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…
Wonderful. Simon Pegg is a master class actor, and he delivers newcomer Chris Hopewell's dialogue expertly.
It looks wonderful too. Fans of Edgar Wright will love this.
Tres quirky but the lightweight story relies too heavily on voice over narration and Simon Pegg's charm (which is bountiful don't get me wrong).
Unlike anything I've seen recently. Totally unique.
Not even Simon Pegg can pull this dreadful mess together. I admit that the bizarro movie poster had me curious and hopeful that this film would be campy fun but it isn't fun at all. It becomes plodding and annoying.
Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) plays a children's book author who has decided to switch-up his career by researching and writing a book about the most notorious serial killers of Victorian England. Pegg's Jack must have a few screws loose upstairs because he quickly becomes paranoid and convinced that a serial killer is on his trail and has plans to off him. Why? Well ... I guess the filmmakers thought it'd be funny.
Jack becomes a frightened recluse who grows…
Love it, totally fucking bonkers but still loved it
persecuted by an 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 Jack's script, what should be his 'big break' rapidly turns into his 'big breakdown' as Jack is forced to confront his worst fears; among them love, laundry and serial killers. This movie started of enjoyable but towards the end it got messy and rushed.
This Is Me: The Movie
As a Simon Pegg fan, this was was on my radar initially and the plot sounded interesting enough. I really did not know what to expect going into this one, and even after the credit rolled, I had a difficult time deciding what I thought of it.
Part of the movie's charm is the fact that it's tone and style are all over the place. It has elements of slashers, slapstick, stop motion, fairy tales and absurd comedy all wrapped together. At times it felt as though the director was just experimenting with weird ideas for scenes on the fly. Some of these scenes on their own were actually pretty great, and even had kernels of an interesting narrative. However,…
Strange and unfunny blend of comedy and horror that wastes Simon Pegg's considerable talent.
- Eagle vs. Shark
- Black Dynamite
- Death to Smoochy
- The Happiness of the Katakuris
- The Last Word
- Ruby Sparks
- Stranger Than Fiction
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
I have this weird fetish for movies about writers. I love all of them, good or bad.
Please help me…
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence
- Southland Tales
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