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Dead Meat:

    This is a classic zombie movie, and very well done. Almost the entire movie is one very tense chase scene. The characters are believable, and don't do anything criminally stupid. It's more suspenseful than gory, and does not rely too heavily on spring-loaded cats or loud noises. (You can tell I've seen a lot of bad zombie movies, right?) The best part: the infection comes from mad cow disease. That's right: Zombie Cow. Moooooobrains.

Evil Aliens:

    This was the second time I saw this one (I raved about it in my previous report.) It was still awesome. They added a third showing, Friday at 10:30PM, so you still have a chance to see it!

The Prodigy:

    This was a crime drama, wherein some mobsters go to war with an unstoppable assassin. It has the kind of very dark feel of Seven or Angel Heart. Good acting, lots of implied backstory, and really good, realistic-seeming fight choreography. I loved this one. Also it was the first film for everyone involved, and they made it for like $200,000, which is unbelievably low for how professional it looked. This and Evil Aliens are my two favorites of the festival so far.

All Souls Day:

    Fratboy and girlfriend break down in small town in Mexico, get abused by cultists and zombies. It had some ok moments, but mostly I just found the main characters to be hateful and irritating and I couldn't wait for them to die because then they'd shut the fuck up. We were told that in the previous showing, the director was present, and he didn't have much nice to say about the actors (and their willingness to stick to the script), so it's not hard to believe that the movie he tried to make was better than this one. But that's not the movie we saw.

Cold & Dark:

    This was a vigilante cop story, where one of the cops is (sort of) a recently-turned vampire, and the other one is struggling with an "end justifying the means" debate, as the two of them bump off the bad guys. It's entertaining, well acted, and looks great, and the plot holds up pretty well... until the end. I'm sorry to say, the end just confused me. I have no idea what was supposed to have happened. (Well, I have a few guesses, but those would be spoilers.) Still, a good movie.

Don't miss Evil Dead Live tomorrow at 9PM! It's a stage production of the Evil Dead series starring ilovezombies. I understand you will get wet! Their previous performances sold out, so buying tickets in advance would probably be a good idea.

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it's raining men

Body parts fall from plane approaching JFK
Pieces of a man's body fell from the wheel well of a South African Airways passenger plane bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday and landed in the yard of a suburban home, police said.

A U.S. customs inspector discovered the rest of the man's body at 7:30 a.m. after Flight 203 landed in New York from Johannesburg, South Africa [...] During the flight, Smith said the pilot felt more "vibrating sensations and heard pounding, but nothing appeared wrong with the plane."

The body parts, which included the right leg, part of the spine and a hip, struck a garage roof of the home in South Floral Park, New York, before landing in the backyard, police said.

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Monolith!

Has Google Sightseeing found map errors...
or something far more sinister?
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Woman charged with smuggling fish in skirt

Customs officials said Monday they stopped a woman as she arrived Friday in the southern city of Melbourne on a flight from Singapore and found 51 live tropical fish allegedly hidden in a specially designed apron under her skirt.

"During the search customs officers became suspicious after hearing 'flipping' noises coming from the vicinity of her waist," the Australian Customs Service said in a press release. "An examination revealed 15 plastic water-filled bags holding fish allegedly concealed inside a purpose-built apron."

Customs officers will charge the woman once they establish what species the fish are. If convicted of smuggling wildlife, she faces a fine of up to U.S. $83,617 and could also get a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

(Another fantastically thoughtless use of the weasel-word "allegedly". Note that the examination revealed bags of fish. But they were only allegedly concealed in the place they were found.)

(I'll bet that style of skirt really catches on, though.)

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fear, and then loathe

A bullet dodged: "Plug Pulled On Watchmen Movie"
One still in the chamber: "Lohan Denies Barbarella Rumor"
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