Friday, May 25, 2007
Hot Fuzz' is the action-packed new comedy from the makers of the hit movie 'Shaun of the Dead.' This cop action movie farce was written by Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright and pays homage to "Point Break" and the "Bad Boys" movies.
Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He's so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel's superiors send him to a place where his talents won't be quite so embarrassing -- the sleepy, seemingly crime-free village of Sanford.
Once there, he is partnered with police officer Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). The son of likable Police Chief Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent), Danny is a huge action movie fan and believes his new big-city partner might just be his chance to experience the life of gunfights and car chases he so longs for. Angel is quick to dismiss this as childish fantasy and Danny's enthusiasm only adds to Angel's growing frustration.
However, as a series of deadly "accidents' hits the village, Angel is convinced that Sanford is not the sleepy town seems to try to portray. As the accidents increase in number, Angel realizes that there is something amiss and that real police work is needed.
The cast includes Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine (In America), Steve Coogan(Night at the Museum), Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights), Bill Nighy (Love Actually), and Edward Woodward (The Equalizer), among its great cast of actors.
I found this movie extremely entertaining as well as laugh out loud funny. I would definitely watch this movie again to catch some of the lines I missed due to others laughter in the theater. I would put it in my top twenty best movies, but it does not have staying power of the movies in my top five. It is not timeless in its humor, but rather cashes in on a particular type of movie which can date it in the future. I do recommend this movie for anyone who is looking for a good laugh, it is light-hearted and funny.
Saturday, February 3, 2007
This movie was about the two week period leading up to and the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana. The Royal family, especially HM Queen Elizabeth II, wanted to keep it a private matter, but the Prime Minister - Tony Blair - felt that the people of England needed a public show of mourning.
Helen Mirren plays HM Queen Elizabeth II. It was a good movie and Helen Mirren was great as the Queen. The movie showed the battle between the Royal family's need to keep the funeral a private affair and protecting the young princes - William and Harry - and the British public that needed the Royal Family to help them heal. Some of the footage was original footage of British citizens and funeral footage which made the movie seem more real. Helen Mirren was able to convey the emotional turmoil and trying to remain dignified. This came across as robotic and emotionless which caused a disconnect between the Royal family and the public.
While this movie was good and depicted a true story in a comprehensible manner, it is not good enough to make it into my top 5 movies. I enjoyed the movie and it seemed accurate, but it is not a movie I will want to see over and over again. If you are interested in the Royal family this is definitely a must see and I would not be surprised if Helen Mirren receives an Oscar for her performance.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Sunday, November 19, 2006