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posted by janrinok on Monday March 02 2020, @02:18AM   Printer-friendly
from the in-flight-film dept.

Here's a quick overview of "documentaries" to watch before, during and after a pandemic:

The Andromeda Strain film: An early Michael Crichton adaptation which came before the Westworld film and series and the Jurassic Park film series. Like many Michael Crichton stories, factual science is extended with credible speculation. In this case, a prion-like infection has killed almost everyone in a village and the survivors are seemingly unrelated. The film is best known for its cartoonish but very photogenic indoor set which serves as the backdrop of a Level 4 Biolab. Such eloborate sets were common in the era. (Other examples include Rollerball and disaster parody/Airplane predecessor, The Big Bus.) The film features concurrent action which was a common experimental film technique in the 1960s but, nowadays, is most commonly associated with Kiefer Sutherland in the 24 series. There is also a lesser-known mini-series.

Outbreak: A rather dull film which nevertheless provides a graphic portrayal of uncontained pandemic and towns being quarantined. It would be marginally improved if the antagonists were re-cast. Possible source material for DeepFaking.

The Resident Evil film series: These films considerably advanced the tropes of amoral corporation, rogue artificial intelligence as antagonist, reality within reality, experimentation without informed consent and the horror of a medicalized vampire/zombie rabies virus. The Red Queen versus White Queen subplot dovetails with Alice in Wonderland, prey versus predator evolution and Umbrella Corp's red and white logo which - in a case of life mirroring art - was copied by Wuhan's Level 4 Biolab. Many people prefer the competent and detailed Resident Evil series of computer games which are arguably better than the Half Life series or the SCP game.

28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, 28 Months Later: Gritty films which borrow liberally from Resident Evil and a rich seam of British, Cold War, post-apocalyptic drama, such as Survivors. The most iconic scenes of the film - Central London without people - weren't composited or closed for filming. They were merely shot at dawn, on a Sunday morning, around the summer solstice. The first film may have influenced Black Mirror episodes: The National Anthem and White Bear.

World War Z: If Dan Brown wrote zombie stories, they'd be like World War Z. Brad Pitt's character dashes to a number of exotic locations and is swept up by events such as panic buying and stampedes from an unspecified infection which has an incubation period of about 20 seconds. (A duration which appears to have been chosen to maximize tension while staying within the one minute beat sheet of the Hero's Journey monomyth.) It builds upon the zombie mythology of Resident Evil and 28 Day Later. However, it is undermined by cheap grading, cheap compositing and reliance on flocking software.

Contagion: I haven't seen this one. It may or may not involve Gwyneth Paltrow, Harvey Weinstein, an Oscars acceptance speech, Seth MacFarlane and a vaginal steamer. Well, it probably relieves the itching of genital herpes.

Cloverfield 1, 2, 3 and 4: Found footage genre which is heavily influenced by the Blair Witch Project (obviously), Godzilla films, The Day the Earth Stood Still, any B-movie with a military Jeep and medicalized zombie films. The first film has fantastic compositing which may be of particular interest to anyone working on an augmented reality horror game.

Bad Taste: Peter Jackson's first commercial film. It was almost unfinished due to the ridiculous ending which blatently copies from a film which - to prevent spoiler - I won't mention. A particularly low budget effect was used for gun flash. Specifically, the original 16mm footage was poked with a pin. Regardless, if you've seen the carnage of Peter Jackson's orc battles then you may be curious to see the carnage of Peter Jackson's zombie fights. Additionally, Bad Taste works particularly well as a drinking game.

George A. Romero and John A. Russo films: These classics brought zombies out of a largely undifferentiated mess of vampire/mummy/voodoo/swamp monster B-movies. Unfortunately, they have been overshadowed by escalating gore and violence. This leave each classic looking more like an extended episode of the A-Team.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Anything is more exciting with zombies and Jane Austen's dull novel certainly benefits. This wilfully inaccurate historical drama, a genre shared with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Snow White and the Seven Samurai, features square dancing and blunderbuss zombie carnage.

Any better suggestions out there?


