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October 12th, 2009


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08:38 pm - Rule #34: Zombie Porn
The cute girl at my comic book store told me to see Zombieland, and I had to obey. So I went to a 10:30 AM showing yesterday, which was an interesting time to see a movie since there were, like, six other people in the theater. Also, right before the trailers, the popcorn popper set off the fire alarm.

Zombieland is really good as zombie comedies go. I thought the "Rules for Surviving Zombieland" gimmick was used pretty cleverly, even if the concept wasn't totally fleshed out. It's not as funny as Shaun of the Dead, but, as dachelle said, it doesn't have Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Dylan Moran, so how could it be? It has a different sense of humor and tone, and I thought it was more successful at blending drama and comedy. The dramatic emotional moments in Shaun of the Dead felt out of place and took me out of the movie a little because most of the movie is so broad, but Zombieland was unexpectedly affecting at times. You really get to care about the characters since it's a very simple, stripped-down narrative: four people try to survive after the zombie apocalypse. That's the story. So it has to be about the characters.

Jesse Eisenberg is like a taller Michael Cera, and since he's romancing the (Emma) Stone, it's sort of like Superbad with 100% more zombies and 300% less Jonah Hill. Woody Harrelson has a very good time. And, man, I am really liking Abigail Breslin. She's so much more entertaining and natural than other child stars and less weird-looking than Dakota Fanning. She was great in Little Miss Sunshine, of course, and I also liked her in Push. How old is she now? IMDb says 13. Also, that was Dakota Fanning in Push. Motherfuck! I cannot keep my precocious child stars straight. Anyway, keep on snarking, Abby. Oh, she was also in Definitely, Maybe! She was adorable in that. But she's more fun in Zombieland.

Anyway, I don't agree with said cute girl—there are actually two cute girls at my comic book store: one is prettier but this one has a more appealing personality—that Zombieland is basically the pinnacle of zombie movies and no one can make another zombie movie now. It's a good, solid flick, but it didn't blow me away or anything. I am glad it did well and pleased that there is already sequel talk, but I am more pleased to learn that Zombieland was actually envisioned as a TV series, which means they already have more stories they were intending to tell and wouldn't just be pulling sequels out of their asses.

Go see Zombieland! It is approved by erstwhile medical writers and cute girls at comic book stores worldwide!
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From:tripoli
Date:October 13th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
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I feel horribly guilty for not liking child actors, because jeez, she's like 13, but I have never warmed up to Abigail Breslin. But everybody was enormously entertaining (why does no one want to pay me to be Woody Harrelson?). I liked it a lot, actually, way more than I expected to, and I'd agree that it hit the dramatic parts a little better than Shaun of the Dead (which I also love). On the one hand, it's a shame it was never a TV series; on the other hand, I don't have to worry Fox is going to cancel it in three weeks.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 13th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
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Heh. It would have made a fun TV series, probably. They really could have a Zombie Kill of the Week!

I'd agree that it hit the dramatic parts a little better than Shaun of the Dead (which I also love).
When Wichita told Columbus about...Columbus, I was actually mildly hit in the gut, which surprised the fuck out of me because I did not expect that from that movie. The same movie that had Woody Harrelson beating a zombie to death with a banjo.
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From:tripoli
Date:October 13th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
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Yeah! And I will totally cop to believing that Woody Harrelson was devastated over his dead dog (to the point where I was like, "he taught his dog to laugh like him?), and feeling sad when he was lying there crying over his homemade wallet. I'm so easy.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 13th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
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I KNOW. I don't know how they did it, but they managed to have it both ways. Very impressive for first-timers.
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From:tamarai
Date:October 13th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
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"You sure do have a pretty mouth..."
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From:outforawalk
Date:October 13th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
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It was Zombie Weekend this past week at my local theatre. Shaun of the Dead has a higher gross out factor when it is all big and stuff. Anyway, I totally cry a little every time I watch it. And not just because I miss Harriet Jones.

