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Published October 3rd 2015
Wild Weather from the Comfort of your Lounge Chair
Weather, we live with it every day. We watch the seasons change, shelter from rain and heat and hope the storms pass us by. But nature and the climate can be hard task masters and the disasters they can unleash on our world have long captured the imagination of movie makers. Here are ten of the best weather movies ever made, including a couple for the children.
Twister A crew of storm chasers pursue a spate of tornados across Oklahoma in a race with a rival crew to release prototype research equipment into the funnel of a tornado. The device 'Dorothy' was inspired by the real device 'TOTO' (TOtable Tornado Observatory). The influence of The Wizard of Oz is clear. Produced in 1996 the movie stars Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. Find out more here.
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The Ice Age Movies
Here's four for the kids, big and small alike. The animated ice age movies first appeared in 2002 with the release of Ice Age. The movie charts the journey and adventures of Sid the sloth, Manny the mammoth and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger at the coming of the ice age. Underlying all of this are the comical efforts of Scrat the sabre-toothed squirrel's attempts to store his acorn. Ice Age was nominated for an Academy Award and was followed by Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Ice Age: Continental Drift. The latest movie in the franchise, Ice Age: Collision Course is due for release in July of 2016. Find out more here.
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Into the Storm A crew of storm chasers, an armoured Tornado Intercept Vehicle called Titus, hailstorms, explosions and fires in the buffeted town, and trapped school students lend high drama to this tornado disaster movie. Top it off with friction amongst the storm chasers torn between caution and daring and it's a wild ride. Many lives are lost to the tornados in this 2014 found footage movie. Find out more here.
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Hard Rain With a cast headed up by Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater, this 1998 movie is set in a flood caused by a record breaking rainstorm. Money is being transferred from flood affected banks when the vehicle is ambushed by thieves. A chase including an action packed boat race and a shootout, follow. Tension is added by the rising waters and the overlying threat that the dam may burst. Find out more here.
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The Day after Tomorrow Climate change is the basis of this movie. Melting polar ice drops ocean temperature and an ice age is triggered. Our hero, Jack, played by Dennis Quaid is a climatologist whose warnings go unheeded. As wild weather freezes the earth Jack embarks on a quest to find his son who is sheltering in the New York Library with a small group struggling to survive polar temperatures. Find out more here.
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The Perfect Storm A fishing boat, The Andrea Gail, leaves port in a late season bid to compensate for a poor catch on the prior trip. The weather builds to a perfect storm trapping the Andrea Gail. The crew battles valiantly to save the boat, to no avail. This is the true story of the Andrea Gail, lost at sea in a perfect storm in 1991. There's a sad finish to this one; have the tissues handy. The film, produced in 2000 stars George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. Find out more here.
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Key Largo For lovers of the classics, you can't go past Key Largo. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall, it was produced in 1948. The story plays out in a hotel battening down for a coming hurricane. A returned soldier, Frank visits the family of a friend killed in battle. As the storm approaches Frank and his friend's family are taken hostage by gangsters. Typical Bogart. Find out more here.
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Another one for the kids. This Disney animated feature is inspired by 'The Snow Queen' by Hans Christian Andersen. The princess heroine embarks on a quest to find her sister who has used her powers to trap the kingdom in an icy, eternal winter. She is joined by a rugged iceman, his pet reindeer and a snowman. Find out more here.
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An Inconvenient Truth Technically a documentary, Al Gore's, An Inconvenient Truth is credited with raising international public awareness about climate change and in bringing about a resurgence in the environmental movement. Drawing on experts, illustrated scenarios and scientific research, Al Gore explains the key concept of climate change – global warming. The movie challenges us to act. Find out more here.
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On a sailing voyage a group of school boys are threatened by a white squall. Led by their skipper, played by Jeff Bridges, the boys put their survival skills to action. Throughout their ordeal, strong friendships develop. The movie is based on the sinking of the Albatross in 1961, thought to have been the result of a white squall. Find out more here.
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So there you have it – tornado, flood, hurricane, ice age, global warming, wind squall, rain, or perfect storm. All reminders of the powerful majesty of nature and the elements, wrapped up with thrilling and entertaining stories. Enjoy watching.