Film Screening 28th September, 2013

Poster for The World’s End

The World’s End 

7:00 PM, 28th September, 2013
No Guests

  • MA
  • 108 mins
  • 2013
  • Edgar Wright
  • Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
  • Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman

In their late teens, five friends attempted an epic twelve-part pub crawl across the small British town of Newton Haven.

They failed.

Twenty years later, instigated by the enthusiastically immature Gary (Pegg), they're back for another attempt at the same pub crawl. But something's different. Something quite deadly, as the townspeople's eyes start glowing and launching violent attacks on the five returnees. And soon, the battle is on – five not-too-sober men versus the terrifying prospect of an almost-inevitable apocalypse.

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's Three-Colours-Cornetto trilogy combines themes of male bonding, genre-film nerdery, extreme splatter-esque violence and hilarious comedy; and in this, the third part, the flavour is mint-choc-chip. Obviously, for those of you looking to analyse, the bracing freshness of mint indicates a desire for social renewal, while the choc-chip is about spreading the good bits in clumps across the work. It's also green, which is the traditional appropriate colour for aliens. For those of you not looking to analyse an ice-cream, there's running, jumping, making aliens’ heads explode, one hell of a giant death-dealing robot and Nick Frost being violent with a pub-stool.

Simon Tolhurst

Poster for Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz 

9:03 PM, 28th September, 2013

  • MA
  • 121 mins
  • 2007
  • Edgar Wright
  • Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
  • Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy

This movie is the second instalment of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy which also includes Shaun of the Dead and The World's End.  Each film features a scene in which one of the main characters purchases a Cornetto of a flavour based on the film. Hot Fuzz features the classic blue cornetto, in reference to the blue of police uniforms.

Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is a highly professional police officer of the London Metropolitan Police who, following some office politics (his success at his job has made his colleagues look bad in comparison), is transferred to a supposedly crime free town in rural Gloucestershire. There he is paired with well meaning, but poor performing, PC Danny Butterman (Frost). Shortly after Angel ‘s arrival a series of grizzly deaths shakes the small town, and most disturbingly puts at risk the town’s title of ‘Village of the Year’. Angel and Butterman are put on the case, their investigations threatening to shake the town to its core.

My favourite thing about this movie is the way it successfully mashes up British and American crime movie traditions – the setting of a rural town is traditionally English, the ‘buddy cop’ element American, the mystery plot British and the violence unmistakably American; producing a truly transatlantic crime movie well worth a watch.

Matthew Calvin