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Hot Fuzz

My whole life these days, not counting work (and who counts that?), seems to be de-cluttering and Netflix.

Well, Netflix just sent me Hot Fuzz, and I'm in love.

What with one thing and another, I managed to know absolutely nothing about this movie before I watched it, except a vague notion that I might have seen a trailer at some point last year. I stuck it in my Netflix queue for some reason.

Now that I've watched it (twice. And a third time with commentary, and all the deleted scenes and the gag reel), I've decided that it's the newest member of my Favorite Movies list, it's hilarious, it's well-written, and Simon Pegg is strangely hot.

It has decapitation ("Decaffeinated??"), evil racist bigotry, quite ridiculous quantities of blood, immoderate violence, a Japanese peace lily, a swan, crossword puzzles, a fridge magnate, gun-totin' grannies, pretty flowers, and the lines, "This is murder!" "It's not! It's ketchup!"

More ridiculous puns, sight gags, cop-action movie references and smarmy Timothy Dalton than you can shake a bloody Gothic spire at. And the homoerotic buddy comedy is so over the top that you have to just sit back and admire it.

It's one of those well-written comedies where every little meaningless thing comes back around and influences the plot later. It's a ridiculously silly shoot-em-up that's actually designed to be watched twice.

Or three times.

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communicator
Mar. 21st, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
I liked the references to one of my own guilty pleasures - the film Point Break by Kathryn Bigelow.
emeraldsedai
Mar. 21st, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Guilty confession: I put Point Break into my Netflix queue last night.
llaras
Mar. 22nd, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
LOVE THAT MOVIE.
altariel
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
It's hilarious. Best British comedy in ages. I even liked it more than Sean of the Dead.
emeraldsedai
Mar. 21st, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
It really was marvelous. It's not often that I find a movie that delights me this much. The last time might have been "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". I think it has something to do with the silly, quotable lines.
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emeraldsedai
Mar. 21st, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
That's it exactly: an unreasonable amount of love. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one.

I feel the need of a Simon Pegg icon. That's how unreasonable it is!

Edited at 2008-03-21 06:07 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Mar. 21st, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes...Hot Fuzz. A thing of beauty. And if you haven't seen Shaun of the Dead, or Spaced, I highly recommend finding them as well. I'm sure I was meant to be British lately. The only souvenirs I came home from my trip with (besides an obscene number of photos) were Life on Mars, Torchwood and Spaced, on DVD. ::chuckle::
prime_meridian
Mar. 21st, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
And what is up with LJ logging me out every six hours this week?
emeraldsedai
Mar. 21st, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
LJ is in some kind of throes.
emeraldsedai
Mar. 21st, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
I put Shaun of the Dead into my queue last night after listening to the Hot Fuzz commentary and realizing that--well, that it was imperative.

You got commercial DVDs of Life on Mars? Oh, lovely! Mine are all torrents of dubious legality little home-made CDs. I'd love to hear some commentary and see special features.

Edited at 2008-03-21 06:06 pm (UTC)
llaras
Mar. 22nd, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
I think Shaun of the Dead was better...
emeraldsedai
Mar. 22nd, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
I'll be able to compare very soon--I moved it to the top of my queue.
vampirefan
Mar. 24th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
i actually came across shaun of the dead this weekend and watched it. even though i hate the gross blood it was way too funny to matter! the ending really cracked me up!

definitely going to watch hot fuzz now too!
emeraldsedai
Mar. 24th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Hee! Your icon!
vampirefan
Mar. 25th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
lol! i love this icon and this was a most appropriate thread to use it in :)

also, check this out:

more zombies
emeraldsedai
Mar. 26th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Hee! That's excellent!
silent_sensei
Mar. 21st, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Great review! I'm so glad you found another great movie!
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emeraldsedai
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yeah, something about that title put me off. Can't think what.
prime_meridian
Mar. 24th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Oy, so true, that. Tried to watch it on the trans-atlantic flight to England and couldn't get past the first 20 minutes. Oy.
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