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TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados.
Watched in 4D - I turned on the electric fan on the highest setting. Intense!
I unapologetically love this film.
See, this is the very definition of a Dumb but Fun Blockbuster™.
A Dumb but Fun Blockbuster™ needs the following things:
-an appealing cast of characters with leads that have the thinnest sliver of shallow backstory, so we can pretend we care.
-a bad guy that is unmistakably bad, because he's bad and does bad things. He could have equally bad henchman who are also really bad.
- a hefty dose of nonsensical over the top action with great special effects.
- a happy ending so we can all walk out feeling a bit better about the world.
Twister does all those things and adds a very original…
No star rating; it's not impossible to judge as a narrative work or anything...it's objectively an outright howler, but I find it difficult to look at as anything other than an artifact of a certain mid-90's Venn diagram intersection of special effects and marketing, where you could still pack a theater with the simple promise of a convincing illusion (which this frankly isn't anymore).
Huge announcement Letterboxd. Even though I am a grown man, I still have not decided what I want to be when I grow up. Well, I hadn't decided until this rewatch of one of the greatest films ever made, Twister. Your probably thinking to yourself, oh, FilmApe wants to be a storm chaser. If you are thinking that, you are wrong. Nope, I have decided that I want to be Phillip Seymour Hoffman. And no, I don't want pursue a career in acting, I just want to be PSH.
"Dorthy's flying...baby, she's flying"
Things I thought about during this viewing
Man, this hot dog is delicious (I ate a hot dog while I watched it).
They handle the dual protagonist thing so well in this film. Neither character gets short changed, and their motivations both seem realistic, with the compromises that both make being logical.
I miss PSH.
The end credits, starting from the pulling back from the farm to reveal the trail of the tornado, to the shots of clouds, and wheat fields, and other stuff, is just great.
I should eat another hot dog (I will probably eat another hot dog).
There's every movie ever, and then there's TWISTER. Well, not really, but to a select few growing up in the 90s, Twister was kind of a big deal. The conceit is applaud worthy. The novelty of storm chasing. The adrenaline rush. The teamwork. The rock n' roll spirit. A full day's tornado count from F1 up to F5. A drive-in twister attack that tears apart the frames of The Shining. Whose idea was that? Again, applause. The carnivorous sound design. Seriously, the twisters sound like dinosaurs. The Dorthy conceit. Corporate sponsors. Vendettas with nature. The suck zone. PS Hoffman whispering "suck zone". It's one of those films where almost every line can be spoken by me back to the screen. Nostalgia is rampant with this, but the cheese is just so delicious and you couldn't dream up a crazier cast for a tornado actionfest. "It's the wonder of nature, baby!"
Flyihng cows, that is what I remember from this, it was more than 10 years ago....
Get out your popcorn for this Summer blockbuster. Well, 1996 summer blockbuster!
I was only 15 when this film came out and I don't think I got to see it in the theater. Mom, and I where poor living in Vanderhoof, BC when this came out. Ya, google Vanderhoof, BC. Its a town right in the middle of the province. I could be wrong, but the actually marker to prove that point is right next to the liquor store.
Ok, enough about Vanderhoof.
This film was up for two Oscars. Best Sound, and Effects. And, I don't disagree. Have you seen this film? You got shit flying everywhere.. I wish I actually saw this in the theater with surround sound.…
Minus half a star for Bill Paxton.
Everything else about this film is great. It reminds me of what summer blockbusters used to be, when there was an actual story amidst the awesome visual effects. This is quite possibly the defining film of the disaster genre. A true classic.
Pure, finely-made schlock.
It's actually pretty fun.
Storm chasing's a thing?
Remember when blockbusters used to be fun? Twister is absolutely ridiculous, but isn't ashamed of that. Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt play well off each other, but the supporting cast – including Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz, Lois Smith and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman – are all top-notch.
I love this movie. That's all there is to say.
When this was in theaters I was really bored and watched it like 8 times in a weekend because I was young, and in Astoria, and literally had NOTHING else to do. I think the Whoopi Goldberg movie "Eddie" was also playing.. I probably should have watched that one instead.
Look, this is not a good movie. I get it. And yet: I love it. I love every sparkly piece of Joss Whedon's uncredited dialogue pass. I love the insanely overqualified cast that is here for no reason. I love the Michael Crichton-ness of it, like you can literally see the weird sciencey shit he would have put at the top of every chapter if this was actually a paperback and not a screenplay. (Oh who knows, he probably put the sciencey shit in the screenplay too.) I love the badassery of a pre-DI Jan De Bont achieving darkened skies by just pumping an unhealthy quantity of foreground light into his actors. I love when Aunt May reveals she's just…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…