So, did you all get some pyro last night? Despite the rain, we definitely got our share. Our friends have an annual 4th of July party that has become legend in these parts, but this is the first time we have attended. Our host special orders, at great expense I imagine, professional fireworks, and sets them off in his BACK YARD. It was as good as any Disney display, and they were exploding right above my head. It was amazing.
But I digress. Where am I going with this? The Monday Movie Meme topic from The Bumbles today is in honor of all that pyro...special effects in movies. Now before I ruminate over my favorites, might I just add that Molly and Andy took the good ones. LOTR, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, The Matrix...and you would think I had completely lost my mind if I didn't say anything about them. But I do hate to copy, so I shall find my own! That is the challenge, is it not?
1. Avatar - James Cameron is pretty obnoxious, and this movie was about 45 minutes too long, but one thing you cannot take away from it is the effects. They were amazing. Unlike anything we'd ever seen - a spectacle for the eyes.
2. 2012 - Seeing this movie was like riding Universal's new coaster, Rip Ride Rocket. Strap yourself in, and hold on! The effects are what make this movie a total blast to watch, NOT the acting (all though we love ourselves some John Cusak). California sliding into the ocean! A tidal wave taking out Washington D.C.! Molten lava erupting from the ground in Yellowstone! Grab some popcorn and have fun with this one.
3. Titanic - I sense a James Cameron theme here. The man does value cutting- edge effects, as evidenced by his movies (wait, I have another one coming up in a minute). My daughter watches this movie ad nauseum for Leonardo, but I am left breathless with the images of the sinking of that ship. It is so lifelike, you feel like you are there, hanging on for your dear life.
4. The Abyss - Another Cameron film. It was a good enough movie, but my lasting impression of this film was that intelligent bubble thing that could mimic the faces of the underwater exploration crew. The first time I saw this, I thought it was mind-blowing.
5. Hayao Miyazaki films - These are not your typical effect movies, but I had to mention them because every time I watch one, it is like an abundant feast for my eyes and my mind. All of his movies are animated, and incorporate themes of interrelationships between mankind and nature, often with strong female characters. His most popular movie was Spirited Away, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but his other movies are equally as compelling...Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, Nausica, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, the recently released Ponyo, and many more. Do yourself a huge favor and rent Spirited Away, cast aside your inhibitions and prepare to be enchanted. Prepare to become a huge Miyazaki fan, like us!
I didn't mean to digress into a commercial-like spiel on Miyazaki, but that is the mood I'm in today. So have I missed any of the obvious ones?