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July 6th, 2014 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Independence Day – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…

Independence Day (1996)

One of the biggest films of the 90s. A movie that made disaster films profitable again.

After Stargate, Roland Emmerich returned again to the sci-fi genre and ID4 is probably most fondly remembered for its amazing visual effects and epic action scenes. But not so favourably remembered for its stereotypical characters and over-the-top patriotism.

It’s a film that everyone loved on release but over time it’s become a guilty pleasure and not a film that is considered a masterpiece by any means.

But, despite its problems, people do return to it a lot. Let’s take a look back at the movie that made us all charge at top speed to see it in the summer of 96!

Oliver’s Commentary

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I'm an LA journalist who really lives for his profession. I have also published work as Jane Doe in various mags and newspapers across the globe. I normally write articles that can cause trouble but now I write for FTN because Nerds are never angry, so I feel safe.