knox snooze

Succotash my Balzac, dipshiitake.

Theater Thursday

The Day After Tomorrow has opened to rave great passable some reviews, and disaster movies are once again in vogue. This week's Theatre Thursday questions are about those motion pictures that make us want to avoid the water, planes, tall buildings, large cruise ships, angry atomic reptiles and everything in general that makes life enjoyable...

1) What's your favorite disaster movie of all time?
I'm not a huge fan, but I thought Twister was pretty good. Nothing too fancy, you know, just straight ahead tornado stuff. Also, I saw it at a drive-in in Indiana while it was raining outside. That probably helps preserve the memory some.

2) Do you prefer a disaster movie with tons of special effects, carnage and general mayhem (i.e. Armageddon) or would you rather see one where the focus is on the people and the event's effects on their lives (i.e. Deep Impact)?
I prefer to see the plot-driven style disaster movies, rather than the special-effects ones. Which totally flies in the face of my previous answer.

3) Of all the disaster movies you've seen, which depicts the most realistic portrayal of what might happen in an actual disaster? Which was the most far-fetched?
The most realistic was probably Daylight, but that's probably just because I have an unhealthy fear of tonnels collapsing on me whenever I drive through them. The worst, or one of the worst, was Volcano. An eruption in downtown L.A.? You think people would even notice?

Bonus) Which character would you be if you were in a disaster movie - the tough hero, the corrupt businessman who profits from it all, the old lady who runs around and screams "We're doomed!!!", the kid who saves the day, the young guy who buys it in the first five minutes of the disaster, or another stock character?
I'd probably be the unwitting security guard who is inevitably the first victim of the disaster (dam bursting, reactor meltdown, mutant virus epidemic). Have you noticed also that there is usually a smoking hot female doctor or scientist who defies the stereotypes of beauty and brains and plays an equitable role in saving the day, all the while wearing jeans and an undershirt?

No? Me neither.

And remember, in the immortal words of Maureen McGovern:

There's got to be a morning after
If we can hold on through the night
We have a chance to find the sunshine
Let's keep on lookin' for the light

« Home | Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »

» Post a Comment