Back in the day, we waited in line because we had to. That was the only way to see the show. By contrast, a month before its release, THE FORCE AWAKENS had already surpassed $50 million in advanced ticket sales, breaking the overall record previously held by THE HUNGER GAMES more than eight times over.
It seems we have hit a point of rigidity. We can’t make anything new or original without having it soaked in blood and gore. We certainly can’t make anything original AND with a diverse cast because the internet is still too young for it. So we must look back to “better days” where there was just not enough POC to make white people uncomfortable but give the industry a reason to say, “hey, look, you guys get roles too.”
I love post-apocalyptic stories because they bring out the best (and worst) aspects of the human character. Our screening has gotten me to think about other great post-apocalyptic films, so I present my own (admittedly biased) list of the top twenty post-apocalyptic films and television series of all time.