Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Towering Inferno

It's opening night for the world's tallest skyscraper and the party is on the 135th floor but disaster looms when fire breaks out on the 81st floor and threatens to consume the entire structure.

Featuring Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, & OJ Simpson this disaster film from 1974 is still a lot of fun to watch. It has great effects, even if they are slightly dated, great stars, and a great score by John Williams. It would be fun to watch this on the big screen. I wonder if people in '74 were afraid of tall buildings after watching this?

The really great thing about these older effects heavy films is all the practical effects they have. Sure CGI has its place but there is nothing like seeing something actually there even if it is just a model.

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