Hello, whatever-is-left-of-my-personal-blogosphere! I know I have not blogged on disease in quite some time. For that, I plead guilty, with an explanation.
My day job -- my career as an incomparably-talented and world-renowned IT leader -- has been very demanding over the past year or so. Plus, to be honest, I think I have been suffering from "post-pandemic shutdown."
I know other bloggers have been dealing with the aftermath of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. We all have sort of branched out to engage other diseases. But influenza is what got me into blogging, and influenza is still at the core of all disease bloggers' interest.
We are all grateful that H1N1/2009 was the relatively mild event that it was. But we also know that another pandemic always lurks around the corner, behind the building and out of view. We also know that at least one pandemic each century is a real humdinger, death-wise.
Nonetheless, like Y2K before it, the H1N1/2009 pandemic was surely viewed by the global mainstream media as a sort of nonevent. Never mind how much work we all put into preparedness. never mind how much money went into culling poultry (and compensating farmers worldwide). never mind how much Tamiflu and Relenza we stockpiled around the world. And never mind how much went into drilling exercises and preparedness messages into our citizens' heads.
So it was a great and pleasant surprise to stumble upon this trailer for the upcoming film Contagion. I am a huge film buff, and I was reading about the progress of filming the Max Brooks zombie masterpiece World War Z in Malta and Scotland when I saw a link for a trailer for some film called Contagion.
This is what we thought we would see from Hollywood back in 2006 and 2007. Instead, we got the passable but still pedestrian Bird Flu: Fatal Contact Movie of the Week. How this film's existence got by me is unknown, me being such a big EOTWAWKI (End of the World as We Know It) film kinda-guy. Especially with it being a BIRD FLU MOVIE!
The film is directed by Steven Soderberg, he of the Oceans (Clooney-Pitt) movies and Out of Sight, The Limey, Traffic, and Erin Brockovich. It stars Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Lawrence Fishbourne. After watching this trailer, I think we can agree that this should be one helluva scary film. Listen closely to Fishbourne's character deliver one of the best lines in recent cinematic history. Post a comment and let me know which line I am talking about.