Just watched DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND. Interesting premise–drug trials that turn the volunteers into cannibalistic infected (although connection between drug and contagion is not established). The poor character development mars an otherwise potentially good film though; I found everybody to be a zombie movie stereotype, which was a big turn off. Note to would-be zombie filmmakers: Watch THE WALKING DEAD.
Just saw BLACK SWAN with my lovely wife. The trailer looks like the typical story of an artist crumbling under pressure, but the film is more than that. Part psychological thriller, part horror film. It was very good, if emotionally exhausting. I wanted to start smoking again after seeing it. Natalie Portman should get a special Oscar for being “the most amazing actress delivering the most amazing performance ever.”
“They are refugees forced from everything they consider home, searching for a safe place. They have become nomads, living on whatever they can find. But mostly they are survivors. They are good at surviving because they are on the road and they are still alive. They have done the things one had to do to survive. They have all killed or they would not be here.”
Critical elements of a religiously themed apocalyptic movie or book: 1) God/Satan easily thwarted by automatic weaponry, 2) action hero who remains agnostic even with direct evidence of God’s existence, and who intentionally thwarts God’s Plan for the Final Judgment, 3) sadistic, bloodthirsty God who nonetheless everybody loves, 4) annoying woman impregnated with a child that is inexplicably “mankind’s only hope.”
Do we really need another jaded book reviewer asking, “Do we really need another zombie novel?”