Author: voodooshooter

Speak Up the Devil…

or Maybe Just Rain, Hail and a Tornado Siren

This month has been dedicated to the topic of rain, and the Midwest has gotten quite a bit of rain these past few weeks.  If I believed in luck (good or bad) I’d think I spoke the rain up. But luck isn’t to blame as much as a run of bad weather.  That run of bad weather has lasted through this Memorial Day weekend. Today we got a little more than rain where I live.

On my way home from running a few errands I got caught in quite a storm.  It started with some fast moving dark clouds.  Those dark clouds quickly released rain, heavy rain.  I’m talking the kind of rain that limited visibility to about 100 feet. Then the hail started falling.  It wasn’t the largest hail I’ve seen, these were marble sized.  The hail storm was brief, about five minutes. The rain stopped about ten minutes after that and the sun came out.  It was that bright sun with that eerie kind of quite that makes Midwesterners a little nervous.  About a minute after the nervousness set in I could hear the local tornado sirens.  I got home, gathered up the cat, spent a half hour in my basement, and now I’m typing this (after no tornadoes touched down near me).  I’ve never been a fan of hail (nobody sings or dances in that stuff) and the tornado siren causes its own sort of anxiety.  That siren is meant to give us a warning to take shelter. Anybody who has seen the aftermath of a tornado knows that the warning isn’t protection and shelter is sometimes just a matter of luck (which is hard to accept if you don’t believe in it).

I know a lot of people have been complaining about the amount of rain we have been getting lately, but a tornado siren sure can put those complaints in perspective.  We’ve been lucky where I live.  There hasn’t been any flooding or serious damage caused by the rain.  Yes, it’s been a soggy few weeks.  Yardwork has been put on hold and picnics have been canceled because of the rain, but the sound of a tornado siren is a reminder that there is something worse than rain out there.





I Disagree With Morgan Freeman

Or Why I Think You Should Watch Hard Rain

Have you ever watched a movie that played out exactly the way you thought it would? Have you ever watched a movie with a simple plot, no dramatic reveals, and characters with very little development? Hard Rain from 1998 fits the bill, and you need to get on the interwebs and stream it posthaste if you haven’t seen it. Why?  Because, sometimes it’s good to crack a beer, pour a bowl of flaming hots, and have some fun watching a predictable flick.

I’m not going to bother with any sort of critical analysis of Hard Rain. For those interested in a critical analysis I have two words for you, Morgan Freeman. Morgan Freeman has said in interviews that people shouldn’t bother watching this movie, but who wants to pass up a chance to see Morgan Freeman playing an outlaw (wearing a cowboy hat and sporting an earring)? But maybe you think, -I’m going to listen to Morgan Freeman and pass.-  I politely disagree with Mr. Freeman’s recommendation, and I have two words for those who agree with him, Christian Slater. Hard Rain has the lead actor from True Romance. Maybe you haven’t seen True Romance (or 3000 Miles to Graceland). If that’s the case I have two words for you, Randy Quaid. This movie has the alien ass kicker from Independence Day (maybe you know him better as Cousin Eddie). If you’re not a fan of Randy Quaid I have two words for you, Minnie Driver.  Hard Rain has Grosse Pointe Blank’s Minnie Driver and she’s British. Maybe you haven’t seen Grosse Pointe Blank or maybe you have something against the British. I have two last words for you, Betty White. ‘Nuff said.

Movies with complex plots and dramatic reveals can be wonderful viewing experiences. In depth character studies can add layers to already incredible films. But sometimes you may be in the mood for a movie that’s simple popcorn fun. If you are looking for a movie with lots of rain, a fair amount of gun play, and something that isn’t too cerebral then Hard Rain is worth a watch.


Hard Rain (1998) with Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid, Minnie Driver, and Betty White. Directed by Michael Salomon.