The World’s Endwon’t be a classic in the way that Shaun of the Dead was — not yet, at least.
That film was a hilarious and fresh surprise. A zombie film with something to say that slammed a full needle of adrenaline past the breast plate of an arrested genre.
Science fiction doesn’t need that kind of boost — not entirely, at least. Over the last few years, we’ve had to endure a lot of crap (with more on the way), but we’ve also been blessed with Attack the Block, Moon, Elysium, Looper, Children of Men, Sunshine, and a handful of others.
These are smart and bold films with something to say and The World’s End belongs on that list. It may even belong on the top of it, but in that it isn’t going to save a dying genre and in that we expected this brilliance, it won’t likely become the cultural icon that Shaun has become.
Furniture war is hell. In Blow Out Sale, a viral short from Community star Danny Pudi (Abed, you freak) and his writing and producing partners Chris Marrs and Timorthy Kendall we see a lighthearted romp about workplace violence and the dangers of being a mega-douche.
Pudi plays “Glen” a poach-happy couch and ottoman sales specialist who is keen on un-ironically using finger guns, that is until a rival salesman starts un-metaphorically using them — an epic shootout ensues, complete with an elbow missile launcher and a classic action flick exit. Keep an eye out for a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo in the beginning too.
This is great and all, but nothing beats the original and best use of finger guns.
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.
This re-telling of Shaun of the Dead is epic beyond proportions. The 60 second recap utilizes the style of Bryan O’Malley, the artist for the comic book, Scott Pilgrim. Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead (as well as Spaced, Hot Fuzz, which both have little nods in the short) also directed Scott Pilgrim vs The World when it was brought to the big screen. Is the epic-ness sinking in yet!?
Wright shared this clip recently on his blog. Nothing better than having you’re work aknowledged by someone of great influence for you, huh? Philip Askins, the short’s animater, must be proud. You can visit his site to check out more of his animation, much of with a touch of O’Malley’s style.
There must be a continuation of this mashing of styles. We need a Hot Fuzz animated short, a Spaced animated short. The infuence of Wright’s quick cuts and O’Malley’s pop art graphics make for something wonderful to watch.