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…
Did not think I would like this in the first 10-15 minutes but I became increasingly charmed by it. Simon Pegg is incredible in what is, for a while, a one man show. The plot turn towards the end was a bit unnecessary but it was handled so goofily that I rolled with it.
Half a star extra for fun visuals, sometimes.
This film is utterly batshit. I don't think this is a good film but it is a fun entertaining film that sucks you into the frenetic energy that is ongoing in this film. Simon Pegg goes for broke and more often than not, he is over the too but when he does land in those laughs, they get you good. There is a few jokes that are seen miles away and others that you forget about and laugh hard at once it happens. It is probably enjoyed best with some sort of alcoholic beverage because it will enhance the comedy a lot. I am sure most people will hate this film and I understand why.
This movie really had it's moments. Few moments I even thought that this could be one of my favorite films but it failed to raise to that level. Simon Pegg is great actor and he's at his best on these comedy roles. The cinematography is delightful and though the theme of the movie is dark and grim I still found this funny and inspiring.
I had never heard of this film, but I ran across it while digging in the streaming crates of Netflix. All it had to say was Simon Pegg and I was on it. It also had a great title and the premise it gave were right up my alley.
The movie as a whole was an entertaining jaunt into how the human mind can turn normal situations into nightmares just by mere suggestion. The humor of the film, which was very dry and British, was bi-polar, at best. There were moments when I was vocally guffawing until I couldn't breathe and then moments where I would have nothing more than an upturned smirk. I am not sure the story stays…
High concept comedy tries to hit all boxes and misses most.
There was surely something here. But instead of focusing on straightforward goals, instead it tries to be everything: a black comedy, a psychological horror, a romantic comedy, a family drama. If it had chose just one, it could have been a contender. Instead it ends up a jumbled mess.
Pegg is pretty great chewing up scenery as the neurotic author trying to write a story. It's just too bad that this type of story has been told so many times that even one with dream sequences and hallucinations seems like it's stuck in redundancy square.
This movie lands dead center of the scale because in many ways it just doesn't quite work. A dark comedy that simply can't modulate through its many tonal shifts. Simon Pegg does what he can with a story that mashes genres together but just can't keep it all together.
When it flirts with surrealism, it never makes a believable claim on it.
When it settles into horror, it just can't get get the hackles up. And when it creeps into comedy, the spirit of superior genre comedies rise up. I can feel regret that it is not better but I can not imagine it will remain in my memory for long. See for it for cheap and decide for yourself.
I was so looking forward to this film, but it's a huge mess. Simon Pegg is the best part of the movie and his performance isn't even enough to save it from itself. Such a shame.
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