Raising a kid with autism and trying so hard to help him or her is about as tough as things get for most people in this life. So one attraction of zombie fiction for me is that, while the worlds they present may have gone to hell, all the children left are perfectly behaved.
American remakes of foreign films? That would be a 'no' vote. Having said that, I can heartily recommend Let Me In, the moody, touching American remake of the Swedish vampire film, Let the Right One In, from 2008.
Grinderman is the first great band of the Anthropocene Epoch. Their music is primal, charming and funky and their lyrics are witty observations of where we stand as a civilization at this moment in geologic time.
Take a look at those capsule descriptions on the New York Times bestseller list. Without ever reading the books themselves, they tell a pretty funny story about our efforts to cope with what lies ahead.
On the surface, The Road has enough drama and thrills to quench the craving of any Friday night movie buff. But its greatest impact will not be on the screen, but afterwards, in discussions about the vital issues it raises.
The Road is the most poignant love story between a father and son that I know of, so I wanted, above all, to respect the book, to be authentic and not 'Hollywoodize' it, to use great restraint and focus upon its core qualities.