Some movies kinda sorta actually predicted future events. Just like with Nostradamus, you have to have a willingness to read the predictions in a sort of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey elasticized way, but if you are willing to accept that Nostradamus predicted Hitler then surely you would be willing to accept that the 1944 comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” predicted 9/11 when it featured a radio broadcast of something that had never occurred before: a World Series game being played on Halloween.
Stand By Me Predicts Star Trek: The Next Generation
The 1986 film “Stand by Me” exhibits a little Nostradamus ability with its really quite bizarrely almost-on-the-mark prediction of a brand new Star Trek series. The very idea of creating a whole new cast of characters for adventures on the Starship Enterprise was so ludicrous as to be ridiculous. And yet “Stand by Me” presented movie audiences with a character named Gordie LaChance. Played by actor Wil Wheaton. The very same Wil Wheaton who would be cast in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in which another character would be named Geordi La Forge.
Austin Powers Predicts Shoes Will be Thrown at Pres. Bush
In the film “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” an Asian assassin throws a shoe at the British spy. The scene is intended to provoke comedy as a result of looking back. The Asian assassin is a homage to Oddjob, the guy who uses a hat as a weapon in the James Bond franchise. Instead of a hat, however, this assassin uses a shoe to which Austin replies, “Who throws a shoe? Honestly!” Clearly, “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” was trying to tell us that it was predicting that one day an assassin would throw a shoe at a man of mystery. The man was George W. Bush. The mystery was how a failed oilman with a serious drinking problem and even more serious intellectual problem could become President for eight years. The man throwing the shoes at Bush wasn’t Asian, but an Iraqi journalist which, as far as most Bush supporters go, is pretty much the same thing.
The Dead Zone Predicts The West Wing
“The Dead Zone” is not just one of only two or three Stephen King stories with a satisfying ending, it also predicted the arrival of the hit TV show “The West Wing.” In “The Dead Zone” actor Martin Sheen plays a crazed politician with a thirst for the White House and a hunger for annihilation of his enemies. In a way, “The Dead Zone” also sorta predicted the appointment of George W. Bush to the Presidency, except that Sheen’s crazed politician gets assassination before the vision of the future by the guy Christopher Walken plays (such beautiful symmetry here, yes?) comes to pass. It is the scene where Sheen’s character kind of loses it and loudly predicts his own future for himself as President that is the location of Nostradamus in “The Dead Zone.” Because, a few decades later, Martin Sheen would become President Bartlett in “The West Wing.”
The X-Files Movie Predicts Hurricane Katrina
“FEMA allows the White House to suspend constitutional government upon declaration of a national emergency. It allows creation of a non-elected government.” That is a direct quote from “The X-Files: Fight the Future.” I ask you this: what better way to suspend the constitutional government than to send in a government agency so inept that merely distributing water bottles to victims of a hurricane cannot be done efficiently? FEMA looks like an impenetrable fortress of conspiracy doom in “The X-Files: Fight the Future.” FEMA looks like a government agency as clueless as the President under which it served from 2001 to 2009. And yet look at the devastation to America as a whole that was wrought by the inept guy in charge and the devastation that took place along the landfall route of Hurricane Katrina that was wrought by the inept officials that Bush appointed to FEMA while in office. “The X-Files” movie got the big picture right that FEMA was dangerous to American citizens, but like Nostradamus it was just a little discombobulated in the details.