“Admission” Movie Review – Zombie Style

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I’m truly, madly, deeply in love with Tina Fey, so I knew I had to see Admission on the big screen. Usually I wait for this type of movie to come out on DVD, but I wasn’t patient enough to wait for Netflix. Admission is about a Princeton admissions officer who meets a teenager whom she may have given up for adoption eighteen years prior, and she becomes obsessed with getting her supposed son into Princeton. The movie wasn’t terribly exciting, but it was funny and heartwarming, and I really liked that the ending wasn’t perfect. Tina Fey and Paul Rudd made a great team, and I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes witty semi-romantic comedies.

Of course, if Admission was a zombie movie, it would have been much more thrilling. I went ahead and inserted zombies into the plot, and this is how I think it should have turned out:

Turn: I would have liked to see Clarence (played by Wallace Shawn) turn into a zombie. I loved, Loved, LOVED Wallace Shawn in The Princess Bride. He is a brilliant actor, and he would have been such an odd-looking zombie. He’s known for playing goofy characters, and his role as the head of admissions in this movie was no different. I would have loved to see Wallace Shawn shuffling around campus, biting all the Princeton kids. Inconceivable!

Get Eaten: I would have liked to watch Mark (played by Michael Sheen) get eaten by a zombie. Slowly. He did an amazing job of playing a total tool. He was in a long-term live-in relationship with Tina Fey, but he left her for a nasty woman. Anyone who wrongs Tina Fey deserves to get eaten by a zombie!

Kill: Naturally, I would have wanted the heroine, Portia (played by Tina Fey) to kill a zombie. As usual, the character she played was a lovably snarky, sarcastic woman with a big heart. If they had given Fey a gun and a mob of hungry zombies to kill, Admission would have been a perfect movie!

I give Admission 3.5 out of 5 brains.

The Walking Peeps: Chixon Brothers vs. Zombunnies

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I made a diorama out of my two favorite things: The Walking Dead and candy!! Every April, I love seeing the winners of The Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest, and I have always wanted to participate. Well, this year I decided to enter the contest, and I knew I wanted my theme to be The Walking Dead. Since Merle and Daryl Dixon are two of my favorite characters on the show, naturally, I had to use them in my diorama.

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The hardest part was finding a tiny crossbow. I bought a Daryl Dixon bobblehead online, thinking I could use the crossbow in the diorama. Well, the crossbow is stuck to that bobblehead like nobody’s business (does not contain small parts!!). Fortunately, I was able to swipe a crossbow from a Doctor Who action figure that I found on Amazon (love that website – they have everything).

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Merle was fun to make. I just used clay for the arms, feet, and right-hand-weapon-holder. The arms kept falling off because they were too heavy, but I used a piece of wire and lots of super glue to keep them in place.

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Of course, I had to include Daryl’s motorcycle. Finding a miniature Triumph Bonneville 650 is not easy (I tried, I really did), so I ended up using a miniature version of the Green Goblin’s Triumph motorcycle, and I painted it black to look like Daryl’s bike. I felt like Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin while I was painting the motorcycle… “And now I’m going to make your green parts black.”

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I also included Daryl’s winged vest, and a Cherokee Rose bush for little Sophia, God rest her soul. When Sophia walked out of that barn, it was one of the most incredible and heartbreaking moments I’ve ever seen on TV. I didn’t see it coming, but I felt like I should have (which is what makes great television).

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I’m not an artistic person, and I had a lot of trouble with adhesives. I ended up burning my finger (glue gun), dying my hands orange (Gorilla Glue), and gluing my fingers together (Krazy Glue). I think I need to stay away from adhesives for a while. I couldn’t have done it if I wasn’t all hopped up on Peeps. I admit that I ate a ton of Peeps whilst working on the diorama. How could I not?

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I used corn syrup mixed with red food coloring for the blood (I learned that on Talking Dead). I used chopped up Hot Tamales and Gummi Bears to make the zombie guts, and I used strawberry Nerds for the brains.

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Making this diorama was so much fun! I’m glad I finally got to enter The Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest. Now I can check that off my bucket list 🙂

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(Countless Peeps were harmed during this project)