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Review: Dawn of the Dead

Other Reviews • October 16, 2010

I will be honest here. I have always loved horror movies but never got around to seeing the original Dawn Of the Dead before the re-make. In the past, I had never really experienced any of the real famous zombie movies, such as The Night, Dawn, Day series, Zombie, etc. The idea of green faced humans with their arms outstretched in front of them groaning and biting screaming people like that Michael Jackson video always seemed a little redundant and stupid to me, that is, until I saw 28 Days Later. The fact that the Trainspotting director did this movie made me want to see it, not because I loved Trainspotting or zombie movies, but because I love horror movies. Also the fact that the zombies didn't do the drunken stagger like in older movies, had an actual storyline, and didn't look incredibly lame intrigued me. I saw 28 Days Later a few times in theatres, and thouroughly enjoyed it. I heard about Dawn of the Dead being re released, changing the story a good deal, and making the zombies run, I was pretty excited to see it. I bugged my girlfriend about it and when we finally went, and sure enough I was entertained from the start to the ending of the credits. The acting was above par for the most part, especially by the main character who's name slipped my mind, but also plays the blonde girl in the movie Go! I didn't find anything wrong with the … Read more

Review: Death Race 2000

Other Reviews • October 16, 2010

In the days of 1975, a lot of shit was goin' down. I can't think of anything off the top of my head, but there was. Oh! Wait, that OPEC … Read more

Review: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Other Reviews • October 16, 2010

There are spoilers contained within this review. After the credits have rolled, Ben Stiller's character White Goodman reappears on the screen after being humiliated in the International Dodgeball Tournament. Goodman … Read more

Review: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Other Reviews • October 16, 2010

WARNING TO READER: Potential spoilers ahead. This is more of an analysis than a review, though I do cover formal elements such as acting, direction, and plot. Just for a … Read more

Review: Garden State

Other Reviews • October 16, 2010

Basic Plot Synopsis: Andrew Largeman, an aspiring actor in L.A, is forced to return to his hometown in New Jersey after the unexpected death of his mother. During his brief … Read more

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  • Against Orthodoxy

    A regular series by Robert F.

  • Beyond Casual Observation

    A wide-ranging guest column written by BJ from Ancient Shores, mainly covering film but extending into philosophy and aesthetics too. Check out BJ's work on the A389 podcast.

  • Don't Quit Your Day Job

    How an artist spends their time by day will influence the creative process at night. In Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Scene Point Blank looks at how musicians split their time, and how their careers influence their music – or, alternately &ndash

  • era vulgaris

    Guest column by T of Vegas

  • Feast with the Famine

    A cookery column by Nick, vocalist with metal band The Famine. Veggie/vegan friendly!

  • Fest 11

    A roundup of coverage of the annual punk rock festival held in Gainesville, Florida

  • Fest 12

    Our annual roundup from Gainesville, FL's famous Fest.

  • Fest 13

    SPB's coverage of the annual festival in Gainesville, Florida.

  • Fest 16

    Our coverage of the annual Fest extravaganza.

  • Only Death Is Real

    There’s so much music released, whether physically or digitally, that keeping up with what’s going on becomes almost like a full time job. With Only Death Is Real, the aim is to bring you something new.

  • Remember that one time...?

    A life lived and lessons learned by Eddie Spaghetti of Supersuckers.

  • Running on Nothing

    Welcome to Running on Nothing, the latest addition to our stable of columns at Scene Point Blank. Running on Nothing offers a look at the world through the eyes of Kole, bassist of The Lippies, who have been working on a new LP for Red Scare Industries

  • Scatenato Ma Non Troppo

    We survey some of the other music releases out there.  Results may vary...may get weird, but hopefully something covered here piques your interest.

  • Scene Point Local

    A semi-regular column where we choose a specific area and give a local scene report.

  • Table Talk

    Discussing the state of the music business at the kitchen table

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told

    A brief but englightening chat with an artist who reveals an interesting or unexpected story from their career

  • The Set List

    A collection of items grouped by topic, eg. "Top 5 Worst Beatles Songs" or "Top 10 best '77 punk releases".

  • What's That Noise?

    One-question interviews with artists where we find out about the gear and equipment they use to achieve their sound.

  • Year End 2012

    A collection of coverage rounding up the year 2012, covering our favorite albums, shows, bands, and more, as well as asking record labels and bands about their past twelve months in music

  • Year End 2013

    It's the end of 2013, so here's our best-of roundup for the last twelve months.

  • Year End 2014

    Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2014.

  • Year End 2015

    Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2015.

  • Year End 2016

    Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2016.

  • Year End 2017

    Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2017.  

  • Year End 2018

    Our summary of the best music (and more) of 2018.

  • Year End 2019

    Our wrap-up of the best music and more from 2019

  • Year End 2020

    Our wrap-up of the best music and more for the year we'll all want to otherwise forget, 2020.

More recent features — Other Reviews

Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Other Reviews • October 16, 2010

'Dis a good movie. It has some flaws. Now that that is out of the way, I ask, does anybody actually take reviews into consideration? I guess Daniel Radcliffe's and Alfonso Cuaron's wages aren't really dependent on whether I give this movie good press or not, so I'm just going to say everything I remember having crossed my mind while … Read more

Review: Hotel Rwanda

Other Reviews • October 16, 2010

*Disclaimer: This review has some specifics about certain scenes in the movie, so if you don't want to know anything about it before seeing, then don't read this. There are a lot of movies about war, about stuff blowing up and soldiers dying to save one another amidst a hail of evil gunfire from the evil enemy. Some impart the … Read more

Review: Kill Bill, Vol. 1

Other Reviews • October 16, 2010

As an employee of Blockbuster, it's easy to see that where moviegoing is concerned, there's always a bold line that separates the Happy Gilmores from the Punch-Drunk Loves. I'm referring specifically to those who think that Adam Sandler's career went downhill by starring in an ironically-labeled "stupid, pointless art film," and those who think it went uphill with that film, … Read more

Review: Kill Bill, Vol. 2

Other Reviews • October 16, 2010

One of the things I admire the most about Quentin Tarantino's writing, which is particularly evident in Kill Bill: Volume 1, is his ability to seamlessly combine the comedic with the dramatic, and the slow-paced with the fast-paced. A great example of the former is the scene where the bride, as she is still known at this point, wakes up … Read more

Review: Napoleon Dynamite

Other Reviews • October 16, 2010

This is the best movie of the summer. There, I said it. Now, if you're a trusting individual you'll take my word for it, stop reading right here, and go out right now and buy your ticket for tonight's showing. But, if you're a skeptic, like myself, you probably are rolling your eyes at this broad statement and will need … Read more

Review: Super Size Me

Other Reviews • October 16, 2010

No matter which route we take to work each day it is highly probable that we will pass by the most widely recognized symbol in the entire galaxy: The Golden Arches. Proudly displayed beneath each pair is the approximate number of people who have contributed to McDonald's corporately sponsored march towards unmitigated obesity. A few years ago two excessively overweight … Read more

Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003

Other Reviews • October 16, 2010

In 1974, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was released. The film became known for sparking a myriad of "slasher" films and cheese/camp horror, which is actually rather sad, since the films TCM often gets credit/blamed for are not all that relatable to Tobe Hooper's masterpiece. The comparisons are a mere symptom of the fact the film is misunderstood by so many. … Read more