Thursday, September 29, 2011
ZOMBIE OUT-REACH by Ivy Parker
God, they are so sneaky. You'd think I would have seen them coming. You know, how they walk all jerky. Not exactly like that dance number in thriller. Zombies are faster than they appear.
Who would have thought it would have happen to me? There on the street. I'd just grabbed blue Slurpee. from the local Casey's. No power at the house. I needed corn-nuts.
Instead... I'm tangled up in some old dude's bony grasp. Next thing I know..I'm being ripped at the shoulder. And yeah, its all suppose to end like a scene in Zombieland, but didn't.
I know what you're thinking, when you're a zombie, you just become this flesh eating thing. Nobody tells you, how it creeps up on you, how your body gets stiff. Your limbs just don't want to work unless you drag yourself around. And burgers, not at all tastey. Worms, I tell you. The taste of squirmy worms. DISGUSTING.
"You got it... don't you?" A strange girl, hardly breathing stood by me while I was making horrid faces at my burger. You know, you get the munchies after you've been bitten.
"Got what?" I wasn't very good at this sort of thing, with or without this sickness.
"What's your name?" She plopped herself next to me.
"Zane." I looked her over, she was as pale as me. Yeap, I read the rule later, we go in packs.
"I never met a Zane." She weakly smiled and told me her name was Caddie. "You should come with me."
I shook my head, no. I was never much for youth group or any of those clubs.
"We have to stick together." Her hand practically melted in mine. We were kind of stuck. And since I didn't exactly have cable at home, anymore. ..the whole city was growing dim. What did I have to lose?
Zombie Rule #1: Ability to run is based on the amount of time a zombie has been undead, and how much decay has set in.
Zombie Rule #2: Zombies decay but at a much slower rate than humans, and it’s still possible to differentiate between young and old zombies.
Zombie Rule #3: Zombies are like lions: if they’ve eaten, you can walk by them without fear, but a pack of hungry zombies will attack you.
Zombie Rule #4: The quickest speed of any zombie is a shambling run. see Night of the Living Dead. NO sprinters exist.
Zombie Rule #5: Zombies are not dexterous. They cannot pick up or use any items more complex than a rock or a stick.
Zombie Rule #6: Zombies have poor eyesight but they do have a strong sense of smell.
Zombie Rule #7: Zombies cannot speak but can communicate by pack mentality. The herd tends to move together if they sight food.
Zombie Rule #8: There is no overt recognition of people or places, there is a sense of familiarity that can dictate where a zombie moves.
Zombie Rule #9: There’s no known cause of the zombie mutation, but it’s suspected to be a virus or infection.
Zombie Rule #10: Once you’re bitten you’ll die and reanimate as a walker. How long it takes is related to the nature your bite.
"Now when did you wake up?" Apparently, you have an 8 hour window before complete reanimation. There was a study on it, but evidently it was too late for me to be in the new study. Some pre-reanimaters were being put in hibernation in event of an apocalypse. At least I got to take a pill. It was to help my soul more than anything else.
"I wish it wasn't so late for us..." Caddie held my hand as if she was in this with me. We'd just met, but it felt like everything was moving so fast. If only we'd had just a moment to kiss. It was even too late for that. We were both getting so old, flaky flesh and all. It was like we were our great-grand parents.
"Wish we had different tasks than just walkers." I was a little glum about it, wondering how bad it would be to be a full-fledge zombie.
"I know, but zombies can't swim or climb." At least our mouths could still move, but as the minutes went by it was even harder to make the words come out. Finally, it occurred to me. I was stuck. Worse than cement. I wasn't going to get out of this, was I?
My brain was closing in to a fog. There was only one thing on my brain. Fresh meat. Human. I could barely think. I was losing the battle here.
In seconds, all I could hear was a moan from Caddie. I moaned back as if I understood completely. But I didn't. Perhaps I was on auto-pilot.
Suddenly, the garage door lifted in the old warehouse of the make-shift Zombie Out-Reach, the sunlight came blazing in. There was only one thing to do. Keep moving.
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Pretty in Fiction
Who knew they'd be so good. Lemonade Mouth started out as just another Disney show. Of course, the teens were older and of course, had to have some talent to be in a show about a band...in the tradition of Camp Rock and High School Musical.
