Wheat and Tares

Wheat and Tares

Based on the Apocalypse as predicted by Harold Camping, the film follows three of his followers before and after the apocalypse. They all wholeheartedly believe that the world will end on this date and that God will take them among the 200 million other chosen into the Kingdom of Heaven.
This is a documentary in which we are given access to these peoples lives and thoughts along with those of Harold Camping himself. We watch as they go about their days in anticipation of the big event.
We follow a woman who spends her days spreading the gospel of Camping on the streets, armed with pamphlets and a sign.
We watch a man as he reflects on trying to live his life with the thought of imminent destruction of the world.
There is one unfortunate woman who is due to deliver her unborn child on the exact day of the Apocalypse.
One common thread among these people is that they have given to their prophet’s church their life savings so that they may enter heaven without any earthly possessions.
We follow a woman who spends her days spreading the gospel of Camping on the streets, armed with pamphlets and a sign.
We watch a man as he reflects on trying to live his life with the thought of imminent destruction of the world.
There is one unfortunate woman who is due to deliver her unborn child on the exact day of the Apocalypse.
One common thread among these people is that they have given to their prophet’s church their life savings so that they may enter heaven without any earthly possessions.
Most of the movie is just leading up to the event. When the event actually comes and goes we are given a glimpse into the media circus that surrounded camping as he weaseled his way out of why the world didn’t end.
You get to see how these people are absolutely shocked that nothing has happened. Snippets of angry callers to Camping’s Family Radio Ministry are played. Unfortunately, the one family I wanted to see, the pregnant woman and her family, did not want to speak to anyone following the failed rapture.

It is particularly interesting to watch when you realize that they have nothing left. The followers of Evangelist Harold Camping have alienated friends and family. That they have basically no money and have quit their jobs.

This in stark contrast as you watch Camping discussing the imminent end of the world while sitting on a 75 million dollar net worth.
Harder still to consider that his ministry continued to survive on nothing except donations and employed over 300 people after multiple failed doomsday predictions.
It’s only an hour-long movie. It is definitely worth watching for so many different reasons. You feel for these people while at the same moment feel incredulous at their foolishness in believing this Evangelist.
At the same time, you realize that there are other people at this very moment being lead down the same exact path by unscrupulous Con Artists.
I only wish that it had focused on these peoples lives before they joined the church to try to understand why it is that they were hooked into it in the first place.
I give it 5/5 broken lives.

Danny’s Doomsday

Danny’s Doomsday

Danish horror film Directed by Martin Barnewitz

Danny is your typical Danish High School student trying to work up the courage to talk to his crush.

His younger brother makes his way through school being as challenging as possible to the local bully. Rie, just wants

Danny to realize that she is into him.

Everything comes crashing down around them as after a combination of pollution, global warming and over-industrialization create a new species of alpha predator.

The town is more than decimated by this unexpected arrival of a hyper-aggressive man-eater.

The Two brothers without any real survival skills must learn to stay alive in this new and hostile environment where man is no longer top of the food chain.

The Good
The film takes storytelling to a very lofty height. Not only is this a tale of the apocalypse but also the story of two brothers.

At the beginning of the film, we see how Danny fails in his duty as an older brother.

He succumbs to his own fears and peer pressures.
His brother is left to fend for himself and develops a wave of ever-increasing anger at Danny and, perhaps, the world in general.


Danny is also oblivious to the interest of Rie, the girl that he has had a long time crush on.


We get to watch Danny’s transformation from this weak person into a man of decisive action and courage in the face of horrifying odds.


It isn’t a bloody film and doesn’t rely on heavy-handed tactics to scare you. You hardly see the creatures, and that actually helps to heighten the sense of fear and anxiety.


The effects of shock and awe are palpable, we feel the disaster as it strikes and tries to make sense of it as they would.

The Bad
If there is one bad thing, it would be that the creature effects are not on par with bigger Hollywood productions.

They are still better than 95% of the low budget indies out there but don’t expect “Aliens” level special effects.


Even so, there are a handful of special effects that really make the movie pop.


This is a Danish film, at the time that I have seen it there is no option for English Dub-over.

You will have to endure with the subtitles.

The Takeaway
I found this film to be very enjoyable. It is short at 80 plus minutes and the story arc moves quickly. It is an interesting version of Apocalypse and one that can be viewed in multiple ways.


The characters are believable, the scenarios and situations that the characters find themselves in are acceptably relatable.

You like Danny, his brother William and Rie, you hope that they survive.


I give this film 4 out of 5 cans of pickled Herring.

The Quiet Hour (2014)

The Quiet Hour (2014)

The movie begins with a young woman burying a half-burnt body. The camera pans away to show some kind of alien spacecraft off in the distance.

The movie is an alien apocalypse film. However, unlike most alien apocalypse films this isn’t about the aliens destroying humans. It is instead about the interactions of humans and other humans.

Sarah Connolley a 19-year-old woman living with her brother in a farmhouse weathers the apocalypse with her small farm. Her brother, William, has been flash blinded as the aliens arrived and spends his days tending the small garden and listening to messages left on ham radio.

The alien invaders are just a backdrop to the farm. The crafts of the aliens shuttle to and from the mother ship as they drill into the earth and harvest its resources.

The only significance is that they do it at all hours of the day except for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. It is revealed in exposition, that they will immediately incinerate anyone who is left out in the open during all other times.

The Connelleys make due as best as they can until a man dressed as a soldier arrives at their doorstep and allows himself into pillage. That is until he is caught by the pair. After being subdued, it is discovered that he is suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

Soon after, a group of other survivors arrives and demand that they hand over the man. What ensues is the cause and effect of the decision of the Connelleys about what to do with the man. Should they hand him over in the hopes that this other group will leave them in peace?

Or should they trust the man that tried to steal from them based on his explanation of events?

The Good
The film is not your average alien apocalypse film, and that may be why it has such bad reviews on some sites.

Some explanation of the aliens is given, but they are not the stars of the show.

The story is mainly about what people will do in tough situations, how they survive under the thumbs of hostile invaders and the choices that they are forced to make.

It is a moderate to slow paced movie, but it does get to the point.

It is a decent tale and was nominated for Best UK Feature at the 22nd Raindance Film Festival.

The Bad
The relationships are just never really fleshed out. You never really understand the choices that the characters make. It is like watching one-dimensional cardboard cutouts.

I feel that this is due to the writing and not necessarily on the actors. Most give a reasonably good performance.

The takeaway
It is a decent movie. If you’re just tired of all the other alien apocalypse films and need something a little different, this would be it. The ideas are interesting, but the delivery isn’t quite as good as it could perhaps have been.

I say this because the choices seem almost arbitrary to move the movie along. Not enough deliberation is given with what is done. It almost feels as if a coin toss would be a better explanation as to why people do what they do.

I can see how this would have been a much better movie if they had merely explored different aspects of the characters pasts with visuals instead of explanations.

But otherwise, it is pretty solid.