The year was 1996, NASA still had a budget each year, The X-Files was on TV and the only way to watch movies at home was on VHS (or laser disk if you were rich) and aliens ruled supreme as the theme for blockbusters.
We were given a gift that year, the epic, mind blowing and revolutionary film; Independence Day.
Will Smith had made his way to the big screen alongside 90s favourite and all around loveable (or hateable) goofball Jeff Goldblum. The tagline was simple, yet effective poetry of cinema; “We’ve always believed we weren’t alone. On July 4th, we’ll wish we were.”
Independence Day has always been there for me. When I was a child and didn’t know what movie to watch, it was old faithful. The tape my sister and I received for Christmas one year was so worn down from days and nights of staring at wonder and hiding behind blankets at the terrifying Area 51 scene. And remember how the VHS cover had that awesome “3d” image, fuck, times were so good.
When I was 18 I worked in a video (DVDs by now) store, I was fired after three days but as a consolation gift I got a free rental, and you know what I chose; Independence Day. Ironically I kept it so long I ended up with a $180 fine that I am pretty sure I never paid. Now that’s what I call a close encounter.
Now almost 20 years after it’s release, if I am ever feeling sad, hungover, lazy or exhausted I know I can put this movie on and stare at it for two hours and have a great time doing it. Some people like to fall asleep to music or a nice romantic comedy, but for me nothing soothes my soul like punchy Will Smith one liners and heroic dog leaps through firey tunnels (not to mention the ever mumbling Goldblum).
The great thing about this movie is, shit gets real from the get go. There’s no boring precedent while we are forced to learn about characters before stuff gets awesome. From the first scene the aliens are coming and within 15 minutes those big ass nuclear cloud ships are appearing above cities all over the world. We learn about the characters WHILE the world gets exploded.
This was an age where action heroes didn’t have fifteen feet of muscles covering their bodies and huge popping veins. They were scrawny, they wore flannos, they were alcoholics or they were the President.
There was no overblown plot with attempts to add a new twist every 30 seconds. Aliens came, aliens wanted to use up all our resources, aliens didn’t give a fuck about humans, aliens did’t engage in debate. The scene in Area 51 where the President asks the alien (who speaks through that gross long haired guy) “What is it you want us to do?” and they fucker just cocks his head and says in the creepiest way ever “Diiiiiiiiiieeee” that is the kind of shit that aliens did in the nineties. They didn’t ride around on futuristic rollerskates, we didn’t have giant robots to fight them with, we couldn’t rewind time to the start off the battle again every time we died. All we had were a group of rag tag smart mouthed bozos, AND WE STILL KICKED THEIR ASSES.
So thank you Independence Day, you are hero to us all.
Soon they will be releasing a sequel, set in real time 20 years or so after the original invasion attempt. Bill Pullman (The President) and Jeff Golblum (Dave Levinson, I know right who even knew his name until just now) will be returning to their original roles but sadly there will be no more Will Smith. Only time will tell if it stands up to the glory of the original.
Nineties heart throb accents saying “duuude”
ZINGERS left right and centre
The winner of the MTV awards “Best Kiss” category – epic romance
And now I present for your viewing pleasure, the original 1996 trailer for Independence Day.
In case you haven’t heard there is a little movie coming out next year called “Suicide Squad,” which has the following plot “A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.” (From IMDB)
These supervillains include, Lex Luthor, Harley Quinn and the most bonkers baddie of them all, The Joker. It has been known for some time that Jared Leto would be playing old Jokey but today we were given a picture that has sent the internet into a frenzy!!
The shit is bananas B-A-NA-NA-S
Leto is a fine actor (Dallas Buyers Club anyone?) but he does have some big shoes to fill, Jack Nicholson of course and the memorable yet tragic portrayal by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. We’re hoping he pulls it off as the Joker is one of the best villains around!
Suicide Squad is due for release in 2016 and I am intrigued to see how cramming all these super bad baddies into one film is going to go!
The Oscars just finished and what an amazing year it was!!!
First off here is the soundtrack to the post, the Oscar winner for Best Original Song – “Glory” from Selma, this performance was so moving it gave us all the feels and the speech that followed the win was just as powerful.
Before the Awards kicked off we had the classic red carpet show, which was a little different this year thanks to the organisation Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.The Smart Girls introduced the #AskHerMore campaign a while back but it really took off today across social media! The campaign encourages the media to ask better questions of female nominees rather than simply questioning their fashion choices.
Neil Patrick Harris was our host this year, and despite not being a huge fan I think he did a pretty good job, there were countless awkward moments but I think we can all agree that every award show is riddled with them anyway!
I’d like to start with the writing awards, which in my eyes are INCREDIBLY important but so often severely overlooked. These are the people who think up, write down and imagine the stories behind the films we love so much.
Best Original Screenplay went to Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo for Birdman, not surprising given the snappy dialogue and incredible conversations in this film.
Best Adapted Screenplay went to Graham Moore for The Imitation Game, this was one of the most moving films (in my opinion) of the year and Moore did a brilliant job of adapted the story of Touring onto the silver screen. His speech was also incredibly touching, just FYI.
Next up I will give you THE BIG ONES to save all of you who just want the info ASAP.
Best Director went to Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Birdman, really the amount of attention to detail, timing and skill involved in directing that film was PHENOMENAL.
Best Actor went to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything Just as we predicted using the Winslet rule… we are pretty cheesed off about this #TeamCumberbatch
Best Actress was awarded to Julianne Moore for Still Alice, classic Moore.
And the biggest of the big, the mother of all awards BEST PICTURE went to…
And here come the rest of the awards..
JK Simmons followed through with our predictions by taking out Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash. Patrcia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and made a speech that turned twitter into overdrive demanding gender equality in the United States.
The Grand Budapest Hotel took out four awards; Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hair, Best Production Design, Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat).
Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman) took out Best Cinematography and Tom Cross (Whiplash) took Best Editing,but we saw both of these coming from a mile away, each was outstanding and much deserving of it’s win!
Unfortunately for Leo fans everywhere his documentary did not win Best Documentary Feature but the award went to CitizenFour, a film about Edward Snowden and other whistle blowers.
Best Animated Movie went to *cough* The Lego Movie *cough* Big Hero 6.
The Sound of Music was honoured as a classic and none other than Lady Gaga gave us an ON POINT tribute medley covering the best songs from the film..seriously, it was obscenely good.
If you didn’t watch I highly recommend you check out the performance of Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie. Tegan and Sarah and The Lonely Island brought down the house in what was(by far) the funnest moment of the whole evening!
Academy Awards fever has hit us here at CablaGoobla and we are so so excited for the big event!
We will be Live Tweeting from our Twitter (@cablagoobla) and playing Academy Award Bingo made by us in good old MSPaint! Pick a sheet, print the little fella out and play along! Because who doesn’t love bingo and MSPaint?!!