New Reviews (Feb 5, 2010)

Six new reviews posted:

  1. Planet of the Apes
  2. Aliens
  3. Tank Girl
  4. Alien
  5. Land of the Free
  6. The Raven
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The Days of a Future Past

I always enjoy it when a specific future date from a movie comes to pass in the real world. It’s fascinating to consider the predicted future against the reality of the modern time. Many films have projected themselves so far into the future, that such a comparison is not yet practicable. Other films project so near into the future that very little change is actually predicted. The most interesting films are the ones which predict technological advancement, or societal shift, rather than simply a singular, monumental event which either did or didn’t happen…usually didn’t. Continue reading

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New Reviews

Five new reviews posted:

  1. Daybreak
  2. Babylon A.D.
  3. Planet of the Apes
  4. The Matrix
  5. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
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5 Hottest Dystopian Heroines

Let’s face it, dystopian films are typically the domain of the male lead: the loner, the wanderer, the reluctant and often flawed hero. Generally the roles for women in such films are secondary at best. Even where the female character has a central part to play in the overall plot (Julia in Nineteen Eighty-Four, Quilla June in A Boy and His Dog, or Irene Cassini in Gattaca), they are still more of a plot device than a full-fledged protagonist. Continue reading

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The Walking Dead was as slow paced as the Zombies it depicts

The Walking Dead was as slow paced as the Zombies it depicts…but that’s not a criticism.

It’s very hard to make a good zombie flick, one that doesn’t slip straight into the realm of bump-in-the-night thriller. Continue reading

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Opening Reviews

As of the launch of, there are 422 films listed, and 82 reviews. The last five reviews and the last five additions will be listed to the right on all pages, but links to new reviews will also be posted along with articles. New reviews will be posted all the time, on old classic and new films alike. More often than not, a review will contain spoilers. It isn’t the goal of this site to create a lengthy retelling of the film, but rather to discuss the film for its own sake, and its place within the realm of the dystopian.

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We Did it to Ourselves: The Root Cause Doctrine

One of the keys to unlocking the dystopian ethos can be found in what I will call the root cause doctrine. Within any dystopian film, regardless of the sub-genre, there is a point either within the film or within the film’s history where something went wrong. That is, there is a problem which has given rise to the dystopian world which we are viewing. Simply put, the root cause doctrine is concerned with the assignation of blame for that problem. Continue reading

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What is Dystopian? A Note on Classification

In the last 120 years of filmmaking, literally hundreds of thousands of films have been made. Out of that vast ocean of material, we’re considering a few hundred films as constituting… what? A genre? Not necessarily. The beauty of the dystopian film is that it need not be confined to a single genre. Could it be comedy, horror, drama, action, thriller, sci-fi? Absolutely. Continue reading

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