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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 27, 2013/ 19 Tammuz, 5773

Zombie movies you should see before you re-animate

By Barry Koltnow




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) If this was the morning that the alarm clock went off and your first thought was: "I wonder if another zombie movie is opening this weekend," you're in luck.

Brad Pitt's zombie movie "World War Z" finally opened Friday after some serious delays, re-shoots and edits. Pitt is not a zombie hunter in real life, but he plays one in his new movie. Do I really need to describe the movie to you? You've got your handsome hero. You've got your zombies. The handsome hero has to defeat the zombies before they take over the world.

It sounds like I'm saying that if you've seen one zombie movie, you've seen them all. But that's not true.

Zombie movies differ from each other like one action movie differs from other action movies, like one Western differs from other Westerns and like one romantic comedy ... wait, that may have been a bad example.

I can't say that zombie movies were always a popular genre in Hollywood, although zombies have been walking slowly across movie screens since the early days of cinema. It depends on your zombie point of view, but some believe that the first zombie movie was the 1910 film "Frankenstein," although zombie purists dispute that assertion because the monster was brought to life through scientific means and did not exist before Dr. Frankenstein zapped him to life.



Purists insist that zombies must be people who were alive at one time, died and then lived again after being bit by another zombie or infected by a virus. Of course, then you have a sect of extreme purists who don't buy into the virus notion. They dismiss them as deadly virus movies, and not zombie movies.

For most purists, the first real zombie movie was "White Zombie" in 1932. Bela Lugosi of "Dracula" fame starred in this groundbreaking film.

All zombie lovers agree that the modern zombie era was ushered in by director George Romero's 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead." Shot on a low budget in black and white, it remains a terrifying ordeal, particularly if you find yourself stuck in a farmhouse. Otherwise, you could just run away from the slow-moving creatures.

Romero continued to make zombie movies, and other filmmakers followed suit. With the success of the TV show "The Walking Dead" and such box office successes as the "Resident Evil" franchise and "28 Days Later," movie studios no longer look upon zombie movies as a demented uncle who needs to be ignored.

Zombies are popular for a number of reasons. Dead people scare live people, and they are particularly scary when they don't stay dead. Why do you think people don't like to walk past a cemetery? It's a basic human fear. Multiply that fear exponentially if those dead people suddenly appeared at your favorite 7-Eleven. What if they popped up in the shoe department at Nordstrom, or in the 10 items or less line at Ralphs?

Hollywood loves zombies because they are the perfect villains. With so many ethnic groups railing against movie stereotypes these days, studios are desperate to find a group that won't be offended enough to sue them.

Nazis are a Hollywood staple, but there are only so many movies about Nazis that the public will endure. The Russian mob is already getting old, and even vampires seem to have run their course with the end of the "Twilight" franchise.

Zombies, on the other hand, are the gift that keeps giving. No zombie organizations will picket movie theaters because of their portrayal in a movie. No politicians will make zombies a campaign issue. No religious leaders will call for a nationwide boycott over a zombie movie. No activists will protest against the treatment of zombies on movie sets. And Gloria Allred will not hold a press conference to announce a scandal involving zombies.

This is not intended as a recommendation for the Brad Pitt film. I haven't seen it, so I can't tell you if it is a great zombie movie. But it definitely is a zombie movie.

Before you see it, perhaps you should acquaint yourself with the genre. Why start your zombie education with a big-budget summer thriller when the genre had such modest roots? Go back and watch some great zombie movies, and work your way up to Brad.

Here are five zombie movies you probably should see before you die (and come back to life):

1. "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) — George A. Romero is the master.

2. "Dawn of the Dead" (1978) — See the master at work again.

3. "28 Days Later" (2002) — This movie shocked purists by popularizing fast-moving zombies.

4. "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) — The funniest zombie movie ever made.

5. "Zombieland" (2009) — A spoof with the best cameo ever (we don't want to spoil it but he looks a lot like Bill Murray).

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Previously:

Real Google doesn’t mean real giggles
This summer features a lot of movies with surprise plot twists
Don't let this golden opportunity slip away
Blame the shark for summer-movie madness
Baby boomers still buy tickets
Biopics always have one scene too many
Sneaking into movies not as easy as in old days
Ben Affleck's life is still worth living
The black market for movie raves
The 10 worst movies of 2012
2012's most annoying celebrities
Lindsay Lohan needs to be ignored
Red Dawn' remake reflects China's box-office pull
Fall movie season ends with lessons learned
The 10 best Bond villains ever
Readers weigh in on confusing movies
10 most confusing movies of all time
Do you enjoy going out to the movies?
Sylvester Stallone, the Dalai Lama and me
Watch August movies at your own risk
Nothing new in the new Spider-Man movie
Grading the summer movies . . . so far
Readers are angry about TV network practices, too
TV networks have some explaining to do
The night Johnny Depp made me a star
Summer movies: the dark horses
Lindsay, Ashton, Kim --- are they kidding?
Readers pick their favorite baseball movies
Our 10 favorite baseball movies
The most over-hyped movies of 2012
The 10 worst best pictures ever
The greatest Oscar acceptance speech NEVER given
The worst biopics ... ever
20 celebrity questions that must be answered in 2012
The Golden Globes are meaningless
The 10 Most Annoying Celebrities of 2011
The funniest comedy teams
Fake celebrities ignite real controversy
Hollywood: Stop spoiling our movies
Mob expert reveals his favorite gangster flicks
Good riddance, Harry Potter
The coolest car movies ever made
Our favorite teacher movies
Are women funny?
Our special snarky summer movie guide
The 10 most pressing show biz questions
Readers weigh in on the royal wedding
The royal wedding: I don't get it
Readers reach verdict on lawyer column
Our favorite lawyer movies ever
Readers pick their worst Oscar winners
The 10 worst best pictures ever
25 hit-man movies to die for
The 10 greatest sidekicks ever
The 10 biggest celebrity missteps of 2010
Who's cooler than Steve McQueen? (Answer: nobody)
The best revenge movies ever
The good old days, when celebrities weren't train wrecks
Making sport of celebrities
Youth will be served? Don't give me that trash!
A celebrity answer is no answer at all
Caution: geniuses at work



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