Monday, October 12, 2009

Zombies and Introverts (but not in that order)

Jo shared this great little article with me. It seems I am a member of a misunderstood minority. Read Caring for Your Introvert by Johnathan Rauch if you want to understand the introverts in your life a little better.

Zombie Weekend
I'm not talking about a side project of the band Vampire Weekend. I'm talking about the 2 zombie movies I watched this past weekend. The fact that I was able to watch 2 entire movies is an amazingfeat in itself. Note to future parents who are also movie lovers - your movie watching capacity is inversely proportional to the number of small children in your house. The more small children, the fewer movies you get to watch. But I digress. I enjoy zombie films. I love Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later. But like I said, I watched 2 zombies films that past weekend.

Zombieland stars Woody Harrelson. That is enough to make me want to watch it right there. He's been in some of the best films ever - Natural Born Killers and No Country For Old Men to name just two. There are also some vaguely recognizable young actors which are not yet famous enough for me to know their names.

This movie is a comedy. A zombie comedy. Which could be called a zomedy maybe? But don't get it twisted, Like Shaun of the Dead, this is not a spoof movie, but a comedy set in a world overrun by zombies. But the comparison with SOTD pretty much ends there. While SOTD shows the zombie infestation in one neighborhood, Zombieland is more of a zombie road trip that smashes zombies all over America.

Overall Zombieland was good. How good? Good enough for me to watch again online, but maybe not good enough to buy. Good jokes, some good (and also funny) action sequences, and just a good story make for a good time. Well, as good of a time as people can have while being chased by the living dead.

Dawn of the Dead, is Zack Snyder's remake of George Romero's film of the same name. This one is certainly not comedy, although there are some humorous scenes. The premise is the same as any zombie movie - world overrun by the living dead, those left alive rally together to fight off the living dead. A hodgepodge band of non-zombies end up in a mall while just outside is a horde of hungry zombies waiting to eat them.

The thing I like most about this film is that the action starts early and doesn't slow much until the end. I think lots of action movie makers spend too much time trying to develop the characters. Enough of that crap; just get to the action! And getting to the action is something Zack Snyder (director of 300 and Watchmen) seems to do well. This movie has it all - guns, car chases (actually zombies chasing cars), and lots of zombies. I'd give it the same rating as Zombieland - would watch it again, but wouldn't buy it.

1 comment:

Angela Otero said...

LOVED the introvert article. As I was reading it, I wished I could highlight EVERY SINGLE LINE for the extroverts in my life. And say, stop pushing me to be like you--I'm just not.
Thanks for sharing it Jamie. Maybe the extroverts will read it--maybe.