Welcome to another edition of DVD Tuesday, where we break down the nerdiest things at the video store this week to feed your sick, sick additions (no, we’re not talking about the porn parodies; settle down). It’s a good week to be a geek, boys and girls. We get to see some recent flicks make their DVD debuts, some new Doctor Who fun, and even an ’80s cartoon box set. Here we go!
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite as sci-fi geeks taking a pilgrimage to America’s UFO heartland. There they meet a smart-ass alien Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) who takes them on an insane road trip. As they struggle to return Paul home the little green man might just take the outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. From the director of Superbad Greg Mottola and with a stellar supporting cast including Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Jane Lynch and Sigourney Weaver, Paul is a must-own comedy adventure not to be missed!
There was a lot of hate floating around for this flick when it came out, and I never understood any of it. For fans of alien movies, raunchy comedies and just plain amusing things, this is a flick to watch. Yeah, it’s not as good as Shaun of the Dead, but what ever is? That doesn’t mean it’s not worth picking up and adding to your collection.
When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson, The Office), a short-order cook, sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler, The Lord of the Rings) willingly snatched away by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and unable to cope. But he decides to fight back under the guise of a do-it-yourself superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a red hand-made suit, a wrench, a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page, Juno) and absolutely nothing in the way of superpowers Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife.
This is likely going to end up being the most acclaimed, outrageous and excellent superhero movie of 2011. How did we not think of putting Rainn Wilson in a role like this until now? Pick it up and revel in the mean streets of crime and the fury of the Crimson Bolt.
M.A.S.K.: The Complete Series
Led by multimillionaire Matt Trakker, the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, better known simply as M.A.S.K., defends the world against Miles Mayhem and his nefarious international criminal organization V.E.N.O.M., the very same group responsible for the death of Trakker’s teenage brother. With his own son, Scott, and a secret strike force including his friends (engineer Bruce Sato, courageous historian Hondo MacLean, mechanic Buddy Hawks, rocker Brad Turner, computer expert Alex Sector, stunt driver Dusty Hayes and beautiful martial artist Gloria Baker) it’s up to Trakker, equipped with special power-granting masks and a garage of custom militarized vehicles, to keep the world safe from Mayhem and the villainy of V.E.N.O.M. Includes all 65 original series episodes on 12 action-packed discs!
Who doesn’t love 80s animation, especially when it involves vehicles that turn into robots? M.A.S.K. is a poor man’s Transformers. Or is it a poor man’s Voltron? Whatever, just go get it.
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have built themselves quite an avid, nerdy fan base. They’ve been the creative minds behind such amazing series and movies as Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. When they’re not working together Wright is off bringing Scott Pilgrim to life and Pegg, with other frequent collaborator, Nick Frost, is traveling the American West with an alien in Paul. Clearly, they have lots of excellence to own up to and somehow top.
Shaun and Hot Fuzz are considered two parts of the ‘Blood and Ice Cream’ or ‘Three Flavored Cornetto’ trilogy. The (hopeful) trilogy is named for the excessive, over the top violence in the films as well as the inclusion of the scene, “Want anything from the shop?” “Cornetto.” which appears in both.
When Pegg was recently asked by Mr. Beaks of Ain’t It Cool News whether they felt any pressure to live up to their previous films,
Yeah, and I hope we sort of confound it in a way. I wouldn’t want to become predictable or be the guys who do that. The next thing that we do will hopefully be… you know, in writing our new thing, Edgar and me have been very determined – that we’re going to start in earnest very, very soon – to not just do the same thing again, to do something very different. Not to the point of alienating people who want something, but just give people something new and something different. You can’t just stay where you are forever. You have to mutate to survive, and I think we’re going to make sure that we do that. I’d hate to become stale and predictable. People are already making films that are kind of like the sort of thing we might do. I want to stay a little bit ahead of the curve at least.
And when asked about when we might expect such a collaboration,
We already started the conception process, so it’s just a question of when we can get together. I’m just about to start shooting a movie here in the UK, so maybe between that and STAR TREK we might get a chance to bang out a first draft if we’re lucky.
As we knowStar Trek 2 (or 12) still has some script work to be done as well as J.J. Abrams having his way with it before they can make any head way into production. So there’s a solid chance the finale of the Bloody Cornetto Trilogy could be happening. Or we’ll be gettting something completely different yet totally awesome from Wright and Pegg soon.
Shaun of the Dead – brilliant. Hot Fuzz – amazeballs. ‘Paul‘, the third collaboration between the two best friends Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is E.T. gone comedy. A lewd, crude, good mood, action packed bromance. A geek-friendly affair. At times, I laughed so hard my anal probe fell out.
Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) are two British sci-fi geeks who take a pilgrimage from San Diego Comic-Con to the Southwest and all the famous UFO sites. On the road they encounter a real-life alien, Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen). Graeme, Clive and Paul quickly have to go on the run from government agents (Jason Bateman, Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio) as they help Paul, but end up kidnapping a fundamentalist Christian, Ruth (Kristen Wiig), on the way.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost certainly have a great working relationship since their days on ‘Spaced’ (UK comedy series that launched their careers). But, ‘Paul’ is their biggest project without long-time director Edgar Wright at their side and the film does slightly suffer because of it. What made Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz so great was that they took a genre like Zombies or Buddy Cop action thriller and created parodies that lampooned exactly what was wrong and so lovable about their genres. In the process, they ended up creating films that could stand alongside the very films they were parodying. “Paul” was intended to unfold in this same manner, but unfortunately ran a bit flat. A rudimentary story, shameless Spielberg worship and barely explored characters and themes does cause a bit of contextual misfire. Regardless, it doesn’t take anything away from the entertainment factor of the film.
