Beware! The members of the League of Tana Tea Drinkers open their bomb shelters to reveal a never-ending parade of pre and post apocalyptic movies. You are warned! And pack a light lunch.
The Moon Is a Dead World: Doomsday
I wasn't sure what to expect from Doomsday, coming from director Neil Marshall who also worked on the very popular film The Descent from 2005. It looks like a zombie film but it's technically not about zombies; it feels like a comic book but it's not that either. But though Doomsday looks a lot like The Descent's gritty, dirty world, it's lacking in the scares and the intensity that drove it.
TheoFantastique Ponders the Apocalyptic In Three Movies
Legion: Apocalypse and the Postmodern Imagination
In the history of the Western world the Judeo-Christian apocalyptic has been the most influential. In that religio-cultural context one of the key apocalyptic texts has been St. John’s Book of Revelation.
Hitchcock's The Birds as Precursor to Nature Apocalypticism
A couple of weeks ago my wife found a copy of Hitchcock’s The Birds at the library and she checked it out for me. We watched it later that day, and later I then watched the bonus materials that went behind the scenes. I was struck by two things...
2012 and the Mayan Calendar of the End
2012 taps into the long undercurrent of millenarianism and apocalyptic thought in Western culture. This overlaps with environmental concerns, prophets and prophecy, ancient civilizations (with the Mayans being of special interest as 2012 and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull indicate), and especially the Mayan calendar.
Love Train For the Tenebrous Empire: The New Barbarians
I touched on the amazing fashion statements of The New Barbarians last week, but I feel compelled to devote a post to this movie, which is simultaneously a Road Warrior rip-off, and yet so much more.
Cinema Suicide: Hardware
Hardware was one of the last movies to be threatened with an X rating before the MPAA instituted the equally lethal NC-17 rating. I caught the trailer on Entertainment Tonight, which seemed to feature it because of the violent and sexual content, and immediately resigned to never seeing it.
Monster Land: Zombieland and Finding Your Twinkie
To start, I have never seen a zombie movie that was less about the zombies and more about the people. Unlike Day of the Dead, where Romero’s depiction of Bub encourages empathy, the zombies of Zombieland are the most inhuman creatures imaginable.
Lost Highway: Bronx Warriors
Welcome to the apocalypse! Yes in the way too distant future of 1990. It's Bush economics, grunge rock, and the rise of Oprah so it must be the end of civilization. This film was actually made in 1982 but the director pulled a Nostradamus on us predicting the end of the world was only 8 short years from then.
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