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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!"
Twister is a strange one. It's not a great movie, but it's still oddly entertaining in its own twisted way. Much like Jurassic Park, that I watched yesterday, Twister is penned by among others Michael Crichton--here in collaboration with his then spouse Anne-Marie Martin.
It's also the second movie directed by cinematographer Jan de Bont. He debuted in the chair two years prior with the mega-hit Speed. This one wasn't as successful, but his visual focus did pay off every so often as he took on the tornado's twirling.
I can't say much reasonable about this one. It has a good cast, taking on a strange bunch of tornado-chasers. They aren't exactly your typical protagonists, but in all fairness it…
I like all the off-road sequences, but I'm sure watching a CGI cow fly across the screen is cooler on a big screen?
Such a fun movie, but it really has no story line.
Helen Hunt: "My God! Who are these people?!"
Bill Paxton: "I don't think so!"
An actual exchange from the film. Which makes absolutely no sense at all.
So: apparently there's been a lot of critical / fan leeway regarding Dumb 90's Disaster Movies of all scope and manner over the past 15 or so years that I haven't been aware of. I actually thought we were holding the Bay's and the Emmerich's and their obnoxious counterparts accountable for their... well... (I'll say it but I know nobody wants to hear it) Cinematic Sins (for fear of association with the not-very-good YouTube channel). Although, to be fair, I won't even watch Armageddon or Independence Day today. So, it's up to the…
When seen on a big screen and a loud system, TWISTER admittedly comes alive more than on TV or so and it's more difficult to care about the nonsense story/characters/etc when your voice literary can't be heard because of the oomph in your face; true, its a garbage anti-movie in most ways but Michael Kahn keeps it real tight and it's not a bad showcase for showcasey, spectacly spectacles, so at least it delivers the high flying concept.
I feel like young Helen Hunt's dad would've survived if he'd just stayed seated in the shelter and not tried to hold the door closed. Once the doors get sucked up into the tornado, little Helen and her mom are fine and don't get sucked out too....I'm just sayin'.
Tried watching this with the director's commentary but I kept getting distracted by the actual dialogue that I know practically by heart. What a wonderful movie.
One of those movies we owned on tape but never got on DVD, Twister is a film I haven't seen in years. Besides some occasional CGI that doesn't hold up, the movie still was very enjoyable. Twister illustrates both nature's beauty and nature's wrath to great detail and in a realistic way, while also telling a good story of a team of storm chasers trying to unlock the mysteries of tornadoes. Perhaps the most chilling aspect of Twister is the sound design of the storms. SO awesome and ominous.
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.…