes on a treasure hunt that finds him stealing the Declaration of Independence because there are clues on the back. There's some humor along the way and some neat historical trivia. A patriotic movie with a lighter punch. But......I would stay away from the sequel!
Forrest Gump: The 60's and 70's social upheaval seen through developmentally challenged Forrest Gump. A really different perspective of huge events in American History like the Vietnam War. And....what a great soundtrack to this film!
On my honorable mention list: Glory, Platoon, The Great Escape and Yankee Doodle Dandy.
I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July....and happy movie watching!
On a sadder note, we lost some entertainment legends this month. Rest in peace: Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays and Michael Jackson.
Until next time friends !
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