Shaun of the Dead
Friday, September 24, 2004

And just a few days ago, I was ranting to a friend of mine how no good movies have opened since July. What a sad state we're in.

With few exceptions, "Shaun of the Dead" is everything we wanted "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" to be, but wasn't. "Shaun of the Dead" had a recognizable plot, characters we cared about, good-looking cinematography, acting, zombies, a soundtrack, and oh yeah, humor.

One of the quotes on FFN.net (or was it on a DVD commentary track?) is about how Joss isn't interested in Indiana Jones being a super-human super-hero (I'm paraphrasing), but about the real people and just how much crap they'll take... and how they react when they've been pushed too far. Yeah, DVD commentary track... it was the scene where we first meet Badger, he's essentially stepping on Mal for statement after statement, until Badger takes a verbal swing at his crew. Then it's like, whoa there, cowboy, bring it on back to the stable.

And so, we come back to the first thumbs up I can give in weeks, "Shaun of the Dead." Shaun is a WAAAY bigger loser than anyone we meet in "Firefly," but reacts admirably to what can only be described as a Time of Crisis. I couldn't stop thinking about Joss's comment, which I must now go back and listen to.

If you're a fan of zombie movies, or if you just hate them, then we have a winner. If you just think violence is not your cup of tea on any day of the week, then a) What are you doing watching Firefly, and b) 'Wimbledon' didn't suck.

Oh, and it's very British. That helps.


Monday, September 27, 2004 5:40 PM


Would the phrase, "Bloody brilliant" be out of line? *grin*

Monday, September 27, 2004 12:29 PM


I adored 'Shaun of the Dead'. I think it had similar feel to a lot of Joss' work (mixing humour, horror and drama and including characters we can really care about). Absolutely brilliant.

Saturday, September 25, 2004 4:21 PM


I just got back from seeing Shaun and Sky Captain back to back. I probably liked Sky Captain better for it was a remorselessly fun film but Shaun... That one's special. In addition to being my new favorite zombie film it was just so much! I can't even begin to describe it, it was just so perfectly done. As Quicksand said music, cinematography, acting, writing, comedy, it was just incredable. Honestly, the only part of my theater going experience I didn't like in Shaun was the Seed of Chucky preview.

I'm done jabbering now, good day.

Saturday, September 25, 2004 10:24 AM


Oh i know you wern't! (and that joss wan't either) its always kind of been what i loved about him.

Friday, September 24, 2004 5:48 PM


I wasn't dissing on Indiana Jones (who ROCKS), I was just saying what Joss said. I'll go seek out the actual quote, as soon as I can, honest!

Friday, September 24, 2004 2:31 PM


I like Indiana Jones. He's my he-ro. I'm so excited about this movie! I hear its one of those 'instant cult classic' things.


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