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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by fustakrakich on Monday March 02 2020, @02:23AM

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Monday March 02 2020, @02:23AM (#965210) Journal

    The most appropriate movie would be:

    The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

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    La politica e i criminali sono la stessa cosa..
  • (Score: -1, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @02:23AM (8 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @02:23AM (#965211)

    Hey voyeur trash. Don't just watch the pandemic. Live the pandemic.

    • (Score: 0, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @02:52AM (7 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @02:52AM (#965238)

      What is it with the hateful comments I've seen posted here from ACs? This is unprovoked and just totally uncalled for.

      I understand that sometimes discussions get heated and people cross lines. I got into it with Buzzard not too long ago and said some things I shouldn't have. I get that it's far too easy to get angry about stuff that's posted online, which is what I did -- and apologized for it. But there's absolutely no reason for random unprovoked attacks like this.

      To be honest, the last thing I want to be watching right now are films about pandemics. Watching and reading the news too much right now, knowing what's at stake and what can happen, is enough to make anyone go crazy after awhile. But the list was submitted in good faith and doesn't merit a cowardly attack like yours.

      Personally, I'll be watching sports to take my mind off the news. I'm looking forward to opening day and the start of baseball season. I also really enjoy NASCAR for most of the same reasons I like baseball. Indycar and F1 are a lot of fun to watch, too. I'm just hoping that F1 doesn't have to cancel any additional races.

      I understand that people aren't always going to get along and will get into heated arguments. But it seems like there have been more AC comments like yours that are just randomly directed and are vile. Perhaps it might technically violate the rules but because these comments seem to be frequent, I wouldn't be upset if they were modded spam.

      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @03:56AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @03:56AM (#965274)

        I understand that people aren't always going to get along and will get into heated arguments. But it seems like there have been more AC comments like yours that are just randomly directed and are vile.

        Why? Because people like you feed those trolls.

        It was already modded to hell, but you needed to respond -- and your response, especially since it was a negative one -- just encourages those idiots.

        DON'T FEED THE TROLLS.

        • (Score: 3, Interesting) by DeathMonkey on Monday March 02 2020, @06:56PM

          by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday March 02 2020, @06:56PM (#965611) Journal

          A lot of people have been claiming, without evidence, that if you ignore them they'll just go away. Well it's been about THIRTY years now and they're still around.

          Maybe it's time we start calling them out as the pathetic little douchebags they are?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @07:15AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @07:15AM (#965383)

        Go away, Knowledge_Troll! You said you were retiring! Why are you still here bitching about how nobody likes you?

      • (Score: 2) by edIII on Monday March 02 2020, @08:17AM (2 children)

        by edIII (791) on Monday March 02 2020, @08:17AM (#965398)

        Fuck it. I'm going to feed a troll here, if it gets you to never feed a troll again.

        Pay attention.

        Something that is that way overboard by an AC, is very very similar to a monkey throwing poo. Normally, they ARE modded to oblivion. So if you surf at 0, you get pretty much everything, and all of neutral AC comments. You don't even see the poo.

        If you surf at -1, you are deliberately looking at the poo, so it makes no sense to point it out to others. The game is to act like there is no poo. Is there any poo around you? Of course not! If you see it, then grab the mod shovel so others don't have to.

        When you fail the game, you're locking eyes with the monkey. At that point, you are forever, the monkeys bitch. It skull fucked you, and now you need therapy to get over it, as far as its concerned at least, and it's wild laughter and celebratory dancing is the only thing allowing it to fuck the shit out of some other monkey. A vile, pathetic, very, very, angry little monkey with erectile dysfunction. Desperate for people to see the poo.

        Don't acknowledge the poo. The only winning move is not to play. Listen to their desperate screams for attention, and just smile instead, and let your indifference burn them.

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        • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Phoenix666 on Monday March 02 2020, @01:09PM (1 child)

          by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday March 02 2020, @01:09PM (#965446) Journal

          I surf at -1 because it does happen that while unpopular opinions get modded to oblivion, groupthink isn't always right.

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          Washington DC delenda est.
          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @01:14PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @01:14PM (#965450)

            I surf at -1 because it does happen that while unpopular opinions get modded to oblivion, groupthink isn't always right.

            Fair enough. However, I note that you didn't upmod OP in an attempt to break us of our groupthink. Nor did you respond to OP troll.

            Care to elaborate on that?

      • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @07:55PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @07:55PM (#965641)

        it sounded like a joke, you dipshit.

  • (Score: 2) by Snotnose on Monday March 02 2020, @02:28AM (4 children)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Monday March 02 2020, @02:28AM (#965214)

    I bought a case of soup Friday, that's 12 cans. Plus what I usually have on hand means I'm good for 2 weeks (assuming I have electricity), and another week after that if I want to cook stuff like shrimp without any sauce or rice.

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    • (Score: 5, Funny) by Phoenix666 on Monday March 02 2020, @01:12PM

      by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday March 02 2020, @01:12PM (#965449) Journal

      I caught and dressed the neighbors we didn't like. They're in the smoker now [imdb.com]. Why wait to resort to cannibalism when you can be pro-active and get the best cuts?

      --
      Washington DC delenda est.
    • (Score: 3, Informative) by fliptop on Monday March 02 2020, @01:27PM (2 children)

      by fliptop (1666) on Monday March 02 2020, @01:27PM (#965455) Journal

      I bought a case of soup Friday

      I bought a new pistol and shotgun last month, plus 2500 round of ammo. In a SHTF scenario I'll stop by for some soup.

      --
      To be oneself, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity
      • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Monday March 02 2020, @07:30PM (1 child)

        by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Monday March 02 2020, @07:30PM (#965625) Homepage

        I was thinking about a Mini-14, because it's basically a California-proof AR with a short barrel for ease of carrying and wielding, and in a SHTF scenario 30-round mags could be acquired hypothetically in a game of Minecraft and not at all in a state where they are outlawed.

        Then after the epidemic blows over I could hypothetically get rid of those hypothetical mags within the video game of Minecraft and still have a semiauto .556 rifle that will be California proof for at least the next decade.

        If it's gonna be a proper zombie apocalypse with freaks trying to invade your home and steal your shit, you're gonna want some kind of semiauto rifle with the pistol and shotgun as last-resorts. Also don't forget the medkits, grenades, and invulerability powerups (PCP-dipped Sherman cigarettes). Booze and cigarettes also make great currency along with precious metals.

        • (Score: 2) by fliptop on Monday March 02 2020, @09:48PM

          by fliptop (1666) on Monday March 02 2020, @09:48PM (#965699) Journal

          If it's gonna be a proper zombie apocalypse with freaks trying to invade your home and steal your shit, you're gonna want some kind of semiauto rifle with the pistol and shotgun as last-resorts

          I have several semi-autos too, (AK-74, Bushmaster AR .300 blackout, and a DPMS AR .223) and thousands of rounds for all of them. I bought the pistol (Beretta 94 FS) b/c it's 9mm Luger which is a more common round than the two Makarov pistols I currently use for carry. The shotgun is a single shot breech load (Savage model 24V over/under .222/20 gauge) and I got it b/c it's the same firearm my grandfather taught me to hunt w/. There's a lot of sentimental value there.

          In some circumstances having a concealed pistol when approaching an unknown person / group is probably much less menacing than having an AK slung over your shoulder. YYMV.

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          To be oneself, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity
  • (Score: 5, Informative) by barbara hudson on Monday March 02 2020, @02:35AM (1 child)

    by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Monday March 02 2020, @02:35AM (#965217) Journal
    12 Monkeys [wikipedia.org]

    A deadly virus released in 1996 wipes out almost all of humanity, forcing survivors to live underground. A group known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys is believed to have released the virus. In 2035, James Cole is a prisoner living in a subterranean compound beneath the ruins of Philadelphia. Cole is selected to be trained and sent back in time to find the original virus, in order to help scientists develop a cure. Meanwhile, Cole is troubled by recurring dreams involving a foot chase and shooting at an airport.

    Cole arrives in Baltimore in 1990, not 1996 as planned. He is arrested, then hospitalized in a mental hospital on the diagnosis of Dr. Kathryn Railly. There he encounters Jeffrey Goines, a mental patient with fanatical environmentalist and anti-corporatist views. Cole is interviewed by a panel of doctors, and he tries to explain that the virus outbreak has already happened, and nobody can change it. After an escape attempt, Cole is sedated and locked in a cell, but disappears moments later, and wakes up back in 2035. He is interrogated by the scientists, who play a distorted voicemail message that asserts the association of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys with the virus. He is also shown photos of numerous people suspected of being involved, including Goines. The scientists offer Cole a second chance to complete his mission and send him back in time. He arrives at a battlefield during World War I, is shot in the leg, and then is suddenly transported to 1996.

