Hot Fuzz: All of These Murders and…Cultists?

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club we have the second entry in the Cornetto trilogy, Hot Fuzz.

HOT FUZZ

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DIRECTED: Edgar Wright

STARRING: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

GENRE: Action Comedy Parody

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, France

Its been quite a while since I watched the Cornetto trilogy. For the next two weeks we will be watching the first two entries of the trilogy, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. We will not be watching The World’s End, as we already have a review for that one. Anyway lets start.

hot-fuzzTop London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. He is paired with Danny Butterman, who endlessly questions him on the action lifestyle. Everything seems quiet for Angel, until two actors are found decapitated. It is called an accident, but Angel isn’t going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead. Angel and Danny clash with everyone, whilst trying to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the apparent “accidents”.

Time for our second entry in the Cornetto trilogy! Now the comedy duo of Pegg and Frost are police officers. While I initially thought that this was out of their wheel house, Pegg’s super cop to Frost’s bumbling idiotic role was perfect. Ihot-fuzz-073107 can’t leave out the actually interesting story, as I was actively trying to figure out who was murdering everyone. Also, I can’t forget the shootout towards the end if the film. God damn spectacular.

Initially, Hot Fuzz was the only Cornetto entry that I didn’t like. I mean at all. My gripes are still there, like the overuse of common tropes as well as uninteresting characters, but my second time through I took them with a grain of salt. Looking at the film from more of a satirical statement, I understand why it is funny. That’s why the score goes up in my book this time.

PROS:

  • Interesting story.
  • Main cast performance.
  • Shootout.

CONS:

  • Overuse of common tropes.
  • Uninteresting supporting characters.

SCORE: 6.0/10

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Funny Games: When Meta Meets Psychopaths

Hello one and all! For this week’s movie club we have the metal thriller Funny Games.

FUNNY GAMES

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DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke

STARRING: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet, Devon Gearhart

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy

In this exploration of our violent society and how depictions of violence reflect and shape our culture, a middle-class 20090930194639!Funny_Games_USfamily submits both physically and mentally to the torture, violence, and death foisted upon them by two young, unexpected, white-gloved visitors at their vacation retreat near a lake.

This is film is definitely one that I wasn’t planning on watching, but y’all requested it so here it is. The film is held up by strong performances from the main cast and an interesting take on the hostage/break in genre. The best achievement Funny Games was able to gain was to completely encase itself in meta. The films characters acknowledge that they are in a film, talk about plot structure, as well as have an entire scene designated to all of this meta. But I’m not going to ruin it for you this time.funny-games-main-review

Haneke wants the Americans who have made Hostel and Saw such hits to see this movie and renounce their love of horror, but the only people who will see this and stay the whole way through are film critics, who will be fascinated by Haneke’s use of style and possibly sucked in by his message. Funny Games is a movie that lives and dies on its gimmick, and when you figure out that all it’s doing is toying with us, there’s nothing left worth watching.

PROS:

  • Meta.
  • Main caster performances.
  • Interesting take on Hostage genre.

CONS:

  • Horror?
  • Toys with the audience.
  • Only has its gimmick for merit.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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Anime Club: 5 Centimeters Per Second

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we have the shoju anime 5 Centimeters Per Second.

5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND

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CREATOR: Makato Shinkai

STARRING: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondo, Satomi Hanamura

GENRE: Romantic Drama

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: Japan

Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close lg_5.Centimeters.Per.Second.full.517870friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents’ jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving further away, he decides to visit Akari one last time.

5cm, at least how I will be shortening it for the sake of this review, is classified as a shoju anime. I don’t normally watch these kinds of anime, but at least lately it has been a trend. I loved the film, particularly the animation style. There was so much detail put into every single pixel that it almost seemed a few scenes were filmed not animated. The story is definitely well written into the three different segments, each its own well written story in itself.maxresdefaultjjj

What I wish 5cm would have done is focused on Akari instead of Takaki. Her story would have been much more interesting, as in relationships the woman’s side is more interesting. I would have liked to be introduced to the other man she will be marrying. I would have been more interested in seeing a segment on those two instead of segment 2.

PROS:

  • Animation stlyle.
  • Superb shoju.
  • Incredible detail.

CONS:

  • Wrong choice for main character.
  • Segment 2.

SCORE: 8.5 / 10

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