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(Short List)   The 10 Greatest Apocalypse Movies - Doesn't include '2012' mainly because it's a steaming pile of big old horse shiat   (shortlist.com) divider line 124
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2012-12-15 11:46:25 AM

FeedTheCollapse: WhippingBoy: "Children of Men" sucked.

/there, I said it

thank god, I thought I was the only one! It's not so much bad as much as it is goddamn goofy and nowhere near as deep as it's been made out to be. It felt like it had a lot to say, but presented it in an extremely schizophrenic fashion. The "long continuous shot (that is really not)" at the end isn't really that impressive beyond a technical level.


I also found this movie needlessly dull and depressing.
 
2012-12-15 11:48:45 AM

skepticultist: Except A Boy And His Dog is a post-apocalyptic movie, not a movie about an apocalypse. It has the standard PA "There was a war and everyone died." intro.


Yeah, but "The Road" is on the list, which is like that with a twist of "something really bad happened, but its not terribly relevant what it was"
 
2012-12-15 11:58:12 AM

gwowen: coco ebert: No On the Beach? Good god that book scared me as a child.

This. Also, I'm not sure if "Silent Running" counts, since the Apocalypse is off-screen, but "Silent Running".


I gotta disagree there, I thought John Candy was hilarious.
 
2012-12-15 12:03:59 PM

Mentat: If they're going to include "Threads", then they need "The Day After". Not only do the people of Kansas City get nuked all to hell, but the survivors are forced to live in Lawrence, Kansas. Horrifying. On the plus side, I haven't seen Allen Fieldhouse filled with that many traumatized Kansans since the last time Texas beat the Jayhawks.


The comment made me lol. As far as the day after is concerned I saw that movie on tv as a child when it first came out. The folks and animals getting vaporized scared the shiat out of me. Im sure the effects are awful today.
 
2012-12-15 12:08:02 PM

Igor Jakovsky: Mentat: If they're going to include "Threads", then they need "The Day After". Not only do the people of Kansas City get nuked all to hell, but the survivors are forced to live in Lawrence, Kansas. Horrifying. On the plus side, I haven't seen Allen Fieldhouse filled with that many traumatized Kansans since the last time Texas beat the Jayhawks.

The comment made me lol. As far as the day after is concerned I saw that movie on tv as a child when it first came out. The folks and animals getting vaporized scared the shiat out of me. Im sure the effects are awful today.


I recall that, during the commercial breaks, they had psychologists explaining to parents how to explain to their children how to deal with the constant imminent threat of nuclear war. That was scarier than the damn movie.
 
2012-12-15 12:19:24 PM

Shrugging Atlas: Threads is the most depressing piece of fiction I've ever seen. I wouldn't watch it again for money. God almighty....


Try Grave of the Fireflies. It'll help cheer you up.
 
2012-12-15 12:23:08 PM

cretinbob: "2012" was a comedy, dumbmitter


If that's true, it's worse than BioDome.
 
2012-12-15 12:36:30 PM
Stunned to see "The Quiet Earth" on this list. Just discovered it about 2 months ago. My wife is making everyone we know watch it. Fantastic little quiet NZ movie. Utterly fantastic.

Zombieland, while fun, doesn't belong on this list. Neither does Strangelove. The "post apoc" in Strangelove is over the closing titles for God's sake.
 
2012-12-15 12:39:59 PM

twomutts: No Melancholia? Or was this list strictly for POST apocalyptic films?


Yup. That one definitely left me feeling a bit creeped out for a day or so.
 
2012-12-15 12:46:48 PM
Good list.

I've always been fond of Last Night as a pseudo-apocalypse film. Not the one with Keira Knightley from a couple years back; Don McKellar's directorial effort from '98. It's more of an examination of how different people handle the impending apocalypse rather than the event itself (its nature is never articulated) or what happens afterward, but it's certainly one of my favourite end-of-the-world themed movies. There's a great mixture of black humour and real emotional punch -- not hard when you've got such talents as Sarah Polley, Sandra Oh and Callum Keith Rennie in your cast of Canadian all-stars.
 
2012-12-15 12:50:52 PM

Rafe: Good list.

I've always been fond of Last Night as a pseudo-apocalypse film. Not the one with Keira Knightley from a couple years back; Don McKellar's directorial effort from '98. It's more of an examination of how different people handle the impending apocalypse rather than the event itself (its nature is never articulated) or what happens afterward, but it's certainly one of my favourite end-of-the-world themed movies. There's a great mixture of black humour and real emotional punch -- not hard when you've got such talents as Sarah Polley, Sandra Oh and Callum Keith Rennie in your cast of Canadian all-stars.


