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Zombieland Kicked Ass

Monday, October 12th, 2009

It's the dreaded zombie apocalypse and phobia-wracked Columbus, zombie-ass kicker Tallahassee, and sisters Wichita and Little Rock are a ragtag group of survivors trying to make their way through Zombieland.

This movie kicked ass.  There is simply no other way to put it.  The best review and praise I can give it, is that I laughed so hard I popped a blood vessel in my eye.  No.  Seriously.

I say the "dreaded zombie apocalypse" but then realize the "dreaded" part only applies to a certain subset of the population.  I really don't see many soccer moms, business execs, construction workers, stay-at-home mothers, or wedding planners sitting around considering the zombie apocalypse and making their plans on how to survive when (not if) it happens.

On the other hand, nerds, geeks, gamers, and hardcore techies the world over not only think about the impending zombie apocalypse, they have their game plan laid out - usually incorporating their friends, meeting places, best places to hole up, and how to get their hands on as much badass weaponry as possible (to wit, Baret and I plan to make our way to Bass Pro or Cabela's - if you don't get eaten, we'll see you there).

After the movie, Baret and I ran back to the house to pick up our extra Wii Zapper and Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles so I could sate my desire - ramped up by the movie, of course - to slay zombies.  It also helps to stay in practice.  We planned to then go on over to our friend, Ken's, house - who had just gone to the movie with us - for some gaming and steak (good combo, I highly recommend it).

Right after the movie, we ran over to Best Buy to get another Wii Zapper.  We have one and the Wii Perfect Shot Gun that I got on Amazon, but the handgun just doesn't work as well.  While there, we spotted the Cabela's Big Game Hunter with gun bundle.  The gun looked like a sawed-off shotgun and since shotguns are my weapon of choice in zombie games, we decided to give it a try.  Unfortunately, the configuration just couldn't be adjusted to work with the gun correctly on Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and instead of being able to shoot where the trigger should be, I had to reach forward and pull right under the barrel.  My arm was killing me and my hits and critical hits took a nosedive, so we brought it back.  Later, Ken suggested we grab the Wii Resident Evil Blaster Gun, and that's now on order.  As you might have ascertained, zombie killing is serious business in our house.

Back to the movie, though, Zombieland is a wild, fun ride - a romp with gore and laughter that never disappoints and doesn't slow down.  There is no point that you're safe to take a bathroom break, because you will miss either action or laughs - or both.  There is also a hilarious celeb cameo that had the audience in stitches; I won't spoil the surprise, but it was priceless.

My thought is that they had a lot of fun making this movie, especially Woody Harrelson who appeared to be in his element.  It's good to see him making a big comeback, as well - I have always had a soft spot for Woody since I was a young girl watching Cheers.  Newcomer Jesse Eisenberg was awesome - I loved his character and the acting was top-notch.  Young Abigail Breslin (you might remember her as the quiet, youngest daughter in Signs with Mel Gibson) nailed playing the growing-up-too-fast 12 year-old, tough and no-nonsense but still retaining some of her innocence.  Tough beauty Emma Stone was drop-dead sexy and played the badass with a soft heart (that she, of course, tries to hide) with expertise.  It was a solid cast, a perfect script, and an all-around awesomely done movie.  I can't recommend going to see it enough.  It was the most enjoyable 80 minutes I've spent in a long time.

Thoughts on “Farenheit 9/11″

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

Time permitting (which hasn't been much as my days are now filled with "preparing for surgery"), I've been scouring the Internet for concrete rebuttals of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. So far, the search has been futile. The most common refutation that I've seen runs along the lines of "Michael Moore is a liar". Or "Michael Moore edits", or my personal favorite, "Michael Moore is fat" (because that explains it all, right?).

That really seems to be the only thing anyone has to say against what was brought up in Fahrenheit 9/11. Well, if it's such a bunch of bullshit lies, where's your proof to back that up? Michael Moore's level of intelligence or fat content has nothing to do with the material he presented in his movie. If you think it's so "wrong" and so "libelous", then tell me why. Show me something other than "I don't like what he said so he sucks".

The real reason I'm writing though is an alarming trend I saw throughout the "Michael Moore is poo-poo" rants; the accusation that those who liked the movie or agree with some of Moore's points, or just those that disagree with our President and his administration, are non-patriotic traitors who don't support our troops. This could possibly be the most ignorant thing I've ever read.

Exactly where is the logic in that? Because I disagree with decisions made by my government I automatically don't support anything to do with my country whatsoever? If you believe this, or you say this, then you're just being ignorant, I'm sorry.

The entire point of being an American and having freedoms like we do is so that we can disagree with our government! If I don't like what Bush is doing, I have the freedom to say that and Michael Moore has the ability to make a movie about it.

