Cataclysmic Cinema: 12 Monkeys & More

From R. Kelly to The Princess Bride, Seattle residents can always count on our friends at the Seattle International Film Festival—aka SIFF—to serve up something unexpected. (Besides organizing the US’s largest film festival each year, SIFF also hosts film events year-round.)

To celebrate December 12, 2012 (12/12/12—get it?), and count down with a signature dark sense of humor to midnight, December 21 (a dire date according to certain interpretations of the Mayan calendar), SIFF is screening a series of apocalyptic films.

It all starts tonight with Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi mind-bender 12 Monkeys (trailer above), and culminates 12/21 with a scientific debunking of the movie 2012 (starring John Cusack) by Neutrino Astrophysicist Jason Detwiler, PhD—followed by a 21+ party with post-apocalypse-themed music videos as the backdrop. Other highlights in the series include Dawn of the Dead (destroyed by zombies!), Planet of the Apes (destroyed by primates!) and Children of Men (destroyed by infertility!). What a way to go.

[Clockwise from top left: Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove, Matthew Broderick in WarGames, Clive Owen in Children of Men, and Britney Spears—a featured artist along with Duran Duran, Billy Idol, 2Pac, the Scorpions and more—in SIFF’s Post-Apocalypse Music Video Bash.]

For showtimes and to buy tickets,or just to find a list of apocalyptic titles for your own at-home film fest, visit The End of the World As We Know It at

[Trailer courtesy of Atlas Entertainment Classico and Universal Pictures. Film stills via]

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