I keep thinking the moment is over, but dystopia is the trend that just won’t quit. People continue to be obsessed with horrible end-of-the-world scenarios. It probably says something deep and meaningful about the current state of humanity, that one of the most critically acclaimed and rabidly beloved television shows in recent memory takes place in a world where people eat other people, and that one of the most anticipated films of the year features downtrodden starving plebeians battling against a corrupt government that also eats people, metaphorically speaking.
It probably says something, but I don't know what it is. I'm not a psychologist. Maybe we're all just happier with our own lives when something reminds us, "Hey, it could be worse, I could be a lizard that Tom Hardy stomps on."
Some of you are probably into that idea, though.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
I never managed to read these books -- somewhat infamously -- so I can’t speak to how well this trailer adheres to the Hunger Games canon. The trailer opens with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman speaking in vagaries about Katniss’ importance as everybody’s favorite pert and plucky savior. He’s talking to Julieanne Moore. I don’t know who she is, but she’s got some very striking long grey hair that I’m extremely on board with.
Natalie Dormer is here, and she too has really cool hair, which is good because it will now take audiences a full ten seconds to remember they know her from "Game of Thrones." Donald Sutherland is still evil. People are still living in dirt and standing in crowds in the rain. There are stormtroopers on Endor. I hope Katniss gets to kill some Ewoks.
Mad Max: Fury Road
I didn’t even know this was happening until Olivia sent me the link yesterday. This trailer is basically a series of mood-setting showpieces with zero substance, and I am totally okay with that.
People here are also living in dirt, but nobody stands in crowds in the rain because it’s a desert, and evidently if you stand still for any length of time, deranged gangs in tricked-out dune buggies will come murder you. Also Tom Hardy must have a clause in his contract that the bottom half of his face must be covered for a certain percentage of his total screen time, I guess to ration out that mesmerizing mouth he’s got.
For ages, before I could remember his name, I just called him, “That guy with the mouth.” Weirder still, everyone always knew who I was talking about.
The Walking Dead, Season 5
I love how this starts with Rick being all menace-y and “They’re screwing with the wrong people! I ATE A NON-ZOMBIE GUY’S NECK LAST TIME I WAS THREATENED!” and Daryl is kind of giving him the side-eye.
Luckily our heroes don’t seem to spend much time in the box that provided last season’s cliffhanger, and very shortly are going forces with their captors to get their precious science-dude to Washington where he can evidently fix the zombie problem for good. I really like how everyone just trusts that the science guy is legit and not an utterly delusional freakshow. It’s nice that humanity is able to retain hope in a world where Rick just ate a non-zombie guy’s neck.
The ham-fistedly disarming teen-sensation possible-cannibal leader (did we ever get confirmation on the cannibalism? I forget) is coming along on this interminable road trip, probably to ruin everything. People are still living in dirt and zombies are standing in crowds while being mowed down by a fire hose.
On the up side, Rick’s beard looks GREAT.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
The first time I saw the first Sin City movie, I was all, “Wow, this is totally groundbreaking and amazing!” but on every subsequent viewing I’ve liked it less and less. I don’t know if I’ll be able to sit through "A Dame To Kill For" as the extremely stylish self-consciousness just of the trailer is making my head hurt.
There is sin. There is a city. There are sexy broads in bondage gear standing in neat formation like they’re about to bust into a “Love is a Battlefield” flash mob, but all they do is shoot people. Everyone looks like they’re made of plastic. No, literally -- even Jessica Alba looks like they made a plastic Jessica Alba mask for her to wear over her real head. Four or five dudes get thrown out of windows in this three-minute trailer. I should have gone back and watched it again to count but I can’t. I just can’t.
Oh hey, there’s Lady Gaga. Hi Lady Gaga.
The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover Episode
Trust me, this counts as dystopian.
I could tell you how this reveal-nothing trailer is for a film produced by "The Walking Dead"’s Robert Kirkman and it apparently takes place in a miserable dirt-living future in which people have no air.
But all I really need to say is that Norman Reedus is in it.
Any other upcoming end-of-the-world media you’re looking forward to in the near future? Tell us about it in comments. Or else just enjoy this Game of Thrones blooper reel.