Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks-Post Apocalyptic World


Oh, it is feel good movie time.....That's right, It's Post Apocalyptic movies where most everyone and everything is destroyed except for a very few survivors. If you head over to Wandering Through The Shelves, you will see what other people have picked. Each week there is a different theme where you pick 3 films that correspond to the theme. Here are my cuddly three...


1. A BOY AND HIS DOG-1975


Nothing says fuzzy wuzzy than a boy with his dog except the boy, played by Don Johnson of Miami Vice fame, can telepathically speak with his dog, named Blood. Vic has no morals and is just looking for a way to survive with his dog..oh...and have sex any way he can. He finds a young teenage girl who is quite willing to have sex and tells him of a Utopian society underground. Despite the dog's warnings, Vic leaves his dog and follows the gal. This town looks ok except all the people are dressed like rural town 1935 or so, wear white ghoulish make-up and the town is run by her dad played by Jason Robards. To say this film is a bit warped is putting it mildly but it is also quite funny in spots even with the theme of death, rape and control.


2. LOGAN'S RUN-1976



This seems to get chuckles nowadays but I like this movie. Yes it is campy and Farrah Fawcett is in it (all of 10 minutes) but I really enjoyed this film and the special effects were something for its day (It won the Oscar for that field). Michael York plays Logan who makes sure Runners are caught. Who are runners? Those are those pesky men and women who want to live past the age of 30...How dare they! One is supposed to go willingly into the carrousel where the people gets zapped by lasers and die. That's OK because they are to go to a higher plane...I'd run too. Logan finds this underground rebellion happening and, even though he is not 30 yet, he finds he is suddenly a runner. Logan and his new gal pal escape, much to Box's dismay (I love Box) and come to the outside world which they have never seen before. You soon realize they are walking in the ruins of Washington DC. This film actually is less dismal than many of these types of films and I enjoyed watching it.


3. 12 MONKEYS-1995




I love Terry Gilliam and this is one dark film but with some great insane comedic bits thrown in by Brad Pitt no less as the batshit crazy(another blogger's term that I am ripping, I mean, paying homage to) millionaire's son. After most of the world is obliterated, people live underground and prisoners are used for certain experiments. Mainly these prisoners are sent to the top to gain specimens etc to try to help see if the people can live with the animals that roam free in New York City. Bruce Willis is one such prisoner who is now going further than anyone else...back in time to try to stop what seems inevitable. He ends up in a mental institution where he meets the Brad Pitt character and soon feels this character is the key to all that is about to happen. This is one intelligent mind-bending film that I can watch over and over because there is always something new to see. Will the Bruce Willis character actually triumph? You will just have to watch the movie. Brad Pitt was actually really good in this and I think Bruce Willis is an under-rated actor because of all his Die Hard movies but this film shows more to his acting.

What films would you choose?


50 comments:

  1. Went for some old ones there!
    I've seen all three. Gilliam is odd, so can't say I liked 12 Monkeys. There's supposed to be a remake of Logan's Run in the works. And A Boy and his Dog had some funny moments. Although not sure I would've eaten the girl in the end.

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    1. Yes the girl didn't fair too well in that movie although the dog was better. I didn't know they are wanting to remake Logan's Run. Gilliam is not for everyone-either like him or you don't..I like him:)

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  2. 12 monkeys was good indeed. Although Bruce Willis hasn't made anything good in years, he's gone Nicolas Cage level bad. Die Hard 5 was an atrocious piece of crap. That's probably insulting crap everywhere lol Seen Logan's Run years ago, never heard of the first though.

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    1. I was thinking of Willis in Moonrise Kingdom but yes he makes some bad crap... I agree that you are insulting crap:) A Boy and His Dog is a wonky one to see

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  3. I've only seen Logan's Run but thoroughly enjoyed it. I even liked the TV series that followed and was disappointed when it was cancelled.

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    1. I remember the TV show and I watched it too but can't remember too much from it.

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  4. Some other movies I've never heard of, 12 Monkeys being an exception.

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    1. A Boy and His Dog is not for everyone. Logan's Run I think, is quite good.

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  5. Hi, Birgit!

