Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dystopian Dream Girl

My friends! I'm back from my first vacation in about 3 years. As you can guess I spent it under the table at a pub being fed white wine through a funnel.

That's right, I was in England. And seeing my lovely family and staying in London reminded me of a few things that we we take for granted - mainly the lack of riots, a stable economy and a population that is not forever engaged in a struggle with the government. To be fair, things aren't looking too good across Europe. Or in Libya.

In any event, the world around us is going to hell in a hand basket. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of some of the most popular visions of the future.

Children of Men (2006)

Pro: Clive Owen
Con: Population slowly dying.
Pro: Michael Caine
Con: Dies
Pro: There may be hope at the end!
Con: Clive Owen dies.

Blade Runner (1982)

Pro: Lots of Asian-esque food
Con: Evil Robots
Pro: Darryl Hannah's hair
Con: Sean Young's hair
Pro: It's Philip K. Dick's version of the future
Con: Ridley Scott's complete ignorance of the book it's based on.

Reign of Fire (2002)

Pro: After the world is all but destroyed by dragons, all men become impossibly ripped
Con: Dragons
Pro: Matthew McConaughey's ability to fly through the air with an axe
Con: Christian Bale's stink-face ability
Pro: Publicized the very real threat of sleeping dragons under London.
Con: Christian Bale left in charge to rebuild. (see also: Terminator Salvation)