Saturday, November 05, 2005

Odds & Ends

1. I recently tried to write a little something about how I came to be in possession of an American flag bearing the likeness of John Wayne. After three or four attempts and more than an hour of staring blankly at my computer screen, I gave up. But in the interest of anyone reading my blog (whoever you are, you magnificent bastards) I thought you should at least get an opportunity to see this bizarre piece of western memorabilia. I apologize for the less than stellar quality of the pic, but I'm not exactly a professional photographer.

2. I was in the local dollar store not too long ago when I heard something pretty bewildering. I was scouring the aisles for ten year old comic books and 58 cent Kit Kat bars, when I hear a voice from a few aisles over, "How much is this?" A few seconds passed and then a baffled cashier replied, "A dollar." I had to stop for a second and make sure I wasn't crazy or drunk. I was sober and I have yet to be declared mentally incompetent. So what I want to know is whether the woman was totally foreign to the concept of a dollar store or had she entered the store without knowing where she was. I mean, dollar stores are hardly a new concept and this particular store has been in town for a number of years. It's virtually impossible to even approach said store without noticing the vast array of signage indicating that you were in fact at a "dollar store" and everything did indeed cost a dollar. Whatever the reason may be, I can only pray that this woman does not have children.

3. I urge you all to see The Searchers, a movie that has only recently come to be among the greatest movies I have ever seen. Not just a great western but a great movie. John Wayne shows that he can actually act and not just be a larger than life screen presence. The supporting cast is also amazing, featuring a number of members of John Ford's stock company. And never has the west looked so good. John Ford's depiction of Texas, while actually being filmed in Utah, makes me pine for horse trails and wide open spaces.

4. I watched Land of the Dead the other night and I'm officially getting old because I whole time I was watching it I kept thinking that it was just too gory. When I was a teenager there was the 3B code for horror movies: blood, boobs, and more blood (or any combination thereof). But there were a few times watching this movie where I winced at the gore factor. As for the movie itself, it was alright. Personally I think it's sacrilege to complain about a Romero zombie movie but I will say that this movie didn't live up to his other masterpieces. In my opinion Night of the Living Dead will always be the standard to which all other zombie movies are compared. So, if you're in the mood to watch a great zombie movie watch "Night," if you're in the mood to watch a decent zombie movie you haven't seen, watch "Land."


Anonymous said...

1. Your flag may have been a give-away for the movie 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance'
2. Dollar stores are the scourge of society
3. Rio Bravo = AWESOME
4. For a kick, rent 'Shaun of the Dead' HILARITY!

Shauna said...

Alas, Land of the dead is both a blessing and a curse... As a "psychologist" I am glad to see someone finally give SOME brains to the zombies. I was sure that if they kicked around for long enough, they'd eventually evolve some form of smarts. So exciting, yet, we still have the fear issue - before 28 Days Later/Dawn of the Dead, Zombies were SLOW, before Land of the dead, they were stupid. If neo-zombie flicks keep evolving the Zombie, I'm afraid I won't be able to cope. The only saving grace about zombies is that they're freakin slow and outrageously stupid. When these protective features are removed, they're so scary it makes my head explode! Alas, if things keep going in this direction, I will have to retire as zombie-movie fan. I just don't stand a chance against smart, fast zombies.