Posts Tagged ‘pop-culture’

“The Omega Man”

This movie was an earlier and much campier version of “I Am Legend” starring Will Smith. While campy, it’s not a halfway bad movie….

Thoughts pondered

Would it really be that fun to be the last man on earth?

Who knows what we will lament.

The descendants of the ones who survive will be angry at the ones who burnt it all down. They will be consumed by jealously of the ones they hate. Ohhhhh, the irony!

It would be lonely to be the last man on earth.

Without hope most men give up. Children will give us hope and hope must remain.  I have yet to come across a Post-Apocalypse movie that doesn’t hit the “We must keep Hope alive” theme.

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People in authority lie.

Those who survive will most likely wear beige.

The people need hope to survive (Nothing new here, this same lesson is in every post-APO movie ever made.)

Ceremonies are important and useful.  They mean there is a tradition strong enough to defend itself.

If being tracked, walk through a snow storm and not after it.

Apocalypse (APO) movies just love their changes to morals about sex.  Better cinema than history proves the most commonly stable relationship is one man and one wife.

If you find a good place to stay, then stay.

Once you have established a tribe, who would be your first ambassador to go out and meet other tribes? You would want to see who is out there, and trade with them but also not let the hostiles know you had stuff to raid.

Take any airborne rangers who want to join your tribe.

We walked on the moon once.  If we keep just a fraction of what we have learned, then mankind will not be rooting in caves.

Summary:

The Postman might be a good book to read, the movie is a little hokey but it brings up some interesting points. There are some scenes that don’t seem to fit into the movie that I would guess are fleshed out more in the book. The Postman plays like a movie that was too focused on staying true to the book which makes the movie suffer a little.    

Update: Afer reading the wikipedia entry for the Postman, it looks like the movie was completely different than the book, yet the book got good reviews and props, including nominated for Hugo award, and that ain’t bad.   Off to the library!

Like most Zombie Movies, Zombieland does not have a lot of particularly useful tips or insights to survive the apocalypse.  The one thing I did like was a list of rules to help guide one through the end of life’s trials and tribulations.

In the movie, the main character creates his rules based on past mistakes.  With that spirit in mind, I am going to start creating rules as I figure everything else out.   In the movie, the main character listed the rules in the order of when he learned them.  I think I will organize mine around importance.

For now, only one rule comes to mind.  Which is “Always do the look back.”  When in the desert gathering wild plants, one will stop from time to time and lay down a bunch of tools.  It is easy to forget something and therefore lose it forever, or at least have to walk back.  This would be greatly inconvenient if one was near the point of starvation.  So based on past-experience of leaving cameras, water bottles, and cell phones on  previous hikes I am establishing the “Always do the look back” rule.

World War Z (a great book) and the movie 2012 blame it on the Chinese, thank god I am not around 1 billion people when I need to escape civilization.

Crazy shit will happen in the national parks.  People will flee there to get out of the crowded cities.  Go for the less obvious wilderness.  Yet if one is in a national park and it all falls apart quickly, don’t spend the last couple of hours driving back to L.A.

Don’t trust the government.  Well duh.

If the end happens quickly, don’t be in Las Vegas.  Again, duh.

Destruction can be a beautiful thing.

A sense of humor would be nice to have, to help put everything in perspective.

2012 is one of the rare “during-the-apocalypse” type movies.  Most “Post-Apocalyptic” movies are, as the name suggests, after the apocalypse.   Zombie Movies and Alien movies would be other types of “during-the-apocalypse” movies.  But both Zombies and Aliens seem unlikely from the hundreds of other ways in which things could fall apart.   Sudden Natural Disasters on a global scale also seem one of the more unlikely methods.   How quick would society  fall apart in the various causes of the Apocalypse?