“Sometimes it’s raising your voice,
Sometimes it’s making some noise,
Sometimes it’s proving to the world it was wrong,
Whenever you can’t see the light,
Whenever theres no one in sight,
Keep on keep on moving on”
Premise: Five Mesa High School freshmen: Olivia White (Bridgit Mendler), Mohini "Mo" Banjaree (Naomi Scott), Charlie Delgado (Blake Michael), Stella Yamada (Hayley Kiyoko), and Wen Gifford (Adam Hicks) all meet in detention.
STORYLINE: "Lemonade Mouth" tells kids and tweens that building your confidence rocks and finding your destiny rules. The story follows five disparate high school students - Olivia (Bridgit Mendler), Mo (Naomi Scott), Charlie (Blake Michael), Stella (Hayley Kiyoko), and Wen (Adam Hicks) who meet in detention. They realize they are destined to rock, and ultimately form a band that becomes a champion for students sidelined by the high school elite.
Although, its a show..its also a band. Blake Michael teamed up with teen pop country singer Celeste Kellogg, whom he met on a movie set, to sing a duet called "Looking In Your Eyes", a couple of years back which gave him an edge to want to perform live. Thus, came the role of Charlie on the show for him on Lemonade Mouth.
Bridgit Mendler got her start on General Hospital. She auditioned for Sonny Munro on Disney, but someone else got that role.
Hayley Kiyoko was discovered at the age of 5, by accident with a friend who was at a photo shoot. You might remember her as Velma in the Cartoon Networks' version of Scooby-doo.
|She'll be starring with Landon Liboiron on Terra Nova (FOX)|
Naomi Scott is from London. She was in the UK series LIFE BITES. And has been around music, a good portion of her life. Just don't get her confused as (Parks and Recreations) Adam Scott's wife..because she's not that Naomi.
Adam Hicks is truly a performer. He plays drums, skateboards, and writes songs. Just who they needed to make this band rock.
Really, this show has spawned a band that goes beyond inspiration. Many fans will tell you..this band rocks!
DON'T FORGET ON SEPT. 30TH!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Suits is back for a second season on USA network. What an amazing group of talent from Gina Torres, Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams and Sarah Rafferty.
Premise: On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross(Patrick J. Adams), a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers.
Harvey: "I'm not gonna do anything. You're gonna go through those by-laws and you're going to find me a way to get rid of Robert Stensler."
Mike: /Shaking his head/ "No nonono. I have to go see my grandmother. Uh uh."
Harvey: /Eyes widen/ "She dying?"
Mike: /Looks up and down at Harvey, puzzled/ "...? No."
Harvey: /Exasperated stare/ "Cancel on her."
Its considered a comedy drama. Some compare it to a lite version of L.A. Law or even the serious GOOD WIFE. Yet the main character Mike Ross comes off from something like CATCH ME IF YOU CAN or GOOD WILL HUNTING. So his back story gives his character a lot to nourish the view with. We are..after all rooting for him.
|“Sometimes I like to hang out with people who aren’t that bright. You know, just to see how the other half lives.” |
But what really is this show? A comedy? A coming of age story? Legal Drama? Just another office story? Stay tuned, there will be plenty of stories for this show this season. You can watch last season's episodes here.
Steve Earle has always been a storyteller. Through his music and now another outlet..his books.
"Steve Earle's heartbreaking debut novel features a morphine addict who performs illegal abortions, a young Mexican girl with mysterious healing powers, the ghost of Hank Williams, and a host of other more or less charismatic misfits. Set in San Antonio around the time of JFK’s assassination, and told with an equal mix of sympathy and violent detail, the story maintains a delicate balance of many such would-be opposing forces: Catholicism and "hoodoo," addiction and redemption, brutal reality and magical realism. A first novel this compelling from any author would be cause for celebration, but Earle is also a musician (the GRAMMY®-winning albums Washington Square Serenade and Townes), actor (The Wire), and activist, and in this context the book is even more of a watershed accomplishment. I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive is decidedly not for the faint of art, but adventuresome fiction readers will find much to love in its shocking, tender depths."-Jason Kirk
"Steve Earle writes like a shimmering neon angel." —Kinky Friedman
"A rich, raw mix of American myth and hard social reality, of faith and doubt, always firmly rooted in a strong sense of character."
His work reminds me a lot like Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son. Earle has a way of finding the nitty-gritty of characters in his story. Of course, if you aren't into reading about low-lives, this might put you off. Yet, he has a whimsical way of showing you all the shades of a persona in their actions and their wants and needs.
