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The ultimate 4th of July viewing experience

To the rest of the world it’s just a day, but to Americans, July 4th is “Independence Day.” It’s the day when firearm toting, flag waving southerners unite alongside the scarf-wearing, Prius-driving yankees up north to celebrate our common love of blowing stuff up.


There’s not a whole lot of reflection on things like the Declaration of Independence, the meaning of freedom, or the heroism of our veteran-dead anymore on this holiday of ours; but then again, we don’t spend much time talking about the Alien and Sedition Acts, Trail of Tears or Imminent Domain either. So I guess it evens out.

What we Americans do end up doing on the Fourth of July is the most American thing there is to do these days: A whole lot of nothing.

You might think that’s lazy, but if so, you’re probably over in England or Canada or somewhere else, not doing a whole lot of nothing. In which case, that’s a shame. I’ll be here, sitting around my house, eating unhealthy food and watching all the best jingo-powered TV shows, movies and broadcast specials I can get my hands on.

If you’re like me, and you are looking for something really “merica” to watch on Independence Day, or, if you’re not like me but you want to revel in the once-a-year awesomeness that is “merica,” then let me offer you my top ten list of best things to watch on Independence Day. Sure there’s no way to watch all of these shows in one day, not when there’s afternoon naps and leftovers to eat, but since the 4th falls on a Saturday this year, you can easily knock these out over the festive weekend.


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Sure you can pull these up on the WWE Network, and maybe there’s a youtube match here and there, but if you want to experience these shows as they were seen in the olden days, you need to watch them in the cheapest video quality possible, in order to replicate the low quality 1980’s TV sets that we Americans had back then. Go back to the first event in 1985 and watch Ric Flair defeat Nikita Koloff to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. On that same card, The American Dream main-evented in a cage match for Tully Blanchard’s World TV Title. The Dream would win, and begin a stretch where, apart from one loss to Barry Windham, he would walk out of every Great American Bash he competed in victorious (seven out of eight shows, not counting the WWE editions). One of the 1986 shows saw Dusty Rhodes defeat Ric Flair for the World’s title.

The Independence Day, 1987 show saw a great WarGames match between the Four Horseman and The Road Warriors (and friends). The 1989 show is pretty much incredible from top to bottom, and the 1992 is underrated for its entertainment. If you’re looking for an old school pro wrestling fix, check out any of the old Great American Bash events and get your fill.

Watch it if you’re feeling nostalgic for some great American wrestling of days gone by.


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If you’re looking for answers, you will find a lot of them here, even if they don’t all agree with each other. If you’re looking for cold hard facts…look elsewhere. If it’s Oliver Stone at his most visceral that you crave, this is it. The film is tense and thrilling with a feeling of dread throughout, as though the heroes of the film might be gunned down at any moment for discovering too big a secret. You forget you’re watching a movie about real people whose fates are known and recorded in history. You forget that, because the direction is so tense, the editing so flawless, the music (a brilliant score by John Williams) so nerve-wracking, and the camerawork so hectic in its wildest moments, it feels more like a John Grisham adaptation than a historical dramatization.

Too many liberties were taken with the truth yet presented to the audience as understood fact, there’s a few outlandish theories that are tossed out there and not really explored, but every now and then, I’ll watch this movie and catch something that makes me say “hmm.” Even though it’s not traditional “Independence Day” material, it concerns the investigation into the murder of one of America’s most revered (after the fact) presidents.

Watch it if you’re looking for engrossing entertainment, with some great “What’s happened to America?” speechifying on the side.


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Derided by some as overly sentimental, and blamed for robbing Pulp Fiction (or The Shawshank Redemption, depending on your persuasion) of the Best Picture Oscar, Forrest Gump is, if nothing else, a celebration and reflection of the most transformative period of 20th century America. In his life he interacted with soon-to-be-famous Elvis in the 50’s, played college football for The Bear, met JFK, fought in Nam, played ping pong against the Chinese, and stumbled—alive—through a Black Panther meet-and-greet. That doesn’t even touch the shrimp, investing in Apple, Watergate and so many other things.

The movie’s depiction of Vietnam was not as brutal as in Full Metal Jacket, but many vets have sworn by its depiction of the war as “easy going, then suddenly depressing, then suddenly horrifying, then suddenly easy going again.” The movie is not so much a film as it is a photo album of the recent American history, for good and for ill.

Watch it for a candy coated look back at the Baby Boomer era.


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The “western” is the quintessential American movie. Though other directors like Sergio Leone put a foreign spin on the genre, the template will always be American to the core: The “old west,” with its freedom, outlaws and lawmen, wagons and railroads, is celebrated in early western films, and Clint Eastwood made his name in many of them. Unforgiven, however, is not like the old western movies of days gone by. It tears it down and points at its every flaw.

Wannabe outlaws brag about killing twenty men, but in reality they break down at the killing of just one. Sheriffs who were honored in the past as keepers of the peace, are, in reality, just as racist and cruel as the rest of the town. Gunfights where pistols are drawn and bullets are fired with precision accuracy, in reality, feature fumbled draws, poor aim, and more punctured walls than punctured bodies. There are no “singing cowboys” here, only sadness, bitterness and gloom.

Watch it if you’re in the mood for a beautifully shot movie, which honors the little of the land “from sea to shining sea” that has yet to be developed by a real estate mogul.


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One of the biggest movie stars of the era? Check. A pulse pounding score and schmaltzy action and acting? Check, check and check. 1980’s Jingoism? Check again. Rampant homo-eroticism? Big time check.

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Hearn eyeing Klitschko-Fury

Last Updated: 03/07/15 8:37am

Eddie Hearn said he might bid for the mega fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury if it goes to purse bids next Monday

Eddie Hearn said he might bid for the mega fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury if it goes to purse bids next Monday

Eddie Hearn said he might bid for the mega fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury if it goes to purse bids next Monday

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has hinted he may make a purse bid for Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury.

The 39-year-old Klitschko (64-3-0-KO53) currently holds the WBA, WBO and IBF world titles but with the deadline for agreeing terms with mandatory WBO challenger Fury on Monday, Hearn has confirmed he is considering travelling to Panama for the resulting purse bidding.

Hearn told Sky Sports: “It’s a big fight for the world heavyweight title involving a Briton and a great champion in Wladimir Klitschko. There is a purse bid in Panama and maybe we’ll be on the plane to put a bid in ourselves.

NXT Recap: July 1st 2015

With NXT set to invade Tokyo this week alongside the main WWE roster, this latest edition focuses on one of the marquee matches for the event. Kevin Owens and Finn Balor will battle over the NXT Championship in Japan, in a bout that will certainly