Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Movie Recommendations

There are a lot of movies that I like, so I thought I'd spotlight a few that aren't as well known.

If you've every wondered what a boy and his dog movie would be like if the dog was a zombie, this is the answer. Fido is Timmy Robinson's family's zombie, and Timmy's best friend. When the collar that keeps him docile malfunctions, he eats Timmy's neighbor (but she's mean so it's not so bad). Timmy has to try to hide what happened to he can keep his best friend.

The whole movie takes place in a 1950's-ish universe, full of bright colors and picket fences. And a chain link fence to keep the uncollared zombies out of course. Other aspects of this world include children having a class in marksmanship where they are taught "In the brain and not the chest. Head shots are the very best." People who don't wish to become zombies pay to have funerals with a separate coffin for the head.

Overall this is a very funny movie. It is rated R but it shouldn't be. The reason given for the rating is that it contains "zombie related violence" but honestly, it's not that bad.

Now, I realize that based on the title this doesn't exactly seem like a happy movie, but I swear, it's a romantic comedy with a happy ending. It starts with the main character, Zia committing suicide. It is established that everyone who kills themselves goes to a world that's just a little bit worse. The colors are dimmer, there are no stars, and no one can smile. He makes friends with Eugene, a former musician, and upon learning that his ex-girlfriend, Desiree has also killed herself, the two set out on a road trip, picking up hitchhiker Mikal, who claims to be there by accident and seeks the People in Charge, so she can be sent back. Along the way they encounter broken headlights, anti-theft signs, some miracles and a dog. Seriously, check out this movie. The humor is a little darker than most romantic comedies, but that really is what it is at heart.

This movie is also rated R, mostly for language, though the opening scene is a little distressing. Last time I checked it was available for free on hulu, though you probably have to be signed in so they know you are of an appropriate age to watch the movie.

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