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Nick Frost, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

Edgar Wright is near and dear to our hearts. First, he had Spaced, a delightfully mental comedy show which also introduced a lot of people to the dynamic duo of Simon Pegg (co-creator/scribe of the series with Jessica Stevenson) and Nick Frost. That may have come out first, but I was ignorant of that madness. He made Shaun of the Dead (co-written by Pegg) which managed to send up everything about the zombie sub-genre (while simultaneously helping to revive it) but still be an actual horror movie. It is hands down one of the most amazing feats I’ve ever seen on screen writing-wise, since it seems to go from truly comic moments to truly horrific moments and then back again in the blink of an eye. (Penelope Wilton in the pub, anyone?)

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:30+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #121: Snow White and the Huntsman

Charlize Theron as Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman

Episode #121 for Snow White and the Huntsman, in which our protagonist bemoans the fact that a well-placed cast can’t save everything, bemoans the fact that you really shouldn’t inflate your running time to show off your art design, and really thinks it’s a bad idea to remind people there are fantasy movies out there better constructed than yours.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:31+00:00 June 2nd, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|12 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IV, Day 3: Danger! 50,000 Zombies!

Danger 50,000 Zombies!

In the 2002 timeframe, Nick Frost presented a series called Danger! 50,000 Volts! in which he was a survival expert, getting you out of all kinds of life-threatening jams: from a hippo attack to freezing to death. Appearing as an extra on the DVD release was a bonus episode entitled “Danger! 50,000 Zombies!” where Frost tackled the titular subject along with the help of his old friend, Dr. Russell Fell.

In other words, it’s basically what happens when you give two maniacs a camera and a half-hour to kill. Well, and some zombies to kill as well.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:48:08+00:00 October 2nd, 2010|32 Days of Halloween|1 Comment

Kinky Boots (2005) – Movie Review

kinkyboots

Written by: Geoff Deane and Tim Firth
Directed by: Julian Jarrold
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah-Jane Potts, Nick Frost

My Advice: See it… see it NOW.

The basic story of Kinky Boots is familiar enough: underdog faces trouble and certain ruin and launches crazy plan in the hopes of making a remarkable, feel-good comeback. What is truly interesting, however, is that not only is this based upon the true story of a British shoe company, but that it is the story of some rather, well, kinky boots.

It all begins when Charlie Price (Edgerton) inherits his father’s traditional, staid shoe company and is quite unprepared for the inevitable financial setbacks this entails. Faced with laying off his entire staff and closing the doors, Charlie sets aside the objections of the World’s Most Irritating Fiancée and sets out to find a niche market. When Charlie has a chance encounter with cross-dressing singer Lola (playing with outstanding skill by Chiwetel Ejiofor, OBE, last seen displaying his creepy, gentle ruthlessness in Serenity), Charlie sees his niche: male transvestites who need sexy shoes that will support their weight. What follows is part comedy, part romance, part drama, and all splendor as we watch the Price shoe company’s very British staff get used to making stiletto healed boots with riding crops instead of men’s oxfords.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:54:15+00:00 February 25th, 2010|Movie Reviews|3 Comments

Pirate Radio (2009) – Movie Review

Pirate Radio movie poster

Written & Directed by: Richard Curtis
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, Rhys Ifans, Chris O’Dowd, Nick Frost, Katherine Parkinson, Jack Davenport

My Advice: Matinee.

It’s 1966. And apparently you can’t get rock on British radio. Well, not the normal radio stations. While the government has an apparent stranglehold on the “legit” airwaves, there’s at least one station that’s decided to take to the open seas. Radio Rock, headed up by Quentin (Nighy), sits off UK’s shores on a large boat and broadcasts. They not only have an array of colorful and personable DJs, but they even imported one, The Count (Hoffman), from America. Trouble is, everybody seems to enjoy Radio Rock except for certain members of the government: Minister Dormandy (Branagh), for example, and his assistant Twatt (Davenport). They plan to shut down offshore radio by hook or by crook or both, if necessary.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:57:05+00:00 November 22nd, 2009|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

U.S. to Get “Spaced,” Both Versions; Pegg Pissed

Simon Pegg, displeased

The good news is that Spaced, the series that gave us all kinds of cool stuff, like Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, Jessica Stevenson and scads more, is finally making its way to Region 1 DVD. MTV reports that Edgar Wright told them that July 23rd is the date. Not available for pre-order on Amazon yet, but we’ll let you know, in the vain hope you’ll buy it through here so we can keep ourselves in espresso.

But all isn’t the best of news: there’s going to be a U.S. version of Spaced. Fox is doing it and while the creators not being involved is one thing (because as Simon explained they signed away their rights), I’m just sort of pissed that Stevenson (now Hynes) was left out of it, because she was one of the creators. Just another example of something really simple pissing a bunch of people off.

Personally, I don’t have a dog in this fight because I don’t watch American television anyway. And if Wright, Pegg and Hynes stood to make some coin off of it, then I would root for the show’s success. But at this point, I just figure the DVD of the original is the safest. And damn, it’s funny. (Don’t believe me? Watch the first episode.)
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By | 2017-09-24T23:21:18+00:00 March 4th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

Shaun of the Dead T-Shirts

Zombaid T-Shirt

We’ve mentioned Found Item Clothing before, and now they make us happy once more with shirts for your Halloween wearing pleasure. Not only do they have the Shaun of the Dead Zombaid shirt, but they have the I Got Wood shirt that Nick Frost immortalized in the film. Best get your order in now if you’re looking to complete a costume.

Found via ILoveYourTShirt.

Update: Pretty much every link on this page has been taken down. Alas.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:26:32+00:00 October 8th, 2007|Archives|0 Comments