    In 1996, Railly gives a lecture about the Cassandra complex to a group of scientists. At the post-lecture book signing, she meets Dr. Peters, who tells her that apocalypse alarmists represent the sane vision, while humanity's gradual destruction of the environment is the real lunacy. Cole arrives at the venue after seeing flyers publicizing it, and when Railly departs, he kidnaps her and forces her to take him to Philadelphia. They learn that Goines is the founder of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, and set out in search of him. When they confront him, Goines denies any involvement with the group and says that in 1990 Cole originated the idea of wiping out humanity with a virus stolen from Goines' virologist father.

    About to be apprehended by police, Cole is transported back to 2035, where he reaffirms to the scientists his commitment to his mission. But when he finds Railly again in 1996, he tells her he now believes himself crazy as she had suggested all along. Railly, meanwhile, has discovered evidence of his time travel, which she shows him, and she no longer believes he is insane. They decide to depart for the Florida Keys before the onset of the plague. On their way to the airport, they learn that the Army of the Twelve Monkeys was not the source of the epidemic; the group's major act of protest is releasing animals from a zoo and placing Goines' father in an animal cage.

    At the airport, Cole leaves a last message telling the scientists that in following the Army of the Twelve Monkeys they are on the wrong track, and that he will not return. He is soon confronted by Jose, an acquaintance from his own time, who gives Cole a handgun and ambiguously instructs him to follow orders. At the same time, Railly spots Dr. Peters, and recognizes him from a newspaper photograph as an assistant at Goines' father's virology lab. Peters is about to embark on a tour of several cities that match the locations and sequence of the viral outbreaks.

    Cole forces his way through a security checkpoint in pursuit of Peters. After drawing the gun he was given, Cole is fatally shot by police. As Cole lies dying in Railly's arms, Railly suddenly begins to scan the crowd around her, seemingly looking for something she knows must be there. She finally makes eye contact with a small boy—the young James Cole witnessing the scene of his own death, which will replay in his dreams for years to come. Peters, safely aboard the plane with the virus, sits down next to Jones, one of the scientists from the future, who comments that her job is “insurance.”

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @02:52PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @02:52PM (#965499)

      Thank you. I couldn't believe this movie wasn't listed on the front page of the article. Like all Terry Gilliam movies, this one is brilliant in its story as well as cinematography.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @02:44AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @02:44AM (#965232)

    Any good? Heard some noise. Is it dubbed?

  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @02:49AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @02:49AM (#965235)

    The Purge
    The Purge: Anarchy
    Night of the Living Dead

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Monday March 02 2020, @07:44PM

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Monday March 02 2020, @07:44PM (#965634) Homepage

      The Black Syph (2002) is about a supervirus that was native to Brazilian jungles and spread to humans through all the human-monkey sex that goes on there. From Brazil it is then spread to the brothels of Tijuana. It is a super-lethal hybrid virus with the DNA of rabies, syphilis, HIV, and leprosy.

      Once infected the virus causes aggression in humans, which is dangerous because the initial symptoms are indistinguishable from just being typically Mexican. Then the penis turns black and falls off, and then the patient develops insatiable urges to get in the nearest flat-black GMC SUV with bondo'd up bullet holes and go on vehicular homicide sprees.

      After nearly being defeated by the horde, San Diego biologists discover by accident that putting the patients to full-time work and teaching them manners cures the disease.

  • (Score: 2) by SpockLogic on Monday March 02 2020, @03:10AM (1 child)

    by SpockLogic (2762) on Monday March 02 2020, @03:10AM (#965245)

    She who must be obeyed and I, to accompany our pizza, watched Contagion yesterday evening. It's about a worldwide viral pandemic that originated in China and results in millions of deaths. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1598778/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 [imdb.com] [imdb.com] In the movie the US develops a cure and the world is saved. I am far more pessimistic about our current situation.

