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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #45 on: March 04, 2016, 03:29:28 PM »
"These Final Hours", 2013

Thanks for this note.  I'm looking forward to it.

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #46 on: March 04, 2016, 03:34:14 PM »
Thanks for this note.  I'm looking forward to it.

I remembered that you like finding foreign "end of the world/mankind" films so I posted this here as well as in the What Did You Watch thread.

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #47 on: March 04, 2016, 04:02:24 PM »
I've liked seeing how Other Cultures view apocalyptic events, and how they'll focus the blame.  In the last ten years or so, we've seen more virus-attacks than nuclear winter scenarios (I'm thinking of the 28 DAYS - WEEKS - MONTHS - LA DE DA DA series, the well-constructed CONTAGION, WORLD WAR Z). 

There was a previous mention of the Mark Ruffalo film RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR.  There's a film of similar theme - DEAD AIR (2009, with David Moscow, Corbin Bersen and Patricia Tallman who played 'Barbara' in Romero's 1990 remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) - where a dirty bomb carrying a mutated virus spreads zombie-death out from an NBA arena, and we're joining a late-night radio shock-jock crew for their evening's experience.

Bollywood's two recent zombie contributions - THE DEAD and THE DEAD 2 - both use non-Indian Westerners in prominent roles as those two lead actors are dumped by their cold-hearted company pals who supposedly escape and our heroes are left to save women and children first.

ON THE BEACH remains a most interesting study of its time, and perhaps my favorite character-study that Gene Wilder's Dr. Fronken-Steen once claimed - "Quiet Dignity & Grace". 

But so is the heartbreaking MORNING DEPARTURE (1950) where sub captain John Mills takes his crew out for sea-trials and is left with Richard Attenborough to demonstrate the virtues of great writing, strong acting and the transformation from jackass to man.  It's not end of the world.  Except theirs.

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #48 on: March 10, 2016, 02:33:31 PM »
1962's PANIC IN YEAR ZERO stars Ray Milland and Jean Hagan as a family fleeing LA just as the nukes drop in their rear view mirrors, and follows them in the countryside where outlaws threaten their lives and they start threatening anyone they can as food and shelter are reintroduced to modern society's lexicon.  This might be one of those Survivalist's Handbook kind of films. ...


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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #49 on: March 10, 2016, 05:17:48 PM »
MONSTERS, I pulled out THESE FINAL HOURS and remembered seeing it a couple of years ago, almost immediately as it unfolded after the credits.

I always call this the Man With The Little Girl movie, and it's an interesting character study between our Central Guy who has a not-so-committed romance with one woman, and a long-lost love in another.  And of course, now he wants to track her down.  That's the unsatisfying substory line because he waffles, goes back to Girl #1 and has a bad time after dumping her for #2, then showing back up and finally heading out, more determined than ever for #2.  And picks up an orphaned child in the midst of this, which takes the most poignant turn.  Wow.  That was  unexpected. 

I don't know if I could have left her there.  Even if my long lost true love beckoned around the corner. 

That was a pretty hard turn of the tale.

The whole thing was 'unsatisfying' to some extent...

...as if an end of the world movie would have elves and butterflies escorting us from the theater, whistling while we go.

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #50 on: April 28, 2016, 09:25:09 PM »
It's hard to believe, but one of greatest of the apocalyptic films has failed to be entered in this thread.  A film which if it was ever remade, only a master Thespian like Keannu Reeves or Nicolas Cage could do justice to.  The one, the only ROBOT Monster!

This classic american work of cinema, is only approached by Plan Nine from Outer space, when it comes to telling a gripping story, with what was for it's time state of the art special effects.  In this photo, we see the Ro-man, who uses the dreaded Calcinator deathray to bring about Mankinds destruction.
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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #51 on: April 28, 2016, 10:07:39 PM »
It's hard to believe, but one of greatest of the apocalyptic films has failed to be entered in this thread.  A film which if it was ever remade, only a master Thespian like Keannu Reeves or Nicolas Cage could do justice to.  The one, the only ROBOT Monster!

Excellent point, Hh. The Ro-man suit could bring a new dimension to the staggering skills of master thespian Keanu. He's one actor whose facial emotive abilities wouldn't be hampered in the least by the Ro-man helmet.  :D



That's one remake I wouldn't miss for the world.. even at the end of it!  :P
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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #52 on: March 19, 2018, 10:15:44 AM »
Just got through re-reading this old thread and noticed that a movie is missing:

"Melancholia", 2011  - A modern take on "When Worlds Collide", but with no escape or heroic missions to divert the inevitable.


