Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Jack is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his big break rapidly turns into his big breakdown, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear.
Victorian serial killers
The Final Countdown
Gangsta Rap Mix Tapes
Oven drying laundry
Brian the Hedgehog
Astral Projecting Psychiatrists
Superb Simon Pegg
Mix all these things together, wash, rinse and dry and you've got yourself an intriguing, funny and surprising film that is only let down a bit by its final act.
The scenes in the house are bordering on greatness, Pegg is practically performing a ballet with his pouncing and leaping around the place. The narration gives the film a comfortable feel and the colours/saturation are really lovely. However, it veers so wildly away from what makes it outstanding that it lost me somewhere towards the middle and never regained the magic. Still worth a watch, and a pretty good soundtrack (erm, not counting Final Countdown!).
This film is about underpants.
I'm a big fan of underpants so obviously I enjoyed it.
Gonna go roll around on the floor for a bit. Cya later!
A Fantastic Fear of Everything seems to be a rather polarising film with people either engrossed by its quirky rambling charms or bored by its aimless indulgences. As you can probably guess from my rating I’m firmly in the latter camp. Based on Bruce Robinson’s novella, Paranoia in the Launderette, I can see how this story would work far better on the page than on the screen seeing as the entire story is from the perspective of a paranoid writer who is irrationally frightened of everything.
Crispian Mills (yes, that Crispian Mills) expands the story yet fills it with such quirky and inconsequential waffle I was spending most of the time looking at my watch rather than the television screen.…
If I see the name "Simon Pegg" in big letters on the cover with an image of him in [albeit gross] underwear...of course I'm going to want to watch it!
A Fantastic Fear of Everything was often times laugh-out-loud funny, and always endearing and stylish.
I do not know if it has anything to do with being from America but I have absolutely no idea who Crispian Mills was before writing the screenplay and directing this movie. I knew he was a musician after reading Antonomasia's well-written and informative review of A Fantastic Fear of Everything. Thankfully, whatever tarnishing thoughts a person may have associated with Mills, I think they should let them go when it comes to his artistic…
"Given Crispian Mills' music, I wasn't expecting much - apart from Simon Pegg - of his debut as a writer-director, but surprisingly, it's really good..." posted a friend whose taste I greatly respect. Immediately I wanted to see the film, which I hadn't heard of before. For starters, I think this friend and ... well, most people are a bit harsh on Kula Shaker (a minor Britpop band, remembered for ill-judged public-school-hippie pronouncements, and psychedelic influenced tunes which I found quite catchy). And Mills comes from a strong cinematic lineage (grandfather Sir John, mother Hayley) so you'd hope he'd produce something reasonable. He also seems to have aged well and whatever my sixteen year old self saw in his looks…
I was pleasantly surprised by this film. It's entirely whimsical in the best possible way, mimicking a children's movie in a way that's horribly depraved. It's chock-full of ostentatious visual humor, but interspersed with more subtle cues, creating what I found to be a pleasant combination. The spoken dialogue didn't fall short either- good one-liners throughout, always staying true to the film's dark, witty whimsy. Ultimately, a simple story put together in a thoroughly stimulating (and ridiculous) fashion, which is exactly what I look for in a work of fiction, cinematic or otherwise. Thumbs up.
Of the many things on in the background throughout christmas day, A Fantastic Fear of Everything may well have been my favourite. It isn't quite as good as I had hoped but it has a certain charm to it. The style of it is brilliant, Simon Pegg is a one man show and the humour is just my thing. A tad too long, which hurts the film, however if it had been a short (I'm thinking 10-20 minutes, still with Pegg) it would have been perfect.
2015: 52 Weeks of Film: Week 3, Film 2 of 3
This one was definitely a random choice. I went to Netflix, chose Independent movies, read the description and here we are.
First off, this movie is in no way for everyone. I honestly won't ever watch it again. The beginning and end of the movie are good, but the middle drags on for so long, that only my stubbornness to finish it kept me going.
Simon Pegg plays a writer who is researching Victorian Era serial killers. This is what drew me in. He slowly goes crazy, and thinks everybody is out to get him. This movie is full of subtle, dark humor at times and you never know where it's going to go. I was completely surprised by the end but it tied up this weird movie pretty well.
Simon Pegg is a one man show. He is great even though the movie is not. Silly stupid stuff. There ate some laugh out loss moments, but they are surrounded by mostly stupid moments.
Good director, sub par story.
What a peculiar little movie. De-lightful.
A crime novelist must face his worst fears.
Koliko god da vas ne privlači da pogledate ovaj film, najpre zbog plakata na kome je Sajmon Peg u starinskim gaćama, vredi ga videti. U suštini to je one man show, iako se u poslednjoj trećini ta situacija malko razvije. Ipak, ta njegova samoća i ultra paranoja imaju, kako naslov kaže, fantastičan vajb. Dizajn celog filma (kostim+scenografija+svetlo) je potpuno sjajan. I kada mislite da će biti predvidljiv, fino vas iznenadi. U svakom slučaju, ako vam prijaju WTF? filmovi, ovaj je za vas.
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