The Pestle


Ep 123: “World War Z”

October 28, 2020

We look for weaknesses in Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” and discuss:

  • establishing zombie rules;
  • making a hero;
  • making bad situations for the hero;
  • and other such stuff and things and stuff.

I don’t think you need to spend $40 million to be creepy. The best horror films are the ones that are much less endowed. – George Romero

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One comment

  1. Joe Howes says:

    First of all, I agree with you both 100% about World War Z. I couldn’t care less that it’s not a page-for-page adaptation of the book. This is a super entertaining, crazy-rewatchable funfest and I absolutely love it 🙂

    Y’all were talking about music and the importance of scenes standing on their own without score, which reminded me of last week’s episode of the amazing Sopranos rewatch podcast Talking Sporanos.

    David Chase’s approach to editing The Sopranos agreed 100% with your discussion. Aside from very few exceptions, Chase’s approach was to complete the edit first and score afterwards, to ensure the beats the writer and director wanted out of each scene stood on their own.

    Lots of interesting talk about licensing music for TV and Chase insisting that HBO license all music in perpetuity for all media so they never had to replace songs with library music for DVD or future media releases (e.g. streaming, which didn’t exist back then).

    I think you guys will find it interesting 🙂

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