Trailer: AMC/AMC+: The Walking Dead: Dead City (2023- )

I really hope this new mini-series is as good as the trailer promises. I like the noir bleakness of the staging that is, dare I say, a cinematic reflection of the brutal tensions between Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Blood will be spilled I’m sure.

I’ve loved The Walking Dead (2010-2022) since it started. It might be the only show I’ve watched as it was broadcast, week after week. That said, I found the final season a little uneven. Actually, for me, the show started getting patchy following the disappearance of Rick Grimes. The Walking Dead was always Rick’s story. He was the baseline, the moral centre, through which all the other characters flowed. Seen through that prism, and the coming attractions from TWD universe, it could’ve been a case of too many chiefs.

First thing that struck me when I saw the trailer, and the accompanying poster, for Dead City was the obvious references to the seminal Escape from New York (1981). It’s hard to miss. Apparently it’s deliberate. Showrunner Eli Jomé told Slash Films “these are more, I would say, contemporary horror references, but a little further down the line”. As well John Carpenter, Jomé also invokes Walter Hill’s equally iconic The Warriors (1979). For me both of these films are foundational, and made a massive impression on me as a youth. It’ll be interesting to see how deep Dead City’s homage goes.


Trailer: MGM: Women Talking

Sarah Polley, writer and director of Women Talking (2022), discusses her new film with John August and Craig Mazin in Episode 583 of Scriptnotes.

For those interested, John’s shownotes include a link to an undated copy of the screenplay. I gather it’s very different to Polley’s finished film.

Trailer: HBO: The Last of Us (2023-)

Very excited to see what Craig Mazin has been up to since Chernobyl (2019).

The trailer for his The Last of Us adaption has certainly piqued my interest. I don’t know the game it’s based on, games just aren’t my thing, but I do have an unquenchable apatite for post-apocalyptic drama.

The Last of Us

Trailer: Netflix: Army of the Dead

I’m a big fan of Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake of George A. Romero’s classic Dawn of the Dead (1978). Snyder’s version is less of a social commentary than Romero’s but James Gunn’s screenplay has a punchy irony that adds to the gory thrills. I really hope the insanity in the trailer for Army delivers. It has the feel the third act from Snyder’s Dawn, that feeling of insurmountable odds.

There is one thing from the trailer that bothers me. I ‘m not sure about “smart” zombies. Just the idea of a strategising zombie seems to contradict the nature of being undead. I hope Snyder doesn’t give the zombies too much agency. Zombies are mindless agents of instinct, flesh eating monster, not wild animals.

The truth is, it really doesn’t matter what they are, I’m still going to watch the movie.

Trailer: Kino Lorber: Tommaso

The always interesting Abel Ferrara and Willem Dafoe team up again for another dive into the darker side of human nature.

Trailer: Well Go USA Entertainment: Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020)

I’ve read it’s what Aliens is to Alien. A worthy sequel. That is yet to be seen, but one can but hope.

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