Category: Movies

Movie Review: Krampus

IMDB, Krampus“Krampus” on IMDB

Horror/Fantasy, 98 Minutes, 2015

Some people get down around the holidays. The influx of annoying relatives is an inconvenience; an intrusion into their ordered lives. Some are simply jaded and can’t see why others get so excited; presents are nice and all, but do we need all the hoopla? This movie dares to declare: “Hey! If you don’t like Christmas, you and your family should be brutally murdered!”

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Peggapalooza!: Star Trek: Beyond

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IMDB, Star Trek, Beyond“Star Trek: Beyond” on IMDB

Sci-fi/Action/Adventure, 122 Minutes, 2016

We’re wrapping up Peggapalooza with Simon Pegg’s [IMDB] latest. Of course, he reprised his role as Scotty from 2009’s Star Trek [IMDB] and 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness [My Review], but he also co-wrote this installment. The reboot of the first film left fans cautiously optimistic. The second left them worried. How will this fare?

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Peggapalooza!: Hector and the Search for Happiness

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IMDB, Hector and the Search for Happiness“Hector and the Search for Happiness” on IMDB

Adventure/Comedy/Drama, 114 Minutes, 2015

Peggapalooza! continues with a question that everybody has asked at one time or another: what is happiness? Hector (Simon Pegg [IMDB]) is a stable, dependable psychiatrist. He’s in a stable, dependable relationship with Clara (Rosamund Pike [IMDB]), a stable, dependable marketing consultant. His life is stable and dependable. Warm. Comfortable. Pleasant.

Happy?

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Peggapalooza!: Burke and Hare

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IMDB, Burke and Hare“Burke and Hare” on IMDB

Comedy, 91 Minutes, 2010

Peggapalooza! continues with a true story about medicine and murder in 1828. Edinburgh, Scotland, is the premier center for anatomical study in the world and has a voracious appetite for fresh cadavers. The head of the university (Tim Curry [IMDB]) has leveraged his political clout to have all legal cadavers be sent to him rather than his chief rival, Robert Knox (Tom Wilkinson [IMDB]).

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Peggapalooza!: The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy

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Three Flavours CornettoIt’s impossible to discuss Simon Pegg without mentioning The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (it’s already been mentioned several times during Peggapalooza). The films are directed by Edgar Wright [IMDB], written by Wright and Simon Pegg [IMDB] and star Pegg and Nick Frost [IMDB].

Cornetto’s, for those unaware, are a popular prepackaged ice-cream treat popular in the United Kingdom. Each of the films in the trilogy features a distinct, thematically appropriate, flavor.

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Peggapalooza!: Man Up

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“Man Up” on IMDBIMDB, Man Up

Romantic Comedy, 88 Minutes, 2015

We’ve known from the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy that Simon Pegg [IMDB] could play an everyday schlub, an uptight cop and a washed-up has been. So far, during Peggapalooza!, we’ve also seen him as an eccentric paranoid and right dirty bastard. The man has range! The question here is: can he play a romantic lead?

Spoiler: sure he can!

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Peggapalooza!: Kill Me Three Times

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Kill Me Three Times“Kill Me Three Times” on IMDB

Action/Comedy, 90 Minutes, 2014

The celebration of Simon Pegg [IMDB] continues with this Australian import. Pegg exercises his range here, taking on the role of Charlie Wolfe, a professional doer of dirty deeds and all-around bad guy. He’s been hired by a local club owner (Callan Mulvey [IMDB]) to eliminate his cheating wife (Alice Braga [IMDB]).

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Peggapalooza!: A Fantastic Fear of Everything

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IMDB, A Fantastic Fear of Everything“A Fantastic Fear of Everything” on IMDB

Comedy, 100 Minutes, 2012

This celebration of things Simon Pegg [IMDB] (not Simon Pegg’s thing) starts with this 2012 dark comedy. Pegg plays Jack, an unstable author who’s spent the better part of a year researching Victorian serial killers for a new book. He began the project simply to lose the stigma of his unexpected success as a children’s author, but his obsession has led to intense paranoia. When his agent arranges a meeting with an American film producer, his already fragile grip on reality snaps.

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Peggapalooza!: Let’s Celebrate Simon Pegg!

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WikiPedia, Simon PeggSimon Pegg is all flavors of awesome. He’s known for smart, layered stories that reward multiple viewings and, from all available evidence, a hell of good guy.

Both me and Edgar [Wright] are firm believers in never underestimating or talking down to an audience, and giving an audience something to do, to give them something which is entirely up to them to enter into the film and find these hidden things and whatever.

Just because, “why not?” (and because I noticed that I had several of his films queued), I’m going to celebrate his work with a series of reviews. Being a fan, I’ve already reviewed a few of his movies:

  • Paul: An underrated, often forgotten ode to fandom, conspiracy and doing the right thing. Starring and written by Pegg and his hetero life partner, Nick Frost.
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness: I loathed this, but I don’t blame Pegg in the least. I blame Damon Lindelof for… everything.
  • The World’s End: The third of Pegg’s, Edgar Wright’s and Nick Frost’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. It may be the worst of the three, but in a “third best Beatle” way.
  • The Box Trolls: LAIKA’s sublime stop-motion wizardry made ever so slightly better for including Pegg’s voice.

We also end our annual Easter zombie festival, Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters, with the utter perfection that is Shaun of the Dead. This may be the film that immortalized him, but an impressive collection of cameos and voice work along with performances in venerable properties like Doctor WhoStar Wars and, of course, Star Trek cemented him firmly as geek royalty.

Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.

I hope you’ll join me here over the next week or so for this impromptu Peggapalooza! (I was going to call it “Pegging Movies”, but Google convinced me not to do that.)

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