31 Days of Horror: Braindead

Well with Zombieland opening to great reviews and a zombie walk for the food bank going on, I guess today is a zombie kind of day.

Braindead from 1992 is also known in the America's as Dead Alive. This is the third film from a certain New Zealander director that some how managed to go on to win an Oscar for a certain epic trilogy in 2004.

It's not the scariest zombie movie out but it's most certainly the goriest and one of the funniest. The movie used over 300 liters of fake movie blood and at times pumped out five gallons of blood per second on screen it's one of my favorites of the horror / comedy genre.

After an entertaining opening about an explorer who captures a rare Sumatran Rat-Monkey (whose bite is extremely deadly) the film moves to Wellington, New Zealand and introduces us to Lionel Cosgrove (Timothy Balme) whose mother (Elizabeth Moody) is an overbearing monster. He sneaks out one day to flirt with the local shopkeeper's sexy daughter, Paquita (Diana PeƱalver) at the local zoo. Mother follows them and is bitten by the very same Sumatran Rat-Monkey that we see at the start of the film. She starts to get very sick and develops a sudden hungry for flesh. Her condition gets worse until she dies and then comes back. Lionel goes to great lengths to keep his mother's condition a secret and to cover up after her - indiscretions.

This movie is very wrong at times and there's at least one scene which will guarantee that you will never eat pudding / cream again. Ever. The ending is one of the bloodiest you will ever see. And to top it all off - the film is extremely funny at times - if you have a very twisted sense of humour. The best way to see this film is to watch the original uncut film which ran at 104 minutes. For some reason the US release ran at a mere 85 minutes with second unrated 97 minute version. For a director who has released extra long extended cut versions of The Lord of the Rings and a unnecessary extended cut of his already long King Kong remake, it's really strange that the 104 minute version isn't available in North America.

Friday Afternoon Kitty!

Cute! Kind of an abomination against nature, Darwin and the food chain. But cute!

Public Broadcaster Helps Private Media

So the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation now has a cash-for-content sharing agreement with the National Post. This sucks. And it's an example of just how beaten-up our national broadcaster is under Stephen Harper's Conservative government, who are even worse CBC-bashers than the Liberals were. Canada doesn't need its national broadcaster, which politicians already love to starve for funding, bailing out an alleged news company that caters to right-wing delusions like "there's no climate change" (Ross McKitrick) and "cowardly war protestors are as bad as doctor murderers" (Lorne Gunter). Both those examples are from today's National Post, by the way.

Instead, the CBC needs its funding increased so it can do its job for all of us. This funding also needs to be at arm's length so that politicians can't launch self-serving attacks on its finances--my understanding is this is the BBC model. And the CBC SHOULD NOT be working with private media companies famous for abusing their monopoly power to bring right-wing bias/factual errors/hatred to news coverage.

I'm a patriotic Canadian and I want my CBC working for all Canadians. Not private media companies.

This is ridiculous. This is scandalous. This is reprehensible. This is EVIL.


UPDATE: llustration added--an artist's interpretation of the deal with CBC executive vice-president Richard Strusberg on your left and a Slavering Minion of Hell (representing the National Post) on the (cough) right.

UPDATE 2: CanWest is selling its papers? What? (Globe And Mail)

Only Patriots For White Presidents

I've been dilly-dallying on posting a link to this terrifc article in last Saturday's Globe And Mail and here we are, almost a week later--so it's now or never. Writer Sonia Verma looks at the base, unthinking predjudice of Americans who are criticising their current president after eight goddamn years of sitting on their hands while their last leader--a white, warmongering, apparent good-ole-boy who was actually a well-connected millionaire--spent their country into ruin.

Americans' political double standards are mind-blowing.

Six In The Morning

1 LETTERMAN PWNS BLACKMAILING DOUCHEBAG The talk show host reminds a blackmailer that while sex outside of marriage might be jerky (or it might not, depends on what people agree to), extortion is an actual crime. (Guardian)

2 A LONG, HARD LOOK AT DICK So, a federal judge in the United States has ordered the FBI to open up its classified Dick Cheney interview notes. The FBI questioned the, let's just say evil and disgraced, former U.S. vice-president in 2003 during their investigation of the Valerie Plame affair--specifically, to learn if Cheney ordered his aide Scooter Libby to blow CIA agent Plame's cover as political retribution against her husband, who had criticized the administration. (Toronto Star)

3 TEXANS: NOT ALL JACKASSES A Texas judge ignores a district attorney's pleas and rules a gay couple may be granted a divorce even though gay marriage is illegal in the state. Why? Because, she says, the state's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. constitution. Eat that, lone-star state bigots! (the Dallas Morning News)

4 AMERICA: WAY DIVIDED ON LEGAL ABORTION My god, if we could build a time machine for the nearly 50 per cent of the American population that can't cope with the modern era. They'd be so much happier in biblical times, marrying their sisters and wiping their butts with lizards--and I'd be so much happier with them out of my century. Once again: If you're opposed to abortion, DON'T HAVE ONE. But don't work against the legal rights of people living in 2009. (New York Times)

5 SASKATCHEWAN POUNCES ON KILLER'S BOOK PROFITS Read all about it. Or don't. (Leader-Post)


Pick of the Day: Capitalism: A Love Story

I admit to a certain amount of ambivalence concerning Michael Moore. I think, on occasion, he does bends the facts to buttress his position and heighten the entertainment value of his films. He doesn't produce documentaries as much as semi-balanced agit-prop. And he is a bit of a boorish loud mouth. But so what?

The neo-conservative right these days, especially in the U.S., is being driven by the looney fringe. People who feel no compunction about making wildy inaccurate and inflammatory statements to attack and demean anyone who doesn't share their selfish and soul-destroying outlook on life. If you believe in the inherent value of rational thought and reasoned debate how do you possibly relate to the venom these morons spew? But Moore is down with the way they operate, and isn't afraid to mix it up with them on their terms, and call them on their bullshit beliefs and actions.

Neither does he shy away from controversial issues. Guns. Health Care. Corporate Malfeasance. Right-Wing Terror Tactics. And now capitalism itself. Here's the trailer for his latest film Capitalism: A Love Story (YouTube) which opens tonight.