Two of a Grind: July 5th Edition

Still feeling patriotic after yesterday’s festivities? Or maybe just hungover and in need of a good “hangover movie” or two? You’re in luck, because today’s Two of a Grind features two war movies and what is more American than war?

While the greatest war film of all time, Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, is available for everyone to enjoy (perhaps the wrong word choice) on The Grindhouse Channel, today’s choices are a bit less cynical, including a very patriotic group of high school kids battling the Ruskies and a secret government experiment based out of the Navy yard in the greatest city of the world (yes, I know, my Philly pride is showing).

“Wolverines!” If you have never heard of Red Dawn, you’re either far younger than I or living under a rock. There was a remake a few years back, but it was awful… despite the involvement of Chris “Thor” Hemsworth. The original is far less the cheesy 80’s tome you’d expect it to be and features some hardcore violence and a whole lot of Patrick Swayze and his crew of 80s Tiger Beat cover models being guerilla badasses. Patriotic as fuck, the film is all about trouncing on Russians, Nicaraguans, and Cubans… beating up the enemy is what Independence Day is all about, so it’s a pretty perfect selection for this post 4th hangover.

In this weird Sci-Fi gem, Michael Paré stars in a tale based on the urban legend of a secret government experiment to make planes invisible to radar. However, in this story, the government programs mistakenly creates a method of time traveling. Of course, the unintentional time travelers have to save the word. The Philadelphia Experiment is a classic and a must see. Steeped in conspiracy theory, this one is a bit less “America, fuck yeah!” in nature than the last. However, if you are into 80’s science fiction like Back to the Future, this film is tailor made for you!

So on this, the day after the drunkest, loudest, more explosive day in the American calendar, remember to keep grindin’.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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