Monday, January 2, 2012

Movie Mondays: The Day After Tomorrow

Happy New Year, my lovelies!! I'll be writing about some New Year's Eve weirdness later in the week, but for now it's Monday, and that can only mean one thing:

It's currently 39.5 degrees in Melbourne (103 degrees for you poor bastards who still use Fahrenheit), and when it gets this hot, there's only one thing I watch:
Sure, it may have terrible ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, but I love it despite all its stupidity and implausibility. And there's nothing quite like a disaster movie about a new ice age to make you feel like it's NOT 39 degrees outside!

Reasons why The Day After Tomorrow is awesome*:
1. Jake Gyllenhaal. Did anyone not expect this to be the number one reason why I love this movie?? It doesn't even matter that he alternates between looking like he's fourteen and looking like he's a Russian grandmother.
2. The frozen Statue of Liberty. It's amazing.
3. The scene at the beginning with the ice shelf collapsing.
4. Ian Holm. How can you not love Bilbo Baggins?
5. The scene with the tornadoes in Los Angeles.
6. Dash Mikoh as Jason. He's completely adorkable.
7. A decent chunk of it is set in The New York Public Library. So pretty...
8. Emmy Rossum. I get serious hair envy any time I see her in anything.
9. Dennis Quaid and Dash Mikoh camping out in a Wendy's store.
10. The cargo ship coming down Fifth Avenue. It's completely implausible, but still awesome.
11. Ice core sampling. Ice cores are cool. (<-- intended as both a terrible pun and a Doctor Who reference, as well as a statement of nerdiness.)
12. It's written and directed by Roland Emmerich. He clearly likes destroying major cities on film, because he's also responsible for 2012, Independence Day, and Godzilla.
13. At the party after the scholastic decathlon event, Jake Gyllenhaal's name tag says "Hello, my name is Yoda." WIN.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "I didn't do anything!!" [ice shelf collapses under him]
- "I will come for you, do you understand me? I WILL COME FOR YOU."
- "Maybe you should have someone help you with [repairing] that [radio], you know? "Sir, I am the president of the electronics club, the math club, and the chess club. Now, if there's a bigger nerd in here, please - point him out."
- [while trapped in the New York Public Library] "I've got one. Your favourite vacation." "Besides this one?!"
- "I couldn't let you guys leave New York without seeing the Natural History Museum." "[mutters] Of course not. It's the world's finest collection of stuffed animals."
- "[falls through the roof and is dangling far above the floor by a rope] I'm fine! I just dropped in to do a little shopping..."
- "[sarcastically] Oh God. I love buses. This is just so much fun." <-- my feelings on buses
- "Friedrich Nietzsche! We cannot burn Friedrich Nietzsche; he was the most important thinker of the nineteenth century!" "Oh, please. Nietzsche was a chauvinist pig who was in love with his sister!" "He was NOT a chauvinist pig." "But he WAS in love with his sister!" "Um... 'scuse me? You guys? Yeah... There's a whole section on tax law down here that we can burn."

Does anyone else love this movie? And does anyone else end up thinking "Ohhhh, poor Canada..." every time they watch it?

K xx
*in my opinion. I'm aware that this is a very polarising film. You won't be dead to me if you don't like it!


  1. I do the same thing when it's balls hot in Phoenix - this movie is perfect when you need to be cooled down!

  2. I do the same thing when it's balls hot in Phoenix - this movie is perfect when you need to be cooled down!


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