Six-String Samurai (1998)

“Six-String Samurai” (1998) is a movie that gets better every time I watch it. Part kung fu action comedy, part post apocalyptic buddy film, and part music video, it never takes itself so seriously as to sacrifice style for story. This is less an attempt at making a sincere post apocalyptic movie, and more a fun and comedic tribute to the genre, which some say it uses as a vehicle to tell an even deeper tale – society’s musical transition from classic rock and roll to modern heavy metal. Continue reading

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

“A Boy and His Dog” is probably one of the most sexist post apocalyptic film ever made, but also one of the most influential. This movie is so purely representative of the genre that if I could reduce it to a powder, I’d snort it through a rolled up page from a Max Brooks book and evaporate into a tiny mushroom cloud – the six foot empty space between my face and the TV just dilutes the experience. Based on a 1969 short story by Harlan Ellison, it has influenced everything from the “Mad Max” series to “Fallout 3”. In essence, ABAHD (so good it needs a hip acronym) is the ultimate buddy film spanning everything from a desolate surface wasteland to a surreal underground vault community with despotic social engineers and android enforcers. Continue reading