Postum, pocky, lipstick... that's about as close as I can come to saying "post-apocalyptic" using completely different words. Of course the meaning is also lost, but meaning is malleable anyway. I'm pretty sure that if enough of us start saying "Postum-pocky-lipstick" we could arrive at a day when serving Postum and pocky alongside lipstick samplers at after-the-end-of-civilization films has become the trendy norm. Until then, I'll just amuse myself by breaking the language.
We've got two Postum-pocky-lipstick movies, Daybreakers and The Book of Eli in theaters right now, plus Legion which appears to omit the Postum. And maybe the pocky and the lipstick, too. I haven't seen it yet. I saw Book of Eli last week and was pleasantly surprised. I expected The Road Warrior with a dash of Judeo-Christian supernaturality, and was instead presented with a fascinating parable. I'm not sure the presence of the parable justifies subjecting yourself to such violent fare, but that question is also embedded in the parable, which provides even more fascination while avoiding any of the usual trappings of self-referentiality.
For two summers now I've ranked the summer blockbusters in order of personal preference. I'm going to try something new: I'm going to try to rank the entire year's films (well... that tiny subset of them which I actually see) in the same way. This isn't a New Year's Resolution, mind you. If it stops working, I'll stop doing it. For now, though, the list looks like this: 1 - Book of Eli If I get around to seeing Daybreakers and Legion I'll put them on the list.