Friday, August 23, 2013


Hey, blankin' blankety blanks!

Funny, "blankety" is, like, "blanket-y." I suppose spelling it "blankitty" might clear that up a bit, but then you get the "kitty" thing in there and…

Never mind.

THE WORLD'S END is here! It's the latest film from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost—the creative team that brought you SPACED, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and HOT FUZZ—and the third film in their "Cornetto Trilogy."
My Cornetto Wars Trilogy trading cards! =)

While the "Three Flavours" Cornetto bit *is* something of a gimmick, the films together do form a pretty wonderful body of work, deftly and brilliantly bending, crossing, honoring, and inhabiting multiple film genres and creating some wonderful characters and relationships along the way. I think they work best as a progression in time-of-life, roughly corresponding to 20s, 30s, and 40s, which I think springs from the creators' own POVs. Pay attention to the music/soundtracks and I think you'll agree.

And how better to title the 40s chapter than THE WORLD'S END, right? Straight from a coffee mug or Hallmark card! =)

In this film, we're introduced to a group of five teenage friends who decide to celebrate the end of their high school careers by walking (well, okay, staggering) the Golden Mile, a dozen-pub crawl through their home town of Newton Haven. Alas, this is a challenge that through no fault of their own, they must leave unfinished. Flash forward twenty-some years to present day and the leader of this band, Gary King (Simon Pegg) tracks down his friends, now grown rather distant from him, and gets them to return to Newton Haven with him to complete their quest! And it all goes down smoothly, like a pint of honey lager.

Not. =)

Enough rambling. For a decent taste of this somber and melancholy reunion of childhood friends as they enter mid-life—what the filmmakers described as (paraphrasing) "THE BIG CHILL if the corpse came to the reunion as well"—well, just watch the trailer…



And if you're Boston local, it's playing at Regal and AMC, but also in the main room at the Somerville in Davis. I highly recommend supporting the Somerville whenever you can, and while I'm not much of a drinker myself, it's the venue where you *can* partake of a pint while watching Gary King (Simon Pegg) and his rag tag court pub crawl on the big screen! I'll definitely be there. =)

Somerville listings.

Keep on keepin on~

P.S. Also, there's this thoughtful testimonial to consider (along w a link to the "5 DAYS" trailer).

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