Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
On the Beach
The Biggest Story of Our Time!
In 1964, atomic war wipes out humanity in the northern hemisphere; one American submarine finds temporary safe haven in Australia, where life-as-usual covers growing despair. In denial about the loss of his wife and children in the holocaust, American Captain Towers meets careworn but gorgeous Moira Davidson, who begins to fall for him. The sub returns after reconnaissance a month (or less) before the end; will Towers and Moira find comfort with each other?
When you make dystopian sci-fi today, you expect it to come out as some sort of action movie; when you made it in the 1950's, it came out as a melodrama. A complete tonal opposite to the recent Mad Max: Fury Road, On the Beach has all the social commentary and suicidal nihilism, but instead of the colorful visuals and explosive thrills it plays more like an existential soap opera. That's probably a turn-off for many people (and it seems a bit unappealing after the madness of Fury Road), but for what it's trying to do it delivers quite successfully.
The film is essentially a four-point character study, with the focus on Gregory Peck's submarine captain and Ava Gardner's landlocked…
I wish I would have liked this more than I did. A movie about sad beautiful people in black and white, thrown together through tragic circumstances, occasionally drinking too much? Sounds like the kind of movie that swiftly lands in my favorites drawer. But something felt off.
To tell you the truth, I felt kinda stupid while watching this. It seemed like I couldn’t really follow the story. Maybe it’s the heat that’s melting down my brain. Or maybe it’s because everyone here looked so sickeningly gorgeous that I wouldn't be surprised if it makes one go a little dumb.
I’m talking about Gregory Peck (who's never looked more than a Greek God and has rarely been this nuanced) and…
The question at the heart of this film is " How would we live our lives knowing that all of mankind will be dead in 5 months"? Would be riot and be destructive? Would we be overwhelmed by the ridiculousness, fragility, and apparent disposability of life? Would this cause us to be despondent or would we discover a sense of calm euphoria, and a tranquility knowing the end is near? Would we become delusional hoping against hope?
One thing that I liked about this movie is that even with five months to live, life went on. People still got up…
A depressing yet powerful slow story about life after the nuclear war destroyed the Northern hemisphere. On the beach focuses for the most part about people and how they react to the knowledge that their world and their lives will soon come to an end. The lead characters go through what you would expect: denial, anger, clinging to the thinnest hope, and finally, resignation.
Superb performances from Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and the pre-Norman Bates Anthony Perkins makes this an interesting watch although some will view the pacing as too slow.
Short Review: Kinda boring in the first half - nothing much happens. But the second half is pretty interesting. The film is at its best when the submarine is cruising around and we get to see the lonely, forlorn cityscapes left behind after the atomic war. The film gets heavy and has some relevant things to say. And, it is a good-looking film with splendid photography and good acting.
Yes, it's over dramatic, but never laughable. This serious film is the second best end of the world film I have seen. The best is of course, Melancholia.
Great concept. Dated by its time. Would love to see a modern adaptation of this.
I cant believe that Frankston people died last.
What a downer, some cool racing footage.
Great concept, and attempts to explore some of the hypothetical consequences of a nuclear apocalypse, which is inherently nihilistic at times but other times appears a little too romanticised. The film is most intriguing when treading the details of such a circumstance, and could do with a little more chaos - or at least a few more arguments.
Still, I understand it is breaking new ground as this kind of grounded armageddon must have been somewhat rare at the time - at worst, it showed everyday people what they could potentially be up against. Something of an anti-war message at a time of global political strain, and didn't use monsters, UFO's or natural disasters as allegory. This kind of contrivance…
Despite some heavy-handed messaging from Kramer, this ends up being more about mortality than nuclear war. But it works pretty well as a film about mortality, as the survivors try to wring some value out of the last few months of their lives. There are strong performances across the board, and the movie manages to convey a pervading sadness without being too dreary.
Brought to my attention through a recent Filmspotting episode, this is a truly chilling post-apocalyptic film that feels unjustly forgotten. It's lacking any subtlety, but still hits hard, has the courage of its conviction, and features wonderful performances from Anthony Perkins, Ava Gardner, and Fred Astaire(!).
Watched in January 2011
Having seen the more recent TV movie version of Nevil Shute's apocalyptic novel, I was interested in seeing how it was handled some 50 years ago.
Nuclear war has decimated the northern hemisphere and the only habitable place is Australia, but not for long as a massive radioactive cloud is headed down under. In Melbourne a group of people including a US naval submarine captain, a young couple with a new born baby and a lonely woman are among those who know what is coming yet try to maintain some semblance of normality. Infact the film for the most part strays away from playing the 'the world is ending' style and presents more of a character…
Great film about a society waiting patiently to die.
It has that sappy Hollywood feel for the era when compared to something like Dr. Strangelove, but ultimately the narrative doesn't pull its punches. This leaves an uncomfortable experience of Hollywood trying to melodrama its way out of a death that feels increasingly certain as the films drags on.
A notable entry to the genre, quite early for a post apocalypse romp that's not about survival so much as thinking of what you want to do before it all ends.
Despite the annoying soundtrack, I really liked this movie. If we can see it as a direct product of its epoch and its fears (the cold war and the impending nuclear war), it is also about the human condition and how to build meaning and joyness - see the boat scene with Towers (Gregory Peck) and Moira (Ava Gardner); the Grand Prix with Julian (Fred Astaire - when death surrounds us. The young couple Peter and Mary Holmes (Anthony Perkins and Donna Anderson) portray the anguish, the fear, but also the happiness that inhabits all living things...
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