#12: They Live

#12: They Live "Wearin' these glasses makes you high, but, oh, you come down hard."Let's talk consumerism. I have shelves of DVDs that occupy an entire wall of my house. Bookshelves cover most everything else, except a corner controlled by Xbox 360…

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#11: The Happening

#11: The Happening M. Night's movie about a sinister force that makes us want to kill ourselves — and it it's not the plants. I used to thinkI had friends. I thought I had a support system in place. People who cared about me. Who believed in me. Fellow travelers through this life who had my back as I had theirs. You guys knew I had defended Lady in the Water as an intentional comedy that was misunderstood by the public, and one of Paul Giamatti's best roles (opposite a film critic that gets murdered and M. Night Shyamalan playing the visionary who has come to save the world). You also knew I loved terrible things, and making drinking games out of cinematic sadness. It is why you all called me "friend." Why did you allow me to go this long without seeing The Happening?…

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#10: Last Night

#10: Last Night Is ignorance bliss, or is it just a different joy than knowing? Except in extreme medical scenarios, people remain uncertain of their time remaining on Earth. Films like 50/50can explore how individuals handle this reversal, and sci-fi dabbles in it with…

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#9: Pontypool

#9: Pontypool "It's not the end of the world. It's just the end of the day." The Devil's in the details, but what's between the lines? In 2001, Dilbert creator Scott Adams penned a small novella entitled God's Debris: A Thought Experiment.This…

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#8: Blindness

#8: Blindness The entire planet loses its sight in a sweeping plague of white blindness — the story of an Apocalypse within. More than death, cosmic horror, or the darkness, we fear our own frailty. Sure, warheads raining nuclear annihilation upon our cities and melting the flesh from our skeletons is not preferable, but as we talked about with On The Beach, isn't it much worse to know you've been made into grilled cheese because two bureaucrats you never met couldn't get along? The frailty of society is the basis for so many great films, because unlike aliens or zombies, it isn't a concern the general population actively grapples with on a daily basis. Unless you're me. But I'm the outlier.…

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