What else needs to be added, guys?
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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #53 on: March 19, 2018, 02:07:08 PM »
SEEKING A FRIEND, MELANCHOLIA... I think we're getting a pretty complete list.  I wanted to also echo the general thumbs-up rating on that DVD double-feature of THIS IS NOT A TEST and ATOMIC BRIDE (or whatever the original Czech name was).   Neither film is, well, 'good' but both are interesting for fans of the genre, I suspect. 

DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS and NIGHT OF THE COMET are weirdo entries because both herald the world's-end-as-we-know-it and with a variety of predicaments: in the TRIFFIDS book (and the 1981 BBC series), we have blindness AND a mysterious disease AND these walking, talking plants as enemies of the people.  And NIGHT OF COMET has reduced most folks to ashes - leaving a huge drycleaning and vacuuming bill, I suppose, along with some disease that will kill/zombie-ize all those who aren't immune. 

This brings up the 2009 film BLINDNESS (Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo) where a city's viral outbreak blinds the population except for a few.  Poor ol Mark has a tough career - he's listening to authorities in RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR and suffers for it, then in BLINDNESS he's suffering, and the best follow-up role he gets turns him green and huge and he's CGI'd out of these films.  At least Scarlett Johansson seems to like him, though.  I guess he should count his blessings - he could have been a fumbling magician instead.

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #54 on: March 24, 2018, 04:26:16 AM »

4:44 Last Day On Earth, 2011 - It turns out Al Gore was right and the Earth's ozone layer will dissipate at 4:44 tomorrow morning, at which time we will all be Aurora Borealised to death.

Willem Dafoe and girlfriend wait out their last few hours together in an older 4-story building in Manhattan.

This is another one of those movies that assigns a specific time to the end of the world, but makes to mention about non-local times.  If the effect is rolling around the planet to this location, why are there no reports about those who are getting it first - like on New Year's?

Dull.
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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #55 on: March 24, 2018, 06:37:47 PM »
4:44 Last Day On Earth, 2011... but makes NO mention about non-local times.

Oh, that's sooo simple to answer.  WE are the unworthies!  We the audience are too dumb to be told, and even too dumb according to the filmmakers to even THINK of such wasted script time.  Do you realize how much time George Romero wasted talking about other townships outside of PittsB in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - wow, he probably wasted 30, maybe 50 seconds out of the whole film on that highly-skilled dialog! 

But yes... the answer would have been soooo simple: "City by city is being fried, and we lose contact almost immediately with every location affected As The World Turns."

Wouldn't a line of dialog like that, somwhere in the 8th or 10th or 15th minute soothed our fevered brows?  I know it would have, mine.  "I'm trying to call Auntie Emm, and she just won't pick up the phone!!  Oh, Auntie Emm - please answer!"

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #56 on: March 24, 2018, 09:39:32 PM »
I'm no scientist, but I don't think our ozone protection is going from comfortable to aarrrggggg! in a matter of minutes. 4:43, fine. 4:44, dead!
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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #57 on: March 28, 2018, 12:41:11 PM »
I'm thinking of that building-contractor's foam-insulation... put in a buncha SPF-8800 and coat giant tarps over the earth.  That'll do it.  Maybe have something like hemispheric-sized Macy's Day Parade tarps... "Who didn't hold down Underdog's cape?!!  It's flapping and frying Detroit!"

Or maybe the Beach Boys get their wish, finally... "All the girls get so tanned"?  Of course, having them morph into Kenny Rogers' baked chicken-skin might not be exactly what the New California Girls should look like. 

Holy Sun Demon, Batman!


(I gotta admit... I can understand crusty skin, but abberant manicures and dental reactions, too?   Well... what if they mix in Listerine with that SPF 8800 and dayglo nail polish?)

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #58 on: May 19, 2018, 11:07:57 PM »
Re-reading this thread, I noticed that the 1959 classic "On the Beach" was referenced several times.  But I didn't notice any specific mention of the made-for-TV remake.


On the Beach, 2000 -  The U.S. imposes a blockade against Taiwan.   World tensions escalate into a nuclear war - with the expected radioactive result.  Stars Armand Assante, Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown in the roles originally filled by Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire.

This 3 hour movie was presented in two parts, mini-series style.  Not a bad remake.  I never did warm to Armand Assante's character.  He has the perpetual pout of someone who is holding a jawbreaker against the inside of his lips, delivers his dialogue like Rocky Balboa and has stern, unfriendly eyes. 

Best thing about the remake:  You don't have to hear "Waltzing Matilda" until you are ready to take The Pill along with the cast.


I think it is worth a watch.
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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #59 on: May 20, 2018, 06:46:02 AM »
I'm adding this one:

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