Dawn of the Dead

This is the second film off of David Court’s 35 best movies of the 2000s.

I haven’t seen this since it came out for rental, but surprisingly I remembered a fair bit of it, and also a lot I didn’t remember.

Overall I enjoyed it, probably more than I did first time around. It gave me a big smile when there was a cover of Disturbed’s Down With The Sickness, one of my favourite songs that I wasn’t familiar back on my first viewing.

The movie is well paced, acted superbly, written with a skill to both tug at the heartstrings while also adding a little humour. Kind of what we’ve come to expect from a script by James Gunn.

There’s some good gore, some interesting kills, and one of two moments that made me roll my eyes. There’s one moment in the film when the main characters need to help another isolated person hold up during this zombie hoard, only for their initial plan to go pair shaped. There are two other ways they could have helped this fella which is demonstrated in the following moments.

Despite that, this film is well worth a watch and deserves the praise it does get.

Over Filling The Story

As I’m working on my current WIP I am thinking of future stories that I want to write as well. One of the areas that I want to play in is the zombie world. I know what you’re thinking, everyone’s doing it, but I write the stories that I want to write. At the moment I am still in the infancy of my writing and I believe there is nothing wrong with that. So when i get around to it I will be writing about Zombies 😀

This brings me onto over filling a story. As I’ve been thinking about what I would like to do with Zombies I have conflicting ideas. Part of me wants to do the whole survivor thing like in The Walking Dead, another part of me wants to write something like Dawn Of The Dead and another part of me wants to write something like Zombieland.  As well as a few other ideas that are rambling around in my head. Now one of the dilemmas that I have been facing is how I’m going to squeeze all of this into one story, and I came to conclusion that I wont put them all into the same story or even multiple stories in the same universe. I am going to separate these ideas and see which ones I can work into a cohesive story. This is something that has cropped up with the WIP, I have lots of ideas for how to end it because I always thought the ending was weak but I believe that what I have already is good enough and works very well with the rest of the story.

Sucker Punch

I honestly don’t know what to say about Sucker Punch.  Visually it was pretty impressive, although as a man women running around flashing the flesh and firing guns is always going to impress me (most men lol).  The acting was not bad and the story line had some decent potential but the biggest problem that I found with this film was the lack of depth to it.  I’m not a Zack Snyder hater, I know a few people really don’t like he’s films but those that I have seen, Dawn Of The Dead, 300 and Watchmen, I have enjoyed.  But I think he maybe has not the skill yet to really make the viewer feel for these girls who are living in A hell where one of them, Baby Doll (Emily Browning) has to escape into A fantasy world.  It reminded of Inception a little.  Cause it jumps from one reality and then into another one before jumping back.  In these fantasy worlds they have to overcome a few different challenges.  Mostly having to vanquish ‘Bad Guys.’  This is where the film seems A little confused also.  It’s Fantasy, steam punk, a little alternate history and sci-fi.  This is where I quite enjoyed the film because it was all action based.

The end of the film was a little strange but once I’d thought about it, it did kind of make sense.  I wont be buying this film to add to my collection and I’m not sure if I’ll watch it again if it’s on TV but I don’t feel like my time has been wasted.