Apocalyptic Hair Dye

One thing that’s really bugged me about some post apocalyptic movies is… Where do they buy their hair dye and make up?

There seems to be this idea that with the breakdown of humanity we might all start being punks, thinking more about our hair and make up than where the next rat and cockroach burger is coming from.

My personal beliefs think that the situation would be more like the Road (2009) than Doomsday(2008) or the TV show The Tribe (1999 – 2003).

If you’ve ever been concerned about who was cutting the lawns of the zombie apocalypse then maybe they are the same bunch doing the door to door hair and make up sales.

Lets consider it for a moment, after all the Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z have given us enough to plan what we’re going for the apocalypse be it a zombie one or not. Its not really from day one, that’s the day when you carjack the biggest all terrain vehicle you can find then raid Budgens and hide with as much ammunition as possible.

Now after 28 days (or so) we believe the world’s population is at a living history all time low and its safe to kill off your last few zombie assholes.

Then what? Rebuild society with a new look? Go to the bank to get money for a red scooter? Or dye your hair and act like a primitive?!’ after all we know the vegans wont be surviving this one…

Maybe I’ve got this all wrong and it just a fact that people who dye their hair are more likely to survive an apocalypse? Which means I’m ok so that’s good news.

I’m not saying that these are bad movies  but…

Here are a few movies that fit this unbelievable bill.

  • Doomsday(2008)
  • The Tribe(1999-2003)
  • Steel dawn  (1987) my only concern is who is selling the crimpers?

Here are some films that get the look right.

  • The Road(2009)
  • Book of Eli(2012)
  • Waterworld(1995) Basically mad max in a swimming pool….
  • Mad Max 3 (1985)
  • Cyborg (1989)

There are two films which come to mind showing a more decorated tribal future in a more realistic way, mad max 3 and salute the jugger, both show a 1% richer society who have access to privilaged things, although I don’t know where TinaTurner was getting her MAC foundation from?

I especially like the adaption of oriental culture into the costume of Madmax, and the high strung 1990s pseudo classical baroque of Salute the Jugger in the underground city.

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New wave of silent films – an introduction

It pains me when people say they will not watch a Silent film, because there is no speaking at all, and they won’t give these movies a chance. There is so much beauty to behold . Do they not understand how much talent it takes to be able to convey emotions without a single word uttered…that is art, beauty, a kind of magic.

Still from “Vampyr” Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932

Its not a popular style of movie anymore but its very interesting to see that there are regular silent movies reaching through the market on a regular basis. We see black and white movies all the time but even if a film is in colour but has little in the way of dialogue it’s not as popular, it’s not classed as being as entertaining!? Why is that? I know a lot of people like to be force fed a story, if they have to interpret it for themselves then they think something is suspicious!? It’s alright to make up your OWN mind about a movie, the intentions the meanings etc.

It’s quite funny when there is a quiet moment in a movie, a moment that hangs on for a few more seconds than usual and people start looking around, not quite sure if the sound has gone wrong, they struggle to understand what’s really going on. I remember the beginnings of There Will Be Blood (2007) and No Country For Old Men (2007), confusing the crowds I watched it with. It’s impressive that the lack of sound can be as vital as what is heard.

Most silent movies have an impressive soundtrack, long are the days of the single piano player tinkering on to a damsel being tied to a railway track (although I’d like to note that there was such a movie shown at the Abertoir film festival in 2012). But lots of the emotions and dialogue are replaced by music, films like THX1138 (1971) and Last of the Mohicans (1992) have instrumental versions, which I think are quite inventive and should branch out to more movies, like Blade Runner (1982), the Piano (1993) or Flash Gordon (1980), after all the composers of these movies are also highly regarded for their musical abilities.

Here’s a list of a few movies regarded as being silent in the modern age. (as always no particular order)

  • Belleville rendezvous (2003)
  • The Artist (2011)
  • Essential Killing (2010)
  • Valhalla Rising (2009 )

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