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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Shaun of the Dead: TimeSplitters and English Zombies

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club, we have the first entry of the Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead.

SHAUN OF THE DEAD

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DIRECTED: Edgar Wright

STARRING: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Penelope Wilton, Bill Nighy

GENRE: Horror, Comedy

YEAR: 2004

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.

shaun-of-the-dead-wide-2Shaun doesn’t have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse… But for him, it’s an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive… And get his ex back.

I attribute Shaun of the Dead to the beginning of my love for black comedies. They are fantastic and I could watch their demented humor all day. For being a British cast I primarily haven’t heard of (except Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) they all worked their archetypes well and performed to the best of their ability. As the beginning of the film Pegg and Frost pairing, these two bounced off of each other perfectly with limitless chemistry. Shaun of the Dead actually wasn’t half bad of shaunofthedeada zombie film either.

Initially, my biggest gripe was that there are many references from British culture that I didn’t understand, obviously since I don’t live in the U.K. This time around, I got most of them and picked up most of the Easter eggs as well hidden throughout the film. Did you catch them all? My only other gripe is I wish I cared more about the more useless supporting characters. All I see them as is stereotypical Banta fodder.

PROS:

  • Zombie genre.
  • Cast performances.
  • Chemistry.

CONS:

  • Too much British references.
  • Useless supporting characters.

SCORE: 7.0/10

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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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