I revisit Zombieland!

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With Brad Pitt’s new zombie movie doing well in theaters I thought I would watch one of my favorites zombie movies Zombieland.  It came out in 2009 and it was directed by Ruben Fleischer, and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. I love this movie because it adds some humor to the zombie lore.

The movie follows Jesse Eisenberg’s character as he at first is trying to get to Columbus, and is so named for the rest of the movie, but he soon meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) and he decides to follow them.  He has survived the zombie apocalypse by living by thirty-two simple rules that will flash up on the screen when his life is being saved by them or someone is dying because they didn’t follow them.

This doesn’t sound like a funny setup to a movie, but the humor comes from them not trusting each other, and the crazy things they do with and too the zombies.  Plus since these characters have lived so long with zombies, the undead don’t pose a huge threat to them until they are cornered.

The actors all do their jobs well.  Woody Harrelson plays a man who has lost everything, so he has decided to destroy the zombies with glee.  Jesse Eisenberg’s has never trusted people so not trusting zombies comes naturally, and Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin play two sisters that are just looking out for each other.

The special effects in this movie are great too.  The zombies look like zombies and they are satisfyingly gruesome, and they explode wonderfully when hit by bullets.  They must have used a ton of cornstarch in this movie, but that is the way it should be, and Columbus’ rules are always popping up at the perfect times for maximum humorous effect.

This movie makes me laugh the whole way through, but they made the characters lovable, so you actually care if they survive or not.  If you are looking for a great movie that provides tons of laughs and a couple scares then look no further than Zombieland.

Shmee plays Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

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Leisure Suit Larry for all of those that don’t know was a graphic adventure game from the 1980’s.  It was created by Al Lowe, and it was considered to be one of the more popular adventure games from Sierra On-Line.  Larry has fallen on hard times as of late, and his last two games Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude and Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust are considered to be some of the worst games of all time, but none of the original makers had anything to do with those games, but Al Lowe and the crew got the rights back if they made a remake, so they Kickstarted Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded.

If you have ever played Leisure Suit Larry 1 then this game will be instantly familiar.   Besides just giving the game a fresh coat of paint, they also changed up the puzzles,  added new characters, and added full voice and instrumental music.  It is a great update to the game and if you enjoyed it in the 80s; you will enjoy it today, but if you didn’t than this game isn’t going to change your mind.

I am also not a total fan of the new art style.  It looks a little too much like cheap Saturday morning cartoons, but not in a good way, and I think they are charging a little too much for this game.  At $20 it should be a pretty long and current game, but you can knock this game out in like three hours, and it is very old school.

If you are like me and loved this game as a kid than you will probably like this game, but I don’t think this is a good place to start if you wanted to get in to adventure games, and I would wait until the price drops to like $10.  I enjoyed it, but I have nostalgia on my side.  If you don’t, you may want to wait for a newer Larry game to come along.

Oh Archer!

ARCHER: Archer, a new half-hour animated comedy series airing on FX

I got back to watching the show Archer, and for those of you that don’t know it is a show about an agent named Sterling Archer who likes to think of himself as the world’s greatest spy.  His spy agency is named ISIS, and is run by his emotionally crippling mother Malory Archer played by Jessica Walter, who is playing pretty much the same role as in Arrested Development, but that is fine because she is great at it.

The show is very funny and pretty much just makes funny of sixties spy tropes and the craziness of the characters that they put together.  The humor can be crass at times, so it is not a show for kids, but for those of us that are young at heart it is perfect.

A good over the top comedy is a good thing to watch sometimes, and it helps us forget our worries and cares.

Shmee Muses On The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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I just recently finished the fifth book in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy named Mostly Harmless, and I was once again stuck at how funny Douglas Adams’ series is.  It is the only book series that I know of that makes math and sciences jokes so often and so well.  He also had an amazing talent for describing the most mundane things in the most extraordinary way.

Mostly Harmless kind of ends the series on a somber note, and I was surprised that there was not one more chapter to say “Just kidding!”, but the book is still and excellent read.

There is a sixth book in the trilogy, but is not written by Adams, but another gentleman, and I am sure that he is fine writer, but I think I will just stick to these classic five books.

If you have ever had an inkling about trying this series, let me tell you it is an absolute must.  The books make me so happy when I read them that I may just have to read them all over again.

Shmee Reads The Book of Deacon!

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The Book of Deacon was written in 2010 by Joseph R. Lallo.  It is a straight up fantasy book, but there is nothing wrong with that provided it is good, and thankfully it is.

The story is about a young girl Myranda who is tying to survive a war that has been going on for decades.  She is an outcast because she wants peace without victory.  She just wants the war to be over and the killing to stop, but she soon finds a powerful sword and a mysterious friend and her life changes forever.

The setup sounds kind of generic, and pretty much every fantasy being is in this book from dragons to mermaids, but luckily it is so well written and Myranda is such a great character that the story kept me interested.  This is the first book in a trilogy, so it is pretty much all just character development and world building, and the greater story arch has not yet really kicked in, but by the end the of this book we do get what Myranda believes to be her greater purpose.

If you are looking for a fun fantasy read then I recommend this one.  It is only three hundred pages long, so it doesn’t overstay its welcome and it has quite a bit of action, and the best part is that it is free for Amazon Kindle owners.  I got it as part of my indie bundle from awhile back, but it would still be worth reading if it cost more.