July 23rd, 2011


Film Review: Stake Land (2010)

Stake Land (2010). Co-written and directed by Jim Mickle. The film is set in a post apocalyptic USA that has been overrun by vampires. The film starts with a teenage boy (Connor Paolo) escaping his family who have been attacked by vampires. He meets up with Mister (Nick Damici), a vampire hunter. Both travel together to try and find somewhere they can escape the vampires. Stake Land feels like a blend of Zombieland and The Road, but without the stylings and silly cameo of the former, and not quite all of the grimness of the latter, albeit not far off. The story moves along at a reasonable pace, maintaining a good balance of atmosphere and content. The story is not for the sensitive though, with such topics as raped nuns. The vampires in question feel more like a mix of zombie and vampire than those we're used to seeing on film, but they are still killed with a stake to the heart or via a suntan. Paolo and particularly Damici give good performances. The soundtrack is also good, and fits well with the film. Those who enjoy small story driven horror should enjoy it. 4/5 (Good)
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I had an early night, but Amélie woke up at 2am and was awake for an hour or so. I did eventually get back to sleep, until around 9am, but still felt exhausted when I woke up. I don't know whether it's interrupted sleep causing me to be so tired, lack of exercise, sleep debt, a combination, or something else.

Amélie was quite bright for most of the day, but scratching her spots on and off. We persisted with the Calamine lotion, but it didn't seem to help much. Lu went to the birthday party this afternoon, and I took Amélie to Mum and Dad's. She fell asleep in the car on the way, which is really unusual for her in the early afternoon.

We had a reasonable time at Mum and Dad's. Amélie wanted to go around the back garden about 20 times. Mum and I also took her out in the pushchair along part of my old paper round. It was almost impassable at one point. I'd like to say it brought back good memories, but I think I pretty much hated that paper round.

We headed back after 5pm, and I got a voicemail from Lu to say she was heading home also (my parents' is a black hole for phone reception). Amélie seemed to deteriorate and got very upset, so we tried giving her some Calpol, although she'd only take half the dose (diluted in orange juice). As per usual it's difficult getting Calpol into her, the dilution method is the best we've found.

After this I started dinner. Amélie was still in a difficult mood, and only ate a little of it. She did have a fair old breastfeed though. Lu has given her a bath and tried to settle her for bed, but no dice. So it's In the Night Garden time for a bit, and we'll try again later.

I'm still feeling really tired.
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A couple of cute Amélie things today, before I forget, despite all the madness...

Firstly, while at Mum and Dad's today, Mum gave Amélie some grapes (halved). She wasn't very hungry, so we brought them into the living room. I was lying on my back on the floor at one point, partly through exhaustion I think. Amélie came over with something in each hand. It turned out to be grapes, and she put one in her mouth and one in mine. Not the first time she has offered food, but the timing was cute.

Secondly, when we watch a Brazilian nursery rhyme DVD she has learned (somewhere) to applaud and scream "yay!" at the end of each song. Bemusingly when driving home today I was playing some MP3s, and at the end of each song she was doing the same applauding and yay-ing. I joined in of course.