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Zombie Strippers

Saw this over the weekend. It’s excellent at being exactly the movie it intends to be, and exactly the movie you want when you watch a low budget horror comedy called Zombie Strippers. Plenty of zombies. Plenty of strippers. And plenty of zombie strippers. It’s ninety minutes long, and there’s lots of disgusting zombie effects and ass-kicking. Joe Bob says check it out. It’s main flaw is that it isn’t any better than the kind of movie you want when you watch a low budget horror comedy called Zombie Strippers. The dialog is too self-consciously precious at times, especially toward…

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This is the world we made

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Last night’s make-dishes-tolerable randomly-selected entertainment was season
three Buffy episode "The Wish." It remains one of my favorites. It
has a solid story, fascinating alt-world building, fabulous new characters,
a devastating emotional punch, and is one of very few Buffy episodes
to actually be, mostly, a horror story.

Maybe I should explain. Obviously Buffy is built out of horror tropes
— vampires, werewolves, zombies, and demons and monsters of every conceivable
variety. The stories tend to have a high body count, and a surprising amount
of blood, guts and goo for network television.

Buffy is horror genre, no question. But genre is as much about milieu as it
is about story. (Which is an argument I pull out whenever people try to claim
that Star Trek isn’t really science fiction.) And genre is about approach
and desired emotional affect as much as about story.

Which, this came up as a rant about the Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror
X", part of our newly purchased season 11, when I couldn’t stop throwing a tantrum
about how segment two, where Bart and Lisa get superpowers, isn’t horror.
It was more than just "superheroes aren’t horror." Superheroes can be horror.
Anything can be scary. But, you have to commit. You have to be horror.

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Twilight:better than syphilis

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Saw Twilight over the weekend. It was better than syphilis.

I’m also pretty sure it was better than a couple of the movies in the previews,
Bride Wars and Confessions of a Shopaholic, both of which
made me sort of want to shoot someone in the face.

Twilight is frequently dull and pretty stupid, which is an unfortunate
combination — two strikes and its almost out. It didn’t make me deeply, deeply
angry, which was a plus. It has lovely scenery and an appealing cast. And some
of the funny jokes are even intentional.
But, as a vampire movie, I just didn’t like it. As a teen romance…
well, I wouldn’t have bothered to watch it, so I’m going to talk about it as
a vampire movie.

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