Halloween Horror: Zombieland

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After talking about some spooky TV yesterday, I decided to tackle something funny today. I think Zombieland is the perfect marriage of a horror theme with humorous elements, here’s why!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

After a virus turns most people into zombies, the world’s surviving humans remain locked in an ongoing battle against the hungry undead. Four survivors — Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and his cohorts Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) — abide by a list of survival rules and zombie-killing strategies as they make their way toward a rumored safe haven in Los Angeles.

The Rating:

Another rewatch for spooky season! I haven’t seen Zombieland in such a long time, but I have some very vivid memories of this film. I guess the one that imprinted itself on my brain the most is Tallahassee just wanting a Twinkie. Living in Europe I didn’t get to try a Twinkie until long after I saw the film. I was so excited to finally taste it and was fully expecting it to be amazing. Well, Twinkies are fucking disgusting and shouldn’t be allowed to be classified as food. 🤣

But back to the movie! One of the things I enjoyed a lot were Columbus’s rules. That’s another part that I not only remember but actually tend to think of them quite a lot, especially the double-tap one. It’s a fun twist on the typical zombie flick like somebody put more than 2 brain cells into writing the script. We all have seen a zombie film before, so you know the blueprint those usually follow. Zombieland was a refreshing take on that. It genuinely made me laugh the first time I watched it and still did when I rewatched it recently.

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Letterkenny – A Review of Seasons 1-9

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Today I bring you my new favorite comedy of all-time. You have no idea how glad I am that Letterkenny was recommended to me! As I am writing this, 9 seasons have been released but there are more come and I can’t wait.

The Plot (as found on RT):

This comedy series showcases the antics of the residents of Letterkenny, a small rural community in Canada. Siblings Wayne and Katy run a small farm and produce stand, with Wayne’s friends Daryl and “Squirrely” Dan helping out. Many of the town’s inhabitants fall into one of several groups, which include the farmers, or “hicks,” the out-of-towners on the local hockey team, the local drug addicts and the “natives,” who are members of the local First Nation. “Letterkenny” began its life as a YouTube series called “Letterkenny Problems.”

The Rating:

As you may have gathered from the introduction, I absolutely love this show. 😅
Honestly, I had no expectations going in, I hadn’t even heard of the series until somebody sat me down to watch it. I was done for from the first episode on. I swear, everything about this show is absolutely brilliant!

First of all, the writing. I think I said about 7 million times while watching this that the writers deserve all the awards in the world. The show is funny to a degree that your belly will hurt from laughing so hard. But it’s not just funny, it’s also smart. The banter between the characters is witty, eloquent and I simply admire the writers for being able to come up with so many great puns. Letterkenny really is unlike anything else I have ever seen in that regard. So far, they managed to keep the quality super high throughout all seasons. I am convinced that the upcoming season will be no exception in that regard.

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The Babysitter: Killer Queen

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Last week I published a review on The Babysitter. As I quite enjoyed this freaky little horror-comedy flick, I was all ears when Netflix announced the sequel. Let’s see if that’s worth watching as well.

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Two years after defeating a satanic cult led by his babysitter, Cole once again has to outsmart the forces of evil when old enemies unexpectedly return.

The Rating:

I am angry. I am thoroughly pissed of. The first movie was kind of quirky, stupid, and predictable but still a ton of fun and immensely enjoyable.
This sequel is an insult. It’s bad. So very very bad that it almost hurt to watch it.

Gone is the at least partly smart humor of the first part, the nods to other famous horror movies or tropes. This is just stupid, annoying, and boring.

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The Babysitter (2017)

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I have another horror movie for you this month. After hearing quite a lot about The Babysitter I basically clicked on it by accident when browsing Netflix. Let’s find out whether it was a happy accident. 😉

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

The Babysitter, directed by McG, follows Cole (Judah Lewis), who is madly in love with his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving). She’s cool and awesome in all the ways Cole is not. One evening while Bee is babysitting, Cole witnesses the unthinkable. Now he must survive a night full of first kisses, first broken hearts, and first encounters with homicidal maniacs (played by Bella Thorne, Andrew Bachelor, Robbie Amell, and Hana Mae Lee).

The Rating:

Oh my, this was something.
I know quite a lot of people were hating on the movie but I found it rather enjoyable!
That is if you treat it as a hilarious take on the genre instead of watching it as an earnest horror film.

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TV Show Ramble: Brooklyn 99

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I know I’m late to the party but after numerous friends recommended Brooklyn 99 to me, I finally checked out the show – and just about binged the whole thing!

The Plot:

Brooklyn 99 is a police sitcom focused around the cops at the 99th precinct in Brooklyn. We witness the ups and downs in both the professional and private lives of the crew…

The Rating:

There are many things I love about Brooklyn 99.
Of course, there is the amazing sense of humor that comes with the show. I have no idea how many times I laughed out loud with Brooklyn 99 but I certainly know that hilarious is the only word that describes the show.
I had seen quite a few screenshots on tumblr before I watched the first episodes so I thought I was prepared. However, the series turned out the be way funnier than I had even expected.

Furthermore, one of my favorite things is how Brooklyn 99 depicts women. Not one of the main female characters is stylized a sexualized way. They are shown to be competent, strong and intelligent women and nobody would ever doubt that. They don’t get belittled just because they are female, in contrast, their contributions are valued. It’s tragic that this depiction of women is truly rare in TV shows.

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Movie Mania: Waking Ned

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What time is it? Movie review time! Today’s pick a film I had known about for ages but never got around watching. Well, recently it aired on TV, so here we go. Let’s find out about Waking Ned!

 

 

The Plot:
Somewhere in Ireland in a tiny village with 52 inhabitants, somebody won the lottery. The big jackpot. Jackie and Michael try to find out who the lucky winner is and soon discover, it’s poor old Ned who got so excited about his win that he had a heart attack… and died.
Well, it would be shame to let the millions go to waste, so the whole town teams up to get the money…

 

The Rating:
I just love the Irish humor! Who else could have come up with such a ridiculous story. I had heard great things about this film and was really excited to finally see it. Continue reading