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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Bottoms up: The Poseidon Legacy

I missed out an a chance to catch a screening of Poseidon last week, due to a combination of lukewarm reviews and off-work laziness. Kind of wish I'd gone though, especially after seeing this fantastic post by Marc over at Two Jakes showing the original some heartfelt and well-deserved love. At the risk of dating us all. Aw, who cares. People of a certain age, unite! I was unaware of the Rocky Horror-like following The Poseidon Adventure had until about a year ago when one of the movie channels showed it and the movie was preceded by a documentary detailing the enduring fantatical following. I had no idea. So of course I had to go out and buy the DVD, from the discount bin at the Hollywood & Highland Virgin Megastore. And then file it away without watching it. It was enough that I had it handy, not to mention any excuse to shop, ya know? Marc's post - and the resulting nostalgia-fest comments about the 70's disaster flick era (of which I was just old enough to be in on) prompted me to watch it today and as I mentioned in the "Underwater" comments not only is the capsizing sequence still a classic, but the post-capsizing shot of the huge liner, upside down underwater, going completely dark after one last loud boom still gives me chills. And you know what? Having just watched it, the only thing that really dates it is the clothes and cast. Come on people, Pamela Sue Martin. The only things missing are Simon Oakland and George Kennedy. It's still riveting and even more amazing the effects hold up just fine. You know what really didn't age well, as much as I absolutely adore it to this day? Back to the Future. A perfect film but so very, undeniably a child of the mid-80's, twenty years after the fact. But that doesn't detract from its charm, it just means it shows its age. And despite what Hollywood wants you to think, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Sure, they're just movies, but to me "Back to the Future" and "The Poseidon Adventure" disproves the Hollywood idea that you can't age gracefully. They may be dated but they still kick ass, especially compared to a lot of the crap produced today. And they've done it without resorting to bad plastic surgery. They may be old but they wear it well. It can be done. On the downside, box office-wise the $150 million dollar disaster remake came in second to a falling MI:3. $20 million dollars can be wrong, apparently, I don't care how they spin it. Maybe this will discourage the remake trend. Respect your elders, don't think that updating them makes them better. We can only hope.


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