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Simon K Jones
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The Hot Fuzz team has been flying round the world to promote the film with special screenings that highlight the inspiration behind the film. To celebrate the DVD release they've returned to the UK and FXhomer Arktic was lucky enough to attend the Hot Fuzztival earlier this week at the Prince Charles Cinema in London.
It was a free event but the queue went down the alley from the cinema and all the way across Leicester Square. Luckily, my mate had won priority tickets in a competition, so we didn't have to queue.
Edgar Wright (the co-writer/director of Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and Spaced) presented three of his favourite action movies that he felt had influenced Hot Fuzz - Hard Boiled, The Last Boy Scout and Point Break. I'd never actually seen any of these films but had heard a lot about them all - some good, some bad. Having watched them, however, I reccomend them all hugely. So here's my round up of the three films:
The first, Hard Boiled, is a John Woo film that had been reccomended to me many times, but I'd never really had a chance to see. I can't stress enough how much you have to see this movie. It is, without doubt, the BEST gunplay film I've ever seen. Forget The Matrix, Hard Boiled is where all the really good gun action is at - it's got a great plot too, and some of the stunt work is amazing. There's one section where the camera doesn't cut away for about 3 minutes, all the time following the action while Chow Yun-Fat and Tony Leung blast their way through a beautifully choreographed hospital shootout scene - or should I say, part of the scene: the whole shootout lasts for about half an hour, and it's non-stop action.
Edgar Wright Says: "Just watch the shootout in the tea-house at the start and you'll be hooked."
The second movie in this all-day marathon of action was The Last Boy Scout. Starring one of my favourite actors, Bruce Willis, I don't know how I ever overlooked this one. It is pure, unadulterated popcorn-fun. The plot is pretty poor (an ex-American footballer and an ex-Secret Service man turned private eye team up to solve the murder of the footballer's girlfriend, and reveal an conspiracy that ties both of their pasts together). However, that's really not what this movie is about. It's a great laugh, and the script is one of the first to be self-reflective about the action genre; the odd throwaway line here and there actually works on far more levels than action-movie one liners should do. It's totally worth a watch if you like action movies.
Edgar Wright Says: "This film features THE BEST scene with a glove puppet ever made!" (And he's not wrong!)
The third film of the day was Point Break. This was the only one that I'd seen bits of; however, I'd only seen it whilst channel hopping and not really been too drawn in by it. I'd also been told that it was really bad, from friends who'd seen it before. However, watching it in it's entirety, it's actually an unintentionally hilarious movie - and there's even some good action sequences in it (Keanu Reeves jumping out of a plane without a parachute in order to catch Patrick Swayze is downright awesome). There's also some pretty interesting sexual tension between Reeves and Swayze, and even between Reeves and Gary Busey. Again, it's probably unintended, but it's definitely there. The whole audience was practically in stitches at certain points and some of the gags in Hot Fuzz just make so much more sense armed with that knowledge. I'd really recomend this movie as one to watch with your mates over a few beers.
Edgar Wright Says: "Forget Top Gun, this is without doubt the gayest action movie ever."
After this, Edgar also showed his Grindhouse parody trailer - 'Don't'. This was a real treat, as Grindhouse is probably going to be released in the UK as two parts, so it won't have the trailers, which is a shame. 'Don't' was hilarious, you can see it on YouTube here - nowhere near as good as seeing it on the big screen, but it's still bloody funny!
Finally, the last film of the day - the main event really - was a screening of Hot Fuzz, with a live commentary provided not only by Egar Wright but also Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Bailey, Olivia Colman, Paddy Considine and Kevin Eldon! This was AMAZING. Probably one of the funniest film experiences of my life. It's a shame that they didn't record the commentary and I only hope that the DVD commentaries are anywhere near as good. I don't think I've laughed as hard in ages, Bill Bailey especially was on top form.
All in all, it was a great event, and I think everyone here should check out all four of the movies that were screened. Each of them is awesome in its own way.