Post-Apocalyptic

Xavier Gens proved he loved intensity with Frontier(s) and he set out to show it wasn’t a fluke with the bomb shelter mayhem of The Divide. The movie focuses on a group of blast survivors who are safely trapped in their apartment basement with supplies that threaten to get used up before true help can arrive. It stars Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Courtney B. Vance, Iván González, Michael Eklund with Ashton Holmes and Rosanna Arquette. Now, you can own the flick on DVD/Blu-ray. What do you have to do? Well, we’re going to randomly pick 7 winners and toss them into a basement for as long as it takes. The last person standing wins. It’s sort of our version of that contest where you have to keep touching a truck or something in order to win it. Only bloodier. Just kidding. We can’t legally do that (yet), so here’s what to do instead:

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We all know the basic staples of the approaching end of days – zombies, aliens, nukes, robots, viruses, asteroids, global warming – all those good things. When a movie uses one of these go-to death-day scenarios we can’t help but to shell out the cash to watch it all go to hell on the big screen. However it takes some real brainpower to pull away from these apocalyptic norms, and when a movie does come along toting some hip new way for us all to die – even if said movie doesn’t pan out – you have to respect their willingness to get creative. Here are some movies that took a chance and gave us an end we’d never see coming.

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Why Watch? So…why can’t Hollywood figure out video game adaptations again? We recently featured Dan Trachtenberg’s Portal short film, and here’s another situation where fans have figured out 1) how to pay homage to a beloved video game while 2) pulling in viewers that don’t know a thing about it. The game in question this go ’round is “Fallout,” and this short film from Julian Higgins and Zack Finfrock is hilarious, triumphant, and holds its tongue firmly in its cheek. Plus, the make-up design and camera work are stellar, as is the acting chemistry. The production here puts most Hollywood video game attempts to shame. To shame! What does it cost? Just 16 minutes of your time. Check out Fallout: Nuka Break for yourself:

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone Episode #8 – “Time Enough At Last” (airdate 11/20/59) The Plot: A lover of books can’t get a break. At home, his wife henpecks him for reading, and at work they expect him to work instead of enjoying his hobby. Fortunately, a large explosion is about to give him all the free time in the world. The Goods: It would be difficult to come up with a single episode that encapsulates the themes and skill of this show, but “Time Enough At Last” would undoubtedly make a short list with ease. It is a titan of the series with an unrelentingly pathetic main character played with nuance and vinegar by Burgess Meredith (who is miles away from his cigarette filter, Penguin sneer and his mat-chewing, Rocky-training Mick). It’s a nice reminder that a man remembered for his characters was an Oscar nominee. Meredith disappears into the limp artifice and coke-bottle glasses of Henry Bemis – a man who wants nothing more than a quiet place and a few million hours to enjoy words on a page. Granted, he’s pretty terrible at his job as a bank teller, but he’s still dressed down with gusto by his boss (Vaughn Taylor), and heading home offers no respite because his bitch of a wife (there are more […]

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Every year, there are a few movies that hit festivals hard and come out on the other side being talked about like legends. They’re hyped, loved up, and the general public may never get to see them. One of those films this year is, without a doubt, Attack the Block. The other, is Bellflower. The trailer for the film is a bit discombobulated, trying to merge sweetness with insanity, but it looks undeniably unique. Names like Fight Club, John Hughes, and Mad Max are evoked between images of a fire-breathing muscle car and the cuteness of a new couple playing verbal footsie. Those comparisons will be a lot to live up to, but if festival goers and critics can be trusted, Bellflower rises to the occasion.

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Why Watch? Because going through life in a post-Apocalyptic wasteland is better when you share it. There’s no doubt that the production design, sound design, costume design and camera work are the main stars here as directors Jens Raunkjær Christensen and Jonas Drotner Mouritsen shuffle two people through the trash heap beauty of the smoking end of civilization. They’re safe inside suits that look designed by the design team of Jacques Cousteau and Darth Vader, but they’re also connected by their breathing apparatus. Stunning landscapes are one thing, but you can still die (and you can still find violence) even when you’re surrounded by beauty. What Will It Cost? Just 7 minutes of your time. Check out Connected for yourself:

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Why Watch? Because Zardoz meeting David Lynch in the desert for cocktails and a shouting match isn’t a bad way to start the day. This entry for the London Sci-Fi 48 Hour Film Challenge is fantastic for its location, costuming and cinematography alone, but the nearly naked blind chick with the power to make people spout poetry with a touch of her fingertips to the temple is a confusing and intriguing figure that shoves it right over the top. And what does she want with that baby? What Will It Cost? Just 14 minutes of your time. Check out 247 Degrees North for yourself:

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What do you call it when you take a character and remove him from the environment that made him who he is? The new Zorro Reborn project. Set to be directed by pre-viz artist Rpin Suwannath, this new story would take Zorro away from the desert of the southwest during a time where phones and clean water don’t exist and place him in a post-apocalyptic future desert during a time where phones and clean water don’t exist. Zorro will just never get to know the pleasure of watching Golden Girls in an air conditioned room. I’m no purist, but taking a character from the environment that made him is always a dangerous prospect. Then again, that very type of What If? game gave the world “Superman: Red Son” so it can’t be all bad. On the plus side, it might be thrilling to see a masked desperado taking on the likes of irradiated mutants, starving madmen and selfish hoarders in a barren wasteland. On the other, the success of Batman Begins seems to have locked in our fate for reboots of this bleak kind. It’s our fate to see characters thrown into far darker circumstances than we remember them in. On that note, be on the lookout for the announcement that Howdy Doody will soon be rebooted as a vampire hunter stalking the noir-ish streets of 1920s Chicago. [24 Frames]

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There are too many books and movies out there using the destruction of mankind as a theme. There are dozens that are good. There are only a handful that are iconic. “The Day of the Triffids” is one of the icons. It’s been adapted several times before, but always in the UK (and during times when that stuff didn’t necessarily make it over in broad strokes to our shores (like 2009)). The 1962 version is perhaps the most famous, but even it diverges from the book in a few significant ways that neuter the story’s impact. Fortunately, it looks like (after a bidding war where Mandate came out on top) Sam Raimi is going to have a go at it. Yes, there’s a subtlety to it all that Raimi will have trouble finding while a tree rapes a woman, but overall the guy is a talented filmmaker who certainly has passion for the genre and the title itself.

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We all love seeing the Earth blow up in movies, even if it rarely happens. We’re in this fight together, and if we all pitch in just a little bit, we’ll be able to witness the complete death of our Earth many times during our lifetime.

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Welcome back to Junkfood Cinema; the other white meat. Yes, this is the questionable truck-stop diner of the information super highway. Each week I serve up greasy, fattening cinematic Grand Slams in the hopes that your otherwise healthy viewing habits may be corrupted.

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ZombielandInt

In which two men, one having never seen a zombie film and the other a casual fan of the genre, create the best zombie flick since Shaun of the Dead. And in which, I get the scoop of the century on who will be playing Venom.

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Scott Beggs

Review: 9

Movie Reviews By Scott Beggs on September 8, 2009 | Comments (7)

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A movie that (I swear to you) wasn’t directed by Tim Burton explores the limits of ragdoll action sequences with a gorgeously envisioned post-robot-devastated world where the population is sparse and so is the story line.

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The first trailer for John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize winning book The Road is currently stalking you. Submit to it’s will, before its too late.

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While far from perfect, Doomsday can be a blast if you like the action, like the violence, endure the language and like watching Rhona Mitra strut around in tight, black spandex. [Grade: B+]

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