RIP Bill Paxton

I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That’s the two categories. The horrible are like, I don’t know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled. I don’t know how they get through life. It’s amazing to me. And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you’re miserable, because that’s very lucky, to be miserable.- Alvy Singer, Annie Hall

We never know when life is going to end. We go about our business and then were gone.

Bill Paxton died yesterday.

A diverse actor of immense talent, he is best remembered for his roles in Titanic (1997) and Twister (1996).

He died from surgical complications. My heart and prayers go out his family and loved ones.



Throwback Thursday-Twister (1996)

On screen, nature can be a very compelling villain. Nature can be capricious, testy and rarely goes along with the plan.

In the 1996 movie Twister, Dr. Jo Harding (Helen Hunt) and Bill Harding (Bill Paxton) are experts in weather: she is a storm hunter and he is a TV weatherman.   Bill is trying to get Jo to sign the divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend, Melissa (Jami Gertz). But Mother Nature has her plans for this soon to be former couple. As a series of violent storms threaten Oklahoma,  Jo, Bill and Melissa are thrown together in a car as they join other storm chasers in chasing the monster storm. Will the storm seal the deal between Jo and Bill or will Bill have his happily ever after with Melissa?

This movie is an old fashioned nature disaster movie that is just plain entertaining. Adding to the drama is the awkward relationship and the close quarters between Bill, Jo and Melissa.

I recommend it.

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