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ThelmaLou
10-13-2017, 12:45 PM
I'm in the mood for an apocalyptic, end-of-the-world movie with buildings falling, seas rising, earth rupturing, sky opening up and showering destruction on all.

Something at the quality level of Independence Day. Aliens may be involved, but don't have to be. I don't want to see animals hurt or killed (or at least not gratuitously, for emotional effect), or children, but grownups may be wantonly killed. It can end with doom or redemption; either one is okay.

I have access to Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu. No cable. Thank you.

I would also welcome suggestions regarding appropriate snacks and beverages to accompany the viewing, which I will be doing alone. :)

Cardigan
10-13-2017, 12:47 PM
I say kick it old school and watch a classic disaster flick from the 70's that hasn't aged well at all. How about 'Earthquake'?

blondebear
10-13-2017, 12:50 PM
I don't know if you'd consider these as having the quality of Independence Day, but how about 2012 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1190080/) and San Andreas (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2126355/)?

ps: When Worlds Collide (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044207/)

SpoilerVirgin
10-13-2017, 12:51 PM
The Day After Tomorrow was pretty good and seems to meet all of your requirements.

All movies should be accompanied by kettle corn or caramel popcorn, pretzel bites, and frozen lemonade.

RealityChuck
10-13-2017, 12:55 PM
I loved The Day After Tomorrow and the stupid science and geography only made it better.

ThelmaLou
10-13-2017, 01:30 PM
These are great suggestions! Yummm... Werther's caramel popcorn. And would that be pretzel bites stuffed with cheese or peanut butter? Or both? :)

Earthquake was the one that came to mind. I think I may have seen it, but who cares.

Is 2012 the one where the guy is driving madly away and the roads collapse behind him? If so, I bailed on that one due to special effects overload. I like the sound of San Andreas. I remember when the Day After Tomorrow came out, but never saw it. I wasn't in This Kind of Mood back then. I will be checking these out! Thanks!

edwards_beard
10-13-2017, 01:33 PM
Armageddon is streaming on Netflix.

Also on Netflix is the four Sharknado movies.

ThelmaLou
10-13-2017, 01:59 PM
Armageddon is streaming on Netflix.

...Okay! Bruce Willis!

enalzi
10-13-2017, 02:14 PM
These are great suggestions! Yummm... Werther's caramel popcorn. And would that be pretzel bites stuffed with cheese or peanut butter? Or both? :)

Earthquake was the one that came to mind. I think I may have seen it, but who cares.

Is 2012 the one where the guy is driving madly away and the roads collapse behind him? If so, I bailed on that one due to special effects overload. I like the sound of San Andreas. I remember when the Day After Tomorrow came out, but never saw it. I wasn't in This Kind of Mood back then. I will be checking these out! Thanks!

Day After Tomorrow, 2012 and San Andreas are all Rolan Emmerich movies (director of Independence Day. Of those three, I would say Day After is the best and 2012 is the worst.

mack
10-13-2017, 02:17 PM
Crack In The World

Deep Impact

The War of the Worlds (1953 and 2005)


There are some anticipation of the end of the world movies if you're interested:

Knowing (has some good visuals)

Melancholia (same thing)

Last Night

AHunter3
10-13-2017, 02:20 PM
Rent a copy of Miracle Mile.

Dogzilla
10-13-2017, 02:25 PM
Commenting only to subscribe because I love apocalyptic movies as well (and books!).

Deep Impact comes to mind. And Armageddon. There's a ton of zombie movies: World War Z, Zombieland, Dawn of the Dead, Planet Terror, etc.

After brainstorming and googling a little:
The Road
Logan's Run
Soylent Green
Mad Max -- All of them
28 Days Later
Children of Men
War of the Worlds -- the original, not the later Tom Cruise one, but hell, watch that one too.
The Book of Eli
12 Monkeys
Cloverfield
The Core -- Tons of bad science! This is one of my favorites, it's so ridiculous.
The Postman
Terminator -- and the sequels
The Omega Man
Into The Forest -- I read this too and the movie and the book were both terrific!

Well, Wiki has a list (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_apocalyptic_films).

ThelmaLou
10-13-2017, 02:58 PM
Holy shit. This is a genre I've never been into much. Had no idea.

Dewey Finn
10-13-2017, 03:22 PM
There's a new movie, scheduled to be released later this month, called Geostorm that seems aimed at fans of this genre.

DCnDC
10-13-2017, 03:26 PM
Not exactly what you're looking for, but if you want a laugh after all that, the new MST3K did 1978's Roger Corman-produced Avalanche, starring Rock Hudson and Mia Farrow. It's a genuinely awful movie, but great MST3K fodder. It's on Netflix.

blondebear
10-13-2017, 03:32 PM
The whole movie isn't really worth watching, but the tornado scenes are pretty cool in Into The Storm (https://youtu.be/Gak8Qu3u3YY).

Dropo
10-13-2017, 03:45 PM
As an "appetizer," you might consider going old old school with Deluge (1933) or San Francisco (1936), both of which contain outstanding sequences of mass destruction. Or you could just watch the highlights:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AbXQcwHyt4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnk7FidwnTA

mack
10-13-2017, 03:56 PM
Some other maybe more low-key:

Meteor (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079550/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) (w. Natalie Wood and Sean Connery and awesome sound effects)

10.5 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364146/?ref_=nv_sr_5) (if you have an afternoon)

Supervolcano (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419372/?ref_=nv_sr_1)

Asteroid (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118261/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_44) (w. Michael Biehn and Annabella Sciorra)

Aspenglow
10-13-2017, 04:00 PM
Perhaps not quite in line with what you asked for, but for sheer hackneyed fun entertainment, you would struggle to beat It Came From Beneath the Sea (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048215/).

