Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The Dark Side of Nature.
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…
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.
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!"
Enter the suck zone. Here's the paradoxical twist though: there's nothing sucky about it. Merely pure, spectacular, thrill-a-minute fun. Endlessly rewatchable and currently ranked #4 in my Top 10: Guilty Pleasures list.
The second greatest bad movie of all time. (after Road House)
This movie is stupid, implausible, and fairly inaccurate. But I simply just don't care. I once thought of becoming a storm chaser, and I loooove the supporting cast in this (Jami Gertz excluded). Worth it for the drive-in attack and flying cows. Haters be damned, this is kind of my jam when it comes to dumb fun.
Was scared of this movie the first time I saw it as a kid, but now it's one of my favorite movies and I watch it at least 5 times every single year. So many good quotables too.
This film is simply awesome because of the following reasons:
1. It has one of the most epic scores in film history (Mark Mancina, man!!)
2. Those visual effects, man!!
3. That powers of nature, man!!
4. That action scenes, man!!
5. Because I friggin' SAY SO, that's why!!
Three words will suffice: CORPORATE STORM CHASERS. How silly is that? That's stupid silly.
If you took the plot of His Girl Friday and slammed it together with the action of Jurassic Park, you get Twister. Paxton & Hunt are entertaining together, and combined with monstrous disasters of mother nature, it's hard to look away.
And it has Phillip Seymour Hoffman with an OU hat on, so that's a win.
Twister is simply too perky to hate. It's such a bizarre concoction of implausible science (the "high tech" devices are laughable, even for 1996), cornball dialogue ("if I want your opinion, I'll give it to you"), and scenes of cars driving along highways with tornadoes in the background. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton both do an admirable job giving the cheese a nice romantic center, and the side characters are all endearing despite their shapelessness (hi Philip Seymour Hoffman). Unfortunately, it just never took off for me (is that a pun? Idk). It's inoffensive pap, and I was never entertaining or even really engaged in it. The camp just never gelled for me.
This movie starts of fine, but at some point falls of the god damn rails and becomes nonsensical. Although, it was sad to see a baby Philip Seymour Hoffman in the film.
I do believe this is the flick that kicked off the late 90's renaissance of disaster movies. From its loins sprung two volcano movies, two giant rocks hitting earth movies, and a bunch of other stuff I'm forgetting. The melodrama and dialogue are pretty terrible but you don't watch this kind of movie for that garbage. You watch for the carnage. The tornado sequences still hold up. And you still feel bad for that poor damn cow.
The genre of 90s natural disaster movies holds a special special place in my heart. I just love them. I love the over the top dumbness, the schmaltzy dialog and thin characters, and the unspeakably large forces of nature. I just love them, and I am happy to report that I loved this movie just as much as I did when I saw it in the theatre in 6th grade and it gave me nightmares.
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