YouTube Saturday: “It’s the end of the world as we know it!”

Yep, it's THAT time of the week again!

Paul has work today and has been busy editing a short film we made this week. So, you’ve got me for this week’s YouTube Saturday, as if the music videos I put you all through last week weren’t torturous enough for you poor, poor souls. This week I’m running with the apocalyptic theme that has gripped the minds and imaginations of those who regularly Tweet or post on Facebook.

‘Cause, you know, a Christian DJ says that the Rapture is going to happen today and the world will then officially end in five months time. ‘Course in all honesty, if the Rapture did happen today then it would be the end of the world as we know it, technically.

So, I’m getting into the spirit of things here and talking about five films that have got that whole apocalypticical thing going on and not all of them rely on religion. A lot of the films that will be featured this week are pre-2000. That’s because in the run up to the new millennium people – and the media especially – were getting a little obsessed over the fin de siècle. Here we go:

Released in 1998, Armageddon was directed by Michael Bay. It is perhaps one of the cheesiest films focusing on the destruction of the Earth ever. In part due to the song that Aerosmith was asked to contribute to the soundtrack.

P.S. The term “Armageddon” actually refers to the battle field where the final battle between the forces of good and evil is meant to take place, according to various religious sources.

Moving on.

Released in 1999, End of Days was directed by Peter Hyams. A supernatural horror – action movie hybrid, it wasn’t very popular when it was released and it still isn’t today. However, it’s often repeated on TV and a good bit of mindless fun to watch should you get the chance. The film deals with the usual tropes of the world ending – there’s a pregnancy you really, really don’t want to occur… Arnold, of course, knows all about that.

Next!

Released in 2008, The Day the Earth Stood Still remake was directed by Scott Derrickson. And it’s aliens this time. While the world doesn’t end in the film – it almost does and the shake up if brings to humanity certainly classifies it under “the end of the world as we know it”. I actually quite enjoyed the film when I went to see it at the cinema, but you shouldn’t trust my opinion on any film that stars Keanu Reeves… except for the final Matrix film – it really is bad.

Moving on…

Released in 1964, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb was directed by Stanley Kubrick. Perhaps the greatest apocalyptic film of all time, it gets to the truth of the matter when it comes to examining the end of the world as we know it – it will probably be the fault of humans. Not the fault of some other powerful being: just plain, annoying humans.

P.S. The film is actually an adaptation of the short novel Red Alert, written by Peter George.

And finally:

Released in 1988, Akira was directed by Katsuhiro Ohtomo and was based off of his manga series of the same name. Starting in a post-apocalyptic world, the brilliant vision contained within it of humanity’s struggle against itself and existence marks it as one of the greatest anime films to be ever made. And the English dub version that was released in 2002 isn’t too bad either. If you have never seen this film, you really need to.

P.S. Currently Warner Bros have got the rights to make a live action version of Akira, however the project has been in development hell for years. Racebending.com is leading a campaign for the adaptation to stay true to its Japanese origins and also have a Japanese cast after it was revealed that white actors had been auditioned for the main roles. Even George Takei is against what W.B. are trying to do.

That’s it for this week. See you next week 😉

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