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Covered: 2000AD 1384 (Shaun of the Dead)

Shaun of the Dead is the rightful cult king in terms of British zombie films, finding that perfect balance between horror, zombie, romance, black humour and all out laughs.

As a tie in with the movie, director Edgar Wright and main honcho Simon Pegg joined forces with artist Frazer Irving to produce a Shaun of the Dead related tail, “There is something about Mary”.

Needless to say, the talented and moody Mr. Irving needed to whip up a decent cover to mark the occasion covered by 2000AD issue 1384, and as you can see, no problem there!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_of_the_Dead_%28comic%29#2000_AD

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

Alienate PeopleSo after a delightful afternoon lunch with Monty and the rest of the Montgomery clan on Sunday, Chantelle and I finished off the day by catching Simon Pegg’s latest American movie attempt, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

Now the movie is touted as a romantic comedy and seeing how we thoroughly enjoyed his previous attempt at the genre in the clever Run Fatboy, Run, we had pretty high hopes for this one as well.

Well, let me start off by saying that How to Lose Friends and Alienate People is certainly a fairly funny comedy, but it kind of falls flat on the romantic side of things. To be honest, the film just fails to evoke any sense of emotion or attachment from its audience and this is a pretty big failing that in all honesty needs to be laid squarely on the doorstep of fairly unknown director Robert B. Weide (best known for his Curb Your Enthusiasm stuff) and his team of scriptwriters.

Why you might ask? Well simply put, each and every single actor appearing in the movie actually puts in near perfect and absolutely brilliant performance, that’s why! Simon Pegg plays his usual British dry physical and deadpan comedic persona to perfection (as always), and indeed 90% of the film’s laughs are evoked by the very versatile and very funny Mr. Pegg. Alongside him, Kirsten Dunst fulfills the confused colleague/love interest with a deft and witty hand and puts in a role that is simply a sheer pleasure to watch. Similarly the supporting actors like Danny Huston, Jeff Bridges and Gillian Anderson all put in great performances, though I did feel that the gorgeous Megan Fox came across quite forced at times.

That said, it might just have been her being in character, in which case I retract my negative statement. :)

The script itself is nothing mind-blowing and relies heavily on the square peg in a round hole situation that the free-spirited British journalist brings to the more stoic and professional American tabloid industry. Whiffs of romantic drama permeates the story at times, but for the most part the movie plays out as a series of comedic happenstances, the most of which play out pretty damn funnily. Of course, Simon’s hand is more than evident in a lot of the humour as there is quite a bit of his trademark dark British humour to be found and this raises the profile of what might have been a pretty dull affair just that extra little bit.

David Arnold, the current Bond franchise score provider of choice, provides the musical selection for the film and he does a credible job, serving up some nice compositions intermingled with a good choice of soundtrack songs to present a nicely polished aural package.

Oh and just by the way, the movie tells the story of a witty, cynical British tabloid journalist who gets invited to join a top-flight American tabloid operation, only to find that on arrival, he has pretty much been sidelined to the bottom of the company. A man known for his outrageous stunts and the complete and utter disrespect for any system or set of rules, he soon finds himself fighting to gain the respect he feels that he deserves from the man who brought him over in the first place. However, this battle will not make him popular and in fact, the only woman that will still talk to him happens to be the very woman who he pissed off right on his first night in America!

So the problem? Just how much of his integrity is he willing to give up in order to get what he wants?

And that’s it. In summary, if you drop the romantic expectation from this movie, then How to Lose Friends & Alienate People is a pretty funny and credible comedy that lovers of British humour and Simon Pegg in particular are sure to enjoy. Leave the romantic expectations in and you are left with a bit of a flop in terms of a romantic comedy. So take your pick: me, I went in with the wrong expectations and didn’t enjoy it all that much; Chantelle on the other hand thoroughly enjoyed it!

Go figure.

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Related Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455538/

Run Fatboy Run

Run Fatboy RunLove. Commitment. Responsibility. There’s nothing he can’t run away from.

