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Set up in an apocalyptic world, “28 Days Later” is a film about several survivors running away from a swarm of zombies. It is unclear what is the main reason of the catastrophe. All we see is a break-out in a laboratory having an experiment of chimpanzees. But still, it is unclear how it gets transmitted.

Jim wakes up in a hospital after four weeks of the break-out. He finds out that the whole hospital is deserted and so is the whole London. Totally lost in the scenario, he enters a church, hoping for a sanctuary. But instead he finds a group of zombies and worst, the priest is in the club.

This British horror film is unique. The fear drawn is not relying in the soundtrack, which most of horror films do. Rather, you can feel it through the screenplay. The early part the movie immerses us in a deserted city. This takes some time but the feeling is vibrant. You get the feel of being utterly alone. Surprisingly, this does work and same with the succeeding acts.

Jim surveys the deserted London

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Rosemary Telesco smiling back at Gabe in the park

One of my friends, for the lack of better word, miscommented on one of my posts. He was supposed to discuss the actor of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” but winded up on “Little Manhattan.” The latter film was starred by Josh Hutcherson, the actor who has a part on the upcoming “The Hunger Games”, and Charlie Ray, a talented actress who made the film her debut. After some deliberate searching, I came to like the plot and eventually prompted me to watch it.

“Little Manhattan” is a story of Gabe who falls in love with Rosemary Telesco when he attended a karate class. Despite of the “historical significance” that little boys should hate little girls, Gabe is confused in this new profound feeling. He doesn’t know what should he do or better yet how should he do it. Not to mention that he and Rosemary are below 12-year old, the two kids settles for a mediocre but sweet ride. (more…)

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Jack and his group wields fire as a sign of triumph

As I trudge to the classics, I found one that I wish I didn’t explored. “The Lord Of The Flies”, I would describe, is a luscious fruit matched with an enticing color (and even in an elegant food packaging) that in the end you would just throw away.

The labeled description tag attached to the fruit’s head says: A group of British boys crashes to an isolated island with no food and no adult. In the tense for survival, they decide to create a pack with a leader who happens to Raplh. All is well until one by one ceased to obey orders to follow another leader, Jack, who is more capable of gathering food. By then, all begins to get gory. The two leaders witness a clash of leadership and a conflict of interest among other boys. This story shows the existence of evil from a human mind amidst of loose laws and beliefs (and perhaps distinguishes Freud’s id, ego and superego.)

I know this doesn’t happen much in reviews but I admire the book’s layout. All of them – leading, tracking, font style, font size – pleases my eyes. The width of the book, which is considerably short, and with its rectangular size slides perfectly in my pocket. A perfect travel companion.

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