There are lots of great L.A. moments in the movies. Two of my favorites come from the disaster genre. First, there’s Volcano. You know, the one with Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche dealing with a volcano erupting from the La Brea Tar Pits. No, it’s not a comedy. Not intentionally, anyway. My favorite moment comes at the end of the second act. The lava is flowing down the Miracle Mile and the brave defenders of the city decide to set up a wall of concrete barriers and drop as much water as possible on it. How do they do this? Helicopters, of course. They mobilize pretty much all the airborne assets of the city, a number of aircraft that is probably greater than many national air forces, and drop enough water to cool the lava and make it stop. You’re supposed to get out of the way of lava…unless you’re in L.A.
The second moment comes in The Core. Alissa has long teased me about our concrete river, but in The Core, Hillary Swank uses it to land a space shuttle. Yes, they land a space shuttle in the L.A. River. How awesome is that?