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It's been over a century and a quarter since the first moving picture was committed to celluloid - the "ribbon of dreams", as Orson Welles mellifluously intoned.

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We start in 1973 (for reasons explained in the first podcast) and progress vaguely chronologically (unless we think of another film that makes an interesting comparison to the one we have just seen, or are otherwise distracted by shiny new things).

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28 Days Later (2002) and 28 Weeks Later (2007) 29 October 2022

Nick and Roger discuss 28 Days Later (2002) and 28 Weeks Later (2007).


The medical sketch Nick mentions is here.

Tags: horror

  1. Posted by J Michael Cule at 03:46pm on 30 October 2022

    The Mancunian Anti-Defamation League will be out to see both of you as soon as Corry's over.

    My personal reaction is to say that no major conurbation is a place I'd want to be after a 'zombie' or any other apocalypse: going back to the Isle of Dogs is a bit suspect too.

    ('Kind of an arsehole' strikes me as being right in Robert Carlye's wheelhouse, having watched too much of STARGATE: UNIVERSE.)

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 04:05pm on 30 October 2022

    Well, you and Nick can fight about that. I get 10% of the gate.

    The first consideration with survival planning is always how long you expect to need to be self-sufficient for. If you expect the authorities to move back in after a few days, you concentrate on defence and water; the multi-week survival package moves more towards food, and if you're expecting there to be no civilisation for the rest of your life you basically need farmland (which is hard to defend with only the number of people who can live off it). This is the sort of thing that these people don't really talk or, apparently, think about.

  3. Posted by J Michael Cule at 12:19pm on 31 October 2022

    Apart from the need to learn to milk your own cows, (First catch your cow) the city is going to be where there is the greatest concentration of dead and decaying bodies.

    You two medical experts can explain the disadvantages of that.

  4. Posted by RogerBW at 12:59pm on 31 October 2022

    Yeah, but in this case most of the dead bodies get up and walk off looking for brains. :)

    I'm thinking specifically of St Thomas's Hospital, where our hero wakes up, and what happened to the rest of the patients and staff: it's a good solid building, it has its own generator and decent water tankage (and you have power to boil water, and the Thames is right there), and it's a lot more solid than most places you could easily walk to from there, especially if some of your patients are a bit wobbly.

    I mean, sure, maybe there was a break-in, or maybe they all knew a better place and set off in a fleet of ambulances, but it's a downright odd choice to make.

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