Last week, I started a new feature here on the blog called “What We’re Watching Wednesday,” (graphic to come later), where I’ll be sharing what my wife Kim and I are watching in terms of movies and TV each week. This week, it’s zombies.
Kim and I aren’t really into zombie TV or movies, but for some reason, I thought I’d give Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix a try anyway when it first came out last year. The trailers actually looked good…and I was surprised to find that I did like it. After only a few episodes, I stopped watching to wait for Kim to catch up. The show, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, is now in its second season. Yes, it starts with a bit of gross visuals: vomit and blood (hit fast forward or do the fake lookaway), but after the first few episodes, it hits its stride with the interplay between Barrymore and Olyphant’s characters at the forefront, with Barrymore playing a newly-discovered undead person and Olyphant, her ever-supporting husband. And by then you’re hooked, or at least we were.
Last night in anticipation of this theme, I watched the South Korean zombie movie Train to Busan, also available on Netflix. Kim had no interest in this so I decided to watch it while she is away for a few days this week, visiting her sister and mother in Delaware. Unlike other zombie movies that we both have liked, such as Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, which were comedies, this one isn’t a humorous romp. This one is more akin to 28 Days Later, although not quite as bleak and with some surprisingly poignant moments within it (not shown in the trailer below). At the center is a father accompanying his daughter to his ex-wife’s, which is set up with a backstory at the start of the movie that makes one wonder at first if the movie ever will pick up. But believe me, it does…and once it does, it never lets up until the very end.
So what you have been watching lately? Movies and/or TV? Anything worth sharing? Share away in the comments.
7 thoughts on “What We’re Watching Wednesday | Zombies”
Bryan, I had answered you on my blog about Taboo. I couldn’t get the internet access to answer people or post over the weekend. Thus is rural living these days, Such a drag.
Anyway, I was able to reserve the first season on DVD though our library. We don’t have streaming (or TV feed) so I always have to wait for the DVDS.
I will have to check out Santa Clarita Diet as I love Timothy Oliphant. He was great in Justified, one of my favorite shows. We’ve seen all those seasons in the series.
Sounds like Your library has a lot of great choices.
The Santa Clarita Diet has been on my to-watch list for a while now. I might have to just bite the bullet and watch it.
Still watching The Americans. I finished season one last night and am hooked. Russian illegal immigrants who are posing as an American married couple when actually they are deep undercover KGB agents at work in the U.S. The first season occurs around the same time Reagan was shot. The historical details make me laugh, but I find the espionage aspect of it fascinating. Plus, this couple happens to have an FBI counter-intelligence agent as their neighbor. Talk about tense!
Maybe Kim and I will have to give this a try sometime. Maybe Memorial Day Weekend when I have a long weekend.
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First off, that Train movie looks soooooo good.
Also, Santa Clarita is where I live. They film the show here too.
I think you, of all people
😃, would like it… I think you might have mentioned that you lived in Santa Clarita before. 😉
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