Film study… week 18

Hot Fuzz
When top cop, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), starts to outshine his colleagues, they conspire to get him transferred to a small town. Things are not as sleepy as they appear to be and Angel soon starts to suspect that there is a conspiracy afoot. This film is supposed to be hilarious but really it’s no Shaun Of The Dead and by the last half hour, I had completely lost interest. It also does nothing to dispel the myth that everyone who lives in the country is mental.

Angel expecting picking up birds in the country might be a bit different but this was ridiculous

Angel expected picking up birds in the country might be a bit different but this was ridiculous

I Think I Love My Wife
Richard Cooper (Chris Rock) has the “perfect life”. He is a successful investment banker and has a beautiful wife and too adorable children. But he’s bored senseless. When an old crush reappears in his life, she manages to turn everything upside down. This is one of the top five worst films I have ever seen. The “musical ending” was so ridiculous and cringeworthy that I briefly considered throwing Frank across the room. Seriously… I wanted to shoot myself. Avoid at all costs.

Huh?

What do you mean I'm a horrible misogynist, look at the amazing outfit I've put you in!

Idiocracy
Joe Bauer (Luke Wilson) is frozen in a military experiment and wakes up in a future where “survival of the fittest” has become “survival of those who can breed the most”. The world is now so dumbed down that the very average Joe is easily the smartest man alive. We’re talking a world where “Ow, My Balls” is the top rated show, the president of the USA is a wrestler, the national newspaper is called “Hot naked chicks and stuff” and Starbucks serves coffee… and handjobs. So really not that different from now. Despite numerous plot holes, I absolutely loved his. Seriously, laugh-out-loud-even-if-you’re-watching-it-alone funny.

Total Wipeout USA... the next generation

Total Wipeout USA... the next generation

Mou Gaan Dou (Infernal Affairs)
This Hong Kong cop drama is sited as the inspiration for The Departed and the homage paid is clear from the start. Two young police cadets end up in undercover operations of a very different nature. Lau Kin-Ming is a mole for Triad crime lord Sam, working his way up in the police force, while Chen Wing Yan is un undercover cop working as part of Sam’s gang and informing the police. When Lau is put in charge of internal affairs to find out who the mole is in the police department, the situation soon starts to spiral out of control. Although some parts of the story are underdeveloped, this is a corker and I can understand why Scorsese wanted to have a crack at it.

They got Jack Nicholson to play me in the Western version. His cheeks were not chubby enough. I do NOT approve

They got Jack Nicholson to play me in the Western version. His cheeks were not chubby enough. I do NOT approve

1 Comment

  1. As they’re saying on IMDB, it’s odd that Idiocracy never seems to have got any decent marketing cause it sounds like a good film!

    Have to admit I loved Hot Fuzz, although the ending is slightly drawn out. It basically stole my heart with the scene of Nicholas’s phone on the train getting a progressively weaker signal… speaks true to life 😀

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