Hot Fuzz: Real Maturity Requires Some Immaturity

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We’re at my favorite. Yes, that’s right, out of the entire Cornetto Trilogy, this one is the one that I will re-watch most. Now, that’s not to say I don’t like the other two immensely, I love the hell out of them, but this is one of the most perfect action movie parodies out there while still being meaningful, intelligent, and freaking hilarious. The World’s Endimpacts me more on a personal level, Shaun of the Dead is funnier to me, but this one struck the balance that I think works best.

TheWorldsEnd-0Trilogy Most bad ass cover, too.

Based on feedback, I’m using my new format for movie reviews, so, if you want a full annotated summary of the film, go to the bottom and click the link.

SYNOPSIS

PC Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is removed from the Metropolitan Police Service in London due to being so dedicated to his job…

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Futurama Fridays – S1 E1 “Space Pilot 3000”

I’ve been doing these for a long time, and I have even longer to go. Fun.

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Welcome to Futurama Fridays, a celebration of one of the most interesting and, at times, insightful shows ever animated. To start us off, let’s watch the pilot from the magical year of 1999. Much like Prince told us it would be, it was a year of much celebration, and this series was a worthy impetus for at least some of it.

Just up front: I’m going to go by DVD order, not broadcast order, just like I did with Firefly.

SUMMARY

Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and the gorilla starts throwing barrels at you.

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The show starts on December 31, 1999 with pizza delivery boy Philip J. Fry (Billy West) getting what is later revealed to be the all-time low score on the videogame “Monkey Fracas, Jr.” The audience is quickly shown that Fry is a loser as…

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52) Once More, with Feeling/ Hush (Buffy, The Vampire Slayer)

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This is the latter of the two combined episodes. The truth is, these two episodes each deserve to be on this list, and very well could have been, but I consider them to be two halves of the same coin. They’re both episodes about honesty and communication, and they both have devastating results on the characters in the series.

Buffy-2Cast.jpg And how could you devastate such a beautiful crowd? You monsters.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer  worked because it presented everyday problems, but represented them with supernatural villains and demons. This created a show where everyone could simultaneously relate to the cast, while being entertained by the alien natures of their problems.

Buffy-3BeerBad.jpg Though, sometimes it missed the mark. “Beer Bad” ironically requires a lot of alcohol to watch.

SUMMARY

“Hush” was the result of writer and creator Joss Whedon hearing that the key to the success of Buffy was its…

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Amazon Prime Review – Never Too Young to Die (1986): John Stamos, Gene Simmons, and Absolutely No Restraint

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If you aren’t listening to the Podcast “How Did This Get Made” with Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas, you are missing out. Not just because these are three of the best comic minds I’ve ever heard take a movie apart (they don’t really “Riff” MST3K style, so I’m not disparaging my childhood hero Crow T. Robot), but because they expose me to levels of terrible movie that I previously might never have known existed. And for that I am eternally grateful. However, when I watched this particular film, I couldn’t resist writing my own take. I’m publishing this today just so that I won’t be tempted to borrow observations from them when the episode is released tomorrow.

NeverTooYoung-1HDTGM A question for the ages.

Also, the movie’s available on Amazon Prime if you didn’t get that from the title.

SYNOPSIS (IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO SPOIL THIS FILM)

The movie starts…

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Reader Bonus) Birdemic: Shock and Terror (Without RiffTrax)

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BirdemicMegalodonUp front: I was completely wasted by the end of writing my notes, and I think some of them are hilarious. I’ve put them below.

I knew I was already in trouble when I realized that I had never watched this movie without RiffTrax. I had to really be careful not to think of the jokes while watching this, because that might accidentally make this a fun experience. As it turns out, even without RiffTrax, this movie is definitely up there with The Room, Showgirls, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives! or Shark Attack 3: Megalodon in the “so awful, it’s awesome” hall of fame, so, unlike the other two bad movies I had done to this point, it wasn’t that bad. You can actually just go ahead and laugh directly at the movie.

Some background information on the film: This movie was written, directed, and…

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Reader Bonus: The Monster Squad

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This movie is magical. I have loved it from the first time I saw it probably 20 or so years ago. In a lot of ways, this movie encapsulates one of my most basic philosophies of media: A movie can do anything, as long as it is consistent in the amount of disbelief it asks the audience to suspend. While the monsters in this movie are clearly just people wearing cheap costumes, that’s as a tribute to the old horror movies that the kids in the film are obsessed with. The movie asks you to just go with it because it’s fun, and dammit, that’s enough of a reason to go with it.

So, the Monster Squad is the story of a group of kids who are big fans of old-school monster films, mostly the Universal Monster films from the 1930s-50s and the Hammer films of the 50s-70s. The kids…

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