Thursday, June 03, 2004

Theatre Thursday

Week 3 - Disaster Movies.

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 sure this is a pure disaster movie, but Independence Day is my favorite for general destruction and mayhem.

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 want to see how people react to disasters, and how it affects their lives. ID4 does this some, but not a lot.

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 The Perfect Storm. The most far-fetched, to me, was probably The Poseiden Adventure - I still don't believe a boat can just flip over like that and stay afloat :) I also enjoyed, but could scarcely believe, Kingdom of the Spiders.

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 be the guy who tries to cheer everyone up in the face of impending doom, then buys it in the most awful way imaginable...

That's it till next time! Be sure to leave your name and blog address in the Comments when you've answered the questions.

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

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