Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks-Storms/Adverse Weather Movies


A new month which means the loving has stopped:) If you want to ever participate, head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to join or to check out what the others have chosen. This week it is Storms/Adverse Weather and I kept it all new! In other words I didn't choose any old movies because it has been a long time since I saw some or I hadn't seen them at all (Sorry Dorothy Lamour)

1. DAY AFTER TOMORROW-2004


This is a guilty pleasure of mine. I admit it. It is a fun flick even though it is about global warming and the collapse of half the planet but I still watch it when it comes on TV which it seems to come on just about every day. In case no one has seen this, the hero (Dennis Quaid) with his 2 other team members find out the earth is changing dramatically but, of course, the big wigs don't listen. His son, played by Jake Gyllenhal, goes with other school mates to New York to participate in some school quiz thing (who cares, they end up in New York). Of course, right at that time, all weather hell breaks loose, a huge tidal wave comes through but the kid and his team make it safely to the library. While there, the temps drop and a deep freeze happens. Let's just say if that wall ever does get put up between Mexico and the U.S., we will be doomed. Will the kid and his group survive? Will his Dad save him in time? You just have to watch the movie.

2. KRAKATOA-THE LAST DAYS-2006


OK This is a Docudrama from the Discovery Channel but, I don't care, because it is excellent and quite riveting. I know I might be breaking the rules but rules are sometimes meant to be broken:) I found this one Sunday morning and was spellbound by the film. It is a documentary based on the writings of  of a wife whose husband was stationed at a nearby island. They must face the explosion, the ash and then the tsunami. There are also the writings of  a Rogier Verbeek who is considered the father of Vulcanology who is watching the volcano closely and is friends with the family that live in a lighthouse and also the writings of a person on board a ship that had to go head on into the tsunami that followed. If you wish to learn more about the 2nd biggest explosion that was ever recorded and how some people managed to survive, you must see this.

3. THE IMPOSSIBLE-2012


My third entry and, to me, one of the best films about disaster. I was with my friend, sitting on the couch all day watching the TV about this horrendous event. I will never forget the images of these people who survived this knowing I probably would not. This film tackles, not only the actual event, but afterwards when the family is trying to find each other. It is based on a true story but I believe the family were actually Spanish (not 100% sure). The acting is superb as well as the effects. Even though people had a hard time getting medical treatment, food, water and finding out about loved ones, I am still surprised how well the groups in charge, managed.

What films can you think of?

75 comments:

  1. Haven't seen the last one.
    The movie 2012 was like the disaster film to end all disasters. Not a great film, but it was massive.
    I'd probably pick Twister. I enjoyed that one. Now, got to go - we have cows!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You Have cows? Do you live on a farm? Moooooo:) twister is fun although I want to slap Helent Hunt. I have not seen 2012 yet.

      Delete
  2. I've only seen The Day After Tomorrow, and you're right, it's fun to watch. The Impossible sounds good, I'll check it out.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Impossible is a great movie and Watts should have won the Oscar

      Delete
  3. The Impossible was mind-blowing. I don't think I saw Krakatoa, but I did see a documentary about it. The scariest thing was that they said it will happen again someday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I may have seen the same documentary and the new island continues to grow. This film I mentioned is also a documentary but showcasing actors playing out what happened.

      Delete
  4. Hi, dear Birgit!

    I recommend Sharknado, Sharknado 2, Sharknado 4, Sharknado 6, Sharknado 8 and Sharknado 10. (The odd numbered sequels were not as good. :)

    I saw Day After Tomorrow but not the other two. Naomi Watts is my favorite actress and I have added The Impossible to my must see list.

    Thanks for the reviews, dear friend BB!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Shark ado flicks are so bad but they are funny. You are funny too since you are recalling all the Star Trek films:) Naomi Watts should have won an Oacar for her role in this film. It is very moving

      Delete
  5. I normally don't watch Discovery Chanel movies...but you have me somewhat intrigued.

