There’s something about July 4th that usually gets me feeling contrary. It feels like such an aggressive, bombastic holiday, demanding emotions from me that I refuse to feel simply because they’re demanded of me.
My response to it has been to counter-program it, in my own quiet way, by watching movies that air my grievances about my usually-better-in-theory-than-in-practice country of origin. (It’s very Festivus, I know.) I sometimes let this go when my country and I are on better terms, but as you may have noticed from recent posts, our relationship has become strained recently.
So here’s this year’s list, which I quite enjoyed.
- The Pentagon Wars
- Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
- Do The Right Thing
I traditionally include All the President’s Men in this list, but I’ve been watching it too much lately.
So ends the airing of grievances. Now for the feats of strength.