Dawn of the 'Black Summer'
On April 11, Netflix released the first season of Black Summer, a series set in the early days of a zombie apocalypse. The series unfolds in a series of vignettes that are focused on two small bands of survivors. In the eight relatively short episodes, we follow a handful of ordinary people as they form alliances, avoid becoming zombie chow, and work toward the ultimate goal of a football stadium where they will be evacuated to safety.
'Dawn of the Dead' (1978) vs. 'Dawn of the Dead' (2004)
Whenever a movie is remade, comparisons between the original movie and the remake are inevitable. George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, a movie about survivors of a zombie outbreak taking refuge in a shopping mall, is no exception. Which version is better—the original 1978 movie or the 2004 remake? To answer this question, it is helpful to examine two major aspects of both movies: story development and the use of the zombies as a plot device.
Dead Letter Room Parable
I've always thought I was invincible. I've always claimed to myself that if there was a predetermined center of the universe, then it would be centered around me because I was the only one that mattered and I was the one in complete control of what happens in this universe...
My Top 9* Albums of 2017
Here is my annual list for the best albums of 2017! STANDOUT TRACK: "Feel." My most listened-to album of 2017. Epic flows and earth shattering beats; melodic rhymes with meaningful social commentary-laced lyricism. From beginning to end, each song follows one another in a carefully crafted, embryonic-in-nature promenade and peers deep into the eyes of the unjust and the afflicted.
Growing up a horror fan in the 80s and into the early 90s, you’d be hard-pressed not to stumble upon the gore rotted gems and blood spattered monstrosities brought to us by those crazy Italians! Dario Argento was embellishing us with gorgeous eye candy throughout the 70s and into the 80s, Lucio Fulci was clambering aboard the Romero bandwagon and cranking out absurd but wholly loved gut munching zombie epics, Ruggero Deodato was non-conforming to cinema standards and brandishing his renegade filmmaking out in the wilds of Brazil's Green Inferno…you get the picture. Chances are that if you are reading this rant on this very film, you can add many more names to that list.
God's Lonely Man
It's scary to be alive. In the most sincere sense; being alive is a commanding struggle. A struggle of days, hours, minutes, seconds...etc. With that complexity comes a mixed bag of the unknown. We want to know. We seek answers, try in vain to fulfill our desires (no matter how inane or asinine), attempt to live among each other in perpetual harmony. And even the slightest of interactions with other humans can be astronomical; albeit invitingly organic.
'Zombies, Man... They Creep Me Out!'
Zombies. Where did this lovable epidemic come from? When I was a kid in the late 80s, early 90s, I loved horror films. In fact, they were an extension of who I was as a kid. I saw my first horror film at four years old (yes, I remember). As I reminisced in a post I did while ago titled "10 Films I Would Need If Stranded on a Deserted Island":
- Top Story - October 2017