World War Z
2013, Paramount Pictures
This was not the slick lifeless (no pun intended) Hollywood zombie movie I was expecting. Obviously, it was working with a much larger budget and star actor than any other zombie movie has had but I was pleasantly surprised at the vibe and atmosphere throughout this movie. Zombie movies are meant to be bleak, claustrophobic and have a strong sense of hopelessness — you cannot escape, you cannot win. World War Z did a good job of running with those themes.
My only gripe is the lack of blood & gore. The zombies themselves look great, but you never get to see them sinking their teeth into someone’s neck or see their heads explode thanks to a shotgun blast. AMC’s The Walking Dead has more gore than this movie does. But, when you’re going for a big summer PG-13 release, you gotta tone it down somewhat, I guess. Zombie movies seems more fitting for a winter release though.
I’m a big fan of zombie movies and I definitely recommend World War Z, gore hounds will be disappointed but the story is still good. Very good movie that could’ve been a modern zombie classic if they only went for that R rating for blood & gore.
2013, Warner Bros. Pictures
I fell in love with this movie as soon as I saw the trailer for it. Giant robots punching giant sea monsters. What’s not to like? The premise is something that would make for a great cartoon and toy line. I was surprised that in the weeks leading up to this movie there wasn’t much buzz for it but I’m seeing lots of positive reviews from moviegoers now that it’s out in theaters.
The movie actually turned out even better than I thought it would. It’s corny and predictable but it also has a bit more heart than I expected. I’m a big fan of the names being used for the jaegers (the robots) and kaiju (the alien sea monsters) as well: Crimson Typhoon, Chemo Alpha, Knifehead (HIS NAME IS KNIFEHEAD!!!), Leatherback, etc. A good code name is very important to me. It dates back to my love of G.I. Joe and Transformers.
Another good summer movie although my minor complaint is for more punching, less talking!
(Okay, not really. I just didn’t feel like giving this movie it’s own entry.)
The Devil Bat
1940, Producers Releasing Corp.
Working at the library, I still discover some cool things from time to time that I didn’t realize I could get my hands on to check out. The Devil Bat is just one of those “cool things”. Well, kinda.
The movie actually isn’t very good. It comes only 10 years after Bela Lugosi’s star-making and legendary portrayal of Dracula but Lugosi’s star had fallen oh-so-far by the early ’40s. In The Devil Bat, he plays a scorned scientist who uses a giant bat to murder the people he feels wronged him in a business deal years ago. This is really a horror-comedy of sorts. Although Bela doesn’t engage in the comedy, he’s certainly chewing the scenery like he would do in pretty much every movie that wasn’t Dracula.
I’m glad I watched it because the movie is somewhat a famous one for Bela for… whatever reason, but is it “good”? No.
One of the drug addicts from Reefer Madness, Dave O’Brien, co-stars.