Just watched Keira Knightley last night in Seeking a Friend from the End of the World. Which is kinda an impending apocalypse movie. Strictly comedy though. It didn't get great reviews, but I really liked it.
 
2012-12-15 12:51:34 PM

coco ebert: No On the Beach? Good god that book scared me as a child.


Came hoping somebody knows this movie.

//Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-12-15 12:53:27 PM

grinding_journalist: Then I was like, I was mistaken. Thought you said "The Day After" and not "The Day After Tomorrow". Day After Tomorrow is the one with Cusack in it?


Cusack was in 2012, a completely different Roland Emmerich disaster movie. TDAT had Randy Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum and Bilbo Baggins.
 
2012-12-15 01:00:48 PM

Mugato: natazha: I was at a party where "Day after Tomorrow" was being shown in one room. I'd comment on the stupidity of various scenes each time I walked through, until a 7-year old girl said, "Lighten up, it's only a movie!" She was right, a crappy movie, but just a movie.

I didn't even see "Day after Tomorrow" but just because it's a movie doesn't mean that it shouldn't make some coherent sense. People get paid a lot of money to write screenplays, they should make sense.


It's okay to think that 2012 was stupid - and to say as much in certain contexts.

But complaining about it at a party... Yeah, the little girl was right. Shut yo mouth
 
2012-12-15 01:00:55 PM

Mentat: TDAT had Randy Quaid


Dennis Quaid
 
2012-12-15 01:01:48 PM
I loved "The Road" as a book, but it just didn't work as a movie imo.
 
2012-12-15 01:05:02 PM
Glad to see A Boy and His Dog on there.

That twist at the end had me believing that Don Johnson has always been gay.
 
2012-12-15 01:07:15 PM

cretinbob: "2012" was a comedy, dumbmitter


This. I love that steaming pile of big old horse shiat. It's comedy gold!
 
2012-12-15 01:08:04 PM

born_yesterday: gwowen: coco ebert: No On the Beach? Good god that book scared me as a child.

This. Also, I'm not sure if "Silent Running" counts, since the Apocalypse is off-screen, but "Silent Running".

I gotta disagree there, I thought John Candy was hilarious.


This is what I thought. ... "The movie about the Jamaican bobsled team? I don't remember the the world ending in that ... I guess it's been awhile since I saw it, hmm..."

Then I looked it up.
 
2012-12-15 01:17:24 PM
Glad to see On The Beach was mentioned.

Shocked to see Cafe Flesh was not.
 
2012-12-15 01:20:15 PM

FeedTheCollapse: by the way, anyone have the list? I can only see some "Who is Mr Hyde? ad and nothing else. even disabling adblock (your website is shiat if I have to do this, by the way) doesn't help.


Me too.
 
2012-12-15 01:20:18 PM

phenn: Mentat: TDAT had Randy Quaid

Dennis Quaid


Right. In my defense, Randy Quaid was in that other completely different Roland Emmerich disaster movie.
 
2012-12-15 01:23:38 PM
The list is missing "Testament" arguably on "Treads" cuts a deeper emotional impact. It tells the story of a small village in northern California that is spared blast damage from world War III but then everyone slowly begins to die of radiation sickness. Sad doesn't begin to cover it.
 
2012-12-15 01:30:17 PM

WhippingBoy: costermonger: You two probably liked Armageddon, right?

Armageddon sucked donkey balls. It should have been a "good"-bad movie; instead it was a "bad"-bad movie.

"They call him Rockhound because he is always horny" That's what I'll always associate Liv Tyler with. That one horrible, horrible line.


I love Armageddon for it's terribleness. It was the last movie I saw at the theatre with my mom before she died and we had to sit in the fourth row and we laughed and laughed. We were the only ones laughing through most of the movie.
 
2012-12-15 01:32:41 PM

Rafe: Good list.

I've always been fond of Last Night as a pseudo-apocalypse film. Not the one with Keira Knightley from a couple years back; Don McKellar's directorial effort from '98. It's more of an examination of how different people handle the impending apocalypse rather than the event itself (its nature is never articulated) or what happens afterward, but it's certainly one of my favourite end-of-the-world themed movies. There's a great mixture of black humour and real emotional punch -- not hard when you've got such talents as Sarah Polley, Sandra Oh and Callum Keith Rennie in your cast of Canadian all-stars.


