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Sacha Guitry once said, "You can pretend to be serious, but you can't pretend to be witty." Oh yes, I'm the great pretender.(pilot episode: 20 January 2004)
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
I would like to start a campaign addressed to Hollywood bigwigs (too bad Dolly Parton’s based in Nashville). Please, please, please! Let’s stop destroying Manhattan and other iconic cities of the world in your next movie of mass destruction. I know that you’ve also wiped out San Francisco and Los Angeles, and have also taken aim at cities all over the world, like Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, London, and the like. Yes, they’re some of the most well-known cities of the world, icons of man’s civilized world. But they’re over-exposed. Or rather, the rest of the world feel under-exposed. I like that you guys have prominently featured Moscow and Dubai in the latest Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, but we should really go for the more obscure ones.
Let the aliens hover over the cliffs of Dover. Not only does the previous thought rhyme, there’s a reason for it too. The cliffs look spectacular and cinematic.
Godzilla’s next visit should be in Venice. The waterways are a natural for this seafaring monster. And ooh, the sights of Venice are a picturesque foreground while the green monster spews fire in the background. Pretty!
Avengers assemble... in Turkey! There Tony Stark can invite the others to eat shawarma in the place where it originated. And Istanbul in particular has beautiful landmarks that the Hulk can smash, Thor can strike lightning upon, and where Hawkeye can, uhm, perch. Yeah.
Let natural disasters rain down on Ibiza. The great thing with this location is that directors and producers have a great excuse to show much skin and sexy bodies prior to the mayhem that ensues (all disaster movies have a “preambulatory” first part). And then, when the viewers are invested in the characters, BAM! Tidal waves, hurricane-force winds, and destructive lightning galore. Nothing breaks an audience’s heart more than seeing Paradise become Para-dies.
Too bad Manila can never be The Metropolis That Gets Demolished. It’s already too messy, the camera can’t tell the difference.