Ten End of the World Films to watch while the world ends.
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To better savor the Decline and Fall, I find that End Of The World movies provide additional insights. I offer you this list of EOTW movies to watch — —at least while there’s a reliable power grid still in operation to run the TV and Internet. When the grid fails, I guess I’ll take up fiddling.
Meanwhile, we shall remain smiling conservative, ready and willing to laugh in the face of death.
1. The Bothersome Man (2006) Available on Netflix.
We start with my second favorite film, and will end this list with my very favorite.
The opening scene is one of the creepiest, unsettling scenes ever filmed, and one that visually serves as a metaphor for the entire film: An attractive young couple stand in a subway station and kiss with the frenzy of Olympic athletes. Yet we quickly see they are completely bored. The osculation becomes grotesque and perversely pornographic. Their eyes wander, their lips and jaws move mechanically; they might as well be chewing reindeer jerky!
The Bothersome Man is an intriguing/hilarious/depressing Norwegian urban fairy tale that follows Andreas (played by popular Norwegian comic and actor, Trond Aurvag — reminds me of Buster Keaton) who is mysteriously dropped into a liberal socialist’s dream of a utopian city. Everything — a great apartment, a great girlfriend, a great job (in which one doesn’t have to work) and more is provided for him. No one wants. The System provides. Materialism reigns. But there’s no mojo, no soul in this world. Like so many ungrateful citizens of Socialist Republics, Andreas rebels and tries to escape. That bothersome man! But the powers that be, both human and supernatural, prevent him from doing so. He can’t even commit suicide! A train runs over Andreas and dirties his clothes. A bullet to the head leaves only a bruise. He’s stuck!
A vastly entertaining film that illustrates that even if socialism could succeed in delivering the material goods, it by definition fails to feed the hunger for freedom that at least some of us have.
2. Last Night (1998) Available on DVD from Amazon.
A surprisingly charming and tender Canadian film about people living the last night of Earth. (Everyone knows the world ends at midnight — and it does!) Some go nuts, others submit to their most carnal desires, some pray in circles, others try to find true love in the last remaining hours. Conservatives will find Last Night a good overview of EOTW behavior patterns.
3. The Last Man on Earth (1964) Available on Netflix.
Based on Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend and starring Vincent Price as Dr. Robert Morgan, the world’s remaining scientist who struggles to find a cure for the zombie-like virus that has killed off 99.9% of humanity. Like a true conservative, he gets up each morning and goes to work, in his case, killing zombies for morning exercise and then heading back to the lab. He’s a responsible individual! Very entertaining if you’re not hung up on Italian B movie production values, and of course, you can have a blast equating liberals with zombies.
4. The Charlton Heston EOTW Trilogy
Hmmm. I wonder if Heston’s role as Moses provide him with a glimpse into the future? For an optimistic conservative he displayed surprising prescience in making these three EOTW films. The Omega Man (on Netflix) is a remake of The Last Man on Earth.
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Planet of the Apes (on Netflix). Who hasn’t seen this gem? This time, when Heston falls to his knees before the shattered Statue of Liberty and cries out in agony, substitute in your mind’s ear “the American voters” for “they.” As in “My God, the American voters did it! They finally did it!”
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H/T to National Review Online