Posted by · 12:00 pm · July 8th, 2008

The Milky WayI have my own fascinations with the year 2012, by now making leaps and bounds in the pop culture stratosphere some 20 years since Jose Arguelles first began scaring the shit out of everyone back in 1987.

I’ve read the books.  I’ve always got one toe in the cosmos, so I’m certainly interested in the harmonic convergence that is supposed to occur on December 21, 2012.  At 11:11 a.m. GMT, to be exact.

Frankly, most of the stuff that fascinates me about the fated day has less to do with the Mayan long count calendar than it does with the expected geological turmoil forecast.  I recommend Lawrence Joseph’s “Apocalypse 2012” despite its hyperbolic (or perhaps not-so-hyperbolic) title.  If a former New York Times journalist can dig into things with such precision, it’s no longer safely reserved for the loonies.

So despite the fact that Rolland Emmerich was obviously going to be the guy to exploit the supposed apocalypse around the corner, I still had a strange sort of anticipation built up.  Then, this afternoon, I saw that the folks at Collider had gotten their paws on a copy of the script…and boy did my heart sink.

This thing (I know — duh, right?) looks to be a total rehash of everything we’ve seen out of the “disaster movie” genre before, and that’s too bad.  Despite the hysteria, it really is a concept worth exploring in a film.

Also this month, LA City Beat is carrying a cover story about 2012.  It’s a good primer for those somewhat interested, but I’d suggest digging into Joseph’s book for a good immersion.  And if you really want to go out there a bit, I recommend Daniel Pinchbeck’s “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl.”

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