    I have seen all three of these. It's hard to believe Don Johnson was ever that young. I love to play Six Degrees. Did you see Johnson in the 1990 movie The Hot Spot? It co-starred world class beauty Jennifer Connelly who also so-starred with the late great David Bowie in Labyrinth (1986).

    A Roger Corman movie comes to mind - The Last Woman on Earth (1960). Shot in Puerto Rico and starring Anthony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, and Robert Towne, Last Woman On Earth shows us what might happen if all the world's oxygen left the atmosphere, killing everyone except three people, two men and a woman, who happened to be scuba diving when the catastrophe struck. Can you say "love triangle"? :) While in Puerto Rico, Corman used the same location and same actors to crank out another creepy quickie - Creature From the Haunted Sea.

    Thank you very much, dear friend BB!

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    1. I think I have seen that film and Thank you! I was trying to remember the film yesterday. I was just a kid when I saw it but it left an impression on me for sure. I'd love to see it again. and The Creature film-love those. LOVE David Bowie in Labyrinth and he guest starred on a Christmas special with Bing Crosby where they both sang Little Drummer Boy-one of my favourite renditions of that song

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  6. Oooh good picks! I haven't seen 12 Monkeys, it nearly made my Blind Spot list this year but I might just have to watch it anyway!
    - Allie

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    1. I love 12 Monkeys but you have to like Terry Gilliam. Thanks for the liking of the films I picked

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  7. Of the three, I did see Logan's Run and did like it; I hadn't heard of 12 Monkeys; does sound like an interesting plot. I'm looking for a hobby this year; maybe film watching should be on it :)

    betty

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    1. 12 Monkeys is quite good but you have to like Terry Gilliam of Monty Python fame. He also directed Time Bandits, Brazil, Baron Munchausen, Brothers Grimm, etc....

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  8. I think I've seen parts of 12 Monkeys, but not the entire film, I know I should. I haven't seen the other two either.

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    1. One day I may pick a film you have seen:)

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  9. 12 Monkeys is awesome. Great pick. I've only seen parts of Logan's Run. I keep meaning to go back and watch the whole thing. Just haven't gotten around to it yet. Never A Boy and His Dog at all. Sounds like weird and bizarre fun.

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    1. oh A boy and His Dog is nuts to the nth degree but I like it..not sure what that says about me:)

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  10. Great picks! I'm intrigued by A Boy and his Dog and I still need to see 12 Monkeys.

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    1. A Boy and His Dog is crazy town but I like it and 12 Monkeys is off the wall but also great...if you like Terry Gilliam

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  11. 12 Monkeys is awesome! Love that film. I chose the original film it was adapted from, Le Jetee!

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    1. I never knew it was a remake and need to check out this film short

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  12. Terrific picks! Love 12 Monkeys in all its dark weirdness. Logan's Run is such a product of its time in regards to technology but taking that into account it's a decent film. A Boy and His Dog is indeed unique, Don Johnson is SO young in it!

    I had to go back a bit to find three that I thought wouldn't crop up and that I liked. This is what I came up with.

    The Planet of the Apes (1968)-The original story of a crew of astronauts who crash land in a world where a society of intelligent talking apes reign supreme. They are quickly taken prisoner and discover that humans are now subservient. Both cheesy and impressive at the same time with hambone Charlton Heston the exactly right actor in the lead.

    The Time Machine (1960)-At the turn of the 20th century H.G. Wells tells a group of friends of his time machine to their disbelief and one’s warning not to tempt the laws of providence. Wells ignores the advice and travels far into the future to find a sobering world populated by recessive humans called Eloi and strange creatures called Morlocks. This won an Oscar for its revolutionary time lapse photography.

    The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)-Miner Ralph Burton (Harry Belafonte) trapped for a number of days in a cave-in, emerges to find himself the seemingly lone survivor of a nuclear holocaust. Traveling to the closest large city, New York, he finds it deserted at first but eventually meets Sarah Crandall (Inger Stevens) who has also managed to survive. They form a close friendship until the appearance of a third survivor (Mel Ferrer) and tensions flair. A three person chamber piece.

