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Interview: Edgar Wright Talks 'The World's End,' Completing The Cornetto Trilogy, 'Ant-Man' & Much More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 21, 2013 1:44 PM
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All good things must come to an end, and this weekend, the "Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy" finally melts with the debut of apocalyptic robo-comedy "The World's End." Beginning with 2004's romantic zombie comedy "Shaun of the Dead" and continuing with 2007's buddy comedy send-up "Hot Fuzz," the loose trilogy and the films within are wild, visually stunning homages to very specific genres, all of them directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. (Pegg also co-wrote all three.) Wright, Pegg and Frost all return for "The World's End," which dramatizes what happens when several childhood friends return to their hometown to find things are different. Like really different (minor plot spoilers ahead).

Review: Edgar Wright's 'The World's End' Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman & More

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • July 20, 2013 5:00 PM
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As the completion of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s thus-far endlessly watchable Cornetto Trilogy, “The World’s End” is probably the funniest movie I’ve ever felt really disappointed by. Like “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” before it, their collaboration once again produces some of the most genuine, earned, character-driven laughs in any modern comedy. And in many ways it evidences the trio’s individual and collective growth as performers and creators, employing what has become to their fans familiar techniques to communicate increasingly sophisticated ideas. But as a film whose central theme emphasizes the dangers of living in the past, Wright, Pegg and Frost become fatally distracted by nostalgia, eventually paying too much homage to previous classics—especially their own—to create another film that deserves to stand alongside them.

VIFF '11: Paddy Considine's Directorial Debut 'Tyrannosaur' An Uneven Portrait Of A Damaged Man

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 18, 2011 5:59 AM
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The opening scene of “Tyrannosaur” is a real belter. Through near whiplash-inducing cross cuts, we are introduced to a night in the life of Joseph (Peter Mullan) as he drinks heavily and stews with unfettered rage on a barstool (and back at home with a sawed-off wood baseball bat that looks like a leftover from the “Gangs of New York” props department). Then he does something really awful: he kills his dog. He doesn’t necessarily try to do this; it’s more the product of his excessive drinking, nasty temper and hateful, cynical outlook on the world. But he still did it, and the audience will never forget this for the remainder of the film.

Review: Direct-To-DVD 'Blitz' Falls Somewhere In The Middle Of The Jason Statham Spectrum

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 4, 2011 2:33 AM
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The world of “Blitz” is made up almost entirely of cops. On this cop planet, where the occasional child wanders into trouble and eventually is saved by said cops, these 9-to-5ers struggle to pay bills, worry about pensions, and operate from dingy, drab boardrooms. There’s a stark contrast between the ratty, dilapidated apartments where they live and the pristine, glassy office of a police psychologist. Most of these men and women are punching a clock, and seem too far down the food chain to change anything about this.

Watch: Harrowing First Trailer Unveiled For Paddy Considine's 'Tyrannosaur'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 25, 2011 2:23 AM
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Perhaps catalysed by Jeff Wells' passionate appeal for marketing to commence on the film, with a post titled "Terrence Malick Of Trailer-Cutting," the first trailer for Paddy Considine's directorial debut "Tyrannosaur" has finally been unveiled.

Lovely One-Sheet Arrives For Paddy Considine's 'Tyrannosaur'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 6:30 AM
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As big fans of the actor from his work in films as diverse as "Dead Man's Shoes," "In America," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "My Summer of Love," "Hot Fuzz" and, most recently, "Submarine," we've been hugely intrigued by "Tyrannosaur," the upcoming directorial debut from actor Paddy Considine. The film, an extrapolation of his BAFTA-winning short "Dog Altogether," premiered at Sundance to strong reviews, and we've had an eye on the film ever since.

Paddy Considine To Write & Direct Ghost Story 'The Leaning' For His Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2011 9:26 AM
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Paddy Considine is a longtime character actor who really deserves some bigger exposure. He's disappeared into roles in a number of solid films including "In America," "Cinderella Man," "Hot Fuzz," "The Bourne Ultimatum" and more. Any time he appears on screen it's like we've never seen him before, but the actor is already taking the talent he's long displayed in front of the camera behind it. He's hitting Sundance this year with his debut feature, "Tyrannosaur." Starring Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman, the film chronicles the relationship between a violence-fuelled man in search of redemption, and a woman who works in a Christian charity shop. Some harrowing stuff. But Considine already has his eyes on his next picture, and it's a bit of a gear change.

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