Sometimes I wish our favorite books would become television mini-series’ instead of movies because a) we’d have them faster, like within a season instead of strung out over five years (unless Moffat is involved), and b) more details of the story could be included without sacrificing important bits for time’s sake.
Is The Host worth watching?
I’m going out on a date with my husband tomorrow. The only movies I remotely might want to see right now are Evil Dead and The Host. When I mentioned Evil Dead, my husband looked at me like “Please dear god do not make me watch the scary movie,” which while hilarious to me, I understand.
All the reviews for The Host were TERRIBLE. I really liked the book and the concept (even though the writer in me was making edits of certain details) and was wondering if it was worth watching in theaters or not.
Our obsession with zombies is fascinating. Cities using a “Zombie Apocalypse” situation as training for police. 5Ks and Marathon runners being chased by people in zombie-garb for charity. Tests to see how long you would survive if there was a zombie apocalypse, rating your ability to survive and how you would specific situations.
Zombie lore has bled from religion to horror to pop culture, and in the past ten years has probably spread to an entirely new level of popularity. With Shaun of the Dead it reemerged in a hilarious way (if you’re ever having a bad day, watch Shaun of the Dead and you’ll feel tons better, I swear). I Am Legend scared the crap out of us with it’s rabies-like outbreak (and made us horribly sad at the possibility of zombie-pets - and yes, I cried a few times in that movie). Zombieland was fun and fantastic, giving us the basic rules for survival. The Walking Dead graphic novels and TV show go darker and pose the questions “What would you do?” “What lengths would you go to for those around you?” “Who would you become?” The Fight the Dead, Fear the Living motto reminds you that it’s not such a friendly neighborhood when everyone is fighting for the same resources (sidenote: if they kill off Daryl, we riot). Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide is awesome, and World War Z looks back at the history of the Zombie War in a post-apocalyptic world. Zombie lore has infected pop-culture in a way that it’s part of us now as society, the “what if” looming over our heads.
Now obviously there isn’t a zombie virus (but just in case, let’s just never splice rabies and the flu…please?), but the possibility of an ‘end of the world as we know it’ situation has led a lot of people to join Zombie Apocalypse Survival teams all over the country to learn survival skills and things that are actually pretty good to know - skills we’ve lost or ignored in the age of technology. Are we actually learning and getting something out of zombies? Well, no, most people aren’t - and that’s fine. We have video games like Resident Evil and Left 4 Dead to entertain us in between seasons of our favorite AMC show. And Isaac Marion has written what Simon Pegg (Shaun of Shaun of the Dead fame and author of Nerd Do Well) calls “A mesmerizing evolution of a classic contemporary myth.” After we watch Warm Bodies (in theaters February 1st) while we wait for World War Z to come to the big screen, we can gross ourselves out with Planet Terror’s biological weapon created monsters.
As a writer (of the fiction, non-monster variety), I’m excited to read Isaac Marion’s book, as well as see the movie based on it. I’m thrilled when I see something from an angle I haven’t seen regurgitated twenty times before, and in a Hollywood where remakes are the thing to do lately, I did a little cheer when a few seconds into the trailer of another zombie movie it was the zombie who is the main character and the narrative voice of the story. It’s a breath of fresh air into the zombie culture that has become heavily laden with the morose reality of an infrastructure collapse or possible pandemic breathing down our necks.
While I love the scary zombie and everything it questions about ourselves and society, a little something different isn’t anything to scoff at - and why can’t we have a little fun? So whether you’re a fan of the aimless rambler, the horde, or the hint of humanity zombie, there’s something for everyone in this living dead culture we’re in.
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Watching quite possibly the most underrated movie. The cast is fantastic, the dialogue hilarious, the material, well, it’s Hitchhiker’s Guide. Martin Freeman is fantastic, Alan Rickman’s voice is…Alan Rickman’s voice. I can’t find anything I don’t like about this movie.
While I’m pimping out movies, I’d like to humbly remind you that Detention is delightfully weird as hell in all the right ways. There’s a serial killer & time travel & body switching & giant bears & alien things & love & a dance off all the great stuff. I really love this movie.
Remember when I told you children about Detention? I was serious. Watch this shit. It’s crazy wonderful. I made a ringtone with their opening Mmmbop credits and it only now got replaced and might make it back again because it’s that great. Also, the DVD is on Amazon for $6. If you regret that $6 purchase, you have no sense of awesome.
I’m addicted to IMDB. Right now I’m watching The Dark Knight Rises with my boys and I’m all like, “TOM HARDY? REALLY? Wow, I never would have known. What’s he up to next? Mad Max? Cool.”
My movie dreams have been crushed. Apparently, Red Dawn is said to suck as hard as I had feared it might and hoped against. The reviews are scathing and even though I usually don’t take reviews from stringent critics into account when I go to a movie, I think this one might be a wait-til-DVD one. And if that wasn’t enough, I live in a very rural area with only two movie theaters remotely near me, both 27+ miles away, and they *sigh* don’t have The Silver Linings Playbook listed as opening tomorrow - or playing anytime soon. My heart is sad. But Taken 2 and Pitch Perfect (although I love that movie) are still at the main theater here. MAKE ROOM FOR THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK!! Boo.
