Uncluded - "Hokey Fright"
As soon as something is described to me as "quirky" I'm out...I can't hang. I immediately picture the most ironic of hipsters praising their latest bootleg of Tuvan throat singing while wearing some obnoxious pastel t-shirt announcing to the world that they "run on puppy power...quirky indeed
This record will probably be described as quirky by the blogosphere but please friends, do NOT let that turn you off.
This is probably the most lyrically well-crafted album to grace my ears so far this year. Kimya Dawson's gentle, quasi-innocent words dance around the gruff verbal maypole that Aesop Rock has firmly planted into a musical landscape that could easily be straight from the pages of the brothers Grimm.
Humor twirls with sadness, introspection bows to sharp observation, minutea has meaning...this record is deeper than it appears yet it can easily be put on as background music to make heads bob.
TLDR? - Magic words from Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock.
It's not the first remake of my list but it's my favorite.
#6 - Dawn of the Dead (2004)
I remember when the buzz first started sounding about this project and the internet was awash with detractors demonizing (lol) the very idea that this sacred cow of horror filmmaking even get mentioned as a remake let alone greenlit.
I'm very much a glass is half full type when it comes to remakes...I like to think that there is room for improvement as we make giant leaps forward in the world of special effects and what movies can accomplish with these new tools...plus have you seen the original? Sure it's a brilliant peice of exposition that shines a light on the materialism and greed that runs rampant through our society, but it's mad cheesy and some scary bad-ass zombie makeup instead of dudes just painted grey with ripped clothes sounds like a win for me.
This movie did just that...win.
The only time it loses me is the dumb baby zombie scene towards the end of the film...other than that it's an A. The first 10 minutes of this film are especially epic as Sarah Polley wakes up to find the world around her literally going to hell in a rotting handbasket.
Fun Fact #1 - Title designer, Kyle Cooper, used actual human blood when designing the film's opening and closing credit sequences.
6 Minutes Ving Rhames Free