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The Fox Movie Channel is rolling out an "Independence Day" marathon on Independence Day.

Deseret News film critic Jeff Vice and I agree on just about everything, as frightening as that may be (at least for Jeff). There are, however, three notable exceptions:

1. The 1984 movie "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai." Jeff thinks it's great; I think its a big, fat bore.

2. Which is the worst "Star Trek" film? I say "Final Frontier"; Jeff says "Nemesis."

3. And, most notably, the 1996 blockbuster "Independence Day."

Jeff maintains it's a piece of junk, with bad dialogue, bad acting and plot holes you can drive a starship through.

I think it's great fun. I've seen it so many times I can recite chunks of dialogue.

No, you can't take it too seriously. Yes, some of it is way over the top.

This alien-invasion flick is like all sci-fi movies — it requires you to suspend disbelief and hop aboard for the ride. And it's an exciting ride full of great special effects.

"Independence Day" is not only an homage of sorts to "The War of the Worlds," but it freed us from almost 20 years of bondage to Stephen Spielberg's view of aliens. His "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "E.T." were widely copied, giving us dozens of touchy-feely movies in which aliens were good guys.

"Independence Day" took us back to a time when aliens were bad guys who came here to kill us.

Plus, Will Smith is there to liven things up. If you want to know just how important he is to "Independence Day," watch the 1998 remake of "Godzilla" (from the same director and producers) and you'll see Hank Azaria try and fail to be that movie's Will Smith.

This is the TV column, so I get to be right here. "Independence Day" is tons of fun.

Starting earlier today at 4 a.m., the Fox Movie Channel is giving us 24 hours of "Independence Day" — a marathon that includes:

• "The Making of Independence Day" (6:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and Saturday at 2:45 a.m.), a documentary hosted by one of the movie's stars, Jeff Goldblum.

• "Independence Day: Creating Reality" (7:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 3:25 a.m.), a look at the making of the Academy Award-winning special effects. Did you hear that Mr. Vice? Academy Award-winning!!!!

• "Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion" (5:30 p.m.), a faux documentary about the alien attack.

• And the movie itself (4 a.m., 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight.), shown with nine minutes of additional footage and in its original widescreen format.

If that's not enough, FMC is also airing the movie on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Maybe if I watch it a few more times, I can memorize all the dialogue. ...


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