Wednesday, March 2, 2011

ZOMBIELAND! (Rec of the Week Post)

Quick Update: I’m in another fight with my WIP right now. We’re giving each other the silent treatment, so I thought I would finally blog, haha.

Song Stuck In My Head: “I Believe In a Thing Called Love” by the Darkness. Such an awesome yet weird song.

My hand really hurts right now. We had one of our “standardized tests” today in school, and it was the writing portion. I’m so used to writing illegibly and all over the place that writing as neatly as possible on lines just gets on my nerves. It doesn’t help that I had a panic attack because in the two pages we have to write on, I started on the second by accident (it shouldn’t matter, especially since I made a note, but until it gets graded over the summer I will never breathe properly).

Anyhow…onto the topic of ZOMBIELAND!

Once upon a time, two screenwriters realized there was a serious lack of zombies on TV. Movies had a lot of them, sure, but what about primetime? Only their pilot bombed. So, with encouragement, they decided to instead make it a movie and release as an independent film. However, with big names from Woody Harrelson to Abigail Breslin signing on, it instead became a feature film. And…tah-dah.

Zombieland is the farthest thing from a zombie flick. Narrated and told in the point-of-view of geeky, shut-in “Columbus”, played rather redundantly by Jesse Eisenberg, it instead follows four survivors of a viral disease gone bad. As Columbus words it, “Mad cow became mad human became mad zombie”.

Columbus lived because he was lonely and feared people, and created many rules for himself, which is mostly small things like avoiding bathrooms and checking the backseat for any monsters. Woody Harrelson’s character, “Tallahassee”, is a tough, badass modern cowboy - basically a polar opposite of Columbus - who makes hunting zombies (and Twinkies, apparently) his main priority, having lost his baby son to the disease. Joining on for the ride is sister duo my favorite actress Emma Stone (“Wichita”) and Abigail Breslin (“Little Rock”). The sisters are cons with serious trust issues, and lived by pretty much playing other guys for what they had, and because they look out for each other.

This not-so-merry band of survivors end up together, and staying together when they realize it can be a good thing to not be alone in this mess. Together, they avoid the zombies and end up saving Wichita and Little Rock in an epic zombie-fest at an amusement park.

There is only reason I need to give to watch this movie, and it is the characters. Sure, their clashing personalities is a laugh, but there is a depth to each one of them that is rarely ever seen in horrors or comedies, as this is both. The movie is pretty much shaped around them, and how they would actually react towards a messed up situation like this. Definitely a rarity for Hollywood films these days (no offense, guys…okay, maybe a bit).

Here’s one of my favorite parts from the film, if you guys wanna watch. It's Tallahassee on the hunt for Twinkies. ;)

So, has anyone else seen it and have comments? If not, then…another time. It’s the first week of the month, so I’ll try another Playlist post. Any ideas for song themes? :) Oh well. I guess I’ll go back to listening to Avril Lavigne (all I’ve been doing the past week or two, with her album out, well, NEXT WEEK!) and see if my WIP will talk to me. Ooooh, hey, American Idol is on…. *torn*


1 comment:

  1. I`ve been DYING to watch Zombieland. Now that I find out that Abigail Breslin, who I love, I seriously have to watch it. gtg, take care