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Monday, October 09, 2006

more movie math

some more movie math... what happens when you take a bunch of actors who are caught in the realm between "washed up" and "never really did anything worth watching", throw in a never-gets-tired zombie premise, and you get Land of the Dead.

from what i've heard, both Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo have been itching to work together again since they did Super Mario Brothers.

Land of the Dead comes from near-legendary horror-film roots but it seems to me that the film's somewhat decent story line is just saturated with mediocre acting (including a less than stellar role from a former Vin Diesel co-star) and sub-standard writers.

i guess it's a difficult situation to be in when you don't have enough budget to find up-and-coming no name actors and have to fill your film with small-c celebrities to try to catch people's attentions.

but, if you were thinking that you wanted to watch a zombie-movie and didn't want to be too scared by it, it would be worth watching in that particular scenario. i don't know that there would be any other scenario you'd want to watch it in. it's not a terrible movie, just really not that worthwhile.



  • At Wed Oct 11, 09:56:00 AM, Anonymous Tracey said…

    John Leguizamo will probably be forever searching for that next perfect role, the one after "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar".

    That's a tough one to top. He looks great in heels and lipstick, damn!

  • At Wed Oct 11, 12:10:00 PM, Blogger Martini said…

    I lost my enthusiasm to see Land of the Dead after Day of the Dead turned out to be so disappointing.

    In Romero's more modern Zombie movies, the focus seems to be on special effects (the awesome vocal-chord stretch/snap), and gross-out shots rather than creepy or frightening scenes.

  • At Mon Oct 16, 04:21:00 PM, Anonymous Tracey said…

    Another movie tip.. watched this last night. "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist".


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