Another Thursday, and so that means it's another episode of Thursday Movie Picks. This week is all about Post-Apocalyptic Worlds, not Apocalyptic, so we're talking AFTER the world ends! My initial thought was The Road, which is such an underrated film, but I had a feeling that it would also be a lot of 'first thoughts', so I opted for some more obscure titles.
Although I'm sure that my #3 will land on a few lists as well.
Let's get started.
|La Jetee (Chris Marker, 1962)|
Such an astonishing piece of filmmaking, this short film (not even 30 minutes long) is so well constructed and thought out that every frame becomes an impression on the mind. La Jetee was later remade in 1995 with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt (12 Monkeys anyone?) and it was remade well, but there is something about this stunning short that continues to haunt the brain.
|Delicatessen (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1991)|
Jean-Pierre Jeaunet is kind of a nut-job, and his films reflect that aesthetic. Delicatessen is such a bizarre look at the world post-conclusion with such macabre life breathed into every frame and endlessly enjoyable aspects, from the performances to the set decor to the score to pretty much everything you could ask for being compiled in astonishingly delightful form. I'd take this over Burton's Sweeney Todd any day.
|Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, 2006)|
There are few films as jarringly exposed as Children of Men, a film that teases us with the end of humankind only to trickle hope in front of our faces and dare us to chase it, and chase it we will, to the ends of the Earth (or what's left of it). There is a reason it lands on my 100 (and then some) Favorite Films list.