Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Uncle Tupelo ‘1989-1993 An Anthology’

You know me by now, right?

You know how I feel about Netflix… No logjams! I must keep a constant flow of exchanges happening. When one comes in the mail, watch it that day, and return it before the last mail pickup at the Post Office. That way, the flow doesn’t stop and turn stagnant. Always keep the freshness flowing.

Yesterday I received ’28 Days Later’ from Netflix. I had to go in earlier because I was meeting some friends for drinks at the Green Burro in downtown Greensboro. I looked at the clock after working out and I had two hours to spare before I had to get my ass in gear. I opened the Netflix envelope and checked the total time of the movie. It runs just under 2 hours. Plenty of time!

I was under the impression that ’28 Days Later’ was a zombie flick, but it wasn’t. The film is about some PETA types setting lab chimps free except they don’t know that the monkeys are infected with a disease that causes EXTREME RAGE! As soon as one of the “tree huggers” opens a cage, a monkey jumps her ass and starts tearing her up. And within seconds, that granola cruncher is infected and filled with rage.

Then the film jumps to 28 days later and humans are the latest species put on the endangered list. Cities and towns are desolate except for the starving, rage-infected humans stalking you.

The phone calls start to pour in… First up, a buddy of mine that is having a tough time dealing with the twists that life has provided. I take the time without letting on that I’m watching a movie. I listen and give my opinions and advice when I’m asked. That’s kind of what friends do, right?

33 minutes and 46 seconds later, I’m back to the movie. There’s a little set back so I look at the clock and see what I can trim off in order to get the flick back in the flow. The phone rings again. It was one of the two friends that I was meeting later that night. I go back to the movie after that short call. And, the phone rings again. It’s the other of the two friends that I’m meeting later on that night.

Right then and there, I decided that I wasn’t going to finish the film and get it back in the mail the same day. So, I found a good stopping point and picked it up later when I could watch it.

It was a good thing that I did because I wouldn’t have had time to watch the alternate endings. And I think that the ending they went with was the right decision.

’28 Days Later’ is a great flick and I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars on Netflix. Cillian Murphy (the bad guy in ‘Red Eye’) does his tribute to Richard Gere in the film. What I mean by that is he’s showing his pecker in a scene. I was a little surprised by that but the British are a little more ahead of us when it comes to showing male genitalia in films. Personally, I’ve never had a problem with it. We guys get boobs and bush all the time, Hollywood SHOULD give something back to the ladies. But the suits that make movies claim that guys don’t want to see tube steak in their butcher’s window. Maybe they’re right… I couldn’t care less. I say give the ladies a little more than hammocks in the movies.

Ladies… How do you feel about it? Feel free to leave your comments.


  1. Anonymous10:17 PM

    How do I feel about seeing more penis shots in movies?

    I think there are times when a penis comes in very handy, but that doesn't mean I actually want to have to look at it. It's a strange and humorous-looking apparatus.

  2. Anonymous10:43 AM

    But Eugene, weren't you crushed to find out that 28 Days Later wasn't a sequel to the Sandra Bullock movie, 28 Days?

    I once offered to do full-frontal, but the director said they didn't have a lens to capture such a microscopic closeup. The cruel twist? The film was being shot for IMAX screens.

  3. Christine, it is strange...

    Brad, that's too funny!