I found this novel to be very character driven. Even whimsical, the fact of having Hank Williams' ghost around as a very unlikely side kick. The story is witty, heart-felt and redeeming. Qualities you look for in a good novel.
The essence of this book possibly comes from one beautiful character Gracelia. A young Mexican immigrant girl who is taken to Doc for an abortion and ends up staying with him as his companion and apprentice. Graciela has mysterious healing powers of both the body and mind that seem to be connected to a stigmata like wound on her wrist. " An overweight drug dealer, a lesbian prostitute couple, a strong transvestite named Tiff and a deranged priest are among the most memorable of the well rendered supporting cast." says one reviewer.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Hey, don't know if you noticed the banner on my sidebar. But I found it sort of interesting. Don't know if any of you would want to participate. But this FRIDAY is the ZOMBIE WALK.
You can find out more about it here To Participate.
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SIGN UP. Just e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
so GHT will know your ZOMBIE activities.
If you are into zombies and have nothing else on your mind to post, you might want to GO ZOMBIE, this Friday. Halloween is about a month away by then. What better way to get your October started.
I found this wonderful zombie story...BITTEN
The pros and cons of being in the Twilight movies.
1. You have legions of fans.
2. They expect you to be a certain someone.
3. There are only certain stares for the camera. Especially, ones where you look like you might run off to the woods to become a werewolf.
4. You really don't have to learn to act.
This movie has such an all star cast. Sigourney Weaver, Jason Issacs, Maria Bello, And Michael Nyqvist along with Lily Collins and of course, Taylor Lautner. But the writing just wasn't there. Especially, when you have Sigourney Weaver say "Okie dokie..." The plot is 'half-baked', chase scene that are a bit predictable. And the one sexy scene that might have gone somewhere hardly got started..and she says she's hungry? Not exactly, where you think the story should be going.
Sure this shows off some of Taylor's marshal arts skills. He does a lot of his own stunts. Yet there is just something cold as ice at every line he delivers. Does he have what it takes to be the next James Bond Jr. ?
He might need a heavy dose of acting lessons, preferably in Britain. Come back and play a cold blooded killer. Then he might be actor worthy.
|Rumor has it they are no longer dating.|
There was a complaint that Lily Collins was just a plain jane in the movie. I couldn't say she made Lautner look any better, nor did he do anything for her. Perhaps they were compatible enough. Of course, you might not have to do much to cater to some fans. But for those who were hoping for Launter to leave his Twilight behind..this is not the movie to do it for him.
STORYLINE: A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.
Director: John Singleton
Writer: Shawn Christensen
Saturday, September 24, 2011
|NBC is once again trying to remake a British series - the original actually will begin airing on BBC America in October.|
By far this has to be my favorite new comedy. Especially, on NBC. I know they've made a hoopla all summer about UP ALL NIGHT, but seriously, FREE AGENTS is the adult office comedy of the season.
You have Hank Azara as Alex, the new divorced guy who can't stop crying. Everything makes him think of his kids. Of course, his buddies at work are wanting him to be the new wing man, but Alex in'ts quite up for the challenge. Or is he? Or is his one night stand (who so happens to be a co-worker) with Helen going to come through as a whole lot more. Helen is played by the wonderful sarcastic Kathryn Hahn, going through her own journey after the death of her fiance that died over a year ago.
The conversations have been smart so far on the series. And what a mad cast. Its delightful to see the wonderful Anthony Head as the boss who might be smarter than they know. Or is he? There is Mo Mandel as co-worker Andrew trying his best to help Alex find a new life, and Al Madrigal as the co-worker everyone sort of looks over.
|Everyone needs a Natasha Leggero in their office.|
This show has great writing and terrific actors to play the parts. Hank Azara is one of the executive producers. I hope all will take note of it. Its so quirky and fresh. I'm totally into FREE AGENTS!
STORYLINE: Alex is recently divorced, and Helen lost her fiance a year ago. Obviously, these two are definitely not ready to be dating again. So naturally, they end up in bed together one night. Oops. And they're co-workers. Double oops. At least they have one thing in common: they're both in need of getting back on the horse again but unable to figure out how. Despite their little romantic encounter, however, they decide to just remain friends. Helen insists this has nothing to do with Alex crying like a baby after sex. And Alex tries to reassure Helen that she'll have no trouble finding a new boyfriend as soon as she removes the pictures of her dead fiance that are all over her apartment. The rest of the office tries to get Alex back out there... but no matter how many terrible shirts they make him buy, he's never going to be a ladies' man. His colleagues aren't actually...
