In preparation for last week’s Paul McCartney concert at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit, Michigan, I picked up a copy of Alan Goldsher’s Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion. Here’s the premise:
John, Paul, and George were…er…are zombies, with extraordinary powers like super strength and speed, mind control, and unprecedented musical ability. Ringo is a Seventh Level Ninja Lord. Together, they formed a band the likes the world had never seen: they eat their audiences, may or may not manipulate women, and sing some of the greatest rock and roll the world will ever know. All in the name of what John calls reaching the “Toppermost of the Poppermost”, which may or may not be a euphemism for taking over the world.
The style in which this piece of fiction is presented in much like a true biography would be, relying heavily on “interviews” with important people from the Beatles history, including Julia Lennon (who of course was reanimated by her son John), Mick Jagger (a cantankerous zombie hunter), and the all important “Fifth Beatle”, Sir George Martin (who opposed being turned undead).
Continue reading Book Review – ‘Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion’
Let’s play: Ip Man 2 or Rocky IV!
While watching Ip Man 2 (2010) starring Donnie Yen, a song kept repeating in my head. I had a hard time understanding why one line kept circulating through my thoughts, and an equally hard time understanding my compulsion to be in a Siberian forest trying to outrun Russian KGB agents. Then, as the song started materializing out of my mouth, it became clear: “There’s no easy way out/There’s no shortcut home!”
Continue reading Random-Ass Movie Reviews: Ip Man 2 (or Rocky 4…)
When I sit down to watch a kung fu flick, I expect ridiculous action, a killer soundtrack, and a main character that has the ability to kick everyone’s asses, but won’t because of a higher sense of morality, spirituality, or justice. Now you might be thinking, “Wow, that sounds like a description of Batman Forever!” Shut up your face.
Ip Man was really more than simply a Kung Fu flick; it was a quasi-biopic concerned with the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art of Wing Chun (No, not Wang Chung, but like you, I also love that band). While this film, upon cursory research, has severe historical and biographical inaccuracies, the basic premise behind it stands tall:
Continue reading Random-Ass Movie Reviews: IP MAN (or Yip Man to you hipsters)