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Escape from L.A. (30%)

I bought an ex-rental copy of this movie when our local store had its closing-down sale. The cover artwork, and the blurb reference to 2013 being futuristic, let me know that this was an old movie, but that's okay by me.  The appealing part was that the lead character would "wade through LA's ruined landmarks… Continue reading Escape from L.A. (30%)

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Pompeii (91%)

Story: 4.5/5  The story is about the central character, a gladiator, whose presence in Pompeii coincided with when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79AD.  Some of the scenes are brutal, but given the time in history, I found the violence to be integral rather than gratuitous; perhaps even tamer than I can imagine such a life might… Continue reading Pompeii (91%)

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San Andreas review: 95.7%

During 2016, I saw this for about the third time, and I finally remembered to make notes using my review template.  It's now the middle of 2017, but better late than never, right? Story: 5/5  It's a pretty standard formula, but there are plenty of twists.  Not only in the plot, but in the visual… Continue reading San Andreas review: 95.7%

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Add Your Movie Review

I love (awful) disaster movies so much that I developed a system for reviewing them. And at the end of each year, the movies are all ranked to see which is the best of the worst movie reviewed in that year.  I got distracted by other writing for the last couple of years, but those reviews, and… Continue reading Add Your Movie Review

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About Just for Fun Reviews

The reviews in the Just for Fun section are all about Opinions.  Mostly my opinions, but yours are invited too.  And they really are just for fun. You will see that most of the opinions already here are about fiction:  Mini-reviews of novels read.  So far, these are mostly disaster and post-apocalyptic genre tales, but there will no doubt… Continue reading About Just for Fun Reviews

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Absolute Zero (score 57.8%)

With Jeff Fahey and Erika Elleniak [Some reviews, such as this one, are not particularly descriptive.  I will do better in future.] Story  1.5 "because science is never wrong"…  The biggest problem with that is all the 'science' in the movie. Direction (incl cinematography) 1.5 nice helicopter shots Acting 2 David x (Jeff Fahey?) … Fahey is… Continue reading Absolute Zero (score 57.8%)

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2014’s AW awards go to…

AWful… congratulations to Faultline for being voted the best worst disaster movie reviewed at On That Note in 2014. and AWsome... congratulations to Nuclear Hurricane for ranking as the most awesome disaster movie reviewed at On That Note in 2014. The list of candidates was very small during this first year of reviewing, so the competition was… Continue reading 2014’s AW awards go to…

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Sea Ghost (score 49%)

With Billy Warlock, Jim Thorburn, Kiara Hunter It appears that this movie might have cost quite a lot, but a good film isn't all about the money.  I think this would have been a much better film if all the illusions, military shots, and the weird CIA sub-plot were all cut out.  Greater focus on… Continue reading Sea Ghost (score 49%)

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Supershark (score 43%)

With John Schneider, Sarah Lieving and Jimmie Walker Story - 0 This film's level of credulity is well established before the opening credits.  I kept watching for the sheer fun of it. Direction (incl cinematography) - 1 Acting - 2.5 Costumes / makeup - 2 Pretty average but for a couple of massive boo-boos.  One… Continue reading Supershark (score 43%)

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Lava Storm (score 38%)

With Valerie Valois and Ian Zierling. This movie is an award contender! Story - 1 The sea of lava prompted Emergency Response people to go into a tight cave??  And then underground again… It is painful to watch their bad decisions.  The 'fallible human' aspect is probably a lot more realistic than most stories, but… Continue reading Lava Storm (score 38%)

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Nuclear Hurricane (score 83%)

with Jamie Luner, Jack Scalia, David Millbern & Meredith McGeachie. Story - 4 Ah, rogue "intelligent" computers have long been scary to humans in sci fi, and these days I'd agree that there are some situations to which 'learning' software should never be applied. (EG: How annoying is your FaceBook news feed? 🙂 lol) Direction (incl cinematography) -… Continue reading Nuclear Hurricane (score 83%)

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Movie Review Criteria & Rating System

The qualities of old movies will of course be limited by the technology (etc) available at that time.  HOWEVER, in the fun spirit of things, we will of course evaluate  all movies according to our current expectations (yes, even the classics).  THE REASON?  It's simpler.  Besides, if a well-loved classic story wins an Awful award,… Continue reading Movie Review Criteria & Rating System

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About the AW(ful/some) Awards!

These light-hearted informal AW Awards are a way to get even more fun out of watching disaster movies.  Well, I get fun out of it, and I think it would be even more fun to share. Your unscored reviews are welcome, of course.  But If they are scored according to my review criteria and rating system, they can also be included… Continue reading About the AW(ful/some) Awards!