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Last Night in Soho Review

Taking the “born in the wrong generation,” shtick and pastiche to a completely new and horrifying level, Last Night in Soho bears the brunt of pigeon-holed nostalgia paired with the underwhelming static of the modern horror genre. Reigniting some fire into that genre is a near-lost cause. Edgar Wright may have a firm hand in that style, always using it one way or another in his films, but never focusing on it all that much. Shaun of the Dead had typical horror elements lying dormant under the barrage of laughter, and Hot Fuzz had the terrifying pretence that small English towns were fuelled by murder and funnelled that raw aggression into winning small-town prizes. None of that features in Last Night in Soho, a more streamlined look at the horror genre with a desire to replicate the period without crossing into a full parody of it. Wright and Thomasin McKenzie are well-meaning in their efforts here. 

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The Sparks Brothers Review

Unpopular an opinion it may be, it is hard to figure out what exactly it is about pop duo Sparks that engages with an audience. The Sparks Brothers, the first documentary feature from director Edgar Wright, hopes to understand that appeal. He allows many musically gifted celebrities to opine about the glory days of brothers Ron and Russell Mael, each a part of Sparks. As passionate fan Wright puts it, his intention here is to discuss and dissect the revolutionary impact this “glam rock anomaly” had on the world of sound. Few musicians have influenced a whole generation of music, let alone multiple. But how did Sparks do it? Wright demands to know, and so, hopefully, does his audience. 

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Hot Fuzz Review

To look at the impact Hot Fuzz has had on the comedy genre and how it blends with other popular strands of filmmaking, we must first look at the previous offerings. Comedy films were certainly in a rut, especially in the adult market. With American Pie dominating the American markets and wading its way through the channel, the home-grown products of the United Kingdom were, well, less than stellar. No disrespect to American Dreamz or Johnny English, but it was not exactly the cream of the crop. Still, there seems to have been some splash of thought coming from Johnny English, for it, and subsequently Hot Fuzz, realised that the blurring of action and comedy went hand in hand particularly well. 

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Shaun of the Dead Review

I can’t add to the discussion or love that Shaun of the Dead rightfully receives. Its endearing nature has survived nearly two decades, and its admiration as a certified British classic is example enough to its charms, ability to express humour, and to comically repress the cliché narrative of the traditional zombie flick. Full of slight, sly references, incredible dialogue and a whole host of British legends coming together to make one of the finest films of all, it’s no real surprise that Shaun of the Dead has become a staple to the diet of the comedy film fan. Even further than that, though, the appeals of Edgar Wright’s first big-screen pairing of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost offers up more love, laughs, and giddy thrills than anyone could have ever expected. 

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