Thursday, May 17, 2007

Movie Night: "28 Weeks Later"

Last night my brother and I went to see "28 Weeks Later". If you know anything about The Mensher Brothers, you know we quite literally live for a good zombie movie.
Here is a movie that is brutally serious, and very, very intense. And did I mention bleak?
So bleak.

The realism of this movie was astonishingly disturbing. I refuse to give anything away. Suffice to say, the acting is wonderful and the characters in the movie go through a very difficult time...

The true difference of this movie is "The Rage". This is what propels "the infected". They become violently driven to eat the flesh of the living. No one runs with more intensity (and horrible screaming) than the blood-eyed infected. Terrifying!
This was the first movie since "The Exorcist III" where, when the movie ended and I walked outside, I could look around at the world and easily see screaming, running figures searching through the calm streets of South Orange. For me.
This movie, like "Aliens" and "The Godfather II", is a fantastic and terrible sequel.
I may have finally found an opening sequence that beats the "Blade" vampire nightclub.
Long live fearless foreign filmmakers and their unnecessarily violent tendencies...
Final thoughts: It's "Escape from New York" meets "Dawn of the Dead" meets "Bat 21".

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Six Word Story

Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. It is said that he considered his result to be his greatest work. So,

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

Here are some other six word stories that I dig on...

Eyeballed me, killed him. Slight exaggeration.

-- Irvine Welsh

Satan--Jehovah--fifteen rounds. A draw.
-- Norman Mailer

Oh, that? It's nothing. Not contagious.
-- Augusten Burroughs

Machine. Unexpectedly, I'd invented a time
-- Alan Moore