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Animal House and other non-traditional Independence Day movies

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by DanOregon, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Is there a better parable of our nation's fight for independence than the movie Animal House? Dean Wormer, the defacto King George, tries to stamp down the rebellious Delta House by imposing Stamp Act like sanctions such as Double-Secret probation. Neidermeyer, the prickish Cornwallis-type, and Marmalard, bringing to mind the ineffective (and erection-impaired) Howe, do the King's dirty work while the Deltas, in Boston Tea Party fashion, dump goldfish in the swimming pool and take potshots at the military (with golf balls) bringing to mind Lexington and Concord.

    Any other movies that surprisingly make you feel patriotic?
  2. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I always get a tingly feeling when I watch Billy Madison. I think it's because Chris Farley is topless.
  3. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Ladies and gentlemen, I'll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guests - we did. But you can't hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn't we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg - isn't this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America.
  4. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    The best comedy of all time... in my humble opinion.
  5. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    So I'm watching Judgement at Nuremberg this week and come across this speech by Maximillian Schell, playing the defense lawyer for a Nazi judge. Shades of Eric Stratton:
    "Why did we succeed, Your Honour?
    What about the rest of the world?
    Did it not know the intentions of the Third Reich?
    Did it not hear the words of Hitler broadcast all over the world?
    Did it not read his intentions in Mein Kampf,
    published in every corner of the world?
    Where is the responsibility of the Soviet Union,
    who signed in 1939 the pact with Hitler that enabled him to make war?
    Are we now to find Russia guilty?
    Where is the responsibility of the Vatican,
    who signed in 1933 the concordat with Hitler,
    giving him his first tremendous prestige?
    Are we now to find the Vatican guilty?
    Where is the responsibility of the world leader Winston Churchill,
    who said in an open letter to the London Times in 1938 -
    1938, Your Honour -
    "Were England to suffer national disaster, I should pray to God
    to send a man of the strength of mind and will of an Adolf Hitler."
    Are we now to find Winston Churchill guilty?
    Where is the responsibility of those American industrialists
    who helped Hitler to rebuild his armaments,
    and profited by that rebuilding?
    Are we now to find the American industrialists guilty?
    No, Your Honour. No.
    Germany alone is not guilty.
    The whole world is as responsible for Hitler as Germany.
    It is an easy thing to condemn one man in the dock.
    It is easy to speak of the "basic flaw" in the German character
    that allowed Hitler to rise to power,
    and at the same time ignore the "basic flaw" of character
    that made the Russians sign pacts with him, Winston Churchill praise him,
    American industrialists profit by him!
    Ernst Janning said he is guilty.
    If he is, Ernst Janning's guilt is the world's guilt."
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Far more stirring and insipiring than Adam Sandler.
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    OK, it's a traditional movie for the 4th, but I dont care.
    1776 just gives me chills when I watch it... William Daniels was great... 32-year-old Blythe Danner was stunning.
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