Directed by: Ronald Neame
Starring: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Martin, Landau, Brian Keith, Henry Fonda, Richard Dysart
And speaking of the recently deceased Ronald Neame, let’s take a look at his other disaster movie, made seven years after the eminently entertaining The Poseidon Adventure. Sadly, Meteor is an inferior film in every respect.
I’m a couple of days late to notice this, but Ronald Neame, director of among other things the classic disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure, has died. He was 99 years old. During his career, Neame worked with both Hitchcock and David Lean, and was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Besides The Poseidon Adventure, Neame directed one additional disaster movie: 1979’s Meteor with Sean Connery, Natalie Wood and Karl Malden. Guess it’s about time I got hold of a copy.
Directed by: George Fenady
Starring: Dennis Cole, Susan Sullivan, Leslie Nielsen, Ray Milland, Sheila Larken, James Olson
I’m getting my Irwin Allen chronology all messed up here. I know I should probably review his disaster movies in the order they were made, but I’m just not organized enough. So, I happened to watch Cave In!, which is basically his last disaster flick (acting only as producer here) . It was shot in 1979 (same year as Beyond The Poseidon Adventure), but sat on a shelf for four years before finally airing on television.
Directed by: Rob Cohen
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brennerman, Viggo Mortensen, Dan Hedaya, Jay O. Sanders, Karen Young, Vanessa Bell Calloway
I’d be lying if I said I was a fan of director Rob Cohen. There are certainly less talented people out there, but films like xXx, The Fast and the Furious or The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor don’t really do it for me. However, when Rob ventured into classic disaster movie territory in 1996, the result was actually quite entertaining. Clichéd, clumsily written, packed with annoying characters and in parts pretty ridiculous – but entertaining.
Directed by: Robert Wise
Starring: George C Scott, Anne Bancroft, William Atherton, Richard Dysart, Burgess Meredith, Charles Durning
So, how do you make a disaster movie about a disaster that is over and done with in about 30 seconds? At least James Cameron had the advantage that the sinking of the Titanic took a couple of hours, but The Hindenburg went from proud symbol of Nazi Germany to a heap of ashes in a flash. How do you turn that into a two-hour film? Well, bring on the conspiracy theories, and pad the running time with musical interludes. This is a sedate film that looks better than it is.
It’s been a quiet few weeks here at Disaster Movie World, for which I apologize to any regular readers out there. Been having some other, real-life things on my mind lately, but am now aiming to get back in the saddle with regular updates again.
And why not begin with the news from the hard-working team at The Asylum that principal photography has wrapped on Titanic 2. Yes, the concept finally moves from old joke to actual movie. According to the synopsis on the official site:
On the 100th anniversary of the original voyage, a modern luxury liner christened “Titanic 2,” follows the path of its namesake. But when a tsunami hurls an ice berg into the new ship’s path, the passengers and crew must fight to avoid a similar fate.
Seems like an obvious must-see for a disaster movie fan. Street date is August 24.
Tomorrow I’ll post a fresh film review. Remember to check in if you’re into blimps and nazis…
Directed by: Ernie Barbarash
Starring: Bill Campbell, Marla Sokoloff, Jason Alexander, Stacy Keach, Michael Rooker, Mimi Michaels, Ernie Hudson
Is it a good idea to put comedy actors in leading roles in what is meant to be a suspenseful drama? I guess it depends on how you handle it. Certainly, comedic actors can do great dramatic work, but there’s also the risk/chance that their presence will signal a humorous slant to the story, whether intended or not. I’m afraid that introducing Christopher Lloyd and Jason Alexander as brilliant scientists during the opening minutes of NBC’s two-parter Meteor doesn’t really add to the credibility of the plot.
Directed by: William Petersen
Starring: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C Reilly, Diane Lane, William Fichtner, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John Hawkes
Director William Petersen seems to be particularly drawn to waterlogged storytelling. No less than three of his most well-known films are set at sea: his classic submarine movie Das Boot, the Poseidon remake from 2006, and of course this one, 2000’s The Perfect Storm. So strap yourself in for some hot and heavy fishing action with captain Clooney at the wheel.
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Directed by: Anthony Fankhauser
Starring: Brian Krause, Heather McComb, Najarra Townsend, Allura Lee, Alan Poe, Londale Theus
The Asylum would obviously have been remiss in their duties if they hadn’t attempted to cash in on the hype surrounding Roland Emmerich’s 2012. They did so with 2012: Supernova, which manages to offer not only the threat of global devastation but spices things up with terrorists, randy hillbillies and drunk scientists. Hold on to your hats, folks — we’re off to Asylumland.
Directed by: Shirô Moritani
Starring: Hiroshi Fujioka, Keiju Kobayashi, Tetsurô Tanba, Ayumi Ishida
In English, Nippon chinbotsu is known as The Submersion of Japan or, simply, Japan Sinks. Whatever else you might think of this film, you certainly can’t complain about the scope. Yes, the entire nation of Japan is headed for the bottom of the sea.