Archive for August, 2011

The Crazies is a remake of George Romero’s 1973 classic thriller.  Set in a little farming town in Pierce County, Iowa with leading performances of castcast Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell, this horror film is directed by Breck Eisner. 

In a small town Ogden Marsh, Pierce County, Iowa, David Dutton (Olyphant) is the local sheriff and husband of town doctor Judy Dutton (Mitchell).  It’s a perfect little town.  Everyone knows everyone until a local, wearing a blank unresponsive look appears in a baseball game with a shotgun and acts suspiciously.  Things go awfully wrong when another townsfolk goes from humane to insane.  Inhabitants of this small town suddenly loosen their nuts when an unknown viral outbreak hits.  Not just crazy-“crazy” but the type that uncontrollably kills people and turning the peaceful town a living hell.  Desperate to get out of the unfortunate Ogden Marsh, the couple along with the deputy and doctor’s assistant horribly struggle for their lives as soldiers tries to take them away.  Not to mention, bunch of crazies are after them too.

The film opens at Ogden Marsh, a small town in Pierce County, Iowa consumed by fire; the fate in a couple of days later. Instantly, we’re made aware of what terror this once happy town will face.  This is a film that is not easy to decide if it’s a first-class horror film or a piece of crap.  The exemplary points equally weigh the rotten points.  The story and the cast’ acting is good as well as the cinematography but I can’t understand why it has to be so predictable and redundant.  And a frantic desperado in a film can’t just have a change of heart in a second to become a hero.  It’s just so not happening.   I was disappointed in expecting for the immense twist because clearly, there was none.

The Crazies is not exactly a zombie film but it’s related in some sort.  What makes it pass for a commendable film is the particular creativity in the choice of weapon to slay, clever wit of killing, some saggy foreskin, the insanely hyper behavior of the infected, crazies overrun, and an old story in a diverse setup.  It’s easy to grasp, frightening and gloomy in a rational mode.  I personally admire the part when the camera slowly sweeps from an end of the room to the other to reveal a crazy bitch.  Sound effects and musical score are nicely done.  It didn’t rely on loud thumping sound.  Instead, decomposing adversaries popping from nowhere startles the viewers.  The movie also educates the viewers to be responsible; that one error can never be corrected with another one, especially from the government.

A good quality film but pretty much predictable.  I can practically guess most scenes before it happens.  Not your typical gory zombie film which is actually good.  If you’re a zombie-genre fan who adores conventional zombie cliché, you would definitely say that this movie lacks intensity and action. But if you’re just looking for a moderate horror with sense, I recommend this.

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After planning to meet in Bohol and earlier days, finally we get to meet and spend time with our friend.  He just came back home to attend a special family event and will head back where he works.

We decided to dine at Chili’s Bar and Grill at Greenbelt 5, Makati City last Sunday, August 07.  At first, I thought they were like Mexican restaurants where dishes are all spicy (I don’t like spicy food) but it was so good and the place was so pretty.  We picked a spot outside where it is overlooking a nice view of the garden mall.

Although he stayed in New Zealand for a few years now, he still can’t deny his love for rice.  So he ordered extra rice.  My two figure-conscious girlfriends didn’t order rice though but of course, I had to have my own filling!

The fajita trio (625 Php) is to die for.  The mushrooms and chicken were grilled to a perfect tender and succulence.   The baby back ribs (570 Php) is so amazing with its barbeque sauce.  We also ordered Mesquite Chicken Salad (420 Php) and Salmon (615 Php).  Well, I can’t remember the rest we ordered.  I was so full.

We end that day with loaded stomach and fulfilled hearts.  We haven’t seen him since we parted ways after high school graduation.  Sometimes all you need is just good food and good company.

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Chili's Bar and Grill is open everyday until midnight.

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