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Bad Futures—one week from today!

The .pdf of the program copy is available in an Intertube near you.  It is not true that I wrote the whole thing just to be able to use the phrase “zombie playoffs.” But it’s close enough.

Posted by on 10/08 at 03:47 PM
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  2. Humph, as if Rollerball were about the sport ...

    But good stuff, almost makes me want to pop up there. And I guess we all do really need to get hold of Code 46, eh?

    Posted by  on  10/08  at  07:50 PM
  3. All I wanted to know about dystopia I learned from John Prine, 1980:

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    Posted by  on  10/09  at  12:12 AM
  4. Excellent program, Michael, and excellent programme! This is one of the few times I can say with a straight face I wish I were living in State Park and not sunny SoCal…

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    Posted by  on  10/09  at  12:43 PM
  5. Nice notes, great program(me).
    For many years I have dreamed of screening a Fail-safe/Strangelove double-feature and this is so...close.

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    Posted by  on  10/10  at  03:51 PM
  6. Are there any zombie movies told from the point of view of the zombies?  I finally got to _Omega Man_ a month or so back, and its zombies are essentially Goth community organizers.  Surely somebody has already thought of this.

    Posted by  on  10/10  at  06:23 PM
  7. I think Rollerball got dismissed a little too easily.

    If a civilization needs bread and circuses to keep the proles from rioting, what circuses would we see in the future?

    The world of Rollerball is openly owned and operated by the corporate overlords, who have finally finished displacing governments and have divided the world between themselves after some warfare (mentioned in passing).  Imagine if Halliburton ran most of the US.  You have to keep people entertained in an effort to distract them from what they don’t have: Freedom and Hope and Democracy.

    Along with The Running Man, I think Rollerball accurately portrays the importance of mindless entertainment in a stable civilization.  It’s the kind of thing that fits very well in our era, where many people are not just ignorant but are extremely proud of just how ignorant they are. (See Insane Clown Posse and their magnets, the Creation Museum, Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle, or Christine O’Donnell, for examples...) And to the pervasive ignorance we’ve added Jersey Shores and Dancing With the Stars.

    It’s not about the game, it’s about the kind of world where that game is considered appropriate entertainment…

    Posted by  on  10/11  at  04:40 PM
  8. I take your point, MikeEss, but we’re coming at this from different angles. You’re right, the premise of Rollerball is entirely plausible; indeed, it’s very much the world we live in.  Likewise, although New York’s population won’t really get to 40 million (as in Soylent Green), we have plenty of reason to worry about the future of food production.  But I’m not about the premise; I’m about the execution.  Neither District 9 nor Children of Men nor Code 46 (nor, for that matter, Blade Runner) is remotely plausible. And yet they offer compelling visions of the world, not least because their visual renderings of those worlds “feel” inhabitable.  Whereas with the great 70s cheese, one feels (if one is me) as if one is merely watching a premise get played out without too much concern for how it looks and feels.

    Posted by Michael  on  10/12  at  07:49 AM
  9. Agreed that Blade Runner and District 9 are much better movies. (I remember being riveted to my theater seat when watching Blade Runner the first time - it had just come out and I was blown away.  I saw District 9 on DVD, and pretty much the same thing happened.)

    I admit to a fondness for the ‘70s cheese of Omega Man, Soylent Green, Rollerball, Logan’s Run, THX 1138, Zardoz (and stretching “‘70s” a bit, the Planet of the Apes franchise), but I think you made good choices for the festival (although I probably would have fought like crazy to get The Road Warrior in there too… smile)

    I watch movies like these for their interesting ideas and for the lens they turn on our own era/culture, and I’ve come to expect the production values and plots usually leave much to be desired, but often that brings a sense of charm to the effort, IMHO…

    Posted by  on  10/12  at  01:56 PM
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