But what in the name of shit does that have to do with supporting our troops? Look, I may not support the reason they're over there, but they were sent and they are there fighting and dying every day and my heart, and my support, goes out to them. Just because I don't support the reason we're at war doesn't mean I don't support the men and women that are over there fighting! If it weren't for our troops, all the people that have lost their lives in battles and wars past, we wouldn't have the freedoms we have now! I'm well aware of that and just because I don't like our monkey-faced president sure in hell doesn't mean that I don't or can't still support our armed forces!! What does one have to do with the other? Absolutely nothing! Bush has done some pretty fucked up things wherein our environment is concerned; you don't see me yelling out that those who like Bush must therefore hate the planet! I wouldn't, because that's stupid.

It really pisses me off seeing these ignorant people throwing around such vitriol for no damn good reason. So what if I don't like President Bush?! What the fuck do you care? So everyone that doesn't like the president, or disagrees with YOUR viewpoints, is a traitor to the United States? I mean come the fuck on.

The whole thing is just utterly stupid. We can argue 'til we're blue in the face that we have a good/bad president and a good/bad administration and a just/unjust reason for going to war. Opinions are like assholes but it doesn't mean you have to act like one if someone doesn't share your viewpoint. Don't accuse people of being non-patriotic for having an opinion. Don't accuse people of hating our troops simply because we liked Fahrenheit 9/11.

Thoughts on Fahrenheit 911

Tuesday, June 29th, 2004

Not that I really care if someone disagrees with me or that what I write might offend someone - obviously I rarely worry about that - but this is a sensitive subject. That said, I'd like to point out that when we talk about what we think and how we feel we should be able to discuss those differences without getting upset that someone else might think differently. What that means is, no fighting, kids. If you want to yell at me, go right ahead - it's my blog and I'll yell right back - but no one is going to bash anyone for their opinions in the comments. Capice? So play nice.

I went to see Fahrenheit 9/11 on Sunday. I believe it's something that everyone should see - whether pro-Bush or anti-Bush. It raised some interesting questions and thoughts, and did point out some fairly irrefutable facts; things that anyone could learn about it with a bit of research (i.e. the Bush & bin Laden families being so tight, the US flying the bin Ladens out of the country a few days after 9/11, etc.)

That said, some of it, also, must be taken with a grain of salt - Moore has at his disposal the power of editing and, naturally, some of it is going to be his own opinion.

My personal feelings after viewing the movie were anger, outrage, shame and fear. And I wanted to know more. I wanted to talk to those that saw the movie and are for Bush - I wanted to hear their opinions and refutes of the claims. I'd like to hear from Bush himself and his administration - what have they to say about the claims being brought? I'd like to hear the other side of the story.

I want someone, somewhere, to tell me why we invaded Iraq. I want someone to prove to me, with actual facts, that we went over there and terrorized these people for reasons other than to line the Big Money's pockets. I want someone to tell me why, in 2000, our govm't said that Saddamn Hussein was not a threat and could not ever be a threat as we were monitoring him and had ways of stopping him from getting anything that would enable him to begin building "weapons of mass destruction".

I want someone out there to tell me how they believe the passing of the Patriot Act, and going against our own Constitution, was a good thing.

These were just my thoughts after viewing the movie. I watched innocent Iraqi civilians crying and screaming to god for help and mercy because we had destroyed their lives and homes and killed their families - I thought about why we were in Iraq - and I was ashamed to be an American. I saw the wounded young American soldiers and the mourning family of one who died - for what? - and I was ashamed to be an American. I can't get my mind around the fact that there was no reason for us to go over there. If there was, I can't seem to see it.

For me, I loved the movie. I respect anyone that uses their voice to speak out against what they believe to be wrong. Whether or not I did agree with Michael Moore isn't the issue - I respect him and his right to say what he wanted. Yes, I agreed with a lot of it and I thought it was brilliant. But even if I hadn't, I'd still give the man his props. Not many have the balls to get out there and say what's on their mind or to speak out when they feel injustice taking place. But for me, I was one of the ones applauding at the end.

I just wanted to share my thoughts after actually viewing it. I don't expect anyone to agree with me - these are my thoughts and mine alone and naturally they're not going to coincide with everyone else's. That said, I hope *my opinions* don't offend anyone; they shouldn't.

Along Came Polly…and Thankfully Left

Sunday, January 25th, 2004

A word to the wise...

If you have an inkling to go to the movies and, for whatever reason, decide on "Along Came Polly"...don't. For the love of god, see anything BUT "Along Came Polly". It's quite possibly the first time in years that I actually wanted to walk out of a movie.

Summing it up in a few words, I would have to say "tried too hard" would fit appropriately, and "SUCKED BIG MOTHER F'ING DONKEY ASS" might be putting it lightly. But, that's me.