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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010): A Mite-y Movie Mention

Movie

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

Genres

Action, Adventure, Comedy

Source

Based on comics by Jacques Tardi.

Elevator Pitch

In order to heal her sister’s near-fatal tennis injury, writer Adèle Blanc-Sec retrieves the mummy of the physician to Pharoah Ramses II for a physicist on death row to bring back to life.

Reasons to Watch

  • It’s utterly ridiculous and delightful
  • There’s a pterodactyl
  • Mummies
  • Near-fatal tennis accident

Random Observation

In a just world this would have launched a series of movies. There is however a later animated film based on Tardi’s work, April and the Extraordinary World.

Flood! (1976) — A Mite-y Movie Mention

Movie

Flood! (1976)

Genres

Action, disaster

Reference

The year before this film aired Jaws featured a mayor who wouldn’t close the beach because he feared a loss of tourist dollars. I doubt it’s coincidental that the mayor in this movie refuses to heed warnings about the dam because he fears a loss in fishing revenue.

Elevator Pitch

Town drowns because the mayor buries a report that says the dam needs repairs.

Reasons to Watch

  • Robert Culp, dashing helicopter pilot
  • Richard Basehart, jerk
  • Celebrities drown
  • Fun cheap effects

Random Observation

Irwin Allen also produced the TV movies Fire! (1977) and Cave-In! (1979, but finally aired in 1983). Despite the exclamation points, all three of these are fairly tame movies compared to the high-casualty disaster films he produced for theaters.

Mysterious Island (1961) — a Mite-y Movie Mention

Movie

Mysterious Island (1961)

Genres

Action, adventure, science fiction

Source

Based on The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne. (Sequel to both Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and In Search of the Castaways.)

Elevator Pitch

Castaways fight giant animals and pirates with the help of Captain Nemo while trying to escape before the island’s volcano erupts.

Reasons to Watch

  • Harryhausen creature effects
  • Joan Greenwood
  • Herbert Lom

Random Observation

Although based on a Jules Verne novel, the giant creatures came in by way of H.G. Welles’ The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth. Nemo is trying to solve world hunger through enlarging food sources, a common misconception about the motivation of the scientists in that book. This is an ironic combination of plots, as Verne despised the lack of scientific basis in Welles’ stories.