I agree. I never really thought about what it would be like knowing the exact time of the end until I saw Last Night. I think it was unrealistic in some ways-things seemed just a bit too ordered and calm to me-it was very well done and thought provoking. I would recommend it to anyone.
 
2012-12-15 01:33:42 PM

Delawheredad: The list is missing "Testament" arguably on "Treads" cuts a deeper emotional impact. It tells the story of a small village in northern California that is spared blast damage from world War III but then everyone slowly begins to die of radiation sickness. Sad doesn't begin to cover it.


Also a very good pick. I've searched all those out and added them to my home theater movie files. I have this odd fascination with the end of the world.
 
2012-12-15 01:34:36 PM
Has anyone seen that William DeFoe one, "4:44, Last Day on Earth?"
 
2012-12-15 01:40:59 PM

dramboxf: Has anyone seen that William DeFoe one, "4:44, Last Day on Earth?"


Not yet. I'm thinking of watching it on the netflix. I hesitated because it sounded like the same movie as Last Night (1998) by Don McKellar.
 
2012-12-15 01:47:35 PM

TalonZahn: cretinbob: "2012" was a comedy, dumbmitter

That was my approach to it.

It does have some pretty good CGI stuff.

Other than that, it is a comedy.


I like that to get on a train south, they went to Grand Central.
 
2012-12-15 01:59:22 PM
Although more of a "Run-up to Apocalypse" movie, I'd suggest Miracle Mile.

/never did look at late-night phone booths the same after seeing it...
 
2012-12-15 02:04:51 PM

eCurmudgeon: /never did look at late-night phone booths the same after seeing it...


These days, if I see someone using a payphone, I assume they're arranging the random drop.

/Miracle Mile is a good flick, though....very quirky.
 
2012-12-15 02:05:26 PM
*RANSOM drop.

ARGH.
 
2012-12-15 02:07:23 PM
Colossus: The Forbin Project. A different sort of apocalypse.

/silent running +1
 
2012-12-15 02:31:10 PM

madgonad: Andromeda Strain and Dr Strangelove shouldn't be on there. That would allow crap like Moonraker to qualify too. These should all include some aspect of the apocalypse itself or life afterward. I am pleased they went with Omega Man instead of I am Legend.


I Am Legend would have been fine if they used the alternate ending. The entire pay-off of the story made no sense with the released ending.
 
2012-12-15 02:46:24 PM
Damnation Alley, had the coolest vehicle ever. And cockroaches that ate a black dude. Not to mention George Peppard, Jan Michael Vincent, and Jackie Hearley.

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and what about this classic.

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2012-12-15 03:15:12 PM
Would Kom Susser Todd in End of Evangelion have counted?
 
2012-12-15 03:21:49 PM
wow
that website is an abortion
anyone have a version which works in an actual browser?
tried chrome and IE and quit
 
2012-12-15 03:35:08 PM
You guys are dumb. Children of men and the road are amazing.


/the book of the road is even better.
 
2012-12-15 03:46:42 PM
Replace "Omega Man" with "The Last Man on Earth". Still not quite up to the original story, but it's the closest version made.

/"I am Legend" might have been closer if they had kept the original ending.
 
2012-12-15 03:55:07 PM

PsyLord: If that's true, it's worse than BioDome.


At least BioDome at Kylie Minogue and her phenomenal ass in it. She really earned her paycheck having to make out with Pauly Shore
 
2012-12-15 03:55:57 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: Replace "Omega Man" with "The Last Man on Earth". Still not quite up to the original story, but it's the closest version made.

/"I am Legend" might have been closer if they had kept the original ending.


they are all great in completely different ways
the BOOK is amazing
omega man is FUN
and I really need to put the last man on earth back in player and watch it now
 
2012-12-15 03:56:52 PM

chewy milk: You guys are dumb. Children of men and the road are amazing.


/the book of the road is even better.




i haven't read The Road, but the movie's dialogue kind of seemed like it would work better as a book; it just felt kind of awkward when said aloud. Children of Men also seems like it might've worked better as a book, but on film it tried to take on many more issues and references than it could handle and just came off was a schizophrenic mess. Children of Men: The Movie is just goofy as fark.
 
2012-12-15 04:21:00 PM

grinding_journalist: Shrugging Atlas: Threads is the most depressing piece of fiction I've ever seen. I wouldn't watch it again for money. God almighty....

