Dear Walking Dead director:
You are so successful, you don’t have to listen to anyone, let alone a sticky blogger.
But I think you could learn a lot from the methods employed by the director of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
True, it’s a costume drama first and a zombie movie second, but zombies are its reason for being…although any Pride and Prejudice fan will recognize dialogue and plot lines that have been carried forward from the original text.
Except the zombies. They’re new. But they’re not in-your-face gory.
Well, their faces are half gone, and some limbs are missing, and your standard bloody-gutty zombie fare. But when the Bennett sisters expertly slay the zombie hoard — they trained in China — it primarily occurs off-camera.
Instead of watching blood and guts and gore spew forth, we get to see their expert swordplay and marksmanship. It’s really very fun.
And I for one didn’t miss feeling queasy one little bit.
Way back in December I was celebrating the return to television of the dramady Ed.
I had fond memories of the Gilmore Girls-esque show, but the real thing is so much better than I remembered.
I smile the entire time I watch it, which I really appreciate right now.
Thanks Tom Cavanagh and Julie Bowen. And Michael Ian Black. And Justin Long.
I got up at 3:30am to watch the men’s singles final at the Australian Open.
Djokovic is playing; of course I did.
There’s a video that has been shown repeatedly throughout the tournament featuring a poem by a native Aussie and images of the continent.
It’s very high brow and thoughtful.
Wimbledon produces similar films which befit its formal air and traditions. But I would love it if the US Open would follow the same format but make them funny.
Same earnest delivery. Same chamber music. Heck, you could show the same type of beauty shots.
But have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler voice them and add their hilarious takes.
That would be poetry.
What is America’s greatest innovation?
John Hockenberry, host of The Takeaway on WNYC Radio here in Manhattan, has that question up for a vote.
There are nine candidates vying for the title, and it’s far harder than I expected.
How do you choose between the mobile phone and the hearing aid? The sewing machine and air conditioning?
GPS and the electric guitar?
Cats is coming back to Broadway this summer.
Even the article announcing the news wondered why.
When the show originally opened, the Great White Way was struggling. Cats helped revive the musical and Broadway.
Both are flourishing now.
I think the current generation is okay experiencing this show elsewhere.
I know I certainly am.