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2013-08-23 11:43:22 PM  
The best part of "The Day After" was Steve Guttenberg's skin after he'd been irradiated.
 
2013-08-23 11:57:38 PM  
"On the Beach" is in my top ten.  Brutal.
 
2013-08-24 12:11:44 AM  

Dallymo: "On the Beach" is in my top ten.  Brutal.


Glad to see that was on the list.  Usually ignored by these pop-culture people.
 
2013-08-24 12:14:59 AM  

Dallymo: "On the Beach" is in my top ten.  Brutal.


This

/awesome film
//Loved Miracle Mile, too
///there are no happy endings
 
2013-08-24 12:28:02 AM  
I've only seen 'Seeking a Friend' and '12 Monkeys' out of that list, but some of the other look worth checking out.  'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' was much better than I was expecting, it was genuinely both funny and touching at the same time.

Deep Impact deserves a mention.  I only saw it once when it came out, so maybe it doesn't hold up well, but I remember it being much, much, much better than Armageddon which got all of the attention.
 
2013-08-24 12:28:24 AM  
And by "top ten" I mean movies overall, not just end-of-the-world movies.

Although I do like end-of-the-world movies.  I like sad, hopeless endings, full of regrets and unrealized hopes.  "Every silver lining has a cloud," that's my motto.
 
2013-08-24 12:34:18 AM  

Dallymo: And by "top ten" I mean movies overall, not just end-of-the-world movies.


Yeah

/that's what I meant, too
//it's simply a great movie
 
2013-08-24 01:02:05 AM  
No "Threads"? Can't say the list is a total fail, but it definitely should be at #2.
 
2013-08-24 01:05:30 AM  
List contained War of the Worlds (2005).  That is unforgivable enough.  It then goes on to not include War of the Worlds (1953).

List is a piece of shiat.
 
2013-08-24 01:06:02 AM  
That comet movie from the 80's is #1 right?
 
2013-08-24 01:06:46 AM  
List totally fails without Testament, which will tear apart your insides and leave you depressed for a day....
 
2013-08-24 01:09:28 AM  
"Mein Fuhrer!  I can walk!"
 
2013-08-24 01:09:41 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: List contained War of the Worlds (2005).  That is unforgivable enough.  It then goes on to not include War of the Worlds (1953).

List is a piece of shiat.


It does give the '53 version a nod, at least

/watching Dr. Strangelove, so I'm getting a real kick out of these comments
 
2013-08-24 01:10:39 AM  
And I feel fine....
 
2013-08-24 01:15:22 AM  

SpdrJay: List totally fails without Testament, which will tear apart your insides and leave you depressed for a day....


Testament sucked shiat... "Threads", the British version of "The Day After" was by far the best.
 
2013-08-24 01:15:55 AM  

Strongbeerrules: "Mein Fuhrer!  I can walk!"


And that is my number 1 all-time.
 
2013-08-24 01:20:27 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-08-24 01:33:37 AM  

SpdrJay: Testament

I totally agree
 
2013-08-24 01:38:06 AM  
This hokie movie creeped me out when I was a kid - (IMDB link): 'Quartermass and the Pit' / 'Five Million Years to Earth'.   While digging a new subway line in London, construction crews find 'stuff' and bad things happen.

LoL I haven't seen it in at least 40 years and I can still see the ending in my head. Too obscure? Anyone else seen it? I got freaked out when I saw Vincent Price's 'House of Wax' the first time also if you need a point of reference to my @8 yr. old (this would be the late 60's) child horror movie tolerance o meter.  Always the first thing that pops into my head when the subject of EotW movies comes up.

I did like several on the list, but the WotW remake... not so much. :>/ It's kind of a quirky movie, but I probably would have replaced it with (IMDB link): 'The Quiet Earth'
 
2013-08-24 01:40:46 AM  
Quantum Apostrophe:

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SPOILERS AHEAD*****************************************

Good film, but no more "end of the earth" than Lost.

/Just recently re-watched it
 
2013-08-24 01:42:59 AM  
No mention of  Skynet?
 
2013-08-24 01:43:58 AM  

Polartank13: No "Threads"? Can't say the list is a total fail, but it definitely should be at #2.



It was made for TV, I'm sure. Not a theatrical release.
 
2013-08-24 01:44:01 AM  
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)?

Planet of the Apes (1968)?

