3x3: Best uses of lava

We follow-up our discussion of the stark and brilliant Winter’s Bone with a discussion of the best uses of lava in movies. It begins at the 52-minute mark. Our picks:

3. Terminator 2
2. 2012

  1. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Tom Chick
3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
2. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

  1. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Kelly Wand
3. Adaptation
2. Joe vs. the Volcano

  1. Island at the Top of the World

And so the topic isn’t a complete waste, here’s the awesome poster that prompted the choice of topic:

I have no idea what the heck is going on up there, but I want to see the movie that poster is from.


I can’t believe no-one has mentioned Populous yet.

Well played, sir!


I hate to be one of those people but does the molten metal in Terminator 2 actually qualify as lava?

Well, I guess we’re each one of those people, too, since the subject is discussed in detail on the podcast. You should definitely listen to Dingus’ explanation.


Not listening to a podcast that will clearly spoil movies, I haven’t seen. But lava is defined as molten stone and therefore the metal in T2 can’t qualify no matter what Dingus claims.

I nominate Volcano as my number one pick. There’s death by lava, sacrifice by lava, people pulling together and forgetting skincolour (with the help of ash) to stop lava and basically lava everywhere.

That’s why I post the time that we start the 3x3. We don’t spoil anything from the movie of the week after that point. Also, you wouldn’t know this since you make a show of not listening to the podcast, but Kelly took Volcano off the table when he announced the topic. I’m afraid you don’t qualify for the prize.

  1. The video game Stuntman 2.
  2. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

“You ain’t in control unless you outta the lava!”

  1. The Time Machine. Hello?
  2. Krull (also applies to best uses of crushing, impaling, and magic sand in your hand that represents your remaining life)
  3. That’s all I got.

3: PS: I Lava You
2: Lava Story
1: Must Lava Dogs

No Temple of Doom?

Tom’s #3 pick.

Duck Tales: The Movie.

That might’ve been molten gold though.

Er… Whoa. I don’t know what I thought his #3 was, then.

Volcano 1997

the part where John Lynch is in the subway car and jumps into the lava to be able to throw the person to safety is epic. you actually watch his legs melt, if i recall correctly.

Only 1 , others that I wanted to mention have already been.

Island at the Top of the World is a beautiful flop. Disney so expected it to be a success that they’d started work on the sequel, The Lost Ones, prior to it bombing. They also had started to work on a section of Disneyland called Discovery Bay which was meant to have the Hyperion airship as its centerpiece. While Discovery Bay was shitcanned, Discoveryland was built in Disneyland Paris and for whatever reasons they decided to go ahead and build some love for Island there. Maybe to go along with the Nautilus from 20k Leagues.

Discoveryland is way cooler than Tomorrowland since they really push that Verne-era theming.

I can’t decide if this makes the thread better or worse than the 3x3.

I spent a day at Disneyland Paris (Euro Disney) for reasons I still don’t understand.

You just can’t put Star Wars Episode 3 in a best anything list. Even if your topic is lava, which is a fairly head-scratching topic to begin with.

That scene in particular is just a travesty. I’d rather watch Dante’s Peak.


See reasons 74-73

“FROM MY POINT OF VIEW THE JEDI ARE EVIL!” I guess that line’s for the children in the audience? So they know that evil is all about perspective?