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« Reply #240 on: May 26, 2021, 01:38:06 am »
Zach Snyder's "Army Of The Dead" !!! ~~~!!!!

It's two of your favorite genres in one! It's a zombie apocalypse movie! It's a casino heist movie! It's a casino heist movie set during a zombie apocalypse! This is so great. If you don't love this, you should probably contact your doctor right now.

Zach Snyder is having a bit of a moment.  The recent release of "The Snyder Cut" of the Justice League movie had many people feeling that the movie Snyder envisioned was way better than the steaming load of turd Joss Whedon ultimately laid on the public's doorstep. Snyder had filled much of the Justice League movie, but his daughter committed suicide part way through, which caused Snyder to withdraw, and the project was put in the hands of Joss Whedon. The result that Whedon brought to fruition was total dogshit, and as we now know Whedon himself is also total dogshit. Actors Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot have talked about what a toxic load of crap Whedon is as a person.

As far as I know, nobody has ever said a bad thing about Zach Snyder as a person. Lots of people have said bad things about Snyder's abilities as a film-maker, but I don't know that anybody has ever said a bad thing about him as a human being.

Zach Snyder has some definite strengths, as well as some weaknesses, as a creator.  Once of my favorite pieces of cinema, ever, in any genre, is the opening credits of Snyder's 2009 treatment of the legendary "Watchmen" graphic novel.  In the space of about 3 minutes, Snyder is able to convey 50 years of backstory, as well as the thematic and emotional nuances that go along with it. The nostalgia. The loss of innocence. The evolution from a simple black and white world to a complex shades-of-grey world. The opening credits of The Watchmen capture this brilliantly, in the space of about 3 minutes set to "The Times, They Are A' Changing" by Bob Dylan. Truly brilliant.

The opening credits of "Army Of The Dead", reminded me of Watchmen a bit. To the tune of "Viva Las Vegas", we see the back-story. The fall of Las Vegas to a zombie apocalypse. Accompanied by so many of Snyder's trademark visual cues.  I think that honestly the opening credits alone are worth the price of admission, which if you're a Netflix subscriber, is free.  Yes, you get to watch a great piece of film-making on your own television for the price of fucken FREE, which is okay by me.


I enjoyed this a lot.  This is one of those things I have talked about before where you have to evaluate the product by the promise the film-maker has made to you the viewer.   If you watch this and your thoughts are "This would have been better if it had been set in an office building and didn't have zombies" then you obviously watched the wrong movie and I have no sympathy for you.  This movie promises the viewer action and adventure in a zombie apocalypse setting, and delivers in spades. This isn't a movie for people who'd like to see chain smoking French actors debate the ideas of Sartre on a couch in a shitty Parisian apartment. This is a movie for people who want to see zombies, gore, thrills, chills, and adventure.


If you're on board with the premise, this movie is the titz.  It brings everything you could want and way more.

It stars Dave Bautista, and he's exactly what you'd want to build a movie like this around. He's best known as "Drax" from the Guardians Of The Galaxy movies, but he showed he could do more in the opening scene of "Blade Runner 2049" during the confrontation with Ryan Gosling's main character. Bautista is a lot like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the sense of being a charismatic action performer, but I think Bautista is a more genuine, more human, more relatable actor. If you can look past his absurdly powerful physique, he has this soft, gentle, humane quality to him.  He's at the center of some terrific action scenes, but he's also at the heart of these sensitive, vulnerable scenes with several of his co-stars.  In "Army of the Dead" we see Bautista in scenes involving crushing dozens of zombies, but we also see him in these scenes with his estranged daughter and his estranged friends from before the fall of Vegas, and he carries it all very well. I genuinely think Bautista is a talented actor trapped inside the body of a pro-wrestler and action movie star.

