I know I've mentioned this before, but just as a reminder because it irks me and I love mesoamerican archaeology:
The Mayan's never predicted the end of the world or said that 2012 is the end of time. Their long count calendar ends in 2012 because that's where they stopped calculating. The notion that they were saying it was the end of time or the end of mankind and all that traces back entirely to the new age movement of the late 1960s/early 70s, specifically Jose Arguelles, who started co-opting Mayan mysticism once translation of their writing had started to breakthrough around that time (although was nowhere complete or 100% accurate).
Nothing at all in Mayan lore depicts 2012 as anything negative.
I keep trying to tell my students that, cause god knows you can't have a college composition class without some idiot bringing up 2012. It doesn't really work as well as I'd like.
It's true that 2012 was the end of the 5th age.
There is a lot of debate as to the meanings of many things said by the Mayans in regards to the 5th age (in which they lived) and the 4th age. Some interpret alot of their historical writings to imply that they thought the 4th age ended with great cataclysms and an upheaval of the world and, as a result, they feared 2012 might repeat that. But those interpretations are a stretch, at best. The Mayans wrote up the calendar in very factual detail and just said "Welp, here's the calendar." Anything read INTO it has been put there solely by people taking various scattered remarks made in other histories from other eras and trying to link them to the calendar and that the priest caste said "Oh man, some shit's going down in 2012" but it's all a case of how you decide to interpret a complex language that is still only about 80% translated and understandable. It's like people who co-opt Egyptian mysticism without really understanding exactly what it means to adorn yourself in Eyes of Horus' or Ankhs, etc...
Wanna know what I think? Here's what I think, I think this:
Let's all just go about our lives as normal and then come back to the question in three years on 12/22/2012.
I'm so happy this movie is coming out now. It'll provide a good way to casually dismiss any 2012-doomsday-prophecy-true-believers I encounter.
When they bring it up, I'll say "Oh yeah, that movie was pretty good. The special effects were awesome."
And when they try to explain the crackpot theories informing the movie, I'll feign ignorance and say "Dude, it was just a movie."
I love this idea and I am stealing it for sure.
Will that work with The Passion of the Christ, too?
I don't care how retarded it is. This looks amazing.
God, thank you. I'm always apprehensive of saying anything positive about this movie around my friends because they would never let me hear the end of it, but I liked Independence Day and even though this is not going to be good at ALL, I really want to see it.
|Caminante Nocturno |
If you replace all of the melodramatic people with musclebound blond guys, this would be the perfect Dragonball Z movie.
|THA SUGAH RAIN |
If the rolling cathedral didn't get me, the island -tipping over and falling into the ocean- did.
Time Travel Mishap
The white house gets run over by a aircraft carrier.
THE WHITE HOUSE GETS RUN OVER BY A AIRCRAFT CARRIER.
|Rodents of Unusual Size |
Knowing II: Electric Boogaloo
I recommend the tag "OBAMACALYPSE" over its current incarnation.
I believe "Obama-pocalypse" is the portmanteau you seek.
I still wish they were marketing the movie like this-
Running from Cracks: The Movie!
|Scrotum H. Vainglorious |
What a spectacular CGI shitfest. I hope whatever 3D tech James Cameron pioneered for Avatar that he doesn't let it fall into the hands of Emmerich. Plus I'm pretty sure this is a dupe .
THE EARLIEST CIVILIZATION GUYS
This is the best disaster porn ever.
Nick Cage isn't available? Fuck it we'll just get that 80s guy that looks like him.
(there was a time when I would have said Cusack deserves better billing than that, but that was before I saw him in the trailer for 2012)
I think this is the Katamari Damacy movie, just look at that rolling cathedral. The king of Cosmos seems to be pissed off for some reason.
This is the guy doing the Foundation movie. Make of that what you will.
Personally I didn't care for those books, but I was very young when I read them. But I'm guessing a fair few of you are going to have your souls crushed at some point.
Oh John Cusack, couldn't you have made Better Off Dead II?
The Mayans were mankind's earliest civilization? The Sumerians would probably dispute that.
Also this movie looks beyond execrable.
I saw the trailer on the big screen. If it's two and a half hours of cities falling apart, I'm so down. I want to see that, with no dialog, just follow people running.
|Syd Midnight |
The trailers all blow if you've ever seen the mix with Bongolia music. They make me want to not watch the movie after the mix made me want to watch it.
YAY SPACE SHIPS?
YAY SPACE SHIPS!
In a world where TIME is running OUT... ONE MAN will stand up and something something something.
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