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Top 5 Flicks to Watch During Hurricane Irene

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Super 8 film. Super 8 film. (Pedro fait de la Photo/flickr)

This weekend's hurricane is a great time to get cozy on the couch with some hot chocolate (or a hurricane cocktail) and your remote control. But rather than watch old "Law and Order" reruns, why not check out one of our favorite stormy weather movies? Here's a shortlist:

1. "Key Largo": This 1948 film noir directed by John Huston has dames (Lauren Bacall and Claire Trevor), heat (sticky Florida weather and gangsters with revolvers) and a fierce-looking hurricane. The movie faces off good guy Humphrey Bogart, who plays Frank McCloud, a W.W. II vet, with bad guy Edward Robinson, who plays the slick gangster Johnny Rocco. Here's a bit of stormy dialogue between two of Rocco's goons -- Richard 'Curly' Hoff and Ralph Feeney. Ralph: "Hey Curly, what all happens in a hurricane?" Curly: "The wind blows so hard the ocean gets up on its hind legs and walks right across the land." Here's more tough talking in the movie's trailer:

2. "Cape Fear": Thriller alert! Both the 1962 "Cape Fear" original, starring a dashing Gregory Peck and a hard-boiled Robert Mitchum, and the Marty Scorcese 1991 "Cape Fear" remake starring a crazier-than-crazy Robert De Niro playing Max Cady are guaranteed to give you chills. Take, for example, this final scene from the remake in which a certifiable Cady meets his match in "Counselor" Sam Bowden (played by Nick Nolte) in the middle of a driving North Carolina storm. Warning: the beginning of this scene contains violence and is not for the faint of heart! But shut your eyes to get through it to see De Niro acting in tongues.

3. "Critical Condition": In this 1987 comedy, Richard Pryor gets confused for an emergency room doctor in a fictional New York hospital. He's no doctor and to make matters worse, a storm has knocked out the electricity in Empire State Hospital. The movie's cast includes one-time Panamanian presidential candidate Rubén Blades, the famed Andy Warhol model Joe Dallesandro, Bob Saget of "Full House" fame, the former heavyweight boxer Randall "Tex" Cobb and even actor Wesley Snipes. With lines like "Let's go heal those suckers," how can you go wrong? Check out the trailer below -- RIP Richard/Dr. Slattery!

4. "The Ice Storm": Oh, how they've grown. Ang Lee's film, which is set in 1973 New Canaan, Connecticut, features Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood and Katie Holmes -- back in 1997. While checking out the youth brigade -- and the skills of Kevin Kline, Joan Allen and Sigourney Weaver -- indulge in the swingers key party scene and the vintage "Fantastic Four" comics. Here's the film's famous Thanksgiving dinner scene, familiar to anyone who's stayed inside a little too long with the fam.

5. "The Perfect Storm": George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg star in this adventure movie based on a swordfishing boat named Andrea Gail. "The Perfect Storm," which is set in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1991, follows Captain Billy Tyne's (Clooney) ambitious fishing expedition to the Flemish Cap. On the way back home, he and the Andrea Gail crew get caught between two squalls and a hurricane. Check out this scene from the end of the movie, which is based on a true story:

If you're still looking for more stormy weather and natural disaster flicks to cast your eye on, check out Douglas Sirk's classic "Summer Storm" (trailer below), "The Wizard of Oz," "Earthquake" from 1974 starring Charles Heston, "Twister" and "Deep Impact."

What do you recommend watching this weekend? Let us know by posting a comment below.

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