Archive for May 25th, 2012

by Allan Fish

(UK 1999/2001 350m) DVD1/2

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p  Nira Park, Gareth Edwards  d  Edgar Wright  w  Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson  ph  Andy Hollis  ed  Chris Dickens (and others)

Simon Pegg (Tim Bisley), Jessica Stevenson/Hynes (Daisy Steiner), Julia Deakin (Marsha Klein), Nick Frost (Mike Watt), Mark Heap (Brian Topp), Katy Carmichael (Twist Morgan), Lucy Akhurst (Sophie), Anna Wilson-Jones (Sarah), Peter Serafinowicz (Duane Benzie), Clive Russell (Damien Knox), Bill Bailey (Bilbo Bagshot), Michael Smiley (Tyres O’Flaherty), Reece Shearsmith (Dexter), Charles Dale (security guard), John Simm, Claire Rushbrook, Ricky Gervais, Mark Gatiss, Paul Kaye, David Walliams,

A long time ago – well, a few years ago – on a channel far, far away – well, Channel 4 – there was a tale told of two people…  It seems appropriate to thus introduce one of the most truly unique sitcoms of recent memory.  Here was a series that so revelled in spoofs and homages to other films, TV series, and other media that it even had a DVD release that featured a ‘homage-o-meter’ as an extra.  Not only did it include these spoofs, but it paid respect to them, and even integrated them not just into the plot but into the visual texture of the episode.  It was a comedy for the Empire and Q magazine generation, the Generation X who worshipped Star Wars, junk TV, comics, and general slackerdom but did something that the works of, say, Kevin Smith didn’t; made it oh so believable.  (more…)

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