Read my thoughts on a sampling of upcoming movies and book signings in the NC Area! 

An example:

Zombieland @ multiplexes When I interviewed acclaimed author Junot Díaz earlier this year, he made a profound and haunting observation about the current direction of popular culture: “Men are from zombies, women are from vampires.” While the Young Adult section of most Borders stores are near pure-black with dark covers to various Twilight rip-offs, the posters for most horror films and comic books are still filled with manly men ruthlessly slaughtering the undead. Obviously, this implies men don’t read, but it does explain the screams of “HELL YEAH!” I’ve heard every time the trailer to Zombieland, featuring zombie attacks and kills scored to Van Halen’s “Everybody Wants Some,” plays before a film. Given the ultra-qualified cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson (who assaulted a reporter earlier this year, claiming he was a zombie), this comic take on the apocalypse could be the next Shaun of the Dead. Also, Twilight sucks. There, I said it. —ZS