Tag Archives: Disaster Movies

Playing the Numbers

There are few rules out here in Hollywood, but there’s one that all the major studios follow – when things are going badly, when all your deep and serious movies, the ones that win awards, don’t even make back their … Continue reading

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The Never-Ending Train Wreck

Out here in Hollywood we do disaster – because it sells. Things should blow up or burn up or collapse or run into each other. Here’s a quick snapshot of Hollywood Boulevard just down the street here on a weekday … Continue reading

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The Limits of Crass and Unthinking Exploitation

Out here in Hollywood, the seventies were the golden age of the schlock disaster movies. There were movies where a giant rogue wave barrels in out of nowhere and capsizes the big fancy cruise ship, turning it upside down so … Continue reading

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Everyone, Calm Down

You’ve seen it in a hundred Hollywood movies – the standard panic scene. You know, a giant rogue wave has barreled in out of nowhere and capsized the big fancy cruise ship, turning it upside down so that the floors … Continue reading

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The End of the World as We Know It

People love to be scared – safely – or to consider the end of everything – as long as it happens to someone else, or only sort of maybe could happen to us all, but not really. Out here in … Continue reading

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