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13th April 2014

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Monday, 7 April 2014

"Hot Fuzz" (Cornetto Trilogy #2) - Film

Released in 2007, Hot Fuzz is the all-action comedy that forms the second instalment of the fan-named cornetto trilogy starring the well-loved British comedy duo that is Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is a Police Constable at the very top of his game – to the extent of showing up the majority of his colleagues. To ease tensions Angel is involuntarily transferred from London all the way to the sleepy village of Sandford.

The move is an extremely steep learning curve for Angel, especially after being paired with Danny (Frost) the kind-hearted yet totally unfocused laughing stock of the local beat. Yet is all what it seems in Angel’s new surroundings? Is the village as quiet and quaint as it seems? Or, is Angel correct to assume that something isn’t quite right?

The first thing you may discover regarding this film is the fact that despite being the second part of a trilogy, the plot does not follow on from Shaun of the Dead - part one of the trilogy - in any way, shape or form. However there are many things that link all three of the cornetto trilogy movies; all three are directed by Edgar Wright, are written by Wright and Pegg, star Pegg and Frost in the dual lead roles and also share the same producer (Nira Park). All three films also have a variety of cast members in common.

If you love all-action movies, you will love this film; as with Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz takes its genre of all-action and comedy and runs with it, culminating in a fantastic mix of the two genres. In addition of course, Hot Fuzz also has Wright’s trademark directing style running through it; an almost perfect match for this particular film.

Again, as with Shaun of the Dead this film will grab your attention right from the word go; keeping you on the edge of your seat, with a pounding heart and baited breath all the way through to the closing credits.

On top of the aforementioned directing style, Hot Fuzz also has a fantastic selection of action sequences to get your teeth into too; you may be wary of such scenes given that that this title is primarily a comedy. However, be assured that all action related sequences are portrayed with utter perfection.

In conclusion, if you loved Shaun of the Dead and enjoy the coupling of Pegg and Frost with the addition of Wright, then Hot Fuzz is most definitely for you!

Running time – 121 minutes
Certificate – 15

Rating; 10/10

Monday, 31 March 2014

"Shaun of the Dead" (Cornetto Trilogy #1) - Film

Released in the spring 2004, Shaun of the Dead is a Comedy/Horror film that forms the first part of the fan-named cornetto trilogy starring the well-known comedy duo that is Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. 

Shaun (Pegg) is a man whose poor excuse for a life is more or less at death’s door; he has a dead-end job, and has just been dumped by his long suffering girlfriend, Liz. He does on the other-hand, have his best mate – the somewhat worthless Ed (Frost), to rely on.

However Shaun’s life is about to be literally turned upside down when he and Ed suddenly find themselves in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse. Can Shaun get Ed, Liz and his mother to safety to sit out the apocalypse, or are all of their fates doomed?

Released the same year as Horror film Dawn of the Dead, many saw this particular title as a spoof of the 1978 remake; which in some ways it is, however this film is so much more than just a spoof. For starters, Shaun of the Dead sees Pegg and Frost reunited with Director Edgar Wright – whom they worked with on Spaced (TV show, 1999-2001).

The general pace of this title is most definitely the signature of Wright; fast-paced close up montages are key; some are quite obviously making fun of other horror films, whereas others seem to belong perfectly, existing with a sole purpose as to keep you sitting on the very edge of your seat with your heart racing.  

In addition, this film actually manages to event it’s very own genre – the Zom-Com. Most would wonder how this muddle of genres can work so well; yet be assured that this film achieves the feat perfectly. You see, even though zombies are the main plot feature of this film, comedy is the main genre, with a little romance (or is that bro-mance?) thrown in for good measure.

The cast of this movie is also something to of note; the comedy greats of Pegg and Frost are also joined by Jessica Hynes (whom also starred in Spaced as Jessica Stevenson), Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Martin Freeman and Lucy Davis to name a few.  

So, with a new twist on the well-known horror genre, enough laughs to keep you laughing for hours after the end credits have rolled and a cast to die – what more could you want in a film?

Running time – 99 minutes
Certificate – 15
Rating; 10+/10

Monday, 24 March 2014

"Now You See Me" - Film

Released in the summer of 2013, Now You See Me is a crime come mystery thriller of epic proportions!

Four individual somewhat unknown illusionists are drawn together under mysterious circumstances; just one year on and these four are now collectively known as ‘the four horsemen’ – an unstoppable force in the world of magic and illusion. Concluding their sell-out Las Vegas stage show with a real life bank heist, these four now appear unrelenting.

Enter FBI and Interpol as the authorities try, and of course fail to catch the four horsemen before their next scheduled performance – where it is promised illusions will take place that will make the previous bank robbery appear like childs-play.

Boasting an all-star ensemble cast featuring the likes of Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Einsenberg to name a few, this film appears promising before even the trailer begins to role. Rest assured – this promise is far from empty. This film is one of those titles that grips you right from the very first few seconds of said trailer; leaving you waiting with baited breath for the much anticipated release date.

Once you get to watch the film you will once again not be disappointed; right from the opening credits you will be thrown into the world of magic and illusion – where nothing is as it seems and the closer you look, the less you will see.

Of course, in essence what we have here is the classic ‘whodunit/catch me if you can’ movie plot that most of us know so well we are bored by it. However, this film holds the perfect amount of mystery within itself to allow you to forget the basics of the plot and enjoy the movie to its full potential.

Be assured that you will be second guessing yourself and the film throughout its duration; just to find yourself completely caught off guard by the jaw-droopingly awesome conclusion. In  addition, don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to re-watch the film instantly – even before the credits have finished rolling – to see if you can find all the ‘giveaways’ that you missed.

To conclude; if you love a film that you can get your teeth into – that you really have to think about, yet enjoy doing so – that also comprises a cast to die for, then Now You See Me is most definitely the film for you!

Running time – 12A
Certificate – 115 minutes

Rating; 10+/10