Hi all. I do love a good draft (especially during the dog days of summer HAWHAW) but I've been itching to do a plain old tourney. I couldn't think of any good topics and then I did. Disaster Movies! For a movie to be eligible for nomination, it must be about (or extensively deal with) some sort of natural (or man-made but real scary) disaster. A movie must be seconded and thirded to be in, and each of you movie-addicted loons are allowed three of each: noms, seconds and thirds. I'll start us off with a few high-profile titles and then y'all can go from there. Please keep track of your own remaining noms (etc.) although I may be divvying out some more down the road. And please don't forget to dramatically announce your film's corresponding disaster. We start with: When we do the voting, I'd ask that people do not necessarily vote for the better film - but for how cool/scary/effective the cinematic disasters onscreen actually are. Or a combination of both. Bah, vote how you want. I'm not the bossa you. Nominated, awaiting seconds: Arachnophobia - Spiders, more spiders and John Goodman's butt-crack! Beginning of the End - Giant Radioactive Grasshoppers! Black Sunday - Looney Bruce Dern and a Killer Blimp! The Deadly Mantis - Giant carnivorous mantis! The Fifth Element - Giant evil ball and Chris Tucker and that horrific opera-singing creepozoid! Ghostbusters - Ghosts and giant marshmallows! The Grapes of Wrath - Bankruptcy! Kingdom of the Spiders - Spiders and Shatners! Last Night - Scarily vague impending armageddon! Mission to Mars - Boring interstellar whatnot! Rattlers - Rattlesnakes! Saving Private Ryan - Astonishingly Realistic D-Day! Scarface - Um...! The Swarm - Copious amounts of pissed-off bees! Seconded, awaiting thirds: The Day the Earth Caught Fire - Self-explanatory! Killer Klowns from Outer Space - Extra-terrestrial killer clown invasion! Night of the Lepus - Giant Radioactive Bunnies! Testament - Nuclear war! Threads - Nuclear war! War of the Worlds - Evil tri-colored aliens! WarGames - Global Thermonuclear Warfare! IN THE TOURNEY: The Abyss - Stressed out underwater marines and misunderstood aliens! Airplane! - Poisonous fish and a silly doomed aircraft! Airport - Gravity! (and a mad bomber!) Apollo 13 - Real-life outer space doooom! Armageddon - Meteor! Damnation Alley - Nuclear holocaust in a movie I've never seen! Dante's Peak - Volcano eruptions and granny-swallowing lava! Dawn of the Dead - Flesh eating zombies and clever social commentary! The Day After - Real scary and realistic nuclear holocaust! Deep Impact - Meteor! And BIG-ASS Tidal Wave! Dr. Strangelove or: How I Couldn't Be Bothered to Type Out the Entire Title - Nuclear holocaust! Earthquake - Earthquake! Duh! Godzilla, King of the Monsters - Giant Radioactive Lizard! Independence Day - Antagonistic yet very stupid alien invasion! Jaws - Shark attack! Jurassic Park - Pissed-off genetically cloned dinosaurs! Mars Attacks! - Goofy aliens who hate us! Miracle Mile - Nuclear holocaust and a suck-ass Full Frame transfer! Night of the Comet - Humanity-obliterating comet! A Night to Remember Iceberg! (and an unfortunate lifeboat shortage!) The Perfect Storm - Massive tidal waves and fish-induced greed! Piranha - Big schools of tiny fish with massive teeth and immense appetites! The Poseidon Adventure - Tidal Wave! The Quiet Earth - Humanity vanishes! The Stand - Apocalyptic virus! The Sum of All Fears - Nuclear explosion and Ben Affleck's chin! Them! - Giant Radioactive Ants! Titanic - Iceberg and an 194 minute running time! The Towering Inferno - Fire! Twister - Tornado! Waterworld - Melted icecaps drench the planet and Costner has flappy gills! When Worlds Collide - Impending planetary collision!