Go, New York, go! It's nice to see Cali destroyed for a change.
New York's apocalyptic big screen fantasies come true this weekend. After cruelly decimating NYC in three previous films (Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow), director Roland Emmerich finally focuses the destruction on the rest of the world in 2012, his tale of the Mayan-predicted doomsday. The greatest city on Earth doesn't escape, but at least it gets to watch California catch an L.
To better understand why the residents of the Big Apple are relieved to see other cities toppled, watch all the classic clips of New York being destroyed from throughout movie history. If we missed any of your favorites, post a link in the comments section so everyone can watch as it all falls down...
Destroyed By: The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
Complex Says: Stomped out by a motherfuckin' marshmallow man?! He's soft and sweet, so what the hell does that say about NYC?
Destroyed By: A nuclear blast
Complex Says: The movie adaptation was a fail, but we have to admit this explosion was fresh. At least it wasn't a giant naked blue man wrecking shop.
Destroyed By: A gigantic alien monster
Complex Says: We're not sure which is more nauseating—a monster tearing the city apart or the horrendously shitty idea to show it from the shaky perspective of a dickhead with a flip-cam for 84 minutes.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Destroyed By: A storm and tidal wave caused by the effects of global warming
Complex Says: Fuck you, Accuweather.
"New York New York," Tha Dogg Pound f/ Snoop Dogg (1995)
Destroyed By: Giant Snoop Dogg kicking buildings over
Complex Says: We thought a smackdown from Stay Puft made New York look soft until the city got stomped out by a dude with a perm.
I Am Legend (2007)
Destroyed By: Plague and low-flying fighter jets
Complex Says: We're actually OK losing the Brooklyn Bridge. The Manhattan has way less tourist fuckery anyway.
War of the Worlds (2005)
Destroyed By: Alien attack
Complex Says: For once, somebody loves our beloved Brooklyn enough to smack it around. Thank you! Hey, we never said we had healthy relationships.
Destroyed By: A meteor shower
Complex Says: We have a giant explosion we'd like to give sneak racist Michael Bay. Blockbuster pause.
Deep Impact (1998)
Destroyed By: A megatsunami caused by the collision of a comet and Earth
Complex Says: We're not sure why, but suddenly we really want to line up some dominoes.
Destroyed By: A giant, irradiated lizard monster and the U.S. army
Complex Says: The Chrysler name hasn't been damaged this badly since Fiat saved the car company.
Independence Day (1996)
Destroyed By: Alien laser
Complex Says: Alien, priest, or hobo on the A train—it feels degrading no matter which one blasts off on you.
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Destroyed By: Flood caused by the collision of Earth and the planet Bellus
Complex Says: A miniature NYC flooded with a garden hose never looked so terrifying!
King Kong (1933)
Destroyed By: A giant stop-motion animated gorilla
Complex Says: Stop-motion? Nah, our grandparents' bowels were definitely moved by this one.
Destroyed By: Cyclops' eye-rays
Complex Says: Hero or not, you don't mess with Lady Liberty's crown! That was a New Era one of one, you asshole!
Destroyed By: Nuclear bombs
Complex Says: Though it doesn't actually show the city being obliterated, we're still disturbed that the president would trade NYC for Moscow when he could have saved it by talking up Philadelphia's historic value and appeasing the Soviets by wiping cheesesteaks and Freeway beards off the map. Somehow life would have gone on.