Darren and I are huge movie fans, and we pretty much got into a discussion while watching “The Last Man on Earth.” (You can watch it here, as it is a part of the public domain) about how disaster movies just aren’t as popular as they used to be. We then proceeded to watch a few of the juicy disaster flicks we have in our collection.
First up, after the Vincent Price goodness, was Day After Tomorrow. For me, it’s got two things about it that rock:
1. They destroy Los Angeles with massive tornadoes. WEEE!
I do so love watching Los Angeles get destroyed
2. They destroy New York
Just about everything else in the movie is a massive plot hole. Like . . . when they are burning books in the library, why do they HAVE to burn the books? There are perfectly good chairs all around them, made of wood — and enormous wooden tables. Why burn books on tax law (or even bother to touch them) when you’re sure to find some newspaper for a starter and you can burn wood? WTF? And why exactly is Dennis Quaid so insistent he get to his son? It’s not like he brings food or anything important — in fact, it’s just another mouth to feed. WTF?
And why use expensive CGI wolves? They don’t even LOOK good. I’ve seen a couple of reviewers rant about how good the wolves were, and I completely disagree. Want good CGI? Check out D-Wars (Dragon Wars), in which LA gets destroyed by extremely beautifully rendered (some animators loved them some dragons!) dragons:
Now that, THAT is some good CGI. (Miserable movie plotting for that film, but beautifully done special effects, and well worth it to see Los Angeles tromped. They also get extra points for knowing the geography of downtown, and sticking to it (no matter what)).
I’m pretty sure we moved next to Armageddon — definitely one of Michael Bay’s more well done flicks, and a hell of a good time. It’s really hard to pick on this movie for much of anything, because it delivered what it said it would.
Sure, I wish the Earth would have gotten creamed a good one, just for the cool ass globe exploding effect, but all in all, I can’t really complain with the movie too much at all. It didn’t try to advertise it as an intellectual feast, and it was pretty straightforward and honest all the time. Good stuff.
And, I included a special movie, just to make me grin because I love it so much. I could link to the official trailer, but why, when you get more laughs from “Mars Attacks! in a Nutshell”
I do understand that the overall reluctance to make a disaster movie may have something to do with the real-life disaster we watched unfold on our screens on September 11th. I guess that makes sense, it just doesn’t make me miss disaster movies any less. There’s so many good stories that could be told and enjoyed . . .