Sunday, November 06, 2005

Category 7!

I've got lots of good stuff I've been working on for the DVD column. This week is the directors of "Paradise Lost" and the "Metallica" doc. Tuesday I interview Ray Harryhausen (again; I love that guy). Then I've got interviews with the director of "March of the Penguins" (does everyone know that the original French version features penguin dialog and pop songs rather than narration?), the director of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (who did talk a little about Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie and whose dad oversaw the Iran/Contra trials) and then even Julie Andrews, who was as close to I've ever come to speaking with royalty. Mary Poppins!

But right now I'm most excited that Alma called me up from the basement to watch "Category 7: The End of the World" on CBS, which is apparently about killer tornadoes but also seems to have something to do with plagues. No doubt the religious nuts are riveted across America right now, but the rest of the country surely finds this crap hilarious. Really, forces of nature make terrible antagonists. You can't fight them and all you can do is run. With the exception of "Twister," where people sought out the killer tornadoes for some reason and then got scared and ran when they, um, found them.

"There's a twister! Let's get it!"

"OK! Now let's run away!"

Ooh, a sleepwalking Tom Skerritt, Shannon Doherty, Gina Gershon... TV-movie a riffic. Anyway, if God fails to make an appearence by the end and save America, I'll be profoundly disappointed.

Come to think of it, the last time I caught Alma engrossed in a movie sans me was when I found her watching "Pearl Harbor," cracking up on the couch.


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