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    Tribeca 2015: ‘Man Up’ Fails to Woman Up

    At 34, Nancy (Londoner-accented Lake Bell) is a flakey journalist on the reluctant look for love at the pestering of friends and family. Through a case of mistaken identity hinging on a self-help book, she winds up on a date turned epic day with Jack (Simon Pegg), an online marketing manager. Charming, right? It’s this on-the-nose “charm” which will divide audiences into lovers and haters (with this viewer falling more towards the latter). In spite of a stellar cast, Man Up falls flat on its promising premise of being a rom-com for nonbelievers. More

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    ‘Kill Me Three Times’ isn’t nearly as good as Simon Pegg’s mustache

    Kill Me Three Times Directed by Kriv Stenders Written by James McFarland Austrailia, 2014 In the 1990s there was a overstock of Quentin Tarantino-knockoffs trying to cash in on the success of Pulp Fiction. These movies were wordy, featured well-dressed men with large guns, and nihilistic viewpoints that often excessively violent deaths. Other writers would […] More

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    Simon Pegg will co-write ‘Star Trek 3’

    Set your phasers to stunned, as Deadline reported Wednesday evening that Simon Pegg would be co-writing the latest Star Trek sequel along with Doug Jung, creator of the TNT series Dark Blue. Pegg has co-written all of Edgar Wright’s films in the Cornetto Trilogy, as well as some of his own projects including Run, Fatboy, […] More

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    Sketchy Episode 139 – ‘The Boxtrolls’

    OCTOBER-THEMED HALLOWEEN MONTH! We kick off our celebration with the new Laika Studios animation “The Boxtrolls.” With an all-star cast, this film displays creepy and impressive visuals that are perfect for the season. Enjoy! [powerpress] Listen on iTunes! Songs Little Boxes by Loch Lomond Follow Sketchy [email protected] More

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    ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ finds only shallow observations

    There’s a burgeoning subgenre of films about people in existential crisis setting out on a globe spanning adventure to find themselves, to figure out how to really live. These movies are ostensibly inspirational, but for several reasons, they often play out as somewhat depressing. For one thing, they seem to suggest that all it takes to feel alive is a costly globe-spanning adventure. Even more troublingly, they tend to turn the problems and wonders of the rest of the world into just more glib lessons for their heroes to learn. To the ranks of films like Eat, Pray, Love and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, we can now add Hector and the Search for Happiness. More

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    ‘A Fantastic Fear of Everything’ an unfeeling digest of interesting ideas, references, and aesthetics

    A Fantastic Fear of Everything Directed by Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell Written by Crispian Mills UK, 2012 A Fantastic Fear of Everything is a film that Wes Anderson would make if he didn’t give a flying sausage about storytelling. It has many of his auteur signatures (a twee pop-art sensibility, creative and meticulous set […] More

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    Greatest Series Finales: Spaced, “Leaves” is a Wacky and Emotional Ending for this Surreal Sitcom

    Before Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright wowed international audiences with their horror comedy Shaun of the Dead, they were part of the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced. This show was one of the first sitcoms to use a single camera setup without a laugh track. Spaced also featured quick hitting pop culture homages almost a decade before Community and blend of dry and surreal humor. However, the show’s greatest strength was its interesting characters who could be simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking. These endearing characters are what made Spaced an enduring cult phenomenon in both the UK and United States. More

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    ‘The World’s End’ is more than just a Pegg/Wright hits collection

    Without much fanfare, Edgar Wright has molded himself into one of the best action directors in the world. Shaun of the Dead had many effective moments of zombie slaughter, and, with Hot Fuzz, Wright matured into someone who could simultaneously parody Michael Bay and deliver Bay-type material more effectively than the man himself. The third film in Wright’s so-called Cornetto trilogy of films made with actors Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, The World’s End, goes even further. It becomes a sharp and riveting action-comedy that has few peers in the last decade. More

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    The Once and Future Kings: ‘The World’s End’ is a triumph for Pegg, Frost, and Wright

    To exit a film directed by Edgar Wright is to be reinvigorated by the state of modern cinema. He’s now made his fourth feature-length film, The World’s End, and it’s tempting to rate it as his best work yet. But when you consider his others—Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World—the challenge becomes differentiating these by how many slight nitpicks may crop up from story to story. Like most directors of his generation, Wright’s work is heavily influenced by the pop culture of his childhood. Unlike many of his peers, though, Wright is able to translate that affection and hyper-literate awareness into something fresh, exciting, and intelligent. As such, The World’s End is as peerless as a mainstream film gets. More

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