How to Properly Cater a Cornetto Trilogy Viewing Party

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

Star Trek: Into Darkness – Movie Review

Star Trek Into Darkness IMAX 3D Poster

Written by: Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof & Roberto Orci, based on the series created by Gene Roddenberry
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve

All you know about Into Darkness is just a smoke screen.

Where to begin? How about some rules. A contract if you will, between you, the reader, and me, the reviewer. I ask you to stay away from any and all spoilers. I ask you not to speculate with others about this movie before you see it. In return, I will write a review that will sail around those spoilers and still serve you enough information to make a decision whether or not you want to see it.

With the second Star Trek by J. J. Abrams though, this spoiler-or-no-spoiler problem is key. How so? You have to consider that the marketing campaign–including every interview and every word that Abrams himself has said–are part of the game and the experience. After watching the movie I can summarize the effect the campaign had in one, simple formula: The more you know about the (old) universe of Star Trek and the less (i.e. spoilers) you know about this movie, the bigger the fun will be for you.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:48+00:00 May 16th, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments

Kickstarter Kthursday #6: Zombie Docu, Dice Rings & the iFlask

Doc of the Dead

So it’s not news that one of the principles that Need Coffee lives by is: “If it’s undead and bleeds, it leads.” We’re zombie fiends here and we’re not ashamed of that fact. So when somebody wants to make a documentary about the rise of zombies in pop culture–and what looks to be a comprehensive and damn good one, too–we take notice.

It’s Doc of the DeadSimon Pegg and George Romero are already interviewed for the thing…and for my part, I want to back it just so I can lay hands upon the footage of the “unique trans-generational zombie town hall meeting featuring George A. Romero, Max Brooks (World War Z) and Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies), in partnership with Mr. Romero himself, the Denver Film Society and the Mile High Horror Film Festival.”

I know, right? For more info you can check out the official site and the Kickstarter is here. The Kickstarter vid which includes their first trailer comes after the jump:

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:13+00:00 October 25th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #167: You Must Flow Like Waterston

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that comes up with great ideas for ways to get kicked out of conventions. They are so awesome you would think it would be totally worth it, but you would get your ass totally booted. Fair warning. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Matthew McConaughey

Agenda:

  • The Road, revisited, but even worse than Cormac McCarthy
  • For those about to mawk rawk, we salute you
  • Rock Sugar
  • Tongo Hiti vs. Rawk
  • Everyone vs. Telemarketing
  • High musicals and Glee
  • Aaron explains tween television
  • Adventure Time
  • Jon vs. Irish postage
  • The Newsroom
  • Walking Dead running joke
  • Simon Pegg and Leias
  • Jon vs. the U.S. Postal Service
  • Stress and DragonCon
  • The cost of racism
  • Marvel and fear
  • Seth MacFarlane: Praise and Fear
  • Lots of talk about R-rated films
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:30:46+00:00 July 20th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 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