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{ Monthly Archives } October 2014

Jolly Hallowe’en

I love the note at the bottom: May Fortune Smile On You.  Hear! Hear!

In which I say zombies represent the “downfall of civilization”

I was interviewed by Delaware Online for an article about zombies.  Check it out: It’s a scary, uncertain world: Ebola, ISIS, road rage and home invasions. No wonder we find comfort in zombies, ghosts and creatures of the night. Zombies represent “the downfall of civilization,” said Brendan Riley, an associate professor of English at Columbia […]

Cabins in the Woods

Last week, after watching Cabin Fever, I started to think about this particular subgenre, and wondered how it would be to watch some of these films side by side.  I discovered that four of them have very similar run-times, check it: The Evil Dead, 1981, 85 min Cabin Fever, 2002, 92 min Tucker and Dale […]

JFK on Halloween

Here’s JFK in his office on Halloween, 1963.  At first I just included this image because I enjoyed it.  But then it occurred to me to wonder what else happened around that time: That day JFK signed into law the Community Mental Health Act, meant to restructure the way we mentally ill patients. JFK met […]

Consent, entitlement, and zombies (Deadgirl, part 2)

Trigger Warning: this post discusses sexual assault and harassment. Spoiler Alert: this post discusses plot points in Deadgirl in detail. This is not a review of Deadgirl.  For that, you can see this post.  Instead, this post reflects on some resonances I see between the ideas at work in the film and recent flare-ups of […]

The psychopathy of teenage boys: Deadgirl

Trigger warning: this post explores issues of sexual assault. Deadgirl is one of the most disturbing movies I’ve ever seen.  I knew, from what little I’d read, that it would be hard to watch, but the film’s surprisingly believable dive into the torments of unbalanced teenage boys cuts to the core.  It’s awful, and stunning.  […]

Tweets from 2014-10-19 to 2014-10-25

RT @SuperheroReport: RT if you'd watch a 'BLACK WIDOW' movie. @marvel @Disney http://t.co/xXb22IbqRt 06:55:00, 2014-10-19 @briancroxall what is that? Looks awesome. in reply to briancroxall 06:56:49, 2014-10-19 Tweets from 2014-10-12 to 2014-10-18 http://t.co/S0tn3jZddq 10:01:24, 2014-10-19 Finally got around to watching the #ZombiesofMoraTau. Hilarious and terrible and amazing so far. 21:36:35, 2014-10-19 "They're dead, I tell you. […]

Movies you missed me not missing – one sentence reviews (part 3)

During my hiatus from blogging, I saw a bunch of movies.  And I didn’t review or mention them here.  I know, you’re crushed. So here I continue a series of one sentence reviews of most of the movies I watched between 2 December 2013 and 5 September 2014. X-Men: Days of Future Past – A […]

Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End – A zombie novel you’ve read before

Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro When the zombie disease spreads throughout the world, a lawyer in Spain finds himself trapped in his home, with just a cat and his blog (later, his journal) to keep him company.  As society falls apart, our protagonist learns to deal with the dead, working […]

Cabin Fever is not a zombie movie, but it feels like one

Cabin Fever I knew the early Eli Roth movie Cabin Fever is not a zombie movie before I watched it, but it comes up in the recommendations and mentions of such films that I thought it would be a nice change of pace.  The story tells the tale of five college students who travel to […]

Sappy vs. Humor/horror – Simon Birch and Frankenweenie

Simon Birch and Frankenweenie Every now and again, I page through the upcoming movies on the channels we get to see what might be worth recording for a casual future viewing.  This net caught both films reviewed here today. Frankenweenie expands Tim Burton’s famous early film (which Disney did not like, at the time) about […]

Get the F*ck out of London, You Goddamn Zombies! (Cockneys vs. Zombies)

Cockneys vs. Zombies is a solidly enjoyable zombie comedy, which great production values, a funny scenario, and a bit of pathos.  The film follows two storylines during a zombie outbreak in East London — a group of old-age pensioners trying to survive as their caregivers and the people in streets around them all succumb to […]

Tweets from 2014-10-12 to 2014-10-18

Tweets from 2014-10-05 to 2014-10-11 http://t.co/N3n5w9fspn 10:00:18, 2014-10-12 Thanks for your restraint, Stan Lee http://t.co/sFRq87agvU 11:34:26, 2014-10-12 A few more SPOILERY thoughts on [REC]3 http://t.co/nVaumqlQas 11:34:29, 2014-10-13 A few thoughts on Android: Netrunner (part 1) http://t.co/DHSBw6bjng 11:32:47, 2014-10-14 MT "@Jessifer: … How about advocate willing to fight tooth and nail for the right of students to be teachers?" […]

Movies you missed me not missing – one sentence reviews (part 2)

  During my hiatus from blogging, I saw a bunch of movies.  And I didn’t review or mention them here.  I know, you’re crushed. So here I continue a series of one or two sentence reviews of most of the movies I watched between 2 December 2013 and 5 September 2014. Rio 2 – Amusing […]

The Death Star Contractor problem and Agents of SHIELD

Watching episode 203 of Agents of SHIELD (the one with the ice guy), I couldn’t help but remember this scene from Clerks: Because this is one of the first episodes where we see very much inside Hydra, it’s the first where we realize just how much Hydra matches SHIELD.  Like SHIELD, Hydra has secret facilities […]