Colorado on the Web: Disaster movies and a stolen cat have Colorado in common

By: Dalton Walker, The Gazette
March 20, 2014 Updated: March 20, 2014 at 9:47 am
photo - Dalton Walker Friday, October 4, 2013. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Dalton Walker Friday, October 4, 2013. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette 

I'm probably not the first one to say this, but we need a superhero battle set in Colorado.

The Internet wizards at put together a series of popular and interesting U.S. maps, showing how Hollywood "has destroyed America." The maps are based on 189 cinematic attacks and show where each so-called disaster movie was set and what was destroyed.

The maps are broken into categories: monster attacks, creature attacks, alien attacks, climate events, geologic events, infections, space rocks and, my favorite, superhero battles.

Colorado made the list only three times, in three categories.

I was going to argue that monster and creature attacks should be in the same category, but then I realized King Kong and Godzilla aren't the same as killer bats or blood-thirsty sharks. Get it together, Walker, that's Movie 101, right?

I'm sure any movie buff can guess which disaster movies were set in Colorado.

For climate events, "Avalanche," a 1978 movie set in Durango. A 2007 movie called "Anna's Storm" was set in Cottonwood and falls in the space rocks category.

The third, and perhaps the most well-known movie, is the original "Red Dawn," a 1984 movie set in Calumet. I've watched "Red Dawn" but don't have many memories of Patrick Swayze running around in the woods fighting Soviet Union soldiers.

I'm not planning to watch "Avalanche" or "Anna's Storm" anytime soon. Sorry.

But I'd be excited to see Wolverine or Optimus Prime fighting bad guys somewhere along the Front Range or better yet, on the top of Pikes Peak. I'd love to see Prime chuck a robot on top of Manitou Springs or Wolverine dart up the Manitou Incline. Deadspin was quick to point out that not every disaster or blockbuster movie was included.

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Here's what else is happening on Colorado on the Web.

In a bizarre story with a happy ending, a black and white cat named Oreo dominated Colorado and the Internet this week.

The Fort Collins cat was stolen last weekend during St. Patrick's Day festivities and found Tuesday scared but unharmed, according to the a news article by the Coloradoan.

The cat isn't just some regular house cat. Oreo is the hotel cat at the Armstrong Hotel in Fort Collins and loves warm hugs, probably. The Coloradoan reports that Oreo is well-known and it's common for business owners or visitors to stop and play with him.

Oreo, who was minding his own business, allegedly, was snatched by two men. The catnapping, if you will, was caught on surveillance. Two men either in their late teens or early 20s were caught on video. The men had requested a hotel room multiple times, but none were available. The last time the men were turned away, they scooped up Oreo and left.

The search for Oreo lasted until Tuesday night when the cat was found behind an art museum near the hotel, the Coloradoan reported.

The two men are still on the loose and perhaps Fort Collins residents should hide their cats until further notice.


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