Mindless fun

Nothing really substantive as such, this week–work’s been hell, and we’ve been helping a friend get a wedding together…  Which is not to say that nothing’s going on in the world.  The US has its first case of Ebola–so, if you haven’t seen it already, stand by for some paranoid flailing by, well, the usual suspects.  (My take–wash your hands.  Don’t mess with the bodily fluids of people who might be sick.  And don’t worry about it, yet…)

No, this week I came across a nice list of some of the main EOTW movies from the last sixty or so years.  It’s not a definitive list, by any stretch.  Some of them aren’t “apocalypse/collapse” movies as such, but certainly touch on the themes (Night of the Living Dead, for instance).  And I certainly haven’t seen all of them (although a few have gone onto my running list of “things I’d like to see”).  Still, it’s worth a look–it’s mindless entertainment, which I’ve always felt was good (now and again) for spurring creativity; and who knows, maybe you’ll find a good idea or two, buried amongst the Hollywood dreck?

Here’s the list:

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
  • The Day of the Triffids (1962)
  • Doctor Strangelove (1964)
  • Fail-Safe (1964)
  • Crack in the World (1966)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (and the sequels, of course)
  • Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
  • The Andromeda Strain (1971)
  • The Omega Man (1971)
  • A Boy And His Dog (1975)
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978) (and sequels)
  • Mad Max (1979)
  • The Road Warrior (1981)
  • Terminator (1984)
  • Miracle Mile (1988)
  • The Postman (1997)
  • The Matrix (1999) (and sequels)
  • 28 Days Later (2002)
  • Children of Men (2006)
  • Wall-E (2008)
  • The Road (2009)
  • Zombieland (2009)
  • The Book of Eli (2010)
  • Contagion (2011)
  • Dredd (2012)
  • The Hunger Games (2012)
  • Pacific Rim (2013)
  • This is the End (2013)
  • World War Z (2013)
  • Snowpiercer (2014)

There you go.  They’re certainly not all good movies–some of them are, frankly, awful.  But they’re movies.  What should we add? (Pre-1950 movies, obviously: War of the Worlds. When Worlds Collide. The Time Machine…) What commentary do you have on them?


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One Response to Mindless fun

  1. Ann Dinapoli says:

    Fail Safe, I think it was 1964.

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