As much as I love Monty Python, I rarely enjoy Terry Gilliam's movies. Since Python disbanded, Gilliam seems to have waged a one-man crusade to invent new cinematic ways to get on my last nerve. Time Bandits is the sole exception, even if its last line, "Don't touch that, it's EVIL!" is what women yell at their friends whenever I try to talk to them. Since 1981, when the film was released, there's been talk of a sequel. First it was a film, then a series of TV movies, then, apparently, a comic book. Now it's nothing. With the demise of Virgin Comics, it looks like the Time Bandits sequel is officially dead. I'm disappointed. It was the one time I was looking forward to seeing if Gilliam would find a new way to my nerves.
The horror! The horror! It's out in force this week, with zombies, Satanists and Bermuda Triangle victims wading through the gore to your house. Equally horrific? The slew of rom-coms that hit this week. If we ever succumb to their onslaught, just shoot us in the head.
Zombieland is a fast-paced, funny action flick that will have you on the edge of your seat and possibly doubled over with laughter. In under 90 minutes, it manages to completely satisfy and entertain and leave you with some lasting images you probably aren't likely to forget anytime soon. Not to mention it features Bill Murray in one of the best cameos (he's playing a version of himself) since Neil Patrick Harris dropped in to Harold and Kumar's car. The cast is at the top of their game, Woody Harrelson in particular is fantastic, the script is tight and entertaining and the film's director (Ruben Fleischer) did a great job with pacing and with giving the film a different and distinct look.
As you know by now, Zombieland is great. We loved it, America loved it, all the other critical types in the land loved it -- it is officially the best. Trust us, we've done plenty of science and research on this fact. But you know what else is the best? These other horror comedies that came before it. The best ones ever even, we'd wager. Zombieland is great, but it's not like they invented the wheel here. Look at the list. You'll see.
Could Woody Harrelson be the best thing about Zombieland? Hard to believe, right? After all, when was Woody Harrelson the best thing about any movie? It's been a while. And to say that he may be the best thing in a movie about a zombie infestation... well that either says great things about his performance or bad things about your zombie movie. Omar and Pablo Gallaga are only going by what they see in the trailer, but that trailer shows them some wacky slapstick, a lot of Zach Snyder-esque slo-mo scenes and a fun, zombie-killing Harrelson, and they're calling it like they see it. Check out their newest video in "Trailers Without Pity" to see why Shaun of the Dead shouldn't be worried, even if zombie fans should.