I just couldnt resist any longer and grabbed a copy of Twilight Creation's board game Zombies!!! (2nd Ed)
After just 1 game it is certainly heaps of fun and I cant wait to play it with friends late one night (though it was still pretty neato with family). The game format with tiles is actually the first I have actually owned that works this way - scary. The mood of the game matches very well the zombie flicks we all know so well, it has a sort of gruesome humour that is addictive. Though the mechanics are clever and add flavour to the game, I think the game works because of the styling and feel that it brings. At all times the Zombiness is foregrounded and that makes the whole thing work.
[box art image from the Zombies site]
This is certainly not the only game in this mould. Here are a few more to eat your brains:
Betrayal at the House on the Hill (WoC)
Last Night on Earth
And checking in on BoardGameGeek will reveal more :)
I started working on my Screen Culture Critical Review - well watching the material and reading some references anyhow. Outfoxed in an interesting piece to review, should be fun.
Master and Commander
Watched the DVD of Master and Commander, the Far Side of the World today. I hadnt seen it for a while and boy can Peter Weir deliver us a stunning feast for eyes, ears and mind. There is of course a wealth of visual effects which integrate so seamlessly that I dont know what is real and what is CG or models etc. The whole thing really is a super piece of cinema.