1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…
Big cops. Small town. Moderate violence.
Top London cop PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team from looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. Paired with simple country cop Danny, everything seems quiet until two actors are found decapitated. It is addressed as an accident, but Angel isn't going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead.
I've seen Shaun of the Dead countless times.
This is the fourth time I've seen Hot Fuzz and not only am I ready to call this better than Shaun, I'm tempted to call it my favorite comedy of all time.
If you like your job, you usually do it well.
If you love your job, you usually do it exceptionally well.
If you are passionate about your job and live, breathe, sleep, eat and drink it and ooze it out of every pore of your body you get this.
Possibly the best homage to the action genre ever made.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“Have you ever fired two guns whilst jumping through the air?”
In film, as in life, the key ingredient is love.
Love has driven Sgt. Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) to the top of every one of his classes. He adores policing—the rules, the paperwork, the enforced behavioral regimentation. True, he’s a wet blanket who alienates his girlfriend and makes his co-workers look comparatively slack, but it’s not born of malice. He just loves his job more than anything in the world. If that love sends him from bustling, crime-infested London to sleepy Sandford, so be it.
Love, albeit of a different kind, has also brought PC Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) where he is today. He loves a good Cornetto from…
Ever fired your gun in the air and yelled, "Aaaaaaah?"
Calling Hot Fuzz a spoof would be a mistake. Possibly a satire, but most definitely an homage to action films just like Shaun of the Dead was to horror films. It might poke fun at some action film clichés, but it never looks down on them. Just like Nick Frost's character, Danny Butterman, it holds action films in high regard, even the extremely cheesy ones.
The cast is ridiculously stacked with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost proving that their comedic genius as a duo in Shaun of the Dead was no accident. The film starts off with Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy and Steve Coogan in hilarious bit parts…
Well you, you should be ashamed.
Hot Fuzz is one of those films that I've inexplicably put off seeing for ages and I blame ITV4. Their endless showings of Shaun Of The Dead, which I do like, not only have had made me not want to see that film for a long time but it seems to have had a knock-on effect on the other Edgar Wright / Simon Pegg / Nick Frost collaborations.
It was pleasing to see that Hot Fuzz didn't fall into the one major error that Shaun Of The Dead did and that was by opting not to go all serious faced in its latter stages. I always…
I came into this film with extremely high expectations, seeing as the other two Wright films I've seen (Scott Pilgrim, and Sean of the Dead) have been some of my favorite films of all time. Unfortunately, it was a tad bit of a let down. It was not a bad film by far, but it didn't seem to sparkle or have that extra kick that the other two films had. Sean of the Dead had a great premise, witty characters, and paid homage to my favorite genre. Scott Pilgrim had an amazing premise, amazing characters, and paid homage to some of my favorite things. This film, while having an interesting premise, had characters that I'd felt I'd seen before and…
Definitely one of the best comedies out there, the jokes never get old and it's one of those few films that can be re-watched countless times.
Quite the interesting British comedy and I recommend to any comedy lover to enjoy this film.
A few laughs, a lot of familiar faces (Bill Bailey! [yes, that's the one that excited me most; Q.I. forever]), and a lot of great (British canon) songs are the high points of this film, but the action homage tended to favor a lot of things that annoy me (see: fast cutting) in these contexts. On the fence about the insanely meticulous plotting; it feels like it's the sort of thing I should admire but feels a little forced at times.
Impressively, it didn't offend me. Though there were some jokes involving the female police officer that teetered over the line, the film was devoid of racial, homophobic, or transphobic humor, and even the sexist stuff was self-aware. It even managed to depict a police officer I didn't hate, and at this moment, that's a small miracle (it helps, I think, that it's set in Britain).
Maybe this generations Ghostbusters, Hot Fuzz is a hilarious, stylistic, shockingly heartfelt, clever and just kick butt film. Yeah, I really liked it. British humor has always been something I love. "Monty Python and The Holy Grail" is a childhood favorite of mine, although I haven't seen it in years so I don't remember the film in it's entirety, but, Hot Fuzz has a type of humor like that. The directing is spectacular. The editing, pace and action is just over the top and perfectly done. The writing was perfect. It was funny, but, it was actually pretty clever and had quite a few surprising twists and turns, and some predictable ones, but, Wright pulled them off so well that…
I love it when a movie parodying a genre far surpasses almost anything in that genre. Hot Fuzz tackles the buddy cop genre, creating a highly engaging and hilarious film. The editing is amazingly tight and the jokes come quickly without seeming pointless. It is hard to watch this movie without grinning basically the entire time. Both leads are extremely lovable in different ways. The film never seems to sacrifice plot or character for the sake of its parody. Overall, its a movie that enjoys playing with your expectations of what an action movie should be.
I won't argue that it was a no-holds-barred adrenaline fuelled thrill-ride, but there's no way that you could perpetrate that amount of carnage and mayhem and not incur a considerable amount of paperwork.
A film that only gets better with repeat viewings. The comedic rhythms, editing and interaction between Pegg and Frost make this a near perfect follow up to Spaced and Shaun of the Dead.
Ridiculously quotable and filled with all manner of brilliant performances, Hot Fuzz is a go-to movie when you've had a couple beers and can't find Stargate on Netflix.
Oh... and Timothy Dalton should be in more things.
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
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