Recently I had the opportunity to participate in my very first blogathon. Screenkicker has launched the first Screenkicker Olympics, showcasing reviews and articles about actors and films from all around this great, wide world. I took the opportunity to represent the great state of Oklahoma and our fascinating (albeit, sometimes terrifying) weather, as seen in the movie, Twister. You can read the intro below and then follow the provided link to access the full article.
I am an Okie. But unlike the classic Merle Haggard song that popularized the term, I am not from Muskogee; in fact, I’ve never even been there. The term “Okie” refers to anyone who calls the state of Oklahoma home. Which I do. More specifically, I hang my hat in Oklahoma City (OKC to locals and basketball fans). And, to avoid making things way too easy for my multitude of fans and stalkers (I just know they’re out there somewhere), that’s about as specific as I’ll get.
From 1967 to 1988, the motto on Oklahoma’s vehicle license plates read, “Oklahoma is OK”, which is the equivalent of saying, “Oklahoma is meh”. Clearly in the past we had some serious self-esteem issues; and several well publicized tragedies over the last few years didn’t do much to bolster our confidence. Oklahoma’s limited notoriety has become mostly intertwined with catastrophe; The Post Office Massacre in 1986 that launched the phrase “Going Postal” [there’s something to be proud of]; The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995; and the massive, deadly tornados that struck in 1999, and again last year in May of 2013.
But when it comes to film, Oklahoman’s should hold their heads high. Some excellent films have featured the great state of Oklahoma, including last year’s critically acclaimed, August: Osage County [and please, let me assure you that not all of our families are that bat-crap crazy – I mean, mine is, but I gotta believe there’s some sanity out there somewhere in our state]. Other Oklahoma films of note are, Oklahoma! [that one’s a bit obvious], Far and Away, Near Dark, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Thelma & Louise, True Grit, and Where the Heart Is. Even Raymond Babbitt’s “10 minutes to Wapner” breakdown in the film, Rain Man, forced the brothers to pull over in Hinton, Oklahoma for an impromptu viewing of The People’s Court. So why, out of all of these great Oklahoma films, have I chosen to showcase Twister? Well, since we’ve officially started 2014’s tornado season, it’s all about the weather.