Sunday, September 2, 2018

  Fantastic geologic scenery from the Southern Appalachians (see enhanced by a superb performance from Wes Studi and Russell Means - a real American hero. The final chase takes place to "The Promontory" by Trevor Jones - see

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Best geology line in a movie

 "That's a rock."

Sunday, May 23, 2010

2012: The number of reasons this movie stinks

It's a long list, so it will take some time...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Breakout Role for Rock Hammer

Always take your rock hammer with you no matter where you go! That's the take home message from "The Shawshank Redemption". Great attention to geologic detail throughout this morality tale - rock names are used accurately and that piece of obsidian that Morgan Freeman finds is the real thing.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Don't Take it for (Cary) Granite!

"North by Northwest" is one of director Hitchcock's best and in no small part because of the dramatic ending set atop the Mount Rushmore monument carved into Harney Peak Granite. Denied access to the real thing, the moviemaker had to resort to a Hollywood soundstage with huge background images and cliffs of concrete. Check out the aplite and pegmatite dikes that cross-cut the faces of the presidents!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Worst Movie of the 00s...with Geology

"The Day After Tomorrow" has to be one of the worst sci-fi flicks of all time. One of the heros falls through a snow covered roof of a shopping mall in New Jersey! The only saving grace is a short scene that shows a TV broadcast of illegal aliens escaping across the Rio Grande from Texas into Mexico. Is this the future???

Monday, March 24, 2008

Accretionary Wedge #7: Geology/ists in the Movies

See Accretionary Wedge #7 at MagmaCumLaude for more movies with geology and geologists: