I feel vindicated.
I grew up on George Romero films, and specifically, I grew up on George Romero zombie films. Everyone else who's worked in that genre needs to acknowledge how much he set the template that they've all followed since. He's worked multiple variations in style and form as he's returned to zombies again and again. I'm a fan of "Land Of The Dead," and when he made "Diary Of The Dead," I walked into it ready to enjoy it.
Didn't, though. I hated it. Haaaaaated it.
I thought his use of the found footage gimmick was frustrating, his lead characters were either unbearable or non-existent. At the time, I wrote that the biggest problem with the movie was that we spent the whole film following people I hated as they drove by more interesting movies. There were several scenes that were interesting, provocative, and ultimately frustrating because they suggested much better films than the one I was watching.
When I saw "Survival Of The Dead" at the Toronto Film Festival last year, I almost cheered when I realized about five minutes into the film that Romero was starting from one of those scenes in "Diary" and then following that story instead. And sure enough, it was much more interesting. I liked "Survival." Didn't love it, but liked it. I thought it suggested a refreshed Romero, a guy who was enjoying the work again.