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ExpDelTop100 #23 - Zombieland

In short, Zombieland is the quintessential Dawn movie: clever comedy, fun action, perfect cast, supernatural element, rocking soundtrack, fantastic dialogue. I really dont think this movie could be any more perfect for me. Not unlike anything by Joss Whedon.

Its a wonder that I even get thru the whole movie without rewatching the first five minutes over and over and over. First off, I love the rules like whoa! They're such a perfect quirky addition to the film. Also, makes for a great drinking game. Trust me, I've done it, and I dont remember much else from that night...Anyhoo, and I love how they keep reappearing. But its not just their inclusion, I love the way that the text is displayed on the screen. It's actually inserted into the scenes. Then following the rules, you have the best opening credits sequence ever. Metallica, slo mo, hilarity, awesomeness. And everything just keeps getting better and better from there.

I also love some of the small details. My favorite prolly being the quick explanation for the virus: "Mad cow became mad person became mad zombie". Simple but believable enough. Other examples would be the character names, and Tallahassee's twinkie obsession. I also couldnt agree more with his comment about not liking coconut because of the consistency not the taste. For the record, I do like coconut flavor, but I dont like that type of coconut on my treats.

The cast is also perfect. Woody Harrelson is one of my favorites. Can you believe that in the same year he had Zombieland and earned an Oscar nomination for The Messenger? Its that type of range that earns my respect (see also Meryl Streep the year before). I cannot wait to see him as Haymitch in the Hunger Games. Truly inspired casting. I adore Jesse Eisenberg, as the shy lovable nerd. And if Ellen Page isn't available to play me in my biopic, Emma Stone would be a suitable replacement. I also approve of Abigail Breslin's run as the token cute little girl, and even more approve of her darker turn here. (By the way, Ms Dakota Fanning, where exactly is your Oscar nomination? Oh thats right. Score one for Breslin)

Also, one of the rockingest end credit songs ever!

And now Im jonesing for a twinkie.
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brief_life
Jul. 1st, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
Aw, yeah. I remember seeing this for the first time when you screened it at your birthday party... what, two years back? I didn't catch all of it due to general party shennanigans, so I went out and bought a copy for myself the next week.

Also -- dammit, Dawn, the higher you get in your personal favorites list, the longer my Netflix queue grows. I'll never get through them all at this rate!
expletivedleted
Jul. 1st, 2011 11:16 am (UTC)
That's right you were there for that movie. Yeah, it was my bday last year, so two bdays ago.

Hahaha mission accomplished. :-D I love that Im getting someone to see my movies. Outta curiosity, what are some of the ones that have made your queue?
brief_life
Jul. 13th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
(working backward from your list)

Blood Diamond was the first one I decided had to get on my Netflix list. (#95, Mystery Men, is one of my personal favorites, the best bring-me-out-of-a-blue-funk movie I own; #100-96 were all ones I hadn't seen but just felt cold for.) Leonardo DiCaprio is an actor I originally kind of snubbed due to Titanic, but once I started seeing him in more grown-up roles, I gained a whole lot of respect for him and have been specifically seeking out his movies lately.

The Usual Suspects was the next to be added -- I have a gleeful fondness for heist films, especially when you don't know who to trust. (Also, I believe I'm not spoiled on the ending yet, so double plus!)

I added 500 Days of Summer kind of against my own instincts, but you've recommended it so heartily on multiple occasions, so I figured I'd give it a try.

Why the hell *haven't* I seen The Italian Job yet?

Or Kick-Ass?

And why don't I just *own* Memento at this point? This one isn't on my Netflix queue, it's on my Dammit, Buy It queue.

It was somewhere around The Green Mile that I realized my infrequent movie-watching habits weren't going to keep up with your review pace, and I consigned myself to watching my queue grow and grow. This one made it because I'm fond of Stephen King and somehow didn't realize that The Green Mile was an adaptation of his work.

I don't think I actually added Keeping the Faith; I was curious, but I Don't Do Romantic Comedies. But you said the same thing in your write-up... I think I ultimately decided that my queue was bloated enough and let it lie.

Primal Fear made it, though. Basically because you said "Fight Club" and I finally realized where I recognized Edward Norton from.

Pulp Fiction made the queue, and I finally saw it last month! It was indeed pretty awesome. I think that I prefer Sin City overall, but I did spend the next week happily quoting scenes from Pulp Fiction with my coworkers.

Magnolia sounded like my kind of absorbing, character-driven drama.

Slumdog Millionaire was already in the queue, but I still haven't gotten around to it yet.

Inception is another one I finally watched (bought it, actually: this is the movie that finally placed Hans Zimmer above Danny Elfman as my favorite film score composer). I think I was so over-hyped on it that I was let down when I got around to watching it (except for the score, that is. OHMIGOD the music at the end! *melts*). Mostly, I was disappointed in the characters. Dom and Mal are the only two who are fleshed out at all; everyone else is just kind of there to support. It was a beautiful movie (and <3 the music!) with a few *kickass* fight scenes, but not the mind-blowing experience I'd been led to expect. I actually found it to be pretty straightforward. *shrug*

I loved Farenheit 451 (one of the few books I was forced to read for school that I liked enough to buy for myself), so Equilibrium is in the queue.

And Requiem For a Dream, because I do like 'em messed up.

Amer... no, really, why *haven't* I watched American Psycho yet?

And Lucky Number Slevin has been on my list ever since I saw the poster in your room. :-)


Whew! I'm waiting with bated breath for your Top Five to be revealed, even if I suspect I already know what they are. Basically, the further up your list you go, the more my reactions tend to be either "OHMIGOD I LOVE THAT MOVIE!" or "Man, I really need to see that." I'm rather pleased with myself that I seem to have seen about 2/3rds of your list, which is more than I was expecting.


In case you're curious, the ones I haven't seen but could tell were not going to be my cup of tea were: The Wedding Singer, Mean Girls, Bubble Boy, Elf, the South Park movie, Saved!, Heathers, and Choke. Basically, I think my preferences for action/horror/suspence/weirdshit align well with yours, but our respective tastes in comedy don't overlap much.
expletivedleted
Jul. 13th, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
Wow, that is quite a list. I do very much approve of you going for the darker ones.

Im pretty sure you know my top five too. Certainly the top three at least. But you're gonna hafta wait a lil while since I wont be able to get to 'em for about a week and a half or so, after vacay.
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