Ah, the ocean. This is what I'm going to talk about today, this humble Thursday morning, for our Thursday Movie Picks. The theme was storms or adverse weather and my first thought was one that spawned a cluster of films about the tragic beauty of water.
The ocean is a beautiful thing. In fact, there are few things as visually impressive as the breadth of the ocean. There are also few things as emotionally captivating as the ocean for the sheer fact that it is as dangerous as it is beautiful.
In fact, it's terrifying.
|White Squall (Ridley Scott, 1996)|
More people should see this movie. I'm really shocked it doesn't have a better reputation. Ridley Scott, back in the 90's, when he was producing movies everyone loved. Jeff Bridges, in the 90's, when he was hitting home runs left and right. This is like Dead Poet's Society: The Disaster Movie, and it's so honest and well crafted and just emotionally solid, start to finish.
|The Perfect Storm (Wolfgang Peterson, 2000)|
I remember seeing this in the theater with my mother and the two of us losing our breath during the final moments as all was lost (and we knew it) and we couldn't help but be completely overtaken by the finality of it all. Great cast, spellbinding effects, emotionally gripping; another film more people should remember.
|The Impossible (J.A. Bayona, 2012)|
Everyone loved to hate this film, but I personally didn't care. "F*ck You, I'm Crying" became my go to rebuttal to the hate, and cry I did...over and over and over and over again. UGH!