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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: of zombies and men

When is a zombie movie like Steinbeck? When it’s George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead. From my review:

Enter George and Lenny. Well, not really: Enter jaded Riley (Simon Baker), who’s just trying to make a living in this lousy world that’s been overrun by zombies, and his pal Charlie (Robert Joy), who ain’t so bright but is loyal and good in a fight and would die for Riley, who of course saved poor Charlie from certain doom a while back. (If the Depression-era metaphor doesn’t work for you, think Han and Chewie.) There’s something downright Steinbeckian about Riley and Charlie, how they just dream about gettin’ away and finding a bit of land where there’s no zombies, maybe gettin’ those rabbits– Well, not really rabbits. But definitely no zombies…

review of George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead, posted 06.24.05

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