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Never Forget
posted by cazoo at 4:17 PM on November 30, 2009 [1 favorite]

As a Californian I find that somewhat cathartic, even though my favorite cousin lives there, but as a former Los Angelean, I hope they do the same for/to the City of Angles...
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:26 PM on November 30, 2009


But, you call that a themed video montage? This is a themed video montage.
posted by idiopath at 4:28 PM on November 30, 2009 [4 favorites]

Of all the fan edits of footage of New York City edited to "Rhapsody in Blue", this is one of them! Must see! Boffo!
posted by ardgedee at 5:53 PM on November 30, 2009

and i would have picked New York FTW...go figure.
posted by sexyrobot at 6:06 PM on November 30, 2009

1:26 in - wait, isn't that huge fire storm going to be negated by the massive ocean wave that is about to follow? :D Damn those illogical natural disasters!
posted by wet-raspberry at 6:19 PM on November 30, 2009 [1 favorite]

Well, that brings up an interesting question. I know about American and Japanese disaster films, but are there disaster films produced in other countries, and are there reoccurring cliches about what gets destroyed? Are there dozens of films featuring the destruction of the Eiffel Tower or the Kremlin?
posted by KirkJobSluder at 6:53 AM on December 1, 2009

I'm waiting for a US-made movie about London that does not feature the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster.

Somewhat disappointed they missed out METEOR! (1979), which created a miles-wide hole in Central Park at the end.
posted by genghis at 10:30 AM on December 1, 2009

Huge fun. I was just writing to some friends coming across for a visit, so that was the perfect "PS" link!
posted by Jody Tresidder at 12:29 PM on December 1, 2009

There's simply not enough iconic structures to destroy in Hollywood. Somebody's gonna blow up the Hollywood sign? Oh, weep. That would take about a quarter of a second.
posted by contessa at 2:34 PM on December 1, 2009

There's simply not enough iconic structures to destroy in Hollywood.

Mike Davis' Ecology of Fear
provides aid and comfort to East Coast intellectuals who scorn Southern California as a Potemkin metropolis beset by everything from killer bees to the Black Death. In wide-ranging and quirky chapters, Davis explores endemic perils both obvious (earthquakes, forest fires) and arcane (mountain lion attacks, plague-carrying squirrels). Despite its often tendentious analyses of specific works, the long section titled "The Literary Destruction of Los Angeles" is a consistently engaging and nearly exhaustive compendium of books and movies that feature apocalyptic versions of the city's ultimate demise. The works surveyed run the gamut from Philip Francis Nowlan's Buck Rogers novellas to the Turner Diaries to Blade Runner via
posted by ioesf at 5:21 PM on December 1, 2009

"but as a former Los Angelean"

must not have been long; that's 'Los Angeleno'...
posted by lathrop at 11:07 AM on December 2, 2009

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