Aside from Dave Bautista, the movie has good ensemble cast with lots of likeable characters. Like a zombie version of Ocean's Eleven, our protagonists are a crew of experts assembled to get a job done. Dieter, a young German safecracker. Vanderohe, a philosopher who destroys zombies with a rescue saw. Mikey Guzman, a Youtube celebrity famous for videos where he splatters zombies using trick shots.  Peters the depressed, embittered helicopter pilot is a scene stealer. She's played by standup comedienne Tig Notaro. She never met the rest of the cast-- all her scenes were filmed in front of a green screen with acting partners. She was edited into the movie after filming had been finished, after the actor she replaced had become involved in a sexual assault scandal.  Snyder joked that he spent millions to get Notaro into Army of the Dead; he wasn't talking about her salary, he was referring to the cost of doing the digital editing to replace the prior actor.

Anyway.  This was a hell of a lot of fun.  If you're not the sort who only watches movies set in office buildings, this is great.

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« Reply #241 on: May 26, 2021, 12:19:45 pm »
Godless

Great mini-series in the Western genre.  I enjoyed it a lot.  Acting was great, particularly Jeff Daniels.  Very strong cast of women who play a much larger role than traditional westerns without seeming like it was forced, if you know what I mean.



Lady Mary in a Duster. Sounds interesting.
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« Reply #242 on: May 26, 2021, 12:40:46 pm »
Yeah, we gave it up.  Too brutal.


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« Reply #243 on: May 27, 2021, 01:05:53 am »
Yeah, we gave it up.  Too brutal.

The zombies, or the western?

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« Reply #244 on: May 27, 2021, 04:48:39 am »
The zombies, or the western?

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The western.

Zombies... I liked Romero's first two.  So we gave Walking Dead a chance.  I dropped it as they killed off my favourite characters.

Eventually Joan would watch as I surfed the 'net.

Finally I couldn't stand hearing the zombie snot sounds, and she got bored.

No more zombies.

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« Reply #245 on: May 27, 2021, 12:58:59 pm »

No more zombies.

I've only watched a very few zombie shows, years ago, and never understood the appeal - the ones I saw were brain-dead, slow moving and extremely breakable, so keeping up a brisk walk, wearing denim/leather and carrying a big stick would have seemed very adequate defense, yet somehow the zombies always seemed to outsmart the live humans till the last minute when the live humans would suddenly prevail.  Perhaps zombies evolved and have become smarter, faster and less fragile since I paid attention. 

But, just in case those early exposures have misled me about the danger of zombies, I have prepared as per the CDC Guidelines for a Zombie Apocalypse, adding the aluminum baseball bat as per the first comment on the article.  https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/


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« Reply #246 on: May 27, 2021, 01:06:52 pm »
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« Reply #247 on: May 27, 2021, 01:14:55 pm »
I've only watched a very few zombie shows, years ago, and never understood the appeal - the ones I saw were brain-dead, slow moving and extremely breakable, so keeping up a brisk walk, wearing denim/leather and carrying a big stick would have seemed very adequate defense, yet somehow the zombies always seemed to outsmart the live humans till the last minute when the live humans would suddenly prevail.  Perhaps zombies evolved and have become smarter, faster and less fragile since I paid attention. 

But, just in case those early exposures have misled me about the danger of zombies, I have prepared as per the CDC Guidelines for a Zombie Apocalypse, adding the aluminum baseball bat as per the first comment on the article.  https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/

Har.

The Romero movies were social critiques, and horror art.  28 Days later I & II are great action films (the zombies are fast) and Zombieland is a funny comedy as are Shaun of the Dead and Army of Darkness.

The gurgling slow-movie diseased zombies of Walking Dead are gross to listen to and watch

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« Reply #248 on: May 28, 2021, 12:52:18 am »
I've only watched a very few zombie shows, years ago, and never understood the appeal - the ones I saw were brain-dead, slow moving and extremely breakable, so keeping up a brisk walk, wearing denim/leather and carrying a big stick would have seemed very adequate defense, yet somehow the zombies always seemed to outsmart the live humans till the last minute when the live humans would suddenly prevail.  Perhaps zombies evolved and have become smarter, faster and less fragile since I paid attention. 