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    Overreacting is one thing, sticking your head up your ass hoping the problem goes away is another - edIII
    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @11:10AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @11:10AM (#965431)

      White men are faggots: woman worshiping pieces of shit; and the reason men are banned from marrying little girls the world over now (bad for MUH WHOTIUE WUUHHHMAN)

  • (Score: 2) by Booga1 on Monday March 02 2020, @03:30AM (1 child)

    by Booga1 (6333) on Monday March 02 2020, @03:30AM (#965253)

    I have heard the live action "Resident Evil" film series is pretty terrible.
    The games are pretty fun. Though, if you play Resident Evil 5, play with a friend. The computer partner uses up your health supplies when you get a scratch. :P
    My personal favorite is Resident Evil 4 on the Wii. Having a real aiming reticle is a huge benefit and saves you lots of ammunition and health.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by Valkor on Monday March 02 2020, @03:57AM

      by Valkor (4253) on Monday March 02 2020, @03:57AM (#965277)

      The first movie in the series is a good action flick, but it's downhill after that. I only made it minutes in to the third one, and suffered through the 2nd because I was with friends. The first one is one of my favorite movies though.

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by NotSanguine on Monday March 02 2020, @03:33AM (7 children)

    When that will be 24/7 on the news?

    How about some escapist stuff to take your mind off the ugly reality instead:

    The Princess Bride (1987) [wikipedia.org]
    "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

    The Wages of Fear (1953) [wikipedia.org]
    Nitroglycerine is good for your heart!

    Superfly (1972) [wikipedia.org]
    "Sellin' cocaine, as usual."

    Dr. Strangelove (1964) [wikipedia.org]
    "I do not avoid women, Mandrake. But I deny them my essence."

    Repo Man (1984) [wikipedia.org]
    "Let's go do some crimes."
    "Yeah! Let's get sushi, and not pay!"

    Animal House (1978) [wikipedia.org]
    "Oh boy, is this great!"

    The Blues Brothers (1980) [wikipedia.org]
    "How much for the little girl? I want to buy your women."
    "No ma'am. We're musicians."

    Doctor No (1962) [wikipedia.org]
    "That's a Smith & Wesson and you've had your six."

    You Only Live Twice (1967) [wikipedia.org]
    "Welcome to Japan Mr. Bond. Where men come first, and women come second." (if at all)

    Three Days of the Condor (1975) [wikipedia.org]
    "Is he a tough guy? What will he do?"
    "Understand."
    "Wow. That is tough."

    Amadeus (1984) [wikipedia.org]
    "I will speak for you, Father. I speak for all mediocrities in the world. I am their champion. I am their patron saint."

    Belle du Jour (1967) [wikipedia.org]

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) [wikipedia.org]
    "What's that smell in this room? Didn't you notice it, Brick? Didn't you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room?... There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity... You can smell it. It smells like death."

    D.O.A. (1949) [wikipedia.org]

    Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) [wikipedia.org]
    "Fuck you. That's my name."

    The Lords of Discipline (1983) [wikipedia.org]

    Or binge watch TV shows like
    Leverage [wikipedia.org]
    Vera [wikipedia.org]
    Inspector Morse [wikipedia.org]/Lewis [wikipedia.org]/Endeavour [wikipedia.org]
    The Closer [wikipedia.org]/Major Crimes [wikipedia.org]
    The Avengers [wikipedia.org]
    Babylon 5 [wikipedia.org]/Crusade [wikipedia.org]
    Red Dwarf [wikipedia.org]
    X-Files [wikipedia.org]
    The Expanse [wikipedia.org]
    The Prisoner [wikipedia.org]

    I could go on and on. Like I said, why watch movies about disease outbreaks when that's all we're going to hear about anyway? Why not watch stuff that will take your mind off the bodies piled up on the streets?

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    No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical. --Niels Bohr
    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Monday March 02 2020, @03:39AM (2 children)

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 02 2020, @03:39AM (#965260) Journal

      Logan's run...sexiest movie ever!
      ;)

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      • (Score: 2) by NotSanguine on Monday March 02 2020, @03:50AM (1 child)

        Or The Name of the Rose [wikipedia.org], which has the *dirtiest* (literally) sex scene I've ever watched in a non-porn movie.

