Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Top 5 dystopian movies of all time according to

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"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history."
- Aldous Huxley

Last year sometime I came across the word 'dystopia' in relation to fiction and films. Somehow or other I had gotten to 35 and had never heard it before. Turning to Twitter (as I do at most times for quick answers) I asked 'What are dystopian novels?' It was Tim Jones, New Zealand poet, fiction writer and editor, who answered my query. Even better, he didn't just tell me what it was, he listed some examples (such as Brave new world by Huxley, Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, The handmaid's tale by Atwood and even The road by McCarthy to name a few) and then suddenly a lightbulb went on. I knew what he was talking about because I'd read some of these books. In fact, as a teen so much of what I'd been drawn to was, in fact, about dystopias rather than utopias - I just hadn't realised that that's what they were called. Which made me wonder about dystopian films - what were they? Had I seen them and not known? And how soon could I get my hands on a list to compare? A little Google-fu (Google is my boyfriend, I swear, geez) and I ended up at a pop culture site (which features a lot of celebrity gossip), who had, back in 2007, put together a fantastic list of their Top 50 Dystopian Movies of All Time. It made for great reading and prompted some intense discussions with siblings about a lot of the placings *sigh* It's never boring in our house though I often wish it were. We've listed the Top 5 from their list - this being a Top 5 blog and all - so you can see how your choices stack up against Snarkerati. And as a final note - two things: 1) Equilibrium at #50? Shut the front door! Really? I would've had it in my top 20 for Bale's fight scenes alone! and 2) We don't hold Mad Max 2? Shut the front door! Woe is me :(

Honourable mention:
  • Children of men [DVD videorecording] directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine.
  • The matrix [DVD videorecording] directed by Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano.

  • Blade Runner [DVD videorecording] : The final cut / directed by Ridley Scott
    Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel, Joanna Cassidy

    In a futuristic Los Angeles of 2019, detective Rick Deckard is a highly rated "Blade Runner" assigned to find and kill illegal cybernetic "replicants", genetic creations with superhuman abilities. Pulled unwillingly out of retirement, Deckard is forced into one last case, six exceptionally dangerous replicants who have escaped from slave labor and made their way into the city, apparently with plans to gain vengeance on the corporate masters who created them. In the course of investigation, Deckard falls in love with a beautiful woman who holds a disturbing secret, creating additional doubt and confusion in Deckard's mind. Rated M. Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains violence and ofensive language.

    Wings of desire [DVD videorecording] / directed by Wim Wenders
    Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander

    A romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal and is willing to fall from the sky if it means a chance to fall in love. Set in modern day Berlin, the film follows angel Damiel's path from heavenly flight to earthly delight in a manner that's comical, touching and entertaining. Rated PG - Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. Note: Contains coarse language. Originally released as a motion picture in 1987. Produced by Wim Wenders and Anatole Dauman ; screenplay by Wim Wenders and Peter Handke ; directed by Wim Wenders. Best director Cannes Festival, 1987. Winner Best Foreign Film, Los Angeles Film Critics Assoc Awards, Indie Spirit Awards.

    Brazil [DVD videorecording] / directed by Terry Gilliam
    Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Bob Hoskins, Robert de Niro, Katherine Helmond

    A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. Originally released as a motion picture in 1985. Screenplay by Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown ; directed by Terry Gilliam.

    A clockwork orange [DVD videorecording] / directed by Stanley Kubrick
    Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Miriam Karlin

    Depicts a harrowing journey through a near-future world of decaying cities, murderous adolescents and nightmarish technologies of punishment and crime. Restricted 18 - restricted to persons 18 years and over. Note: contains violence. Originally released as a motion picture 1971. Based on the novel by Anthony Burgess. New York Film Critics: Best Picture, Best Director.

    Metropolis [DVD videorecording] / directed by Fritz Lang
    Starring: Brigitte Helm, Gustav Frohlich, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Theodor Loos, Heinrich George, Fritz Rasp, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbruchen

    The story of a 21st century city run by a "super trustee" and his collaborators who live in a paradise-like garden. Workers are totally enslaved by machines and condemned to live underground. In the midst of this misery, a young woman, Maria, arises and attempts to inspire the workers to throw off their oppressors. Rated PG. Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. Originally released as a motion picture in 1927. Based on the novel by Thea von Harbou. Produced by Erich Pommer ; screenplay by Thea von Harbou ; score by Gottfried Huppertz.

    As an extra note: I mistakenly had Mad Max 2 : Beyond Thunderdome but, d'oh, Beyond Thunderdome was #3. I truly meant #2 and have corrected the error. Either way, we have neither :-/

    1 comment:

    Clive Buck said...

    I never saw dystopian movies but my all friends are big fan of these movies. I have planned out to utilize my holidays on watching these movies. I am very excited and hope to have fun.