March 20, 2020
Remember when the only pandemic we had to worry about was Leomania?
Okay, a bad joke, sure. But there’s something about this nationwide quarantine that’s throwing a lot of us into nostalgia mode, and many of us are turning to disaster films. My Twitter feed has been full of film geeks watching Contagion or 28 Days Later. A few nights ago, my husband and I threw on Armageddon. (I gotta say—that movie is not as good as I remember it. Fun, but a bit jingoistic for my tastes. Also, why is Michael Bay’s version of Middle America stuck in the 1950s? Every child is in overalls. Why?)
Perhaps the very real prospect of having no new movies both big and small for a long time is making us look backward and seek escape, even into the worlds of 12 Monkeys or Pandemic.
So today, when a fellow NFS writer sent me the link to an old BuzzFeed News article about the making of Titanic, I immediately thought, “Oh, man, I should watch Titanic.”
You probably also now want to watch Titanic, but stay with me a second.