It's debatable whether the troubled World War Z
signals the end of the ongoing zombie craze, but the film that started it all is much more clear: Danny Boyle's
bleak, artful cult horror-drama 28 Days Later
, which saw its US premiere ten years ago this weekend.
From its iconic opening shots of an eerily abandoned London
(set to Godspeed You! Black Emperor's
brooding post-rock epic "East Hastings"
) to the frenzied chaos of its climax
, Boyle's film -- a dark yet humanist tale
of a world eviscerated by a frighteningly contagious epidemic of murderous rage -- reinvented and reinvigorated the genre that Romero built (though many insist its rabid, sprinting berserkers don't really count
And while sequel 28 Weeks Later
with its heavyhanded Iraq War allusions
failed to live up to the original (despite boasting one of the most viscerally terrifying opening sequences
in modern horror), and 28 Months
looks increasingly unlikely
, there remains a small universe of side content from the film, including music, short films, comics, and inspired-by games. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jun 28, 2013 -
- An amusing little animated short showing a rage-fueled chain reaction and the impact it can have on the world.
posted by quin
on Apr 16, 2012 -
Social news site Reddit
recently held their "Best of Reddit 2010" awards
honoring key players in the site over the last year, including the progenitor of the Rally to Restore Sanity
, the clever drive-by cartoonist Sure_Ill_Draw_That
, unofficial image host Imgur
, and feel-good story of the year "Today you, tomorrow me."
But perhaps most interesting was the winner for Best Big Community: FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU!
Originally inspired by 4chan's popular Rage Guy meme
, F7U12 (for short) is a clearinghouse for user-made web comics, slice-of-life affairs that tell a story
or share a common frustration
using a small collection
of crudely drawn yet highly evocative facial expressions. Several have become small memes in their own right -- the wily Trolldad
, the doormat Okay
, the prideful Fuck Yea
, the melodramatic Gasp
. And one comic
, inspired by the warped text randomly generated by reCAPTCHAs
), has given us Lord Inglip
of a dark religion
now rivaling FSM
whose cryptic commands
marshal loyal armies
, and... canary
into exploits both monstrous
). Obey him -- or else!
More fun with F7U12: rage face origins
, rage faces in real life
, Twitter feed
, search comics
, create your own
posted by Rhaomi
on Feb 8, 2011 -
Virginia woman could get 2 years in prison for throwing McDonald's bag
- a jury in Stafford County, Virginia has recommended a two-year prison sentence for Jessica Julia Hall, a 25-year-old mother of three, for throwing a bag with a soft drink inside into the car next to her. She was convicted of a felony offense after getting into an altercation with another driver on I-95
between Fredericksburg, VA and Washington, DC - widely considered to be one of the most congested stretches of road
on the East Coast. Anyone who drives in the DC area can tell you how overcrowded
the highways are. It gets worse in the summer when the tempratures rise and tempers flare
. This could be an example of excessive justice, or perhaps juries in this area have had enough
posted by smoothvirus
on Jan 5, 2007 -
Are you annoyed with careless, rude, or stupid drivers? Instead of obscene gestures, obscenities, and aggressive tailgating, now you can snitch on them at PlateWire.com
, a site where you can enter the license plate, vehicle make & model, and a description of the offensive behavior. Members can search for repeat offenders' license plates and contribute to the blogs
posted by fandango_matt
on Dec 20, 2006 -
So Queer as Folk
now has a comic book attached to it, sort of. It's called Rage
. It's set in Gayopolis
. Gag me with a set of pride rings. I think it's time to ask this question
As much as I despise the show, I'm curious where they go with this.
posted by Su
on Jun 18, 2002 -
provides a pointer
to the growing backlash in the US against cell phone use. While "conspicuous" phone use can certainly at times be annoying, the general level of distaste and phone rage
seems to be a phenomenon confined to the United States.
People in Europe, Australia and Asia, took to mobile technology like the proverbial ducks to water and haven't developed anywhere near the same irritation levels.
Is this just a difficult transition for a country slow to adopt a technology or says something deeper about the American psyche?
Afterall, we are talking about the country that invented Dick Tracy and Maxwell Smart.
posted by lagado
on Aug 3, 2000 -