Reviews of Philo Leung's erudite and thorough presentation of zombie history...
Philo Leung lived a chill, unassuming life of playing video games, watching bad/obscure movies, and loitering in the Garden foyer until age 29, when he defended the entire world against a massive zombie attack and settled down with the love of his life. A (kind of) true story.
- Julie Park, world champion of the 2003 Little House on the Prairie International Trivia Competition and proud auntie of Sam-well Yun, world's cutest baby
Probably the most immersing Laaf we've seen -- from the low-rent production values, to the confused, panicked style of presentation, to the illusory sensation of gorging oneself on real corpses (tastefully executed by Matt and Lisa) -- each detail added to the verisimilitude of Zombie Philotheos' (Greek for "undead") lecture. Philo managed to open our minds to the origins of the zombie movie, shedding new blight on the social commentary buried (alive) within; but, as with any good zombie movie, never at the expense of major laughs, gore, and cheese, which incidentally seems to have rubbed off on me. I give Laaf 9 a wholehearted, enthusiastic "B"!
- Jon Yip, B-rated reviewer
Philo showed real dedication to his theme by donning a convincingly realistic zombie face and purple plaid shirt. When I walked in to a lecture about zombies, I had no idea I would receive such a comprehensive and detailed history of evolution of zombies throughout every decade. What enlightenment! The film choice, "Shaun of the Dead," was the perfect LaaF film. Who knew zombies could be so fun and funny!
- Lisa Liu, fellow zombie wannabe
The great historical and cultural roots of zombiedom have finally been paid proper homage through Philo, the authority of all that is (and was) undead! From his not-at-all-like-a-tranny make-up to his creative entrance, from his google presentation, with its tasteful smattering of flubs and typos, to his method acting style of speaking, with his back to the audience, from his explication of zombies all the way to his lifelong love affair with luchadores in film, Philo embodies a dedication to the historical trajectory of the zombie that makes us all want to eat his brains. Lisa and Matt got us in the mood to eat brains and corpses and dirt... The whole night was a "Bon appetit!" for our brains (on so many levels)!
- Ji Son, brain-aterian
What a night! Philo brought life to the meaning of the moving undead, and presented with an unconventional style that left the audience desiring to see more of his grotesque face (and I mean that in the best way possible!). Who would've known that zombies were capable of expressing such emotion in their groans or that their diet consisted of various types of brains?? The presentation also highlighted Google Docs' competing product to PowerPoint. Matt and Lisa provided a tasty dinner of corpse loaf, macaroni and brains, and dirt dessert. Another triumph for LAAF!
- Miles Chen, Google Doc-tor
UGHHHHHH. UGH UNNNGGGGHHHHHH UGGGHHHHH!! UGGGGGGGGH? BRAAAAINS UGGH UGGGGGH UGH!
- Daniel Khim, zombie
LaaF 9 answered our enduring questions about the zombie: What is it? What does it want? And how do we kill it? On this evening, Philotheos Leung established a paradigm shift to the LaaF series whereupon we were not merely given information about zombie film but provided a slideshow presentation replete with low-budget production value (i.e. mistakes) and an endearing tendency to pander to schlockmongering. This, in effect, made for a lecture that was analogous to a zombie film itself, a postmodern performance deserving of spotlight features in alternative weeklies countywide. Somewhere along the way we also learned about the social commentary that the zombie represents, and its unique power as a storytelling device. It would certainly be no hazard to guess that the zombie fanbase has now been widened considerably thanks to Philo's daring deed. No guts, no glory.
- Jezreel Leung, LaaF's resident sesquipedalian
(he even makes up his own long words!)