WEIRDLAND: Remote Control Helicopters

Monday, February 23, 2009

Remote Control Helicopters


"Black Hawk Down"

"Action/war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993 where nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord which lead to a large and drawn-out firefight between the Rangers and hundreds of Somali gunmen which led to the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu, and the heroic efforts by various Rangers to get to them, centering on Sgt. Eversmann, commanding one Ranger unit named Chalk Four, leading Rangers to the first black hawk crash site, to Warrant Officer Durant who was only survivor of the second black hawk crash site and whom was captured, to Col". "Day After Tomorrow, The" [2004, USA ]

"This movie takes a big-budget, special-effects-filled look at what the world would look like if the greenhouse effect and global warming continued at such levels that they resulted in worldwide catastrophe and disaster, including multiple hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of the next Ice Age. At the center of the story is a paleoclimatologist (a scientist who studies the ways weather patterns changed in the past), Professor Jack Hall (Quaid), who tries to save the world from the effects of global warming while also trying to get to his son, Sam (Gyllenhaal), who was in New York City as part of a scholastic competition, when the city was overwhelmed by the chilling beginnings of the new Ice Age. In addition to all of the other challenges Dr. Hall faces, he's also going against the flow as humanity races south to warmer climes, and he's nearly the only one going north"
Lonely Are the Brave [1962, USA ]

"In order to free his best friend Bondi, Jack Burns lets himself be imprisoned only to find out that Bondi does not want to escape. Thus Burns breaks out on his own and is afterwards being chased by sheriff Johnson with helicopters and jeeps".


Q: Can you talk about working with Chris Nolan?
Maggie: "I wanted to be able to make sure she was going to be a real thinking woman and she was going to be able to be fierce and feisty and care as much about honor and justice and the community she was in as much as any of these guys did. And Chris seemed to so completely agree with me about that. It felt to me as though the thing that was most important to me was just as important to him. Even so, I even thought, ‘OK, great, good. At least I know he agrees with me".

The Day After Tomorrow helicopters clip:

Trivia for "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004):

"The US Army loaned several UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters for the rescue scene at the end, prompting the Canadian authorities to reassure the people of Montreal that they weren't being invaded by the USA".

"In the scene of the British helicopters crashing, producer Mark Gordon plays the pilot being instantly frozen".

"During filming of the scene at the US Consulate in Mexico (actually filmed on the US/Mexico border in El Paso, Texas) local residents were concerned about the military-appearing helicopters landing and flying low over residential neighborhoods, and the streets closed by the police for the filming, and some actually called the local authorities fearing that something was happening in the area". Source:

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