Beyond hastily constructed concrete walls and vicious barbed wire fences, the tedious humdrum of the ‘safe zone’ is drowned out, by a relentless and chilling noise. They say if you listen long enough your sanity will disintegrate quicker than the crumbling cement, meant as a temporary measure until the government or the army could regain control, now serving as an unwitting coffin. Continue reading
Forget the thinly veiled misogyny of 50 Shades of Grey, this Valentine’s there’s only one film you need sink your teeth into. So rather than the usual sugary sweet gunk that clogs up our screens this time of year, cuddle up with your loved ones – although not too close – and cower in silence to the ignored genius of Bruce McDonald and Tony Burgess’ Pontypool.
So I wrote for the Norwich Film Festival about Warm Bodies, and why it ain’t half bad… I’m not going soft. You can check out the whole thing by clicking the linked extract below! Let me know what you reckon!
Warm Bodies is a film which until recently I somewhat snobbishly avoided. In defence, the trailer and release date seemed geared toward putting me off. It appeared to be a gimmicky, insufferably saccharine rom-com; something especially intolerable when you are single. However, let me be first to admit I was mistaken.
Adapting Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name, writer/director Jonathon Levine crafts a clever, almost feminist, satire of one of Hollywood’s most embarrassingly prevalent tropes. The manic pixie dream girl – a trope which in the modern world should be considered as out of date as the rotting flesh on a walking corpse – reduces the role of female characters to that of a prop. They are fictions, bereft of their own aspiration and agency. They are inventions geared purely toward teaching deep, soulful young men to re-evaluate and embrace life…
Should the virus be transmitted by bites? Do the undead eat animals? Can zombies run? None of these trivial debates will be answered here.
This Halloween, Jack Brindelli and friends take a fresh look at a rotten genre, examining the surprisingly political medium of the zombie film.
Strap yourselves in for thrills, spills and gore galore – and you never know you might even learn something along the way…
Now endorsed by In The Flesh creator Dominic Mitchell!
@JackBrindelli Hi Jack, what an interesting documentary. Thanks very much for critiquing my little show. Very insightful. Cheers.
— Dominic Mitchell (@DomMitchell) October 17, 2013
The trailer for my new video (due for release in 2 weeks) on zombies and politics is out… get excited. -JB
Hollywood adapts Max Brooks’ faux-history novel, playing on the fears of global elites as zombies of the world unite in this thrilling, yet politically troubled horror blockbuster.