Children of Men?

Idiocracy?

Your blog sucks.
 
2013-08-24 01:44:02 AM  

Tired_of_the_BS: This hokie movie creeped me out when I was a kid - (IMDB link): 'Quartermass and the Pit' / 'Five Million Years to Earth'.   While digging a new subway line in London, construction crews find 'stuff' and bad things happen.


Oh, my god, yes...that movie scared the crap out of me pretty regularly on the Saturday afternoon TV horror movies when I was a kid.  Those weird insect-y things, eeeeee...
 
2013-08-24 01:44:24 AM  
Melancholia made me wish that the planet moved faster. That thing was about an hour and a half too long. This Is The End was a nigh unwatchable wankfest between a bunch of douchebag actors whom, separately, I actually like.
 
2013-08-24 01:48:31 AM  

Tired_of_the_BS: This hokie movie creeped me out when I was a kid - (IMDB link): 'Quartermass and the Pit' / 'Five Million Years to Earth'.   While digging a new subway line in London, construction crews find 'stuff' and bad things happen.

LoL I haven't seen it in at least 40 years and I can still see the ending in my head. Too obscure? Anyone else seen it? I got freaked out when I saw Vincent Price's 'House of Wax' the first time also if you need a point of reference to my @8 yr. old (this would be the late 60's) child horror movie tolerance o meter.  Always the first thing that pops into my head when the subject of EotW movies comes up.

I did like several on the list, but the WotW remake... not so much. :>/ It's kind of a quirky movie, but I probably would have replaced it with (IMDB link): 'The Quiet Earth'


I have QATP in my collection

/watch it often, too
//love it
 
2013-08-24 02:01:06 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x342]


You may be bugshiat insane, but you have good taste in movies.
 
2013-08-24 02:07:24 AM  
FTFA: [12 Monkeys] Bruce Willis plays a mentally unstable convict from an apocalyptic future who is sent back in time to halt the release of a deadly virus that will kill billions.

Oh, for fark's sake! This is like the idiots who think David Bowie's eyes are different colors. Don't people listen to the God-damned dialogue? James Cole wasn't sent back to stop the damned plague, he was sent back to find a sample of the original virus so they could create a cure in the future (his present).
 
2013-08-24 02:10:22 AM  

Ed Grubermann: FTFA: [12 Monkeys] Bruce Willis plays a mentally unstable convict from an apocalyptic future who is sent back in time to halt the release of a deadly virus that will kill billions.

Oh, for fark's sake! This is like the idiots who think David Bowie's eyes are different colors. Don't people listen to the God-damned dialogue? James Cole wasn't sent back to stop the damned plague, he was sent back to find a sample of the original virus so they could create a cure in the future (his present).


He does, however, try to stop the release of the virus.
 
2013-08-24 02:12:04 AM  

Tired_of_the_BS: This hokie movie creeped me out when I was a kid - (IMDB link): 'Quartermass and the Pit' / 'Five Million Years to Earth'.   While digging a new subway line in London, construction crews find 'stuff' and bad things happen.

LoL I haven't seen it in at least 40 years and I can still see the ending in my head. Too obscure? Anyone else seen it? I got freaked out when I saw Vincent Price's 'House of Wax' the first time also if you need a point of reference to my @8 yr. old (this would be the late 60's) child horror movie tolerance o meter.  Always the first thing that pops into my head when the subject of EotW movies comes up.

I did like several on the list, but the WotW remake... not so much. :>/ It's kind of a quirky movie, but I probably would have replaced it with (IMDB link): 'The Quiet Earth'

Five Million years....

First and only time I saw a British army officer barbeque himself to death.

 
2013-08-24 02:13:29 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Melancholia made me wish that the planet moved faster. That thing was about an hour and a half too long. This Is The End was a nigh unwatchable wankfest between a bunch of douchebag actors whom, separately, I actually like.


The only redeemable parts of Melancholia were the opening sequence and Kirsten Dunst laying out nude by the stream. I'm with you about the planet moving faster. The only person who wasn't a douchebag was the little boy.
 
2013-08-24 02:18:13 AM  

GungFu: Polartank13: No "Threads"? Can't say the list is a total fail, but it definitely should be at #2.


It was made for TV, I'm sure. Not a theatrical release.


