What’s your favorite disaster movie?

April 24, 2020 | Katelin Levy

This week’s question: disaster movies. As Susan Sontag once wrote, there’s nothing quite like watching the walls of Babylon come tumbling down, and the movies have played up disasters, natural or otherwise, since the very beginning of the medium. What’s your favorite film in which an unwitting gaggle of characters must confront the consequences of some unforeseen disastrous occurrence?

Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion examines the real-world implications of a deadly, fast-acting virus. Airplane! is the spoof comedy classic that is not-so-loosely based on the disaster movie Airport.

And here is what our host Richard Peña has to say, “Having spent a couple of summers in Gloucester, Massachsetts, I was reluctant to see The Perfect Wave, but director Wolfgang Peterson found a great combination of understated masculine bravado and awe of nature that made the film for me quite moving. I also really like Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, perhaps that controversial director’s single finest work.”

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