I would also second Dogzilla's recommendation for the original War of the Worlds.

John DiFool
10-13-2017, 05:39 PM
On the Beach, anyone?

snfaulkner
10-13-2017, 06:01 PM
Battlefield earth is a disaster of a movie. Does that count?

ThelmaLou
10-13-2017, 06:15 PM
Battlefield earth is a disaster of a movie. Does that count?Well, if we're going to include movies that ARE disasters, number one would have to be At Long Last Love (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072665/), the worst movie ever made. Unfortunately, no one dies.

StGermain
10-13-2017, 06:35 PM
If you're looking for something not cheesy, The Impossible (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1649419/?ref_=nv_sr_1) is a movie made about the true story of a family vacationing in Thailand when the tsunami hit.

StG

Trancephalic
10-13-2017, 09:07 PM
There's "9" if you're into animated features, though I much prefer the short which begat it. I guess Disney's "Dinosaur" would count, but I don't remember liking it much. "Wall-E" was good, though. "Rock & Rule" takes place after humanity nuked itself out of existence.

kaylasdad99
10-13-2017, 09:43 PM
Not exactly what you're looking for, but if you want a laugh after all that, the new MST3K did 1978's Roger Corman-produced Avalanche, starring Rock Hudson and Mia Farrow. It's a genuinely awful movie, but great MST3K fodder. It's on Netflix.

Seconded.

blondebear
10-13-2017, 10:32 PM
I guess you could consider Godzilla movies disaster movies...especially if you live in Tokyo.

The latest in the series, Shin Godzilla (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4262980/) might be worth checking out. It has some impressive monster-destroying-city action but the movie really focuses on the bureaucratic nightmare of dealing with disaster. True to the climate of our times, both local and international politics get in the way of dealing with the Kaiju attack.

GuanoLad
10-14-2017, 12:25 AM
I just heard an ad on a podcast for a new disaster movie called Geostorm, directed by the producer of Independence Day (Dean Devlin). It's not exactly replete with high quality talent, and I haven't heard one word about it until today, but it should fit within your parameters.

WildBlueYonder
10-14-2017, 08:33 AM
What was that movie about the big boats they made over in China or in the Himalayas? I thought that was a pretty good at an apocalyptic movie-how is Earthquake? Isnt that a "local" event? Course I dont remember what happens in it

This genre is another of my favorites

DCnDC
10-15-2017, 08:50 PM
The latest in the series, Shin Godzilla (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4262980/) might be worth checking out. It has some impressive monster-destroying-city action but the movie really focuses on the bureaucratic nightmare of dealing with disaster.

I'm curious, did you actually watch it? While it's possible it's compelling if one is fluent in Japanese, something is definitely lost in translation. I would describe it as a long series of very dry meetings in which nothing really happens, with a few brief scenes of Godzilla smashing stuff tossed in every 20 minutes or so. Man, that was a tedious movie.

JackieLikesVariety
10-15-2017, 08:56 PM
I think some classics are worth seeing again - like the Towering Inferno and The Posidon Adventure.

I enjoyed Volcano.

JackieLikesVariety
10-15-2017, 09:12 PM
As an "appetizer," you might consider going old old school with Deluge (1933) or San Francisco (1936), both of which contain outstanding sequences of mass destruction. Or you could just watch the highlights:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AbXQcwHyt4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnk7FidwnTA


that second one looks very good

and FYI, Supervolcano can be watched free on youtube. :)

DinoR
10-15-2017, 09:22 PM
I would also welcome suggestions regarding appropriate snacks
Something eaten straight out of a can. You can even get two similarly sized cans and tear the labels off before picking one at random. It's not necessarily a good snack but it sets the mood.

A can of fish steaks, sardines, etc and some of that canned spray orange vaguely cheese like substance. Both will survive the apocalypse. Eat them together on crackers. It's a personal "what do I still have left in the middle of nowhere to eat" story that became a tradition.

If it were a zombie apocalypse request I would say combine Zombieland and twinkies.

ThelmaLou
10-15-2017, 09:51 PM
Something eaten straight out of a can. You can even get two similarly sized cans and tear the labels off before picking one at random. It's not necessarily a good snack but it sets the mood.

A can of fish steaks, sardines, etc and some of that canned spray orange vaguely cheese like substance. Both will survive the apocalypse. Eat them together on crackers. It's a personal "what do I still have left in the middle of nowhere to eat" story that became a tradition.

If it were a zombie apocalypse request I would say combine Zombieland and twinkies.:D

blondebear
10-15-2017, 09:59 PM
I'm curious, did you actually watch it? While it's possible it's compelling if one is fluent in Japanese, something is definitely lost in translation. I would describe it as a long series of very dry meetings in which nothing really happens, with a few brief scenes of Godzilla smashing stuff tossed in every 20 minutes or so. Man, that was a tedious movie.I did watch it. Twice. I understand the criticism--there were a lot of dry meeting scenes but I enjoyed the movie all the same.

By the way, if anyone does decide to watch Shin Godzilla, take a close look at the end scene when the shot lingers on the tip of the monter's tail. Very creepy.

burpo the wonder mutt
10-15-2017, 10:30 PM
Dante's Peak was a lotta fun. Plus, Linda Hamilton.

John Mace
10-16-2017, 09:47 AM
I don't think anyone has suggested Interstellar, which I quite enjoyed. It's not your typical disaster movie, but much if it takes place in a somewhat dystopian future. Great SciFi, but if you're not a fan of that genre, you might not like it.

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