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brokenface wrote: March 19th, 2020, 5:37 pm Not a plague movie, but a movie that's come to mind with the sudden weird shift in atmosphere is Melancholia. I was thinking about it today and how the reactions of the depressive and the optimist differ to the external events
I was kinda thinking about that too. Personally, my depressive tendencies got a boost during the first week or so, before I readjusted to the new normal and sunk back into ennui a bit. I feel like this whole thing is giving me a bit of a beneficial shift in perspective though.

Death in Venice is the only great movie set in a plague I think I've seen, and like cinewest said the plague isn't exactly the thematic focus (ditto the fun Black Death and Masque of the Red Death). Has anyone adapted Camus's book?
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prodigalgodson wrote: April 14th, 2020, 10:21 pm Has anyone adapted Camus's book?
adapted to the screen in 1992
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Ah, nice
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So, been avoiding this topic but will chime in since I stumbled upon Besat (1999) - not sure exactly where it's going but in an early scene they say something like "imagine a virus as deadly as Ebola that spreads as easy as influenza ... it would spread around the globe in 24 hours thanks to air traffic" blah blah blah

So, we now know better, right? These movies. Ugh.
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The Cinema Snob is doing a series (as he's usually doing explotation) on Plague and similar, and so far

The Stand - generally episdoe 1 - the spread of superflu (and the ones that don't want to call it that)
The Patriot - the Steven Segal one - virus terrorism
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America - Bird Flu mutates into a virus that can spread between humans
Corona Zombies (2020) - yes, this exists - 80% is footage from Hell of the living dead aka Virus (1980) and 20% is jokes about social distancing and toilet paper
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xianjiro wrote: April 29th, 2020, 7:05 pm So, been avoiding this topic but will chime in since I stumbled upon Besat (1999) - not sure exactly where it's going but in an early scene they say something like "imagine a virus as deadly as Ebola that spreads as easy as influenza ... it would spread around the globe in 24 hours thanks to air traffic" blah blah blah

So, we now know better, right? These movies. Ugh.
Yeah I saw that recently as well. It starts out sounding like a pandemic film and then goes in a completely different direction.
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weirdboy wrote: May 1st, 2020, 3:19 am
xianjiro wrote: April 29th, 2020, 7:05 pm So, been avoiding this topic but will chime in since I stumbled upon Besat (1999) - not sure exactly where it's going but in an early scene they say something like "imagine a virus as deadly as Ebola that spreads as easy as influenza ... it would spread around the globe in 24 hours thanks to air traffic" blah blah blah

So, we now know better, right? These movies. Ugh.
Yeah I saw that recently as well. It starts out sounding like a pandemic film and then goes in a completely different direction.
While I knew nothing going in - only watched it because I had it and it's a current DtC nominee - it seems pretty clear that this is a popular 'fear' (planetwide pandemic in days or weeks) in cinema. I'm sure some of the other films mentioned on this thread have fairly similar timelines. I've seen a handful (Stand, I Am Legend come to mind, sure there are others) and it's always overwhelmingly fast.

HIV was fairly slow moving, but it's not nearly as infectious as SARS-2. Other tropical plagues have also been much deadlier and it's not like there weren't flights in and out of west or equatorial Africa during the various severe outbreaks they had there. SARS & MERS stayed pretty contained in comparison. So I guess you really need a supernatural element or the whole narrative falls in the shitter.

Now please, don't misunderstand. I'm not saying these aren't serious plagues, but unlike movies that play on the fear factor, real life is teaching us that, yes, we can do something to slow and contain the spread. It's not a given that mankind will be decimated. Or, given the movies, 'nonacimated'.

While I totally expect at few Oscar nominees to come from this crisis, for the most part, plague movies seem to have more in common with mad-slasher films that science.

So, anyone want to predict what the movies will be called? I'm think like the crop of post Great Recession films: Wolf of Wall Street, The Big Short, The Queen of Versailles, Inside Job, Margin Call, etc.

Surely someone will think Don't Stand So Close to Me would be a perfect title.
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albajos wrote: March 19th, 2020, 8:04 am
OldAle1 wrote: March 18th, 2020, 5:51 pm So I watched Wolfang Petersen's Outbreak last night - O MY GOD is this a terrible, terrible film. In fact it's one of those films that is so bad I have to call into question my whole viewing/rating/thinking about film philosophy, particularly when it applies to dumbass American blockbusters, which I've always liked maybe more than I should. The plot gets to whole levels of stupid that few films ever dare to hit, and the acting - with one exception - is some of the worst I've ever seen from a talented cast. OK I guess Spacey isn't bad - he's pretty much what he always is; Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr - all terrible, with Donald Sutherland deserving singling out for one of the worst stereotypical villains I've ever seen. The exception though is J.T. Walsh as the WH Chief of Staff who is absolutely brilliant in his one little 3-minute harangue of the President's cabinet; he alone is responsible for a ratings point, and there are a few other moments here and there - some of the anti-military rage from Hoffman towards the end isn't bad. But on the whole this is just acres of stupid, and anybody who can't predict almost everything that's going to happen - including which of the main characters will die, and which will get sick but will get the newly synthesized-in-just-a-few-minutes treatment drug just in time - really hasn't watched enough movies.
I give it 1/10, and that was my original rating in the 90s. Any movie you get stupider by watching do not really have a reason to get anything else, and everything is wrong in that one.
ugh - Hoffman was just so wrong. Even more wronger than their goofy science. Gee, one wonders if a someone watched this while holed up on Penn Ave and then decided to blame the other guys. WCWDTB?

There's a tiny part of me that wonders what the reviews and comments were like in the mid-nineties. But a much bigger part of me wants to drink this movie away. 😵💉💊🍸🚽
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Quarantine has had me thinking about "They're Creeping Up on You" from Creepshow.
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should I watch the movie first or read the book first?
La Peste 1992 vs Albert Camus
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La peste (Fr/Argentina 1992) - based on Camus novel

El año de la peste (Mexico 1979) - based on Defoe novel (haven't seen)
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I just started Todo Modo (an Elio Petri movie) and there's some epidemic going on. An announcer is calling for vaccinations.
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As a memory loss virus runs rampant, one couple fights to hold their relationship together before the disease can erase all memory of their love in this sweeping sci-fi romance.
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The 2020's will probably see an explosion in plague-themed tv-series and films. There are a few announced already. The developers of Vikings are creating a new series around the 1666 plague of London. Some will center around the plague itself (whether it be COVID-19 or not, but also non-COVID plague movies / series will explode, although not necessarily zombie-related ones, as they already were quite popular), others will use the plague just as setting and create a story unrelated at COVID-19 or the plague but use it as the setting, like a few romcoms, some arthouse drama's, some romances with social distancing and name it. A few documentaries, but also some critical movies of the mishandling of COVID-19 (which might be related to the following).

The other genre / theme that will see an explosion are Trump-related movies / tv-series and documentaries. It will absolutely explode with probably a movie centered around the capitol riots, several documentaries and probably one major tv-series centering around events during his presidency (or before that). Some movies might be centered around several failed Trump projects, I believe (like his university), or more seriously around his impeachment processes. Perhaps a few Trump comedy movies might also rise (in the style of Er ist wieder da or The Death of Stalin).

Other movies will be allegories of the political situation in the USA and worldwide, and the growing polarization and anti-establishment sentiment, i believe, but also focus on increased calls for more diversity, female rights and lgbtq rights.
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