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Truly, this is a hard film to watch, yet at the same time..very well worth it. For starters, its a 2 1/2 hour movie. Javier Bardom's character Uxbal is a man on the edge. He has not had the easiest life. This story takes you to the underground Barcelona. And as unusual as his tactics are in survival, he is still a father. He is also clairvoyant or at least he thinks he is.
|We don't know exactly how his character came about his plight, but from the things he does..you get an inkling of his history.|
The movie shows the tragic situation of human trafficing and immigrant communities. The director and writer of this film is Alejandro González Iñárritu who you might be familiar with from 21 Grams and Babel. This film makes me think of a modern day tale of Gabriel García Márquez. The film has a spiritual whimsical side to it, as well. And I can not think of any other than Javier Bardom taking us through this journey.
Such an outstanding performance from Maricel Alverez. She is the bi-polar mother of his children who can't quite be there for them.
This is such an artistic movie, yet quite depressing too..But as they say..isn't most great art depressing?
|One of my favorite scenes in the movie. Nasser Saleh plays the father - the main character never knew.|
STORYLINE: Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
|Driver: If I drive for you, you give me a time and a place. I give you a five-minute window, anything happens in that five minutes and I'm yours no matter what. I don't sit in while you're running it down; I don't carry a gun... I drive.|
I've never seen Ryan Gosling quite like this. Granted, he always surprises me. And this was definitely a surprise. Even more of a surprise, the gritty performance of Albert Brooks.
Its a man's film, exposing the dark and dirty side of L.A. What it takes for a man to get by in many forms, I might add. Its a love story too, but like none other I've ever quite imagined. And I must say I do ship Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan together. Don't go thinking you'll see gripping sexy scenes. Its far above that sort of thing.
|His jacket with the scorpion on the back goes through a lot.|
Yes, the driver (Gosling who's character is only known by that name) loves waitress Irene, but he goes the distance. He's a neighbor who helps her and her young son. Even when her husband (Oscar Issac) comes back, he's still there waiting to help.
Gosling's character has a day job being a part-time stunt driver in movies and works for retired stuntman Shannon (Brian Cranston). Of course, Shannon wants to get Gosling in a race car life, only Gosling has night time activities too. He drives for those in need for bank jobs and the likes. And it all falls to pieces when he takes the wrong job.
The movie is fast paced. Gosling's character doesn't say much. And you get the feel that his complex character is genuinely good. Although, the life he gets into, he takes on what he has to.
The soundtrack is also pulsating which adds even more to the film. Yet, there is a silence in one part that just makes the scene more intense. Hearty performances from Ron Perlman, Brian Cranston and Albert Brooks. This film has so much depth. The director Nicolas Winding Refn, won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, and now we know why.
STORYLINE: A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
This book is by the author of the Bras & Broomsticks series, Sarah Mlynowski. I must add right away that this book is Sara Shepherd (Pretty Little Liars) approved. And it is quite a tale of being put on the spot, to grow up quickly.
Of course, you wouldn't think that would be with the case for April, who has apparently never lied before, but she feels a bit left behind. Her mom and dad have divorced. She didn't go with her Mom and little brother to Paris. Instead, she stayed with dear old dad who remarries someone who just can't wait to get back to Cleveland.
April is standing her ground for various reasons. One of those, is her boyfriend Jonah and her best friends. And she's waiting for the next step in their relationship..SEX. She can't leave now. So she and her friend find a way to get Dad to let her stay in town...which leads plenty of time of no parental control. If that's not enough, there is the mysterious Hudson waiting in the wings.
I love the way Mlynowski set up her chapters and the way she told the story through past problems. Of course, April still has a lot of growing up to do when it comes to living on her own in her friend's basement. There are great expenditures that aren't only on hot tubs, but what is near and dear to her.
I have to admit, I thought she and her friend were fairly OK when it came to party-times and school. I was surprised at the twist and turns. The author spends a little time on April wondering if she's too much like or Mom or is she too much like her Dad which I think we can all relate too.
This book is a fun read and yet you can take a lot from it, as well. I really have to put Sarah Mlynowski on my list of one of my favorite teen authors now.
|Nick Roux would definitely make a sexy and mysterious Hudson, but I'm sure it wouldn't be an R rated movie.|