Friday, September 30, 2005

Flirting with Disaster

I’m back home in Houston again, safe and sound. I was one of those unfortunate souls that got caught in the massive gridlock when fleeing Hurricane Rita. Very long story short, it took 31 hours (!) for me to drive to my destination---normally a 5-hour trip. Despite the personal misery, I realize that I’m very fortunate in that I am safe and no damage occurred to my home. Others, either victims of Rita or Katrina, are still suffering. Again, I urge you to DONATE either money, needed items, or your time to help rebuild the lives of those living in the Gulf Coast.

My first brush with a hurricane got me to thinking about the Disaster Film genre. Disaster films have been around since the birth of cinema, but reached the height of their popularity in the 1970s with such flicks as TOWERING INFERNO (1974), AIRPORT (1970), or THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972). This site gives a brief history of the genre and has a comprehensive list of films should you want to throw your own disaster film festival!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Hurricane Rita

First Katrina, now Rita. I will have to stop blogging for awhile, as I'm getting ready to flee Houston in anticipation of the massive storm. Hopefully, I won't be away too long.....

Everyone stay safe.


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Films Set in New Orleans, Part II

As an addendum to yesterday's post, this article from the NY Times questions whether Louisiana's once-thriving film industry can survive Katrina's destruction. The piece takes a look at films shooting in the area when the hurricane hit, highlights efforts to keep marketing the area to Hollywood executives, and touches on the sometimes thorny issue of tax incentives offered to out-of-state film companies.

You can read the entire article here.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Films Set in New Orleans

For the past two weeks, horrific scenes of devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina have seared our collective consciousness. Here in Houston, the epic proportions of the tragedy are all too real as our city tends to thousands fleeing the wreckage. As for myself, the past week was spent gathering clothing for the survivors and much-needed supplies for our local SPCA. I hope to start volunteering at the Houston FOOD BANK soon. As a nation, we’re in this for the long haul. If you haven’t yet, I urge you to DONATE either money, needed items, or your time to help rebuild the lives of those living in the Gulf Coast.

On a lighter note, here is a nice list of classic films set in and around New Orleans from the folks at the Classic Movies website. For a more tongue-in-cheek list, the Metrobloggers of New Orleans has a list of cheesy and bad films set in their fair city. I take minor exception with them for listing THE BIG EASY (1987) as a bad film. I like The Big Easy, or should I say, I like Dennis Quaid in The Big Easy!