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    1. We seem to be on the same wavelength. I almost picked Planet of the Apes because it is just so great especially Heston when the Apes grab him. It shocked me when he saw the Statue of Liberty. I also almost picked The Time Machine and have seen this film many times. I love how the woman keeps being dressed in the window. I have not seen the last film but must try to find it. sounds like a good one

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  13. Nice pick with Logan's Run. Didn't think of it myself but it certainly fits the theme. Haven't seen the other two even though I have had 12 Monkeys in my DVD collection for years.

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    1. 12 Monkeys is really good...if you like Terry Gilliam.

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  14. Weird. I'm pretty sure I've never seen A Boy and His Dog, but that plot description sounds AWFULLY familiar... I'm not sure why I haven't seen Logan's Run yet.

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    1. Hmmm I wonder where you heard the plot before?? Logan's Run is great-I have to see that again

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  15. I'm putting 12 Monkeys on my Netflix queue. It sure seems like there have been a lot of these end-of-the-world movies lately.

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    1. I know-so happy and upbeat isn't it? Hope you like 12 Monkeys

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  16. I saw Logan's Run when it first came out, largely in the bad is of having a thing for Michael York after seeing him in Cabaret. There are worse reasons!

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    1. In the bad is? That was supposed to be "on the grounds". I really don't understand auto correct sometimes.

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    2. Michael York was big back then and in quite a few good movies. Most people just know him from Austin Powers

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  17. Was it Will Smith that was in the movie where there is hardly anyone left on earth but him and his dog and the dog contracts what is killing everyone off?

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    1. Yes he was -It is called "I am Legend". I felt bad for the dog. It is a remake of a Charlton Heston film that I have never seen.

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  18. I saw Twelve Monkeys way back when it came out. I thought it was definitely interesting! I haven't seen the others, but you know my movie list is always growing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. 12 Monkeys is interesting. Yup the list always grows

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  19. I've seen all three. I think. The first one is a family joke. My dad was great at picking movies we should all see--Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc. But he wasn't 100%. A Boy and his Dog made his cut. To his everlasting chagrin.

    I liked Logan's Run, too. And have you seen the TV series 12 Monkeys? They're going in a bit of a different direction thus far (kind of have to forget the movie to enjoy it), but it's interesting.

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    1. I bet your dad was thinking the boy and his Dog was more Disney. I have not seen the series 12 Monkeys-I have to look that up.

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  20. I don't usually go in for post-Apocalypse, a particularly common genre in comic books these days. Of your three, I've only seen 12 Monkeys. Pitt is, I think under-appreciated. As good as he is in 12M, he really steals the show in Snatch.

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    1. It is not my favourite genre either since it seems to always be very bleak. Logan's Run, although bleak at the beginning has a more hopeful future

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  21. Yay! I've seen one of these - 12 Monkeys. I couldn't remember what it was about, but it is a really good film. I thought Bruce Willis was amazing in The Sixth Sense.

    I usually find post-apocalyptic movies and books too depressing, but I did like 28 Days. And Shaun of the Dead. :)

    Record is downright terrifying. Recommended if you like to be scared out of your mind.

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    1. You are so right about the depressing thing with these types of films. I prefer the Star Trek version...why can't it be better and not always zombies and everything dead. I easily have nightmares so I may avoid Record. I get scared from Godzilla-the original movie:)

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  22. I saw all three movies many years ago. Can't remember anything about any of them. So they obviously made a lasting impact - not :) I'm sure Logan's Run was made into a series. I vaguely remember lying in front of the TV with my brother to watch it ?? Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Hahahaaaaa-some genres are not for everyone for sure. Yes Logan's Run was a series once upon a time

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  23. Only one I saw was Logan's run but a long time ago.

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  24. BIRGIT ~
    The only one of the three you mentioned that I have seen is '12 MONKEYS', but I thought it was excellent with a terrific twist at the end.

    I didn't expect to like it as this isn't really one of my preferred genres, but it was well written and produced, and in fact I enjoy watching Bruce Willis. That dude has a ton of charisma and can make many movies worthwhile just by what he brings to the screen.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  25. 12 Monkeys, I really can't remember much of it other than I liked it a lot when I saw it. I'm actually watching the TV series right now too which I'm sure is a little different from the movie.

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  26. Oh Em Gee! Logan's Run!!! That really is a blast from the past. And 12 Monkeys... a more recent past but wow! Great picks, Birgit. I love how you dig up these treasures from way back when. Great job, friend.
    x Asha

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