Post-Apocalyptic Movie References in Sports Even?

Yup.  It's coming.  No, not the end.  (Well.. maybe it is).  What is coming?  The second Golden Age of post-apocalyptic movies!  How do I know?   Umm.. derr.  I'm pretty sure when sports writers reference post-apocalyptic cinema to describe poor attendance at a Pirates game that we are pretty much here already.

http://www.sbnation.com/2009/9/25/1055362/directing-a-post-apocalyptic-film

Here is the links to the post-apocalyptic scene they are describing:

http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/pbc/archive/2009/09/24/pirates-vs-reds-9-24-09.aspx

It got me thinking, though.  Post-apocalyptic sports league?  Hmm... pretty rad idea actually.  It's made more poignant by the fact that I'm actually on a drinking team called "The Zombies".  What's a drinking team, you might ask?  Ah, that's a group of people who like to get discounted drinks (often given to local sports teams).  So, what does that group do?  Why, make their own team uniforms, of course.  I'm number 82 on our imaginary baseball team.  Yes, we enjoy beer that much.

Pretty Rad Fallout 3 Trailer

The only thing weirder than the fact that I never got into the Fallout video-game series is the fact that my father plays it fanatically.  After watching this trailer, I'm starting to feel like I've made some sort of terrible mistake.  Like, I need to hit some sort of GoBack button and start playing Fallout 1, 10 years ago.  Seriously, can anyone chime in here, are these games rad or what?  I have to say that I'm not a huge first person shooter dude.  I'm still waiting for them to remake that old Wasteland game for C-64.  Although, I guess that's what Fallout probably is, eh?

from MovieDriver – Movie Review – ‘Zombieland’ compared to ‘The Road’

Alex Billington over at MovieDriver - posterous saw more than a few similarities between Zombieland and The Road.  Heh.  Something tells me that we are going to be seeing more and more of these sorts of reviews on apocalypse movies these days.  That is to say, we are in a new Golden Age people!  Oh, hell yah.  I'd be happy if every other movie was a post-apocalyptic movie.  (Assuming, of course, that the other remaining movies continue to be porn.... Hi-yoooo!)

You sure it’s not here already?

I stumbled onto this image today while browsing for more Apocalypse news.

Haunting Images From Australia’s Dust Storm
Haunting Images From Australia’s Dust Storm

Wow.  It's right out of Omega Man or Thunderdome or something.  I love it!  Way to go Australia.  Way to show the rest of the world how to look classy when the end of the world is upon us.

Post-apocalyptic pneumatic werewolf

From Make Magazine's blog, we have this little bit of awesomeness.  Ok.  I just want to make sure I have all the pieces put together right.  It's a haunted house and they made a pneumatic, post-apocalyptic werewolf?  Sometimes I wish I wasn't already married.  Seriously, though, watch the video and then imagine seeing that in a darkened room.

I'm still boggling on the concept.  Can anyone name me one post-apocalyptic movie featuring werewolves?  Possibly one of the Underworld movies, but do those really count?  Where the deuce did this idea come from?  And.. can we get more?!

Night of the Comet (the review that got me into trouble)

NOTE: Yeah.   I know.  A note before the review, that's weird, right?  Well, I just want to reiterate that this is my original review of  Night of the Comet from 1997-ish.  Clearly I was drunk when I wrote it.  Clearly I was wrong because I've been getting shit for this for nearly 13 years.  So, my plan is to post this and then re-watch this movie and give it a chance this time.  Yeah, that's right.  I'm not such an asshole that I can't admit when I might have made a mistake.  Ok.  Enough hedging, here's the original review:

Ladies and Gentlemen. Announcing a cage-grudge-death match. In this corner, we have Dawn of the Dead. In opposite corner, Day of the Triffids. And in our third corner, Valley Girl.
This is what Night of the Comet is. If you are wondering who wins in such an unusual match, the answer is no one. I watched this movie in the same weekend as Warriors of the Apocalypse and it took me three attempts to get all of the way through it. Whereas I just breezed right on through "Warriors". I think that much speaks volumes.
Now, don't get me wrong. A lot of the movies I've reviewed for these pages have looked and been much, much worse. I think this one bothered me because it was almost like a real movie. I mean, the only thing you can really bitch about is the plot. There aren't minor filming, acting, effects flaws to distract you. Therefore you can focus your full hatred on the plot. Does that make sense?
Anyway, this is your basic Up-All-Night movie, only without the nudity and quirkiness that makes them so charming. Comets fly over the planet and instead of turning everyone blind (a la Day of the Triffids) they turn everyone into dust. Somehow, though, some people are turned into zombies instead. I have to admit that I liked this, even though there was absolutely no explanation given for it. I mean, there is no movie that is so bad that zombies won't make it worse... umm.. yeah.
O.K. To top it all off, there are some wacky plot twists in this movie that they actually did pretty good. I won't ruin it for you. Course, if you have a half a brain you'll prolly figure it out way before I did. Well.. actually I never figured it out until they revealed it. See, I am dumb. Anyway, I forgot to talk about the "Valley Girls" in this movie. Maybe that is because they are about as Valley-ish as a drunken monkey. Huh?
Anyway, you can prolly afford to skip this one. That is, unless you want to hear cool 80's-ish music and a wicked cover of "Girls just wanna have fun" that sounds just like Cyndi Lauper, only different.

Okey doke. I've gotten a lot of crap about my review of this movie. My advice, avoid criticizing 80's nostalgia movies. Anyway, here's a guest editor comment from Gene Splicer:

Guest Editor's Note: You reviewed Night of the Comet, and stated that no explanation was given for some of them turning into zombies. The explanation was that exposure to the cometery radiation (bleeeeach) messed up your brain chemistry, making you prone to outbursts of anger. This didn't really matter, because it also caused rapid and fairly impressive dehydration (in the lose ALL your water content and turn into dust manner) (paraphrasing madly here) Somehow this effect is blocked by steel, so people who were in airtight, steel containers were saved. People with partial protection (unsealed containers, sleeping under sheet metal) weren't affected so badly, and started dehydrating verrrry sloowly. They didn't actually turn into zombies, though. Just a bunch of soon-to-be-dead psychopaths with flaky skin.

Besides, the REAL point of this movie is to watch Chakotay swear.

Night of the Comet (1984) Starring: Robert Beltran, Catherine Mary Stewart Director: Thom Eberhardt
Night of the Comet (1984) Starring: Robert Beltran, Catherine Mary Stewart Director: Thom Eberhardt

Trailer – Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse

Woah woah woah.  Is this for real or a gag?  Don't get me wrong, I freaking love apocalypse movies of every size and shape.  But, comedy apocalypse?  Yes please.  I'll take an extra helping if you got it.  I'm starting to wonder if 2009 is primed to be the apocalypse movie's second golden age.  In the 80s we had a real bumper crop of PA (thank you very much Ronald Reagan) and apparently shitty economic times have the same result?  Hay, if being broke is the price I have to pay to get Seth Rogen in a post-apocalyptic movie.  I'll take it.