Top Ten Apocalyptic Movies

Yeah that’s right, I am going to forgo the usual movie of the day and give you ten movies of the day.  Mainly this is in honor of the supposed world ending event tomorrow predicted by the Mayans and their calendar.  Personally, I think they just ran out of room on that giant stone slab to put more dates on, but whatever.  So in honor of the end of the world tomorrow or not, whatever, I decided to pick some of my favorite end of the world, apocalyptic movies.

I will admit, apocalyptic movies are my jam, even those shitty ones like Knowing or 2012, I will watch them all.  I don’t know why, but something about the break down of society and humanity on the throes of having to survive in a completely changed landscape of civilization just hits the right spot for my movie loving ass.  So I got us a mix of end of world movies and movies where life goes on I guess.

Here’s to the Mayans and their calendar scare!  Cheers!

Also these movies are in no particular order.

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Trailers of the Week – Melancholia and The Bang Bang Club

Another week down, another set of trailers to get you excited about up coming movies.  This time we will take a look at Lars Von Triers “Melancholia” and Steven Silvers “The Bang Bang Club”

Melancholia:

Another entry from Lars Von Trier and this looks to be amazing.  If you have never seen a Lars Von Trier movie or are familiar with his work, his movies aren’t the pleasant happy endings that we expect in movies.  Lars Von Trier is delivering his latest movie off the heels of “Antichrist” which was utterly divisive for some people.  While the subject matter is grim, the man can tell a story and have incredibly engaging visuals.  Lars Von Trier stated that his films will have no happy ending from here on out and Melancholia looks to be the first in his promise.

Melancholia tells the story of two sisters, played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who are both having disputes with one another and in their lives.  When a new planet emerges from behind the sun and threatens to collide with Earth, we see the two sisters become distant and on opposite ends of emotions.  Kirsten’s character is complacent with her life and becomes melancholic with her fate.  Charlotte’s character becomes fearful and frightened, unsure of what is going to happen.

The interesting thing about this movie is that it is established in the opening scene that this rogue planet destroys the Earth.  There isn’t a happy ending to be had since we know the ending, but rather we jump back to the lead up Earth’s destruction and view how each character copes with the inevitable.  I am excited to see another Von Trier movie and the concept of no happy endings has me intrigued.  The trailer and tone is beautiful, with the sweeping music and gorgeous cinematography.  Von Trier may tell depressing stories, but they are well shot and beautiful to watch.

The Bang Bang Club:

Another movie that is catching some early buzz in the film circuits.  The Bang Bang Club is about the real-life story of a group of war photographers and their involvement during the early 90’s in South Africa.  The movie will cover the fall of the Apartheid in South Africa, the release of Nelson Mandela and his presidential run.  The movie looks engaging and moving as we bear witness to what conflict photographers must deal with while covering atrocities and conflict.  The movie looks to cover the idea of non-involvement in certain situations.  Photographers are supposed to be on the sidelines of conflicts, never picking a side and always looking from the outside.  I hope that movie goes into the aspect never getting involve with the subjects that they are covering.  A lot of the war photos we see now cover both sides of the situation in order to put issues into perspective.

I don’t know much else about the movie, other than I want to read the book that the movie is based on.  I am not sure when this will get a release, but rest assured that when it does, I will be there to see it.

Movie of the Day – The Road

One of my favorite genre of movies is the apocalyptic style movies.  I am sucker for post apocalyptic movies where the devastation and destruction of the world, city, country and society is explained through the movie and characters, rather than showing it happen.  For me the sense of figuring out what took place beforehand or wondering why society is this way is much more exciting than seeing it unfold.  Movies like I Am Legend, Mad Max, Children of Men, and in particular The Road have such a magnet for my attention.  I am not certain as to why I am drawn to this genre, but needless to say that seeing people’s interpretation of what they think the world will look like come a catastrophic event is fascinating.

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