movie week

Know Your Idols #18: Charly Baltimore

by Katemandi, Last Girl on Earth

You wake up in suburbia but something tells you it might not be where you belong. You can’t remember the rest of your life and you settle into being a teacher and a mom and bake for the PTA. Then one day you discover a brilliant skill with knives. You’re a chef!

Oh, wait — you’re not. You’re a killer.

Geena Davis’s turn as Charly Baltimore in The Long Kiss Goodnight offers an excellent role model for the post-apocalyptic woman (Davis herself is no slouch as a role model, too). See her trade witticisms with Samuel L. Jackson, survive torture and Craig Bierko. Charly kicks, shoots, knifes, skates, loves her husband and daughter and drinks vodka neat. Brava.

And the film is great fun, too. Consider it part of your holiday training.

Preparing Your Children

by Katemandi, Last Girl on Earth

If you rely on standardized exams to prepare your children for the apocalypse, you will find your tots will not cope well with the demands of the post-apocalyptic world. Here is a training film that will better prepare them for the realities. Get your conch out and sharpen that spear.

Movie Week – Zombieland

by Hekate

I first saw this film a few weeks ago, I don’t know why it took me so long.
It’s funny, gory, awesome zompoc fun!

Zombieland isn’t a film about how the apocalypse starts, there’s something about Patient Zero, but that’s not the important part. The film is all about surviving after the apocalypse has happened and fast-moving, fairly dexterous zombies roam the streets.
It’s about a socially-awkward, obsessive young man and the rules he develops to keep himself from becoming a zombie (or a zombie’s lunch).
It’s about how adversity can lead to strange alliances, and how being a bit odd or unconventional is probably your best chance for survival.
It also has two great female characters, Wichita and Little Rock (there’s more about them on this very blog).

And remember kids
Rule No. 4 Wear Seat belts

Hekate out.

Movie Week – Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

I know the first Mad Max is the real classic, Road Warrior is also probably a better film, but Thunderdome with Tina Turner and the crazy spherical cage fight make the third film my personal favourite of the series.

In a post apocalyptic world Max, having lost his wife and child in the first film and everything else in the second now risks losing his own life once again trying to retrieve the things stolen from him. He heads into Bartertown and not only must he survive, but this time he has to rescue others and take them somewhere safe.

The 80’s were a great time for truly mad films and Tina Turner rocks it in the post apocalyptic Bartertown.

Movie Week – Stonehenge Apocalypse

by battleaxebunny

You just can’t trust ancient monuments. One moment they’re giving you a nice bit of tourist income, the next they’re going psycho and trying to destroy the Earth with freaky hand-wavy electromagnetic powers.

Presenting, for the destruction of your last crumbs of sanity: Stonehenge Apocalypse.

Starring (amongst others who probably don’t want to be named) one ex-angel (Misha Collins), one ex-Stargate officer (Tori Higgins) and one ex-immortal (Peter Wingfield) – their mission: to foil an evil cult ensconced in a secret pyramid in Maine and find the device that turns Stonehenge off.

Stonehenge refuses to take this lying down. It rousts its other evil ancient monument friends in a conspiracy of worldwide destruction and is also quite capable of smacking down any modern weaponry that gets used against it.

Also, did I mention, Stonehenge moves. Bet the druids never knew that…

battleaxebunny out.

Movie Week – Shaun of the Dead

by Katemandi, Last Girl on Earth

When the zombie apocalypse comes, will you be caught with a Cornetto stuck in your mouth? 2004’s Shaun of the Dead offers a hard-hitting look at the average wage slave’s preparation for game-changing mayhem.

The picture was not pretty.

Nonetheless, the titular character managed to survive despite his lack of preparedness through the fortuitous discovery of some important survival rules. Viz.:

1) Choose your team with care — okay, sure it included a lot of dead weight (best friend Ed) and annoying negativity (whiny David) as well as the dangerously injured and vunberable (his mum),  but let’s face it: when it comes to survival, you need some ‘broken wings’ to draw the fire.

2) Blend in — nothing helps you slip past innumerable hordes of shambling undead like the ability to mimic their lifeless stumble. A numbing job in retail can be your best training ground to ape the listless movements and dead-like expression of the revenants, although there is much to be said for factory work as well.

3) Surround yourself with sports equipment — this is helpful especially if you don’t actually play sports of any kind. While it may be encouraged to participate in athletic games and maintain a healthy lifestyle, this type of preparation may also lead to unhealthy levels of confidence and risk. Those who know themselves to be less well prepared and woefully out of shape maintain a reasonable level of doubt as to risky undertakings, leaving the heroics to those wearing their team jackets.

4) Trust the pub — The others pooh-poohed him, viewers doubted but in the end, Shaun was right. The pub was the right choice. Know your pub. Study it well. Get to know the owners and their possible assets (e.g. Winchesters). Make sure there are few enough entrances to control entry, but make sure they also have enough food to tide you over until the first break in the hostilities. A grocer’s or corner shop next door is definitely a plus — so is another pub (or in my case three, plus five more around the square).

Just stay away from the fruit machine!

Movie Week – We are telling you ours, tell us yours

This is an open invitation to apocalypse fans of any gender to share their favourite apocalypse movies, tell us what it is and why you love it, share links to trailers, get stuck in. The Apocalypse will effect us all in the end.
You can check out our choices so far under Themed Fun.

not sure where this artwork came from but it’s beautiful

Movie Week – The Core

(posted by Daystar)

You know how, some days, you wake up and the Earth’s core has stopped spinning, condemning everyone on the planet to certain death within a year?
Yeah. Don’t you just hate that?
What you need is a sensitive-yet-brilliant geologist (Aaron Eckhart), a sensitive-yet-brilliant pilot (Hilary Swank) and a decidedly insensitive-but-brilliant egomaniac scientist (Stanley Tucci) to jump-start the planet with a nuclear bomb delivered directly to its core in a laser-powered ship built of unobtanium.
And an unlimited supply of Hot Pockets.
A film so exceptionally apocalypse-centric that it decided to throw all the rules of science out of the window (when last seen, they had settled into a steady geosynchronous orbit somewhere over Miami), this one is all about the set-pieces.
When Rome’s exploding and the Golden Gate Bridge melts, you know things have got bad…
—Daystar out—

Movie Week – The Day After Tomorrow

(posted by Daystar)

Because as every good geek knows, the safest place in the world is a library.

Frozen helicopters! Tankers adrift in Manhattan! Tornadoes! Wolves! Whisky! Dennis Quaid in snow-shoes! All this, and a man with a dog…
The end of the world doesn’t get any chillier than this…
—Daystar out—

Movie Week – Dr Strangelove

Or to give the film its full name: Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – Director: Stanley Kubrick

If you’re going to watch any movie about the apocalypse then make sure to put this one on the top of your list. A satire about the whole Nuclear scare during the cold war, it looks at the absurdity of the theory of mutual assured destruction, which is the idea that neither side will fire their nukes because of how destructive they are. There are a lot of digs aimed at many of the other attitudes and ideas that surrounded the cold war, e.g the missile gap, and the idea of spending billions on underground fallout shelters.

Peter Sellars is on fine form as he covers 3 of the major roles in this film. It was nominated and won several BAFTA’s as well as often getting listed as one of the greatest films of all time.

This film is well worth taking the time to watch (its not actually that long), you’ll both laugh and be horrified by the insanity of it all.