Though feeling a little held back this time around, Frost and Pegg still have that comfortable comic chemistry, summing up UK geek culture perfectly. Their bromance was a bit cliched, but it still touches home. Seth Rogen as Paul the alien just nailed it. He’s such a vulgar and crude alien, yet endearing and likable at the same time. I defy anyone to dislike him. Notably, Paul’s CGI body was impressive. It was easy to believe that he was another actor in the scenes. Jason Bateman is in top form, stalwart and dry as always. The intentions of his agent on-the-hunt character take a unexpected, but pleasant twist. The scenes involving Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio were just as great. An unfortunate alien ball groping had me ROFL. Kristen Wiig on the other hand appeared to deploy none of her comedic talents whatsoever beyond uttering profanities. Regardless, my inner twelve year old couldn’t avoid laughing at her vulgarity. A mixed response might be met when Paul challenges her characters Christian beliefs about the universe -a reoccurring poke at Creationism Vs. Darwinism. Jebus freaks will tell it on the mountain, but for everyone else it’s amusing as hell.
Paul is a sci-fi comedy. At times, the jokes can feel a little self indulgent; inside jokes that would probably confuse most and only careful listeners can interpret the references to the scifi genre (Alien, ET, Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, and Mac and Me.) On the other hand, as a nerd (we say nerd around here. Geeks eat the heads off chickens. Look it up.) this is where the humor probed so far it tickled my funny bone. Minor complaint on two tiresome running ‘gags’, namely a comic cover featuring an alien with three tits, and people mistaking the titular characters for being gay; because they are two men traveling together in an RV. Funny scenes such as Paul stating that he gets his weed from the US Military, which is so strong that it killed Bob Dylan; “But he’s not dead”. Paul answers “Isn’t he?” more than make up for it.
The flick certainly has it’s faults. Weak script, excessive potty humor, an over abundance of geek references (not to my complaint though), cliched and unexplored characterization…etc. But you know what? You’ll have too much fun to care. If you enjoyed Superbad, Pineapple Express, Shaun of the Dead, or Hot Fuzz, then Paul is a must see.
Three tits, spaceman balls and kidnapped Christians… what more do you want??
While making Paul, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost decided to re-shoot the entire Star Wars movie scene for scene . . . they only got this far.
“You were built by Darth bloody Vadar!”
Anyone else want to see the rest? I’d buy a movie ticket to see more of these two doing star Wars scenes. Now I bet if someone out there started a web page campaign to get Simon and Nick to redo Star Wars, we could get further than the Browncoats did with getting Firefly back on TV . . . what do you think?
Who’s gonna get this ball rolling? I would . . . but I have to walk the dog . . . and take out the trash . . . and there’s that book I have been meaning to write . . .
So Red-band trailers are called that because those trailers are approved for only “restricted” or “mature” audiences. These trailers may only be shown before R-rated, NC-17-rated, or unrated movies. These trailers may include nudity, profanity or other material deemed inappropriate for children. None of which applies to Simon Pegg‘s and Nick Frost‘s (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) new upcoming alien comedy Paul.
I’m still trying to figure out where this trailer crossed the line . . . was it when the FBI agent fondled Paul’s space alien balls, maybe it was when they all toked up around the camp fire, OH, I got it, it’s when Simon Pegg grabs Kristen Wiig’s boob, well it looked to me like she was grabbing his hand and placing it there.
After watching and comparing it to the Green-Band trailer I kinda wonder why they bothered with the Red-Band trailer. We all knew that that kind of stuff was gonna be in the movie, the Green-Band inferred enough of it to make it plain to anyone not 3/4 baked. Ah, that explains it. If your gonna court the Stoner crowd you have to understand the Stoner mentality, and explain it to them.
With my luck I’ll be sitting at the theater and get passed some lame clove cigarette and I won’t be able to get that taste out of my mouth for days. Damn Hippie movie goers.
Some time last month, we got the international trailer of Paul and it was really good. Here we are with the full U.S. trailer of the film and it’s just as good, filled with jokes that have to do with known aliens as well as alien flashing.
Paul is film where two comic geeks (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) are on a road trip in America, in which they meet an alien name Paul (voiced by Seth Roge. The film also stars Jason Bateman, Kristen Wig, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver and more. Paul is directed by Greg Mottola, who also directed Superbad and Adventureland.
While it doesn’t have a set release date here in the states, I’m very excited for this film as it seems to be something that will surely make me laugh and hey, it features the awesome duo of Pegg and Frost (they also wrote the film). Check the trailer out and see if you get excited about the film like I did and also, fuck anyone who says this is just a ripoff of American Dad.
So the new international Paul trailer has popped up in the internet. What’s Paul you ask? Well, it’s a comedy flick that stars both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and on their trip, they meet an alien, who is voiced by Seth Rogen, named Paul. The film is also filled with other known stars such as Jason Bateman, Kristen Wig, Bill Hader and more.
The trailer made me laugh here and there and even though I do have some sort of a man crush on Jason Bateman, I think the movie is looking pretty good and may be worth the watch for you folks who probably wrote this film off because of Seth Rogen.
Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the embed code for the trailer (and it seems to be the same way for the fine folks over at /Film). All I can say is click this link to check the trailer out because who knows, it may brighten your Friday up.