Saturday, October 31, 2009

Zombieland (2009) and other Halloween Favorites a Babaloo Review.

Happy Halloween from Pugs and Popcorn.

As Taylor does not enjoy the horror movies like I do. It is with great pleasure for me to recommend a few new and old favorites. Weather your staying at home or you out on the town tonight here are my picks.

I like to start off with my new favorite zombie movie, Zombieland. All I can say is…..Yes, Yes and Yes!!! This horror film has just the right mixture of gore, scares and laughs that make you enjoy the movie and love the characters. The movie was creative in many ways, from making rules on surviving and killing zombies to silly moments like visiting Bill Murray Mansion….yes that’s right and an obsession with Twinkies

Let’s start of by one of the zombie survival rules “never get attached” in which the characters name themselves by what city they are going or from. So our main character is called Columbus (as in Columbus Ohio) played by Jesse Eisenberg is an antisocial college student that has survived the zombie apocalypse by being well…antisocial. He also comes up with rules that he lives by in order to survive….We see rule number 1 in the first few minutes of the film, Cardio. The most interesting moments of the film is the rules and how they become part of the scene. Then we meet Columbus opposite, Tallahassee (you see the pattern here) played by Woody Harrelson, who is way of surviving the zombie apocalypse is brute force and an undeniable sense of glee. He teaches Columbus one of his important rules…”Enjoy the little things”. A while looking for Tallahassee obsession for finding Twinkies at a grocery store, we find two more survivors a young woman named Wichita (Emma Stone) and her pre-teen sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) who con the boys a couple of times during the movie and keep everyone at a distance. At the end, their relationship as a family come together in a California amusement park which is a great way of killing zombies and being trapped by one.

The only flaw was the film was very only 82 minutes long. I think they could have stretched a little more but in all the movie was a fast paced roller coaster riot. One of the other good things I did enjoy about this movie is that all the main characters were not killed, no need to show a typical scene like that which was a plus in my book.

I give it 5 pugs out of 5.

My other Halloween picks.

Twilight (2008)

If you have teenage girls…well how about Twilight….yes Twilight. What can I say….it teenage girl soft porn. Alas, I was entertained. I had to know what the hoopla was about. So I had to watch. Sew me.

Anyway, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) an antisocial girl (I’m dark and different kind of annoying way) moves to Forks Washington to live with her Dad. As she starts her first day in High School is immediately welcomed by many of the trendy teenage friends. But is more intrigued by one of the Cullen boys in the clan. Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) finds her intriguing cause he can’t “read her mind”. They fall in love and are welcomed into his clan. But other visiting vampires come to town and one of them wants to “eat Bella”. So it my Vampire in shining armor or skin to come rescue me against another shiny Vampire.

Ok I’m a big fan of Vampires and High School shows/movie…hence TV shows like Buffy or the new Vamp show “The Vampire Diaries”…compared to Twilight I do not see the attraction. Bella was well annoying and whinny. Edward should know better than to date someone as annoying, he is like 100 years old…It just seemed lazy….Maybe New Moon will be better. Who knows….The best part of this film were the Vampires playing baseball under a thunder storm…That was the most fun parts or the film.

I give it 3 pugs out of 5.

Night Watch (2005)

You want some action with horror, try the Russian film Night Watch. It’s been compared to a horror version of Lord of the Rings.

The forces of Light and Dark have existed for in a delicate balance of many years….They have a truce that the Light and Dark police each other so not to disturb the balance. But Even as the Night Watch polices the Dark others - among them Vampires, witches, shape-shifters and the such - chain of mysterious events trigger a prophecy that could save or destroy the world.

This was based on a famous Russian novel trilogy that is based on there mythologies and legends.

This movie is a big wow for me….very stylized and exciting to watch.

I give it 5 out of 5 pugs.

Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

For the Kiddies - Nightmare before Christmas

A critically acclaimed movie milestone that has enchanted kids and adults everywhere.

The story of the Pumpkin king of Halloween town bored with the same stuff. Stumbles into Christmas town and kidnaps Santa Claus to find himself and become the new Santa. At the end he finds that he can not fill the big shows of Claus and decides to just be himself.

This is a great Disney Halloween classic musical with a lot of heart.

5 out of 5 pugs.

Poltergeist (1982)

Want a classic 80’s Spielberg movie….Try Poltergeist.

This movie was mad about 30 years ago and it still freaks me out.

Great acting by Craig Nelson, Jo-Beth Williams and the late Heather O’Rourke. The story of a Haunted House buried under a Cemetery that kidnaps a young girl Carol Anne to show they the way to the light.


4 pugs out of 5.

I have plenty of other films I would love to recommend but the top were a few of my favorites.