Prevenge (2016)

Prevenge
Director: Alice Lowe
Writer: Alice Lowe
Cast: Alice Lowe, Gemma WhelanKate DickieTom DavisJo HartleyKayvan NovakMike WozniakTom Meeten
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 5.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Ruth (Alice Lowe) is seven months pregnant and rather lonely. Also, of course, nervous. When the midwife (Jo Hartley) tells her that there’s no need to be nervous, the baby will let her know what she has to do, Ruth listens. And her baby does speak to her, telling her to kill. And Ruth listens to that as well, going on a rampage that should get finished before her baby is actually born.

I really loved Prevenge. It’s funny, cleverly and surprisingly understated, has a great concept and an excellent performance by Lowe in all the many jobs she did for the film.

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Paddington (2014)

Paddington
Director: Paul King
Writer: Paul King
Based on: Michael Bond‘s books
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent, Matt Lucas, Steve Oram, Alice Lowe

Plot:
The bear Paddingtion (Ben Whishaw) was happily living with his aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton) and uncle Pastuzo (Michael Gambon) in the Peruvian jungle. But when their home gets destroyed, Lucy sends Paddington to London, hoping that he will find a safe home there, as promised by an explorer who visited them a long time ago. Thankfully shortly after his arrival in London, Paddington meets the Browns –  Mary (Sally Hawkins), Henry (Hugh Bonneville) and their children Judy (Madeleine Harris) and Jonathan (Samuel Joslin). Together they start to look for the explorer to find Paddington his safe place. But not everyone is out to help Paddington.

The trailer for Paddington looked awful, full of unfunny slapstick and grossness. I wanted to see it despite the trailer, but was prepared for the worst. And (apart from the general postcolonial qualms I have about the story) I was pleasantly surprised by the film that is much sweeter and funnier than the trailer made me think it was.

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The World’s End (2013)

The World’s End
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy ConsidineMartin Freeman, Rafe SpallEddie MarsanRosamund PikePierce Brosnan, Bill Nighy, Michael Smiley, Steve Oram, Alice Lowe, David Bradley, Julia Deakin, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Serafinowicz, Mark Heap, Ben Whishaw (at least I’m pretty damn certain it was him)
Part of: The Cornetto Trilogy
[Here are my reviews of the other two movies in the trilogy.]

Plot:
When they were still young and living in Newton Haven, Gary King (Simon Pegg) and his friends Andy (Nick Frost), Peter (Eddie Marsan), Ollie (Martin Freeman) and Steven (Paddy Considine) tried themselves at a pub crawl and came short. 20 years later, Gary is still obsessed with the idea of finishing and convinces the old gang to come. But things are a little weird in Newton Haven – weirder than in other small towns.

Since I love both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, I was very worried that it this film wouldn’t be able to fulfill my expectations. But fortunately it did. It was awesome.

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Re-Watch: Hot Fuzz (2007)

Hot Fuzz
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick FrostTimothy DaltonJim BroadbentPaddy ConsidineRafe Spall, Olivia Colman, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Joe CornishAlice Lowe, David Bradley, Bill Bailey, Stephen MerchantJulia Deakin, Cate Blanchett, Steve Coogan, Peter Jackson
Part of: The Cornetto Trilogy

Plot:
Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is London’s star police man. But his success makes the rest of the service look bad, so he is reassigned to the small town of Sandford, where he’s partnered up with Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). Sandford might officially be the safest town in the UK, but Nick’s investigations soon turn up some weird things, when a series of freak accidents start.

Man, I really love this movie. It’s funny, fast-paced and riddled with cameos (some of which I only just learned about, like Peter Jackson and Cate Blanchett). It’s just an absolute joy to watch.

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Sightseers (2012)

Sightseers
Director: Ben Wheatley
Writer: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Amy Jump
Cast: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Eileen Davies
Part of: Viennale

Plot:
Tina (Alice Lowe) has spent her life taking care of her old, sick and pretty mean mother Carol (Eileen Davies). But then she meets Chris (Steve Oram) and the two of them really hit it off. Chris and Tina decide to go on a sightseeing trip together – just the two of them, a caravan and the major sights in the UK, like the pencil museum. Leaving Carol behind, they are off. But soon things start to go a little sour and Chris has to take drastic and bloody measures to keep the trip from being spoiled.

Sightseers was all over the place, unfortunately. It didn’t feel like they knew where they were going with the story, or even what kind of mood they would like to tell it in. So it swerves from macabre humor to exhausting fighting and neither really pays off.

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