The Girl With All the Gifts. Has anyone written about how in movies, if a child is portrayed to be courteous and well-behaved with adults, we think they’re creepy? There’s just something off about a kid who cares a little too much about adults. I like the fine line this one walks, betraying our sense of what a happy ending should be. I think my favorite parts of zombie movies are when they have to sneak by them. This one has a couple good scenes like that, and they made me remember and appreciate similar ones in Shaun of the Dead, Train to Busan, and World War Z.
Shaun of the Dead. I really really really wish I’d seen this one years ago. Like pretty much every comedy, the rapid-fire funny bits eventually decay into a slow shuffle, but it’s worth it. Pegg and Wright are truly gifted.
Train to Busan. Mostly pretty fun. Genre films are at their best when they let you know the rules and then explore them. It has some surprising worthwhile characters, too. They’re not all zombie fodder.
World War Z. Pretty stock adventure for most of its runtime, but the last act has some nice tension. I’d still take I Am Legend or 28 Days Later or Night of the Living Dead over this one any day.
On the dangers of over-gamifying games. (via)
There is, anyway, only one story worth telling in a zombie game, and here it is: See those zombies over there? You should probably get away from them.
Video Games Killed the Video-Game Star: Tom Bissell on Dead Island – Grantland
The first of a four-part examination of zombie movies through the lens of Hobbesian political theory. Part two. Part three. Part four.
The Running of the Dead – Christian Thorne | Commonplace Book