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May 12, 2007

Short Review of 28 Weeks Later

From Slublog, who confirms Jeremy's report that while the film's teaser might suggest (to the suspicious, like me) that it's filled with leftist political messaging, it's actually pretty hard to spot any politics in it at all.

Plus, Slublog says it's a good movie. I'm seeing it either tonight or tomorrow, due to good word of mouth.

I thought the first one was good, but overrated. It's hardly like we're lacking for solid zombie movies lately; 28 Days Later was hardly unique in being literate, realistic, and well directed. The Dawn of the Dead remake is, I submit, a minor classic of movie making generally -- generally; not just as regards the diminished standards of horror -- and Shaun of the Dead was nearly as brilliant.

So I found myself scratching my heads at critics who asserted the first one was some kind of revelation as to what could be done with such a premise.

Even if overpraised it was, unquestionably, a good movie by any standard (and again not just by "horror movie" standards). So I'm happy to find out the sequel is good.

And yes, I know, technically, these films don't feature "zombies." Just things that look and act exactly like zombies, minus the decomp.

Related, Even If It's Old: The first 28 ____ Later flick starred newcomer Cillian Murphy, who is now in pretty much everything, including Batman Begins as Scarecrow.

I don't think I linked this Cracked run-down of Oscar picks for (I think) the last Oscar show. And I know why I didn't link it -- comedy jealousy. I was annoyed that it was so funny and that I'm just not at that level.

The schtick is that no matter who the actual nominees are, one of the guys doing the run-down always picks Batman, or a Batman actor, as the winner, based on his two Oscar criteria, "Oscar loves big tits" and "Oscar loves a Batman movie."

Here's his pick for Best Actress. The nominess are Judi Dench, Fellicity Huffman, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, and Keira Knightley. Worthies all, but he gives the Best Actress Award to Cillian "Scarecrow" Murphy.

Cillian Murphy, Batman Begins. Not technically a woman in the genitals-sense. But he can act the shit out of Dame Judi Dench, and he's so, so pretty.


Your tender eyes make my fluttering heart soar, Cillian. Your gaze is like a rainbow that ends in my pants.

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