This week: zombie traditionalism, archery in the movies, and musical instruments as models.
- In an otherwise straight-up news post about some coming TV show I don’t really care about, Vulture describes actor Simon Pegg as a “zombie traditionalist” and links to a years-old essay in The Guardian in which Pegg beautifully articulates what makes zombie mythology meaningful. I don’t even much like zombie movies, and I think it’s lovely. Seriously.
- Also, in one of the dozens of breathlessly anticipatory posts I’ve seen on the upcoming Hunger Games movie, Vulture links to an archery coach’s critique at Wired of Jennifer “Katniss” Lawrence’s technique with a bow, and it’s totally fascinating. Turns out the same guy also analyzed the archery in the preview for Pixar’s Brave. I wouldn’t know any better myself, of course, but it’s nice to hear that Lawrence and the Pixar crew have done their homework.
- At Monkey See, Marc Hirsch elaborates on Roger Ebert’s wry dismissal of the premise of Eddie’s Murphy’s horrible-looking new movie. I am doubly convinced of the movie’s horribleness.
- The Berlin Philharmonic’s new ad campaign uses photographs taken inside instruments, and the result is unbelievably gorgeous. (The tag translates to “Closer to the classical.”)