Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks: Storms/Adverse Weather


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!

26 comments:

  1. Oooh those images have actually made me feel quite panicky all of a sudden! That's just because I can't swim though...
    I haven't seen any of these but I really should! Might have to start with White Squall.
    - Allie

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    1. White Squall is a really good little film, so I hope you enjoy!

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  2. People hated The Impossible? (aside from the race thing) No, fuck them, I'm crying too. lol

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    1. LOL, yeah...the hate flowed for that one.

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  3. Everyone seems to be hating The Impossible, but I have heard nothing but good things about it today. I'll definitely check it out.

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  4. Haven't seen any of these, except for like, the first 20 minutes of The Perfect Storm. Not sure why I haven't seen the rest. Don't even remember hearing about The Impossible, but it's popping up all over the place today. I'll have to check that one out.

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    1. I'm happy to see the positive showing for The Impossible. It's a very well crafted and impactful film.

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  5. OHHHH! A theme within the theme! I love those!

    I'd be lying if I said I loved White Squall but it wasn't nearly as bad as its rep had led me to believe it would be before I watched it. It certainly caught all those actors at their physical peaks that's for sure and it really becomes quite intense.

    I read The Perfect Storm before going to the film, I remember finishing it in Paris and trading it out at Shakespeare & Co. and being glad of it. It was interesting but SO grim, which made me reluctant to see it in the theatre, I finally broke down because of Diane Lane in the cast. It was visually impressive but the end was almost smothering. It works perfectly here.

    The Impossible is showing up a great deal today, almost as much as one of my picks. It's terribly sad but visually impressive and the acting is just great.

    I'm a sucker for disaster films and there's bunches to chose from but I wanted to do something contemporary which is where my first pick came in. I watched it specifically and boy does it stink! I included it nonetheless so that others don't make the same mistake!

    Into the Storm (2014)-Soggy in every way movie about a mega-storm front that lays waste to a Midwest town. Like many current disaster movies this puts a group of people that the audience knows nothing about in peril and then expects them to be invested in their plight. Some good special effects but that’s about all. Starts out okay but quickly slips into absurdity.

    The Day After Tomorrow (2004)-Big, dumb but fun cautionary tale. Climatologist Dennis Quaid and his team witness a huge crack in an ice shelf and warn the world authorities that it’s a sign of a coming cataclysm but no-one’s listening. Next thing you know superstorms start forming and causing havoc and who should be stuck right smack dab in the middle of the biggest? Why Quaid’s son Jake Gyllenhaal of course! Hits its fever pitch when Quaid outruns the ice age!

    The Rains Came (1939)-In Ranchipur, India the faithless Lady Edwina Esketh (Myrna Loy) and her cruel husband Lord Esketh meet Major Rama Safti (Tyrone Power) a doctor and heir presumptive to the throne and Edwina renews her acquaintanceship with artist Tom Ransome (George Brent), a former lover. Bored she sets out to seduce the principled Safti as a distraction but finds herself falling in love. It’s high class soap opera with good performances until the seasonal rains come and then watch out! An earthquake hits during the heaviest downpour causing a dam to collapse followed by a cholera epidemic while the water keeps rising! Winner of the first Oscar given for special effects.

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    1. I always kick myself for missing The Rains Came when it hit TCM. I never got around to seeing it before my 1939 Fistis and I know I should have.

      The Day After Tomorrow is such a visual blast...but it is dumb...but somewhat forgivably dumb.

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  6. I came accross White Squall in my research for this theme. I had no idea it was a Ridley Scott film.

    I had seen A Perfect Storm years before I saw it yesterday for the second time. I had completely forgotten the ending...so it did come to me as quite a surprise.

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  7. I haven't seen White Squall but with that cast in soaking wet clothes.....

    The Perfect Storm I almost picked this week, but decided to go with The Impossible instead. Not that the former isn't good, but I expected a lot of people would pick it, and The Impossible has never deserved the criticism people have heaped upon it. So glad you love it, too!

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    1. LOL

      Yeah, I'm so baffled over the criticism that The Impossible gets. It's such a technical marvel and a beautifully composed film that nails so many aspects of the whole scenario.

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  8. The Perfect Storm is a better film than a lot of people remember. Great suggestion!

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  9. White Squall! This is a film I have wanted to see but forgot about it. I like Ridley Svott films too. We both picked The Impossible and I found this film so gripping, moving, and weirdly triumphant. Naomi Watts is excellent in it. The Perfect Storm is another good film and one wishes one would survive even though you know they won't. I loved the scenes, as well, with the yacht.

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  10. The Impossible is a great film while I don't remember much of The Perfect Storm. White Squall I have seen but thought it was OK. Plus, I have a real disdain for Scott Wolf who is a very shitty actor.

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    1. LOL, Scott Wolf isn't the best, I'll give you that...but Jeff Bridges IS one of the best, and so he kind of makes up for it ;-)

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  11. I haven't seen any of your picks, I should though, they all sound great.

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  12. I like the ocean angle. I agree... so gorgeous and terrifying. I haven't seen any of these movies yet.

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    1. The ocean is pretty much earth's largest contradiction.

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  13. I've almost watched White Squall so many times! Need to give it a look already. I really liked The Perfect Storm, and I don't think I've ever cried as much as I did during The Impossible. Nice picks!

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