    I also went with The Impossible! Such a devastating yet hopeful film!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This film, about Krakatoa, is very moving even though it is like a documentary but it is done like a film. I was so impressed with it. The Impossible is so well done and so moving

      Delete
  6. I chose The Day After Tomorrow and the Impossible too. The latter, Naomi Watts should've taken home an Oscar for.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I so agree with you about Naomi Watts because she was so wonderful in this film.

      Delete
  7. Not seen any of them, I did see Twister though and enjoyed it. You don't say what disaster is covered by the last movie, the Impossible.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Twister fits the bill for sure. The Impossible is based on the devastating tsunami that hit Indonesia on Dec. 26, 2004. It is an excellent film based on a true story but the actual people were Spanish.

      Delete
  8. I always get so cold watching The Day After Tomorrow :) I also liked 2012, every time I see it I always think they aren't going to make it, but then they do.

    betty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Day After is just so campy. When Quaid throws his partner into the room since that frost is coming, somehow he could build a fire in 2 seconds:) I have not seen 2012 yet.

      Delete
  9. Never even heard of The Impossible, have to add that to ones to watch. The Day After Tomorrow was a fun one indeed.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Impossible is a great film and worth seeing.

      Delete
  10. I've only seen TDAT, and yeah well, no. Hated it. Curious about the others, though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahahahaaa, well it is not a fantastic film but, for some reason, I like it although it is schlock. The other two are great to see

      Delete
  11. I agree with you about The Day After Tomorrow. I have an itsy bitsy crush on Dennis Quaid, so I like most of his movies.

    I've not seen either of the other two films, but they both sound intriguing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bette to have a crush on him that his wacko brother:) The other 2 are so worth seeing. They are so moving and heart wrenching even though the one is like a docudrama

      Delete
  12. I'm glad to see The Day After Tomorrow everywhere this week, I shamelessly love that movie. I haven't seen The Impossible yet because I know it'll just make me cry!
    - Allie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yup, that movie is popular this week. The Impossible is so worth seeing because there is hope even though you do cry

      Delete
  13. Replies
    1. I almost picked that movie! I was not enamoured with it though even though I love Kevin Kline. We had a small ice storm just the other day.

      Delete
  14. Geez TDAT is EVERYWHERE this week, including in my picks, and The Impossible is popular too. I get a big kick out of the utter preposterousness of the first and the second is grim but good.

    The Krakatoa doc is one I'll seek out, I'm fascinated by that situation. I've read the Simon Winchester book on it, and learned more about tectonic plates than I could ever possibly hope to retain! I've also had the unfortunate viewing experience of seeing Krakatoa: East of Java because of my love of Diane Baker. To point out the mass of inaccuracies included in the film Krakatoa was WEST of Java!!

    As I said TDAT is one of my choices and my first is a caution against watching it, it's stupid but I watched it for this so this way I don't feel it was an entire waste of time! My last however is a really good film with an actual script and excellent performances.

    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.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. TDAT is everywhere and I agree that it is dumb but it is a guilty pleasure of mine. I haven't seen other one you mentioned but I saw The Rains Came when I was young and I loved it. I almost went with it but I didn't pick it because it has been so long. I have the DVD and haven't watched it which is shame on me. I thought for sure you would have picked The Huricane with Dorothy Lamour. this is one film I have not seen. I am also surprised that the Perfect Storm doesn't have the love.

      Delete
    2. The Hurricane is a good one but it's not that much of a favorite of mine and it has been a long time since I've watched it.

      The Perfect Storm, both book and movie, are well done but so terribly sad I've only watched it the once when I saw it in the theatre.

      Crack open your copy of The Rains Came, Tyrone Power as an Indian is a stretch now, although he looks sensational, but I love that film. It contains the only performance I've ever seen George Brent give that I thought deserved some sort of awards recognition. And Myrna of course is terrific.

      Delete
  15. The Impossible is such a moving and astonishing movie. It helped me a lot with my current WIP... ;) The Day After Tomorrow is a great film with awesome effects. I haven't seen the second movie though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Impossible is such a great film. If you want to get a better understanding and be so moved by what happened to many people, you should watch Krakatoa.

