Thursday is upon us. It's the end of the world as we know it, and I'm feeling fine...and like showcasing some funny movies.
Post-Apocalyptic Movies can get a little bit heavy, and I haven't seen enough Mad Max movies for them to qualify. I also didn't want go Hunger Games-Divergent-Maze Runner on this one, nor did I want to get into the darkness of something like The Road.
So, another week of Wandering through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks.
Here are mine:
Dir. Mike Judge, 2006
A guy named Joe (Luke Wilson) gets into a hibernation chamber, is forgotten, and wakes up hundreds of years later to find his country in the worst shape ever. All the people are morons. While it fails a bit at reaching a level where you might take it seriously (a tone/production design problem more than anything), it succeeds in being ultimately true. I mean just take a look around you. People are getting dumber by the minute, blinded by greed and need, need for HUGE BRANDS and material possessions and stuck in their technology (I'm guilty of that one). This movie was a big disaster and failed to find much of an audience, but it rings true and is another example of Mike Judge's never-ending wit and imagination.
Dir. Ruben Fleischer, 2009
Of the Zombie-Comedy sub-genre, I find this one to be a nice companion to the British comedy, Shaun of the Dead. The zombie apocalypse is often so dark and scary. I like the comedic take. Woody Harrelson plays the classic tough guy, Tallahassee, the perfect companion to Jesse Eisenberg's shy college student, Columbus. On the road, the two meet up with a pair of sisters played by Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin and try to make it out alive. Bill Murray and such as well. I laughed my ass off.
This is The End
Dir. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, 2013
I really laughed my ass off with this one, a brilliant comedy that landed in my Top Five back in 2013. Such a non-stop piece of genius from writer-director team Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. This one may not count as it begins in the actual world of current day Los Angeles on the day of the apocalypse, but most of the movie finds its heroes, including Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride, all playing versions of themselves stranded alive in Franco's mansion, post-apocalypse. The movie is a masterpiece of violent comedy in my opinion, if only for the fate of Michael Cera (playing a depraved, coke-head Michael Cera). And The End of this End is so magical.
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