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Well, this weekend I braved the wilds of Reno to find the ONE friggin' theater in my neck of the woods where they were showing Shawn of the Dead.

And it was worth it. It was one of the best movies I have seent his year. I thought the best scenes, though, were early on, where Shawn was kind of oblivious to what was going on. Somehow, having all this mayhem happening and this one guy just carrying on like normal was hialrious to me.

I have to wonder, though, why it got such a limited US release. It was better than most of the crap that came out during the summer (and, mind you, I am no movie snob. I don't mind big budget summer films, just they all sucked this year) but, for example, I oculd only find it playing in the one theater in Reno that shows smaller 'indy' films. It wasn't playing in anywhere else within 50 miles of me. Did it do well at the box office in the UK?

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It was pretty funny. There were only 3 other people in the theater when I saw it, and I think it was really a movie that can be helped by the crowds reaction.

It kind of lost it in the scene where everybody is holding broken glass bottles on each other's throats (vague description to avoid spoiler). It was suddenly serious, and had a point, which was unnecessary, IMO. But, no biggie.

Hey, it was a romantic comedy with zombies! What more could you want?

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I loved it too. It's gonna be a sleeper hit. It made the top ten and was only playing in like 600 theaters.
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roger wrote:It was pretty funny. There were only 3 other people in the theater when I saw it, and I think it was really a movie that can be helped by the crowds reaction.

It kind of lost it in the scene where everybody is holding broken glass bottles on each other's throats (vague description to avoid spoiler). It was suddenly serious, and had a point, which was unnecessary, IMO. But, no biggie.

Hey, it was a romantic comedy with zombies! What more could you want?
Resevoir Dogs parody.

It's a rom-zom-com!
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roger wrote:It was pretty funny. There were only 3 other people in the theater when I saw it, and I think it was really a movie that can be helped by the crowds reaction.

It kind of lost it in the scene where everybody is holding broken glass bottles on each other's throats (vague description to avoid spoiler). It was suddenly serious, and had a point, which was unnecessary, IMO. But, no biggie.

Hey, it was a romantic comedy with zombies! What more could you want?
You know, the fact that thre were points where it was serious was a point in its favor, in my opinion. It had a lot of funny moments but it was still a horror film. I liked that.

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Hexxenhammer wrote:I loved it too. It's gonna be a sleeper hit. It made the top ten and was only playing in like 600 theaters.
I think it'll be a sleeper hit too. I know I plan on getting the DVD when it comes out.

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Hexxenhammer wrote: Resevoir Dogs parody.
Oh, I didn't pick up on that at all. cool!

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roger wrote:
Hexxenhammer wrote: Resevoir Dogs parody.
Oh, I didn't pick up on that at all. cool!
I picked up on it.

Of course, Resevoir Dogs is one of my all time favorite movies :D

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scarlet_35 wrote:
Nyarlathotep wrote:
roger wrote:
Hexxenhammer wrote: Resevoir Dogs parody.
Oh, I didn't pick up on that at all. cool!
I picked up on it.

Of course, Resevoir Dogs is one of my all time favorite movies :D
I have that movie, most people I talk to about it, think its really sick and I'm weird for liking it :roll: I like Quintins movies though, he's different and thats good but kill bill? What did you think of that movie? It was ok but......come on now, like she could really kill all those guys and still be standing and ready to fight again? somewhat unbelievable is ok but that was a bit over the top. I of course will see Kill Bill 2 eventually, I just gots to know what she does to him :D
I liked Kill Bill. I will agree that it isn't the most realistic movie in the world (she brings a katana onto a plane, for crying out loud, even pre 9/11 I don't think that was goign to happen) but a lot of its lack of realism is due to the fact that it is an homage to so many different movie styels. In the scene you are talking about, it is very typical in Samurai swordsman movies for the hero to fight 15 bajillion bad guys, blood spurting everywhere, and the hero still be standing afterward for a showdown with the final villian. So Tarentino mad ehis film follow the same plot devices.

As for Kill Bill 2, I thought it was better than 1 in most ways (it was less over the top and had more of a story) but, without giving too much away, I thought the final confrontation between The Bride and Bill was kind of anti-climactic. THat's just my opinion though.

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Given that it was rammed with British comedy types (Shaun of the Dead, not Kill Bill) it was hard not to see it as a very long episode of Spaced. It was ok, it wasn't as good as the Dawn of the Dead remake. The serious bits were well out of place and should have been entirely excised.

I believe Simon Pegg and Les Edgar sent a copy to George Romero, and he liked it. Probably because the zombies didn't run.
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JamesM wrote: I believe Simon Pegg and Les Edgar sent a copy to George Romero, and he liked it. Probably because the zombies didn't run.
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JamesM wrote:Given that it was rammed with British comedy types (Shaun of the Dead, not Kill Bill) it was hard not to see it as a very long episode of Spaced. It was ok, it wasn't as good as the Dawn of the Dead remake. The serious bits were well out of place and should have been entirely excised.

I believe Simon Pegg and Les Edgar sent a copy to George Romero, and he liked it. Probably because the zombies didn't run.
I'm glad I haven't seen the show then. I'd never seen those guys before. But now I'm going to check and see if "Spaced" is on BBC America.
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Kill Bill I & II

Indeed. However, if the film was realistic "they would have kicked her ass!" to quote the evil martial arts friend.

I did laugh because on the plane there is another person with a katana. Perks of first class. . . .

Shawn of the Dead

I was disappointed with the juxtaposition of the Sitz im Leben implied by the synclastic referral . . . hold on . . . this next shovel-full is heavy. . . .

This is on my list of films to see.

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Just because I'm a bastard...

It's actually Shaun of the Dead.
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Hexxenhammer wrote:Just because I'm a bastard...

It's actually Shaun of the Dead.
Okay, you are right. The thing is I have a nephew named Shawn and that is how I am used to spelling it. It never even occurs to me that the way my nephew spells it isn't the only way...

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Doctor X wrote:
I was disappointed with the juxtaposition of the Sitz im Leben implied by the synclastic referral . . .
En Ingles, por favor :D

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I loved Shaun of the Dead it was hilarious, but not in a silly way. The references to other zombie movies it was spoofing were understated, which is, IMO, what makes it work. "Barbara, they're coming for you, Barbara!" Very funny stuff. :D
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