You're Such A Critic

YOU'RE SUCH A CRITIC

March 31, 2006

THE QUESTION

Global warming is nothing to laugh at, the arrival today of the animated comedy Ice Age: The Meltdown notwithstanding. Humankind simply can't seem to stop messing with Mother Nature, despite knowing all about her mean streak.

Anyway, Hollywood has had some chilling fun with global warming (The Day After Tomorrow), genetic mutants (Them!) -- even pollution (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster). With this is mind, we wonder: What is the scariest "nature fights back" film you can remember?

WHAT YOU SAY

In the scariest movies, nature doesn't actually fight back; it just coldly does its job. Two fine examples are Open Water and Jaws, in which the humans' only crime is to go swimming at the wrong time.

KEVIN WELLS, GLEN BURNIE

The scariest "nature fights back" movie I remember has to be The China Syndrome. I'm not sure if it really fits your category, but I saw it the evening of March 27, 1979. The next day was the accident at Three Mile Island.

AMY KRISTON, BALTIMORE

THE NEXT QUESTION

Never good enough to play for their baseball teams growing up, three geeky guys look to exact revenge against presumably smug Little Leaguers in The Benchwarmers, opening next Friday. Oh, dear. Rob Schneider and David Spade are the ringleaders, which offers a chance to ask: When was the last time -- post-Caddyshack -- that a Saturday Night Live alumnus was just as funny in a film role? Come on, now. There had to be one, right?

Please send your thoughts in a brief note with your name, city and daytime phone number (and "Such a Critic" in the memo field) to arts@baltsun.com. We'll publish the best answers we receive.

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