FTFA "10. The Day After(1983) Few movies in 1983 inspired as much heated debate or produced a more visceral reaction in audiences than this two-hour, made-for-TV movie. "

So what's your point?
 
2013-08-24 02:18:55 AM  

gameshowhost: The best part of "The Day After" was Steve Guttenberg's skin after he'd been irradiated.


That movie scared the crap out of me when I saw it as like an 8 year old. The part where the people and animals were vaporized got me. That sequence probably looks awful now but back then...

I think it also had something to do with the fact that I had been taken to some anti nuke rallies previously. Dad went through a hippie phase for a few years.
 
2013-08-24 02:25:53 AM  
Everybody knows A Boy and His Dog is the best end-of-the-world movie.

/followed closely by Six String Samurai
 
2013-08-24 02:39:27 AM  

Polartank13: GungFu: Polartank13: No "Threads"? Can't say the list is a total fail, but it definitely should be at #2.


It was made for TV, I'm sure. Not a theatrical release.

FTFA "10. The Day After(1983) Few movies in 1983 inspired as much heated debate or produced a more visceral reaction in audiences than this two-hour, made-for-TV movie. "

So what's your point?


Er, the article is farking wrong in including it, maybe? Or Threads wasn't as Hollywood as The Day After? Take your pick.
 
2013-08-24 02:46:50 AM  
Leaving out The Day the Earth Stood Still (original version) is a crime. The only way the list could get any lamer is if they put Knowing on there too.
 
2013-08-24 03:03:46 AM  
www.jigsawlounge.co.uk

List fails...
 
2013-08-24 03:04:39 AM  
I never saw the movie The Road, and with good reason. As a big Cormac McCarthy fan I eagerly purchased and read the book and it was a horrible, disappointing, mind numbing grind. The Road could have been a short story by Richard Bachman before he became Stephen King, padded out to hundreds and hundreds of pages. The only reason anybody even read that dreary novel was because somebody made it Oprah Winfrey's book club pick (don't tell me Oprah picked it herself because that woman doesn't have time to read long, very long, horrible novels). I can only surmise that the Pulitzer committee gave McCarthy the award for lifetime achievement (he was 73 years old at the time) because that book was awful.

As to the list of the 20 best End-of-the-World movies, who cares what Mark Rozeman thinks are the best? Not you, not me. In the publishing business there is a name for this kind of article: It's a "listicle" which is a word made from smashing the word list into the word article to form an abomination to describe these stupid lists that are put together to fill space and get clicks. Rubbish, all of them.
 
2013-08-24 03:24:33 AM  
No water world? Pfft.

/wishes he had gills.
//wants a sequel with more mutants swimming around.
 
2013-08-24 03:34:09 AM  

red5ish: I never saw the movie The Road, and with good reason. As a big Cormac McCarthy fan I eagerly purchased and read the book and it was a horrible, disappointing, mind numbing grind. The Road could have been a short story by Richard Bachman before he became Stephen King, padded out to hundreds and hundreds of pages. The only reason anybody even read that dreary novel was because somebody made it Oprah Winfrey's book club pick (don't tell me Oprah picked it herself because that woman doesn't have time to read long, very long, horrible novels). I can only surmise that the Pulitzer committee gave McCarthy the award for lifetime achievement (he was 73 years old at the time) because that book was awful.

As to the list of the 20 best End-of-the-World movies, who cares what Mark Rozeman thinks are the best? Not you, not me. In the publishing business there is a name for this kind of article: It's a "listicle" which is a word made from smashing the word list into the word article to form an abomination to describe these stupid lists that are put together to fill space and get clicks. Rubbish, all of them.


Portmanteau is the word you are searching for.
 
2013-08-24 03:59:54 AM  
I'm not a fan of end of the world movies, so the only ones on the list I've experienced were mandated by high school classes: Dr. Strangelove, and On The Beach, though I may have just read the book of the latter; I don't remember much.
 
2013-08-24 04:00:24 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Ed Grubermann: FTFA: [12 Monkeys] Bruce Willis plays a mentally unstable convict from an apocalyptic future who is sent back in time to halt the release of a deadly virus that will kill billions.

Oh, for fark's sake! This is like the idiots who think David Bowie's eyes are different colors. Don't people listen to the God-damned dialogue? James Cole wasn't sent back to stop the damned plague, he was sent back to find a sample of the original virus so they could create a cure in the future (his present).

