They’re Coming to Get You, Barbara – Episode 40

In part one of our month-long look at the Dead films by George A. Romero, David and Duane discuss Romero’s 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead and Tom Savini’s 1990 remake. Romero’s original was innovative and evocative not only as a horror movie, but just as a film, and demonstrates what can be achieved through the medium and the limitations of budget. Savini’s remake still stands out as a good film, but our appreciation for it is mixed: while we enjoy some of the changes Savini and Romero (as screenwriter) made, others were less effective.

But first, this week:

Duane listened to The Projection Booth’s epic episode on the Marx Brother’s Duck Soup, watched a bunch of Richard Ayoade videos on YouTube (but especially this one), and listened to one of his favorite bands, mewithoutYou.

David listened to Duncan McLeish and Andy Blockley’s new podcast Opera Omnia, season 1 of which is exploring the films of Michael Mann, starting with his first film, Thief (1981); watched Childish Gambino’s (aka Donald Glover) video for his song “Sweatpants,” watched KaptainKristian’s exploration of Childish Gambino in “Storytelling Through Hip-Hop,” and watch episodes 1-5 of Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix.

Next week, David and Duane will be exploring Romero’s 1978 Dawn of the Dead along with Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake.

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