Apocalypse-cinema : 2012 and other ends of the world / Peter Szendy; translated by Will Bishop; Foreword by Samuel Webber
New York: Fordham University Press, 2015.
Call No: 735.1 SZE Author: Szendy, Peter; Bishop, Will; Webber, Samuel Edition: 2015 Place: New York Publisher: Fordham University Press PubDate: 2015 PhysDes: xx, 160 p. : illustrations ; 22 cm Series: French Voices Subject: APOCALYPSE IN FILMS; MELANCHOLIA (DK/SW/FR/G, Lars von Trier, 2011); LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE (US/IT, Ubaldo Ragona, 1964); TERMINATOR, THE (US, James Cameron, 1984); 2012 [TWO THOUSAND AND TWELVE] (US/CN, Roland Emmerich, 2009); A.I: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (US, Steven Spielberg, 2001); WATCHMEN (US, Zack Snyder, 2009); SUNSHINE (UK/US, Danny Boyle, 2007); BLADE RUNNER (US, Ridley Scott, 1982); [TWELVE] MONKEYS (US, Terry Gilliam, 1995); ROAD, THE (US, John Hillcoat, 2009); BLOB, THE (US, Chuck Russell, 1988) Summary: Apocalypse-cinema is not only the end of time that has so often been staged as spectacle in films like 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and The Terminator. By looking at blockbusters that play with general annihilation while also paying close attention to films like Melancholia, Cloverfield, Blade Runner, and Twelve Monkeys, this book suggests that in the apocalyptic genre, film gnaws at its own limit.
Apocalypse-cinema is, at the same time and with the same double blow, the end of the world and the end of the film. It is the consummation and the (self-)consumption of cinema, in the form of an acinema that Lyotard evoked as the nihilistic horizon of filmic economy. The innumerable countdowns, dazzling radiations, freeze-overs, and seismic cracks and crevices are but other names and pretexts for staging film itself, with its economy of time and its rewinds, its overexposed images and fades to white, its freeze-frames and digital touch-ups.
The apocalyptic genre is not just one genre among others: It plays with the very conditions of possibility of cinema. And it bears witness to the fact that, every time, in each and every film, what Jean-Luc Nancy called the cine-world is exposed on the verge of disappearing.
In a Postface specially written for the English edition, Szendy extends his argument into a debate with speculative materialism. Apocalypse-cinema, he argues, announces itself as cinders that question the “ultratestimonial” structure of the filmic gaze. The cine-eye, he argues, eludes the correlationism and anthropomorphic structure that speculative materialists have placed under critique, allowing only the ashes it bears to be heard. -- publisher's web site ISBN: 9780823264810 More info
Apocalypse in Australian fiction and film : a critical study / by Roslyn Weaver
Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company Inc., c2011.
Call No: 408.1(94) WEA Author: Weaver, Roslyn Source: US Place: Jefferson, N.C. Publisher: McFarland & Company Inc. PubDate: c2011 PhysDes: x, 230 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm Series: Critical explorations in science fiction and fantasy ; 28 Subject: APOCALYPSE IN FILMS; DISASTERS IN FILMS; SCIENCE-FICTION FILMS. AUSTRALIA; LANDSCAPES IN FILMS. AUSTRALIA; MAD MAX [...] (AT, 1979-85); TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN (AT, Stuart Beattie, 2010) Summary: "This volume explores the role of Australia in apocalyptic literature and film. Works and genres covered include Nevil Shute's popular novel On the Beach, Mad Max, children's literature, Indigenous writing, and cyberpunk. The text examines ways in which apocalypse undermines complacency, foretells environmental disasters, critiques colonization, and serves as a vehicle of protest for minority groups"--Provided by publisher Notes: Includes bibliographic references and index ISBN: 978-0-7864-6051-9 Contents: 1. An apocalyptic map: new worlds and the colonization of Australia -- 2. The shield of distance: apocalypse in Australian literature after 1945 -- 3. An apocalyptic landscape: the Mad max films -- 4. Children of the apocalypse: Australian children's literature -- 5. (Re)writing the end of the world: apocalypse, race and indigenous literature -- 6. The end of the human: apocalypse, cyberpunk and the Parrish Plessis novels ID2: 189 More info
The apocalypse in film : dystopias, disasters, and other visions about the end of the world / edited by Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Angela Krewani
London: Lanham Rowman & Littlefield, c2016.
Call No: 740.1 APO Source: UK Place: London Publisher: Lanham Rowman & Littlefield PubDate: c2016 PhysDes: xxii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. Subject: APOCALYPSE IN FILMS; DISASTER FILMS; CIVILISATION (US, Raymond B. West, 1916); FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE (US, Rex Ingram, 1921); BED SITTING ROOM, THE (UK, Richard Lester, 1969); [DOCTOR] DR STRANGELOVE: OR, HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (UK, Stanley Kubrick, 1964); MELANCHOLIA (DK/SW/FR/G, Lars von Trier, 2011); OFFRET [SACRIFICE, THE] (SW/FR, Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986) Summary: We live in a world at risk. Dire predictions about our future or the demise of planet earth persist. Even fictional representations depict narratives of decay and the end of a commonly shared social reality. Along with recurring Hollywood blockbusters that imagine the end of the world, there has been a new wave of zombie features as well as independent films that offer various visions of the future.
