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Zombified

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2012 by urbannight

 

My eyes feel dry and gritty and tired and swollen.  My eyeballs feel like I need to pop them out and soak them in milk.  Maybe I need to wash the sockets out too.  They feel gunky and gummy and leaving a film on my eyes.  It sounds like allergies but doesn’t feel like allergies.

 

My sinuses have split personality disorder.  Sniffles, Sneezing, Running and Congested at the same time.  They feel like exploding.  Humans are a carbon based life form.  Does that mean, given enough time and pressure, the dwarves mining tunnels in main brain could eventually mine for diamonds in what was once my snot?

 

My entire face feels like my skull has swollen up and the skin is now too small for my head, so it is stretched out and thin and tight and tender.  Perhaps it is my brain swelling rather than my skull.  It feels like it doesn’t have enough room and those mining dwarves have taken up residence again.  Tap tap tap, Pound pound pound.

 

Of course, the only visual evidence slightly saggy eyes, half shuttered to block out the extra light that work seems to be providing us.  We all have cubicle lights, why can’t they just turn out the overhead lights?  And I can’t forget the dark purple smudges beneath my eyes.  You wouldn’t think that I had 7 hours of sleep last night.  I might not have.  I constantly woke up, all night long, and my last dream was of getting hooked up to a machine so I could sleep for someone else, so that person would never need to sleep.

 

Being a sleeper right now sounds really good.  I suspect I’m running a low fever.  It feels like it.  It usually happens when I’m overly tired.  And that is exactly what I think it could be.  As sick as I feel, as zombified as I feel, horribly wretched as I feel, I think I’m just tired. 

 

I can hardly keep my eyes open.  I feel like I’m about to pass out in my chair, the past 1 hour has felt like three.  I’m doing this mostly to keep myself from toppling over into a stupor. 

 

Coffee and soda have been no help whatsoever.  Any magic cures?

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. So close but it missed the mark.

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2012 by urbannight

This movie sounded interesting.  It was so close to being good but just missed.  I should mention it is based on a comic that I have not read which, from what I researched, the movie makes a rather large departure.

Dylan used to act as an agent who helped keep the peace between the vampires, werewolves, zombies, and various undead people as a sort of ‘special detective’.  After his lady-love is killed by a vampire, he take out most of the vampire leaders and then retires.

Until a potential new case results in the murder of his friend, who wakes up in the morgue as a zombie.  Seems like everyone is after an artifact that will create a monster that looks a lot like the medieval painting of demons.

I thought the special effects were good, the sets were good, the fights weren’t bad.

The story was a good one and most of the script was good.  But some of the lines failed.

The acting was spotty.  Most of the main characters seemed to fluctuate between moment of brilliance and moments of wooden, stiff delivery or overly excessive delivery but most of the time it was just so-so.

The actor playing Dylan, Brandon Routh,  was good with body language and great with the ‘hard boiled PI’ voice over narration.  But for some reason, a lot of his actual conversations fell a little flat.   And, well, he does look amazing in red and black and his eyes look amazing.

Sam Huntington, as Marcus, was pretty great as the human who is having trouble accepting his death and the fact that he is now a zombie.  Most of his acting was great, they just put too much of the freaking out in it.  If they had pulled back on that a bit, I wouldn’t have any complaints about him at all.

Anita Briem played Elizabeth, the client AKA monster hunter.  They cast her for type, for look, and not ability.  She had some of the worst line delivery in the movie.

Vargus was performed by Taye Diggs.  This one is really sad.  You get the impression that he really understood his character and it could have been so much more.  It almost felt like he was over directed and if they had given him a little more room, he could have really made the villain shine.

In fact, while the direction, as far as staging and movement and visual aesthetics go, was good, the direction of the actual actors was not so good.

You watch the movie and can see and feel that it could have been so much better.  You can see what they wanted to do with it and hit just fell a bit short of the mark.

Zombie News of the Day

Posted in Entertainment, Food, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2012 by urbannight

Brains!

The Zombie Apocalypse has arrived.  It starts inMiami!

I was running late to work this morning.  By taking the interstate, I managed to get to work on time. But getting the computer started and clocking in took me until 5 after.  The upside is that I heard a very strange news story on the car radio.  I would have missed it if I had left on time. 

A naked man near an off-ramp attacked a homeless guy and started to eat his face off.  Police arrived and ordered him to stop.  He ignored them.  An officer shot him once but he continued to eat the guy’s face.  The officer had to fire five more shots to take the naked man down. 

These morning guys can be a little crazy sometimes.  So I’m totally shocked that neither one bothered with the most obvious comparison.  Naked guy thought he was a zombie. 

Apparently there is a cocaine theory.  Cocaine induced madness and it makes the person feel very hot, which may be why he stripped down to nothing. 

Who knew?  Cocaine is the trigger for the Zombie apocalypse.

All You Zombies…..

Posted in Books, Entertainment, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2010 by urbannight

It is that time of year again.  The Zombie Walk is comming up in another week.  I’ve got to get some more supplies.  It will be fun.  I need to dragoon someone to come take photographs since I will be a zombie and a camera looks a bit out of place.

It is also time to remind people of a wonderful little short story by Robert Heinlein.  It’s called… wait for it… All You Zombies.  This is one of my all time favorite stories.  A man has managed to become his own mother and father.  It’s a mind bender for sure.

It is also time to pull out my Mick Farren books.  Starting with book one, The Time of Feasting.  In an era of watered down, pathetic vampires, Farren gives us Vampires that are still fampires.  Evil and ruthless and not humanized.  It’s a great time to get back to the basics with Vampires and Zombies.

Go read a book and get your zombie on.