Don’t get me wrong: I think Bill Pullman’s performance as President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day is fantastic. I was (am still) a jaded prick when I first saw that movie, but after hearing his speech, culminating with, “Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!” I wanted to go the nearest flag store (those exist, right?) and buy a 12-pack of miniature flags. It’s that good. But because that clip from the film is going to be on EVERYONE’s Facebook Wall and Twitter pages on Wednesday, like it has every Independence Day for the past couple of years, it’s starting to loose its power. So, let’s take a year off. Instead, here are five other videos you can put on your Wall instead. Please suggest your own in the comments.
“Any red-blooded, flag-fearing American would love the M-320. Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it.” That is the greatest line about Independence Day in pop culture history. Throw in two disposable enemas, and this might be the greatest scene ever.
Most I <3 America songs are icky in their love for this great country of ours. It’s not wrong to love America, but songs like “God Bless the USA” are the patriotic equivalent of a gooey teen romance song that goes, “Oh, baby, I love you so much/So much, so much, oh, love you so much.” Not the most clever of non-rhyming lines, so instead of pretending you enjoy Lee Hazelwood, why not do something different and link to the Mother of Invention’s kazoo version of “God Bless America” that toes the line between sincerity and irony. Just like America herself (yeah, that’s right, HERself.)
And this is just a great song.
Short, to the point, and I like any quote that includes the word, “Huh?”
If you’re dead set on putting something Bill Pullman-related on your Wall this Wednesday, though, you can’t do much better than this clip of him wildly playing the saxophone in Lost Highway. He’s basically having dirty mouth sex with that formerly-honorable instrument, and that my friends is the true story of America.