The Top 50 Dystopian Movies of All Times

Snarkerati blog has a fantastic new article: the Top 50 Dystopian Movies of All Time, ranked by Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB ratings.

A dystopia is a fictional society that is the antithesis or complete opposite of a utopia, an ideal world with a perfect social, political and technological infrastructure. A world without chaos, strife or hunger. A world where the individual potential and freedom is celebrated and brought to the forefront.

In contrast, the dystopian world is undesirable with poverty and unequal domination by specific individuals over others. Dystopian films often construct a fictional universe and set it in a background which features scenarios such as dehumanizing technological advancements, man-made disasters or class-based revolutions.

The image above is from Brazil (1985), an excellent example of the genre. (Everytime I see a reference to this movie, I can't stop humming the theme music. Braziiiil ... where hearts were entertaining June / We stood beneath an amber moon / ...) - Thanks Slater!

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The funny thing is that the movie itselfs have nothing to do with Brazil (country), but is a nice movie. The music, on the other side, is brazilian (and considered a MPB - brazilian popular music - classic)
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Moxy Fruvous did a song to the tune of the Brazil theme song, about working at a crappy job ("working in a dog food store between the ages of 13 and 16 just outside Toronto..."). It's called "I Love My Boss"


Live recording: (track 09)

other live recordings: (man, i love the internet archive site!)
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Oh, I [heart] Brazil. Jonathan Pryce is wonderful as a nebbishy would-be hero. Robert DeNiro's clearly having a great time. Michael Palin is about as far from his usual sweet, goofy self as possible. The hard part is when the absurdist vision of the future starts seeming not quite so absurd and even a little plausible. One of my definite all-time favorites.
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