Lyda here. I watched a lot of movies and TV over the long weekend, and I’ve got some reviews for you. With zombies!
First, check out the Jane Austin series on Masterpiece Theater. “Mansfield Park” will be on this Sunday. “Pride and Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility” will each run for three nights, but the other pieces are each contained in one night.
I saw “Northhanger Abbey” this weekend, and enjoyed it thoroughly. I loved the scenes set in Bath, as they brought the town from that era to life. One of my slightly guilty pleasures is “Bath Tangle” by Georgette Heyer. Anna-Liza gave me the book in 1985 (!!) and wrote on the front piece, “This is a totally frivolous, completely un-intellectual book. Almost.” The heroine is strong-minded and independent, and Heyer’s details are completely accurate. Anna-Liza calls romances “brain candy” – a delicious treat between more intellectual fare. But I digress…
Hang in there, the zombies are coming.
I watched a tape of “The First Wives Club” (1996) with Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, and Maggie Smith. Sarah Jessica Parker is funny as a selfish bimbo, and Stockard Channing has one great scene. Mostly lighthearted fun, with great scenes of these talented actresses chewing the scenery as only they can. An older movie, but a good one. No zombies in this one.
The Resident Sith Master and I rented “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007) which we enjoyed as much as the first two movies. Matt Damon, action adventure – ya’ll know I love it. RSM said that he thinks Bourne is better than Bond. Discuss.
The zombies are getting closer…
We also rented “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” (2006) with Luke Wilson, Uma Therman, and Anna Faris, which was fun in a stupid-funny way. Not a brain strain, ya’ll know what I mean. This movie jumps the shark in more ways than one. There are a couple of funny sex scenes – not revealing, but this may not be for young kids. Unless you want to answer their questions… bwahahaha!
And I know ya’ll have been waiting for this! They’re here!
That’s right: ZOMBIES!
We rented “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (2004) and “Resident Evil: Extinction” (2007). Oh yeah, science fiction horror movies. With zombies! We haven’t seen the first movie yet – it was checked out – but we’ll be looking for it now.
Scientists working for an evil corporation create the T-virus, which gets loose and turns people into zombies. Have the scientists ever watched a sci-fi movie?? The virus even turns animals and the undead into zombies. Hint: If a zombie-creating virus gets loose, it’s important to avoid graveyards.
Fortunately for the future of the human race, there is a really great heroine (played in all three movies by Milla Jovovich) who can kick some serious zombie butt. She’s been mutated by the virus, but her mutation did not affect her looks or her fashion sense. Fashion advice: Knee-high boots look great and repel zombie bites. There are plot twists and surprises, very nasty and obnoxious villains – apparently good guys don’t wear business suits, good to know – and of course plenty of zombies and monsters.
Plus, Oded Fehr plays one of the survivors battling the zombies, and he is some serious eye candy (you may remember him from “The Mummy” (1999) and its sequel). A delicious treat. There is plenty of blood and some moments that might be too much for the squeamish, but all in all, we agreed there was a lower gross-out factor than “Shaun of the Dead” (2004) – “A romantic comedy. With zombies.” Best tag line ever.
We laughed that the rating for both “Resident Evil” movies was “R for constant horror violence and some nudity.” Not that much nudity, really. Some topless women for maybe 30 seconds or so, and Milla Jovovich in a towel. Why not Odid Fehr in a towel? Why??? I don’t think “some nudity” is going to deter anyone who likes “constant horror violence”, but one can never tell.
If you are looking for some good sci-fi action with plenty of zombies, ya’ll gotta check these movies out.
You just might not want to watch them right before bed.
Or while eating.