Film and TV

Five Movies to Watch on Independence Day That Aren't Independence Day

By now, it is well known that hipsters and other assorted smart alecks enjoy watching Die Hard ironically at Christmastime every year. Why should Christmas be the only holiday to get its own ironic films? Here are five movies that you can watch with your friends on the Fourth of July, during those awkward couple of hours between when the barbecue ends and the fireworks begin.

The Madness of King George This is a film about the other side of the Revolutionary War. After losing to the American rebels, King George III suffers a bout of dementia, and the members of his royal court start positioning themselves to benefit politically from his misfortune. Powdered wigs, British accents, and court intrigue, what could be more festive? This film is available on DVD from Netflix and is available on demand from Amazon.

Team America: World Police Trey Stone and Matt Parker, the creators of South Park, filled this film with everything that is great about America: large guns, secret law enforcement organizations, blatant disregard for the rights of foreign nations, shiny jumpsuits, and huge explosions. The World Police, an elite counter-terrorism unit, must stop a sinister plot hatched by Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, and abetted by the liberal actors of the day. All of the actors are played by puppets, which only adds to the insanity. This film is available on DVD from Netflix.

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