Movie Review: Black Sheep

Black Sheep: Get the Flock Out of Here!

Black Sheep: Get the Flock Out of Here!

Here is the synopsis from the Rottentomatoes.com:  This blood-soaked horror comedy is the story of Henry Oldfield (Nathan Meister), a New Zealander with an unfortunate phobia…of sheep. When Henry was a boy, his father was killed in a herding…This blood-soaked horror comedy is the story of Henry Oldfield (Nathan Meister), a New Zealander with an unfortunate phobia…of sheep. When Henry was a boy, his father was killed in a herding accident on the land, and Henry fled to the big city. Now, years later, he has returned to sell his half of the farm and–at the behest of his therapist–to face his fears. Meanwhile, Henry’s sadistic older brother Angus (Peter Feeney) has taken over the family business, and become widely known for his controversial genetic experiments on the animals. When two animal activists release one of Angus’s genetically-altered lambs, Henry’s trip quickly turns into his worst nightmare, as the lamb’s zombie-like bite turns sheep and people into vicious flesh-eaters. Henry joins forces with one of the animal activists (Danielle Mason), and together they try to escape the sheep and find an antidote for the virus. Director Jonathon King cleverly plays on the silliness of the normally docile, dimwitted lamb as terrifying monster, and his shots of the sheep swarming over the hills induce equal parts thrills and laughter. However, the storyline could perhaps have benefited from a bit less action, and a bit more plot, as the suspense and jokes begin to fizzle by the end. The excellent WETA WORKSHOP (known for its work on the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) delivers hilariously gory special effects. Faces are eaten off, humans throw their own limbs, and heads explode, culminating in a raucous bloodbath that will likely earn BLACK SHEEP cult status among the EVIL DEAD crowd.
Now- needless to say, Zombie Sheep and Environmentalists = AWESOME!  This movie is truly campy and I would honestly liken it to Evil Dead, but that being said- I Flipping LOVE Evil Dead!  The cinematography is actually quite fantastic and being shot in New Zealand only means that the set is gorgeous.  The acting is surprisingly good.  I can only imagine that these actors were trying to make the best of a seriously cheesy script.The humor wasn’t as bad as you’d expect and yes the gore was pretty fake, but damned if the evil sheep fetus infecting everyone isn’t the cutest little animatron!All in All- I give this movie 3.5 out of 4 stars because it was wildly entertaining and it proved the motto, where men are men, and sheep are scared!

One Week Later

Happy Sunday Everyone-  So it’s been a week since I got the news and I think that I’ve put out at least 25 applications since then.  I’ve been rejected once and gotten one call to get to the preliminary information stage.  I know that we are in the electronic world and that everything is very integrated and automated, but I still do not like the way that most companies have moved their application process on-line.  I get why they’ve done it, but it leaves such a level of uncertainty for the applicants- Will I ever get a call?

The old adage to just be persistent- no longer applies, but it does at the same time.  There is no way to tell if a computer is screening the answers to a subjective quiz to eliminate you from the candidate pool or if somebody in the HR office is just being slow.  I’ve applied to two different companies that have made very clear via recordings that if you don’t get a call from them- then they are not interested.

What ever happened to common courtesy?  A person to call and say, “Thanks, but no thanks!”  The old adage that you need to follow-up on the telephone and be persistent is not something that has gone away, but they are not making it easy to show that you WANT to be a part of their business.  That you are a bigger go-getter than the other guy, that you have a drive that they want- at least to just get you in the door for the interview.  HOW are you supposed to distinguish yourself from the pack when all human interaction is slowly being removed from the hiring process?

I am a firm believer that just because somebody looks good on paper does not mean that they are the best person for the position just like a person who looks horrible on paper may be exactly the person you want.  How is a computer making that determination- eh?  This is not where I thought I would be.