But, just in case those early exposures have misled me about the danger of zombies, I have prepared as per the CDC Guidelines for a Zombie Apocalypse, adding the aluminum baseball bat as per the first comment on the article.  https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/

I think a big part of the appeal of the zombie genre is the guilt-free violence.  You never need to think "that guy might have had a family" or "he was just doing his job" or "their country is being invaded, of course they're trying to fight back."  The zombies don't have a family, they don't have jobs, and they're always in the wrong. Killing them is probably an act of mercy.



People talk about slow zombies and fast zombies... but have you considered friendly zombies?

The iZombie TV series is avaliable on Netflix, and the main character is a zombie.  Liv Moore (get it? huh? huh?) is a medical resident who becomes infected by a zombie virus during a zombie attack at a party. She discovers that she can continue to be herself... as long as she keeps eating brains.  She leaves the hospital to take a new job at the city police morgue, to get access to the brains she needs.  When she eats a brain, she takes on some of the personality of its previous owner, and she also sometimes gains flashbacks-- visions-- of the circumstances leading up to their deaths.

She's found out by her supervisor Ravi, a brilliant doctor fired from the CDC for his eccentric theory that zombies actually exist. He convinces her that she should use her visions to solve murders, to get justice for the victims who keep her fed.  She partners with a homicide detective, Clive, who she manages to convince that she's a genuine psychic.  Solving these murders becomes one of the few things that gives her new unlife a sense of meaning.  And, the experience and perspective she gains from each different brain she eats also gives her new insight into her situation.

Each episode has a mystery of the week but the show also builds season-long story arcs. Ravi studying her condition to find a cure, her relationship with her previous life and loved ones, the personal cost of keeping her secret, and efforts to keep the zombie virus from spreading.  Which is a challenge because Liv isn't the only zombie. The show's chief antagonist is another zombie named Blaine, a charismatic slimeball who has no morals and sometimes infects people with the zombie virus to further his agenda.

It's also hilarious. Rose McIver is completely delightful as each episode Liv becomes almost a new character as the influence of a new brain takes over. The main characters are all lovable and have terrific chemistry together.  Recently finished the fifth and final season, and really enjoyed it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQhzQDW4L84

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« Reply #249 on: May 28, 2021, 04:46:12 am »
I never thought about the guilt free aspect of zombie fare.

Well that show sounds clever.

I may add it to the list.

Is it Netflix?

Does anyone have any good Netflix movies to recommend?

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« Reply #250 on: May 28, 2021, 05:37:23 pm »
Thanks for the recommendation Kimmy, I will check it out.

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« Reply #251 on: June 02, 2021, 11:26:08 am »
Started watching "High on the Hog" on Netflix thinking it would be a straightforward food show like Chef's Table or Ugly Delicious, but it's so much more.

"Based on the foundational book of the same name by food historian Jessica B. Harris, the four-part series travels to Benin, West Africa, as well as around the United States, from South Carolina to Texas, Philadelphia and New York. In doing so, the show reveals stories behind the food of the African American table and its relationship to Black history."

In the first episode, the host (food writer, chef and sommelier Stephen Satterfield) and Harris visit Benin to learn about the links between American food and the slave trade. It's a powerful experience and definitely worth a watch.

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« Reply #252 on: July 20, 2021, 10:09:19 am »
I think you should leave.... Season 2

It's "goof comedy" along the lines of Jerry Lewis, Jim Carey but more intelligent.  Maybe like Chris Elliot or Sarah Silverman (from her sitcom).  Tim Robinson is just... funny.   But don't expect full characters here, it's basically the same premise every sketch: an idiot shows up and goofs and pisses off normal people.

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« Reply #253 on: July 26, 2021, 09:20:49 am »
Katla - DOUR Icelandic sci-fi/mystery... gripping.

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