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?