I can NOT wait for this movie. It looks awesome and clever. I love a clever, funny movie.
Warm Bodies, 1 February 2013, Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
As a mom, I had to check out this flick.
I was super excited to see Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, and Rebel Wilson (LOVE HER…well I love all three of them but I’m a big girl so Rebel represents). *NOTE All three also in Pitch Perfect…coincidence?
The cast is fanfuckingtastic.
And how come no one has told me about how hot Chace Crawford is? Granted, I to this day have not watched a single episode of Gossip Girl, but now I’m rethinking it. He’s…hot. Ridiculous random eyecandy in Joe Manganiello (Love me some Alcide!).
Chris Rock’s parenting skills as well as one if his kids, Jordan, are awesome. Like make-you-belly-laugh awesome. The guys are hilarious and I have to say, from all I’ve ever heard from my husband and his friends, dead on. From mini-vans to vaginas, they have it down. This movie is man-approved, I promise.
It’s not all comedy though - got some heartstring pullin’ aspects too, which is important and rounds out the movie while keeping it realistic.
And if you’ve ever been pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or want to know what it’s like being pregnant or a parent, watch this movie. You’ll enjoy it and learn something, I promise (even if you’re a guy…or especially if you’re a guy on the learning part).
And changing table/beer cooler? Genius.
Anyone else excited to see this?
Normally I hate the whole ‘take an old popular movie and remake it’ thing, but then I saw the cast and crew. HOLD the FUCK UP:
- Josh Hutcherson (who we all know I have an issue with because of his youth + attractiveness factor)
- Chris Hemsworth (because he’s fucking THOR)
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Denny AND John Winchester?!)
- Adrianne Palicki (who played JESSICA on Supernatural)
- Dan Bradley (the Director - who is a stunt coordinator who did…well look it up. He did second unit direction on some awesome movies and stunt coordinated some pretty kickass flicks too.)
- Aaaand that Josh Peck kid from that Disney show(?) so I guess that’s cool too.
This covers so many of my fandoms I can’t breathe.
If this movie sucks, I will be pissed.
All reasons why Hocus Pocus is the best Halloween movie EVER.
Thackery Binx is the coolest Puritan name ever. AND he’s played by McGee from NCIS. Even awesomer.
Boys apparently love up on pillows and call them by girl’s names, which is almost too embarrassing to watch but hilarious.
Thora Birch plays a bad ass little kid.
The Sanderson Sisters are just awesome. You can watch each of their faces in their scenes and they’re all just fun. They MUST have had a good time playing these roles.
If you want someone to know what your name is, you shave it into the back of your head. It helps with the introductions.
Yabbos is another word for boobs. Good to know.
Being a virgin is hazardous to the lives of others.
Sarah Jessica Parker in the only role that I can say I LOVE her in. Her character is so dumb and she plays it perfectly. She also likes to play with teenage boys, or just boys in general, which for some reason cracks me up.
Talking cat circa 1993. And it still looks awesome.
I love it when they say the name of the movie. “It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus.” HA.
Zombie Will Butcherson. And Sarah Sanderson still hits on him. What a whore.
Garry and Penny Marshall as the Devil and his wife (they’re brother and sister).
“Oh look, the finger of a man named Clark…UGH! Ugh, it’s candy!”
“Amuck amuck amuck amuck!!”
If YOUR mom went out in public in 1993 in a new town wearing Madonna boob-cones you would shit yourself. But it’s totally okay in 2012, because she kind of looks like she’s Katy Perry.
Schools are prisons for children.
Reverse special effect of the green gas escaping the chimney of the school.
The early 90s had some of the most terrible clothes ever. Residue from the 80s.
Only ugly chicks stay out late.
When you don’t have a broom, a mop or a vacuum work just as well.
Salt. Gotta have salt. Just ask Sam and Dean. And Allison does the WORST protective salt ring ever in the house, but she makes up for it in the graveyard.
Nothing like getting a drumroll to a kiss over salt and talk of witches and zombies. Hot.
If you sell your soul to the devil, no matter how young or old you are, you’ll be the ugliest thing that ever lived. Profound religious schooling from a kid.
I can’t whistle well either, so when Allison is pathetically trying to whistle, I totally feel her pain.
Winnie doesn’t know what a sprinkler or a bus is, but she makes a joke about a driver’s permit.
No crying when Thackery kisses Dani on the cheek. NO CRYING.
Theme of movie? ‘What happens when a virgin lights a candle.’ Made by Disney. PG. I love the 90s.
I. Love. Hocus Pocus.
It will never get old, and now my kids love it. By far my favorite Halloween movie ever. Everyone have fun and run amuck (amuckamuckamuck).
HOLY SHIT Pitch Perfect was actually hilarious. Rebel Wilson ROCKED IT. Fat Amy is my hero. The movie was pretty cool, and they highlighted The Breakfast Club and Judd Nelson, which just pushed it over into the ‘fucking awesome’ category.
I totally needed a laugh and this did it.
Click to see the music video/trailer for House at the End of the Street where Jennifer sings - beautifully, I might add.