This supercut of instances in which the twin towers of the World Trade Center appear in movies has been floating around all week. At first I was going to try and hold off on posting it for awhile, waiting until it would actually be relevant and appropriate because FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CAN WE NOT EVEN ENJOY OUR LABOR DAY WEEKENDS BEFORE HOPPING ON THE NATIONAL SADNESS BUS?! But then I realized that if this thing is blowing up (sorry) two weeks before the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, might as well just get it out of the way, because this bus ride is going to be VERY LONG and EXHAUSTING and MOSTLY AWFUL. Turn to the stranger sitting next to you and introducer yourself, because they’re about to become your best friend. Choo choo, here we go.

Remember the pre-9/11 world when buses didn’t make “choo choo” sounds? Powerful stuff.

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  1. Pretty sure the 10th anniversary is the ‘steel wouldn’t melt at that temperature, so a new formal investigation should begin immediately, Mr. President’ anniversary. Let’s see, gold, paper, lace, silk, silver, animal, vegetable, mineral, jade … yep.

    By the looks of that joke this is indeed going to be a long, arduous experience.

  2. Man the 80′s in New York look terrible

  3. 3 not in the video I can think of…

    1. Opening credits of the first couple seasons of The Sopranos

    2. Munich

    2. Watchmen

  4. Remember how big a deal it was when they CGI’d the twin towers out of the Friends intro? Can they be any more out of the Friends intro- Bandler Ching

    • Did anyone watch Sports Night? 75% of the establishing shots in that show were of the WTC, even though I’m pretty sure nothing was set there?

  5. I have very conflicted feelings about this whole 9/11 anniversary thing.

    On the one hand, it should be remembered because it was a terrible event which changed our country and in which many innocent people died.

    On the other hand, I feel it changed our country and our politics for the worse, and has become a rallying point for purveyors of ignorance and fear. And for that reason, I’d prefer that it just go away.

    • I have the same conflicted feelings but it’s more because in the back of my head I know that it’s an important anniversary which means a captive audience, and ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, HLN, FoxNews, and probably The Style Network are all competing to make their 9/11 special the most viewed. I know it was absolutely like this before, but 9/11 to me seems to have made the media market SO MUCH more ugly and ruthlessly competitive for viewerships. And to that, I send a definitive, “Yuck.”

  6. I liked the supercut. It made me sad but it also made me smile a little.

  7. i’m sure by the time we reach the 20th anniversary, all the Walgreens, CVSs, Walmarts, and Dollar Generals are just going to be putting up the 9/11 decorations, chotchkies, and trinkets right after the 4th of July… it’ll be so quick, we won’t even notice.

    and soon enough, “the 9/12 Project” will be store managers’ code for changing out the aisles to get the Halloween stuff on the shelves…

  8. Obligatory David Foster Wallace Reference of The Day: Jesus, John Cusack looked a lot Wallace in Being John Malkovich. Nobody reply to this comment as we talk about him WAY too much.

    • in the spirit of the subject, I would like to add a footnote*

      *yes, indeed he does. he just needs a bandana.

    • *Agreed.

      • **Donna Darko is a meme created in the early 21st century as a means of like completely acknowledging that you’d posted a thought in a thread that was identical to a previous comment. By ‘Donna Darkoing,’ as it was called on Videogum — itself a relic of the early 21st century — one hoped to deflate any embarrassment by calling oneself out preemptively and humorously. The term, as you might imagine, was derived from the film Donnie Darko — lo, another early 21st century relic. And like I won’t even get into what the movie was about or its time-bending plotting or the greatness of the late Patrick Swayze … suffice it to say that the meme (an internet age term for an inside joke — again, two more relics from the first blips of the 21st century) was a frequent facet of Videogum ‘discussions.’

        • Which, remember (though I hardly need to point this out to what I am going to go ahead and assume is my readership here [insomuch as my editors at this esteemed publication have assured me that its readership consists of extremely literate but also reasonably savvy pop-culture scholars not too much unlike, ahem, yrs truly (all by way of saying, naturally, that I trust those selfsame editors will endeavor excise this loggorheaic aside from the finished draft)]) that DD hit theaters not too long after 9/11 itself with some unfortunately coincidental but imagery* that at first blush seems the innocuous stuff of science-fiction and action adventure tropes, but given the timing and the nature of the recent National Tragedy, was very unfortunate indeed, I think most moviegoers familiar with the film will agree.

          *I am speaking here about the major plot point involving the collision of a commercial airliner’s detached engine, though in the director’s commentary accompanying the DVD release of the film, Richard Kelly does mention that the studio expressed considerable disquietude about even the most innocuous seeming details, to wit: The font used in opening credits and interstitial title cards looked “a little too Middle-Eastern.”**


  9. The 9/11 hoarder must be jizzing all over the place.

  10. “Blowing up” joke was not funny.

  11. I logged in after my incredibly long hiatus to say that My Brother and I created a club about 2 years ago called the Twin Towers Photoshop Club, where we photoshop the twin towers out of movies and tv shows, for our own morbid amusement. Our favorite so far has been Escape From New York in which Snake Plisken lands on thin air.

    That is all. (Hides)

  12. Forgetting this one is kind of inexcusable! Or perhaps the OH MY GOD factor is too distracting.

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