Gulp.

It's hard to reconcile the end of the world with holiday plans. Do I bother to commit to a New Year's Eve party when the planet's supposed to implode on December 21? 

Um, yes. The so-called Mayan Apocalypse—predicting doomsday on 12/21/12 as the ancient civilization's long-count calendar concludes its (unlucky) 13th cycle—has been debunked. Repeatedly. (Though for some, Gmail going down today was nothing short of apocalyptic.)

But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy end-of-the-world travel deals or attend a SIFF film festival dedicated to mankind's damnation. The Apocalypse Film Festival opens this Wednesday (12/12/12) at SIFF Cinema Uptown with 12 Monkeys (death by plague!) and continues until our final day with a wide array of apocalyptic visions: destruction via bombs (Dr. Strangelove, WarGames), apes (Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes), zombies (Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead), Costner (Waterworld). The fest comes full circle with 2012, inspired by the very same Mayan cataclysm. And even though Los Angeles has yet to crack off the continent and fall into the sea, those movie stills look intimidating in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Don't worry: John Cusack will save us all. We hope.

The End of the World As We Know It: Apocalypse Film Festival
Dec 12–20, SIFF Cinema Uptown, $7–$10