I blame Bill Nye for being awesome.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 13th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
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Is Bill Nye in there? Was he a zombie extra or something? I think I vaguely recall hearing about that.
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From:outforawalk
Date:October 13th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
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Damn it. No. I didn't even realize that's what I typed. I meant to type Nighy.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 13th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
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Ha ha ha. Yes, he is awesome as well.
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From:queenrikki_hp
Date:October 13th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
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I haven't seen Zombieland yet but from what I heard, most people tend to think it's fun and that it does what it does well. I actually like Abigail Breslin. She's cute and she never makes me go "grrr child actor". Though I will say that Dakota Fanning has "grown up" to be a much prettier girl than I would have suspected:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/queenrikki/fanningwtf.jpg

Shaun of the Dead is one of my favourite movies but I don't really think this movie is trying to do the same thing (since I've seen the comparison around lately).
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 13th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
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Damn, Dakota Fanning has Emma Watson syndrome.

Shaun of the Dead is one of my favourite movies but I don't really think this movie is trying to do the same thing (since I've seen the comparison around lately).
IMDb claims the director was inspired to do this movie because of it. The comparisons are going to be there, given that SotD is the only zombie comedy anyone knows about since no one's seen Fido.
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From:queenrikki_hp
Date:October 13th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
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Damn, Dakota Fanning has Emma Watson syndrome.

I think puberty did her a huge favor. Surprising since I always thought that Dakota looked like a blond, female Elijah Wood.

Definitely possible. Though mostly I mean that Shaun of the Dead is lot more...meta (i.e. comments on the genre while also being a part of it) than this movie aims at being . I don't really care much for Zombies but I do like fun so I'm interested in checking it out.

And Fido looks interesting (bless you, Google overlords).
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 13th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
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Fido is very amusing! I really liked it. More people should watch it.

And yeah, Shaun of the Dead is more of a meta parody of the genre, whereas Zombieland is mostly just in it.
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From:tamarai
Date:October 13th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
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You might like to check out Dead and Breakfast. Nowhere near as good as these two, but still campy and fun... and an AWESOME original soundtrack. Stars Jeremy Sisto, some Carradines (including Uma doppleganger Ever), plus the guy who played that young Italian doctor on ER way back when. ;D
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From:iridium
Date:October 13th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
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Heh. I was going to poke in and tell you to see Fido if you hadn't. That was a great Parkway movie; I should watch it again sometime. (Are there other zombie comedies?)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 13th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
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I can't think of any but the three! Surely there must be more.
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From:anonymityblaize
Date:October 13th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Peter Jackson's Brain Dead. It's one of those "so bad it's awesome" kinda movies (if you have a pretty sick sense of humour!)
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From:gossi
Date:October 13th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
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Oh God, Emma Stone. (giggles)
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From:tamarai
Date:October 13th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Well said! I want to marry Woody Harrelson. The man is woefully underrated. In other news: Emma Stone is hot.
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From:ethanvahlere
Date:October 14th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
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So what did you think of the celebrity cameo? For me, what happens to said celebrity is alone worth the price of admission.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 14th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
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I love said celebrity! That was fun times.
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From:sterope
Date:October 14th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
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I liked Push a lot more than I expected to, and I also like Dakota Fanning a lot more now since she isn't creepy looking anymore.
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From:twenty8penguin
Date:October 15th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
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I love love loved Zombieland... but I think the crowd experience is essential. You want to be in a crowd that ohs! and eeeews! at every kill.

I went before it opened to a "sneak peek" screening that was free if you were in costume. Watching the movie in a packed audience covered in fake blood only enhances the flick.

Also - best cameo ever.
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From:maka2000
Date:October 20th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Zombieland wasn't anywhere near as good as Shaun of the Dead, but it did still have Bill Murray in it, which improved it by leaps. I liked it quite a bit.

Also, were you eating lunch in the downstairs Macy's food court in Chicago just now? Because when I was getting a salad, I saw someone who looked like you, but I decided not to see if it was you.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 20th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
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That was not me.
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From:caitriona80
Date:October 26th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
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I had the feeling that, more than a parody, Zombieland was a sort of crossover between a zombie flick and a wholesome family movie. When you watch it with that in mind, you notice a bunch of genre conventions, down to the narrator having to spell things out for you during emotional/"moral of the story" type moments. Which is kind of cute and funny, especially considering no kid is going to actually see the movie. On the other hand, that stuff does feel out of place, because, you know, no kid is actually going to see the movie.
I enjoyed Zombieland. I think I actually liked it more than I thought I would. I basically just expected a gore fest with a bunch of one-liners. Which I would have been perfectly happy with, too.

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