12 Reviews Thursday, October 8, 2009 Zombieland kills with laughter those two important rules and more, as most enthusiastic — zombie killer in film not matter much, as the movie is more about Photos provided by sidereel.com and guardian.co.uk Hollywood now has a semi-educational history. Harrelson is known more widely mere survival. The cast is very minimal, with film for surviving the zombie apocalypse. for his leading role in “Natural Born Killers” only a few characters in the entire movie, but This is not in the spirit of the disturbing and as a supporting character in “No Country they all do a pretty good job. global pandemic overtones of “28 Days for Old Men.” He is our cowboy hat and rattle- Expect a lot of gore in this �ilm: it’s still a Later,” or the British knee-slappers in snake skin jacket wearing, Hummer driving, zombie movie. Both Eisenberg’s and Harrel- “Zombieland” “Shaun of the Dead.” This film is informa- Twinkie eating, gun-nut hero. He said it best son’s nonchalant attitudes about the situation tive. The zombie-survival rules are pretty while �iring an automatic weapon into the air: somehow complement the impressive and standard, such as wearing a seat belt and “Thank God for rednecks.” gruesome special effects. R checking the back seat for zombies, the Harrelson works alongside a former col- As pop culture has now become overrun most insightful rule being to “enjoy the lege student and self-proclaimed loner named by zombies, you might as well look at it from a little things.” Columbus, played by Jesse Eisenberg, the young humorous perspective. There is even a book “Zombieland” is a film that will at- and talented actor from “Adventureland” and in Pickler Memorial Library called “Pride and tract those who are zombie genre fans as “The Squid and the Whale.” He is our awkward Prejudice and Zombies,” which the cover says well as those people who find gore and golden boy that, for once, is not being played by is co-written by Jane Austen. And let us the undead more amusing than funny. Michael Cera. There is also a surprise cameo not forget that the game “Cowboys and BY ANDY MOORE “Zombieland” is as exciting as it is hilari- from one of Hollywood’s funniest actors, but Indians” has now been replaced by the Reviewer Rule No. 1 for surviving the zombie ous, so in quoting my first review of the I can’t tell you who it is or it wouldn’t be a more politically correct “Humans Versus apocalypse is cardio: Make sure you can film Inglorious Basterds, “we’re gonna’ be surprise. Zombies,” in which Truman students often outrun a zombie. Rule No. 2 is always doing one thing and one thing only: killin’ The plot is pretty much the same as any find themselves caught in the crossfire. shoot twice and don’t worry about saving zombies. zombie �ilm — it begins with a few wandering I suggest you watch this film for its ed- bullets. Woody Harrelson stars as Tallahassee, survivors in a wasteland overrun by some kind ucational value, because I know I learned “Zombieland” actually teaches you a man who might be the deadliest — and of infection. The background to the story does a thing or two. It’s all very basic. “Glee” offers cute fun to every character. The not something predictable students are very diverse. like “Everything’s Coming BY NICK FRUMSON The classic diva character, up Roses.” At one point, Now they’ve done Rachel acted by Lea Michele, Reviewer the group has a “pep talk,” it. Finally, a TV comedy is pretty and very talented. which is typical, but it still about show choir. It’s a Despite this, she isn’t popu- was sweet and inspiring. dream come true and, lar and is made fun of by the It was obvious most pep for me, one of the best cheerleaders. She also has a talks they have aren’t as shows on TV right now. cocky attitude that doesn’t nice or inspiring. What was I’m talking about “Glee” help either. She is talented, cute about it was that they which is at 9 p.m., Wed. but not perfect. all offered to bring a spe- on Fox. The jock character, Finn cial talent or resource they This show is the story played by Cory Monteith, is could use to the group’s of a high school show a jerk, but he has a pretty advantage. choir known as the Glee good singing voice. He is There is a mean prin- Club. The story is set in forced to join Glee as pun- cipal and cheerleading a �ictional high school in ishment for being caught coach, but who hasn’t had Lima, Ohio. Mr. Shuster with marijuana (and it’s one of those in their high (Matthew Morrison) not even his). Finn doesn’t school career? The ex-Glee becomes the director of walk around calling things Club director gets fired for Glee Club, an unlikely and “gay” and being mean to touching a student. As a result somewhat cliché group of people. He gives the show of his doctor’s consultation, he high school students, and choir a shot and really gets prescriptions for medical the magic ensues. Glee loves it. marijuana and starts peddling is a television program Another member of the it to make money. How original about high school — group is in a wheelchair. is that? I would not have some parts are accurate He also plays the electric guessed it at all. Mr. Shuster is Photo provided by thetvaddict.com and some are just stupid. guitar and gets pushed a deep character who is sweet Emma, shows him a video get all choked up. Emma was and, I could conquer anything. But clichés have to exist around in the performanc- and inspiring. Without being of his old show choir from making the point that the only You really see that effect in the somewhere. es to imitate dancing. over the top, he motivates high school. She asks him, “You life worth living is the one you show. They end the pilot with The humor and witty The token gay guy has the kids to do their best in a know who that is? That’s you are passionate about. I thought the group’s rendition of “Don’t replies from the characters depth as well. He