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Now That’s What I Call A Close Encounter!

Can you name the movie I quote in the title? Even if not, read on!

Coming out of the movie theater today, I was trying to decide on my top five favorite movies of all time, and I was having a hard time of it. I can name plenty of films that have touched my life, and many of those I would consider favorites, but I just haven’t been able to choose a top five. Plus, I’ve hardly even come close to watching all the classics or anything, so I know if I created a list, my friends would be saying things like, “What? No Godfather?” and “How have you lived this long and not seen Citizen Kane?” (For the record, I’ve seen Citizen Kane. If you haven’t, I recommend it, if only because it’s influenced so many more recent films.)

I know I’ve been posting a lot on the 2Shopper blog recently, and I want to give our readers a little more information about myself so that we can get to know each other! It’s boring to just list facts and figures, so I was thinking about giving you a “top five all time favorite movies” list… but I can’t choose only five.

SO! I thought I’d ask a different-but-related question: what movie would I be able to watch over and over without getting bored? To put it another way: if I was only allowed to watch one movie ever again for the rest of my life, what would I be able to put up with, even after having seen it hundreds of times?

I’m not talking about my favorite movies, necessarily. In fact, the film I finally chose isn’t even a top-five contender. (Have you figured out the quotation yet? No? Well, then…) After thinking about it long and hard, I’m pretty sure I could watch the film Independence Day over and over without getting bored.

1996 film _Independence Day_

“We’ve always believed we weren’t alone. On July 4, we’ll wish we were.”

Independence Day opened in theaters on July 2, 1996. It isn’t the most recent film I’ve seen (hahaha wouldn’t that be sad??), but it stands up to my personal, completely unscientific test and has emerged with the award “Movie I’d be able to stand watching repeatedly without possibly becoming homicidal”. Some award that is, right? In all seriousness, though, I like science fiction, and Independence Day balances drama, comedy, and Will Smith’s one-liners pretty well. And, it has a happy ending… relatively speaking. If it’s possible for an “aliens are attacking us and half the world has been destroyed” film to have feel-good quality, Independence Day is the best anyone’s come up with so far in the history of cinema. Check out the old-school trailer!

As an added bonus, the U.S. President’s epic speech hails back to one of my favorite poems. He says, in part, “We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: ‘We will not go quietly into the night!’ We will not vanish without a fight!” The second-to-last sentence reminds me of Dylan Thomas’s beautiful, tragic poem “Do not go gentle into that good night“.

Now, I don’t know what this says about me (feel free to psychoanalyze!), but now I want to pose the same question to you all: what movie would you be able to watch over and over without getting bored? Or, at least, what film could you best tolerate if it was looped eternally in the background for the rest of your life? Please let me know in the comments!

PS: Did you know that a second Independence Day film is being made??

About V.E.

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