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.”
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.”
Just watched LEGION and found it to be a really well done, completely stupid movie. To repeat: Really well done. Completely stupid.
While I’m on an old movie kick here’s another one you got to see if you’re into, um, lots of people dying from a weaponized virus. Sam Waterston delivers a great performance as the sheriff of a small town whose wife is trapped inside a biological research laboratory where something goes wrong. Well written, well acted, tense, scary and pretty realistic, too.
“They’re coming to get you, Barbara.” Catch Night of the Living Dead free on YouTube here.