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SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Category: Media Reviews
Monday, October 4th, 2004 @ 09:27 am
Posted By Brent
With the exception of Canada (America Jr) and Mexico/Central/South America (third world), we in America are separated from the rest of the world by two vast oceans. To the west, is the Far East (which is odd), and to the east, is Europe. Contained in this "Europe" place is a small Island, roughly the same size as the state of Texas, called "Britain." I know three things about Britain, only one of which I can actually verify:
  • It rains all the time.
  • The food is really bad
  • They make really shitty movies
For anyone who's wondering which of these I can verify, well, let me introduce you to my good friend Billy, maybe he can explain it to you a little better than I can.

The strange thing about this rule is the caveat that comes with it. This caveat basically states that if a movie originates from Britain, and just so happens to be good, it is REALLY fucking good. Look to LockStock/Snatch (which I consider one movie) for a shining example of this law.

Well, I'm happy to report that Shaun of the Dead fits quite snugly into this small category of REALLY fucking good films from LimeyWood. Zombies? Check. Funny fat guy with slight cockney accent? Check. Reassuring message about man's journey through life in search of meaning? Check. They also have something that really hits below the belt as far as getting me to like a movie. Something that, if done correctly, triggers a subconscious need to like the movie even if it was utter "tripe," as the English would say.

You see, I am in some regards a "Movie Dork." I watch movies, I buy posters from movies, me and my friends sit around and try to "one up" each other with our vast mental encyclopedias of memorized movie quotes; and if there's one thing in a film that acts like Kryptonite to my movie cynicism, it's small, unexplained "nods" to other movies. I don't know what it is, but when I hear something in a movie that is quite blatantly a "nod" to another movie, and no one in the audience makes any audible cue that they "get it", I feel like I possess some intimate knowledge that the writer/director was trying to convey to only the few select people who could decode this cypher.

How am I supposed to resist a zombie movie with a fucking Reservoir Dogs homage slapped right in the middle of it? Simple: I don't.



Comments

NAME: pizza party lover
Wednesday, October 6th, 2004 @ 12:18 am
i was wondering about that movie . now i'm going to check it out. anyone who wants to see it should call me.
bens pizza arabi - buy one get one equal value free.


NAME: g13
Monday, October 4th, 2004 @ 12:04 pm
are you talking about the trampoline over the fence?


NAME: ian
Monday, October 4th, 2004 @ 10:35 am
not to mention that ferris beuller nod.


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