Happy birthday America! To celebrate your stars and stripes, and the destruction of your many famous landmarks, we watch the 1996 sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day! Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, and Will Smith play three red-blooded Americans from different backgrounds who lead the fight against aliens with the worst holiday timing.
Also starring the incredible Randy Quaid and the always-entertaining Harvey Fierstein, Roland Emmerich’s piece is a powerhouse of practical effects and goofy charm. Say what you will about the other times he’s tried to destroy New York, he really pulls it off here. Check out our review and drinking game here!
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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Fat Lady’s Song
1 part St. Germain
1 part Caribbean coconut rum
1 part Russian vodka
16 parts American ale (e.g. Liberty Ale)
Pour and stir over ice (I don’t care if you’re pouring beer over ice, do it)
DRINKING RULES FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY:
- Title cards (names, locations, etc.)
- Every explosion you see
- Every time technology fails (nukes don’t work, TV signals break down, etc.)
FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:
Steve Hiller (Will Smith) quips, “Welcome to Earth” after punching an alien in the face
Russell Casse (Randy Quaid) says, “I picked a hell of a day to quit drinking.”
Join us next week, as we check out the Billy Wilder noir classic Double Indemnity! Slap on that fedora, you nerd, and check out some old-school romance and detectiving!