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SIMON SAYS: Harold Camping's doomsday prophesies come and go, but DR. STRANGELOVE endures

by Matthew Seitz
October 19, 2011 6:04 AM
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By Simon Abrams
Press Play Contributor

Harold Camping, the 89-year-old evangelist and serial doomsayer, previously announced that the Rapture would occur on May 21st. He has since said that he was mistaken and that the Rapture is actually now scheduled for October 21st. So the third annual Doomsday Film Festival and Symposium this weekend at 92YTribeca couldn’t be timed any better, really.

It’s an event dedicated to the apocalypse, and this year’s line-up of screenings and panels includes a couple of standout titles, like the spectacularly deranged God Told Me To and the uniquely awful Lifeforce.

And yet no other film at this year’s celebration of End Times matches the hopeless vision of gloom and impending doom on display in Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Stanley Kubrick’s mighty adaptation of co-adapter Peter George’s novel Red Alert will screen this Sunday at 2 p.m. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring such talking head luminaries as Time Out New York film critic Keith Uhlich and The L Magazine film editor Mark Asch.

You can read the rest of Simon's piece here at Capital New York.

Simon Abrams is a New York-based freelance arts critic. His film reviews and features have been featured in the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Slant Magazine, The L Magazine, New York Press and Time Out Chicago. He currently writes TV criticism for The Onion AV Club and is a contributing writer at the Comics Journal. His writings on film are collected at the blog, The Extended Cut.

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