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!

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