Independence Day: Resurgence Is a Step Backwards for the Franchise, and a Missed Opportunity for Representation
2 out of 5 stars.
There's a good movie buried somewhere in Independence Day: Resurgence. Amidst the clunky exposition and embarrassing callbacks to the first film and disheartening one-liners delivered by Liam Hemsworth—who looks profoundly embarrassed and exhausted throughout—there may have even been a better movie than the first Independence Day.Read More
Roland Emmerich Thinks Superhero Movies Are Silly (Pot, Meet Kettle); Is Still Whitewashing the Stonewall Riots
In an interview with The Guardian earlier this week, director Roland Emmerich provided some revealing insight into his filmmaking ethos, and had an infuriating response to criticism of Stonewall.Read More
Co-creator Dean Devlin recently spoke to Variety about Stargate's original conception as a trilogy and developing the new film as a complete do-over.Read More
The events of Independence Day: Resurgence take place 20 years after the end of Independence Day -- which makes sense, given that two decades have passed between the making of the two movies. Here's Roland Emmerich's description of the post-war recovery process for our heroes.Read More
It turns out that you don't have to see Stonewall this weekend to have negative feelings about it - you can just keep listening to director Roland Emmerich talk about it.Read More
The following preview has been approved for white, middle-class audiences.
You already know our feelings about the upcoming Stonewall film, and you know what the creative team and lead, as well as some of the protesters organizing a boycott of the film have to say about things. Now, filmmakers Yeni Sleidi, Taylor Grode, and Ben Dwork and writer Heather Dockray have brought us a Stonewall trailer that's more accurate than the actual trailer.Read More
[UPDATED] Stonewall Star and Director Address Whitewashing and Trans Erasure Concerns; Critics Less Than Satisfied
[Editor's Note: 8/10/15 - 12:40PM] - With regard to Stonewall star, Jeremy Irvine's use of the word trans***ite in his statement below, as we've had several people bring it to our attention and wonder why it wasn't mentioned/corrected in the piece...Read More
But sadly, the trans erasure continues.
Check out the first trailer for Roland Emmerich's film, Stonewall, which was released today!Read More
Where are my trans women of color?
In light of the historic advancements we've made recently in the LGBTQ+ community, it makes sense that a film like Stonewall comes out to acknowledge the movement's history. There's only one problem - the film doesn't seem to include many of the people actually involved in that history.Read More
Is it also a sequel to Divergent?
20th Century Fox held a Q&A for the newly dubbed Independence Day: Resurgence last night with the cast and director Roland Emmerich to finally share news about the long-awaited sequel with its adoring public. Most importantly, we FINALLY know its abbreviation. IDR—that doesn't sound confusingly close to ID4 or anything.Read More
They're launching the biggest aerial attack on nostalgia in the history of mankind.
On Friday morning, Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, announced on Twitter that Bill Pullman is officially on board to star in the movie's sequel, ID Forever Part I. Perhaps even more stunning is that Judd Hirsch is also returning to the cast, cause somebody's got to carry the victory dance cigars, right?Read More
Hey... wait a minute...Read More
Nothing will be as exciting as the fact that Jeff Goldblum will be returning for ID Forever, but we're still pretty stoked that Vivica A. Fox will be reprising her role as the dolphin- and butt-kicking-loving Jasmine.Read More
Jeff Goldblum Officially Returns In Independence Day Sequel, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher Also Join Cast
That sound you hear is Sam Maggs gleefully shrieking.
Start placing bets on what Roland Emmerich gonna blow up this time. Personally, my money's on the Great Wall of China. Has he done that one yet? It's so hard to keep track.Read More
"What the show needs is a sexy female alien!"
I keep thinking that if I just close my eyes and sing the Stargate SG-1 theme song loud enough, news of the franchise being rebooted by original movie director Roland Emmerich will just cease to exist. Sadly, I've traveled through a Quantum Mirror into the worst timeline and now the reboot even has writers attached. Where is General Hammond to protect the sanctity of the Stargate program when you need him?Read More
What did America have? A Fiat ad?
In honor of Godzilla's 60th anniversary and the Japanese release of the Hollywood reboot, the people of Tokyo have erected several statues in honor of the lizard, including a 1/7 scale Gojira in a public park and a ten-inch tall, 33 pound, solid gold figure that could be yours for "just" $1.47 million.Read More
Why, Ra? Why?
Confused about how the planned Stargate reboot could build on the 1994 film? Turns out it won't... kind of. Dean Devlin, co-writer of the original movie, told The Portland Business Journal that the new trilogy will be millions of light years away from the original. Sorry, Sha'uri: guess you're stuck with him.Read More
Welcome to Earth! Wait, which remake?
After years of rumors, MGM and Warner Bros. announced yesterday that they will be partnering on a trilogy "re-imagining" 1994's Stargate. Co-writers on the original film, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, will return for the new franchise with Emmerich directing and Devlin producing.Read More