We discuss Susan Sontag’s seminal 1966 work “The Imagination of Disaster.”
We discuss the apocalyptic themes from the 2019 film “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”
We discuss the 7 functions of apocalyptic cinema according to Wynn Gerald Hamonic’s 2017 article, “Global Catastrophe in Motion Pictures as Meaning and Message: The Functions of Apocalyptic Cinema in American Film.”
We discuss a book chapter by Dina Khapaeva titled “Killing Humanity – Anthropocentrism and Apocalypse in Contemporary Cinema” from the edited volume “The Age of Spectacular Death” edited by Michael Hviid Jacobsen. Khapaeva discusses the “human” and “anti-human” paradigms in apocalyptic media and the commodification of anti-humanism mentioning examples such as The Incredibles, Avengers, Harry Potter, Wall E, Pacific Rim, and many others.
We discuss the 1976 Hungarian film The Fifth Seal” directed by Zoltan Fabri and its nihilist, moral, and ethical questions.
We discuss Thomas Nagel’s 1971 paper “The Absurd” in which he provides a new outlook on the absurdity of human existence.