Thursday, April 4, 2019

2019: April 4th - Jim Jarmusch's Zombie Film!

Jarmusch is doing a zombie movie? With Bill Murray and Adam Driver? Count me in! I mean, I am just about as burnt out on the Z word as one can be; I remember back in 2004 when my good friend Mike who runs Amazing Fantasy Comics in Chicago told me to read The Walking Dead, my initial reaction was, "Zombies are over done. Give me the first three Romero flicks, Return of the Living Dead, and Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things, and I'm good." And that was before the real over-saturation occurred, before even Arnold Schwarzenegger had made a zombie movie. Now? Well, it takes a hell of a lot to get me interested in the living dead; there really has to be a unique and unexpected spin on the concept. The Night Ate the World definitely did that for me last year. The Walking Dead comic does it every month (hint: because it's not really about the zombies). Cinematically, comedies appear to have the highest success rate with me, i.e. Sean of the Dead and Zombieland, are two that I adore. But having just watched and LOVED Jarmusch's Patterson, the idea of him doing a Z flick with a cast like this, well, I'm very intrigued.

And hell, look what he did for Vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive, probably my favorite V flick since Coppola's Bram Stoker.


Yesterday I listened to the Beyond the Void Podcast and absolutely loved it. I'd listened once or twice before, or so I thought, but had no lasting impression of the show. Not surprising: my memory is chewed and the amount of content I consume probably borders on insane. And there's so many podcasts out there, it's hard to nail down the good ones. BTV is definitely one of the good ones.

I started with BTV's top horror movies of 2018 episode, and wow. I mean, it wasn't just the thrill of our lists mostly lining up; hosts Alex and Britni both have a similar aesthetic, but beyond that, it was super cool to hear films like The Night Ate the World and Incident in a Ghostland given their due, because I feel as though both were largely absent from a lot of the 'best of' lists I saw last year. Really great 'cast and a ton of additional content on their site as well, so if you're in a horror discussin' mood, give these folks a listen.


Playlist from 4/03:

Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Matthew Dear - You Put a Smell On Me
Brand New - God and the Devil are Raging Inside Me
Tricky - Maxinquaye
Martina Topley-Bird - Too Tough to Die
Twilight Singers - Too Tough to Die
Matthew Dear - Bunny
Sleep - Dopesmoker
Perturbator - The Uncanny Valley

Card of the day:

Because I'm getting nothing fucking done, my even-steven level (6) has become unstable.

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