Took out a really enjoyable DVD on Monday evening, a movie by the name of Run Fatboy Run, starring Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton and Hank Azaria in the lead roles.

Basically the story revolves around one Dennis Doyle (Simon Pegg) who runs away on his wedding day, leaving his pregnant bride to be, Libby (Thandie Newton) standing at the altar. Fast forward five years and Dennis is now a security guard in a lingerie store, living in a shared apartment, while Libby runs a bakery, seemingly enjoying life. Simon gets to see and interact with his son on a regular basis, but that is about it – as much as he would like to rekindle his romance with Libby, there are some things she can never forgive.

However, on hearing that she has a new man in her life, a wealthy, knowledgeable and superbly fit man by the name of Whit (Hank Azaria), Dennis can’t help but nose in on Libby’s business. All this comes to a head when he decides to try and impress her by competing with Whit and entering the London River-run marathon.

Of course, for someone who has never finished anything in his life and always runs away from challenges, this may be something just that little bit out of his reach. Or is it?

Run Fatboy Run is a 2008 romantic comedy which is surprisingly directed by American actor David Schwimmer (from Friends if the name sounds familiar), surprisingly because the movie manages to not lose any of its British charm or wit in the process. The story is partly penned by Simon Pegg himself and you can clearly see his subtle black humour influence on this involving and thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy that will have you chuckling throughout. The movie is well made and there are some particularly brilliant pieces of work littered throughout, like the superb ‘hitting the wall’ scene towards the end of the movie.

Simon Pegg is sublime in his role, while the always entertaining Hank Azaria (think Simpsons if the name isn’t coming to you) plays the ‘villian’ to perfection. Thandie Newton also puts in a great performance, though a lot of her thunder is stolen by the comical genius performances of Dylan Moran and Harish Patel.

If you are looking for some light hearted fun with just the right amount of romantic twist and drama that means your girlfriend will enjoy it too, make an effort to pick this one up. It didn’t last longer than a week here on our local cinema circuit, so best you get moving to the video store then. :)

Related link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425413/

Hot Fuzz

Hot FuzzIf you want a barrel load of laughs (cheaper than a barrel load of monkeys) then don’t miss out on Hot Fuzz, the latest film from the guys that brought you the hilarious cult hit Shaun of the Dead.

In Summary:
Police constable Nicolas Angel (Simon Pegg) always gets his man, but these days his impeccable record seems to be more indicative of his fellow officer’s shortcomings than his own formidable skills as a keeper of the peace. Loathe to stand idly by as their once respectable track record is steadily soiled by the hyper-competent actions of one lone overachiever, Officer Angel’s superiors at the Met soon determine to remedy their problem by relocating the decorated constable to the West Country village of Sanford – where tranquil garden parties and neighbourhood watch meetings stand in stark contrast to the violent crime and heated gunplay of the city.

As Officer Angel does his best to adjust to the relative calm of his new environment, his oafish new partner Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) strives to gain the respect of his fellow constables while sustaining himself on fantasies of his favourite action films and police shows. Later, just as it begins to appear as if Officer Angel has been relegated to an uneventful existence in the relative calm of the countryside, a series of horrific accidents lead him to suspect that the tranquil hamlet of Sanford has fallen prey to a sinister plot which reeks of foul play.

Honestly said, if you are not familiar with or a fan of Brit comedy especially the darker variety of it, then you’ll probably wasting your time. That would probably explain why the cinema was half empty at the primary 20:00 screening on Saturday evening. Oh well, no skin off my back.

Hot Fuzz is an absolute blast, from beginning to end. The one-liners and puns keep on coming at you, hardly giving you time to duck. Both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are absolute brilliant in their roles, but to be honest, I don’t think there is a single miscasting in the entire movie. Honestly, I don’t want to say too much about the movie in fear of spoiling any of it so I won’t.

In short, if Brit dark comedy is your thing, don’t miss Hot Fuzz.

Note: you’ll need a strong stomach in certain places – death is done in typical dark comic fashion.