He does, however, try to stop the release of the virus.


Yes, but that's not what they sent him back to do.
 
2013-08-24 04:15:05 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: I've only seen 'Seeking a Friend' and '12 Monkeys' out of that list, but some of the other look worth checking out.  'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' was much better than I was expecting, it was genuinely both funny and touching at the same time.


TOTALLY STUCK the ending.
I was amazing. (needed a better final song for the credits ... wtf stupid song was that??? FFS)

sheen was perfect.
 
2013-08-24 04:15:57 AM  

Dallymo: Tired_of_the_BS: This hokie movie creeped me out when I was a kid - (IMDB link): 'Quartermass and the Pit' / 'Five Million Years to Earth'.   While digging a new subway line in London, construction crews find 'stuff' and bad things happen.

Oh, my god, yes...that movie scared the crap out of me pretty regularly on the Saturday afternoon TV horror movies when I was a kid.  Those weird insect-y things, eeeeee...


I rewatch that movie about once a year.
LOVE IT
 
2013-08-24 04:58:40 AM  

red5ish: I never saw the movie The Road, and with good reason. As a big Cormac McCarthy fan I eagerly purchased and read the book and it was a horrible, disappointing, mind numbing grind. The Road could have been a short story by Richard Bachman before he became Stephen King, padded out to hundreds and hundreds of pages. The only reason anybody even read that dreary novel was because somebody made it Oprah Winfrey's book club pick (don't tell me Oprah picked it herself because that woman doesn't have time to read long, very long, horrible novels). I can only surmise that the Pulitzer committee gave McCarthy the award for lifetime achievement (he was 73 years old at the time) because that book was awful.

As to the list of the 20 best End-of-the-World movies, who cares what Mark Rozeman thinks are the best? Not you, not me. In the publishing business there is a name for this kind of article: It's a "listicle" which is a word made from smashing the word list into the word article to form an abomination to describe these stupid lists that are put together to fill space and get clicks. Rubbish, all of them.


Having read the book and watched the movie, the movie was far more entertaining.  Imagine taking out all the boring parts of the book and making a movie out of it.

It turned out pretty well, even if the critics thought it wasn't true to the book.

And no one gives "War Games" any credit, ever, but that movie was pretty damn scary during the Cold War era.
 
2013-08-24 05:00:54 AM  

red5ish: I never saw the movie The Road, and with good reason. As a big Cormac McCarthy fan I eagerly purchased and read the book and it was a horrible, disappointing, mind numbing grind. The Road could have been a short story by Richard Bachman before he became Stephen King, padded out to hundreds and hundreds of pages. The only reason anybody even read that dreary novel was because somebody made it Oprah Winfrey's book club pick (don't tell me Oprah picked it herself because that woman doesn't have time to read long, very long, horrible novels). I can only surmise that the Pulitzer committee gave McCarthy the award for lifetime achievement (he was 73 years old at the time) because that book was awful.

As to the list of the 20 best End-of-the-World movies, who cares what Mark Rozeman thinks are the best? Not you, not me. In the publishing business there is a name for this kind of article: It's a "listicle" which is a word made from smashing the word list into the word article to form an abomination to describe these stupid lists that are put together to fill space and get clicks. Rubbish, all of them.


The Road was 256 pages. I read it on a Saturday. I agree it wasn't as good as the hype indicated, but it wasn't any worse than most of King's work.
 
2013-08-24 05:09:17 AM  
Nice to see Last Night get some love. Got to see it at a premiere in Atlanta back in 2000 w/the director present.

Also, list fails without 'Knowing'. Nicolas Cage jokes aside, the movie has a great ending.
 
2013-08-24 05:12:35 AM  
List fails without 2012. I don't care what anyone says, a film that was clearly conceived to end the "mega disaster" movie schtick by one upping them all to such a degree there was no possible way to outdo it deserves kudos. Definitely a better film than the 2005 WotW. Original should have been on the list.
 
2013-08-24 05:32:11 AM  
The beauty of  The Road(book or movie) is that it haunts you for days after. Its bleakness sticks in your head.
 
2013-08-24 05:38:55 AM  

Lsherm: And no one gives "War Games" any credit, ever, but that movie was pretty damn scary during the Cold War era.


Plus, Alley Sheedy's pert little butt was all over the place.
 
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