The Apocalypse in Film: Dystopias, Disasters, and Other Visions about the End of the World offers an overview of Armageddon in film from the silent era to the present. This collection of essays discusses how such films reflect social anxieties—ones that are linked to economic, ecological, and cultural factors. Featuring a broad spectrum of international scholars specializing in different historical genres and methodologies, these essays look at a number of films, including the silent classic The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, the Mayan calendar disaster epic, 2012, and in particular, Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, the focus of several essays.
As some filmmakers translate the anxiety about a changing global climate and geo-political relations into visions of the apocalypse, others articulate worries about the planet’s future by depicting chemical warfare, environmental disasters, or human made destruction. This book analyzes the emergence of apocalyptic and dystopic narratives and explores the political and social situations on which these films are based. Contributing to the dialogue on dystopic culture in war and peace, The Apocalypse in Film will be of interest to scholars in film and media studies, border studies, gender studies, sociology, and political science. -- taken from publisher's site Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index ISBN: 9781442260276 Donation: donated by Senses of Cinema, 2016 Contents: Introduction / Karen A. Ritzenhoff and Angela Krewani -- THE EARLY DEPICTIONS OF DISASTER. World War One and Hollywood's First Modern Armageddon: Understanding Wartime and Post-Conflict Representations of a Global Cataclysm in Civilization (1916) and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) / Cle´mentine Tholas-Disset -- The end of the world: loss and redemption in Four horsemen of the apocalypse / Karen Randell -- GLOBAL DEMISE AND COLD WAR. "Radiation's rising, but one mustn't grumble too much": nuclear apocalypse played as farce in Richard Lester's The bed-sitting room / Thomas Prasch -- The legacy of Dr. Strangelove: Stanley Kubrick, science fiction blockbusters and the future of humanity / Peter Kra¨mer -- "Gentleman, you can't fight in here": gender symbolism and the end of the world in Dr. Strangelove and Melancholia / Catriona Mcavoy -- MELANCHOLIA AND OTHER REPRESENTATIONS OF THE APOCALYSPE. Is there an end to it? fictional shelters and shelter-fiction / Solvejg Nitzke -- Melancholia and the apocalypse within / Pierre Floquet -- Eco apocalypse: environmentalism, political alienation and therapeutic agency / Philip Hammond and Hugh Ortega Breton --POLOITICS OF SHOWING THE UNTHINKABLE. Disaster films: the end of the world and the risk society hero / Frederick Wasser -- The (gender) politics of disaster in 2012 / Charles Antoine Courcoux -- Tarkovsky's The sacrifice: a religious humanist apocalypse / Tatjana Ljuji -- Dead narratives: defining humanity through stories / A. Fiona Pearson and Scott Ellis -- MOVING BEYOND THE END OF THE WORLD. Opposing Thatcherism: filmic apocalypse as a political strategy in 1980s Britain / Angela Krewani -- Painting in time: on the use of digital visual effects in Melancholia / Andreas Kirchner -- The corporate and corporeal: min(d)ing the body conscience and consumption in early 21st century Hollywood dystopia / Wendy Sterba. More info
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The sky is falling! : the unexpected poltics of Hollywood's superheroes and zombies / Peter Biskind
Penguin Books, 2019.
Call No: 735(73) BIS Author: Biskind, Peter Source: UK Publisher: Penguin Books PubDate: 2019 PhysDes: 12 unnumbered pages, 272 pages ; 20 cm Subject: AVATAR (US, James Cameron, 2009); CAMERON, JAMES; CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (US, Anthony Russo/Joe Russo, 2016); DARK KNIGHT, THE (US, Christopher Nolan, 2008); GAME OF THRONES [TV] (US, 2011-); HAWKINS, SALLY; LEFT BEHIND (US, Vic Sarin, 2001); MARTIAN, THE (US, Ridley Scott, 2015); PLANET OF THE APES (US, Franklin J. Schaffner, 1967); SHAPE OF WATER, THE (US, Guillermo del Toro, 2017); TRUE BLOOD [TV] (US, 2008-); WALKING DEAD, THE [TV] (US, 2010 - ); ZOMBIES IN FILMS AND TV; SUPERHEROES IN FILMS; APOCALYPSE IN FILMS Summary: A bestselling cultural journalist takes us on a wild ride through pop culture, showing how it paved the way for today's extreme politics
Are Batman and 24's Jack Bauer heroic loners defending our way of life - or right-wing vigilantes attacking it? Is Avatar just a National Geographic version of Star Wars or a passionate assault on capitalism? And what about Game of Thrones - sword and sorcery fantasy, or lesson in mainstream politics?
In The Sky is Falling! bestselling cultural critic Peter Biskind takes us on a dizzying ride across two decades of pop culture to show how the TV and movies we love have taught us to love political extremism. Welcome to a darkly pessimistic, apocalyptic world where winter has come, the dead are walking, and ultra violence, revenge and torture are all in a day's work. Welcome to the new normal. -- publisher's website Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN: 9780241373873 Contents: Beyond the fringe : an introduction -- Part I. Winter has come. Apocalypse now --
Bleeding hearts -- Doing the right thing -- Part II. Who'll stop the rain?. Gone fishin' -- Coming apart -- Draining the swamp -- Part III. Breaking bad. The silence of the lambs -- Beauty in the beast -- License to kill -- Part IV. Heaven can't wait. What a piece of work was man -- Anywhere but here -- No exit --
Conclusion : the return of the center. More info