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Ask Movie Slate - Episode 201

Featuring the lovable zombie pony Paul Peoples, created by the awesome :iconpaulpeopless:

I think I've finally managed to get the knack for doing new Movie Slate updates as fast as I used to a few years ago. For some reason I slowed down in the production of these pictures, be it real life issues or the usual artist self-doubts, but now I've started to speed up and getting them done relatively fast. It might not seem like a lot, but inking Movie Slate usually takes a ridiculous amount of time, especially because of that devious mane of hers. You might not think much about it, but it can take a good thirty minutes to an hour to ink the whole thing.

"Warm Bodies" is one of the most disappointing movies I've seen in quite some time. I don't happen to hate it as much as almost every single other person I've talked to, but I have no problem seeing why it causes them to groan in annoyance at it. I've seen people call it "Twilight but with Zombies" and that's very much what the movie is. It's like Twilight but with zombies instead of werewolves and vampires, and while there are some inventive things hidden in there somewhere, it's difficult to appreciate it due to the overload of clichés and tropes of their respective genre (romance, comedy and zombies). There's even a "hiding the monster" scene where they sneak up the main zombie character into a military base, which has the movie walking a very thin line close to self-awareness and auto-parody. This would be fine if it was both intentional and more frequent. Unfortunately it's played with a straight face instead of for laughs, so it all comes across as tedious and repetitive, which is rather bizarre coming from a movie about a girl that reverts a zombie back to human through the power of love. The only thing I'd personally salvage from the movie is the acting and the chemistry between the actors. Nicholas Hoult, who plays R (and you all know him as Nux from Mad Max: Fury Road, and Hank McCoy from X-Men: First Class) is fucking amazing at conveying emotion while keeping that brain dead zombie expression, and Teresa Palmer makes for a very good counterpart. These actors deserve a better movie than this. So personally I'd skip it, unless you're really needy to watch something with zombies in it.

Oddly enough, this one has been on the submission queue ever since it was first released all the way in 2013. I've always wanted to do a review for this one, but never managed to get a proper idea for it. The concept of zombies is not a very problematic one except for the fact that I find it incredibly boring, so doing something interesting with it is a mix of breaking through the monotony and getting an idea to work. Then I was approached by :iconpaulpeopless: who shared my thoughts on "Warm Bodies" and had a pony OC that fitted the theme. Add the recent MLP episode about the cookie zombies, and this is the result.

I hope you guys enjoy the picture!

Please, let me know what you think of it in the comments. I appreciate and every single one I receive.

Thank you!

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Daiskida Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016
I did hear rumors that apparently originally this movie did start out a sort of parody on Twilight and at times you could indeed tell that was the idea, but I think there was studio interference left and right saying that "no, this needs to be Twilight and nothing else."
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Of course there was studio interference. There's no problem nowadays that can't be blamed in the studio interfering.
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:iconibaipshow:
IBAIPshow Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Professional Artist
I loved this movie. A refreshing take on the genre. Thanks for sharing /)
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It had good intentions, but unfortunately it doesn't say anything to me :c

Thank you man, for your comment :)

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:iconlordburn:
LordBurn Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
I've heard the book is okay for the genre.  Genre being "like Twilight but."  But I never really heard anything about the movie.  Glad to hear it I was right in skipping it. 

As to the picture, Slate's hair came out really well.  Shiny eye shadow should be a thing irl too.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Don't let my opinion influence you, though. You could give the movie a look, you might get something out of it.

Shiny eye shadow?
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:iconlordburn:
LordBurn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
Ehh, I'm not a huge fan of zombie movies in general.  Only way I'll end up watching it is if it's on next Halloween or something.  Saw Little Otik that way before work.

I mistook the white highlight on Paul's eyeshadow and shine it seems.
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oooh, I can see your confusion about the eyeshadow now.

Zombie movies are overdone. We need to find other venues to create horror movies.
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:iconlordburn:
LordBurn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
I'm hoping mummies come back in style.
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FireHeartDraws Featured By Owner Edited Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cookies.   What do plot holes taste like ? :P
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
They taste like...burning.
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MeganekkoPlymouth241 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Student Interface Designer
Warm Bodies isn't anywhere near as bad as Twilight, but I agree - I expected it to be a lot better than it actually was.

Nice little twist referencing 28 Pranks Later on this one, and as always amazing work on the lighting and colors. The red hue is just perfect for this movie pick.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's not as bad, but it's within shit-smelling distance, if you know what I mean.

I liked the rainbow mouth zombies. That was an awesome episode.
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tigreanpony Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
Lol, that was hilarious, great parody of that movie too.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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mariofan48 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
Looks great James. As always.
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Glitch-Sketch Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i WANT BRAAAAAAAINS....and your heart. LOVE MEEEEE!!!
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
And they all want your moneys.
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