TDF Film Podcast 45 - Apodalypto

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Remember R.E.M. proclaiming in song that It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine? Well, with respect to Mr. Stipe and co. the only way you’re going to feel fine about a doomsday scenario is if you’ve got your feet up with some hot chocolate experiencing it in a good film, so without further ado let us welcome you to the TDF Film Podcast’s episode on Apocalyptic Movies!

As usual Mike, Matt and John have each chosen a personal favourite of theirs to discuss in depth whilst also tackling a little bit of the history and context for each film and the genre in general. Mike’s choice is the seminal “MAD” farce Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, which obviously falls into the nuclear category of apocalyptic movies. John has a penchant for destruction via zombies or deranged infected mutants (either way he’s happy) so he’s gone for Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s 28 Weeks Later. Matt on the other hand has picked a bit of 80s Japanese cheese and a genuinely obscure gem of the genre in Virus or Fukkatsu no hi to give its original Japanese title (which can be directly translated as Resurrection Day), in which mankind falls prey to both pathogenic and nuclear devastation. Two for the price of one, which extra cheese on top!

Indeed, not only is Virus something of a hidden gem, it’s actually a free one if you live in North America because the rights have lapsed into the public domain. You can view or download the original (and best) 156min Japanese cut (with subs) online thanks to the Internet Archive, here. Note that this link is provided for North American viewers only, we’re not sure where the rights lie in the UK & Europe, so proceed with caution!

Episode 45 contributors: John White (host), Matt Shingleton and Mike Sutton

Trailers and links to more in-depth reviews below:

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Virus (Fukkatsu no Hi)

28 Weeks Later

As always we hope you'll get in touch with us in the comments section if you feel like chiming in on the subject at hand!

The theme music for this Digital Fix FilmCast is:
I saw you on TV (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0

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