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        No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical. --Niels Bohr
        • (Score: 2) by mendax on Monday March 02 2020, @07:31AM

          by mendax (2840) on Monday March 02 2020, @07:31AM (#965386)

          Indeed. And the 15-year-old Christian Slater was not doubled in the sex scene. Kiddy porn! SHHHHHHH!!!!!

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          It's really quite a simple choice: Life, Death, or Los Angeles.
    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Booga1 on Monday March 02 2020, @04:01AM

      by Booga1 (6333) on Monday March 02 2020, @04:01AM (#965279)

      I was introduced to The Avengers TV show back around 2000. Absolutely wonderful show and ahead of its time. It's a shame the 1998 movie was so terrible.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @07:44AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @07:44AM (#965390)

      X-Files
      The Expanse

      So, these two have something to do with disease spreading around too... The "black oil" in X-Files and that entire molecule thing in The Expanse? Major, major plot lines right there. Of course, a lot of subplots around these major story arcs..

    • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Monday March 02 2020, @01:18PM (1 child)

      by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday March 02 2020, @01:18PM (#965452) Journal

      That's a great list.

      My wife and I started watching Samurai Cat [imdb.com] on Amazon Prime. It's quirky and hilarious, unlike anything I've ever seen except very vaguely like Comrade Detective [imdb.com].

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  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Monday March 02 2020, @03:37AM (1 child)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 02 2020, @03:37AM (#965257) Journal

    Trump and the Dems leadership race...two train wrecks just WAITING for popcorn to be made. Of course, you'll have to cough into the popcorn to get the pandemic meme going.

    But the SCARES! OMG!

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @03:51AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @03:51AM (#965273)

      Popcorn is disgusting stuff, whether you cough in it or not.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @04:12AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @04:12AM (#965286)

    Either in books or movies, his stories always amaze me, have read most more than once.

    "On the Beach" is about the last of humanity after nuclear war, made into a movie, but the book will keep you occupied much longer.
    "What happened to the Corbetts" a fictional depiction of the effect of aerial bombing on the British city of Southampton. Electricity and water stop, food deliveries stop and suddenly middle class existence can't be taken for granted anymore.

    Books are out of copyright in some countries, most are available online.

  • (Score: 2) by PocketSizeSUn on Monday March 02 2020, @05:18AM

    by PocketSizeSUn (5340) on Monday March 02 2020, @05:18AM (#965330)

    At least the first 2 seasons were decent.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2402207/ [imdb.com]

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Hartree on Monday March 02 2020, @05:27AM (1 child)

    by Hartree (195) on Monday March 02 2020, @05:27AM (#965333)

    They tried to make a miniseries version in 2008 but it was IMHO a pale shadow of the first.

    To a geeky 9 year old, seeing it in a theater in 1971 with electronic music and computer graphics was mana from heaven.

    Even after all these years it's still one of my all time favorite movie experiences.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @05:33AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @05:33AM (#965339)

      Yep. It is a fabulous movie.

      Not one that I'd want to re-watch during a pandemic, but a good movie.

      If you must have Crichton, then The Abyss [wikipedia.org] could work too.

  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @05:57AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @05:57AM (#965352)

    It's a movie series that is actually better than the books.

    Reading the books is still worth it, though, if only to read about Tom Bombadil.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Phoenix666 on Monday March 02 2020, @01:21PM

      by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday March 02 2020, @01:21PM (#965453) Journal

      It is more suitable for a refined palate.

      I'd add the details in the books make a more complex brocade than the movies do. For example, the books explain the sword that allowed Merry to break the enchantments that made the Witch King invincible, so Eowyn could kill him.

      --
      Washington DC delenda est.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @06:08AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @06:08AM (#965355)

    Films to Watch During a Pandemic

    All the titles listed yet you missed the obvious Pandemic? Sure, it's a made-for-TV movie, but based on the list proffered, it fits. And what about The Stand? Again, TV movie (or was it a mini-series? It's been too any years...), and not that great, but it fits the list.

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @06:11AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @06:11AM (#965359)

      actually the closest movie to coronavirus symptoms is the original aliens movie.

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @06:09AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @06:09AM (#965356)

    Debbie does Dallas and JFK on rotation.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @06:20AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @06:20AM (#965363)

      Are you from the DFW area or something?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @07:36AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @07:36AM (#965388)

        Nah just my Eros / Thanatos thing.

