Titanic’s 100th – best and worst cruises in filmApril 12th, 2012 by May
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. All over the world events are planned to commemorate it: a cruise is planned to follow the exact route of the Titanic (excluding, hopefully, the sinking part), an exhibition and auction of Titanic relics and artifacts will be held, and most importantly (to us, at least), is that the famous James Cameron blockbuster from 1997 is being re-released in 3D and 2 new TV shows about the subject are airing.
Our small contribution to the rising interest in the Titanic is this post: 5 ship and boat titles that are just as traumatic as the Titanic was. Since we do not want to have the cruising business go bankrupt (The Carnival Corporation is taking care of that), they will be followed by 5 positive ship experiences – you just need to choose which you prefer!
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
You wouldn’t want to be on THAT ship… in this acclaimed disaster film an earthquake causes a tidal wave that flips over a luxurious cruise ship. Yes, heads down, bottoms up. Unlike many other disaster movies this film received high critical acclaim and was even nominated for 10 Oscars (and won one). Its success spawned a sequel and a modern remake in 2005, but neither of them were as exciting and entertaining as the original.
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the fishing boat Andrea Gail, which was lost at sea along with its crew during a perfect storm – three gathering hurricanes at once. With impressive special effects, this film promises you wouldn’t want to board a ship during the next decade or so…
And the Ship Sails On (1983)
More complex than your usual disaster flick, this Federico Fellini feature is set during the first days of WWI. The cruise starts out as a luxurious means to transport the ashes of a famous opera singer to her homeland, but soon enough the ship starts encountering war refugees and takes them on board. The decay of European society portrayed at its best.
Ghost Ship (2002)
After one of the most amazing and eye-popping opening scenes I’ve seen in cinema, comes a reasonable supernatural horror flick about an abandoned ship discovered by a salvage crew who tries to figure out what happened to everyone who was on board. Even if you are not a fan of this genre, it’s worth seeing for that one incredible scene.
As mentioned earlier, 2 TV shows about the famous vessel are airing this month. The 1st one, Titanic: Blood and Steel focuses more on the construction process. The other one focuses on the more familiar story of the sinking, with a ridiculously enormous cast of 89 main characters!
But please do not think that all ship movies deal with storms, sunken ships and horrific accidents. There are also “ship flicks” filled with fun, adventure and romance:
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
An exciting periodical adventure tells the tale of a fearless British captain, determined to capture a French war vessel. The great Oscar-winning cinematography of this film really makes you feel as if you are on a rocking boat, fighting and sailing.
The Boat That Rocked (2009)
Campy, witty and offbeat, this British comedy about a pirate radio station in 1960s England is a real treat for those who enjoy the genre. True, the boat actually sinks at the end – but that does not spoil the fun, humor and good music.
The Love Boat (1977-1986)
The classic “feel-good cruise” title – it was all romance, fun and games on board with the lovable crew. By the way, part of the show was filmed on a real cruise ship, called the Pacific Princess. The success of the show is largely credited with the increasing popularity of cruising in North America.
Show Boat (1951)
This classic musical piece is colorful and delightful to watch. The story, as usual in these cases, revolves around love and romance. But what makes it really memorable are the timeless songs and melodies, such as “Old Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine”.
Ok, ok, so we can’t exactly describe this up and coming movie as a relaxed cruise movie. The ships here are only an excuse for an epic good vs. evil battle between humans and evil aliens. But personally, I really enjoy watching ships explode and fly into the air, plus, I think it’s safe to assume the good guys will win (us humans of course).
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