“There’s Nothings Hotter Than A Girl With Brains“
The more that I read reviews on this film, the more I’m realizing that I have a much different opinion of Warm Bodies than many other horror bloggers. At the end of the day though, opinions are like assholes, everyone has one. Lucky for me, I have an opinion, I am kind of an asshole, and in this case, this asshole says she really liked this movie.
Now that I just threw some of my “street cred” out the window, I’m going to tell you why I like this ironically controversial movie. For one, from first preview I called the fact that the vast majority would not accept this movie with open arms. I knew most of the horror community would deem Warm Bodies not horror enough, a little urine on the tampon string of Zombie life, and a quick way to make Fulci roll in his grave. On the other hand, I also knew that the every day civilian would not embrace this film either. Although Zombies are displayed in a somewhat mainstream/different way, they are not as glittered down as the Vampires in Twilight are, deeming them not as appealing to the every day soccer mom and the Justin Bieber generation. So, unfortunately, what we are left with is a sub-culture few who are viciously waving their hands around saying, “Hey, screw The Notebook, I’ll take Warm Bodies any day”.
Trust me, I get all the reasons why the horror community is ripping this film a new one. I think most of the reasons are valid, but I also think most of the reasons being spit around are the reason why I actually like this movie. For the past couple of years now, Zombies have been done, regurgitated, done again, and nothing ever seems to change except for my interest continuously flushing down the toilet. Warm Bodies is a refreshing new take on the brain eating dead, and although it lacks a Bill Murray cameo, I’ll take it over season 2 of Walking Dead any day. In my opinion, Jonathan Levine did a great film adaption of a novel, and also a clever and modern take on the historic Romeo and Juliet story. All of the characters were likable, and it’s undeniable that this film was well casted. Between this movie and 50/50, Levine is 2 for 2 in book, and I am happy to see what comes next.
When it’s all said and done, Warm Bodies is not a horror movie. If anything, it is a black comedy with a little more pizzazz. Think weird, dark, and quirky ala “Wristcutters: A Love Story”, except with Zombies. It’s no secret that it’s not for everybody, but now it’s no secret that it was for me. I’ll take my 50 lashings now verses later, thanks.
Many can argue that they don’t like Warm Bodies, but who can argue that they don’t like warm cookies? Saying you don’t like cookies is like saying you don’t like freedom. Just as these zombies are slightly different, these cookies follow suite. I’m a huge fan of potato chip cookies. These ones are even better than your average kind though. I give you the perfect mix of crunch and soft texture, paired with a sweet yet peanut butter like taste in every bite.
– 1 Cup Butter, at room temperature
– 2 Cups All purpose flour
– 1 Cup Ridged potato chips, crushed
– ½ Cup Peanut Butter morsels
– ½ Cup Sugar
– 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
– ¼ Teaspoon Cinnamon
– Powdered Sugar, to garnish
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream together butter and sugar. Add chips and peanut butter morsels the creamed butter. Mix well to combine. Next, gently stir in cinnamon and vanilla extract. Follow by mixing in flour until dough becomes pliable. By the heaping tablespoon full, roll the dough into small balls. Place them onto a cookie sheet 2 inches apart and slightly flatten them. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Once baked, transfer them to a wire rack to cool. While they are still warm, sprinkle a light dusting of powdered sugar over the top.