      Delete
  16. Volcanic explosions, especially of massive size, are just beyond astonishing aren't they? The largest explosion of Kraktaoa could be heard over 3000 miles away.

    Mount St Helens, when that exploded in the 80s, just destoryed everything near by. There is a really amazing Surviving Disaster episode about it which I reccomend

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will check that movie out. I remember Mount St. nelen's so well. I remember the old man adamant in not leaving and seeing the huge bulge on the side. When it blew, I was at the TV watching everything I could. I remember the scientists saying that nothing will grow there for 300 years and my dad, a lumberman, saying "bulls&$!(" He said things will grow within 5 years and he was right.

      Delete
  17. Enh, I'm not a fan of Day After Tomorrow. I can't with even the thought of burning books, so being in the library in sub-zero temperatures.....

    I also picked The Impossible and it's just incredible. SO emotional which a lot of these films usually only glance over and lay on too thick. This one does it just right. I also LOVE Geraldine Chaplin's cameo so much.

    I haven't seen the Krakatoa one but some of those Discovery Channel things make for really good viewing. I'll have to check it out one day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yeah, The Day After a is schlock but I enjoy it. You are so right about The Impossible. It is so great and not over the top. I would place Krakatoa right up there even though it is filmed more like a documentary

      Delete
  18. I haven't seen any of these and never even heard of The Impossible. I feel like such a loser LOL. I'm really intrigued by The Impossible and need to look that up.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Impossible is such a great film and it brings throug the horrors the people faced with the tsunami. I hope you see it one day.

      Delete
  19. Hmm...once again you have me stumped. Can't think of a good storm film. I'm impressed that you never fail to find three movies for each category!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I have seen tons of films and keep seeing more.

      Delete
  20. Day After Tomorrow is currently playing on our TV. I've seen it before and it wasn't a bad movie.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is always on TV somewhere. I feel like there are only 5 movies that some channels pick to show over and over again.

      Delete
    2. Anything with Adam Sandler.
      The Dumbing Down of America continues!

      Delete
  21. And I haven't seen any of them.

    I'd be hard-pressed to complete this particular movie picks. I don't think I've seen many weather disaster movies. Or any. It's kind of on my no-go list of topics I do not do.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This was a difficult one for me too. Many think of Twister or The PerfectStorm.

      Delete
  22. Every now and then I wonder if we're about to live "The Day After Tomorrow". The weather disaster movie that comes to mind is a TV movie from the late 1970s/early 1980s about an angry hurricane heading towards the Gulf coast. Can't remember anything but Robert Wagner and a woman embracing as they wait for it to hit their house. Ha! It just started raining over here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I believe I saw that movie but when it came out. Robert Wagner was in. So many of these films back then

      Delete
  23. I saw part of The Day After Tomorrow. Still haven't seen the whole thing- but maybe one day. :) All the others are new to me- of course.
    ~Jess

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, you red many books plus write! The other films are much better so hope you see them one day

      Delete
  24. The Day After Tomorrow...a dumb, dumb movie. But, I really like it and enjoy watching it. Plus, I love quoting Dennis Quaid's warnings of a "critical desalinization point."

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is such a dumb movie that's why it's my guilty pleasure

      Delete
  25. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Birgit, The only movie of these I think...I think that I've seen is Day After Tomorrow. I'm going to have to double check myself on this, though. Anywho, other severe weather related movies are The Perfect Storm with George Clooney & Mark Wahlberg, Hard Rain w/Christian Slater & Morgan Freeman, and The Colony w/Lawrence Fishbourne & Bill Paxton to name just a few. The Perfect Storm was based on true story and not a bad picture. Hard Rain was okay and The Colony was tolerable. I may have to check this hop out to see, if I would like to play along. Of course, I may have to wait until June. My plate is pretty full at the moment. Thanks for stopping by and voting in BoTB! Have a good weekend, my friend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have only seen parts of Hard Rain and haven't seen the Colony but great picks. It can be so full especially with the A toZ coming butifyoujoin,that would be great!

