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quietearth [Celluloid 11.19.07] post apocalyptic movie review

Year: 2000
Director: Jules Beesley
Writer: Jules Beesley
Cataclysm type: Nuclear War
IMDB entry: IMDB
Trailer: Link
Purchase: link (around $20 plus S/H)
Interview with Steve Glenn: link
Rating: 7 out of 10

Key Characters:
Steve Glenn (Ryan Junell)
Trish (Jessica Schwartz)
Dirk (Chris Sykes)

This is a long lost cult hit from way back in 1984, the year of Miami Vice and MTV. It was made for $500 and with Steve's Moms van. Our main character, Steve, is a radio pirate in the days after WWIII bringing hope to the people after the remnants of the government re-emerged and shut down all tv and radio stations that had been broadcasting unclisensed. The only thing besides Steve is the EBS (Emergency Broadcast Signal) system. The new FCC has sent an assassin named Dirk after our unlikely hero to shut him down.

The Story:
Four score and seven years ago our forefathers told a tale of Steve, a radio pirate in the blazing post-nuclear days of Texas who brought a message of hope. That message may have been abundantly laced with cursing, but it still contained the most important thing of all, the daily mutant report. Those muties were everywhere!

At the beginning, Steve sneaks in and grabs his somewhat reluctant girlfriend Trish to bring with him on his trip into the wasteland. Why did he go the wasteland? I forget, but it's Texas, so I guess that means any part of the state, hahahhaha. So they head out, killing muties, broadcasting pirate radio, drinking beer, you know, the fun stuff. They run into an old friend of Steve's who's helping Ricky broadcast for his "church of inner/outer peace" and almost gets caught by the FCC assassin there, but it's just the beginning, they are on their way to NEW LA!

The Rating:
Part post apocalyptic, part love story, this was an absurdly hilarious romp through the scrubland that is Texas, and then the ... hole that is LA. I loved it, the only problem was the continuity gap at the end which seemed to have been filmed later and kind of destroyed the post apocalyptic illusion, but there's an explanation for that. It's Lars Von Biers fault, just listen to the interview.

Now Steve seriously worked doing pedicures at a Fancy Nail for 2 years (thanks to his Mom's friend) to raise the money to make this, so let's do our part and support good independent film (I said good because it's my opinion) . You do want to support GOOD INDEPENDENT FILM, DON'T YOU? 7 out of 10!

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