    • (Score: 1) by Only_Mortal on Monday March 02 2020, @01:10PM

      by Only_Mortal (7122) on Monday March 02 2020, @01:10PM (#965447)

      Debbie does Dallas? My "documentaries" folder is mostly Marc Dorcel informative films.

  • (Score: 2) by mendax on Monday March 02 2020, @08:13AM

    by mendax (2840) on Monday March 02 2020, @08:13AM (#965397)

    Contagion is a frightening realistic film about a global pandemic. Not something to watch while recovering from or trying to dodge this pesky disease.

    --
    It's really quite a simple choice: Life, Death, or Los Angeles.
  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday March 02 2020, @09:09AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 02 2020, @09:09AM (#965407) Homepage Journal

    Insects and arachnids are well known to spread disease. Well, insects, anyway. Arachnids mostly keep it secret. But, my computer is infested with mirkwood spiders. If I can just get the last one, and her eggs, I'm sure the pandemic will end soon after. It's the eggs that are so hard to find. When you've entered the dungeons, you've got to burn every level with wizard light. Every level.

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    Don’t confuse the news with the truth.
  • (Score: 2) by shortscreen on Monday March 02 2020, @10:25AM (2 children)

    by shortscreen (2252) on Monday March 02 2020, @10:25AM (#965423) Journal

    There's that one episode of Sliders where a virus swept the world and wiped out most of the male population. Then Gilligan and the professor got captured for use in Australia's breeding program.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @12:32PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @12:32PM (#965438)

      What? No love for the Skipper?

      He was knocking off Ginger *and* Loveyl. But Mary Ann was *way* too kinky for him. Those farm girls really get their freak on. Barnyard animals indeed!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @03:12PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @03:12PM (#965509)

      There's that one episode of Sliders where a virus swept the world and wiped out most of the male population.

      Right! Y: The Last Man [wikipedia.org], a story of a slacker and his monkey. I hear it's being turned into a TV series.

  • (Score: 2) by stormwyrm on Monday March 02 2020, @03:51PM

    by stormwyrm (717) on Monday March 02 2020, @03:51PM (#965522) Journal
    I've seen this film and it's a pretty solid one. It portrays science and scientists in a fairly positive light, and takes a very dim view of alternative medicine and the "health and wellness" folks. Rather ironic given Gwyneth Paltrow's involvement, since she is such a big woo pusher these days (well, she does play the patient zero who is the first case and first death of the outbreak). Jude Law plays a character who seems a pastiche of Mike Adams, Alex Jones, Joseph Mercola, and other such peddlers of woo and conspiracy theories; like them he sows distrust in science in order to sell his nostrums. A lot of what was portrayed in the film seems a chilling prophecy of what is playing out in real life with COVID-19 today.
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    Numquam ponenda est pluralitas sine necessitate.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @07:57PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @07:57PM (#965643)

    I'll just stick to playing the board game "Pandemic" and its expansions! (including the Legacy versions)

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @08:01PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 02 2020, @08:01PM (#965649)
    • (Score: 3, Funny) by PartTimeZombie on Monday March 02 2020, @09:03PM

      by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Monday March 02 2020, @09:03PM (#965677)

      Thanks A/C. I'll watch that while I'm on the way to see what's on the other side of the ice wall.

      If NASA don't try to stop me.

      Wish me luck! I hope I don't fall off the edge.

  • (Score: 2) by arslan on Monday March 02 2020, @10:30PM

    by arslan (3462) on Monday March 02 2020, @10:30PM (#965713)

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was surprisingly entertaining. Its more a satire of P&P and zombie flicks - well my take of it anyway; and Lily James was just mesmerizing slaying zombies in tight garters. Their twist with Lady Catherine against the original P&P was a good one.

    Anyway, speaking of movies to watch, I'm thinking The walking dead more reflects a potential reality. Not the zombie apocalypse but the society breakdown and that we'll have humans being more dangerous to humans than whatever caused the fall.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 03 2020, @12:12AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 03 2020, @12:12AM (#965753)
    There was a reasonable adaptation of Stephen King's epic which might fit the bill too.
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