      Delete
  27. I so love The Impossible. It's so heartwarming. A story of hope and determination and a family's will to stay together and find one another in the face tragedy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You hit the nail on the head! It is one of family and hope

      Delete
  28. We've watched Twister which hits close to home here (pun intended) and while I enjoyed the movie, it wast very realistic as the two weather chasers would have been blown to smitherine had they tried that stuff with a real storm.
    R

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I found Twister very silly and I wantedtoslap HuNt's character. I would find seeing a tornado beyond scary.

      Delete
  29. Also, I wish you would do a follow by email widget so I get notifications when you post :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh...OK I shall do this, sorry about that

      Delete
  30. I haven't seen any of these films. I'd probably enjoy the one about Krakatoa, but not sure about the other 2. I'm not great with disaster films. (I did re-enjoy Johnny Belinda and Random Harvest this week though!). Think I probably get too involved the 'disaster' type to enjoy it as much as possibly someone else might! Thanks for sharing. Have a great wkend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Impossible is gripping but it does end well and it is a true story but it will make you shed a tear or more. You know, I have not seen Random Harvest but Johnny Belinda is a great movie and so touching.

      Delete
  31. Hi Birgit,
    I think of Day After too when I hear talk of the wall.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yes...that is funny. So if the nut gets in will you come over to our side? Lol

      Delete
  32. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  33. So now all I need is some fresh popcorn and a few hours of uninterrupted time to indulge in these disasters. I'm starting with The Day After Tomorrow.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Start with fun and schlocky and then onward to much better:)

      Delete
  34. I'm a little embarrassed to say I haven't seen or even heard of any of these. Based on all of the positive comments, The Impossible especially has me intrigued. Going to have to give that one a watch one of these days.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yes, this is a great film but I think you would also really love Ktakatoa because of the history and the way the brought in the human element so the history is anything but dry(no pun intended).

      Delete
  35. I also watched an earlier Krakatoa - East of Java. 1968/69. This new docudrama is brilliantly done. Thanks for sharing, Birgit.
    x Asha

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad you saw this film and I was enthralled by it. I have been crippled again so it has been hard to do cards which bothers me

      Delete
  36. The Day After Tomorrow is a cool movie. It gets the heart racing doesn't it? The wolves, the rushing tidal wave and the books hit all the key notes! I nearly freaked out when I saw those awesome books but then, reality check - I got a grip on myself. You know this movie isn't so far fetched when you look around the planet today, China has a terrible smog crisis and California - the Golden State is going through a four year drought.

    ReplyDelete
  37. I have not seen any of these movies. Guess I am behind the times.

    ReplyDelete
  38. BIRGIT ~
    I read this blog bit more than a week ago and I couldn't think of a comment to submit. And, personally, I prefer to remain silent rather than submit some B.S. patronizing comment.

    The problem was that, at the moment, I couldn't think of any WEATHER-related movies I really liked. Most "WEATHER" movies fall under the heading of "ACTION MOVIES". Most are special effects movies with "cardboard characters" not fully fleshed-out, where the "Action" is the main ingredient, which appeals to brain-dead, easily-entertained Americans (i.e., 90% of the Americonned Sheeple).

    I'm proud to say that I dislike the vast majority of "Action" movies (which includes the vast majority of Weather, Sci-Fi, Horror, and Martial Arts bullshit!)

    But tonight I watched (for perhaps the 3rd time) and was reminded of a "WEATHER" MOVIE that I truly enjoy which rises far above the typical "Weather/Action" type movie.

    I watched "L.A. STORY" (1991) starring Steve Martin and Sarah Jessica Parker. It's a very funny movie, and cleverly written, but I'm afraid that it wasn't fully appreciated by the general American audience because much of the humor was based on "inside" knowledge of the "Angeleno" folks. If you didn't work in "Hollywood", or at least live in L.A., a lot of the comedy likely went over your head. But take it from me, it's a very humorous and imaginative movie. Definitely one of my very favorite WEATHER-RELATED movies ever filmed.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

    ReplyDelete