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I spent most of the weekend doing my own version "I've got a cold and feel like a zombie", but I did perk up enough to get out to the movies on Saturday evening with some friends.

ZOMBIELAND was a fun movie. Not much horror; some gore and splatter and a lot of laughs. The film focuses on a post-zombie apocalypse American roadtrip. The male leads are Columbus (a phobia ridden geek, but he's got a good set of Rules to keep living by) and Tallahassee (a role done to goofy perfection by Woody Harrelson), an AK-toting, zombie-slaying, wisecracking bad ass whose single determination is to get the last Twinkie on earth. They are first outfoxed by, but then join forces with, tough girl Wichita and her 12 year old sister Little Rock, who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem.

It was a goodtime movie, and as a zombie film gets "staying undead" status (which means I'd watch it again). :)

Afterwards, we all went to Walmart where we bought car/window chalk markers (to add the number "3" to the vehicle doors) and boxes of Twinkies for provisions. Lol; I can't remember the last time I ate a twinkie!
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I'm not sure how I missed this when it frist came out in 2007 (I probably wrote it off as a dumb sex comedy--which it SO is not!) Caught it on cable last night, finally clued in, and I liked it. :)


On the surface, "Lars and the Real Girl" is about an emotionally stunted young man processing his grief in an unusual way. Painfully shy Lars Lindstrom introduces his new girlfriend, Bianca, to his family and friends in a small Midwestern town. To Lars, Bianca is a beautiful and exotic creature, a woman he can finally open up to;to everyone else, she is a plastic, anatomically correct doll purchased on the Internet.

"Lars and the Real Girl" is a funny, magical fairy tale, sometimes goofy and awkward, at all times sweet and scary. The script by Nancy Oliver (Six Feeet Under) presents Lars's illness directly, staying funny and kind without getting preachy about mental health. With Bianca propped up at his side at church, at the mall or at a party, Lars doesn't seem to notice his delusion. At the advice of the local doctor, everyone in town goes along for the ride while Lars works it out – and we all grow.

Actor Ryan Gosling is wonderful as Lars; he wins and then gently breaks our hearts with his soft voice, nervous blinks and aching smile. His portrayal of Lars was just so sweet.

Ultimately, "Lars" probably isn't very realistic, but isn't it nice to think it could be? That a group of people could be this warm, kind and accepting, simply because they happen to like somebody and want to see him get better.


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