I needed cheering up today , so my sister and I went to the cinema
Independence Day ( 1996) had three ingredients that made it a hit.
It had two exhilarating set pieces ( when stripper mother Jasmin ( Vivica A Fox) , her son and dog faced certain death in an fireball engulfed freeway tunnel followed a little later by the cheer rousing scene of Will Smith sucker punching an alien pilot with the audience pleasing line " Welcome to Earth!"
It also featured a much imitated rousing-to-arms Presidential Speech by Bill Pullman ( which unbelievably Nigel Farage stole today for his " victory speech!!)
I, oh so wanted to enjoy Roland Emmerich's overblown remake of his seminal 1990s disaster movie, but I couldn't as he has thrown everything but the kitchen sink at the bloody thing.
We have space ships and a united world from the get go. Fighter Pilot Hiller has died ( a wise Will Smith me thinks) and his widow Jasmin ( now the head of a hospital) lives only long enough to save a new mom and her baby before she dies when the alien gigantic mother ships crashes back to earth! Add to the mix London getting flattened by most of Asia's skyscrapers which have been sucked free of gravity by the aliens, an African tribal chief with a murderous look in his eye, a mad ex president, the multicultural cast of Top Gun , and finally ( and to my true enjoyment) a school bus full of kids, a
wide eyed dog and Jewish octogenarian Judd Hirsch (reprising his role as Julies Levinson ) careering across the Nevada Desert chased by a 200 foot alien Queen
The whole thing is a dreadful old mess.
Hat's off to Brent Spiner though, he did entertain me with his frantic turn as the mad as a badger scientist who spent the last two decades in a alien induced coma!
I'll leave you with novelty veg/ fruit photos
Yorkshire Pudding's post sex bananas