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.
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What is the funniest joke of all time?
Two cannibals are eating a clown. One cannibal turns to the other one and says —
“Does this taste funny to you?
My all-time favorite.
What brought this to mind? I found a sculpture online — a modern take, if you will — of two zombies eating a clown that was inspired by that classic vaudeville joke.
I don’t know…from where I’m sitting —
Clown looks pretty tasty.
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The 2013 Oscar nominations for Best Director had just been announced — the words were still hanging in the air in a cartoon word balloon — when Steven Spielberg announced his plans to suspend production on Robopocalypse.
Surprised? Not me.
I’ll bet Anne Hathaway, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress and slated to star in the long awaited sci-fi extravaganza, seconded the notion.
No doubt she and Spielberg — both frontrunners for their work in Les Miserables and Lincoln respectively — remember what happened to Eddie Murphy a few years back.
He was considered a sure thing for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the movie Dreamgirls…and then Norbert happened.
And the Academy said, “No way, no how.”
The nominations this year have shown what a old group of fuddy duddies the Oscar voters can be. (No Best Director nod for Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow — are you serious??)
Steven Spielberg is just playing it safe.
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I watched the season finale of “Men of a Certain Age” last night on TNT.
I hope you did, too. Because, simply stated, it’s the best thing on television.
Prepare yourself if you do watch. There are no police officers, forensic units or personality plus crime-solving sidekicks. No one is a vampire, zombie or even remotely undead. There is no competition for cash or prizes, no celebrity judge at the ready with praise or pith.
There isn’t even a man in a dog suit.
No, Men of a Certain Age just follows three friends turning 50 who are all at turning points in their lives. Jobs, relationships, kids, health, addiction, dreams — it’s not Everybody Loves Raymond comedy, it’s real life.
I want everyone to see this show. I hope you’re all that lucky.
You gotta give me one thing. I’m a scary judge of talent. — Al Pacino, “The Recuit”
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Television is wimpy.
If movies and TV shows met in a dark alley, movies would kick their butts…easy.
Just take a look at the subject matter of the top movie box office for this past weekend alone:
- a band of zombie fighters
- a machine that turns water into food
- the first man to ever tell a lie in the world
- people using surrogates to live their lives
- a roller derby league for women
- a documentary on capitalism
- a performing arts high school
- an executive who turns informant
- a motivational speaker who doesn’t practice what he preaches
Would any of those story lines ever be a TV series? No. (Well, maybe the last one…and that’s because it’s the worst of the lot.)
For some reason, television executives have decided that the only dramas that audiences want to see revolve around hospitals, police stations and courtrooms. This year they got all excited and found a new angle — nurses. Awesome…that totally changes things.
In comedy, it’s all about the non-traditional family. Which version do you prefer? Courtney Cox in “Cougartown?” Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “The New Adventures of Old Christine?” Or the male equivalent in “Gary Unmarried” or “Two and a Half Men”?
Even reality shows are just giving us the same thing over and over again. “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” co-mingled with “The Biggest Loser” to begat “Dancing Your Ass Off.” Kill me now.
Why can’t series television show a tenth of the creativity and risk-taking of movies? Sometimes it does…in series like “Glee” and “Mad Men” and “True Blood.” And in case the networks don’t get it — that’s why audiences have gone crazy.
Hey, look — television series about something different…a high school choral group, and an ad agency set in the 1950’s, and a New Orleans town inhabited by vampires and shape shifters.
Not a doctor or lawyer or cop in the bunch. And we’re still watching.
Stings, doesn’t it?
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