It's my front runner for most depressing movie ever, to be sure.

natazha: was at a party where "Day after Tomorrow" was being shown in one room. I'd comment on the stupidity of various scenes each time I walked through

I'm curious, what didn't you like about it, or found ludicrously implausible? The only glaring inaccuracy that bothered me was the depiction of the advancement of radiation sickness, but even then, all you have to demonstrate is that "this is horrible, painful, slow way to die and there's nothing you can do about it" which the film did just fine.

/ok fine, their discussion about "decreasing radiation levels" bothered me too


You're thinking of a different movie. The Day After Tomorrow was the one with Jake Gylennhaal in it. Had nothing to do with nukes.
 
2012-12-15 04:24:22 PM

FeedTheCollapse: Children of Men also seems like it might've worked better as a book, but on film it tried to take on many more issues and references than it could handle and just came off was a schizophrenic mess.


It was adapted from a book. The movie is better.

/I thought it was excellent, but there's no question that it's not for everybody
//don't think it was really attempting to 'take on issues'
 
2012-12-15 04:33:19 PM

FeedTheCollapse: i haven't read The Road, but the movie's dialogue kind of seemed like it would work better as a book; it just felt kind of awkward when said aloud. Children of Men also seems like it might've worked better as a book, but on film it tried to take on many more issues and references than it could handle and just came off was a schizophrenic mess. Children of Men: The Movie is just goofy as fark.


I like both movies.
The Road
and
Children of Men

I have not read either book and feel zero need to do so.
They were both interesting in and of themselves. Strange and captivating and entertaining.

"Take on Issues"
meh - in some ways, I could not care less.
They were what they were. They kept me watching and The Road was amazing at times.
As a post apocalyptic movie it was close to perfect.
Survive. Nothing more, Nothing less. No religion. No explanation. No meaning.
My child.
Period.

WHAT would and could you do to survive and help your child survive?
WOULD you quit, would you make it, would you be able to do it?
These were thrown in our face. HARD. No feel good. No silly easy or luck or or or. Just a lot of EFFORT.

Was fun for the gut realism and pain and insanity.
Is on the table to watch again real soon now.
 
2012-12-15 04:38:28 PM
My list in no particular order-
Mirace Mile
Ever Since the World Ended
A Boy and His Dog
The Bed Sitting Room
Fando Y Lis
Glen and Randa
The Lord Of the Flies (original B&W)
Panic in the Year Zero
No Blade of Grass
When the Wind Blows
Without Warning
On the Beach (both film versions are awesome)
The War Game

I'd also love to see 'A Canticle for Liebowitz' made into a film. Also 'Earth Abides' and 'The Book of Dave'.
 
2012-12-15 04:40:43 PM

namatad: FeedTheCollapse: i haven't read The Road, but the movie's dialogue kind of seemed like it would work better as a book; it just felt kind of awkward when said aloud. Children of Men also seems like it might've worked better as a book, but on film it tried to take on many more issues and references than it could handle and just came off was a schizophrenic mess. Children of Men: The Movie is just goofy as fark.

I like both movies.
The Road
and
Children of Men

I have not read either book and feel zero need to do so.
They were both interesting in and of themselves. Strange and captivating and entertaining.

"Take on Issues"
meh - in some ways, I could not care less.
They were what they were. They kept me watching and The Road was amazing at times.
As a post apocalyptic movie it was close to perfect.
Survive. Nothing more, Nothing less. No religion. No explanation. No meaning.
My child.
Period.

WHAT would and could you do to survive and help your child survive?
WOULD you quit, would you make it, would you be able to do it?
These were thrown in our face. HARD. No feel good. No silly easy or luck or or or. Just a lot of EFFORT.

Was fun for the gut realism and pain and insanity.
Is on the table to watch again real soon now.


Cormac Macarthy said that he wrote The Road when he had a son and wondered just how far he would go and what he would do to protect him.
 
2012-12-15 04:40:51 PM
I give up.
Anyone else having problems with the mr hyde sidebars? and what browser are you using?
farking retard websites with retard ads
 
2012-12-15 04:41:59 PM

costermonger: //don't think it was really attempting to 'take on issues'




it made at least one direct reference to Abu Ghraib... there was probably more, but I haven't seen it since it came out. The references it made, not just to Abu Ghraib, just felt kind of random and like a substitute for depth; none of it really added up to some kind of over-arching message.
 
2012-12-15 04:42:12 PM

redsquid: I'd also love to see 'A Canticle for Liebowitz' made into a film..


my god they would ruin my favorite book
but yah
farking cretins would make it into an action fill and I would have to kill myself
 
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