IMDB users give it a 6.2; 57% from Rotten Tomatoes, and Metacritic weighs in with a green 68 (Users of Metacritic also give it a 6.8).
Helen Hunt, Flying Cows, and Tornadoes; What else do you need for "mindless entertainment" as TV Guide labels this movie?
I really loved this movie back in '96, and haven't seen it since. [I worry that it might suck now that I am almost 20 years older and maybe a little more discriminating.] Nah... Helen Hunt, flying cows, tornadoes!
One of the harshest reviews comes from Barbara Shulgasser of the SF Examiner:
...So that's the plot. Big swirls of computer-generated dirt, a bickering couple and the dead certainty that the fiancee will leave and the bickerers will get back together. An exciting night out, or what?I May Be a Firefighter, But...: I am not an adrenaline junkie. I have fantasized being a storm chaser. I never actually considered it as a job path, but thought I would love to be on a semi-nerdy team that runs into danger while others run away...
Anyway, after "Earthquake," "Hurricane" and "Monsoon," it takes more than a simple tornado to thrill me. I look forward to other great moments in meteorological cinema. "Drizzle," "Sleet," and the real challenge to computer jocks, "Partly Cloudy."...
"Bring it on.": I have always loved adverse weather that does not hurt me. I feel guilt when I revel in a storm that I find out later hurt someone's property or person, but it does not change how excited I feel while the storm is happening. I really do love nature's way of reminding me that I am small, and only regret that the reminders are so often tragic for others...
Arm Chair Excitement: So movies about crazy weather let me safely and comfortably think about weather without the guilt of the harm that comes from them. I have so many weather related memories that are cinematic in my mind: sitting at my window on Midhurst Rd. with my father watching thunder storms roll in, getting blown over in my back yard by hurricane David in '79 (I was probably only 40-50 pds), a warm summer storm in Baltimore that produced an updraft that turned my umbrella inside out and then ripped it from my hands, jumping into snowbanks from the second floor balcony after several feet of snow was dropped in Garrett Co. MD in The Blizzard of '83, explosively splitting knotty logs in the White Mountains -20˚F on New Year's Eve in '98, and on and on and on...
So here's a partial list...
- White Squall (1996)
- Twister (1996)
- The Perfect Storm (2000)
- The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
- Eight Below (2006)
Now, moving on to language...
We love to hype things and we love to make up words. There are so many examples of trendy words, buzz words, and just plainly infuriating "must-not-use" words and phrases. But sometimes we make up hype-like words that just rock. Such is there case with weather words. Here are two of recent hype that make me happy to use, abuse, ridicule and love!
Last year the newspeople of Wether.com, CNN, Fox, and the myriad of local forecasters taught us a new term that conjured up epic columns of cold, Polar Vortices: As much as I grew to resent how often I heard the word by the end of the winter, and began to sarcastically use it for any chilly moment of the year, I never grew tired of saying the words "vortex" and "vortices" myself.
And it reminded me of "The Day After Tomorrow," which I saw on the plane returning from a wedding in Bath, England while everyone one else seemed to sleep. How could people sleep on a plane when such an extreme weather movie was available to watch?
The word sounds ominous, but in reality, the process happens fairly frequently in the world of weather.
Perhaps Bombogenesis will make it into a GSD entry soon... before everyone heads off to the market to get their "bread and milk!"