is fash- charmingly pleasant way. happier than I have ever seen it was the perfect motivator Stop Believing” by Journey. If sets the show apart from hit ion-forward and sings and Mr. Shuster wants to quit you.” He responds, “That was to get him to stick with his you’ve heard it, you’ll know shows. Despite high school dances, but his dancing being a teacher at one point the greatest moment of my job as a teacher. When I’m how good it is and how perfect stereotypes Glee’s writers is better than his singing. because his wife is pregnant. life, because I loved what I was performing with the Franklin it was for the ending of the have managed to break the For the audition, he sings To convince him to stay, a doing.” I know it might seem Street Singers, the feeling is episode. Glee is funny and molds and really give depth “Mister Cellophane” and co-worker, Jayma May as sappy, but I love those lines. I indescribable. I feel so great inspiring, a great TV show. Fictional band releases album leads to each song having a strong narrative of Oden” and “Laser Cannon Deth Sentence.” complements her perfectly with their edgy, component. Their immense popularity has Standouts on the album include two songs driving sounds. Lyrically, they allow them- Dethklok caused riots, murders and the accidental not included in any of the show’s episodes, selves to be emo but not whiny, and are very raising of an angry Finnish lake troll. Did I “The Cyborg Slayers,” narrating a Terminator- confessional in nature. In the song “Look- mention that Dethklok is a �ictional band, like future, and “Murmaider II: The Water ing Up,” they mention their near breakup popularized in the Adult Swim cartoon “Met- God,” the follow-up song to “Murmaider,” with Williams crying “God knows the world Paramore alocalypse?” It is the brainchild of Brendon the opening track to “Dethalbum.” The lyrics doesn’t need another band/But what a Small of Home Movies fame, and Small almost convey social problems and concerns that waste it would’ve been” and agreeing that single-handedly brings the band to life. parallel today’s real-life issues, such as “To their dreams were worth �ighting for to stay “Dethalbum II,” the follow-up to the popu- keep me alive it is costing me/National de�icit together. The �irst two songs, “Careful” and lar “Dethalbum,” was released last week by times three” from “Deth Support.” “Ignorance,” are the crunchier songs on the Williams Street record label, Adult Swim’s in- Paramore, the power-pop rock band from album, with great opening hooks. Sprinkled house label. Although I am not a fan of death Tennessee, also released their third album in are acoustic and softer songs such as “Mis- metal, this band has always kept my interest, “Brand New Eyes” last week. Paramore, guided Ghosts” and the beautiful “The Only and “Dethalbum II” draws you in and mur- derived form the word “paramour,” mean- Exception,” in which Williams sings about BY COREY BOMMEL ders your mind with metal. Small’s vocals, ing “secret lover,” shows just how much of a the only exception to her belief that love an imitation of death metal vocalists, growl guilty pleasure this band is. Back from recent isn’t real. The song manages to express her Reviewer This week is all about guilty pleasures — those bands that you know you like a little bit, imposingly, making you forget this band does troubles following their last album “Riot!,” immense emotions, but never seems angsty but you won’t admit it to your indie-loving not actually exist. Layered guitars, wailing so- members Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis, or whiny. The album is a new beginning for friend with the collection of 127 EPs from los and throbbing bass lines are all provided Taylor York and brothers Josh and Zac Farro the band, therapy to keep them together and bands no one has heard of. So draw the curtains, by Small, proving he is a multitalented musi- return with a bang. This more mature release strengthen their bonds, readying them for put your headphones on and hide under your cian, animator and writer. The only other shows the band has come a long way from the long career they still have ahead of them. blankets. Paramore and Dethklok are coming artist brought into the mix is drummer Gene their early beginnings in 2002. Only 13 years If you are a fan of fun music that isn’t your way. Hoglan, who has played with several metal old when the band began to form, Williams necessarily ground breaking but still man- Dethklok has been hailed as one of the bands in previous years. Hoglan, along with and her status in the media as the band ages to de�ine itself, then you should pick world’s most in�luential bands, and they strive Small’s increasing music skills, makes this leader led to a near breakup of the band. The up these albums. “Dethalbum II” is witty to hold their goal to make the world as metal album much more polished than “Dethal- hurdles they overcame and the emotions that and proves to be a solid metal album, while as possible. The mixed American/Scandina- bum,” catering to metal fans before fans of the followed as they struggled not to be known as “Brand New Eyes” delivers a more mature vian band consists of singer Nathan Explosion, show. Many songs lack the satire that de�ined Hayley Williams but as Paramore are evident band while sticking to the catchy tunes bassist William Murderface, drummer Pickles the band, although ridiculous song titles in “Brand New Eyes.” Williams is a powder that made them popular. Guilty pleasure and guitarists Skwisgaar Skwigelf and Toki and content still litter the album, such as “I keg of energy, belting out impressive vocals or not, they deliver the musical goods that Wartooth. Their unique style of death metal Tamper With the Evidence at the Murder Site from her tiny frame. The rest of the band your ears crave.
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