Drink Up

I’ve had an incredibly busy end of summer. Been doing work in Montreal for a couple of weeks, but decided to take a night off with my brother, and we went to see “The World’s End”.

The crew’s back.

Needless to say it was the most satisfying end to a trilogy I’ve seen since Return of the King. It was just as strong as it’s two predecessors: Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, keeping me laughing my ass off for the entire two hours that I was sitting in that soda-stained theater chair.

“Trilogy?” you may be asking, so I will answer. Yes, trilogy. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End are a part of something filmmakers Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost like to call “The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy”. All three films are comedies, parodies of some kind of beloved genre, major events take place inside a local pub, and Nick Frost’s character eats a different flavour of Cornetto brand ice cream in all three. In the first he eats Strawberry (signifying blood), in the second he eats Blue: The Original Flavour (in relation to blue being the policeman’s colour), and in the third he eats mint chocolate chip (as a nod to aliens in science fiction).

They do this a lot.

A lot more thought put into these films than you thought, right? This is including the fact that Edgar tried to bring back recurring actors, and even some of the dead townsfolk from Hot Fuzz are zombies in Shaun of the Dead.

I could talk about how much I love these filmmakers, their movies, their characters, and their comedy, but alas I have other things to tend to at the moment.



Only God Can Drive

Recently I have been seeing trailers pop up for Nicolas’ Winding Refn‘s new film Only God Forgives. Let’s just say I’m excited.

In 2011, he directed the film Drive, also starring Ryan Gosling. This film changed the way I viewed big screen films could be done. The slow takes, the drawn-out character development, and the pseudo 1980’s soundtracks actually made for a surprisingly intense film.

I mean, look at the colours. So pretty.

I’m writing about Only God Forgives because I think it’s fascinating that Refn has decided to go for an everyman trilogy by the looks of things. See, back in the 70’s, there were three movies made by the same director and lead actor, and their stories had nothing to do with each other.

But each film’s main character was exactly the same in personality, and at the end of each movie, his character disappeared, establishing that it was the same man creating new identities. I believe Refn is doing exactly that with Ryan Gosling.

I think that’s an awesome concept for a trilogy.