On this week’s show, Fernando talks about earthquake readiness in Tokyo, James reviews Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in San Andreas, before we get into a wide-ranging discussion about the disaster movie genre itself, & the cause of its enduring popularity…
00:00 – Theme Music
00:46 – Introduction
01:25 – Discussing last weekend’s tremblor in Japan & living with earthquakes
15:29 – Review Of San Andreas
30:52 – The State and hiistory of Disaster Films
58:09 – End Notes and Outro Music
I never got around to seeing the first film in the series that looked like little more than an American knock-off of Harry Potter, albeit one embroiled in the world of Greek Mythology. The sequel proves to be competent yet leagely inconsequential, as Percy, who is the illegitimate son of Poseidon, God of the Oceans, is sent on a quest ot find the Golden Fleece, with his trusty friends in tow. Nathan Fillion pops up and makes a decent Firefly gag, but really there’s nothing here to raise the film above the realm of disposable, and it all just feels a little too close to home for anyone familiar with a certain universe created by J.K. Rowling.
Opening with a swift recap of the events of the 1974 original film, this latest entry reveals that an infant member of the cannibalistic Sawyer family survived and has now come of age. Heather (Alexandra Daddario) heads to Texas with a van full of friends to scope out her new inheritance, only to discover Leatherface locked away in the basement. While much of the plot here is a basic re-hash of the first film, albeit sexier, bloodier and frustratingly out of synch with its own timeline (Heather should be 38, rather than in her early 20s), the film does attempt to do something new and different in its final third, which kind of works. While not a patch on Hooper’s original, this is not a complete write-off, and delivers a few jumps, gnarly deaths and tentatively pushes the series in some intriguing new directions.